About Us

Who We Are

The Tasmanian Transcultural Mental Health Network (TTMHN) was established in 2008 and now has over 300 members statewide. TTMHN members come from a range of services working directly in the area of mental health and also includes members working in a range of allied services and all members have an interest in working responsively with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  

The TTMHN is funded by the Tasmanian Government Department of Health and Human Services, and the network is hosted by the Phoenix Centre, a program of the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

What We Do

The TTMHN advocates for the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities by strengthening the cultural competency and cultural responsiveness of the mental health workforce in Tasmania. The TTMHN aims to support the mental health workforce to ensure that culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, families and communities are planned for within service delivery.

The TTMHN does this in a number of ways, including:

  • Access for members to resources that include the latest research, resources, events, professional development opportunities
  • Statewide and regional network meetings which provide an opportunity to:
    • Exchange ideas, information and resources to support your work with migrant communities, people from refugee backgrounds and asylum seekers 
    • Hear from guest speakers 
    • Develop partnership opportunities
  • Information about Cross Cultural Awareness Training and other relevant professional development opportunities
  • Hosting an annual statewide forum
  • Individual support for agencies as requested
  • Preparation of submissions 
  • Support for culturally and linguistically diverse communities to reduce stigma associated with mental health and illness

How to refer a client to the Phoenix Centre

The Phoenix Centre is a program area within the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania. It offers specialist services to clients in Hobart and Launceston. 

Services are free, confidential and voluntary. Services include counselling, advocacy, community development programs and natural therapies for survivors of torture and trauma.

Our clients are people who have pre-migration experience of torture, conflict related trauma and other human rights violations. Most of our clients arrived in Australia as refugees or as humanitarian entrants. Clients of any age are eligible for the service, and it doesn't matter how long they have been in Australia.

Services can refer a person and individuals can refer themselves. The Phoenix Centre has an intake worker who will conduct the initial intake interview and contact the client, with a telephone interpreter if required. 

Please telephone (03) 6221 0999 for more information. For more information on how and when to refer, please review the Referral to the Phoenix Centre presentation here. 

Referral to Phoenix Centre Services - Referral to Phoenix Centre Services (358 KB) 22-Aug-2016

How to receive or organise training 

To support community groups and health and service providers to provide more effective services to survivors of torture and trauma, the Phoenix Centre and the Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania) offers education and training.

Training includes (but is not limited to): Cultural Awareness Training, How to work with interpreters, safeTALK, ASIST Training, The effects of trauma and Working with people who have experienced torture and trauma.

For more information

MRC Tasmania website | Call (03) 6221 0999 | Email training@mrctas.org.au

The Phoenix Centre, a program of the Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania), receives funding from the Crown, through the Department of Health and Human Services, to provide the Tasmanian Transcultural Mental Health Network


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