St Vincent’s Hospital’s vocational graduate certificate

It was a very impressive body of work that we witnessed. This learning is ahead of other models, and its been undertaken meticulously and vigorously

Dr Radhika Santhanam-Martin
Clinical Psychologist St Vincent's Hospital

Student Evaluation

In comparison to face-to-face workshops, the course was described by students as “more stimulating, informative and challenging… adding more to my knowledge and skills and changing my attitudes”.

Certified training in culturally responsive mental health services

VTMH provides mental health services for Victorian CaLD clients,(Culturally and Linguistically Diverse clients). 

Face-to-face workshops were transferred into an online post graduate accreditation, (CHC70208 Vocational Certificate), offered by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Five interactive narrative based learning programs delivered the complex academic theory, critical thinking and practical strategies.

The content is complex, challenging, sensitive and personal, making it too difficult to teach using traditional online learning design.

Overview of the module,’Kim’s Story’, a refugee experience.

ClientVictorian Transcultural Mental Health Unit, St Vincent's Hospital
CertificationAn RMIT University online vocational graduate course
ScopeSuite of 5 modules, 2013-2014

Challenge

Learning content is based on real life client experiences requiring high level trust with peak bodies and their clientelle.

Students are time-poor, usually working professionally full-time.

Seeking university accreditation.

Improve delivery of mental health services for Victoria’s CaLD clients, (culturally and linguistically diverse).

Outcomes

The solutions:

The university (RMIT) delivered the course.

Acquired skills were easily transferred into work life.

CaLD mental health services improved their capacity to deliver cultural responsive services.