Authors: Transcultural Mental Health Centre In partnership with The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Event: 2010 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Regional and/or Remote Services or Programs
Abstract: The TRROP is a partnership between the NSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre a unit of Sydney West Area Health Service, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, and rural Area Health Services of Greater Southern, Greater Western, Hunter New England, and North Coast. The project is funded by the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office, NSW Department of Health. TRROP is as an equity and access initiative, intended to explore models of service delivery for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in rural areas. It is the first activity of this kind in rural NSW and has yielded important information to guide policy, planning, and service development. Further, the innovative governance structure was designed to pilot a model of participation and decision-making that included stakeholders involved in the delivery of health care to rural and remote communities from the state level through to the local level. Description of Facility/Organisation: Established in 1993, the Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) is a statewide service that facilitates access, quality and safety in mental health service provision for established and newly arrived culturally and linguistically diverse communities in NSW. The TMHC is an acknowledged leader in: the development and delivery of specialist clinical services, consumer and carer initiatives; publication and resource development and translation; transcultural mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention; clinical supervision; workforce development, education and training; and research, policy and service development. The TMHC recognises the significance of cultural and linguistic difference in relation to mental health and uses a whole-of-lifespan approach, working with individuals and communities at different stages of the migration experience. The TMHC has extensive project management experience at all levels of government. Collaborative partnerships exist with a wide range of mental health and health services, GPs, NGOs, universities, key government and welfare agencies, multicultural and ethno-specific services and culturally diverse communities.