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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.


Community Capacity Building with Refugee Populations

 

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The aim of the community capacity building component of the program is to improve mental health and wellbeing among newly arrived refugee communities, with a focus on prevention and staying well. Early intervention initiatives concentrate on mental health literacy, stigma reduction and pathways to care.

Activities are undertaken in partnership with community agencies and 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 are tailored to community and service provider needs.

For more information about the community component of the program, please email us at tmhc@health.nsw.gov.au.


For more information about the clinical capacity building component of our refugee program click here. 


Recent humanitarian program arrivals

 

For 2020-21, the Federal Government made available 13,750 places for Australia’s annual humanitarian program. Between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021, 1,932 humanitarian visa holders permanently settled in Australia with 543 settling in New South Wales. The majority of these new arrivals have settled in South Western and Western Sydney, in and around Fairfield and Liverpool areas.

In March 2022, the Federal Government announced 26,500 places under the humanitarian program for Afghan nationals and an additional 5,000 places under the family stream of the migration program.

In March 2022, the Federal Government announced temporary humanitarian visas for Ukrainian nationals in Australia who have been forced to flee Russia’s military invasion.

In the three months to April 2022, new arrivals have continued to largely settle in South Western and Western Sydney, in and around Fairfield, Cumberland and Liverpool areas.

For further information visit the Refugee Council of Australia website.

 

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