Programme of Assistance for Survivors of Torture and Trauma

The Programme of Assistance for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (PASTT) provides specialised support services to permanently resettled humanitarian entrants and those on temporary substantive visa products living in the community who are experiencing psychological or psychosocial difficulties associated with surviving torture and trauma before coming to Australia.

Page last updated: 11 September 2014

PASTT provides:

  • direct counselling and related support services, including advocacy and referrals to mainstream health and related services, to individuals, families and groups who are survivors of torture and trauma
  • education and training to mainstream health and related service providers
  • community development and capacity building activities
  • rural, regional and remote outreach services to enable survivors of torture and trauma to access comparable services outside metropolitan areas
  • resources to support and enhance the capacity of specialist counselling and related support services to deliver effective services to survivors of torture and trauma and to respond to emerging client needs.
PASTT is delivered by member agencies of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT), a network of specialist rehabilitation agencies that work with survivors of torture and trauma. There is one FASSTT agency in each state and territory of Australia.

Clients can be referred through a wide range of sources including the Department of Social Service's Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS), other settlement services, general practitioners and other health services, education providers, legal services, community services, family/ friends/ community members and through self referral.

Page last reviewed: 14 August 2014