Transcultural Mental Health Program

The goal of ADEC’s Transcultural Mental Health Access Program (TMHAP) is to improve access to mental health services for people from multicultural backgrounds.

1 in 5 adults are affected by some form of mental health problem. This is a common occurrence and is likely to affect all of us at some stage in our lives. However, research shows that the use of mental health services by ethnic communities is much lower than other Australians.

The TMHAP is a state-wide initiative that:

mental health community

  • Works with ethnic communities to raise awareness about mental health problems and ways to access mental health and carer services
  • Assists mental health services with developing culturally responsive models and strategies for engaging ethnic communities
  • Works with community and ethno-specific organisations to raise their awareness of the impact of mental illness on ethnic communities and ways of assisting their clients to better access appropriate mental health services


If you would like to learn more about the TMHAP please contact Mini Dahiya, Community Development and On Site Coordinator (West)  via telephone (03)  or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This program received funding from the Victorian Government.

 Current Projects

This section is currently being updated.


Completed Projects

 Cultures in the know – Enabling Multi-Faith Communities to Improve Mental Wellbeing.

Population Health Project - Implementation of Sustainable Integrated Health Service based on ADEC's Transcultural Mental Health Access (TMHAP) Model.

Consultations with ethnic communities on perceptions of mental illness

Please click for a PPT presentation of the findings.

Improving mental health skills for bilingual community workers.

Somali Mental Health Project.

For a final report in form of a Tool Kit for other services working with the Somali community is available from ADEC click here.

For a copy of the Somali Mental Health Youth Brochure developed by Somali youth please click here.

Stepping out of the Shadows – Stigma Reduction Project