Multicultural approaches to address gambling harm
Victoria’s 150+ cultures reflect the vibrancy of our state. Culturally appropriate responses to gambling harm are important to ensure that people feel safe and supported.
This event will bring together people working with, and within, multicultural communities to explore:
- concepts such as intersectionality, a framework for understanding people’s intersecting social, cultural, and political identities and the prejudices or disadvantages they face and cultural safety, the creation of an emotionally, socially and spiritually safe environment for people
- how these concepts can help service providers navigate and support the diverse needs of Victoria’s multicultural community
- the challenges and opportunities in service delivery to migrant and refugee communities. This will cover the effects of COVID-19 and associated restrictions on our interactions with others
- the role of the Foundation’s statewide multicultural service in bringing together existing prevention and support services and filling identified gaps.
While the examples referenced in this event will focus on providing services to migrant and refugee communities, the content will be relevant to anyone seeking to effectively navigate increasingly diverse and complex social and professional environments.
Dates and times
Date: 22 March 2021
Location: This will be hosted over Zoom. The link will be provided upon registration.
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) is Victoria’s peak body representing the mental health of diverse people, communities and systems. Intersectionality is one of the key frameworks that informs VTMH’s work. VTMH advocates strongly for cultural safety and responsiveness, and supports the examination of societal structures, service systems, and institutional factors. It promotes equity and social justice in mental health practice, policy, governance and the allocation of public resources.
Gambler’s Help and Prevention Partnership Program providers whose work is to engage and support migrant and refugee communities. Representatives will discuss the challenges they faced in 2020 to adapt support services for community members experiencing intersecting issues, including those related to their migrant or refugee status.
Settlement Services International (SSI) is the Foundation’s new statewide multicultural service partner. SSI is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. It works with people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.