STARTTS | Fairfield forum looks at concerns of newly-arrived refugees

Newly-arrived refugees and emerging refugee communities come together for a forum today at Fairfield.

The forum Sharing our stories, sharing our successes: Newly arrived and emerging refugee communities reflect on their journeys, is presented by STARTTS – NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation for Torture and Trauma Survivors – an organisation with connections to NSW Health.

The forum takes lessons from the experiences of new and established communities and offers a chance to discuss problems faced by community organisations and how to address them.

This is a chance for newly-arrived refugee communities and more established communities to learn from one another.

David Ajak Ajang, CiCT project officer

The CiCT program is one of STARTTS’ flagship programs, contributing to the recovery of refugees affected by torture and trauma.

“This is an opportunity for newly-arrived refugee communities as well as more established communities to display their successes and learn from one another," said CiCT project officer David Ajak Ajang.

Guest speakers: Professor Peter Shergold (NSW co-ordinator-general for refugee resettlement); Jasmina Bajraktarevic (STARTTS community services co-ordinator and acting chief executive); Mary Minns (Department of Social Services state manager NSW/ACT); and Hamed Turay (STARTTS community development team leader).

The CicT Forum is a free event feature inspiring speakers from established refugee communities and cultural performances including an African dance group, a Capoeira performance, an Oud recital and a Middle Eastern choir.

It’s today at Fairfield RSL Club, 10am to 4pm.

  • Registration essential here or Anil Tarar, anil.tarar@health.nsw.gov.au.
  • STARTTS is a specialist, non-profit organisation that for almost 30 years has provided culturally relevant psychological treatment and support, and community interventions, to help people and communities heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma and rebuild their lives in Australia. STARTTS also fosters a positive recovery environment through the provision of training to services, advocacy and policy work.
  • Details: startts.org.au.