PHOTO: Tracy Westerman has worked for two decades to reduce mental illness in Aboriginal people. (Supplied: NADC) Aboriginal psychologist Tracy Westerman has been named Western Australia's 2018 Australian of the Year. Njamal woman Dr Westerman has spent more than two decades working to reduce mental illness in Aboriginal people and ensure minimum standards of cultural competence in her profession. Born in the Pilbara, she studied psychology at university in Perth, where she struggled to reconcile mainstream psychology with Aboriginal culture. Dr Westerman's PhD research led to the development of unique psychological tests to identify Aboriginal people at [...]
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Please find below the audio of an interview Tracy had with the ABC Radio Drive program on 17 November 2017 after her nomination for the Australian of the Year was announced.
Western Australia’s top achievers have been recognised for their achievements in the community. On Thursday, the Western Australia Award nominees were announced for a range of honours. The list includes Western Australia’s Australian of the Year, Western Australia’s Senior Australian of the Year, Western Australia’s Young Australian of the Year and Western Australia’s Local Hero awards. The nominees for the the state’s Australian of the Year award are Dr Nick Gottardo, Danny Green, Jaqueline Mills and Dr Tracy Westerman. Dr Gottardo is a paediatric oncologist and brain cancer researcher based in Perth. Perth’s Mr Green was recognised for being [...]
This interview was shared by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF). For more information, please visit http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz https://youtu.be/bn1QjGn4xnM