I feel that a great burden has fallen off my shoulders and that feeling of depression is gone. You have helped me make that positive step toward the future and given me a sense of hope.

Thank you for supporting our work. Every donation, whether large or small, helps us in our work of providing services and support to people who have survived terrible and traumatic experiences.

Your donation will help us to provide more comprehensive services to the people that need them most, particularly children, young people and older refugees.

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Older Refugees

Services provided to older refugees include:

  • Individual counselling support. This is done at one of STARTTS’ offices or at one of our various outreach locations.
  • Self support groups.

AboutAustralia has been accepting humanitarian entrants since the end of World War II, and many other people from refugee-like backgrounds have settled in Australia through the skilled migration program, including family reunion.

Many of these people are now ageing. As people age and their cognitive function and short-term memory declines, the mechanisms that kept the traumatic memories under control may weaken. They may experience the resurfacing of painful memories and be more vulnerable to flashbacks. They may lose second language (English) competence and revert to their mother tongue.

As physical problems limit mobility, ageing trauma survivors may experience increased social isolation, depression and feelings of cultural dislocation.

STARTTS also provides training and support to workers and volunteers working with older refugees.

HACC Resource Kit and Enhancing the Lives of Older Refugees

HACC Workshops

These resources contain a wealth of information about working with this client group, and are available for free download from this website.