Authors: Jillene Harris and Russell Roberts , NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: INDIGENOUS,RURAL, REMOTE, Workforce training
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Consultative, culturally appropriate psychological services for Aboriginal consumers are a well established need in mental health services. One step toward this is to increase the number of Aboriginal psychologists whose underrepresentation in the profession can be attributed to many factors. This paper reports on a model designed to overcome or minimise these factors. The idea was conceived between Greater Western Area Health Service GWAHS) and Charles Sturt University (CSU). The objective was to support a career pathway for Indigenous mental health workers to study psychology, whereby GWAHS would provide traineeships, study leave and support fees. CSU would provide training, social support and tutoring.