Dr Tracy Westerman has confirmed that she will be speaking at the Working with Aboriginal men and family violence conference in Adelaide on the 7th and 8th December 2017. Tracy is a proud Nyamal woman from the Pilbara in WA. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology). She is a recognised leader in the Aboriginal mental health, cultural competency and suicide prevention fields achieving national and international recognition for her work.
Dr Westerman is a widely sought after keynote speaker having delivered to over 40 national conferences and internationally in Canada (2003); the USA (2004), Auckland (2006 & 2007) and Wellington (2009). In 2005 the Canadian government sent a delegation to Australia to explore Dr Westerman’s innovative approaches to Aboriginal suicide prevention and mental health resulting in recommendations that the same approach be adopted for Canadian Aboriginal people (Nunuvut Taskforce, 2006). She was then recognised by Canadian Health, 2009 for her substantial contribution to the field of Aboriginal youth mental health & has been cited in numerous reports highlighting her work as best practice. She has been an expert witness to numerous Parliamentary Enquires throughout Australia. She has developed SEVEN unique mental health related psychological tests, unique Aboriginal mental health assessment models and training packages and has trained over 22,000 individuals since 1998. Her body of work places her at the forefront of Aboriginal mental health service delivery. Her awards include:
NAIDOC National Scholar of the Year (2002);
Mark Liveris Award, Curtin University, Health Sciences for best Oral Presentation of PhD
The National Health & Medical Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship to investigate ADHD in Aboriginal people
Suicide Prevention Australia Award for Emerging Researcher (2006)
40 under 40 Business Leaders Strategic Alliance Award