Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Silver
Award category: Specialist Service
Abstract: The Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) is a service funded by the NSW Health Department which seeks to improve the mental health status of people from non-English speaking background (NESB) living in NSW. It aims to work collaboratively with both the community and mental health service providers to ensure that the needs of people from NESB with a mental illness are appropriately addressed. The main strategies employed by the Centre include: developing clinical expertise in the area of transcultural mental health; developing expertise in service and evaluation and quality management; undertaking research projects in conjunction with mental health practitioners; academics, bilingual/bicultural workers and health care consumers from NESB; contributing to the development of Federal and State mental health policies and programs; providing training for health and community workers in transcultural mental health; promoting the development of culturally relevant multilingual resources in mental health; and, promoting mental health promotion. Description of Facility/Organisation: The TMHC is a resource for the State of NSW. The Centre is located on the grounds of Cumberland Hospital in North Parramatta near Westmead Hospital. The Centre currently employs the equivalent of 12 full-time staff, 3 of whom work exclusively in the provision of clinical services. A free call number is provided for people wanting to access the Centre outside of Sydney. Services are provided free of charge and publications and other resources sold on a cost recovery basis only.