Authors: Vivienne Braddock, QLD
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: WESTERN AUSTRALIA TRANSCULTURAL MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE, REFUGEE, TRANSCULTURAL, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: When providing culturally sensitive mental health assessments to new and emerging communities unique challenges arise. In particular it is difficult to find bi-lingual mental health clinicians as often there are few or no appropriately qualified and trained mental health practitioners within the communities. In response to this problem the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre has developed a co-assessment model, whereby a cultural consultant from the client’s identified culture works in partnership with a culturally competent mental health clinician to undertake a cultural assessment (Andray, Stolk & Klimidis, 2003). This paper will outline how the model works and the distinct roles both the cultural consultant and the mental health clinician take. In particular the effectiveness of the partnership that is established will be explored and how the client’s presentation and experiences are formulated. Also undertaken will be an exploration of the critical factors in the success of this model including the importance of role delineation, preparation and planning of the assessments and achieving flexibility.