The Women’s Mental Health Alliance welcomes the opportunity to make a response to inform the development of the Diverse Communities Framework and Blueprint for Action.
This response sets out the need for intersectional gender-responsive approaches to mental health and principals for working with diverse communities.
This response also provides recommendations around engaging with diverse communities, creating a community and service system that supports diverse communities, including cross cultural perspectives on mental health and wellbeing, workforce considerations, and funding and outcomes measurement.
This position paper was led by Jo Farmer with input from the Women’s Mental Health Alliance’s Diverse Communities Working Group, which included representatives from the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights, Gippsland Women’s Health, Mental Health Complaints Commission, Mind Australia, Monash University, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Rainbow Health Australia, Safe + Equal, Victorian Legal Aid, Women’s Health Goulburn North East and Youth Affairs Council Victoria.
Women's Mental Health Alliance (2023) Position paper on diverse communities' mental health. Women's Health Victoria, Melbourne.