This article was first published in The Australian on the 19th April as ‘Sick Heart of a Generation’.
As an Indigenous clinical psychologist who has spent the better part of the past twenty years working solidly in Aboriginal suicide, I keep getting asked “What are the causes of Indigenous suicides?”
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs has recently shared that the Commonwealth Government has allocated $134M of funding into Indigenous suicide prevention.
Below are the five pages across which The West Australian newspaper's Julie Hosking published a feature article about Tracy in the West Weekend on Saturday 20 January 2018. Please click on each image to see them full-size.
From ABC Radio Perth: Dr Tracy Westerman was named WA's Australian of the Year. She is a proud Njamal woman of the Pilbara, who's giving back to the communties she loves so much. Tracy is a psychologist who has spent more than two decades working to reduce mental illness in Aboriginal people and better understand why some communities have such high rates of suicide. She is teaching her people the power of self belief and says "there is nothing we can't achieve as Aboriginal people if we believe in ourselves". She is talking to Geoff Hutchison on Who Are [...]
The West: Aboriginal psychologist Tracy Westerman crowned WA’s Australian of the Year for suicide prevention programsAdmin 2018-01-25T17:19:11+08:00
The 2018 WA Australian of the Year, Aboriginal psychologist Tracy Westerman. Picture: Ross Swanborough Working with communities that have high rates of suicide, Tracy Westerman knows hopelessness and marginalisation can be deadly. The Aboriginal psychologist, who delivers suicide prevention programs in remote areas, was this week crowned WA’s Australian of the Year. She wants Aboriginal teenagers struggling to find hope for the future to know such an honour is not out of reach. Having grown up in the inland Pilbara town of Tom Price, Dr Westerman did her high school exams via long-distance education. When she was [...]
A psychologist who delivered culturally-appropriate suicide intervention programs to remote Aboriginal communities has won the WA Australian of the Year award. Njamal woman Tracy Westerman, who founded Indigenous Psychological Services in 1998 to address high rates of mental illness among Aboriginal people, knocked out boxing champion Danny Green for the honour. Green was recognised for establishing the Coward's Punch Campaign to raise awareness, particularly among young men, about the difference between being tough and a thug. The 2018 WA Senior Australian of the Year is66-year-old women's health champion Kathleen Mazzella, who established the Perth-based Gynaecological Awareness Information Network. The [...]
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 [...]