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The Australian Psychological Society, in partnership with the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) have recently set up a scoping study to investigate a potential service model for a telephone helpline and online counselling and crisis support service run by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The study is funded by the Federal Government Department of Health and Ageing and its aim is the establishment of the Call-a-cuz Indigenous helpline.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience emotional or psychological distress at rates twice that of other Australians. The proposed telephone and online counselling service will be structured to respond to Indigenous concepts of social and emotional wellbeing and will use evidence-based Indigenous-specific risk and protective factors to address social and emotional wellbeing and mental health issues. It will also help to build a strong and fully qualified workforce of Indigenous health professionals.
Adapted from the Australian Psychological Society
Dr Julie Morsillo
Australian Psychological Society
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