Our Purpose

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) supports the mental health of diverse people, communities and systems.

Working together 
to create healthy connected communities, where no one is left behind.

We work closely with the mental health sector, as well as the public health, human service, education, and community sectors, which people also approach for mental health support.

We welcome working with a broad range of people, including communities, those with lived experience, the mental health workforce, educators, service improvement professionals, researchers, and those working with policy.

We aim to listen to people, build on their strengths, and share experiences and information. We apply theories and practices to co-produce resources, build capacity and translate knowledge.

VTMH is funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and is administered by St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. 

Our Strategic Objectives

Our Values

Acknowledging Responsibility

Holding Multiple Perspectives

Advocacy & Equity

Respect & Humility

Life-long Learning

Collective Action

Our Values

Acknowledging Responsibility

We acknowledge and want to address enduring patterns of social inequality. We are committed to creating opportunities for change. We aim to listen to voices of lived experience, especially to people who have been systematically ignored and devalued.

Acknowledging Responsibility

Our Values

Holding Multiple Perspectives

We regard cultural humility and cultural safety principles and practices as the basis for respecting and valuing diverse experiences when providing mental health care.  Cultural humility is a willingness and ability to listen and learn from diverse perspectives. Cultural safety demands that we critique and transform how power is embedded in health knowledge paradigms, professional practices and service systems.

Holding Multiple Perspectives

Our Values

Advocacy & Equity

We aim to use our influence to promote the right of all people to social and emotional health and wellbeing and full participation in community life. We aim to address barriers to accessing appropriate mental heath care and support.

Advocacy and Equity

Our Values

Respect & Humility

We acknowledge that we are not experts in another’s experience. We regard research, narratives, and experience as legitimate forms of knowledge and wisdom. We see curiosity as essential to engaging with the world around us.

Respect and Humility

Our Values

Life-long Learning

We value rich discussions and opportunities to listen and share knowledge and experiences. We aim to engage in meaningful, intentional conversations that enable growth and promote two-way learning.

Life-long Learning

Our Values

Collective Action

We value making connections, building relationships and collaborating. We believe collective action is a path to genuine social change. We aim to form coalitions and alliances based on shared values.

Collective Action