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The Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program at UNSW Australia is a research program dedicated to understanding the psychological and neurobiological effects of refugee trauma and pathways to recovery. RTRP provides information and videos in many languages to help those with language difficulties understand the projects. 

Their projects

‘Tell Your Story’: The STRIDE Project

‘Tell Your Story’ is an innovative online program designed specifically for refugee men. Users can read and hear advice from other refugee men about what they found useful when dealing with stress. The program contains twelve online chapters with videos and information about stress.

The program is available in Arabic, Farsi and Tamil. The program can be accessed privately, on your phone or a computer at times that suit you.

The Refugee Adjustment Study

The Refugee Adjustment Study is an Australia-wide study, which aims to examine the potential role of resettlement factors on refugee adjustment over time. They also hope to understand the possible mechanisms through which resettlement might affect psychological wellbeing. 

The Refugee Neuroimaging Study

The refugee neuroimaging project aims to build an understanding of the brain processes that underpin some of the key traumatic stress reactions experienced by refugees. These include difficulties processing emotions, managing stress, relating to others and dealing with loss and separation. This project is being conducted in collaboration with STARTTS to inform the development of new tools and strategies for supporting the recovery of refugees.

The Emotion Regulation Study

Emotion regulation is a key psychological difficulty following exposure to trauma. This study is designed to help us better understand how refugees cope after traumatic experiences. They are particularly interested to find out more about how refugees and asylum-seekers manage their emotions, including which strategies work well.   

How you can help

You can make a difference.

TRRP invites refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced trauma to participate in research projects, aimed at gaining a better understanding of the refugee experience.

These projects will help to improve the treatment of traumatic stress reactions among refugees.

Participation is open to all refugees and asylum seekers, including non-permanent visa holders.

TRTP likes to hear from people who feel they are coping well, as well as those who are experiencing difficult reactions such as sadness, nightmares and distressing memories.

They will compensate eligible participants for their time.

Refugees and people seeking asylum

If you would like to enquire about participating in TRTP research projects, please fill in this form

Their staff will contact you by telephone, with an interpreter if needed. You can also contact them directly on 1300-130-700.


If you would like to refer someone to this program, please obtain their permission and enter their details on this form.

They will be contacted by telephone, with an interpreter if needed, to provide them with more information about the research.

How they will use the information

All information provided by participants is considered highly confidential and is only accessed by the research team.

The researchers are not connected to the government and do not share information with Australian government departments or other Australian authorities.

If you are referred to this study, the information you provide will not be shared with the person who referred you, unless you give them your permission.

Contact the team

The Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program is staffed by an experienced team of clinicians and researchers.

  • RTRP Intake Line: 1300 130 700
  • Email:
  • In person:
    • Westmead: Traumatic Stress Clinic (Westmead Millen Institute), 176 Hawksbury Road, Westmead, NSW 2145
    • Randwick: School of Psychology (Mathews Building), University of New South Wales, High Street, Randwick, NSW

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