Capacity building in strengthening the mental health of new and emerging refugee populations




The Transcultural Mental Health Centre's Capacity Building in Strengthening the Mental Health of New and Emerging Refugee Populations project supports service providers to maximise the wellbeing of new and emerging refugee populations.

In September 2015, the Federal Government made available 12,000 additional Humanitarian program places to people displaced by the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Over the six months to November 2017 more than 7,000 refugees have resettled in NSW. Around 85 per cent of the new arrivals have settled in South Western and Western Sydney, in and around Fairfield and Liverpool.

Clinical Capacity Building with Refugee Populations

The clinical component of this project. ‘Clinical Capacity Building with Refugee Populations’ aims to support and strengthen the skills of public mental health and other health services in providing responsive mental health services to newly arrived refugees.

Some of the activities of the clinical component of the project will include:

  • A needs assessment among public mental health services to identify their specific needs for training and support in working with refugee populations
  • Training and education for public mental health staff (clinicians and administrative staff), and other public health services, including emergency departments
  • Development of resources for service providers to support mental health assessment and intervention with refugee populations.

For further information about the clinical component of this project please email us at

Community Capacity Building with Refugee Populations

The aim of the community capacity building component of the project is to improve mental health and wellbeing among newly arrived refugee communities, with a focus on prevention and staying well. This reflects the shift in contemporary practice towards a more holistic approach to mental health. Early intervention initiatives will concentrate on mental health literacy, stigma reduction and pathways to care.

Activities to be implemented will include:

  • Mental health and wellbeing information sessions with community groups, as well as service providers who work closely with communities. 
  • Distribution of mental health and wellbeing resources, including language-specific resources.
  • Initiatives will be tailored to community and service provider needs.

For more information about the community component of the project, please email us at

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