About us

The MHiMA Project provides a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. This involves representation and support for CALD communities’ interests in the mental health sector and raising awareness of mental illness and suicide prevention in CALD communities.

Mental Health Australia has been engaged by the Department of Health to manage the Mental Health in MHiMA Project until 30 June 2016. Key tasks during this timeframe include analysing the activities, arrangements and outputs of the most recent Project (to 30 June 2015, managed by another entity), and making recommendations to the Australian Government Department of Health about future directions for the MHiMA Project.

Mental Health Australia will communicate and work with the mental health and CALD sectors in the coming months to develop these recommendations. Some of the activities Mental Health Australia will be pursuing include:
  • Forming a Project Advisory Group with representation of all jurisdictions, CALD consumers and carers, and CALD views and expertise outside of the mental health sector.
  • Progressing a review of the Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia, including an examination of its structure, delivery and sustainability, and recommendations for future delivery and implementation. 
  • Developing a consultation document on the future of the MHiMA project, which will be available on the Mental Health Australia and MHiMA websites throughout December 2015 and January 2016.
  • Continuing engagement with the National CALD Consumer and Carer Working Group, including seeking their views on the future of the MHiMA Project.
Regular MHiMA Project updates will be provided through the Mental Health Australia CEO Weekly Update (free subscription) and on this website.