Working with young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds

Working with young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds

Despite people of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds having disproportionate vulnerabilities for mental health difficulties and distress, and being subject to other social inequities, these groups access mental health care at lower rates to their non-refugee peers. This one-day workshop will support participants to reduce barriers to access, and increase awareness of potential enablers to providing responsive and equitable mental health care.

At the completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • understand the significance of forced migration and settlement and gather relevant information for practice;
  • understand more about risk and protective factors during settlement;
  • identify barriers and enablers to accessing mental health and wellbeing care for this group;
  • understand the role health literacy plays in cross-cultural engagement and methods to foster a health literate environment;
  • complete a cultural formulation interview and practice using it during the workshop; and
  • recognise the importance of trauma informed principles of practice and their application.

Thursday 19 September 2024, 9.30am-4.30pm


In person, Parkville

This workshop will be held in the Orygen Colonial Foundation Innovation Centre, 35 Poplar Road, Parkville.

Please arrive by 9.15am for a 9.30am start. Paid parking is available on site and at the Melbourne Zoo nearby. Public transport is available at Royal Park Station (Upfield line), and Tram 58 (West Coburg).


Date: Thu, 19. September 2024