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Let's Talk Culture: Domestic Violence & Mental Health in CaLD Communities

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Stirling Leisure Centres - Herb Graham - Mirrabooka

38 Ashbury Crescent

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Mirrabooka, WA 6061

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A panel discussion on FDV & mental health aiming to support culturally sensitive approaches to working in mental health and wellbeing.

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Join us for this instalment of Let’s Talk Culture where the panel will discuss the multifaceted and insidious nature of domestic violence in the CaLD community and how to support women with lived experience.

Domestic violence is the leading preventable contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged 15-44 with 1 in 3 women experiencing domestic violence during their lifetime and 92% of the reported incidences committed by a perpetrator known to the victim (The Conversation, 2019). The causes of family and domestic violence within the multicultural community are often very different to that experienced within the broader Australian community. Many CaLD women, in particular recent arrivals including humanitarian refugee and immigrant women, do not have important information what constitutes domestic violence and where to seek help.

About the Panellists:

Dr Bernadette Wright

Dr Bernadette Wright is a Clinical Psychologist, advocate, educator and consultant specialising in the nuances of transcultural mental health processes between service providers and recipients. She has worked with refugees, migrants and asylum seekers for the past 25 years. Bernadette currently provides a service at Ishar and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology at Curtin University. Her extensive experience as a researcher and in community capacity building. This experience has given her a deep understanding of the complexities in delivering services effectively and sensitively for people from ethnoculturally diverse backgrounds. She has developed and delivered numerous specialised training seminars and workshops aimed at bridging the cultural gap to convey the meaningfulness and relevance of mental health service access and utilisation to those from different cultural backgrounds for whom cultural norms and values may be impediments. Bernadette has a keen interest in Cosmology and Space Science which has remained with her since her studies in Astrophysics. When time permits, Bernadette enjoys playing the guitar, piano, and trying out new cuisines.

Shalini Noronha

Shalini is an experienced Social Worker supporting women with lived experience of domestic violence. She provides casework, advocacy and referral to women affected by violence and helps them to navigate Australian systems such as housing and immigration, as well as assisting with financial challenges and legal issues. Shalini is also involved in mentoring migrant women looking to find appropriate employment opportunities. Shalini also teaches yoga and mindfulness to women through the Health Program at Ishar.

Before coming to Ishar, Shalini worked extensively across the social development sector, where she worked with women, children and rural communities. She has also been part of a large organisation where she managed the Corporate Social Responsibility and recruitment portfolio.

Shalini has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accountancy and Taxation and a Masters of Social Work. Shalini is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi. She enjoys spending time with her family, good food, travelling and participating in marathons.

About the clients :

Saima Nawaz is from Pakistan. She came to Australia in June 2020. Previously she was a Maths teacher with the Federal government in Pakistan. Saima currently volunteers at Vinnies and loves cooking and stitching in her spare time and is also enjoying being part of the Australian Culture.

Gloria Akazabre is from West Africa and she has been in Australia for the last 7 years. Currently is part of the World Music Café which is a social enterprise to showcase multicultural talent and culture. Gloria loves listening to music, dancing and cooking in her spare time. She is passionate about helping others and in the future would love to pursue being a neuroscientist as she loves to know more about the human brain.

Sonali Gupta came in 2008 on a student visa, was married for 10 years. She has a 9 years old son and no family here in Australia. Sonali got permanent residency in 2013 and the Australian Citizenship in 2015. She worked for 7 years as a disability support worker but had to leave work due to her back injury. Sonali left her abusive husband and presently studying 3rd-year bachelors of speech pathology and wishes to work as a speech pathologist.

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