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

School Liaison Program

STARTTS School Liaison Officers work with educators across NSW public, private and Catholic systemic schools to enhance schools’ capacity in their work with students with refugee experience. The program operates in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education and the Association of Independent Schools NSW. The School Liaison Program also offers:

  • Interagency collaboration with school leaders and collegial networks to address refugee students’ needs in different geographical locations across NSW.
  • A specialist consulting service to schools across NSW.
  • Professional learning program.
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Professional learning for schools

Schools can access professional learning, free of charge (maximum of 4 occasions per year), through our School Liaison Officers (see below). Schools can request professional learning to be held on site at their school or via Zoom. Please complete the school specific professional development request form or contact: schools.training@startts.org.au.

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School Liaison Program Team

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Rachelle Coe
Program Team Leader
STARTTS Fairfield
0414 899 472

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Nicole Loehr
School Liaison Officer
0404 772 927

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Maria Ha
School Liaison Officer
(02) 9646 6666

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Mohamed Dukuly
School Liaison Officer
STARTTS Blacktown
0422 882 404

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Marcel Bentana
School Liaison Officer
STARTTS Fairfield
0458 484 620

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Sarah Bailey
School Liaison Officer
STARTTS Liverpool
0411 035 497


Anne Hayter
School Liaison Officer
STARTTS Newcastle
0436 650 983

Kellie Chapman

Kellie Chapman
School Liaison Officer
STARTTS Wagga Wagga/ Albury
0452 136 527

Professional learning topics

Schools can request one or more of the following professional learning topics:

  • Working with Students with Refugee Experience: Understanding the refugee and asylum seeker experience and the impact of trauma on learning and wellbeing
  • Incidental Counselling: Dealing with Trauma Disclosure or responding to Aggression.
  • Engaging Parents and Families with Refugee Experience
  • Recognising Trauma: Classroom Implications
  • Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
  • Promoting Recovery Through Intercultural Learning
  • Responding to a major crisis that affects students with refugee experience
  • Co-designing with communities with refugee experience in the school context
  • When Disability and Refugee Experience Intersect
  • Responding to Racism
  • Cultivating Respectful relationships: Trauma aware and culturally relevant
  • Refugee Readiness Audit
  • Settling In Facilitator Training (Available once a term, via Zoom only)

For school counsellors only:

  • Clinical interventions with Refugee Young People in Schools
  • Jungle Tracks Facilitator Training
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Hints for Healing Website

Hints for Healing is a website that publishes STARTTS-produced resources, case studies, podcasts, professional learning and research articles aimed at educators and school counsellors who work with students with refugee experience. You can follow Hints for Healing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Hints for Healing Podcasts can be found on Spotify, PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Audible/Amazon.

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