Senior Project Officer, VicHealth Promotion Foundation,
The Journey from Margin to Mainstream: The Potential
of Mental Health Promotion Strategies to Integrate People who
are Newly Arrived into Australian Communities
Most new arrivals ultimately settle very successfully in Australia
and make a positive contribution to Australian cultural social
and economic life. Research and practice experience suggest that
support offered at an early stage of the refugee settlement process
offers individual resilience against the development of mental
health problems. This paper will describe the mental health promotion
framework and strategies of particular projects which are currently
being trialed by communities (urban and rural) across Victoria.
These strategies are part of VicHealth's Mental Health Promotion
Plan 1999-2002. This paper will explore project characteristics
and conditions required to enhance the social connectedness of
newly arrived communities to the Australian mainstream.
Irene Verins is Senior Project Officer at VicHealth Promotion
Foundation with a major focus on the implementation of VicHealth's
Mental Health Promotion Plan 1999-2002. Prior to this Irene has
worked extensively with culturally and linguistically diverse
communities in Drug and Alcohol Education, Local Government,
Education sectors and Community development.
30 min. Paper