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Event by the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania and the Phoenix Centre What’s it about? This forum will share information about best practice when working with members of Tasmania’s newly arrived community members from refugee and humanitarian entrant backgrounds. It will explore attitudes and stigmas about mental health and suicide, and discuss barriers to help seeking and accessing services, and what we’ve learned from consultations over the past six months. Who should attend? Suicide Prevention Trial Site working group members, human service providers, medical practitioners, front line workers, teachers, and anyone who works or volunteers with people newly arrived to Tasmania from refugee and humanitarian entrant backgrounds. What will I learn?
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You are warmly invited to join the first webinar for Embrace Multicultural Mental Health (the Embrace Project), happening on Tuesday 1 October 2019 at 12-1pm AEST. The webinar will provide an overview of the Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (the Framework), which is a free, nationally available, online resource that allows organisations and individual practitioners to evaluate and enhance their cultural responsiveness. The Framework has recently been redeveloped into a series of modules and self-reflection tools, and mapped against national standards to help organisations meet their existing requirements. This webinar will explore how mental health services, Primary Health Networks, individual practitioners and others can use the Framework to support their work with multicultural communities.
These words, spoken by so many consumers and carers that have helped shape the new national multicultural mental health project – Embrace Multicultural Mental Health – are the essence of today’s launch, and the future of this project and a concerted effort to provide mental health services and information that is culturally appropriate.  Let’s embrace this challenge and in partnership with the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), Mental Health Australia is extremely proud to launch Embrace Multicultural Mental Health including its new website and Framework at www.embracementalhealth.org.au
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Latest update from Ruth Das, National Multicultural Mental Health Project Manager: Dear friends and colleagues I'm pleased to write to you all with an update on the National Multicultural Mental Health Project. Priorities In 2018 we were strongly focussed on bringing people together for this highly collaborative project, including mental health consumers and carers from multicultural backgrounds as well as key stakeholders from across the mental health and multicultural sectors. Together, we have begun a significant program of work which builds on the achievements of previous national projects, and aims towards an equitable mental health system and improved mental health and wellbeing for Australia’s multicultural population. In 2019 we will continue to work together to progress this important work, including:
Latest update from Frank Quinlan, CEO Mental Health Australia: As the year comes to a close, I’m pleased to share an update on the National Multicultural Mental Health Project, and look to what’s ahead for 2019.  Since the public announcement of the project in May this year, our focus has been on coming together with lived experience and professional experts from across the mental health and multicultural sectors. Together, we’ve shaped and begun a significant program of work which we’re confident will help us move towards a more equitable mental health system, which reflects and responds well to the needs of Australia’s multicultural population. 
If you would like to receive Embrace Multicultural Mental Health email updates, please sign up to our free mailing list here.
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