My name is James Hill, I’m a Ngarrindjeri man, and I was born and raised on Noongar Whadjuk Country.
My goal is to become a clinical psychologist and mental health researcher with youth populations, including Indigenous youth. I champion lived experience as a powerful tool in conducting authentic and meaningful research that gets at the problems that need to be solved the most. This means research for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people.
A career in psychology is my avenue for advocacy. This includes advocacy for better care for our mob, increased cultural competency in the mental health field, and my future clients. As an Indigenous psychologist I would be uniquely positioned to stand up for our mob and our wellbeing.
It is a privilege to have the mentorship of Dr Tracy Westerman, and an incredible advantage going into my chosen career. And having the financial support of the Jilya scholarship means I can comfortably focus on my studies.