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August 2017

Working together to innovate in mental health care to support the well-being of all Victorians because diversity matters.


Welcome Naomi Chapman, Consumer Consultant

We recently welcomed a new team member, Naomi Chapman, who has stepped into a consumer consultant role.

Naomi was a Consumer Representative for nearly 12 months at North West Area Mental Health (NWAMH), also known as Waratah Clinic. This included sitting on the board of 'C-Drive' (Consumer Drive), playing a key role in the 'Create 2' Art Exhibition for consumers and budding artists, and co-facilitating nurse's intake sessions with fellow consumers.

We farewelled Evan Bichara, who was a long-time member of the VTMH team, and an integral driver of consumer advocacy work across the unit and sector more broadly. 

Other team news

Rasha Rahman joined the team in February in the psychiatric registrar 12-month rotational position that spans Foundation House and VTMH. A number of students and volunteers are also engaged in a range of programs and projects.


What's coming up?

Forum. Opening doors to spiritual experience: Exploring practices that enrich personal recovery

This upcoming forum, presented by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), together with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Spiritual Health Victoria and St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne will be taking place on Wednesday 6th September, 2017. Registrations now open for this groundbreaking event.

Read more and register here...

Seminars & workshops

Cultural Responsiveness: Introduction to Principles and Practices: Tuesday, 19th September, 2017.

Monthly seminar series: Free one hour seminars are held each month from March to October.

Register at Training and Events calendar.


Recent publications from team members include:

Evaluation of cultural responsiveness using a transcultural secondary consultation model

'Putting your feet in gloves designed for hands': Horn of Africa Muslim men's perspective on emotional wellbeing and access to mental health services in Australia

Find more VTMH publications...

Program updates

LGBTIQ-inclusive in multicultural and multifaith communities

GLHV and VTMH are partners in a two-year 'Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Harmony Grant'; they are working together to promote discussions, develop resources and support people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) in multicultural and multifaith communities.

Community Grants Evaluation

VTMH will evaluate a new Department of Health and Human Services grants program that's aiming to improve the mental health of immigrant and refugee background communities by building consumer, carer and community capacity.

Partners in Diversity

Neami National, Alfred Psychiatry, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and more recently, Mind Victoria, are continuing to collaborate with VTMH as organisational partners. The Program assists services to implement key diversity policies and local priorities.

VTMH Reference Group

The Group continues to meet several times a year, providing VTMH with strategic direction, advice and networks. Membership is broad, including mental health service providers, consumer and carer advocates, and leaders in migrant, refugee and LGBTIQ health.

State-wide Cultural Portfolio Holder (CPH) Network

The contributions of State-wide CPH Network members will be celebrated at an Inaugural CPH Oration Evening at the Melbourne Museum in October. A prominent human rights speaker from GetUp! will present on the evening. So CPHs, look out for your invitation!

Redeveloping interpreter resources

Consultations are underway - involving interpreters, practitioners, CPHs, team leaders and consumer and carer advocates - that will guide the design and development of new educational materials.

News from the website

Community Capacity Building

The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and Tandem are coordinating a small grants program, 'Improving the mental health and well-being of immigrant and refugee background communities by building capacity'.

Read more here...

Listening to young people: Recapping the 'Let's Talk' Youth Forum

In March this year, more than 120 people from across youth well-being services gathered together to explore the social and emotional health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and culturally, linguistically and spiritually diverse communities.

Read more here...

Working with interpreters. New online resource

This free learning resource is now available for practitioners working in a range of mental health settings.

Read more here...

New VTMH Evaluation Report

Read our new report, a comprehensive evaluation of VTMH programs and services, conducted over a three year period.

Read more here...

Secondary consultations in a trans-cultural context

VTMH has collated a series of secondary consultations, conducted over several years, into a recently published casebook.

Read more here...



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