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Refugee Week Public Lecture

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Stories of Courage

Event details

A panel of four diverse speakers will reflect on their personal experience either as asylum seekers or as those working in this challenging area.

Friday 24 June 2016
4.30pm - 7.00pm
Bankwest Lecture Theatre, Building 200A, Room 220:LT
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Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Refugee Week provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the country. The ultimate aim of the celebration is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.

Professor Deborah Terry AO, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, invites you to attend a Refugee Week public lecture on Stories of Courage. Hear from Ashraf Mohammad, a former asylum seeker from Afghanistan; Dr Caroline Fleay, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education; South Sudanese Peter Toboss, who has resettled in Western Australia on a humanitarian visa; and Professor Jaya Dantas, Professor of International Health and Director of Graduate Studies at Curtin University, as they share their Stories of Courage.

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Panel Members

Ashraf Mohammad is a former Hazara asylum seeker from Afghanistan. He fled Afghanistan with his family more than 20 years ago and in 2011 came to Australia as an asylum seeker. He is currently working with an NGO as a caseworker, supporting other refugees and asylum seekers. He has completed a Diploma in Community Service Works and is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Science degree at Edith Cowan University.


Caroline Fleay is Senior Lecturer at Curtin University’s Centre for Human Rights Education, and a Board member of the Refugee Council of Australia. Her research and advocacy focuses on the impacts of Australian policies on people seeking asylum and has included visiting some of Western Australia’s immigration detention centres as well as working with asylum seekers who live in the community.


Peter Toboss, originally from South Sudan, arrived in Australia from Uganda in 2005 on a humanitarian visa. Peter completed a degree in Environmental Health from Curtin University and a Graduate Certificate in Population Health from the University of Western Australia. He currently works as an Environmental Health Officer for the Shire of Jarrahdale. He will share his experiences of the challenges and joys of resettling in Western Australia.


Jaya Dantas is Professor of International Health and Director of Graduate Studies, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University. She is a Board member of the Ishar Multicultural Health Centre and Centacare Employment and Training. She is convenor for International Health (Public Health Association of Australia) and Peace and Security (Australian Federation of Graduate Women). Jaya has undertaken refugee and migrant research since 2005 with a focus on education, psychosocial well-being, and resilience among women and youth, and will showcase some of her findings.