Supporting Asylum Seekers through
Prolonged Uncertainty in their Claim for Protection

6 June 2019 | Carramar

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Workshop overview

Asylum seekers need to cope with prolonged uncertainty and the fear of being sent home associated with their protection claims, while dealing with the impact of persecution, organised violence, torture, forced displacement, a sometimes dangerous journey to Australia, and detention in Australia; all in the context of an Australian political and media environment that can be unsupportive of asylum seekers. This one-day workshop will discuss the global situation of displaced people, the history of asylum seeker policy in Australia, the legacy caseload and the situation of offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island. It will explore the complex challenges with seeking protection in Australia, and help participants understand how they can support asylum seekers to be able to contain their emotions and feelings, cope with what they are going through in Australia, and prepare for what may come in the future, whether that means obtaining a protection visa or being returned.


  • Asylum seekers globally and their journey
  • Australia’s asylum seeker policy
  • The impact of torture and other traumatic experiences including detention
  • The complexity of issues facing asylum seekers
  • Services available
  • How to support asylum seekers
  • The impact of the work on you and self care

Dr Joshua Bird

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Relevant to anyone interested in the issues faced by asylum seekers.


$249 full | $199 concession

The workshop fee includes entrance to the workshop, a certificate of attendance, a printed copy of the PowerPoint slides, and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

All registrations are online and payment is by credit card. Please click on the ‘Register now’ button above. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically.

STARTTS Carramar
152-168 The Horsley Drive
Carramar NSW 2163

Parking: Some onsite parking available (enter off Mitchell St), free street parking
Train: Fairfield train station is a 20 minute walk, Carramar train station is a 10 minute walk
Bus: 904 or 905 from Fairfield train station

A certificate will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed the attendance sheet.

CPD hours = 7

This workshop adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

CPD formal endorsements


Payment of the registration fee is online by credit card and a receipt/confirmation will be automatically emailed to you. An administration fee of $30 applies to all cancellations made more than 14 days before the event. Registration once paid cannot be cancelled 14 days or less before the event, regardless of personal circumstances. Registration can be transferred to another delegate only if STARTTS is informed of the name change. Registration can be transferred to a different workshop only if notice is given to STARTTS 14 days before the date of the original event the delegate registered for. The concession price is for full-time students and pensioners only and a photocopy or pdf of a valid concession card must be forwarded to the STARTTS training team upon registration. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The STARTTS Training Team can be contacted at or (02) 9646 6700.

Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer