Authors: Jayne Lewis and Marieke Van Regteren Altena, VIC
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: St Vincent’s Mental Health (SVMH) in partnership with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), SERVICE DELIVERY, IMPLEMENTATION, Gender, culture and personality
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper explores a service-wide initiative supporting culturally responsive mental health care at St Vincent’s Mental Health (SVMH) in partnership with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH). One third of people residing in SVMH catchment in inner urban Melbourne was born overseas and of these 20% were born in non-English speaking countries (NESC). People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds do not access services at the same rate as those born in Australia (Stolk, Minas & Klimidis, 2008). SVMH has been working to close this gap by providing accessible, equitable services that respect diversity. Three years of learning will be shared from a sustained, collaborative effort between SVMH and VTMH, aimed at ensuring the CaLD community being served is represented and their needs are addressed in mental health service provision.