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.
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 the program 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,” she said.
“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.”
More information here here.