Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) is a state-wide unit, funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division of the Victorian Department of Health, and administered by St Vincent's Hospital.
VTMH works with service providers and other agencies to strengthen their capacity to address inequity in mental health service provision, with the overarching goal of improving the mental health, and social and emotional well being of culturally diverse individuals, families and communities.
We do this by collaborating with all parts of the public mental health system, inclusive of clinical and community support services.
Working together to innovate in mental health care to support the well-being of all Victorians because diversity matters.
VTMH is committed to working in partnership with specialist mental health services and community organisations. We value:
Human rights by actively respecting and protecting these rights and fostering an inclusive human rights culture in Victoria.
Equity by working with partners to develop strategies that facilitate equitable access to opportunities and community resources by all Victorians.
Inclusiveness by supporting diversity and the right of all Victorians to participate in community life.
Diversity by promoting the means to develop understanding of, and respect for cultural beliefs, commitments and practices
Acceptance by promoting engagement across cultures and encounters with different values and beliefs.
Flexibility by encouraging effective and innovative responses to diverse needs
We aim to:
Assist in developing and implementing national and state policies related to improving culturally responsive mental health service systems
Promote and enable the delivery of culturally responsive services
Contribute to developing a culturally responsive mental health workforce
Facilitate the participation of consumers and carers from culturally diverse backgrounds
Engage diverse communities in conversations about mental health and social and emotional well being
Provide evidence for mental health policies and practice through evaluation, projects and research.
VTMH has four main program areas:
Organisational development: Building the capacity of agencies to adopt organisation-wide approaches to improving their responsiveness to diversity; and participation in systems-level projects, consultations and debates.
Workforce support: Responding to the learning, practice and information needs of the public mental health workforce and other providers of health and social support services; facilitating reflective practice sessions with teams and leadership groups; and facilitating workshops, networks and communities of practice.
Community engagement: Working at a community level to address mental health, social and emotional wellbeing; and helping agencies to engage and empower consumers carers and local communities.
Research, evaluation and projects: Exploring good practice and innovation by collaborating with service providers, key agencies and research units; undertaking projects to improve organisational and community capacity.