An Aboriginal psychologist says First Nations service providers and specialists are key to helping address the alarming rates of Indigenous suicide.
Five Indigenous students recently became the inaugural recipients of a $10,000 scholarship to assist in their Bachelor of Psychology studies at Curtin University in Western Australia.
The Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship Program aims to develop Aboriginal psychologists who have connections to rural and remote Aboriginal communities in order to provide specialised support services.
Speaking to CAAMA Radio, Dr Tracy Westerman said she will also provide mentoring to the scholarship recipients.
Dr Westerman the 2018 Western Australian of the year said she would like the program to eventually go national and see hundreds of Aboriginal psychologists across the country working in remote communities.
Dr Tracy Westerman Scholarship recipients photo (from left to right): Nikki McKenzie, Saira (Maheen) Rind, Yasmin Hunter, Taylah Thompson-Patfield, and Cheyenne Conway.