Education and Service Development Consultant
Hi, I’m Silvana and I’ve worked part-time with VTMH since 2012. I am an Occupational Therapist and Somatic Psychotherapist working in both clinical and community settings with people who have experienced developmental and complex trauma. I have worked in public health for thirty years across sectors and programs, including remote aboriginal communities, high-demand environments such as emergency departments and complex psychosocial care contexts.
At VTMH, I provide workforce development, planning and strategic support across the Victorian specialist mental health system, promoting inclusive, culturally safe and culturally responsive mental health care.
Recent projects I’m proud to have worked on include:
- Co-producer of Our Voices, a series of digital stories created in collaboration with mental health carers from five diverse communities, exploring beliefs, practices, and the role of faith and spirituality in both care and recovery.
- Design and development of a web based resource, LGBTIQIntersect, in collaboration with service providers, community elders, faith leaders and same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse people from multicultural, spiritual and faith-based communities.
- Development of intersectionality and cultural safety resources for the mental health workforce.
- Collaborating on the development of resources to support culturally safe and inclusive practice across the family violence sector.
I am particularly interested in applying an intersectional lens to public health service delivery models, the implementation of justice and human rights frameworks in mental health care and the integration of human-centred design thinking in project development and delivery.
In the future I hope VTMH can inspire a whole-of-government approach to humane mental health care informed by the social, cultural and political determinates of health, whilst promoting diverse approaches to community-led mental health and wellbeing supports and services.