Indigenous Psychological Services (IPS) is a private company founded in 1998 by Dr Tracy Westerman AM of the Njamal people of the North West of Western Australia. She developed IPS to address the paucity of specialist mental health services for Aboriginal people, despite the obvious need for these. The company operates in the ABSENCE of government funding and maintains a focus on the provision of free work as deemed necessary to address chronic needs. IPS also self-funds research to ensure the cultural validity of programs, assessments and tests. It is essential that social justice and the addressing of inequity remains a constant focus.
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IPS prides itself on delivering on cultural and clinical best practice at all times.
IPS’ services commenced from its origins in WA to now having a significant service delivery presence across NSW, SA, QLD, VIC and the NT since 2003. IPS’s track record of success over the past 18 years is directly attributable to a number of core principles including:
All trainings have been developed uniquely for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal people based upon over 10 years of research into Aboriginal mental health with many aspects of IPS’ work drawing both national and international recognition. The substantial science and cultural evidence base means that participants walk away with an increased ability to make sense of the interface between mainstream and Aboriginal perspectives of mental health;
The programs are delivered by facilitators who continue to work directly with Aboriginal people and communities in mental health service delivery. This provides authenticity to the delivery of the content and talks to its practical relevance with clients;
The training programs undergo constant review and evaluation to ensure that IPS and our clients are at the forefront of Aboriginal mental health as new information becomes available.
It is these principles that have resulted in IPS being a firmly established leader in the provision of innovative, culturally specific Aboriginal mental health services. IPS has four areas of service delivery including:
IPS also undertakes a significant amount of Aboriginal mental health research which has resulted in the development of a number of unique Aboriginal mental health workforce development products and psychological tests.