New de­gree in in­dige­nous men­tal health

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

CURTIN Univer­sity has in­tro­duced a new de­gree to ed­u­cate and sup­port in­dige­nous stu­dents to be­come spe­cialised men­tal health prac­ti­tion­ers.

The In­dige­nous Clin­i­cal Men­tal Health Prac­ti­tioner de­gree pre­pares stu­dents to work in a men­tal health clinic, hospital or fa­cil­ity to treat in­dige­nous peo­ple with a men­tal ill­ness.

Run through Curtin’s Cen­tre for Abo­rig­i­nal Stud­ies (CAS), the course is avail­able to peo­ple of Abo­rig­i­nal or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der de­scent as well as 10 non-in­dige­nous stu­dents a year.

CAS spokes­woman Tr­ish Hill-Wall said it in­volved prac­ti­cal as­sess­ments, hands-on de­liv­ery and the­o­ret­i­cal frame­works with a fo­cus on psy­chol­ogy and child devel­op­ment.

“This is an em­pow­er­ing op­por­tu­nity for in­dige­nous stu­dents as they have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about the be­havioural science of the disor­der, treat­ment and re­cov­ery process of pa­tients,” Ms Hill-Wall said.

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