Foundations of Culturally Responsive Practice

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Foundations of Culturally Responsive Practice - Virtual Learning

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This is a free event designed for members of the public clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH). For example, a social worker working in mental health at Austin Health. Staff from MHCSSs, ACCHOs, AOD or other partner organisations may also attend. Please note, if you do register for this event and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, your registration will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event start date, or earlier.

This introductory workshop introduces culturally safe and responsive practice and an intersectional understanding mental health, and will assist participants to apply human rights, cultural models of health and wellbeing and participatory frameworks to mental health practice. 

The workshop uses a blended learning approach consisting of two components :

  • Completion of an online self-directed introductory module prior to attending the online workshop 
  • Attendance at the online workshop, conducted over 3 hours.

The workshop complements broader service development initiatives being undertaken by an organisation within our current mental health and wellbeing reform environment and is designed to stimulate the interest of participants in the range of issues related to transcultural mental health. Workshop participants will also be informed of additional VTMH services inclusive of advanced skills and training workshops that are also available.  Participation is open to a range of staff including program leaders and direct-care practitioners, working in mental health and wellbeing services across Victoria, including staff in clinical and community mental health services, as well as people working within mental health programs in community health and social services.

VTMH collects feedback from workshop participants for quality control purposes and data collected may be used for publication.

Learning outcomes:

  • Reflect on concepts and frameworks important for culturally safe and responsive care, including human rights, defining culture, identity, intersectionality, culturally safe and responsive care and cultural humility.
  • Learn about culturally responsive practices including working with interpreters, partnering with communities, reflexivity, explanatory models, social and cultural models of health, cultural assessment and recovery and anti-oppression practices.
  • Implement culturally responsive practices at systemic levels and individual levels while being aware of relevant government policy and the mental health reform environment.

The workshop utilises a variety of facilitation modes, grounded in a reflective practice approach to provide learners with the opportunity to explore the knowledge, skills and attitudes that support culturally safe and responsive, equitable and inclusive mental health care across a variety of service settings and contexts. 


Completion of an online self-directed introductory module prior to attending the online workshop. Details of this will be emailed to participants following registration.

Training is 3 hours in duration, and conducted via Zoom.


Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)

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Organiser Centre for Mental Health Learning

Organiser of Foundations of Culturally Responsive Practice

The CMHL is the central agency for public mental health, including lived experience, workforce development in Victoria.

The CMHL is the central agency which connects, collects and shares information, tools, resources and expertise created through DHHS investment to ensure skills and knowledge are shared widely, and mental health workers at every stage of their career have the opportunity to grow their leadership capabilities.


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