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Foundations of cultural responsiveness for mental health practitioners

This workshop delivered via Zoom introduces mental health practitioners to key cultural responsiveness frameworks, principles and practices.


Tuesday, 12 July 2022


Online via Zoom
— details to be sent to registrants in advance








About the workshop

This introductory workshop introduces culturally safe and responsive practice and an intersectional understanding of mental health and will assist participants to apply human rights, cultural models of health and wellbeing and participatory frameworks to mental health practice. 

The workshop is designed to stimulate the interest of participants in the range of issues related to transcultural mental health and to complement broader service development initiatives being undertaken by an organisation within our current mental health and wellbeing reform environment.

The workshop will utilise a variety of facilitation modes, grounded in a reflective practice approach, to provide learners with the opportunity to explore the knowledge, skills and attitudes that support culturally safe and responsive, equitable and inclusive mental health care across a variety of service settings and contexts. 

Workshop participants will also be informed of additional VTMH services inclusive of advanced skills and training workshops that are also available. 

Learning outcomes

  • Reflect on concepts and frameworks important for culturally safe and responsive care, including human rights, culture, identity, intersectionality, culturally safe and responsive care, and cultural humility.
  • Learn about culturally responsive practices including working with interpreters, partnering with communities, reflexivity, explanatory models, social and cultural models of health, cultural assessment and recovery and anti-oppression practices.
  • Implement culturally responsive practices at systemic levels and individual levels while being aware of relevant government policy and the mental health reform environment. 

Date, duration and delivery

This workshop takes a blended learning approach, and has two components. The virtual workshop is conducted via Zoom and supplemented with self-directed online learning. See below for details:

  • Component 1: Completion of an online self-directed introductory module (link emailed once registration completed) prior to attending the online workshop 
  • Component 2: Attendance at the online workshop, conducted via Zoom over 3 hours, held on Tuesday 12th July 2022, 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

Target audience

Participation is open to a range of staff including program leaders and direct-care practitioners, working in mental health and wellbeing services across Victoria. This includes staff in clinical and community mental health services, as well as people working within mental health programs in community health and social services, such as community rehabilitation and recovery workers, lived experience workers, mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychiatry, and program leaders/project workers and others.

If you are unsure if this workshop might be relevant to your role please feel free to contact us via


VTMH workshops are open to staff working in Victoria’s state-funded mental health workforce. This includes public clinical and community mental health services, as well as state-funded mental health programs within community health and social services. 

Please note due to funding arrangements, workshops are currently unavailable to those working solely in private practice/NDIS providers. If you register and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, we may contact you to confirm your eligibility. We thank you for your understanding.


Registrations close Tuesday 28th June, 2022. Registrations are essential.

Cancellation Policy

We know circumstances change, however if you register for a workshop and are unable to attend, please contact us as soon as possible at to allow us to offer your space to those on our waiting lists.

Whilst we do our very best to deliver our workshops as scheduled, unforeseen circumstances may require us to cancel or postpone events at short notice. 

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