Glossary and FAQs


Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS): These health services were initiated and are controlled and operated by the local Aboriginal community.

Aboriginality: for Aboriginality to be recognised, three criteria need to be established:

  1. Descent (a parent of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent)
  2. Self-identification (the individual identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)
  3. Community recognition (the individual is accepted as such by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community).

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

Australian Psychological Society (APS): The APS is the largest professional association for psychologists, and exists to represent, promote and advance psychology within the context of improving community wellbeing and scientific knowledge.

Council of Australian Governments (COAG): a council chaired by the Prime Minister and including the State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). The Council is intended to be the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia.

Mental illness: a general term referring to a group of illnesses and/or disorders that affect a person's thinking, feelings, perceptions and reactions.

National Action Plan on Mental Health 2006-2011: this document outlines 17 measures to be implemented over five years to improve services for people with a mental illness, their families and carers. These measures include: increasing clinical and health service availability, providing respite, an increase in the mental health workforce,and providing new programs to raise community awareness.

Self-determination: the ability of Aboriginal peoples to freely determine their own political, economic, social and cultural development.

Stolen Generations: those children of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by Australian Federal and State Government agencies under Acts of their respective parliaments between the 1860s and 1970s.

Frequently Asked Questions

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