ASeTTS’ Research Aim

ASeTTS is committed to conducting and supporting high quality research with practical applications. Through an ongoing program of research, retrospective analysis of clinical data, evaluation and learning, ASeTTS aims to continuously contribute to the following;

1. The collective body of knowledge on torture and trauma recovery among people from a refugee like background.
2.The improvement of services for torture and trauma survivors, including ASeTTS services.
3.Strengthening the evidence base for holistic services and refugee and asylum seeker advocacy.

ASeTTS Participation in Research

Major Research Projects

With high demands on the capacity of ASeTTS staff and clients, ASeTTS is strategic in the major research projects the organisation undertakes. ASeTTS works through formalised partnerships with universities and qualified researchers to complete major research projects. ASeTTS is currently working with the University of Western Australia’s School of Psychology to undertake several research projects on refugee and asylum seeker mental health and trauma recovery.

FASTT National Minimum Dataset

As part of ASeTTS commitment to the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) network, ASeTTS contributes data to the National Minimum Dataset.

External Research Projects

ASeTTS receives a large number of requests for involvement in research projects from researchers and post-graduate students. ASeTTS involvement may include;

–  data collected during the course of standard service provision
–  providing advice on the design of research involving torture and trauma survivors
–  recruitment of clients or staff to participate in interviews or surveys
–  contributing to the writing of papers, reports and books.

Criteria for ASeTTS involvement in external research projects

Proposed research projects must meet the following criteria to be considered for ASeTTS involvement. The research project must;

–  contribute towards ASeTTS research aim
–  benefit ASeTTS client population (in the short, medium or long term)
–  hold ethics approval or exemption from ethics review from an NHMRC recognised committee
–  be conducted by researchers who have adequate experience and are affiliated with a reputable academic institution
–  not include research methods that will overburden participants’ time or mental health and well being
–  have a clear research design
–  have a clear and wide dissemination plan for publishing and distributing research findings.

Many of the research projects ASeTTS is approached to participate in met these criteria. Priority will therefore be given based on current organisational priorities and at the discretion of ASeTTS research management. To apply for ASeTTS participation in research, researchers should email the researcher’s details, a description of the research project and a copy of the project’s ethics approval letter to the Research and Evaluation Officer at

Research Publications

Teckic, N. (2015) ‘Psychological distress in Refugee survivors of torture and trauma’ Medicine Today. July

Shukoor, J. (2015) ‘Trauma and Children: A refugee Perspective’ Children Australia. 40 (3)

Fisher, C. (2009) ‘Exploration of the Nature and Understanding of Family and Domestic Violence within Sudanese, Somalian, Ethiopian, Liberian and Sierra Leonean Communities and its Impact on Individuals, Family Relations, the Community and Settlement.’ Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors, Perth, Australia. DomesticViolenceResearchReportAugust2008

Occasional Papers

Fielding, A. and J. Anderson (2008) ‘Working with refugee communities to build collective resilience.’ ASeTTS Occasional Paper 2 collectiveresilenceweb

Kleinig, J. (2008) ‘Have we become too fixated on torture?’ ASeTTS Occasional Paper 1 HaveWeBecomeTooFixatedonTorture

More ASeTTS resources for practitioners can be found at Publications.