Community forum to explore rural refugee health and wellbeing

9 MAY 2019

Community forum to explore rural refugee health and wellbeing

A forum to explore community perspectives on health and wellbeing for people from refugee backgrounds living in rural areas will be held in Wagga Wagga on Friday 17 May.

  • Forum in Wagga Wagga to engage service providers and people with refugee backgrounds
  • Free event features guest speakers who will share insights on key issues and launch a new study to gather community perspectives on these issues
  • New research project focuses on how people understand health and wellbeing issues over time and how community researchers are involved in developing and conducting the research

A forum to explore community perspectives on health and wellbeing for people from refugee backgrounds living in rural areas will be held in Wagga Wagga on Friday 17 May.

The community event is hosted by Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health and project partners including the Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga, Murrumbidgee PHN and the University of Notre Dame.

Participants will hear from guest speakers, including community researchers involved in a new research project, and local GP Dr Geraldine Duncan who has extensive experience providing health and social care to refugee-background people living in Wagga Wagga.

Another key speaker is Mr Felix Machiridza, the Lead Functional Family Therapist at Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation (RivMed).

The speakers will share their insights and launch the new project exploring community perspectives on health and wellbeing for people from refugee backgrounds living in rural areas.

Three Rivers UDRH Senior Principal Research Fellow Professor Deborah Warr said, “For some time now many people from refugee backgrounds have been resettling in Wagga Wagga and other regional towns across Australia and this enriches our rural communities.

“The legacy of past experiences and the challenges of resettlement, however, continues to impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

“This includes experiences leading up to enforced migration and post-settlement challenges of learning a new language, securing housing and employment, cultural isolation, and navigating unfamiliar and complex social and health service systems.

“I encourage anyone interested in this important social issue to come along and join the conversation.

“Participants will also learn about available resources for working with people with refugee-background, and enjoy some morning tea.”

This free event runs from 10am to 12.30pm on Friday 17 May at Gallery 43, Wagga TAFE, corner of Macleay and Coleman Streets, Wagga Wagga.

For catering purposes, please RVSP by Friday 10 May. To RSVP or for more information contact Mrs Vanessa Bland on (02) 6933 4219 or email vbland@csu.edu.au Website: https://threerivers.csu.edu.au/news-and-events Media are welcome to attend this community forum.

Media contact:

Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362


Media Note:

Contact Charles Sturt University Media via news@csu.edu.au or Bruce Andrews on 0418 669 362 to arrange interviews.

Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health is a department of Charles Sturt University and is part of a consortium partnership with The University of New South Wales, Western Sydney University and Notre Dame University. Charles Sturt University and its consortium partners acknowledge the financial support provided by the Australian Government Department of Health through its Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program in the establishment of the Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health.

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