Indigenous mental health
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 within a mental health clinic, hospital or facility to treat indigenous people with a mental illness. The course is run through Curtin’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) and 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 the program involved practical assessments, hands-on delivery and theoretical frameworks, with a focus on psychology and child development. “It is important for the students to support indigenous people in a proactive manner and the course offers practical solutions in line with the best care and treatment practices,” she said. Visit karda.curtin.edu.au/index.cfm.