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Dr Tracy Westerman confirmed to speak

October 6, 2017

 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

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 KWY is a not-for-profit Aboriginal organisation delivering a range of specialist services across South Australia.  KWY’s aim is to improve the levels of engagement and positive outcomes for women, men, children and community.  KWY  supports  the safety of women and children  by providing a  whole of family holistic response to supporting our community . KWY also provide specialist training in South Australia for the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) sector some 97 services statewide .


No To Violence incorporating the Men’s Referral Service is the peak body for organisations and individuals working with men to end family violence. As the peak body NTV advocates on behalf of their members to raise awareness of men’s behaviour change work. It provides resources, including training for service providers to enhance their capacity to successfully engage with men who use violence and then to work with men to prevent further violence. NTV also deliver the Men’s Referral Service which is a men’s family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service and is the central point of contact for men taking responsibility for their violent behaviour. 


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