Pathways Into Psychology: Towards Training Aboriginal Psychologists With The Aim Of More Relevant And Accessible Services For Aboriginal Mental Health Consumers

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Authors: Jillene Harris and Russell Roberts , NSW

Year: 2010

Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference

Subject: INDIGENOUS,RURAL, REMOTE, Workforce training

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765364

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.

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