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23 June 2011- Public Forum: The Impact of Detention on the Mental Health of Asylum Seekers

By Gaylene Trethewey 31 May 2011 Past Events Comments Off

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June 23, 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

To mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we welcome you to join us for a public forum with guest speaker Professor Derrick Silove and presentations from former detainees and ASeTTS’ staff, working with detainees.

Asylum seekers and the Federal Government’s policy regarding the managing of arrivals and the processing of claims for refugee status are once again receiving avid media attention. The impact of the detention experience on the detainees themselves, however, has received scant attention in the mainstream media. Our forum will explore this topic with detainees and former detainees together with presentations  from Heidi Kleinschmidt and Marnie Williams from ASeTTS.  Our key note, Professor Derrick Silove, the Director of the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit at Liverpool Hospital in New South Wales, specialises in the area of mass trauma, transcultural psychiatry and refugee and post conflict mental health.

Please download the attached flyer for more information about the event.

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