'Conversations with new communities about mental health:
an ADEC community engagement initiative'
with Shehani DeSilva, Coordinator, Transcultural Mental Health Access Program
ADEC’s Transcultural mental health program, held a series of focus groups with 5 new and emerging communities over a period of 6 months. The purpose of these sessions was twofold. The primary objective was to have conversations with these communities around mental health and their perception of mental illness and related issues. The conversation also focused on perceptions around recovery and importance of cultural and religious beliefs in dealing with mental illness. The second objective was to collate the learning and make it available primarily for the information of the community and clinical mental health services.
In the seminar ADEC will present the information gathered during these information sessions and share some of the highlights of this community engagement initiative.
About the speaker..
Shehani coordinates the Transcultural Mental Health Access Program of ADEC (Action on disability within Ethnic Communities).
Prior to working in Australia, Shehani worked with Refugees as Survivors in Wellington New Zealand, a mental health service for refugees and migrants.
She has also worked in mental health sector in Sri Lanka, particularly with those communities affected by the civil war and with UNICEF Sri Lanka as a Psychosocial Program Officer, which supported NGO’s working in war torn areas, including programs for child soldiers.
Venue: VTPU Seminar Room, Level 2, Bolte Wing
St Vincent's Hospital,14 Nicholson St, Fitzroy
Date: Wednesday 18th July 2012
Time: Seminar - 3.00-4.00 pm; Transcultural Case Presentation - 4.15- 5.15 pm.
Cost: seminar and case presentation are free of charge.
RSVP: By Monday 16th July 2012
Light refreshments will be provided following the seminar.
The seminar will be followed by a transcultural case study presented by a Psychiatric Registrar from St Vincent's Hospital