Media Releases

Newcastle gives warm welcome to Afghan arrivals

Settlement Services International (SSI) and Northern Settlement Services (NSS) thank the Newcastle community for the generous donations to Afghan arrivals in the region over the past fortnight.

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Inspirational community leader, Gail Ker, announces retirement

Nationally lauded and award-winning community leader Gail Ker OAM, CEO of Access Community Services Limited, is to retire effective December 31, 2021.

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New research shines a spotlight on gender and refugees

The fate of refugee women and girls has been front of mind since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month.

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Refugees especially vulnerable to mental health toll of COVID-19

A study has explored the mental health impact of COVID-19 on refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

COVID-19 stressors are negatively impacting resettled refugees’ mental health, a new study by UNSW Sydney psychologists in partnership with Australian Red Cross, Settlement Services International (SSI) and Phoenix Australia at the University of Melbourne has shown. COVID-related worries – including the pandemic reminding refugees of traumatic events in the past – were linked to higher levels of PTSD, depression, health anxiety symptoms, and poorer daily functioning.

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Afghan women and girls at risk desperately need Australia’s protection

Settlement Services International (SSI) has joined humanitarian organisations, human rights groups and Afghan communities in Australia in urging the federal government to consider a special intake of Afghan refugees fleeing violence from the Taliban.

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