Reports

If you would like to contribute a report that would be of benefit to Tasmanian Transcultural Mental Health Network members, please feel free to contact us.

ACAG Strengthening Communities 2014 - ACAG Strengthening Communities 2014 (3866 KB) 30-Mar-2014

Strengthening Communities reflects the combined efforts of regional agency workers and culturally and linguistically diverse community leaders over many years in designing and delivering innovative early intervention workshops in key areas of settlement for newly arrived families.

Attitudes to violence against women among people born in non-main English speaking countries - Attitudes to violence against women among people born in non-main English speaking countries (306 KB) 08-Oct-2015

This is a summary of key findings of the 2013 National Community Attitudes Survey as they pertain to people born in non-main English speaking countries (N-MESCs). The summary also draws on research conducted by others to better understand the findings.

Barriers to Education for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas - Barriers to Education for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas (617 KB) 03-Mar-2016

People seeking asylum and refugees on Temporary protection Visas or Safe Haven Enterprise Visas face significant barriers which effectively prevent most from pursuing further study. This in turn diminishes their employment prospects and undermines positive settlement outcomes. This 2015 research is informed by RCOA’s annual consultations with service providers and refugee community members.

Better Access to Government Services for former Humanitarian Entrants (Tasmania) - Better Access to Government Services for former Humanitarian Entrants (Tasmania) (407 KB) 30-Mar-2014

Summary report of the Better Access to Government Services for former Humanitarian Entrants Report is a whole-of-government approach to improving access to Tasmanian Government services for former humanitarian entrants.

Bhutanese Community Southern Tasmania - Suicide Prevention Project 2014 - Bhutanese Community Southern Tasmania - Suicide Prevention Project 2014 (165 KB) 17-Apr-2014

A summary report from the Bhutanese Community Southern Tasmania about the Suicide Prevention Project undertaken in 2013.

Building relationships, building communities - Building relationships, building communities (1760 KB) 06-Feb-2017

Designed to provide indepth and contextualised data about how services may better support refugee parents to care for their children. By developing a better understanding of the social supports, resources and connections required by refugee children and their parents to support positive parenting and family relationships, this project contributes to the development of a more responsive and integrated social policy and service delivery.

CALD Communities' Access to Mental Health Service Mapping and Scoping Project - June 2014 - CALD Communities' Access to Mental Health Service Mapping and Scoping Project - June 2014 (1359 KB) 10-Feb-2015

Commissioned by the Department of Health Gippsland Region, Victoria. The project investigated the level of access of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities to community based mental health services in Latrobe City, including their understanding of mental health, knowledge and use of services, identify the barriers that have led to current low levels of service usage, and propose strategies and recommendations to address these.

Children and Young People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds Speak Out - Children and Young People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds Speak Out (5403 KB) 29-Mar-2016

This report was released by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA and showcases the views and experiences of migrant and refugee young people.

Civilian perspectives on the conflict in Sudan's Southern Kordofan State - Civilian perspectives on the conflict in Sudan's Southern Kordofan State (2912 KB) 15-Jun-2015

A report launched by the International Refugee Rights Initiative and the National Human Rights Monitoring Organisation brings the voices of civilians living through the conflict in Sudan's Southern Kordofan State to the international community. Focusing on the devastating impact of the conflict on every aspect of people's lives, the report highlights the extraordinary resilience and resistance of the civilian population.

Early Childhood Access and Participation Project - Early Childhood Access and Participation Project (631 KB) 08-Aug-2016

Talking with Chin families from Burma about Early Childhood Services. The guide is for policy makers and service providers. It describes a model that encourages dialogue between early childhood service providers and families from refugee backgrounds. Through those discussions, service providers gain advice on how to make their services more accessible to the families, who, in turn, become more knowledgeable about services.

Employment and Multicultural Young People - Employment and Multicultural Young People (185 KB) 28-Jul-2014

A 2013 report from the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW, who brought together a range of stakeholders from greater western Sydney to discuss the particular experiences of young people of multicultural backgrounds in relation to seeking and finding work.

Facilitating the Transition to Employment for Refugee Young People - Facilitating the Transition to Employment for Refugee Young People (628 KB) 29-Mar-2016

Humanitarian migrants have the highest unemployment rate of all the migration categories. This is especially crucial, given that a significant proportion of refugees and humanitarian entrants are young people. This Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) report reviews recent data and literature to take stock of the current experiences of refugee young people in education and their transition from education to employment. It also explores 'what works'.

Freedom from Discrimination 2015 - Freedom from Discrimination 2015 (1518 KB) 02-Dec-2015

Launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission's Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane, this report reflects the progress of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) on the 40th anniversary of its enactment.

Gambling in culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia - Gambling in culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia (1285 KB) 24-Nov-2016

This paper reviews the research examining gambling in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, with a focus on Australia. Participation, problems, beliefs and attitudes of different CALD communities are examined to provide a brief overview of the research to date.

Global Trends - Forced Displacement in 2015 - Global Trends - Forced Displacement in 2015 (5276 KB) 08-May-2017

Published by the UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency. Global forced displacement increased in 2015, with record high numbers. By the end of 2015, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence, or human rights violations.

Having a baby in a new country: Afghan Families Project Final Report - Having a baby in a new country: Afghan Families Project Final Report (459 KB) 30-Mar-2014

The 'Having a baby in a new country: the experience of Afghan families' study was conducted by a partnership between the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House)

Hearing her voice: Report from the kitchen table conversations with culturally and linguistically di - Hearing her voice: Report from the kitchen table conversations with culturally and linguistically di (649 KB) 14-Apr-2016

A Department of Social Services report. This report has contributed to the National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children. Hearing her voice: Report from the kitchen table conversations with culturally and linguistically diverse women on violence against women and their children.

Homelessness amongst CALD people with a mental illness - Homelessness amongst CALD people with a mental illness (2371 KB) 18-Dec-2015

A person from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background with a mental illness who is homeless is particularly vulnerable. The purpose of this report was to identify current research on CALD homelessness and mental illness, conduct surveys across Australia and to gain a baseline understanding of the level of homelessness of people from CALD backgrounds with mental illness in Australia.

Improve health literacy of women from refugee backgrounds - Improve health literacy of women from refugee backgrounds (619 KB) 29-Mar-2016

The report presents information collected through consultations in Victoria between June 2014 and July 2015. Participants in consultations were women of different ages, parenting and employment status from Syrian, Karen, Afghan, Iranian, Sierra Leonean, and Sudanese refugee communities. This report identifies what communities themselves report as the health information needs of their communities; and about the way that these communities prefer accessing health information.

Improving responses to refugees with backgrounds of multiple trauma - Improving responses to refugees with backgrounds of multiple trauma (754 KB) 03-Jul-2015

A practice monograph which brings together writers who are recognised for their expertise and experience working with refugees who have histories of trauma, including torture, sexual violence and domestic and family violence. This document provides pointers for practitioners in domestic and family violence, sexual assault and settlement services.

Intergenerational relations in newly-arrived communities in Victoria: a pilot study report - Intergenerational relations in newly-arrived communities in Victoria: a pilot study report (648 KB) 08-Dec-2015

This report examines relations between parents and adolescents in newly-arrived refugee and migrant communities in Victoria as they negotiate the challenges of migration, settlement and integration.

Looking the Other Way: Young People and Self-Harm - Looking the Other Way: Young People and Self-Harm (677 KB) 29-Mar-2016

Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has released a report on the unacceptably high rate of self-harm among young Australians. This report is the first in the country that looks systematically and comprehensively into the largely hidden and misunderstood behaviour of self-harm among 12-25 year olds.

Mapping Social Cohesion Report 2015 - Mapping Social Cohesion Report 2015 (1751 KB) 05-Nov-2015

This report presents the results of the Mapping Social Cohesion survey, which finds that most Australians are accepting of cultural diversity.

Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia 2013 - Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia 2013 (718 KB) 03-Feb-2016

A study which examined what is known about the mental health of immigrant and refugee communities in Australia, whether research pays adequate attention to CALD in the Australian population, and whether data collections support evidence-informed mental health policy and practice.

National Multicultural Youth Summit - Report 2015 - National Multicultural Youth Summit - Report 2015 (1839 KB) 08-Apr-2015

A report on the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) national multicultural youth summit - FUSE - held in Sydney in October 2014. Australia's first national multicultural youth event. The report provides an overview of the 3-day summit, including a set of recommendations.

National Youth Settlement Framework - National Youth Settlement Framework (4552 KB) 07-Apr-2016

The first national framework to guide youth settlement policy and service delivery in Australia. Designed to support a targeted and consistent approach to addressing the needs of newly arrived young people settling in Australia. The National Youth Settlement Framework provides conceptual and practical information as well as a set of supplementary resources. For more information on youth, go to the Youth resources page of this website.

Nothing for them: Support needs of LGBT young people from refugee backgrounds 2014 - Nothing for them: Support needs of LGBT young people from refugee backgrounds 2014 (1259 KB) 04-Apr-2014

Understanding the support needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people from refugee and newly arrived backgrounds - by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

Participation of refugee communities in STARTTS service planning, implementation and evaluation - Participation of refugee communities in STARTTS service planning, implementation and evaluation (25 KB) 30-Mar-2014

Written by Jasmina Bajraktarevic Hayward, this report discusses STARTTS' community consultation and community participation to deliver services with refugee populations in NSW.

Rebuilding Shattered Lives - Rebuilding Shattered Lives (1404 KB) 08-May-2017

This guide is designed to assist those working with survivors of torture and trauma. Almost all survivors are refugees, a term which will be used in the broad sense to refer to all forcibly displaced persons. The material can be used by workers in community centres, accommodation services, primary health care agencies, language centres and schools. The focus is on adults and the family.

Red Cross Migration Support Initiatives in Tasmania 2011 - 2013 - Red Cross Migration Support Initiatives in Tasmania 2011 - 2013 (270 KB) 11-Jun-2014

The Australian Red Cross works to assist migrants, irrespective of their legal status, whose survival, dignity or mental health is under threat. This report outlines local initiatives in Tasmania under the Red Cross Migration Support Program.

Red Cross Young People Forum Summary 2014 - Red Cross Young People Forum Summary 2014 (636 KB) 30-Mar-2014

Red Cross National Practitioners' Forum: Improving services for unaccompanied minors and young people seeking asylum. The report highlights the outcomes of the forum which attracted over 250 people including direct service providers, universities, legal, youth, community and health services.

Rethink Mental Health Tasmania Report - Rethink Mental Health Tasmania Report (902 KB) 18-Nov-2015

As part of its election commitment A long-term plan for mental health, the Minister for Health has launched Rethink Mental Health Better Mental Health and Wellbeing – A Long-Term Plan for Mental Health in Tasmania 2015-25. It brings together action to strengthen mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention, action to improve care and support for people with mental illness, their families and carers and sets a path for integrating Tasmania's mental health system. It includes short,

Snapshots from Oz - Snapshots from Oz (1789 KB) 03-Jan-2017

This document outlines key features of Australian settlement policies, programs and services available for humanitarian entrants.

Speaking up: The global refugee youth consultations in Australia - Speaking up: The global refugee youth consultations in Australia (6272 KB) 06-Feb-2017

This report presents the voices and recommendations of young people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds from consultations that took place across Australia from February to May 2016. Consultations were organised with 555 young people across all states and territories to discuss with them what matters in their lives – their fears, their concerns, how they were able to settle into a new country and what they think should be improved.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey: The Long Road Ahead - Syrian Refugees in Turkey: The Long Road Ahead (1696 KB) 15-Jun-2015

This report by the Migration Policy Institute provides an overview of Turkey's migration landscape and the position of Syrian refugees in Turkey today. It assesses current policy approaches to displaced Syrians in Turkey, looks at changes in Turkey's asylum and protection regime and discusses ongoing challenges and future policy directions in this area.

Talking about health and experiences of using health services - Talking about health and experiences of using health services (455 KB) 07-Oct-2016

Talking about health and experiences of using health services with people from refugee backgrounds documents the findings from consultations with 115 individuals and groups across Victoria. The findings identified a range of issues impacting on the health and service access of people from refugee background, including people seeking asylum.

Tamil Community Consultation Report - Tamil Community Consultation Report (982 KB) 08-Dec-2015

This report is the culmination of several STARTTS consultations with Sri lankan Tamil community groups in Sydney. The report provides a history of the conflict in Ski Lanka, the Tamil community in NSW, and issues relevant to health including traditional ways of coping, mourning, and current needs.

Tasmanian Multicultural Policy 2014 - Tasmanian Multicultural Policy 2014 (3262 KB) 30-Mar-2014

The Tasmanian Multicultural Policy seeks to achieve the vision of a strong, confident and inclusive society where all people in Tasmania are treated fairly, with respect and without discrimination; and have an equal opportunity, and responsibility, to engage in Tasmanian life.

The National Settlement Framework - The National Settlement Framework (385 KB) 05-Jan-2017

The National Settlement Framework for the three tiers of government, Commonwealth, State and Territory and Local Government, to work in partnership to effectively plan and deliver services that support the settlement of migrants and new arrivals in Australia.

The people of Tasmania 2014 - The people of Tasmania 2014 (3885 KB) 08-May-2014

The People of Tasmania is a major compilation of statistics on birthplace, language, religion and ancestry from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The people they make us welcome - The people they make us welcome (2057 KB) 14-Apr-2016

For young people, positive settlement in Australia is inextricably connected to a sense of belonging. The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) has released this paper to explore what hinders and what helps newly arrived young people feel like they belong in Australia.

The Settlement Journey - The Settlement Journey (522 KB) 03-Jan-2017

A simple pictograph resource which provides a guide to the settlement steps of many people from refugee backgrounds settling in Australia.

Violence against women in CALD communities_AMES Actions Report - Violence against women in CALD communities_AMES Actions Report (843 KB) 28-Mar-2017

This document summarises the outcomes of a project focusing on the primary prevention of violence against women in CALD communities. Based on community consultation and research it identifies issues that need to be considered when working with CALD communities to prevent violence against women and recommends future actions for consideration.

WHO Preventing Youth Violence - WHO Preventing Youth Violence (1608 KB) 14-Dec-2015

Twenty-one strategies to prevent youth violence are reviewed, including programmes relating to parenting, early childhood development, and social skills development, as well as policies related to the harmful use of alcohol, problem oriented policing, and urban upgrading.


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