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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 225-230

Community partnership with Rohingya refugees in Sydney, Australia: a systemic approach towards healing and recovery

1 MSW, School Liaison Program Team Leader, NSW Service for The Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors, Australia
2 PhD, Research Team Leader, NSW Service for The Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors, Sydney, Australia
3 Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia, Sydney, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Shaun Nemorin
NSW Service for the Treatment of Torture and Trauma Survivors, Unit 4, 103 Herring Road, Marsfield, NSW, Australia 2122
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_31_19

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This field report highlights some modalities used in resettlement countries, such as Australia, which provide services to vulnerable Rohingya refugees. It encompasses both personal reflections coupled with an overview of the agency-based operational framework and evaluation which underpins the work of Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors and informs our community work towards the recovery of those impacted by war and systemic state-sponsored terrorism. Our aim is to further contribute to discourse about the ways in which service provision is accomplished, ensuring marginalised refugee groups are protected and supported. A background to the current Rohingya refugee context is provided, as well as the biopsychosocial systemic model informing our work. A brief overview of our agency’s various programmes, informed by community consultations and designed to foster healing Rohingya refugees, is presented. We describe our experience in evaluating services for improving efficacy when working with traumatised populations, including recommendations towards community self-determination and asset-based community development for Rohingya refugees.

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