My name is Malcolm Jetta. I live in Pingelly, Western Australia and belong to the Wiilman (Gnala Karla Boodja) and Baladong tribes of Noongar Nation. As a husband and devoted father of 3, this scholarship is important to me because I gain invaluable support and guidance to help get me through my studies. This is something that money cannot buy and is difficult to access in the Wheatbelt region, where I call home.
Once I gain my qualification, I hope to provide a culturally secure service for my people out in the Wheatbelt, particularly concentrating on children and young people. Mental health services specifically for Aboriginal people are very rare, and this is something that I would like to change. I believe that prevention and intervention is better than a cure and if children have access to culturally appropriate services earlier in life, they will achieve much greater outcomes for themselves, family and community.
I would like to become a role model and leader in this space and to encourage and support more young Aboriginal people to engage in psychology studies and pathways to achieve improved mental health and zero suicides amongst Aboriginal children and young people.