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Experiences of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Resettlement Volunteers

Event number: 18905
1 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Tracy Horner and Mary Meets Mohammad (Documentary Film by Heather Kirkpatrick)

Mary Meets Mohammad - A Documentary film by Heather Kirkpatrick

This film follows the arrival of Tasmania's first detention centre through the eyes of a local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre - as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie. The feature film is 80 minutes. We will be screening the shorter TV version of 26 minutes.

For more information about the documentary please visit the following website

Experiences of a Resettlement Volunteer - Tracy Horner, Psychologist

Tracy has been involved as a volunteer in a local resettlement program. She helped with the resettling of Bhutanese refugees 5 years ago and Congolese refugees 2 years ago. Tracy will share her experiences from this role, including a discussion of the journeys of the refugees that brought them to the local area and the challenges that they face in resettling.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Australian Government's processes relating to asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Characterise the psychological difficulties that asylum seekers and refugees commonly experience and the psychological impact of indefinite detainment in detention centres.
  • Outline challenges that asylum seekers and refugees when resettling in Austalia.
  • List ways in which volunteers and support groups have advocated for and improved the experinces of asylum seekers and refugees


6.00pm - 7.00pm: Registation, networking/social time, finger food

7.00pm - 7.30pm: Documentary screening: Mary Meets Mohammad

7.30pm - 8.00pm: Presentation by Tracy Horner

8.00pm - 8.30pm: Dessert, two Golden Tickets to be drawn

Golden Tickets:

APS Members attending this event will go into the draw to win a Golden Ticket!! A Golden Ticket will entitle the bearer to FREE registration for a workshop of their choice run by the APS Albury Wodonga Branch. Two Golden Tickets will be drawn. You must be in attendance at the draw for your chance to win this special prize.

** Eligible members include APS Members and APS Associate Members.


About the presenter(s)

Tracy is a counselling psychologist who has been practicing for over 25 years in a range of different areas. She currently runs a private practice in Wodonga. Tracy is married to Rob and has 2 children aged 17 and 16. Out of the same desire that we all have as psychologists to help others and see their lives become better, Tracy began volunteering with the St Vinnies Humanitarian resettlement program some years ago, helping to resettle into our own community refugees from across the world. It has been one of the richest experiences of her life.


Thank you to TAFE NSW Counselling and Careers Service
Thank you to Michael Hickey from the TAFE NSW Counselling and Careers Service, who is hosting this event at the TAFE library. The support of TAFE NSW has allowed us to run this event at a low cost.

Online registration


TAFE NSW - Albury Campus, TAFE Library Block E - Connected Commons Area
Poole st
Albury, NSW 2640
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 31/8/2017
End date: 31/8/2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm


APS member: $30
APS student member: $15
Non APS member: $40


APS - Albury/Wodonga Branch
Contact Aleks Tarnawski