Multicultural Mental Health Forum

Bendat Community Centre, Wembley
Friday 7 July 2017 (morning)

Featuring Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane.

To register for the Multicultural Forum as a conference delegate or buy a separate ticket to the forum, please go to our Registration page.

The concept of a pre-conference forum was developed to allow a more in-depth exploration of a specific topic, than is practical within normal conference programing restraints.

The 2016 pre-conference forum was extremely popular and successful, exploring Aboriginal Mental Health issues. Following this success, 2017’s topic explores cultural diversity and mental health.

Almost half of all Australians were born in another country or have a parent who was born overseas, and culture can play a huge part in attitudes to mental health issues and willingness to seek help. Language barriers, social isolation and discrimination experiences can create further complexities.

With the generous support of Event Sponsor Richmond Wellbeing and Government Partner, the Office of Multicultural Interests, this forum will be an inclusive, half day professional exchange, open to all conference delegates and the wider community and will be held at the Bendat Community Centre.

The event will be designed to be culturally inclusive and interactive, promoting discussion and exploration of issues and the objectives are:

  • To develop and strengthen WA’s Multicultural Mental Health and associated sectors.
  • To provide specialist professional development and collaboration opportunities for both Mental Health and Multicultural workers and other services touched by these issues.
  • To provide a forum for resource sharing, ideas exchange and collaboration.
  • To link mental health and cultural diversity to related issues and vulnerable populations and promote cross-sector communication and support.
  • To raise the profile of multicultural mental health issues and promote positive attitudes to mental health in diverse communities.

The program is being developed with extensive consultation with people with lived experience, sector agencies and multicultural mental health experts and will be available on this page, once complete.

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