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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA)
Response to National Mental Health Commission Review – Developed Jointly By the MHiMA Executive & MHiMA National Consumer & Carer Working Groups
Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 12pm
(AEST) for immediate release.
View Full Response here
MHiMA welcomes the release of the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services.
In particular, MHiMA welcomes Recommendation 17: “Use evidence, evaluation and incentives to reduce stigma, build capacity and respond to the diversity of needs of different populations” and the associated details provided by the National Mental Health Commission around how it could be achieved in Volume 1 of the report entitled ‘Strategic Directions – Practical Solutions – 1-2 years’.
In addition, MHiMA supports key approaches put forward under Recommendation 17 by the National Mental Health Commission in relation to how it can be practically progressed in the next 1 to 2 years:
- Explore evidence based approaches to reduce stigma and discrimination, and low cost options on how to permeate these approaches throughout the community.
- Engage employers, schools, community organisations and workplaces to take part in local initiatives which improve both mental health understanding and behaviours and reduce stigma and discrimination.
- Improve cultural responsiveness by supporting the widespread adoption of the ‘Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: Towards culturally inclusive service delivery’ as a tool to help organisations identify what they can do to enhance their cultural responsiveness.
- Require Primary Mental Health Networks (PMHNs) to partner with state-wide transcultural mental health services in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia in planning and developing responses to local community needs; and with PMHNs in other states and territories to identify (or help to develop) alternative mechanisms.
- Adopt clear and explicit equity-oriented targets for people from Culturally and Linguistically (CALD) backgrounds from multicultural communities to include in government funding agreements.
- Extend the National Mental Health Commission’s Seclusion and Restraint Project to look at the specific factors which result in seclusion and restraint for vulnerable people (for example, communication problems).
MHiMA is especially keen to work with the Commonwealth and all relevant stakeholders in advancement of the following three priority areas:
- Priority 1: Focus on Meaningful Service Redesign of Mental Health Services That Optimally Impacts on Frontline Organisation & Quality of Culturally Responsive Care
- Priority 2: Focus on Reducing Red Tape Through Nationally Consistent Health/Mental Health Legislation at Commonwealth, State & Territory Levels
- Priority 3: Focus on Data Collection & Measurement
View full response here
Thursday, November 27, 2014
The MHiMA office will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Thursday 25th December 2014 and will reopen again on Monday 5th January 2015.
We wish everyone a safe and happy break!
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Friday, November 21, 2014
For the latest issue of the MHiMA e-newsletter, please click here.
Categories: communications and media; information; MHiMA project news
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) has joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the “Racism. It stops with me” campaign.
Our organisation has committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activities in support of the campaign.
“The Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) project is pleased to be part of, and to support, this important campaign. Racism is never acceptable and we need to do all we can to eliminate it from our society” Harry Minas, MHiMA Chair.
Research from 2011 shows that one in seven Australians say they have experienced discrimination because of their colour or background. This figure appears to have been increasing in recent years.
Research has also shown that 70 percent of people agree that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people are prejudiced against each other.
The national “Racism. It stops with me” campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission, has been developed by a partnership of government and non-government agencies and will run until 2015.
For more information about the campaign go to: http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/
Or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.
Categories: blog; communications and media; community engagement; MHiMA project news; news; partnerships.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
MHiMA CaLD Carer and Consumer Participation - Raising Our Voices Bridging the Divide to Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care, multicultural mental health and wellbeing conference by Ãine Tierney
Presentations by consumer and carer advocates were a feature of the recent Raising Our Voices Bridging the Divide to Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care in Canberra on Friday the 7th November 2014. The conference was focused on multicultural mental health and wellbeing and involved speakers who came from across Australia to share their professional expertise and lived experience. The conference provided opportunities for delegates to share their stories, put questions directly to speakers and to raise their voices about a range of issues that affect health, mental health and well-being for multicultural, migrant and refugee communities.
Transcultural mental health
- Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre
- Transcultural Mental Health Centre (NSW)
- WA Transcultural Mental Health Centre
- Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit
- ACT Health - Transcultural services
- Tasmanian Transcultural Mental Health Network