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Snapshots of VTMH Seminar Sessions in 2018

VTMH Admin - Monday, July 23, 2018

The VTMH Seminar Series presents speakers on a range of mental health and diversity themes. These one hour sessions are held once a month from March to November each year. They are free and will interest people working in a range of sectors.

Snapshot of sessions so far


We started the year with Dr Jim Hlavac of Monash University, presenting in March on 'Mental Health Interactions and Interpreters: Guidelines for Interpreters & Interpreters' Perspectives.' The session highlighted the very important role of interpreters in mental health settings, recent research and reports. Approximately 20 attendees participated in a lively discussion on this subject.

In April,  Professor Suresh Sundram of Monash University spoke about the Cabrini Asylum Seeker Services to a well attended session. 

Dr Kristen Moeller-Saxone, Vic Health, Principal Program Officer, Mental Wellbeing, was our guest speaker in May. Kristen spoke about the wellbeing of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Nearly 30 attendees enjoyed Kristen’s relevant and important presentation. 

The June seminar featured a performance by Link Health and Community titled 'Three Sides of the Coin and the Impacts of Gambling on our Community: Using Theatre to Create Change'. This organisation uses live theatre to explore the links between gambling and mental health and stimulate conversations about the impacts of gambling. This session was very well attended with over 30 people in attendance who were thoroughly entertained and informed.

Most recently in July, Susan McDonough, PhD candidate at La Trobe University, presented findings from a grounded theory study that explores the work of practitioners assisting people experiencing mental health issues with whom they share a similar cultural, linguistic or faith background.

Upcoming seminars 

Register for any of the following sessions via the training and events calendar or by using the links below.

  • 15th August, 3-4 pm. Xris Reardon, Third Way Theatre (Australia), 'Using creative methodologies with, and alongside communities who are structurally marginalized'
  • 19th September, 3-4 pm. Commissioner Kristen Hilton, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, ‘Driving cultural change’
  • 17th October, 3-4 pm. Naomi Halpern,  Delphi Training and Consulting & VTMH, 'Navigating the complexities of complex trauma'
  • 21st November, 3-4 pm. Dr Manjula O’Connor, The University of Melbourne, 'Exploring psychiatrists’ knowledge, opinions, practices in relation to domestic and family violence'