GCMH staff are actively involved with research, training and mental health systems strengthening activities across Australia, Africa, Europe, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. The Centre continues its ongoing collaboration with multiple academic institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and with government departments, civil society organisations and local and international NGOs to support this work. GCMH continues to strengthen existing collaborations and develop new partnerships within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH) and the broader University of Melbourne community. We work across disciplines, sectors and borders through joint teaching, mentorship and supervision, collaborative research, and mental health systems development.
We envision GCMH as a platform for research and development, conducting research, building capacity, and providing sustained support for mental health systems development in Australia and internationally. Strengthening the leadership of partner institutions improves our capability to recruit, train, and support new and emerging leaders in Global and Cultural Mental Health.
There are specific collaborations that the Centre is strengthening within MSPGH and within the University over the coming years. These include the following:
Population Mental Health Group: http://pmhg.unimelb.edu.au.
Australian Health Workforce Institute: http://www.ahwi.edu.au/
VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing (The McCaughey Centre)
Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics: http://www.peu.unimelb.edu.au/research/mentalhealth
Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute: http://www.sustainable.unimelb.edu.au
Melbourne Social Equity Institute: http://www.ri.unimelb.edu.au/msei/
In terms of collaborations in the Multicultural Mental Health work area, GCMH has strong partnerships with key stakeholders in the field. These include:
- Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre (QTMHC)
Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit (VTPU)
- Mental Health Substance Abuse Research Group, Human Rights and Security Cluster (UniSA)
- Foundation for Survivors of Torture
- Centre for Multicultural Youth
- Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities
- Mind Australia
- Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.