Indigenous Health Professional Associations


The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) is the national body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists in Australia.


Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is a national not for profit, member based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation.

The LIME Network

The LIME Network is a dynamic network dedicated to ensuring the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and graduation of Indigenous medical students.


The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) is the sole representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives in Australia. CATSINaM’s primary function is to implement strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into nursing and midwifery professions.


Scholarships, Bursaries and Cadetships

Bendi Lango Bursary

The Australian Psychology Society Fund for the financial assistance of people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent undertaking a postgraduate psychology degree.  The Bendi Lango initiative was established in 2006 with the aim of increasing the number of psychologists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent and facilitating their contribution to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities, as well as the wider community and the psychology profession.

IAHA - Scholarships and Cadetships in Allied Health

Indigenous Allied Health Australia encourages all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in a career in allied health to investigate the support options available to them.  This page provides a list of scholarships, bursaries and cadetships currently open for applications.

Indigenous Scholarships - The Aspiration Initiative

The Aspiration Initiative (TAI) is a joint initiative of the Aurora Project, the Charlie Perkins Trust and the University of Canberra.  The Indigenous Scholarships page provides information going to uni, how to get a scholarship, inspiring stories, and searchable database of national and international scholarships.


Social and Emotional Wellbeing Resources

KidsMatter - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Resources about the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all four sub-sites: KidsMatter Primary, KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Families and KidsMatter Health & Community.

Aboriginal animations: Supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children

KidsMatter, in partnership with highly regarded Aboriginal consultants, have developed a series of animations that are designed to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and provide viewers with an understanding of what social and emotional wellbeing means to Aboriginal people. Additionally, three guidance videos and a range of other guidance resources have been developed to help you determine the best way to use the animations.


Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Services

Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services in Aboriginal Australia

This website is designed for those seeking to learn about ways of meeting the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.  The easy-to-use 'Find a Health Service' feature allows users to search an extensive database of Indigenous-specific Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) services and programs across Australia.

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

NACCHO is the national peak body representing over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) across the country on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues.

The Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation with a focus on building culturally strong, community led healing solutions. We support organisations around the country to design and deliver healing programs that work for their communities.

The Lowitja Institute

The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.  The website includes a searchable database or resources and publications.


Aboriginal Health Ethics Committees

The following links are to community-based Aboriginal Health Ethics Committees.  A comprehensive list of ethics committees is available on the Indigenous HealthInfoNet website at


Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Committee (AH&MRC) NSW

The AH&MRC Ethics Committee operates as a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) under the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) legislation.

The role of the AH&MRC Ethics Committee is to assess research proposals affecting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities in NSW, and to monitor the collection of data on Aboriginal health to ensure these activities will be conducted ethically.

Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee (AHREC) SA

The Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee (AHREC) promotes and supports quality research that will benefit Aboriginal people and was established following concerns by the then Aboriginal Health Organisation of South Australia about the increasing volume of research being conducted in Aboriginal communities in South Australia.

The AHREC’s objectives are to monitor and coordinate medical and health research in Aboriginal communities in South Australia, to offer advice to communities on the ethics, methodology and potential benefits of research and to review the research needs of Aboriginal communities in order to determine priorities for research.

Western Australian Health Ethics Committee (WAAHEC)

The WAAHEC was established to promote and support quality research that will be reflective of the needs of the community, as there was concerns with the increased research being conducted in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The WAAHEC’s objectives are to effectively monitor ethically sound, culturally appropriate, determine priorities to the research and ensure the benefits to Aboriginal people.!ethics/c6gq

Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services & Menzies School of Health Research (NT)

Menzies works at the frontline, partnering with over 60 Indigenous communities across Northern Australia and many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, to create resources and grow local skills.

Central Australian Human Resource Ethics Committee  (CAHREC) (NT)

CAHREC is a Committee of the NT Department of Health and the Centre for Remote Health, a joint venture of Flinders and Charles Darwin Universities.  CAHREC considers applications for research on humans for all organisations and individuals who wish to conduct such research in the Southern and Barkly regions of the Northern Territory.

Research on Aboriginal Land in these regions now requires a research permit from the Central Land Council, and a prerequisite for this permit is Ethics Approval from CAHREC.