VTMH Podcasts

Conversations about Community Engagement in Mental Health Podcast

This podcast series fosters open discussions on Community Engagement in mental health, encouraging sharing, reflection and critical dialogue.

This series is an extension of the VTMH Community Engagement with Purpose resource project. For more information about this Project, please visit the resource page here


Diversity of communities, who is left behind?

A lot of diversity exists within communities, not all voices are heard. In this episode, speakers James Lombe Simon and Susan McDonough, explore themes around diversity and person-centred care, the role power plays in decision making, and the significance of pluralism in this work.


Varied Lived Experience: Not one size fits all

Community engagement work should centre lived experience, and focus on how people’s needs and experiences can be unique from each other. In this episode, speakers Niharika Hiremath and Violeta Peterson explore the nuances and paradoxes of centring Lived Experience work, particularly in the context of diversity.


Reimagining community work: How to start the journey of decolonisation in Australian healthcare?

Strengthening decolonising practices can move us towards redressing structural barriers that are oppressive and discriminatory. In this episode, speakers Nastasha Rajagopalan and Nivanka De Silva reflect on what decolonising practices would look like for practitioners and health institutions, in order to reimagine alternate ways of engaging with communities.


Talking about power in engaging with communities

Power is the capacity of individuals or groups to make decisions or influence the decision-making process. Speakers Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara and Jackie Mansourian explore how critical it is to understand what power imbalances are, how power operates, and how power can be shared in Community Engagement work.

Speaking from Experience Podcast

Speaking from Experience’ is an exciting new podcast project from VMTH that features the voices of lived experience, community and service providers, from people based in healthcare and human services. Learn about how they are working to build more inclusive and equitable mental health services and systems.

Episode 1

Diversity and Inclusion and Influencing Change

Welcome to the new podcast series, ‘Speaking from Experience’. This inaugural episode ‘Diversity and Inclusion and Influencing Change’, features Kimberley Wriedt from VTMH speaking with two leaders in diversity and inclusion (D&I) based in health services …