QAMH Online Members Forum – Psychosocial Presentations of Refugee Survivors of Torture and Trauma – the similarity and differences of support needs to other client populations

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Presenters: Taryn Mc Burney, QPASTT Training Coordinator and Steph Long, Systemic Advocacy and Strategic Projects

QAMH Members are invited to join us for our Online Members Forum. At this forum we will be joined by QAMH Member QPASTT (Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma). QPASTT is a refugee torture and trauma recovery specialist, providing trauma recovery services for over 26 years. Symptomology and experience of trauma impacts on the need and ability to access services to meet social determinants of health (education, housing, employment, financial security, physical health).

While working with partners across the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Sector, it is often assumed that there are distinct differences of presentation of our client group (survivors of refugee torture and trauma) compared to other client populations. QPASTT will share data on the common psychosocial presentations of refugee survivors of torture and trauma, and how this impacts on need for and access to service. QAMH members are invited to join a discussion on the similarity and differences of presentations and support needs of other client populations to expand our collective understanding meeting social determinants of health through service delivery and advocacy.

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We look forward to our member’s continued involvement and engagement in our member’s forums.

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