Evaluation of the Program of Assistance for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (PASTT) final report
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The Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) was engaged by the Department of Health and Aged Care to independently evaluate the Program of Assistance for Survivors or Torture and Trauma (PASTT). PASTT is a specialist service available to refugees who settle in Australia and are survivors of pre-migration conflict and human rights abuses including physical and psychological harm. PASTT is funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care and has operated for over 27 years. It is currently administered by eight not-for-profit state and territory-based agencies forming the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT). PASTT is provided Australia-wide including in many regional and rural areas.
The flexible nature of PASTT allows for services to be tailored to clients’ needs for short, medium, or long-term support. Services are offered at the individual, family, and community level and include counselling, community capacity development work, and advocacy. FASSTT agencies also partner with mainstream services to provide care to clients.