Dr Tracy Westerman AM
Psychologist and critical thought leader in Aboriginal mental health, suicide prevention and cultural competency

Dr Tracy Westerman AM is a proud Nyamal woman from the Pilbara in Western Australia. She has long been considered a critical thought leader in Aboriginal mental health, suicide prevention and cultural competency. In 2003, she became the first Aboriginal person to complete a combined Masters & PhD in Clinical Psychology. Dr Westerman is a widely sought-after keynote speaker delivering to over 80 national conferences and internationally in Canada (2003); the USA (2004), Auckland (2006, 2007) and Wellington (2009). More than 40,000 individuals have attended her workshops arguably making her the most in demand trainer in Australia. She has developed multiple unique psychometric tests enabling the identification of Aboriginal people at suicide and mental health risk and which ensure measured cultural competency improvements. Regularly sought out by all forms of media for her opinions, Dr Westerman is also published in many academic journals. In 2018 she launched the Dr Tracy Westerman Indigenous Psychology Scholarship Program to address the unacceptable rates of Indigenous child suicide by increasing the number of Indigenous Psychologists in our highest risk Indigenous communities. She launched the charity, The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health in 2020 to drive Indigenous mental health, suicide prevention best practice. Jilya now supports 41 Indigenous psychology students via private donations, fundraising, and government commitments. She has recently signed with UQP to publish her memoir in 2023 which will document her significant, great breaking work. Her most notable awards include:

  • Australian Psychological Society Almetrics Award for the published paper with the highest global reach for the paper ‘Culture-Bound Syndromes in Aboriginal People’, 2022
  • Order of Australia (AM), 2021
  • Telstra Women’s Business Award, Small Business Category Winner 2020
  • Australian of the Year (WA) 2018
  • Curtin University Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
  • Inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame 2018
  • 40 under 40 Business Leaders Strategic Alliance Award
  • Suicide Prevention Australia Award for Emerging Researcher 2006
  • Mark Liveris Award, Curtin University, Health Sciences for best Oral Presentation of PhD 2002
Dr Tracy Westerman AM