Who We Are
QPASTT is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation with no political or religious affiliations providing culturally responsive services to promote the health and wellbeing of people in Australia who have sought safety from persecution, torture and war related trauma.
We have been providing services to torture and trauma survivors in Queensland since 1995 and we welcome all people regardless of their ethnicity, culture, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, language or religious beliefs.
Our vision is for people from refugee backgrounds to live lives liberated from the harms of torture, trauma and human rights injustice.
Our purpose is to nurture meaningful futures by assisting people from refugee backgrounds to heal, belong and thrive in our community.
We are committed to supporting survivors of torture and trauma and their families and communities in Queensland.
Our Guiding Values for Supporting our Clients
We care. In all our work, survivors of torture and trauma come first.
We believe in meaningful futures. We are committed to healing being a journey of recovery across mind, body and spirit.
We don’t give up. We understand that healing requires time, patience and courage for individuals, families and communities.
We believe that recovery from trauma is about justice and that to heal is a human right. We strive to build opportunities so that survivors of torture and trauma are able to belong and thrive in the community.
We act openly and ethically. We are committed to delivering impactful services.
QPASTT’s Board of Directors consists of people from refugee communities, human rights workers, financial specialists and health and welfare workers who have experience in providing services to people from refugee backgrounds.
She has been nationally recognised for her effectiveness as an educator having received the Prime Minister’s Award for the 2007 Australian University Teacher of the Year, and a National Senior Teaching Fellowship in 2010. Keithia also has extensive experience in leadership roles in management consultancy and professional training and development
Her key areas of professional practice include the design and facilitation of change management processes, conflict management, strategic planning, professional supervision, interpersonal skills, group facilitation, and loss and grief counselling. In the not-for-profit sector, Keithia has served in voluntary leadership roles since 1984 on the Boards of 5 community organisations as President, Vice-President and Director, and is currently in her 15th year as the President of QPASTT and 20th year as a Board member.
She trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Brisbane and Melbourne. She has had a longstanding interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents. This was further developed when she worked at the Tavistock Clinic, London, from 2004 until 2007. There she also worked with asylum seeker and refugee families with distressed children.
She is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, in the faculties of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and a member of the Queensland Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association. She has been a member of the Management Committee, and now Board, of QPASTT since 2007.
He has a broad range of experience which includes extensive hospital training, rural practice and emergency medicine. He has clinical expertise in refugee health with twenty years’ experience in Brisbane and a stint with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). He has been a lecturer at the University of Queensland, teaching medical students in the field of general practice, and has helped to run early GP refugee training sessions in Brisbane. He has helped to set up refugee counselling services as well as the state’s first refugee health clinic at the Mater Hospital.
Following QPASTT’s incorporation in 1995, Ian became the inaugural Chair of the QPASTT Management Committee. After serving as Chair for a number of years, he handed the reins to Professor Wilson. Ian returned as a member of the Management Committee in 2014.
He has acted for many international clients setting up operations in Australia, advising about the Australian operations and assisting with the expansion of the business in Australia and in using Australia as a base for expansion into Asia. His clients include businesses in the manufacturing, tourism, aged care and resources industries, as well as acting for professional services operations including medical practitioners.
Robin’s expertise includes corporate governance and corporate structuring. He has been a member of the Management Committee, and now Board, of QPASTT since 2010.
Pam is founder and medical director of the charitable organisation Possums for Parents with Babies, and has for the past ten years specialised clinically in the care of parents with babies.
She is honoured to serve as a Director on the Board of QPASTT, and has done so since 2012.
He is currently the Stakeholder and Advocacy Manager for Australia Pacific LNG having worked on this large project since 2012. Fraser works across community investment, advocacy, stakeholder and government engagement, issues management and communications. He was previously the Customer Advocate at Ergon Energy and General Manager, Service Quality at Queensland Rail where he managed business improvement, complaint management and reporting functions. Prior to that, Fraser worked in the office of the Queensland Ombudsman.
Fraser has extensive experience in the refugee settlement and non-profit sector having worked with the UNHCR in Cambodia on refugee assessment and resettlement programs. Fraser has served on the board of QPASTT since 2012.
Raziq has volunteered with numerous organisations within the refugee sector. He was President of the Youth Voice Committee, an initiative of QPASTT, which explores ideas and educates peers and the broader community on issues of social justice, social policy and government processes which affect young people. He also currently serves as a steering committee member at the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG).
Raziq intends to practise law while continuing his work within the non-profit sector and helping marginalised people and communities in Australia and abroad. Raziq currently works with Legal Aid Queensland
Adele’s current positions include Board Member of the Global Learning Centre, Advisory Board Member of Asylum Circle, Member of the Global Citizenship Education Network, and Board Member of St James College. Adele joined the QPASTT Board in 2021.
Adele’s contribution to education and multiculturalism has been recognised with many awards, including a Member of the Order of Australia, a Churchill Fellowship, a Save the Children White Flame Award, a Paul Harris Fellowship (rotary), a Queensland Multicultural Achiever Award, and the inaugural Director General’s Award for Individual Contribution to Education. She was also named joint winner of the 2011 Professor Betty Watts Memorial Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching. She was made an honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders in 2011 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology in 2020.
Our Leadership Team
Amy has over 12 years’ experience working in both the public and private mental health and health sector and has worked with refugees and people seeking asylum for over a decade- including in clinical practice, clinical supervision and management roles.
Amy is passionate about supporting refugees and people seeking asylum in their recovery and supporting clinicians and other health care providers to feel confident in their work with survivors of torture and trauma.
Fernanda has spent several years volunteering and learning about different cultural approaches to healing in Papua New Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2018, Fernanda was an Australian mental Health leaders Fellow, which enabled her to develop and share her knowledge and passion for recovery from torture and trauma.
Fernanda is deeply committed to working alongside communities, understanding that recovery through belonging, thriving, healing and finding a sense of justice can happen through building strong, meaningful relationships and working collaboratively.
Liz is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and is currently completing a Masters of Child Play Therapy. Prior to joining QPASTT, Liz worked in social work roles in hospitals and child and adolescent mental health.
Liz is passionate about trauma-informed leadership, workforce development and the application of expressive therapies for trauma recovery in children from refugee backgrounds.
Throughout her teaching career, Vickie combined classroom teaching with resource development and leadership roles. Vickie also has an interest in English language testing generally, and has extensive experience in writing, delivering and assessing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Test).