Training and Professional Development 

The Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) offers a comprehensive Education and Training Program relevant to government and private organisations who wish to provide more sensitive and effective services to our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

For more information and access to the training calendar: webpage MRC Tas training | call (03) 6221 0999 | email 


The following list outlines training and professional development opportunities to support your work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Please feel free to contact us if you would like to add your training event to this calendar.

Unmasking the Pandemic - CALD COVID & communication

Wednesday 31st March, 9.30am - 11.30am Online event VicForum 2021 is an opportunity to share ideas on how to work effectively with diverse communities in a post pandemic world. 

Register through Eventbrite

Preventing Youth Suicide: Saving Our Kids

Thu, 10 September 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM AEST

This event is hosted online. 

Youth are particularly vulnerable with over 75% of all mental health issues occurring before the age of 25, yet young people are less likely than any other age group to seek help. Suicide continues to be the leading cause of death for young Australians. A panel of experts will discuss Youth Suicide Prevention on World Suicide Prevention Day with Psychologist Sabina Read, Suicide Prevention Researcher Gerry Georgatos, Mental Health Advocate Tareq Ahmed and Kelly Hand from Australian Institute of Family Studies. Register here

National Youth Panel, exploring the new normal during and beyond COVID-19.

Tuesday 21 July, 11.00am - 12.45 pm, online. 

National Youth Panel is an important opportunity to hear directly from young people about the challenges and solutions to COVID-19 and the ‘new normal’, in a discussion focused on:education, employment and mental health. Register here.

Cultural Considerations to support children from migrant and refugee backgrounds

Webinar -  13 May 2020 13:00 to 14:00 AEST

How practitioners can engage in respectful, collaborative and curious conversations with children and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Register to attend 

Managing Chronic Pain with torture and trauma survivors

Webinar - 13 May 2020 6.30 -9pm

Delivered by A/Prof Anthony Richardson, Pyschiatrist St Vincents Hospital & High Churchwood, Orthobionomist, STARTTS. 

Watch the live webinar for free

Supporting Refugees and Migrants to Understand "My Health Record"

Webinar -  Wednesday 17th April, 2019, 2.00pm - 3.00pm
SCOA and the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) invite you to attend a webinar, specifically for the settlement sector, aimed at better understanding My Health Record and what it means for newly arrived communities.

The webinar will:

  • Build further awareness about My Health Record and support SCoA members and their staff to understand it.
  • Provide an opportunity to ask questions about the record and what it means for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

RSVP here and for any enquiries please contact Madi Cooper on 02 6282 8518 

Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee and immigrant communities: Culturally safe strategies for practice

Webinar - 27 March 2019, 13:00–14:00pm AEDT Presenters: Alissar El-Murr, Adel Murdolo and Cecilia Barassi-Rubio. 

This webinar will discuss the emerging research on how service providers can ensure appropriate support is available to this client group. It will include an outline of practical strategies to support community involvement and leadership, cultural safety and trauma-informed care. The webinar will also discuss what works to help implement these strategies, with a focus on current examples of practical strategies to address challenges to service delivery in rural and regional settings. To register for the webinar click here

Second National dowry abuse summit  

UNSW Sydney, Kensington, NSW, 22 February,9.30am - 4.00pm

Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health and UNSW Sydney School of Psychiatry, Gendered Violence research Network and Australian Human Rights Institute continues the campaign to include dowry in the legal framework for domestic violence. You are invited to discuss the nature of dowry abuse, discover commonalities and differences between communities, share and learn about the mental and physical harm on women and their lives, and explore alternative ways to conduct dowry without causing harm.

Register Inquires: Dr Manjula O’Connor 0419354482 

Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma through Australian Childhood Foundation. 

A nationally accredited qualification for professionals working in child trauma. Practical application of the neuroscience of trauma as it relates to your role and workplace. 

Webinar, Building resilience and wellbeing in the early years: coping strategies for parents and children from CALD backgrounds. Wednesday 27 February 2019, 1:00-2.00pm AEDT

This webinar will discuss an approach to parenting in early childhood that incorporates principles of positive psychology and coping skills for families with young children. The approach will be illustrated using a case example of an innovative early years productive parenting program adapted for parents from CALD backgrounds attending a playgroup in Melbourne. Research findings which indicate that parents benefit from being introduced to culturally sensitive parenting skills and highlight the efficacy of practical resources to support communication between parents and children will be discussed. Register to attend the webinar.

2019 Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Settlement Conference -  27-29 March 

Under the theme of Healing in Exile - Current and Future Challenges speakers will explore the most innovative and successful initiatives that enable people from refugee backgrounds to recover from torture and other traumatic events and resettle in their new context. The full provisional program and all conference details are included in the registration brochure which can be downloaded below

FASST Registration Brochure 2019 - FASST Registration Brochure 2019 (3567 KB) 05-Nov-2018

Register prior to 14 December 2018 to receive the early bird discount

Start Again Today - Start Again Today (418 KB) 26-Jul-2018

Start Today Again is a training program and resource ‘toolkit’ for use by presenters, trainers and counsellors to assist men and men’s groups understand the impact of family violence on children, and suggest ways in which changes in parenting relationships can be made.

Aust/ NZ Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference - Aust/ NZ Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference (1456 KB) 29-Nov-2017

The conference theme is, Healing in Exile Current and Future Challenges, and will explore the most innovative and successful ways to support people from refugee backgrounds as they recover from trauma and resettle in their new context. The voices of people from refugee backgrounds will be central to all aspects of the Conference program.

Working with CALD Youth - Working with CALD Youth (1643 KB) 28-Nov-2017

Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds face particular challenges in accessing support and opportunities. Their settlement needs are distinct from adults and they commonly face additional and more complex transitions than their Australian-born counterparts. Hosting this workshop is MYAN TAS. This workshop is guided by the National Youth Settlement Framework (NYSF) and will enable participants to respond more effectively to CALD youth's specific needs.

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Organisations which provide training

The following organisations provide specialist information, training and education for health, education and community service professionals seeking to improve outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse clients and communities. 

Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania) and the Phoenix Centre

Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania Inc) and the Phoenix Centre training program builds the capacity of the wider Tasmanian community to work and volunteer more effectively with people from a migrant or refugee/humanitarian background. The training program offers entry level foundational training through to more specialised sessions. Sessions are interactive, use a range of methods to draw on participants’ and facilitators’ experiences. Training facilitators are currently working with people from a migrant and/or refugee background and/or have lived experience. For more information on session content, costs and schedules see MRC Hobart Training.

MRC and the Phoenix Centre offers sessions for individuals and can also offer tailored sessions for service providers, not for profit organisations, business, state and local government and schools.  

To discuss your requirements please contact Rebecca Lamb on  03 6221 0999 or

Red Cross 

Initiated by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services in 2005 and more recently established as part of the Red Cross Bicultural Community Health Program in 2008, the Tasmanian program provides training for bilingual community workers, community education for those affected by Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and training for health service providers across the state.

For more information about female genital cutting in Australia, or to request a Red Cross training session for healthcare professionals in Tasmania, please contact the Red Cross Bi-Cultural Community Health Program.

For more information and a video about "Helping health professionals to start a conversation about female circumcision" go to this website:

Foundation House

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. or 'Foundation House' was established to meet the needs of people in Victoria who had been subject to torture or other traumatic events in their country of origin, or while fleeing those countries. 

The Professional and Organisational Development program provides facilitated sessions to professionals on working with people from refugee backgrounds. Sessions are offered through the public calendar available on the Foundation House website.

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) offers a range of workshops to enhance cultural competency in your workplace. The training covers an extensive range of topics related to cultural competence in both cultural responsiveness training and workplace training. Their training features relevant case studies, hands-on activities and comprehensive resource lists for further learning.


DV-alert Domestic Violence Response Training

Through the DV-alert Program, Lifeline deliver workshops which are free for people who work or volunteer in the health, allied health, community, higher education, and childcare frontline capacity supporting the general community. In the workshops participants learn how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, how to respond to someone experiencing domestic and family violence and what best practice methods should be used to refer people on to the most appropriate support service. For more information go to the Workshop schedule for DV-alert training in Tasmania.

Organisations which provide e-Learning

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health

Conversations in Cultural Responsiveness is an online introductory resource which has multiple purposes according to the needs of your service environment: to provide training in cultural diversity for new staff, to provide mandatory training as required, to inform leaders and practitioners of key issues in culturally diverse mental health practice, to guide relevant service changes, to inform you about VTMH services, and provide links to a number of information sources.

Working with interpreters is a resource for practitioners working in a range of mental health settings, that aims to promote and enhance ways of working with interpreters. Divided into three sections, 'Orientate', 'Practice' and 'Steps', the resource includes: an overview of roles, policy and accreditation standards; practice implications for the client, family, practitioner, and interpreter; and a step-by-step guide through the process from booking an interpreter, to debriefing at the end of a session.

The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN)

The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN) has a free online learning course - Introduction to Trauma Informed Care.

This online learning course has been designed to increase information and knowledge on the impact of experiences of adversity and trauma on children and young people. There are six modules that you can work through at your own pace, with free resources to download that accompany the modules.

The program aims to:

  • Facilitate understanding of experiences of adversity in childhood, the impact and variability of these experiences on children, the reasons for them and the potential on-going impacts through the life of the child into adulthood
  • Provide family carers and professionals with accurate evidence based information that assists them to recognize the impact of adversities or potentially traumatic experiences
  • Provide age appropriate guidelines and information as to how to support children and adolescents facing adversities and/or, if needed, refer them for specialized support and care

Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI)

Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI) provides practical resources, information and eLearning for parents, families, children, carers and professionals. eLearning courses include evidence based interventions, 'Child Aware' education, and links to other free educational courses for professionals working with families and children where a parent has a mental illness.

Also available are translated resources, available in multiple languages, for use with and by families where a parent has a mental illness.

SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma)

SMART Online is a free online training program delivered by the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF). 

This course seeks to enhance the capacity of school and early childhood personnel to effectively respond to the needs of children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma, and was developed with the support of the South Australian Government.

SMART Online contains 11 modules which can be logged in and out of at your own pace. With each module finished you complete the short knowledge test at the end. The content includes neurobiology knowledge pertaining to child development and trauma, suggestions for good trauma-informed practice in class rooms, audio, informative video and pictures and diagrams to aid learners of all types.

Anti-Slavery Australia

Anti-Slavery Australia have developed an online e-learning course. This training program, funded by the Australian Government, is an e-learning course aimed at frontline workers, from community and social workers to lawyers, health care professionals, government workers and teachers. The course is accessible across a variety of platforms which offers you the flexibility to complete it anywhere, at your own pace. Different learning techniques using videos, graphics, and quizzes have been designed to make the course relevant, engaging and interactive. The course is comprehensive, covering all forms of slavery and human trafficking, including forced labour, debt bondage, servitude, child labour, and organ trafficking.

The course also includes a comprehensive module on forced marriage and covers Principles for Working with Trafficked People, as well as the Support for Trafficked People that is available, including identifications, referral pathways, and next steps.

University of Melbourne

An 8 week free, on-line MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Global Adolescent Health

The course examines factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people around the world, and how important it is for individuals, communities and nations that we improve the health and life chances of this important population group. The course is designed to interest a diverse group of learners, including those working in health, education and community sectors and those who work in prevention, programming and policy development.

White Ribbon

A free eLearning course Understanding Men's Violence Against Women.

By completing this course you will further your understanding of the causes, types, prevalence and impact of men’s violence against women; and learn some practical skills to help you speak up and take action to help prevent this violence.

Kids Matter

Australian Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative provide live webinars and recorded webinars. For more information and access to the webinars go to the Kids Matter website.

Mental Health Professionals' Network

Webinar Library: access past webinars focusing on topical mental health issues.

The Phoenix Centre, a program of the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania, receives funding from the Crown, through the Department of Health, to provide the Tasmanian Transcultural Mental Health Network



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