Author: Susan McDonough

Exploring intersectionality

Thinkers, practitioners, storytellers and researchers from across Australia got together in September to talk about how to apply an intersectional lens. Silvana Izzo from VTMH joined this inaugural session, initiated by Professor Olena Hankivsky, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. 

Professor Hankivsky, respected expert in intersectionality, is Chair of Women’s Health and Director of the Centre for Health Equity Gender and Women’s Health Unit. We’ve been exploring her body of work, here at VTMH, for the past five years, thinking through the implications and playing our part in applying an intersectional framework to public mental health practice. 

Find out more about VMTH’s work in this area and follow links to resources, including Professor Hankivsky’s work on COVID-19 and intersectionality, here.

Partnering to build organisational capacity in cultural responsiveness: A recent report

This report discusses and reviews a three-year collaboration between Neami National (Neami), a community-based provider of psychosocial mental health support services, and VTMH as a state-wide capacity building unit that focuses on improving responses to culturally diverse populations.

The report provides a detailed description of our partnership processes in action, including

  • The VTMH partnership approach
  • Initiatives and strategies that emerged to address and support key goals
  • Learning gained through the collaboration

Read the report, Partners in diversity: A transcultural and community mental health collaboration to build organisational cultural responsiveness, via our Reports and Publications page

VTMH at Royal Commission hearings

Adriana Mendoza, VTMH Manager, appeared at the Commission on Thursday, 18 July, 2019 as part of a session that considered how the mental health system engages with, recognises and responds to the needs of diverse communities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people; and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.