As we reflect on the past year, we are struck by the strength and resilience demonstrated by our communities. The pandemic has caused such disruption to our lives with anxiety, fear, and grief among the prevalent responses. But it has also led to incredible acts of kindness and spirit that have drawn people together.
Reports of neighbours (some who were strangers until COVID–19 hit) looking out for and supporting each other are frequent, as are random acts of kindness being demonstrated around the country. Of particular importance was the way Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations dealt with the pandemic, which will bediscussed in detail later. As we mentioned in the last newsletter in May, the Government response to the pandemic has been positive in terms of service provision for those experiencing psychological distress. New items are available for Telehealth and more options for psychologists to support clients. However, there is still too little emphasis on preventative approaches to individual and community wellbeing and this was highlighted in the recent Productivity Commission report.
The information contained on this website has been sourced by the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) and AIPEP 2. The first AIPEP was funded by the Australian Government Office of Teaching and Learning. AIPEP 2 is part of the Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing Project, funded by the Million Minds Mission Grant. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office of Teaching and Learning or the Million Minds Mission Grant.
Several of the images used throughout this website are credited to Chris Lewis