About the conference

The 2nd  Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference will build on the great success of the 1st  Conference which was held in  Sydney in March 2017.

This short video highlights why Lenita Dunlop, CEO, Heart House, Dallas, Texas traveled all the way from the United States to attend the conference.

Highlights from the 1st Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference, March, 2017.

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.

Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS), WA

Companion House, ACT

Melaleuca Refugee Centre, NT

Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT), QLD

Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS), SA

Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), NSW

Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST), VIC

Other Key Partners

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ),
Auckland, New Zealand


Refugee Trauma Recovery,
Wellington, New Zealand


Overseas Services to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (OSSTT), Nauru and Manus Island, PNG


The 2019 conference is being organised by the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma. QPASTT provides flexible and culturally sensitive services to promote the health and well being of people who have been tortured or who have suffered refugee related trauma prior to migrating to Australia. QPASTT aims to provide services which address the range of physical, psychological and social needs that survivors of torture and trauma have.