*This program has been postponed to 2015. A new date will be announced once decided.


The Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health, University of Melbourne, as part of the Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) consortium, will be offering the 5-day intensive Multicultural Mental Health Leadership Program. The program is designed to support mental health professionals and consumer and carer representatives to contribute effectively - at organisational, system or policy levels - to the development of mental health services for multicultural Australia.

The focus of the program is on leadership for mental health system reform that recognises and responds to the fact of cultural and linguistic diversity of the Australian population. Each participant in the program will focus on how she/he can contribute to mental health policy and service development, and multicultural mental health research and education. Participants who wish to design and carry out mental health system development projects following the program will be supported by the MMHLP faculty to do so.

Service managers, clinical leaders, professional trainees in the mental health disciplines, carer and consumer representatives and academics are encouraged to participate. The program will be eligible for continuing professional development recognition by the relevant professional colleges and associations.


The Multicultural Mental Health Leadership Program will fill a gap in the education and training of mental health professionals and will support service user and carer representatives to advocate more effectively for culturally responsive and capable mental health services.

The program is based on the proposition that effective leadership, across all disciplines and stakeholder groups, and at all levels of the system, is at the heart of effective mental health system reform. The MMHLP will focus on development of core knowledge and skills that enable an effective contribution to the development of an Australian mental health system that is capable of responding effectively to cultural and linguistic diversity. 


Day 1: Leadership principles and skills
Day 2: Leadership for mental health system development
Day 3: The Organisational Cultural Responsiveness Assessment Scale (OCRAS) as an instrument for service system reform
Day 4: Leadership for community engagement
Day 5: Leadership for multicultural mental health research and education


Program faculty will include a number of key Australian leaders in multicultural mental health.


Dates: TBA, 2015
Venue: The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3053 Australia


Tuition fee: $1,980 (GST included)
The fee includes morning and afternoon teas. It does not include travel, accommodation, and other related expenses (e.g. lunches or dinners).


Contact person: Dominic Diocera
P: +61 3 9035 3259