Our people / Dr Bernadette Wright

Transcultural Mental Health Specialist

Dr Bernadette Wright is a specialist clinical psychologist who has worked in WA’s transcultural mental health sector for over 13 years.

Bernadette has also been instrumental in supporting various national transcultural mental health initiatives, including the development of the first National Cultural Competency Tool for Mental Health Services for Mental Health Service, and the development and implementation of Australia's first national multicultural mental health stigma reduction initiative, Stepping Out of the Shadows.  Bernadette is also co-author of the Cultural Awareness Tool for mental health.

Bernadette has developed numerous training seminars and specialised workshops for clinicians and other service providers aimed at enhancing cultural competency in clinical practice including training on how to work effectively with interpreters in the mental health context.

For the past decade she has worked with Central TAFE in developing and delivering a training program for mental health interpreting for interpreters in the field. Winner of the Clinician’s category of WA’s Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards in 2007, Bernadette's clinical cases typically comprise migrants and recently-arrived refugees presenting with complex issues and interwoven with cultural elements that may impede treatment efficacy. Bernadette currently holds adjunct appointments at Curtin University, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University.