About the conference
The 3rd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference will build on the great success of the previous two events held in Brisbane and Sydney.
This conference is an initiative of FASSTT – the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT). FASSTT is a network of Australia’s eight specialist rehabilitation agencies that work with survivors of torture and refugee trauma. There is one FASSTT agency in each state and territory of Australia. FASSTT agencies have been delivering services to survivors of torture and trauma for more than 26 years. We are regarded as specialists both nationally and internationally. FASSTT agencies are all not-for-profit organisations and receive funding from State and Federal Governments, philanthropic trusts and private donations.
The FASSTT Agencies
FASSTT agencies respond to the needs of survivors of torture and trauma who have come to Australia as refugee or humanitarian entrants. We assist survivors to recover and rebuild their lives after having been tortured and traumatised in their countries of origin, while in flight, or during their stay in refugee camps.
FASSTT Agencies work from an understanding that people from refugee backgrounds can face complex challenges in the process of rebuilding their lives in Australia and integrating into the new society. These challenges can include coping with the traumatic impacts of persecution, torture, organised violence and forced displacement; seeking asylum; managing resettlement; integrating into a new culture and society; and dealing with ongoing conflict in their country of origin.
For this reason we move beyond simply assessing and treating the presenting psychological symptoms associated with refugee trauma. FASSTT agencies use an innovative model of service delivery that integrates clinical and community development approaches together with building capacity in the service sector and policy work. This allows us to actively foster a positive recovery environment for refugee resettlement.
Other Key Partners
The 2021 conference is being organised by the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service. STTARS assists people from a refugee and migrant background who have experienced torture or been traumatised as a result of persecution,
violence, war or unlawful imprisonment prior to their arrival in Australia.