Psychology from the Western lens
When we look historically at the science of psychology, all the research and therapies come from a Western understanding of the world and is based on the Western population. In fact, it’s coined the WEIRD population – Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic. Basing clinical psychology on this lens has caused a great deal of damage to people of other cultural backgrounds, including the Indigenous peoples of Australia. Historically, Western psychology assessments were imposed on Aboriginal people, which then was used for the basis of derogatory claims that impinged their quality of life and access to care.
Dr Prandl gained first-hand experience of potential misunderstandings in the cultural context when working as a midwife in the Aboriginal community. She remembers working with pregnant Indigenous women, and observed what she thought was depression.