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Foundations of culturally responsive practice in mental health settings

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


Tuesday, 04 June 2024


Dandenong Civic Center, Formal Meeting Room, Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong VIC








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 utilises 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 including 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.
  • Consider 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.
  • Consider ways to implement culturally responsive practices at systemic levels and individual levels while being aware of relevant government policy and the mental health reform environment. 

Dates, time and delivery

Delivery style: This is a face to face (in person) workshop. Online attendance is unavailable for this workshop.
Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2024
Time: Registrations open at 9:15am for a 9:30 start. Workshop concludes by 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Dandenong Civic Center, Formal Meeting Room, Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong VIC

Morning tea and lunch provided by VTMH. Please note any dietary requirements during the registration process.

Further venue details and housekeeping information will be provided to registrants closer to the workshop.

Participants are asked to complete a self-paced online learning module, Orientation to Cultural Responsiveness, prior to attending the workshop. The module takes around 4 hours to complete and allows you to log in and out as you like and complete at your own pace ahead of the workshop. Details of how to access the module will be emailed to you once you complete your registration. More details about this module can be found here.

Target audience

This workshop will interest staff working in a range of roles across clinical and community mental health services across Victoria. This includes but is not limited to community rehabilitation and recovery workers, lived experience workers, mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychiatry, and program leaders/project workers.

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.

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 Thursday, 23 May 2024. Registrations are essential.

Spaces in our workshops are limited and provided free through state funding. We ask that you please use your work email address, and provide your manager’s email details, as part of the registration process.

If you are registering as part of a team, please note each individual attendee needs to register themselves.

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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