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VTMH publications

Approaching work with interpreters in mental health settings: Project report

Responding to Diversity: An Evaluation of VTMH Programs and Services, 2013-2015.

Kuay, J. & Tuncer, C. Providing secondary consultation in a transcultural context: A Reflection on a collection of clinical consultations. 

Emotional wellbeing and access to culturally appropriate services: A comparative study of Muslim men of refugee background from the Horn of Africa, living in the innernorthern suburbs of Melbourne.

Pathways to care for individuals with problematic khat use and their families.

Cultural responsiveness in specialist mental health services: Service development as a component of a capacity building project.        

Stolk, Y., Kouzma, N., Chopra, P., Oehm, D. & Minas, H. Cultural competence training in mental health: Evaluation of a 6-module course as a component of service development

Cultural Competence Training in Mental Health Report

Homelessness amongst culturally and linguistically diverse people with a mental illness.

Stolk, Y., Minas, H. & Kimidis, S. Access to mental health services in Victoria: A focus on ethnic communities.

Working effectively with interpreters in mental health settings and Improving the quality of mental health interpreting in Victoria.



De Silva, S. & Santhanam-Martin, R. Cultures in the know: Enabling multi-faith communities to improve mental wellbeing. Report of a project collaboration with ADEC.


Beyondblue. Perinatal mental health of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds: A guide for primary care professionals. Guidelines developed in project collaboration with Beyondblue as part of the Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) project. Available from beyond blue
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health. The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Perinatal Depression Project. Project report, a component of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative. Also see the CALD Perinatal Mental Health Resource Portal on VTMH website.         

Audio-visual productions

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health. (2014). Our voices: Stories from carers from refugee and migrant backgrounds. [Video]. Melbourne: Victorian Transcultural Mental Health.

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA). (2014). Finding our way [Video]. Melbourne: Victorian Transcultural Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Mental Health in Multicultural Australia. Available from MHiMA.                                

Journal articles and book chapters

Colucci, E. & McDonough, S. (2019). Recovering from Mental Illness and Suicidal Behaviour in a Culturally Diverse Context: The Use of Digital Storytelling in Cross-cultural Medical Humanities and Mental Health in Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities Vivienne Lo, Chris Berry, Guo Liping (eds.) Routledge: London.

McDonough, S. & Colucci, E. (2019). People of immigrant and refugee background sharing experiences of mental health recovery: reflections and recommendations on using digital storytelling. Visual Communication. Publish online 19 January. DOI:10.1177/1470357218820651.

Katsifis, V., Oehm, D., Di Mezza, S. & Cranfield, D. (2017). Vox Pop. New Paradigm: Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, Winter, 27-29.

Santhanam-Martin, R., Fraser, N., Jenkins, A. & Tuncer, C. (2017). Evaluation of cultural responsiveness using a transcultural secondary consultation model. Transcultural Psychiatry. Published online 4 August. DOI: 10.1177/1363461517724984.

Omar, Y., Kuay, J. &  Tuncer, C. (2017). 'Putting your feet in gloves designed for hands': Horn of Africa Muslim men perspective in emotional wellbeing and access to mental health services in Australia.' International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. Published on line 17 May, 2017. DOI: 10.1080/17542863.2017.1324887.

Kuay, J., Chopra, P., Kaplan, I. & Szwarc, J. (2015). Conducting psychotherapy with an interpreter. Australasian Psychiatry, 23(3), 282-286.

Colucci, E., Chopra, P., McDonough, S., Kouzma, N. & Minas, H. (2014). Improving cultural responsiveness in mental health services: Development of a consensus around the role of Cultural Portfolio Holders. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 7(3), 339-355.

Gudzer, J., Santhanam-Martin, R. & Rousseau, C.  (2014). Gender, Power and Ethnicity in
Cultural Consultation in Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care, L. Kirmayer, J. Gudzer and C. Rousseau (eds). New York, Springer, pp. 163-182.

Rousseau, C., Guzder, J., Santhanam-Martin, R. & de la Aldea, E. (2014). Trauma, Culture, and Clinical Work: The “House of Stories” as a Pedagogical Approach to Transcultural Training. Traumatology, 20(3), 191–198. 

Wriedt, K., Oehm, D., Moss, B. & Chopra, P. (2014). Perinatal mental health cultural responsiveness training: An evaluation. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 9(2), 109-122.

McDonough, S., Chopra, P., Tuncer, C., Schumacher, B. & Bhat, R. (2013). Enhancing cultural responsiveness: The development of a pilot transcultural secondary consultation program. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(5), 494-498.

Minas, H.,  Kakuma, R., Too, L.T., Vayani, H., Orapeleng, O.,  Prasad-Ildes, R., Turner, G., Procter, N., & Oehm, D. (2013). Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: Developing a culture of inclusion. International Journal of Mental Health Systems,  7(23).