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New College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP)

PACFA is pleased to announce that the PACFA Council has approved the establishment of PACFA’s newest College, the College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP). The new College has already garnered substantial support from PACFA members, with over 80 individual members indicating interest in joining the College.

The establishment of CATSIHP is a ground-breaking achievement. PACFA is leading the way with plans to support the development of standards for training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healers and accredit Indigenous Healing programs.

Click below to hear the new Convenor of the CATSIHP, Dr Carlie Atkinson, speaking about this exciting new initiative in her video presentation to the PACFA Council.

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The evidence for modalities that fall within Indigenous healing practices is vast. CATSIHP will actively promote the practice of and access to Indigenous Healing Practices with a focus on their experiential and relational focus as essential professional requirements. CATSHP acknowledges healing practices that are not written within an academic framework and are practised throughout Australia; those that are in the process of being documented in both academic and cultural ways; and those that are to come forward in the future.

CATSIHP will also provide leadership, representation and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practitioners, offer relevant professional development opportunities, support the development of curriculum, establish support and referral networks, contribute to research on Indigenous issues and work towards government recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practitioners.

CATSIHP’s activities and priorities will include:

  • Highlighting the expertise and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners and practitioners from other First Nations Peoples
  • Developing training standards and practice guidelines for Indigenous Healing
  • Supporting the development and accreditation of existing and new training programs in Indigenous Healing
  • Developing membership pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healers
  • Advocating for the professional interests and work conditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healers
  • Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healers around the role of CATSIHP and seeking their input into CATSIHP initiatives
  • Providing professional development on Indigenous Healing Practices and cultural competency and safety to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
  • Establishing a network of practitioners and educators around the field of Indigenous Healing Practices

The Leadership Group for CATSIHP is in the process of forming.  The Convenor, Dr Carlie Atkinson will be supported by the Deputy Convenor, Gina O’Neill. We are hopeful that the group will be completed by Dr Graham Gee, Scott Kratzmann, Professor Judy Atkinson, Dr Kate Briggs, Biancia Stawiarski and Gavin Morris.

Biographies for Leadership Group members will appear at the PACFA website soon.