Evaluation of cultural responsiveness using a transcultural secondary consultation model

Santhanam-Martin R., Fraser N., Jenkins A., Tuncer C.

TRANSCULTURAL PSYCHIATRY, vol.54, no.4, pp.488-501, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1363461517724984
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.488-501


This article describes the expansion of a transcultural secondary consultation model run by a state-wide transcultural unit. The model aims to enhance cultural responsiveness in partnership with mental health services. We discuss a series of 12 consultations that occurred between 2011 and 2012. We outline the processes of setting up the structure of secondary consultation, the actual consultation-facilitation format, and methods of evaluation. Evaluations were done in two phases: the first immediately after the consult and the second after a period of 3-6 months. The discussion highlights the usefulness of a transcultural model of consultation and, based on the evaluations, identifies the benefits the model brings to understanding and intervening with clients, culture, and systems. The results emphasise the need for multidisciplinary collaboration and a facilitated space for clinical teams to explore culturally responsive therapeutic practices.