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Foundations of culturally responsive practice

Given the current situation with COVID-19, VTMH is not running face-to face workshops.


Wednesday, 11 March 2020


Victorian Transcultural Mental Health
Conference Room, Level 1 Bolte Wing (Building F), 14 Nicholson St, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy VIC 3065


9.30am–4.00pm (Registrations from 9:15am)


Free (Morning tea and lunch provided)




About the Workshop

This foundation workshop provides practitioners with a broad overview of key principles that inform culturally responsive mental health practice, and the role of culture in mental health service delivery. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own cultural values, beliefs and models in delivering recovery focused interventions, and explore the relationship between policy, human rights legislation, and the manner in which we provide respectful person-centred care.

The workshop will explore

  • Practical skills for delivering diversity responsive mental health interventions, including working with interpreters, approaches to assessment and recovery, community engagement and service development.
  • Concepts including:  Social determinants of health, cultural humility, cultural safety, diversity and intersectionality.
  • Key government policies and human rights legislation in relation to culturally responsive practice.
  • The importance of reflective practice in creating culturally safe spaces.
  • Participants will be provided with some reading material to consider prior to attending the workshop.


Suitable for practitioners working in publicly funded mental health programs across Victoria, including staff in clinical (Area Mental Health Services) and community mental health services, as well as people working within mental health programs in community health and welfare services.

NB: This workshop replaces what was previously known as Cultural responsiveness: Introduction to principles and practices. 

Registrations essential — see booking link below.