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Global Ideas Forum

The VTMH - Monday, September 05, 2016
Two of our VTMH colleagues Silvana Izzo and Radhika Santhanam-Martin offered a workshop this Saturday, 3rd September at the Global Ideas Forum 2016, where 50 people attended. The topic was 'How do build community mental health in communities taking an 'intersectionality' lens? Click on the link for further details on the Forum: http://globalideas.org.au/  read more...

Balancing the Risks

The VTMH - Wednesday, July 13, 2016
VTMH held its first forum for 2016, on 23rd June, The Challenge of Balancing Risk in Mental Health: Legislation, Recovery and Cultural Diversity. Victoria’s rapidly changing service landscape presents many challenges for practitioners, the peer workforce and our diverse community. Practitioners are working with the new Mental Health Act, within restructur read more...

Teaching at Annual McGill Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry

The VTMH - Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Dr Radhika Santhanam-Martin has just returned from the 22nd Annual McGill Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry. The summer school was established by Professors Laurence Kirmayer, Cecile Rousseau and Jaswant Guzder, from the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Radhika spent the month of May as a guest of the faculty, co-teaching a  read more...

Cultural characteristics of mental health service users

The VTMH - Monday, June 20, 2016
The whole Australian population is culturally and linguistically diverse with characteristics varying amongst the population. People may face language and cultural barriers when accessing mental health care. Cultural beliefs about what constitutes mental illness and how to respond to it can affect how people explain symptoms, seek help, and access health services. ABS has released an anal read more...

Special Seminar with Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar

The VTMH - Friday, May 06, 2016
On Monday 18th April, Dr Yusuf Omar presented a seminar at VTMH on Horn of Africa Muslim men and their experiences and understanding of mental health and how they utilized traditional as well as mainstream services. From his qualitative research involving young and elder participants, Dr Omar identified that immigration and settlement-linked stressors such as unemployment, racism, gende read more...

‘Our Voices’ project announced as finalist for the 2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards

The VTMH - Friday, November 06, 2015
It is with great pride that VTMH announces that the ‘Our Voices: Stories of carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds (http://www.vtmh.org.au/community-partnerships/our-voices)’ project, has been selected by an expert judging panel as a finalist for Victoria’s coveted public healthcare awards, the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards. The Victorian Public Heal read more...

Recapping the 2015 VTMH Seminar Series

The VTMH - Tuesday, October 27, 2015
After eight months of thought-provoking presentations, the 2015 VTMH Seminar Series has come to a close. VTMH is as always grateful to all the speakers who contributed to the 2015 Series, and generously gave their time and shared their experiences. This year, a wide variety of perspectives and topics were hosted. Sessions formats were rich and varied, including speakers, films, and a psyc read more...

VTMH submission to the Victorian 10 year mental health strategy

The VTMH - Thursday, October 01, 2015
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health has put forward a submission to the Department of Health and Human Services, in response to the Victorian 10 year Mental Health Strategy Plan Consultation process. To read the full VTMH submission, visit http://www.mentalhealthplan.vic.gov.au/application/files/5514/4237/5299/VTMH_10yearmhstrategy_150915.pdf (http://www.menta read more...