Southgate Policy Club – ‘Housing for health – asylum seeker and refugee experiences’

(L-R) P Worley, P Sandeman, A Ziersch, L Lovelock, B Chilcott, A Clark

The Southgate Policy Club, held in conjunction with AnglicareSA and the Australian Centre for Community Services Research, explored the impacts of poverty and housing stress on the health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers, and considered policy reforms to support successful housing experiences and promote health and wellbeing.Chaired by Prof Paul Worley, Dean, School of Medicine, the forum featured a number of guest speakers. A/Prof Anna Ziersch outlined an Australian Research Council funded study that will document the housing experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in a bid to identify what particular barriers to permanent housing cause the most significant health impacts. Other speakers included AnglicareSA Chief Executive Rev Peter Sandeman; Welcome to Australia National Director Brad Chilcott; Shelter SA Chief Executive Alice Clark and Red Cross case worker Luci Lovelock who outlined many of the difficulties that refugees and asylum seekers experience.

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