June News and Events 

Refugee Week 19th to 25th of June

The annual Refugee Week provides a platform to highlight and celebrate the strengths and positive contributions by people from refugee and asylum seekers background and create a culture of welcome in the community. Refugee Week 2022 takes place from Sunday 19 June to Saturday 25 June with the theme Healing.

Hume City Council Refugee Week event

In Hume, this is an annual celebration to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum and to acknowledge their contributions and achievements.

Date: Tuesday 21 June 2022
Time: 10am – 2pm
Where: Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn (75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn)

This is a free event for the community:

  • Hume Refugee Week talent showcase – with performances from community groups and individuals
  • Children’s activities – face painting, clown entertainer, arts and crafts
  • Services and programs information stalls*
  • Lunch provided

Register for event here

For more information contact Celia Chang, Multicultural Community Development
Officer via email at or phone 0477 177 920.


Central Ringwood Community Centre Refugee Week event

Togetherness and Healing Strengthening relationships and understanding of our culturally diverse community and welcoming refugees

The purpose of this event is to strengthen relationships and understanding between broader communities, diverse refugee communities and Indigenous communities in the Eastern Region of Melbourne. During COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, we all realized how important togetherness and healing is. This event will promote togetherness and help with the “post” pandemic healing period where sharing and connecting through culture, arts and music will contribute positively to understanding.

This event will also provide an opportunity to welcome and educate new and emerging communities about the rich history and cultures of First Nations People.

Date: Saturday 25 June 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm AEST
Where: Central Ringwood Community Centre Rosewarne Lane
Ringwood, VIC 3134

Register for event here

Everyone Belongs – Share a Meal, Share a Story (A Free Refugee Week Event)

Everyone belongs, everyone has a story…

Everyone is welcome to this evening to celebrate ‘us’, our stories, our journeys of healing. It is a chance to get together and help build empathy and an understanding of our different backgrounds, cultures and traditions.

Date: Friday 24 June 2022
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm AEST
Where: Preston City Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston VIC 3072

Arrival time is at 6 pm for a 6:30 pm dinner.

Register for event here . RSVP on or before 21 June 2022.

Further information: Contact Judith by email: ; or mobile: 0466 888 767.


Don’t Forget to Register for the Victorian Refugee Health Network’s Statewide Meeting!

The Victorian Refugee Health Network will be holding our next Statewide meeting via Zoom on July 28th.  

Date: Thursday, 28th July 2022
Time: 2.00 pm – 4:00pm
Where: Zoom (you will receive invite details closer to the event)
RSVP: by 25th July to ensure you receive the Zoom details and meeting notes following the meeting.

Register for event here


Book Launch event  – ACTS OF CRUELTY

Australia’s immigration Laws and experience of people seeking protection after arriving by plane by Aileen Crowe

The book will be launched by Nyadol Nyuon, lawyer and human rights advocate who will then join Aileen Crowe in conversation with Maria O’Sullivan Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, and Pamela Curr refugee advocate.

The conversation will be chaired by Suresh Sundram, Professor of Psychiatry, Monash University


Date: Tuesday 21 June 2022
Time: 6-8pm
Where: New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street Carlton

Register for event here

Free webinar: Supporting children who have disclosed trauma

Presenters: Kate Headley, Clare Klapdor and David Tully. Facilitator: Dan Moss.

Date: Wednesday, 8 June 2022
Time 1:00–2:00pm AEST.
Where: on Zoom.

This webinar will explore:

  • how self-blame operates and how perpetrators may manipulate children to blame themselves
  • how to help children challenge feelings of complicity in their trauma experiences by focusing directly on the power difference between children and adults
  • children’s stories of protests or choices they have made throughout their experiences that kept themselves, or their loved ones, safe, to acknowledge that no child is a passive recipient of trauma.

This webinar is of interest to professionals working specifically with children who have experienced trauma or who work with infants and young children, and/or their caregivers, across early learning and care services, maternal and child health and other family support services.

Register for event here


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