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The Complex Challenges of Refugee Resettlement, Cultural Transition and Integrating into a New Society

25 June 2019 | Carramar

Workshop overview

Newly arrived people from refugee backgrounds experience a number of interacting challenges and stressors that can complicate their ability to recover from their traumatic pre-arrival experiences, rebuild their lives in Australia and successfully integrate into their new society. This half day workshop will explore these challenges in depth, as well as people’s strengths to be able to face the stressors. Participants will come away with a solid framework of understanding as to why their clients from refugee backgrounds might be experiencing particular difficulties and how they can use this understanding to best target services to address these complex needs.


  • The refugee experience
  • Impact of torture and trauma
  • Everyday life challenges
  • Stages of resettlement
  • The impact of the media, political debate and community attitudes
  • The impact of ongoing conflict overseas
  • Identifying and enhancing strengths
  • Common difficulties faced
  • Targeting service provision
  • Appropriate referrals

Dr Lydia Gitau

Anyone working and volunteering, or thinking of working or volunteering with newly arrived people from refugee backgrounds.



The workshop fee includes entrance to the workshop for the half day, a certificate of attendance, and a printed copy of the PowerPoint slides.

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 for the half-day workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on.

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. 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

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