QPASTT values collaborative research partnerships, to explore, investigate and expand our knowledge about working with refugees and ensure we continue to improve services for our client group, advocate for their needs and help to raise awareness within the general public of the challenges that refugees must face. Engaging in research, also provides valuable information to other professionals working with refugees or trauma survivors.

QPASTT is currently involved in two collaborative research studies.

The meaning of rights across cultures:
an exploration of the interpretation of the human rights framework in refugee settlement

In partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Centre for Refugee Research, a 3 year project, funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant will examine the meaning of rights for refugees in Australia and explore how refugee communities culturally mediate these rights and the impact of this on the settlement process.

The research team at UNSW is also working in collaboration with three other industry partners from the refugee settlement sector; AMES Victoria, Service for Treatment and Rehabilitation for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (STARTTS) and the Townsville Multicultural Support Group. The project will take place across three states, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

For more information:
UNSW Centre for Refugee Research

Leaving family behind:
Understanding the irregular migration of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors

In partnership with the School of Public Health and Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) the project aims to develop an evidence base on the drivers and determinants of irregular maritime migration to Australia of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors. The project is funded by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Irregular Migration Research Small Grants Program.

For more information:
Contact Dr Ignacio Correa-Velez –
or Katharine Knoetze –