Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania’s Phoenix Centre provides support services to people and communities who have experienced torture and other traumatic events in their country of origin or while fleeing those countries. The Centre delivers a wide range of training and projects which support the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The Phoenix Centre has staff based in Hobart and Launceston and provides services statewide.
Eligibility to receive PASTT services is open to Humanitarian Programme entrants permanently resettled in Australia and people on Temporary Substantive Visas (TSVs).
PASTT aims to:
- improve the psychosocial health and wellbeing of people who have experienced torture and trauma prior to their arrival in Australia;
- increase the responsiveness of mainstream health and related services to the needs of people who have survived torture and trauma prior to arriving in Australia, through the provisions of training and other support; and
- build the confidence of refugee communities to access mainstream health and related services through capacity building activities.
Our counselling is free and confidential, and conducted by qualified counsellors, along with accredited interpreters as needed.
To make a referral for counselling, please complete the Phoenix Referral form, available below:
For more information or to arrange a referral please contact Hannah on firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs.
The project facilitates community connections through partnerships with sporting and community groups. Tailored workshops are also provided to increase understanding and engagement with activities and events of Australian national and local significance. Workshops cover the history, rationale and cultural significance of events.
Links for Life promotes active participation of clients in group activities with the support of staff and volunteers.
The project also aims to improve the cultural competency of event organisers in the planning and delivery of events.
For more information please contact Thir Thapa: Tthapa@mrctas.org.au
- Promotion of help seeking and positive lifestyle choices
- Promotion of local responses to suicide and other related issues within CALD communities
- Contribution to the development of community capacity to respond to issues around suicidality
- Engagement with the broader community to enhance understandings of risk and protective factors
- Advocacy of CALD perspectives and issues when networking with service providers and health practitioners, and sharing insights to increase cultural competency
- Organised Activities, including group activities specifically for Men, for Women and for people who are isolated and/or particularly vulnerable to suicide
Through these organised events the Project aims to raise awareness of suicidal ideation and the warning signs, reduce stigma associated with mental health and suicide, increase culturally aware approaches to mental health and suicide, and increase awareness of how community members can help one another and be confident to refer to the appropriate services.
This Project is supported by Primary Health Tasmania under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.
Additionally, we work with other service providers offering information and training in how to best work with people who have escaped war and persecution. We can assist services in understanding the impact of torture and trauma on individuals, families, communities, children and young people, and help the to ensure that their services are appropriate and accessible for people from refugee backgrounds. To access our training information, please visit: www.mrctas.org.au/training/