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Culture’s Impact on PTSD Mechanisms and Treatment

Culture's Impact on PTSD Mechanisms and Treatment

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a significantly disabling psychiatric disorder, affecting people across the globe. While research has made great strides in understanding PTSD, there's a blind spot: most studies focus on Western cultures. This is a problem because culture…

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Inaugural Wollongong World Cup: Celebrating Refugee Week 2024

Inaugural Wollongong World Cup: Celebrating Refugee Week 2024

In celebration of Refugee Week 2024, STARTTS successfully hosted the inaugural Indoor Football 'Wollongong World Cup'! The event was bursting with cultural pride, friendly competition, and the powerful message of community spirit. This wasn't just any tournament – it was…

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Celebrating the 2024 NSW Humanitarian Award Winners

STARTTS Humanitarian Awards 2024 © Salty Dingo 2024

The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) and the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2024 NSW Humanitarian Awards. These prestigious accolades were presented on 1…

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STARTTS: Uniting Forces Against Torture

STARTTS: Uniting Forces Against Torture

STARTTS commemorated the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which is globally recognised each year on 26 June with a significant event at NSW Parliament. The day included a series of activities designed to empower diaspora communities and…

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When Trauma Invades Sleep

When Trauma Invades Sleep

Imagine waking each night not to rest, but to relive the horrors you escaped. For survivors of torture and trauma, this isn't just a nightmare – it's a constant battle. Nightmares fueled by the deepest fears and most brutal experiences…

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STARTTS Statement on Recent Tragic Incidents in Sydney

STARTTS’ board and staff would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to those affected by the tragic events that took place on Saturday 13th April at Bondi Junction Shopping Centre, resulting in the death of several people and…

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Refugee Children: Trauma & Resettlement in Australia

Refugee Children- Trauma & Resettlement in Australia

“Over half of the world’s refugees are children. Many will spend their entire childhoods away from home, sometimes separated from their families. They may have witnessed or experienced violent acts and, in exile, are at risk of abuse, neglect, violence,…

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Understanding Trauma for Better Interviews

Trauma-Informed Interviewing

Have you ever interviewed someone who seemed hesitant or confused when recounting events? It might not be about forgetfulness, but about trauma. Trauma can significantly impact memory, making clear recall challenging. This can be frustrating in an interview setting, but…

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