Help tips are now available for families and carers in seven
languages. These help tips aim to provide useful information on the
symptoms and impact of mental illness and to support the carer role.
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- Forming partnerships with consumers, carers, community organisations, ethno-specific agencies, primary care providers and mental health services
- Consulting with ethnic communities aimed at identifying priority needs in mental health and developing culturally appropriate strategies to meet these needs
- Organising community education initiatives to increase knowledge of mental health services and to decrease stigma within ethnic communities
- Facilitating referrals to mental health services or appropriate community or ethno-specific support services
The VTPU and the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture (VFST) have worked collaboratively to develop a network of mental health professionals to support the needs of refugees and asylum seekers. In 2003, funding was received from the Department of Human Services to pilot the establishment of a Refugee Mental Health Clinic which is currently delivering psychiatric services to refugees. It operates from the VFST in Parkville.