Working with refugees and asylum seekers

There is ongoing global growth of internally displaced people and asylum seekers due to war, persecution and global warming among other disasters. Australia has increasing humanitarian refugee intake which leads us to ask what is being done to care for the mental health needs of this traumatised and growing population in our area?

This webinar brings you on the journey of creating a new service for the targeted population of newly arrived Iraqi and Syrian refugees aged 0 to 24 years of age living in North West Melbourne and why specialised refugee access services are needed, as well as what initial learnings from this service health professionals can consider within their practice or interaction with refugee service users.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians, researchers and managers who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services, as well as community leaders, politicians and administrators charged with designing, developing and establishing mental health services for young people. Any professional working with refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • Increased understanding of the global situation with internally displaced people, asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Understanding of the barriers to care in standard mental health service access.
  • Case study of Refugee Health.
  • Where to access more information.


Dave McMaster

David McMaster is the Project Lead for the Refugee Access Service currently funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for two years as a pilot project improving the access to tertiary mental health services for 0 to 24 year old Iraqi and Syrian Refugees across North West Melbourne. David has worked as an Occupational Therapist for Melbourne Health for 10 years including seven years in Orygen Youth Health Clincal Program’s Youth Access Team.

Moderated by Helen Nicoll