Alice Springs, a first for National Committee of Psychologists

In March, for the first time, a national committee of psychologists chose to meet outside its Melbourne base, with Alice Springs being the chosen location.

The Centre for Remote Health was pleased to host the National Committee of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society, providing a first visit to Alice Springs for many of the 20-member committee.

The productive two-day meeting included discussions on many topics facing the profession of psychology with a particular emphasis on the issues relevant to clinical psychology. A suggestion of establishing a placement pipeline for Masters and Doctoral Clinical Psychology students was enthusiastically endorsed.

On Sunday, the Centre for Remote Health’s Kath Martin, presented a session on cultural considerations in delivering effective health care. Committee members found this session particularly helpful, and included ideas that would be incorporated into their clinical practice for more effective communication with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

A visit to nearby Jessie, Emily and Simpsons Gaps, significant cultural sites for Arrernte people and part of the beautiful Central Australian landscape, was also included.

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