Culturally and linguistically diverse webinar series for mental health practitioners

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  15 February 2021  Mental Health Professionals' Network   

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network and Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, in conjunction with Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) are producing a new webinar series, which will support practitioners who work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

With the context of the ongoing pandemic, the series of two webinars will help practitioners to better understand the compounding anxiety and grief that people from CALD backgrounds may be experiencing during this time. The initiative will also underpin the importance of cultural approaches – such as linkages with community and faith-based groups – to post-pandemic recovery within the CALD community.

The webinars will be facilitated by Lew Hess, an accredited mental health social worker who is an influential contributor to the refugee and asylum seeker sector. Lew is a foundation member of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre and an adjunct professor with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.

The first webinar, ‘Providing culturally responsive mental health care during COVID 19 and beyond’ will be broadcast on Tuesday, 2 March. The second webinar, ‘An interdisciplinary cross-cultural conversation: exploring the meaning of healing and recovery’ will take place on Wednesday, 31 March. Register for MHPN’s newsletter to stay up to date.