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Destigmatising Aboriginal Mental Health - Dr Tracy Westerman

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Kings Park

Frasers Restaurant

Perth, 6000

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With her platform as WA 2018 Australian of the Year, Dr Westerman seeks to bring awareness of the issues of Aboriginal Health and Suicide Prevention into the loungeroom of the average Australian as “our community is only as strong as our most vulnerable.”

Dr Westerman has spent the past 20 years changing the way in which mainstream psychology approaches Indigenous mental health and suicide. In this presentation she will talk about her unique assessment tools that enabled the determination of a different evidence base and approach to these issues.

Please join us for this outstanding event, being presented in partnership with Empired and Curtin University

About Dr Tracy Westerman

A childhood yearning to be a psychologist was sorely tested when Njamal woman Dr Tracy Westerman left her home in the Pilbara to attend university in Perth and she struggled to reconcile mainstream psychology with Aboriginal culture. Tracy’s PhD research resulted in the development of several unique psychological tests to identify Aboriginal people at risk of suicide and mental ill health.

In 1998, she founded Indigenous Psychological Services solely to address the high rates of mental illness among Aboriginal people in the absence of government funding. Now an internationally-recognised leader, Tracy has trained 22,000 -plus clinicians in culturally-appropriate psychological approaches and delivered her suicide intervention programs into remote Aboriginal communities throughout Australia.

She has been an expert witness at numerous parliamentary inquires and her Aboriginal suicide prevention strategies have been emulated in Canada.

A trailblazer, Tracy has spent over two decades working to reduce the burden of mental illness in Aboriginal people and ensure minimum standards of cultural competence in her profession.

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State Reception Centre

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Frasers Restaurant

Perth, 6000

Australia

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