The Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist Adults (WASC-A)

The Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist - Adults (WASC-A) has recently undergone psychometric validation and is now available for purchase. The WASC-A was developed at the same time as the Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist - Youth (aged 13 -17 years) and has been validated with over 400 Aboriginal Adults (aged 18 years and over) across Australia.

The WASC-A is not accessible without undergoing accredited training. Those who have undertaken accreditation in the WASC-Y will automatically be accredited in the WASC-A.

The WASC-A start up package includes the WASC-A manual, 30 copies of the WASC-A test, 10 reply paid envelopes and a hold all satchel. The WASC-A manual is extensive and can act as a great resource for those who work in Aboriginal mental health. It covers the methodology associated with the development of the WASC-A including the rationale for the development of a unique psychological test. It also includes current critique and review of available adult Aboriginal Mental Health literature; main outcomes of Dr Westerman’s PhD which includes overview of the development of the Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist—Youth (WASC-Y) and WASC-A; prevalence data obtained Australia wide from both scales which includes rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviours, drug and alcohol useage, impulsivity and cultural resilience.

The manual also provides an overview of the covariance amongst disorders; the impact of cultural resilience as a moderator of risk; rates of risk for mental ill health amongst youth and adults sampled with the WASC-Y and WASC-A and implications for practice. The manual also includes outcomes of Dr Westerman’s initial study and what has been achieved since then from this initial evidence base. This includes an overview of validated culture bound syndromes in Aboriginal populations Australia wide; the development and validation of the Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Test (CCT); General Cultural Competency Test (GCCT); delivery of IPS’ Cultural Competency Intervention Programs and importantly an overview of the impacts of IPS Whole of Community Suicide and Mental Health Intervention Programs which has been the main focus of the use of the WASC-Y and WASC-A data. Finally, the manual also provides comprehensive Cultural and Clinical Validation Guidelines which guides the practitioner through cultural best practice counseling and assessment methodologies for use with the Aboriginal client.

All of this information (and more) is also covered in the IPS Training Program “Mental Health Assessment of Aboriginal Clients” which includes accreditation in the WASC-A.

Cost:  $980 AUD (including GST) plus postage.

Those who have previously ordered the  The Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist  - Youth receive a $100 discount on purchase price. 

The WASC-A refill pack can then be purchased following the purchase of the Start Up Pack. This includes 30 copies of the WASC-A.

Cost:  $376 AUD (including GST) plus postage

Click here to download WASC-A order form. To order the WASC-A packs fill out this form and fax it to us:  (08) 9362 5546 or post to:

PO Box 1198
East Victoria Park WA 6981