This advanced workshop is designed for mental health practitioners looking to apply a community engagement lens to their practice, or those working in mental health settings looking to engage with diverse communities around mental health and wellbeing.

Participants will explore core concepts, practices and actions that underpin community engagement work in mental health settings and consider organisational factors that can help and hinder community engagement efforts.

The workshop is designed around the Community Engagement with Purpose Resource Project (VTMH, 2023), which used a co-design process to develop a suite of resources to support practitioners and organisations engage with diverse communities around mental health. Participants attending the workshop will receive a hard copy of the Resource Booklet and Project Report and explore videos and other materials created through the project.

The workshop utilises a variety of facilitation modes, including small group work, grounded in a reflective practice approach.

An intentional and responsive approach to community engagement creates the opportunity for more purposeful and inclusive participation by diverse communities, to shape mental health service design and delivery.

To learn more about the Community Engagement with Purpose Project, please visit

Eligibility criteria

VTMH workshops are open to and provided free to staff working in Victoria’s state-funded mental health workforce. This includes public clinical and community mental health services, as well as state-funded mental health programs within community health and social services.

Staff working in a range of roles within this workforce, including but not limited to community rehabilitation and recovery workers, lived experience workers, mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychiatry, community engagement roles, program leaders/project workers and administration roles, are invited to register.

If you are unsure if this workshop might be relevant to your role please feel free to contact us via

Categories: Capability 3 - Working with diverse consumers, families, and communities
Disciplines: Allied Health
Levels: Advanced

Monday 27 May 2024
09:30 to 16:00
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Melbourne CBD

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Provided by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)
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