From Surviving to Thriving: Refugee Journeys

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Thomas and Rachel Moore Education Center, Liverpool Hospital

Elizabeth St and Goulburn St

Liverpool, NSW 2573


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The inaugural South Western Sydney Wellbeing Collaboration Symposium focuses on the wellbeing of people from refugee backgrounds and asylum seekers in South Western Sydney.

Aims of the conference

  • To bring together refugees, asylum seekers and local community services, to develop recommendations for policy makers and organisations

  • To focus on ways to strengthen mental wellbeing

  • Hear about and build on strengths in the refugee community

  • Discuss the diverse challenges to wellbeing,

  • Develop strategies for collective impact

Who should attend:

  • Representatives from refugee communities

  • Refugee support and cultural organisations

  • Researchers and academics

  • Representatives from health, social services, education, law, and religious institutions


8am Registration

Opening Plenary

9am Welcome

9.15am Dr Munjed Munderes

9.45am Najeeba Wazafadost

10.05am Atem Atem

10.25am Phil Glendenning

10.45 Choir of Love

11am Morning Tea

11.30- 1pm Concurrent Workshops

Session A
A1 ”Tell Your Story” Men’s refugee Project- Dr Yulish Byrow (UNSW)

Applying Wellbeing to the Phases of Settlement- Tadgh MacMahon (SSI)

A2 Fitting in: Youth Culture and the wellbeing of people- Alexandra Long (MYAN)
An LGBQTI Refugee Experience- Richard Ezomoh (Australian Society of Viral Hepatitis HIV and Sexual Health Medicine)

A3 Living in Uncertain Times- Kerry O’Neill (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)
ADAPT- A program for newly arrived refugees- Professor Silove (UNSW)

A4 Wellbeing for people with disabilities: Sandy Eagar (NSW Refugee Health Service)
Settlement and Disability: Iman Partoredjo (Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre)

A5 Improving Mental health literacy of refugee communities: Lessons for mental health
promotion- Dr Shameran Slewa- Younan (WSU)
Living Well: Recovering from Trauma and Torture- Andrea Pritchard (STARTTS)

A6 Resiliency and Self Agency in Refugee Communities: Om Dhungel
Community Builiding: Dor Achiek

A7 The Afro-Latino Women’s Partnership- Amparo Landman (GRUMAST)
Older people in cultural transition: Growing Older in a different culture- Sue Cunningham (STARTTS)

1pm Lunch

2pm3-30pm Concurrent Workshops
­Session B

B1 Women Led Housholds- Gail Westcott and Shrijana Sangroula (SSI)
I am settled, now what? Social Determinants and degrees of disadvantage- Jasmina Bajraktarevic- Hayward (STARTTS)

B2 Family Reunification as an enabler of wellbeing- Sahar Okhovat (Refugee Counil of Australia)
Law, policy and mental health of refugees- Rebecca Eckard (Refugee Council of Australia)

B3 Faith and Wellbeing: Interfaith panel- Sheik Sayed, Pastor Sami Youkhana and An Abbot Phalla Lonh
Safety and Inclusivity: The Impact of racial and religious tolerance to the wellbeing of refugees- A human rights perspective- Shukufa Tahiri (Refugee Council of Australia)

B4 Football United: Dr Ann Bunde-Birouste (Football United)
Oceans without Borders- Brett Hattfield (Refugee Health)

B5 Guarding Against Exploitation- Catherine Robinson (Red Cross)

B6 Education of young Refugees- Milad Kader (Lived Expereince)
Settlement and Learning for Primary Schools- Deserae Horswood (UNSW)
Creativity and Wellbeing: Bashar Hannah (Prairiewood Highschool)

B7 Capacity Building – Mahir Momand (Thrive Enterprise)
Social Enterprise- Issam Chahola (SWSLHD)

3.30pm Afternoon Tea

Wrap Up Session

4pm Playback Theatre

5pm Close


Early Bird registration (closes 18th September ) $80

Full registration $100

Scholarships will be available to refugee and asylum seeker participants through partner organisations


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?


Car parking is available for a cost under the Thomas and Rachel Moore Education Centre with further spaces available in the multi-storey parking station in Campbell Street.






How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Emily on 46836000 or emily.mason@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

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