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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

For all media enquires:
Nehad Kenanie
STARTTS PR & Communications Officer
(02) 9646 6700
nehad.kenanie@health.nsw.gov.au

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Media Coverage

15 May 2024
STARTTS Hosted Refugee Men’s Cultural Trip to Dubbo

Listen to Susan Cunningham, STARTTS’ Cultural Exchange Project Officer speak to ABC Western Plains’ Nick Lowther about the project.

 

Access the full program at the following link: https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/westernplains-breakfast/breakfast/103828972

Media Coverage

27 July 2023
Why this country’s closure of salons is being labelled an ‘attack’ on women’s mental health

SBS interview with Nooria Mehraby on the closure of beauty salons and hairdressers across Afghanistan and the impact on mental health and well-being of women.
Read here.

Media Coverage

14 July 2022
The Wire Independent Current Affairs

Foundation recognised to support Ukrainian refugees in Sydney
Listen here

14 July 2022
The Armidale Express

Armidale sanctuary support receives 2022 NSW Humanitarian award
Read here

14 July 2022
Australian Jewish News

An honour for Ernie Friedlander
Read here

19 July 2022
SBS Russian

‘We unite communities in assisting those in need, regardless of nationality, language, beliefs or religion.’
Listen here

27 July 2022
SBS Dari

Afghan Australians take home three NSW Humanitarian awards
Listen here

12 July 2022
Fairfield City Champion

NSW Humanitarian awards recognize ‘extraordinary people.’
Read here

4 June 2022
7 News

Sydney river showcases multicultural art
Read here

2 June 2022
SBS News

This multilingual hotline is helping migrants impacted by overseas conflicts
Read here

30 May 2022
The Australia Today

The River Project: A feeling of maa ganga in Sydney
Read here

19 May 2022
ABC Radio Nightlife with Philip Clark

Under Siege: What are the experiences of war-affected children from past conflicts?
Listen here

19 April 2022
SBS Spanish Radio

Jorge Aroche: Interview with Carlos Colina
Listen here

12 April 2022
ABC News

Musicians take stand against racism, fear and division with song All One Under the Sun
Read here

8 April 2022
News of the Area

Youth-led Arts Project ‘All One Under The Sun’ Launches at the Jetty Theatre
Read here

25 March 2022
SBS Spanish Radio

Interview with STARTTS CEO Jorge Aroche on NZ offer to refugees in offshore processing
Listen here

13 March 2022
News of the Area

Multicultural Events Funding Boost for Coffs Festival – All One Under the Sun
Read here

1 March 2022
ABC Radio Breakfast – presented by James Valentine

Live interview with Jasmina Bajraktarevic-Hayward, Support for NSW Residents Affected by Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine
Listen here

1 March 2022
Fairfield City Champion

NSW Governor Margaret Beazley is a Patron of STARTTS
Digital Edition

Media Coverage

25 November
SBS Radio Dari

Specialist mental health services for Afghan students in New South Wales schools
Listen here

17 November
SBS Radio Assyrian

The learning development of traumatised students through the help of STARTTS.
Listen here

19 November
SBS World News

For the first time, the Refugee Council of Australia has a president with refugee background  – Jasmina Bajraktarevic-Hayward
Read here

14 November
SBS Radio Bosnian

Jasmina Bajraktarevic-Hayward – newly elected president of the Refugee Council
Listen here

11 November
The Senior

Australia Post grant to connect isolated refugees  – Arran Saunders
Read here

20 October
SBS Arabic24 Radio

Iraqi refugee and university student: “Racism is a disease that has no cure, but awareness of living in diversity” – (2021 CiCT Forum highlights)
Listen here

20 October
SBS Radio Tamil

Free consultancy sessions for community groups and organisations
Listen here (English)

Listen here (Tamil)

4 October
EducationHQ News

“It’s a huge responsibility:” How teachers can better support refugee kids  – Shaun Némorin
(Paywall)
Read here

4 September
SBS Radio French

Covid-19, one more trauma for some Africans in Australia  – Tshimanga Beya
Listen here

28 August
SBS Radio Assyrian

How to deal with lockdown in a positive way – Lina Ishu
Listen here

23 August
ABC News Radio: Morning briefing

Calls to help local Afghan students – Jorge Aroche
Read here
Watch interviews

20 August
SBS World News

Australia’s trauma counsellors seeing influx in calls for help from the Afghan community – Nooria Mehraby and Jorge Aroche
Read here
Watch interviews

18 August
Croakey Health Media

Urgent calls for federal government to step up on Afghanistan crisis
Read here

13 August
News of the Area (Nambucca Valley)

Getting safety messages out to multicultural communities in their language – Rebecca Blayney
Read here

10 August
SBS Kurdish Radio

How do those of refugee background feel under strict Sydney lockdown? – Hassan Saleh
Listen here

3 August
Star Observer

Covid-19 lockdown and the impact on LGBT migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Read here

30 July
ABC News Radio: Morning briefing

ADF begins Covid deployment – Jorge Aroche
Listen here

30 July
SBS Spanish

Interview with STARTTS CEO and clinical psychologist, Jorge Aroche
Listen here

22 July
SBS Arabic24

Interview with STARTTS community development officer, Ashraf Sedrak
Listen here

22 July
SBS World News

How southwestern Sydney’s lockdown is impacting the mental health of its refugee residents – Jorge Aroche, CEO STARTTS
Read here

16 July
SBS Spanish Radio

STARTTS CEO Jorge Aroche shares his concerns for the Fairfield community in extended lockdown
Listen here

15 July
SBS Arabic24

STARTTS staff provide around the clock support with CALD communications at pop up testing clinic – Yassmen Yahya
Listen here

9 July
The Western Weekender

Honored for passion and community work – Mohamed Dukuly
Read here (p20)

6 July
Canterbury Bankstown Torch

Refugee champions rewarded over effort
Read here

June 30
SBS Assyrian Radio

2021 NSW Humanitarian Awards Profile: Basim Shamaon
Listen here

June 27
SBS Persian Radio

Humanitarian Awards To Celebrate Unity To Mark Refugee Week In NSW
Listen to broadcast

June 18
Newcastle Herald

Newcastle’s sixth Unity in Diversity festival returns to Foreshore Park
Read article

June 10
SBS Spanish Radio

What impact does the prolonged detention of a Tamil family have on Christmas Island? – Jorge Aroche
Listen here

June 1
Daily Advertiser

Immigrants form new Wagga Multicultural Women’s Art Group
Read article

June
Reach Out

How to talk to your parents about wellbeing – Lina Ishu
Read article

May 28
News of the Area

All One Under The Sun – Anti-Racism Youth Art Project Launches On Coffs Coast
Read article

April 13
ARTnews

With a Focus on Indigenous Knowledge, 2022 Sydney Biennale Names Artists.
Read article

April 13
Concrete Playground

The Biennale of Sydney 2022 Has Announced the First 59 Participants for Its Water-Themed Program.
Read article

January 08
SBS Radio French 

New tools and a site to facilitate the rehabilitation of survivors of torture and trauma – Shaun Nemorin
Listen here

Media Coverage

December 21
SBS Assyrian Radio

New website for learning about Trauma healing.
Read article

December 9
ABC News

Calls for tailored mental health support for migrant and refugee children as traumatic memories of racism endure.
Read article

November 29
Newcastle Herald

The community program helping young migrants and refugees learn to navigate Newcastle’s iconic beaches.
Read article

September 06
SBS News

Weeks after the Beirut blast, Lebanese Civil War survivors in Australia remain retraumatised.
Read article

June 22
SBS Arabic Radio

NSW Humanitarian Awards.
Read article

June 22
AJP.Com.Au

A ‘Tireless’ Campaigner For Refugee Rights.
Read article

June 10
SBS Spanish Radio

Lucy Marín galardonada con la Medalla de la Orden de Australia por una vida dedicada a sobrevivientes de torturas y trauma.
Read article

June 11
SBS Spanish Radio

España enjuicia a coronel salvadoreño por asesinato en 1989 de jesuitas, uno de ellos conectado a Australia.
Read article

June 7
SBS News

After fleeing her own homeland, this woman dedicated her life to supporting Australia’s refugees.
Read article

June 5
SBS Radio

What mental health services in your language are available in Australia?.
Read article

May 14
ABC News

The coronavirus surveillance that’s triggering memories for Sydney’s Uyghur community.
Read article

April 29
SBS Spanish Radio

Estados autoritarios estarían usando lucha contra COVID-19 como pretexto para reprimir.
Read article

Media Release

January 10
Blue Mountain Gazette

Blue Mountains donation helps torture survivor in long road to recovery.
Read article

September 13
SBS Arabic

SBS Arabic: Coverage from the 2019 CiCT Forum – Bita Jayzan interview.
Read article

Media Coverage

Jorge Aroche ABC News The World 24 Interview: Hakeem al-Araibi

October 3
SBS Spanish

‘UN human rights chief must address Manus, Nauru during Australian visit,’ psychologist says.
Read article

Media Coverage

August 5
ABC Radio National – All in the Mind

The Mental Health of Refugees – with Mirjana Askovic.
Read article

July 22
SBS World News: Africa

After Mugabe, what do local Zimbabweans want from July election?.
Read article

June 28
ABC News The World

Former Zimbabwean senator says country cannot ‘sit back’ and expect government to lead.
Read article

June 27
Canterbury Bankstown Torch Newspaper

The Mental Health of Refugees – with Mirjana Askovic.
Read article

June 26
ABC Radio National Breakfast

Zimbabwe’s fearless lady on torture and reconciliation.
Read article

June 26
SBS Kurdish

Supporting Life After Torture – Jorge Aroche and Hassan Saleh.
Read article

June 25
ABC Radio National, Late Night Live

Sekai Holland: Recovery from Torture.
Read article

June 14
SBS The Feed – With Marc Fennell

Torture Therapy: Giving Survivors Their Lives Back.

June 10
ABC Radio National – God Forbid

Does good spiritual health equal good mental health? – with Nooria Mehraby.
Read article

The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma has released a statement on the report of the Australian Human Rights Commission, The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention

December 18
2SER Radio – ‘Thursday Overdrive’

STARTTS Public Affairs Coordinator Richard Walker speaks to Thursday Overdrive about the ‘Let it Be’ choir concert at Riverside Theatre.

Download audio

October 18
ABC Radio National – ‘Into The Music’

The fantastic ‘Choir of Love’, made up of members from the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac communities from Iraq, sing and play beautiful traditional spiritual music. It is also a place for trauma survivors to heal through musical expression. The Choir, and STARTTS, were recently featured on Radio National’s music program.

Listen now (26 min)

October 15
The Point magazine 

A network of Sudanese-Australians has received the green light from NSW Corrective Services to run a voluntary prison support program for inmates in their community so they can adjust to life outside jail upon their release. STARTTS’ David Ajang is volunteering for the project.

Read more

July 26
The Weekend Australian Magazine

STARTTS’ cutting edge work in Neurofeedback has been featured in the Weekend Australian, in an article focusing on one of our past clients and our Senior Neurofeedback Clinician Mirjana Askovic.

Read the article 

November 30
The Sydney Magazine

Former STARTTS counsellor, Humanitarian Award winner and entrepreneur Deeqo Omar named as one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people.

Read article

November 8
Catalyst, ABC TV

Catalyst program focusing on torture and STARTTS’ Neurofeedback program for torture survivors.

Watch the video
Read the transcript

November 3, 2012
Sydney Morning Herald

Profile of 2012 Sydney Peace Prize winner and STARTTS supporter Sekai Holland.

Read article

August 24, 2012
Sydney Morning Herald

‘A little care for refugees goes a long way’ – a feature about Amazing Family Day Care, started by STARTTS Humanitarian Award winner Deeqo Omar.

Read article

July 27, 2012
Sydney Morning Herald

‘Burmese refugees find new hope and work in the west’ – with the support of STARTTS.

Read article

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