Amazing People – Tracy Westerman: Bringing Psychological Support and Education to Rural Indigenous Australia – Hope 103.2

Amazing People – Tracy Westerman: 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 […]

By Duncan RobinsonThursday 11 Apr 2019Amazing People with Sam and DuncanInspirational StoriesReading Time: 1 minute

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 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.