Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health, Steve Dimopoulos MP, will be keynote speaker at a Multicultural Mental Health Forum being held by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) on Tuesday, 27 July 2021.

    The online forum will discuss the Royal Commission’s findings about the mental health system’s response to people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and what the Victorian Government’s reforms means for the multicultural sector.

    The event will also include a panel discussion with Paris Aristotle AO, CEO of Foundation House, Dr Francis Acquah, a leading multicultural mental health clinician, and Dr Judy Tang, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Jurmaine Health.

    This is an important opportunity for sector stakeholders and community members to discuss how Victoria’s mental health system can be culturally safe, equitable and inclusive for migrant and refugee communities.

    The forum follows the release in June of ECCV’s paper, Recommendations for a Culturally Responsive Mental Health System, produced in partnership with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health.

    ECCV has been working to inform our members about the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and its implications for people of migrant and refugee backgrounds, with the support of funding from the Victorian Department of Health. Visit our Mental Health web page for more information.

    This is an online event via Zoom. Registration is essential. 

    Tuesday, 27 July 2021 | 10:30AM – 12:30PM

    Our Keynote Speaker

    Steve Dimopoulos MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health

    Steve is a Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health. Since being elected as the Member for Oakleigh in 2014, Steve has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and been a member of several committees, including the chair of the Victorian Mental Health Expert Taskforce.

    Before entering Parliament, Steve held various positions with the Victorian Government, including Assistant Director of Court Services with the Department of Justice and Regulation Victoria and Manager, Policy and Programs, at the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

    Steve is a former Mayor of the City of Monash, where he was a councillor for 11 years, representing the local community where he was born and raised.

    Our Panel

    Dr Francis Acquah, Clinical Director of Positive Mental Health Program

    Francis is the Clinical Director of Positive Mental Health Program (PMHP) and the President of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Foundation. Francis has more than 30 years experience as a Psychiatric Nurse across public and private health care settings.

    PMHP provides mental health support, counselling, psychosocial rehabilitation and reintegration into society. Current practice includes working within the Youth Justice Service and the Forensic System in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and community trainer and has used his experiences to educate the community about mental health and the reduction of stigma.

    Paris Aristotle AO, CEO, Foundation House


    Paris is the founding CEO of The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House) and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of supporting refugees and asylum seekers.

    Paris has served on a wide range of state and federal government bodies advising on policy and multicultural affairs, particularly the provision of services to refugee background survivors of torture and trauma. He is currently the Chair of the Refugee and Migrant Services Council and an executive member of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT).

    Dr Judy Tang, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Jurmaine Health


    Judy is a strong advocate for multiculturalism and LGBTIQ+ communities with expertise in psychology, ageing, research and mental health. With extensive relationships across government and community groups, Judy has volunteered for more than 10 years to promote and advocate for multiculturalism and equality for migrants, as well as the intersectionalities of LGBTIQ+ and multiculturalism.

    Judy is a practicing Clinical Neuropsychologist and currently is a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), and Board Member at the Victorian Pride Centre.