Centre for Muslim Wellbeing

"Supporting communities to flourish"

Slide How CMW makes a difference

  • We recognise the important role that spiritual wellbeing plays for Muslim communities in achieving mental wellness – as a result, CMW will focus on creating more culturally-appropriate services and support to ensure this spiritual wellbeing is front-of mind

  • It acknowledges the importance of Ummah, or ‘community’ – this is its driving force and will ensure that its services are appropriate to all Muslim communities regardless of background or origin and moves away from just considering the individual to looking at the community that surrounds them

  • It is run by Muslims, for Muslims, and will therefore act as a bridge into communities which would otherwise not be open to providers of mental health and wellbeing services

Slide Our Services CMW’s services have been conceived and designed by the Muslim community, to respond to needs identified within that community. They seek to build understanding and capacity within community, as well as support key stakeholders serving the community to improve access, inclusion and delivery. The principle underpinning all of CMW’s services is about being respectful and inclusive of the broad range of backgrounds, cultural and religious identities of the Muslim community within Australia. Slide Publications and Advocacy Based on research findings and a growing evidence base of what contributes to wellbeing in Muslim communities, CMW will advocate to local, state and federal government for more inclusive policies and greater investment in Muslim Mental health and wellbeing. Slide Professionals List A vibrant network of health professionals that have experience dealing with CALD communities made available to the public to:

  • highlight our culturally responsive professionals

  • give the community options to choose appropriate therapists⁠

  • facilitate a network of culturally responsive practitioners

Slide Support and Resources Our library of resources, videos and tools created by CMW and other useful links exploring wellbeing, mental ill health, Islam and mental health, spiritual tools and much more

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Imagine what you wish Muslim leaders would do. Now imagine you have someone doing that well. Now imagine that this person who filled the needed role and was greatly impactful is using his position to harm others and serve himself. The altruistic veneer is a way to simply serve himself. Clink the link below:
cmw.org.au/2022/09/12/pulling-back-the-veneer-manipulation-trust-and-spiritual-abuse/
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Imagine what you wish Muslim leaders would do. Now imagine you have someone doing that well. Now imagine that this person who filled the needed role and was greatly impactful is using his position to harm others and serve himself. The altruistic veneer is a way to simply serve himself. Clink the link below:
https://cmw.org.au/2022/09/12/pulling-back-the-veneer-manipulation-trust-and-spiritual-abuse/

Cultural intelligence in Mental health Care (Level 1)

Across 2 days, mental health practitioners and sector professionals undertook a 2 Day virtual training program that used the Cultural intelligence (CQ) model to explore culturally intelligent mental health care with Muslim clients. This 6 module webinar explored concepts such as:
How do the concepts of mental ill-health and wellbeing differ among people from different cultural backgrounds?

How does therapist racial awareness and cultural competence influence the success of therapy for the clients we work with?

How do Muslims conceptualise symptoms of mental ill-health and what types of help-seeking and coping behaviours might they draw on?

Level 2 of the course builds on the foundations of level 1 and you can find more information on our website and socials in the coming days.

#CMW#culturaltraining#culturalintelligence #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth#muslimmentalhealth
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On Thursday 8th of September, CMW with Theresa and Irene from Collective Being facilitated a yoga workshop "Movement and Mindfulness" for Grade 5 girls at Al SIraat College.

Irene and Theresa guided the girls into being present in their bodies through grounding and yoga, sensations, emotions and breath.

Thank you once again Rachael @alsiraatcollege for working with CMW by offering these wellbeing workshops to their students.

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On Thursday 8th of September, CMW with Theresa and Irene from Collective Being facilitated a yoga workshop Movement and Mindfulness for Grade 5 girls at Al SIraat College.

Irene and Theresa guided the girls into being present in their bodies through grounding and yoga, sensations, emotions and breath.

Thank you once again Rachael @alsiraatcollege for working with CMW by offering these wellbeing workshops to their students.

@_collectivebeing_

Mad, Bad or Sad? – Emotional Health and Neuropsychiatry
The tenth episode of our ‘Be Well’, series hosted by Monique Toohey from Nasihah Consulting
This week, Monique talks to Dr. Omar Shareef, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in JCU, QLD. He is the Vice President of IMAQ -Islamic medical association of Queensland and is also a board member of Tropical brain and mind foundation.
A great discussion that explores Emotional Health, the role of a neuropsychiatrist in treating neurodegenerative conditions and community based mental health programs
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CMW joined a delegation of more than 70 passionate representatives from the mental health sector at the @AUMentalHealth Mental Health Australia Parliamentary Advocacy Day, at Australian Parliament House, where we met with different members of Parliament all talking about the critical need for lived experience leadership and co-design and the importance of cross-government work to address social determinants. This included a meeting with Senator Fatima Payman on improving Mental Health outcomes for the Muslim and CALD communities as well as the need to focus on implementation and accountability from government. #mentalhealthaustralia @AUMentalHealth

Video Link:

app.frame.io/presentations/c800153e-303f-4f5a-85d2-2baa837ae040
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CMW joined a delegation of more than 70 passionate representatives from the mental health sector at the  @AUMentalHealth Mental Health Australia Parliamentary Advocacy Day, at Australian Parliament House, where we met with different members of Parliament all talking about the critical need for lived experience leadership and co-design and the importance of cross-government work to address social determinants. This included a meeting with Senator Fatima Payman on improving Mental Health outcomes for the Muslim and CALD communities as well as the need to focus on implementation and accountability from government.  #MentalHealthAustralia @AUMentalHealth

 Video Link:

https://app.frame.io/presentations/c800153e-303f-4f5a-85d2-2baa837ae040
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