Agency leaders and policy advisors

"Assisting people living with a mental health difficulty is "a human rights issue ..., a community issue ..., a life and death issue."

Reference: Mental Health Commission. (2012). A contributing life: The 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention. Sydney: Author.

"Access and equity policy has been built upon the core principle that ... government services should be accessible to all Australians who are eligible for them, responsive to their needs, and deliver equitable outcomes for them." 
Reference: Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Commonwealth of Australia. (2012). Access and equity for a multicultural Australia. Belconnen: Author.

Better mental health and well-being for all Australians

People from immigrant and refugee backgrounds experience poorer mental health outcomes when compared to persons born in Australia and often present to mental health services as at a later stage of illness.

We want to improve the responsiveness of mental health services to the range of needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families. This means empowering communities to take action regarding mental health and ensuring that all users of mental health services feel safe, respected and understood. MHiMA is committed to supporting collaboration between different agencies, sectors and parts of government, participating in policy debates, learning more about reforms that work at system, service and workforce levels, promoting evaluation and research. 

Looking for information?

For information related to administering health and community services and policy discussions related to mental health in multicultural Australia see:



For articles, reports, fact sheets on a range of topics, practice and organisational guidelines and tools, policies, plan and frameworks, browse MHiMA's knowledge exchange.


The Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: Towards culturally inclusive service delivery aims to provide public, private and community mental health services with easy-to-use practical strategies, tools and resources that will increase their cultural responsiveness. Go to the Framework website 


Ways you can get involved in the MHiMA project  

Help us develop the MHiMA knowledge exchange

MHiMA's knowledge exchange gives you quick access to the best available online information, tools and resources all with a focus on mental health and suicide prevention in multicultural Australia. We've started by cataloguing the resources that have been available on the MHiMA website since we began in 2011 and adding new resources.  As it evolves, we will provide opportunities to collaborate and communicate with other health and community practitioners, and share information about education, services as programs across Australia. Please have a browse.

Latest updates

Regular MHiMA Project updates will be provided through the Mental Health Australia CEO Weekly Update (free subscription) and on this website.