Psychiatrists are medical doctors who evaluate, treat and prevent mental, emotional and behavioural problems in children and adults. Twenty-first century psychiatry has grown to encompass at least a dozen sub-specialities. Click here to get more information about the mission, responsibilities and qualifications of a psychiatrist.
An indigenous psychiatrist, also sometimes referred to as an Aboriginal mental health specialist, works almost exclusively with people of indigenous backgrounds. These mental health specialists are a part of the growing field of cultural psychiatry, and they are trained to be aware of the multiplicity of social and cultural issues that impact mental health in marginalised aboriginal populations.
Of note, government statistics show aboriginal populations in Australia and New Zealand suffer from depression, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse and other mental health-related problems at more than twice the rate of the general population.