Spirituality and Diversity Discussions program a success!

Last week, the Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Network (VMHILN) learned about our success with the Spirituality and Diversity Discussions program.

Last week, the Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Network (VMHILN) learned about our success with the Spirituality and Diversity Discussions program

The purpose of these conversations is to create a safe space for mental health workers to discuss and reflect upon the challenges of working in the sector, using evocative conversation starters. 

On 18 August, our Mental Health Leader Jenny Greenham (right) joined Victorian Transcultural Mental Health’s (VTMH) Josie Tremain (left) to present the outcomes of the 2019 collaborative training pilot program, and a second online series between April and June this year, to network members. 

 Participants benefited from the Discussions series by gaining:  

  • an understanding of the importance of spirituality in mental healthcare 
  • a different perspective on the topics discussed 
  • greater confidence in the intersections between spirituality and mental health, and 
  • practical takeaways to influence their practice. 

“I’m delighted that the Discussions series has been enthusiastically taken up by a large cross section of the mental health workforce,” Jenny said.  

“On behalf of the project team, I extend my thanks to James Godfrey, Spiritual Care Coordinator at Thomas Embling Hospital for his contribution to the facilitation team over these first two series.  

“James is stepping back to focus on patient services, and I am delighted to announce that Rohan Souter, Mental Health Spiritual Care Practitioner from Bendigo Health will join Justin Kuay, Consultant Psychiatrist, Josie Tremain, Education Consultant (both from VTMH) and myself for the third series, commencing Wednesday 2 September,” she said.  

For more information, check out Centre for Mental Health Learning for updates.