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

Aged Care of Older People with Torture and Refugee Trauma Experiences

Australia has been providing people with a home for humanitarian reasons since the 1930s. Many of these who arrived as children and adults in the subsequent decades are now ageing. Those who arrived on humanitarian visas as older persons in the past decade or so will also be eligible for aged care services. This half-day workshop will give participants an understanding of the impact of torture and refugee trauma, how this impacts on the ageing process, and vice versa. As people age and their cognitive function and short-term memory decline, the mechanisms that kept traumatic memories under control may weaken. Ageing survivors may lose second language (English) competence and revert to their mother tongue. Reduced physical mobility may exacerbate social isolation and cultural dislocation. This workshop will discuss trauma recovery oriented and culturally safe practice when working with older people from refugee backgrounds, their families, carers and communities.

Content includes:

  • Countries of origin of older former refugees in Australia
  • Impact of torture and refugee trauma
  • Impact of the ageing process on trauma survivors
  • PTSD and ageing
  • Ageing, culture and CALD communities
  • Role of family members and carers
  • Trauma recovery oriented and culturally safe practice
  • Conducting assessment interviews for eligibility for aged care services
  • Using interpreters
  • Managing trauma triggers
  • Working with family members

All service provider personnel working with older people from refugee backgrounds including direct workers, volunteers, service coordinators and managers.

This workshop is available upon request. Please go to the ‘Request Training page for further information about workshop fees and how to make a request for your workplace. Please note that requests need to be made and confirmed at least 6-8 weeks in advance as we do get booked up.

A certificate for the half-day workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on at a STARTTS calendar event. For workshops delivered by request in your workplace, a certificate for the workshop can be emailed to the participants after the event if the organisation supplies an Excel sheet with the First Name, Last Name and Email address of every participant listed.

CPD hours = 4

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

Email: stts-training@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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