What is a Cultural Portfolio Holder?
Cultural Portfolio Holders (CPHs) are people who play a key role in generating service improvement activities to improve culturally responsive practice in mental health services. Mental health services engage with CPHs in a variety of ways including:
- Writing policies and implementing service system changes;
- Participating in working groups to address cultural diversity planning and policy development;
- Linking practitioners/communities to resources, and raising awareness of issues in relation to cultural diversity;
- Promoting the effective use of language services and resources.
If you have been appointed as a CPH in your service, there a numerous ways that you can get started.
- Find some allies within the organisation – who else is passionate about this issue? Develop links with other CPHs in your local area
- Form a cultural diversity working group with links to decision-making structures within the organisation. Try to get representation from a wide range of disciplines and teams. Ensure consumer and carer participation.
- Develop an agreed description of the role which is most relevant to your organisation and its work.
- Find out about cross-sector multicultural networks in the local area. People with mental health issues may be seeking support from migrant services, the local councils or religious leaders.
- Help devise an organisational cultural diversity plan. Create and work towards some goals.
- Join the CPH Network, facilitated by VTMH.
A Community of CPHs: The State-wide Cultural Portfolio Holder Network
VTMH facilitates a state-wide network, which provides opportunities and a space for CPHs to receive mutual support, network and engage in conversations around leading cultural diversity initiatives within mental health services. Opportunities include:
- Attending quarterly meetings that bring together CPHs from across the state
- Engaging in debate and discussions relating to cultural diversity in the mental health sector;
- Sharing of relevant resources and information;
- Access to a state-wide online social network site with online learning and sharing facilities;
- Education and training sessions;
- Providing feedback and comment on current policy and legislation
If you would like to become a member of the state-wide CPH Network, click on the registration button below.