Media Release

20 June 2017
FORMER REFUGEE AND BLACKTOWN RESIDENT LAUNCHES NEW REFUGEE SETTLEMENT PROGRAM
As the world celebrates Refugee Week this week, Refugee Week Ambassador Om Dhungel, a former refugee has launched a new consulting service to drive a paradigm shift in Refugee Settlement and Community Development – From Need-based approach to Strength-based approach. It redefines refugees with their strengths and also helps drive a sustainable resettlement model.

Australia is currently experiencing major changes in the social sector particularly with government reforms and funding model. It is a time filled with both uncertainty and real possibilities.

Mr Dhungel said “Refugee settlement and more broadly community development as well as human services delivery is currently driven largely through a ‘What do we need’ approach – thinking in terms of needs, problems and deficiencies such as unemployment, lack of education and training, youth issues and ageing.”

“Creating a paradigm shift – Moving from ‘What do we need’ to ‘What do we have’?”

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