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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.


Thursday, 06 April 2023


Kathleen Symes Library - Multipurpose Room 1 - 251 Faraday Street, Carlton








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 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. 

Date, duration and delivery style


This workshop takes a blended learning approach, and has two components. 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 face to face workshop, conducted over a full day, held on Thursday, 6 April 2023, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Venue details

Multipurpose Room 1, Kathleen Symes Library, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Accessing the venue: A VTMH staff member will be waiting at the door from 9.15am to let you into the building and guide you to the room.

Lunch will be provided by VTMH. Please note any dietary requirements during the registration process.

Information about Covid safe procedures will be provided to registrants closer to the workshop.

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 Monday 20th March 2023. 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, we ask that you please keep it to 2-3 attendees per team given the limited number of spaces available. 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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