At the 2016 Australian Psychological Society Congress in September, Centre for Remote Health’s Director Professor Tim Carey read an apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from the Australian Psychological Society.
The apology had been developed from an initial idea by Professor Alan Rosen and drafted into its final form by the Indigenous Psychology Advisory Group of the Australian Psychological Society.
The Board of Directors approved the apology at their Board meeting prior to the conference and it was read out at the end of Professor Pat Dudgeon’s keynote address.
The apology received a standing ovation and generated overwhelming emotions for the people who were present. It is believed to be the first apology of its kind anywhere in the world.
Other Media Coverage of this event
Australian Psychological Society: Australian Psychological Society apologises to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Huffington Post: Psychologists apologise to Indigenous Australians
CAAMA Radio Interview with Prof Tim Carey: We can learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders about mental health and well-being
Flinders University: Flinders University backs CRH Director’s apology to Indigenous Australians