Multicultural and Refugees' Mental Health Symposium
As part of the busy month, the MHFA has planned to run a set of conferences in each state and territory on one issue in relation to mental health. Census data shows that “Australia is the developed-world champion” in terms of the proportion of the population born overseas. Those of multicultural and refugee backgrounds play an important role in facilitating the development of the country. Given their contribution, it is important to safeguard their mental health, especially because refugees may have fled their countries’ due to volatile circumstances such as war, or fear of prosecution, potentially leading to the development of mental health issues. Taking this into consideration, in the Northern Territory we have decided to host a ‘National Symposium on Multicultural and Refugee Mental Health.’
This event aims to discuss issues faced by multicultural and refugee communities, particularly in relation to their mental health, what services are available to them, what can be done to better these services and in general what they require. Through this event we aim to facilitate constructive and open discussion, with those who have lived experience of mental health struggles, government representatives, mental health professionals, multicultural and refugee organisations lobbying for better mental health etc. to formulate recommendations to be shared with all levels of Government, in order to make a meaningful difference.