Founder, Managing Director / Indigenous Psychological Services
Most Notable Role
The development of a successful private company geared towards the delivery of mental health services to Aboriginal people had never occurred prior to the development of Indigenous Psychological Services (IPS), founded by Dr Tracy Westerman AM. IPS has achieved this success despite the absence of government subsidies during its development or any ongoing funding for its essential services into Aboriginal communities with chronic mental health needs. IPS’ impacts have occurred primarily through the rigor of its research headed by Dr Westerman, which has attracted national and international acclaim. She has also founded the not-for-profit Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health Aboriginal Corporation in 2020.
Dr Westerman has a Post Graduate Diploma (Science, University of WA) in Psychology, a Masters Degree (Clinical Psychology, Curtin University) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology).
She is widely sought after as a keynote speaker in Australia and has also been an invited international keynote speaker on FIVE separate occasions in Canada (2003), USA (2004), Auckland, New Zealand (2006 & 2007) and Wellington (2009).
Dr Westerman was awarded Western Australia’s Australian of the Year for 2018 and was recognised for spending over two decades working to reduce the burden of mental ill health and suicide in Aboriginal communities.
In 2021, Dr Westerman was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the Indigenous community in mental health and suicide prevention.