Dudgeon, P., Bray, A., & Darlaston-Jones, D. (2016). A radical activist’s manifesto for Indigenous Australian mental health: Rob Riley’s legacy 20 years on. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 16(3), 167-181.

In 1995, Indigenous leader and activist Rob Riley became the first Aboriginal person to deliver a keynote address at the Australian Psychological Society (APS) annual conference. He presented a manifesto for change not only for the practice of psychology but for society as a whole. Calling for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to be treated with dignity and respect and to have self-determination over their lives, Riley articulated the deeply divisive structural racism that underpinned the social, economic, and political context at the time. Twenty years after his untimely death, we reflect on his legacy and ask to what extent his challenge to psychology and Australian society has been met.