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December  2017

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

Season's Greetings! 


Thank you to everyone who connected with and supported VTMH programs and activities during 2017. We look forward to engaging with you in educational workshops, consultation forums, partnerships and service development initiatives in 2018. The richness you bring to our work is greatly appreciated. 

The VTMH team wishes you a safe, happy, and relaxing festive season. 


What's coming up in 2018?

New workshops for 2018

Two new VTMH workshops will be offered in 2018 via our continued involvement with the NEVIL, LAMPS and Western Cluster Training Calendars.

Read more about new workshop topics


Forums and monthly seminars to return

The free monthly seminar series will return in March 2018.  Plans for VTMH to host two forums in 2018 are also underway.

Join VTMH mailing list to receive details as announced                                      

Program updates

LGBTIQ-inclusive multicultural and multifaith communities: Consultations commencing soon

Consultations for the Intersect Project will be held from December through to late February.

Read more here

VTMH Reference Group

The Group met three times in 2017 to provide VTMH with strategic direction, advice and networks. Plans to re-convene again in the new year are underway.

Redeveloping interpreter resources

Four consultation sessions were held over August and September, gathering a variety of perspective to help inform a new resource. The next stage is to collate the rich information, and seek interest from those who participated to form a reference group.

CPH Program recognised by Vic Gov as an innovative workforce initiative

The Victorian Cultural Portfolio Holder Program was recently chosen as a case study as part of the Review and Consolidation of Innovative Workforce Models and Activity in the Mental Health Sector project by the Department of Health and Human Services.

New VTMH program brochures 

New program brochures have been developed to help agencies access information about the following VTMH program areas: Victorian Cultural Portfolio Holder Program; Partners in Diversity Program; Education and Professional development Program.

For copies of these, email us. 



News from the website

Statement of support for LGBTI people of faith

The Victorian Government Forum on LGBTI Inclusion in Faith Communities was convened in August and wrote this statement regarding the rights of people to live free from exclusion, discrimination, and violence.

Read more here

Inaugural CPH Oration Evening

Contributions of the Victorian Cultural Portfolio Holder Network members were celebrated on the 19th October at the Melbourne Museum. Guest speaker, Shen Narayanasamy, Human Rights Campaign Director, GetUp!, (pictured here, centre, with VTMH staff) addressed the group with the oration speech, Telling stories and shifting contexts.

Read more here

Opening doors to spiritual experience: Recapping the forum 

Sixty people came together in September for a Forum that explored practices to enrich recovery by engaging with the spiritual experiences of consumers and carers that they support.

Read more here


ABC interviews VTMH during Mental Health Week 

The VTMH team was part of an ABC news story for Mental Health Week, along with a carer and a consumer. 

Read more here



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