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Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ)

Mental Health & Addictions Service

Today

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Description

RASNZ is New Zealand's leading provider of mental health and wellbeing support services for people from refugee backgrounds. 

A charitable, non-profit  NGO, RASNZ was established in 1995 to address the need for specialist mental health services for refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture. 

Services offered include specialised assessment, treatment and liaison in order to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of former refugees. The service works closely with health services and other agencies working with refugee background communities. A mobile mental health support service is also provided for people from refugee backgrounds living in the wider Auckland region. This service aims to provide increased access to mental health assessment and treatment and includes the provision of clinical services in appropriate community settings.

RASNZ Youth is the arm of RASNZ focused on children and youth. This service offers free school holiday programmes, youth leadership camps, sports teams and social events for young people aged 5-25 from refugee backgrounds living in Auckland.

RASNZ employs more than 40 staff, including psychologists, nurses, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, community health workers, cross-cultural advisors, counsellor-advocates, and body therapists. RASNZ is the only mental health agency mandated to work with asylum seekers and convention refugees.

Programmes

National Refugee Resettlement Centre at Mangere - RASNZ Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Team

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Refugee / migrant

Regions

North Auckland, East Auckland, Central Auckland, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Child, Youth, Adult, Older adult

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Criteria for Eligibility
Adults, children and families from refugee backgrounds who experience mental health related issues.

The Mobile Team provides refugees with high accessibility to quality, culturally-responsive specialist mental health…

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Description

RASNZ is the lead mental health agency for all incoming United Nations quota refugees entering New Zealand. Under international humanitarian conventions, the RAS Clinical Team additionally delivers specialist mental health…

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RASNZ Auckland Regional Refugee Mobile Team

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Refugee / migrant

Regions

North Auckland, East Auckland, Central Auckland, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Child, Youth, Adult, Older adult

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Criteria for Eligibility
Adults, children and families from refugee backgrounds who experience mental health related issues.

Description

Resettlement can be a long-term process and there is often a need for continued mental health and wellbeing support once refugees begin to rebuild their lives in the community. The…

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Capacity Building

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Training - mental health

Description

The Refugee Mobile Team also consults, trains and collaborates with mainstream mental health services, to assist them in working more effectively with refugees from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In…

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Hours

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Languages Spoken

Arabic, Assyrian, Bengali, Burmese, Dari (Afghan Persian), English, Farsi, French, Indonesian, Iranian (Iranic or Aryan), Kikuyu (Gikuyu), Malay, Nepali, Pashto/Afghani, Persian, Shona, Sinhala, Spanish, Swahili (Kiswahili), Tamil, Turkish, Urdu

Fees

All RASNZ services are fully funded for clients from refugee backgrounds. Funding is generously provided through government contracts and philanthropic donations.

Staff

RASNZ employs more than 40 staff from a range of professions including psychologists, mental health nurses, social physiotherapists, psychiatrists, community health workers, cross-cultural advisors, counsellor-advocates, and body therapists.

For a more detailed list of the RASNZ team please view the Refugees as Survivors New Zealand website.

Website

Contact Details

Postal Address

PO Box 22 315
Otahuhu
Auckland 1640

This page was last updated at 2:23PM on September 9, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ).