Dr Tracy Westerman leading the way in mental health and suicide prevention in Aboriginal communities




Our guest on this Standing Strong Together podcast is one truly remarkable and inspiring woman. Dr Tracy Westerman is a proud Nyamal woman and is recognised a world leader in Aboriginal mental health, cultural competency and suicide prevention achieving national and international recognition for her work. This all is despite coming from a background of disadvantage and living in a remote Aboriginal community yet still undertaking most of her tertiary entrance subjects by Distance Education. Her ground-breaking work over the past 22 years in community suicide prevention has brought grass-roots community leaders and clinical staff together to make communities safer and healthier.

Dr Tracy Westerman continues her extraordinary work in communities and trains everyone from Elders, to social workers, psychologist and communities how to recognise the signs of metal health and suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. Her work extends all over Australia and her vision through her foundation is to build an army of culturally competent psychologist in communities.

She joins specialist journalist Natasha Ferre to yarn about her amazing work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities in suicide prevention.


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