National Multicultural Mental Health Project

Overview

The project provides a national focus on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 

Building on the important work of previous national multicultural mental health projects - including the MHiMA and the Multicultural Mental Health Australia project - the new national multicultural mental health project aims to support mental health service providers to improve cultural responsiveness and accessibility.

The key objectives of the project are to:

• Increase participation of consumers and carers from CALD backgrounds in mental health services,
• Improve outcomes for CALD mental health consumers, carers and their families,
• Increase mental health awareness, knowledge and capacity in CALD communities, and
• Improve cultural responsiveness and diversity of the mental health workforce.

Stakeholder engagement

Mental Health Australia will partner with the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA), and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) to deliver the project.

The project will be informed by:

• An Alliance of representatives from Mental Health Australia, FECCA and NEDA, as well as CALD mental health consumer and carer representatives,
• A CALD mental health consumer and carer group, composed of representatives from each state and territory,
• A Stakeholder Group, consisting of representatives with multicultural mental health expertise and links to CALD communities.

The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Project activities

Project staff, together with consumers, carers and stakeholders, will work to further develop and plan the implementation of The Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (the Framework). The Framework was developed to help organisations and individuals evaluate thier cultural responsiveness and enhance delivery of services for CALD communities.

To learn more about the Framework, click below to watch a short video:

Further development and implementation of the Framework will be a key activity of the national multicultural mental health project. Other initial activities include: 

• Establishing project governing and advisory structures
• Recruiting project staff
• Developing a 2018-19 Activity Work Plan
• Establishing a project communication and engagement strategy, including a naming and branding activity

Project activities have recently commenced and will be completed by 31 December 2020.

A final project report is due 31 March 2021.

More info

Further information about the project will be available once the 2018-19 Activity Work Plan has been agreed.

You can find out more by viewing Mental Health Australia’s media release about the launch of the Project, or the Minister for Health’s media announcement.

Contact us

For any project enquiries, please contact the project team at Mental Health Australia on 02 6285 3100 or at multicultural@mhaustralia.org