April, 2009
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

Art therapy for refugee children

A special unit at the national Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre is being established by RASNZ staff members Maureen Lewis and Isabelle Van Hoy to provide art therapy for children.

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Community police officer helps refugees get their licence

Refugees settling in Palmerston North now have a greater chance of finding work thanks to an initiative driven by a community police officer.

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CALD training rolled out nationally

The Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) training, funded by Te Pou and run by RASNZ and Waitemata District Health Board, has currently been delivered to more than 100 health practitioners who come from a range of disciplines, including nursing, psychology, medicine, physiotherapy and social work.

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Refugee Mobile Team evaluated

The Mobile Team was established in 2007 to provide culturally responsive and highly accessible mental health support to former refugees in the greater Auckland area. This was one of the first follow-up evaluations ever carried out on a refugee service in New Zealand.

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Friendship activities for refugees in Palmerston North

A new initiative in Palmerston North has seen collaboration between the Department of Internal Affairs, Anglican Friendship Centre, ESOL and Refugee Services working together.

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Future Events

Christchurch-based service seeking applicants

Interpreting Canterbury is seeking people to become trained interpreters and fluent speakers of a wide range of Asian, African, Pacific and European languages.

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Research priority is family reunification and mental health

The RASNZ Research Section has been assigned the task of developing a study of the issues around family reunification, as they relate to mental health and settlement outcomes.

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Cultural Training Workshop: Dealing with Muslim Clients

This workshop is being held in Auckland over 2 days on April 29 and 30 from 10am – 4pm.

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Did You Know?

Refugee Conference 2009: call for submission of papers

AUT University and the Refugee Council of New Zealand are organising the Refugee Conference 2009 to be held at AUT University (Auckland) from November 18-21.

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For more information about the ‘Te Punange: Refugee Focus’, please contact Michael White at michaelw@hrc.co.nz

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

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