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Multicultural Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

This independent report from 2012 looked at what is known about the mental health of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Australia; whether our mental health research pays adequate attention to cultural and linguistic diversity; and whether national data collections support evidence informed mental health policy, practice and reform in multicultural Australia.

In 2012, we commissioned the Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: Developing a culture of inclusion report, which was prepared by Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA). This independent report looks at what is known about the mental health of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Australia; whether our mental health research pays adequate attention to cultural and linguistic diversity; and whether national data collections support evidence informed mental health policy, practice and reform in multicultural Australia. The MHiMA report makes independent recommendations for policy makers, researchers and others.

Since that report, MHiMA has released the Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia: Towards culturally inclusive service delivery and the Framework’s Organisational Implementation Guide, Key Outcome Areas.

The mental health landscape in Australia has undergone significant change since 2012, so in 2017 we commissioned a Background Briefing: Multicultural Mental Health & Suicide Prevention to inform future work in multicultural mental health and suicide prevention.