Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)
The Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) is working with MHiMA develop networks that draw together practitioners with a shared interest in multicultural mental health. Contact MHPN if you would like to learn more or become involved. Alternatively, use MHPN's mental heatlh network map to find networks in your local area. Also see MHiMA's latest news for progress updates.
The NPS MedicineWise is an independent not-for-profit organisation that provides practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests. Its bilingual health professional network is comprised of "general practitioners and pharmacists who work in areas with high proportions of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds" and recognises that they "face additional challenges to their peers, and often provide services above and beyond what's expected. NPS established the bilingual health professional network in acknowledgment of the role these GPs and pharmacists play in CALD communities and their different professional needs".
State and territory networks
Here are some local and state-wide practitioner and agency networks organised in relation to immigrant and refugee mental health and well-being.
The Cultural Portfolio Holders Programme is coordinated by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) (formerly the VTPU) and is "for individuals working within a Victorian, state government mental health service who have been asked by their service to take on this role. Cultural portfolos holders (CPHs) work in child and adolescent mental health services, aged persons' mental health services, statewide and specialist services as well as in adult mental health services in both clinical and psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support services."
The Victorian Mental Health Refugee Network was established in 2007 to "facilitate greater coordination and collaboration amongst health and community services to provide more accessible and appropriate health services for people of refugee backgrounds. The Network brings together a wide range of representatives from the health, settlement and community sectors who actively participate in the projects and initiatives of the Network."