Togetherness is Strength

Exploring the health and wellbeing of people with refugee backgrounds.

The research project, ‘Togetherness is Strength: Conversations with People from Refugee Backgrounds about Resettling in Regional Australia’ (2019-20), explored health and wellbeing issues for people with refugee backgrounds living in the regional city of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

The project team included Professor Deb Warr (Three Rivers DRH), Dr Heather Boetto (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University) and eight community researchers from the Yazidi, Burmese, Afghan and African communities who themselves had resettled in Wagga Wagga as refugees.

The team have produced three videos and two graphic reports to showcase some key findings.

Togetherness is Strength: Conversations with People from Refugee Backgrounds about Resettling in Regional Australia

Community researchers

Community researchers talk about the experiences of people with refugee backgrounds resettled in the regional city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia.

Background and emerging findings

Academics from Three Rivers DRH and Charles Sturt University, together with community researchers and partners, explored health and wellbeing issues for people with refugee backgrounds resettled in the regional city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia.

Watch this animation to find out more information about this research project and some key findings around things that are easy and good.

Seven broad sets of issues

Other findings identified included seven broad sets of issues:

  • Things that are hard when you’re new to Australia
  • Going to TAFE
  • Language and work are connected
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Changing family dynamics
  • Discrimination
  • Issues for young people.