It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that QPASTT acknowledges the horrific and tragic events in Christchurch that have resulted in the deaths of 50 innocent people and injuries to many more. QPASTT condemns all acts of terrorism, and violence and stands with our Muslim family members, friends, colleagues, clients and communities in condemning this attack. As with our sister agencies interstate, we will continue to hold our hands out to all in peace, tolerance and friendship. QPASTT treasures diversity, we believe in hope and in the capacity of people to recover and heal. While we are all affected by these events, we are aware that some people will be particularly affected. It is important for us all to be attentive to this, and do what we can to support each other at this difficult time.
QPASTT stands ready to support those most impacted and to assist any clients and refugee communities particularly affected by the impact of this horrific event. Please contact us if you or your community require assistance.
If your distress is acute and you need urgent assistance below are some numbers you can call in addition to 000:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Tracy Worrall, Jamilia Padhee and Ignacio Correa-Velez
What is QPASTT?
The Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) provides flexible and culturally sensitive services to promote the health and well being of people who have been tortured or who have suffered refugee related trauma prior to migrating to Australia. QPASTT aims to provide services which address the range of physical, psychological and social needs that survivors of torture and trauma have. All services are free and confidential.