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APS Workshop in Brisbane on 'Furthering The Apology'

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The Australian Psychological Society (APS), through their APS Instutite, invites you to participate in their 1-day workshop on 'Furthering the Apology'.  The workshop, which will be held in five cities from May to December, will discuss the social determinants of Indigenous health and help develop skills in critical thinking and conceptualisation of wellbeing beyond western biomedical understandings. The workshop is FREE for all allied health professionals.  That includes RCAA members.

Workshop Overview

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the First Nation peoples of Australia, and whilst being incredibly strong and resilient as First Nation peoples, there are substantial health disparities that exist between these First Nation peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. In a multicultural society, there is a particular necessity for Australians to know about the ongoing systemic health concerns such as the historical, political, social, and environmental factors that can impact on health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other cultural groups in Australia. This workshop will expose psychologists to the social determinants of health, develop skills in critical thinking, and recognise that there are alternative ways of conceptualising wellbeing beyond western biomedical understandings of mental health.

About the Presenters

Professor Tim Carey
Tim is the Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. Tim has been an APS Director and a member of the Regional, Rural, and Remote Advisory Group (RRRAG) and the Indigenous Psychology Advisory Group (IPAG). In his role on IPAG he initiated and led the development of the Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians on behalf of the APS and delivered the Apology at the 2016 APS Congress and attracted considerable national and international attention. He is a clinician and researcher who has over 100 publications and conducts training workshops nationally and internationally.

Miss Tanja Hirvonen
Tanja is the Mental Health Academic for the Centre for Remote Health. Tanja is a proud Jaru and Bunuba woman who grew up in North West Queensland. Tanja is a member of the APS, the Executive Support Officer of AIPA and represents AIPA on the Indigenous Psychology Advisory Group (IPAG). Tanja is an early career researcher and a clinician who specialises in social and emotional wellbeing, self care and complex trauma.


Brisbane (31st May):  Click here for more information and to register.

Workshop runs from  9.00am - 4.30 pm (registration from 8.45 am).

To register for an APS event you need an APS User ID. If you do not have an APS User ID you first need to create an account. Registration closes the Monday before the workshop. 


Early Bird: Please note Early Bird closes 1 month prior to commencement of chosen workshop

Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided for all workshops. If you specify any dietary requirements we will endeavour to cater for these, however in some cases this may not be possible. The organisers will endeavour to cater to your dietary needs however this may not be possible in all cases and may incur an additional charge.

Workshop resources: In the week before the workshop, all participants will be sent a protected link to access and download the workshop resources. If you do not receive these resources please check your spam folders. 

Please note: Please bring a copy of these resources to your workshop - you will need this material to fully participate and engage during the day. Additional costs may be charged to you by the workshop venue to have this material copied on the day.

The workshop venue will also provide workshop delegates with Wi-Fi if you would prefer to access these materials using your portable device when you arrive. Please note that additional hard copies of these resources will not be available at the workshop.

CPD Points

If you attend this workshop you can claim CPD points: The workshop is 6.5 hours.  One (1) hour of CPD is equivalent to one (1) CPD point.

We trust you will find this a valuable workshop.  The venues, dates and times for all five workshops has been added into the RCAA Calendar.

APS Institute

The APS Institute promotes psychology education and training for continuing professional development and credentialing in purpose specific aspects of psychological practice. It ensures maintenance of exemplary standards of education and training through a range of policy on governance and training standard.

Phone 03 8662 3300. Email: apsinstitute@psychology.org.au



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Date and Time

  • Starts: Friday 31 May 2019
  • Ends: Friday 31 May 2019

Venue Location

  • The Sebel Brisbane
    Albert St and Charlotte St,
    BRISBANE, QLD 4000
    The venue is wheelchair accessible

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