As a proud Njamal woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Dr Tracy Westerman’s vision is to support students with remote and rural connections through their university studies with the aim of becoming Aboriginal psychologists skilled in Indigenous-specific mental health and suicide prevention and intervention programs.
To achieve this vision, Dr Westerman has established the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship Program to foster the development of the next generation of clinicians committed to researching and delivering evidence-based, best practice into our high-risk communities.
“Across Australia, Indigenous suicides occur at double the rate of non-Indigenous suicides. Alarmingly, 40% of child deaths in Indigenous communities are by suicide.
My vision is to support Aboriginal students with rural and remote connections to become psychologists, skilled in Indigenous-specific mental health, suicide prevention and intervention programs. To achieve this, I want to eliminate one very real barrier to Indigenous people studying at university - the financial barrier.
I am so excited that Curtin shares my passion for making a real difference to our most disadvantaged communities.”
Dr Tracy Westerman
Dr Westerman has committed $50,000 to launch the program. The first scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded in 2019.
With your support of the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship Program, together we can encourage and enable more Indigenous people to further their education and to help train future psychologists to make a real difference in regional and remote communities.