Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness for Mental Health Services

Introduction to Cultural Responsiveness for Mental Health Services

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)


Daryl Oehm

(03) 9288 3300

At VTMH, based at St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy, or on location as requested by participating agency

One full day workshop, mostly participatory small group work and some didactic sessions

Free to specialist mental health workforce in Victorian public mental health. Fees for other agencies are negotiable

Direct-care practitioners, advocates and others involved in quality service improvement


Program description:

This workshop aims to introduce mental health practitioners, working in clinical and Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSSs), to cultural responsiveness.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Recognise various expressions of culture in everyday life including understanding health, mental health and recovery from mental illness.
  2. Accept the relationship between health outcomes and inequality in the Australian community.
  3. Accept cultural diversity as a basis for effective workplace and professional relationships.
  4. Identify the features of a culturally responsive mental health service.
  5. Identify the main features of cultural assessment/ formulation.
  6. Relay some of the core features of culturally sensitive practice.
  7. Identify how to access more information about VTMH, relevant education and other service.


Paricipant and facilitator feedback completed at the end of each session. Collated and reviewed internally. No published evaluation report on this workshop is available.

03-Dec-2013 09:14 AM