On May 4, the Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub held their annual fundraising event in Brunswick, welcoming trustees, donors and other special supporters such as Federal MP for Wills, the Hon. Peter Khalil.
The Hub’s clinical staff took the opportunity to showcase the important progress that the Hub has made over the past years, spread awareness of the challenges that asylum seekers and refugees continue to face in Australia, and reach out for offerings in the effort to bolster the important work being done.
Dr Suresh Sundram, co-founder of the Hub and Director of Research, said:
“The people that come to us are the most traumatised of the traumatised. The vision of the Hub is not one of making do – it is to be the best leading cutting edge health service for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia, and globally.”
*Amir, one of the hubs clients from Iran, also offered some touching words:
“I have seen how there can be so much joy in putting smiles on people’s faces, like Cabrini does. Living in uncertainty is hard, and a lot of people can crack under the pressure. It is very hard to reflect on those tough times, but I am glad that they are over. I now see myself as an Aussie.”
By supporting the Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub, you will not only help strengthen one of the only accessible primary and mental healthcare services for Melbourne’s asylum seekers and refugees, but you will help it fund ground-breaking research into the ways that trauma can be managed in this vulnerable cohort. Learn more or donate here.
(*Name changed to protect identity)
Photos courtesy Cabrini Outreach