Event Category: Webinar

VTMH September Webinar 2020

Series: How do we do ‘cultural safety’ in the time of COVID-19? 

Session: Community Voices

Panellists

Tigist Kebede (culturally-inclusive counsellor also known as ‘The Coloured Therapist’), Abdiqafar Ururshe (spokesperson for Australian Muslim Social Services Agency (AMSSA) and board member of AMSSA Youth Connect), Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara (counsellor psychotherapist) and Ahmed Dini (co-founder Ubuntu project) with Shehani De Silva (VTMH).

What to expect in this session? 

This session will explore living in the times of Covid-19 and what this means for people’s mental health and wellbeing. We will hear directly from public housing residents in inner city Melbourne, and their friends, supporters and allies.

The session panellists are experienced and respected therapists, community volunteers and advocates, and leaders of innovative community projects.

They will share their understanding of the situations facing communities. We’ll discuss their views on how to connect the dots between creating healthy communities and addressing enduring patterns of inequality. We’ll also hear about the role these panel members are playing right now in communities. Finally, we’ll reflect on how communities are supporting themselves, and what action needs to be taken by government and services, on many levels, with communities as partners.

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Referenced in this session 

Community-led initiatives  

Ubuntu Project https://www.facebook.com/UbuntuProjectAU/
 

Australian Muslim Social Services Agency (AMSSA) https://www.facebook.com/amssayouthconnect 

In the media June and July 2020 

Sabra Lane & Linda Mottram (2020). Melbourne cases aren’t COVID-19 second wave  broadcast 29 June, 2020.  

Melissa Davey (2020). Melbourne towers residents translated Covid-19 information sheet into 10 different languages in 24 hours, published 6 July, 2020.

VTMH July Webinar 2020

Series: How do we do ‘cultural safety’ in the time of COVID-19? 

Session: Using telehealth

Panellists 

Joanne Gardiner (general practitioner, refugee health fellow, VIDS, RMH), April Philpott (neuropsychologist), Charles Manila (consumer consultant), Katherine Monson (social worker, working in Orygen’s community development team) and Tahmineh Salehi (psychiatry registrar VTMH).  

What to expect in this session? 

The move to provide more mental health care via phone and video technology has been swift and far reaching. Communities and services alike are grappling with what this means. How do people feel about using technology and not seeing practitioners in person? What are the implications for cultural safety and ensuring consumers experience respect and agency? Is telehealth overcoming barriers to accessing appropriate mental health support? The session will include an open conversation among advocates and professionals. Panellists will share their experience of using telehealth during the current time of COVID-19, offer their insights and discuss emerging practice principles. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities as well consider some of the ethical issues associated with using telehealth to provide mental health support. 
VTMH webinar sessions are open to individuals, from all disciplines and working in all sectors, who are based in Australia and interested in diversity and mental health.  

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Referenced in this session 

Information on telehealth for practitioners

Resources to share with consumers and clients  

  • Health Direct has guides to download and email or print (some customisable) for clients in preparation for using video calls  
  • Brisbane South Primary Health Network has produced information for clients on how to use telehealth, in audio or video formats in a number of languages, available from Health Translations 

VTMH May Webinar 2020

Series: How do we do ‘cultural safety’ in the time of COVID-19?

Session: Challenges of interpreting

Panellists

Susan Esmaili (Accredited Interpreter), Lew Hess (Mental Health Social Worker), Norma Medawar (Accredited Interpreter), Radhika Santhanam-Martin (VTMH)

What to expect in this session?

An open conversation between interpreters and clinicians. Panellists will share what they are learning during the current time of COVID-19. They will offer insights about what helps and hinders the process of interpreting and discuss strategies for enabling positive interpreted encounters. 

These sessions are open to individuals, from all disciplines and working in all sectors, who are based in Australia and interested in diversity and mental health. 

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Referenced in this session

VTMH April Webinar 2020

Series: How do we do ‘cultural safety’ in the time of COVID-19?

Session: What we are learning

Panellists

Shehani De Silva, Radhika Santhanam-Martin, Tahmineh Salehi and Susan McDonough (VTMH)

What to expect in this session?

Suddenly, many things have overturned. We have arrived at a crossroad. We are isolated from one another and dependent on each other at the same time. How then do we build social solidarity and connect emotionally during this challenging time of physical distancing? Let’s talk about our concerns, draw on our strengths, struggles and experiences, and imagine the possibilities for profound positive change.

What to expect in this session? An open conversation between the facilitators and opportunities for you to participate. What are we learning about ourselves and about what really matters? What’s emerging about the ways in which communities and mental health organisations and teams are responding? How is the sector hurting or triumphing together? We want to explore, reflect, and find ways to name these collective hurts and triumphs.

VTMH webinars are open to individuals, from all disciplines and working in all sectors, who are based in Australia and interested in diversity and mental health. 

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Referenced in this session

Key concepts – Cultural safety and cultural humility – were discussed in the session. These and other frameworks are outlined in Principles guiding our work.