Position Promo is very proud to announce our latest Social Impact investment in support of the recently incorporated Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health.
An initiative developed by Njamal woman and Australian of the Year (WA) 2018, Adjunct Professor Tracy Westerman, the Institute will aim to provide clinical and cultural best practice to train, develop and undertake vital research, enabling organisations to meet the needs of high-risk Aboriginal communities.
In Australia, Indigenous suicides occur at double the rate of non-Indigenous suicides. Alarmingly, 40% of child deaths in Indigenous communities are by suicide. Dr Westerman’s vision is to support Aboriginal students with rural and remote connections to become psychologists, skilled in Indigenous-specific mental health, suicide prevention and intervention programs. To achieve this Dr Westerman is striving to eliminate one very real barrier to Indigenous people studying at university – the financial barrier.
Position Promo are extremely proud to be supporting this initiative and look forward to sharing more information as Tracy expands her program nationally and continues to fight Indigenous Youth Suicide.
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