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Why we need more Indigenous psychologists

From ABC Radio National, and now listed as a podcast on the ABC, All In The Mind with Sana Qadar discusses the important topic of why we need more Indigenous Psychologists with our own Adjunct Professor Tracy Westerman.

From the ABC: “Indigenous people in Australia are having a very difficult time finding a psychologist who understands Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history. Sometimes indigenous patients seeking treatment have been denied a voice, and the reality of their situation. There are about 800,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, but only 218 Indigenous psychologists. Australia needs more of them—and we look at what many mainstream psychologists fail to understand about Indigenous patients.”

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The podcast aired on Sun 16 Feb 2020, 12:30pm.

Bringing Psychological Support and Education to Rural Indigenous Australia

When Dr Tracy Westerman left her home in the Pilbara, WA to attend university to study psychology, she struggled to reconcile mainstream psychological practices with Indigenous culture.

Her work in mental health care in remote Indigenous communities has garnered international acclaim since 2003, and in 2018, she was named Australian of The Year for Western Australia.

Duncan, from Amazing People with Sam and Duncan on Hope 103.2 was able to sit down and talk to Tracy about the differences between Indigenous and western culture, how these differences affect mental health and the impact of her work in implementing framework to improve mental health and education in Indigenous communities.

There are two versions of this radio conversation.  For the short five minute version click play below:

For the full 30 minute version click below:

The podcast aired on Thursday 11 Apr 2019

Chat with Mikaela Simpson on ABC Radio Darwin

On ABC Radio Darwin and the Northern Territory,  Adjunct Professor Tracy Westerman chats to Mikaela Simpson on her Afternoons segment. Finding the right Psychologist for anyone can be compared speed dating, but for Indigenous people, the process comes with its own set of challenges.

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The podcast aired on Thursday 5 March 2020

Government response to the Fogliani Inquiry

On ABC Radio Perth,  Adjunct Professor Tracy Westerman chats to Geoff Hutchison on his Drive program regarding the lack of Government response to the Fogliani Inquiry into the suicides of 13 Indigenous children in the Kimberley.

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The podcast aired on Tue 11 Feb 2020, 4:00pm

#DisruptedFestival 2019 | KEYNOTE: The Truth about Indigenous Suicide Prevention

The story of Indigenous Australians is important and the truth about mental health is essential. Adj Prof. Tracy Westerman discusses among other topics, Indigenous youth suicide.

Speaker: Adj Prof. Tracy Westerman – Facilitator: Carol Innes

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The video was taken on 29 July 2019.

Indigenous communities and clinicians call for community-based responses to youth suicide

Indigenous children and young people aged between 10 and 14 are 8.4 times more likely to committee suicide than non-Indigenous Australians.  With the situation reaching a crisis point in some communities, such as the Kimberley region of WA, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts and leaders remain adamant that solutions to this problem must come from their own people.

Adj. Prof. Tracy Westerman and Maureen O’Meara who is Chief Executive Officer of Aarnja, the regional body for Kimberley Aboriginal people and a Bardi and Djaru woman chat with Hilary Harper on Life Matters.  Their message? Training more Indigenous mental health clinicians would also help encourage more young people to come forward and seek help.

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Duration: 21min 42sec
Broadcast: Wed 8 May 2019, 9:06am

Supporting Indigenous students to help rural and remote communities

The Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship Program aims to develop Aboriginal psychologists who have connections to rural and remote Aboriginal communities in order to provide specialised support services.

Speaking to CAAMA Radio, Dr Tracy Westerman said she will also provide mentoring to the scholarship recipients.

Dr Westerman the 2018 Western Australian of the year said she would like the program to eventually go national and see hundreds of Aboriginal psychologists across the country working in remote communities.

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Duration: 21min 42sec
Broadcast: Wed 8 May 2019, 9:06am

WA psychologist’s response to suicide inquest

Dr Tracy Westerman is speaking On ABC Radio Perth Breakfast with Nadia Mitsopoulos and Russell Woolf.

Coroner Ros Fogliano made 42 recommendations after investigating the suicide deaths of 13 Kimberley children in less than four years. But part of her report left 2018 WA Australian of the year Dr Tracy Westerman lost for words.

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Duration: 8min 27sec
Broadcast: Fri 8 Feb 2019, 6:00am

One year on, with Geoff on ABC Drive

On ABC Radio Perth,  Adjunct Professor Tracy Westerman chats to Geoff Hutchison on his Drive program discussing more Indigenous youth suicides, the need for evidence based programs and training up people in best practice treatment and screening.

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The podcast aired on Tue  22 Jan 2020