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Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc., The

Foundation House Refugee Appeal


“I had come from a country with a different language, people and culture. Terrible things happened to me there because I supported human rights. It is hard to talk about what they did to me. When I came to Australia I was so frightened…of everyone.” Foundation House client

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (also known as Foundation House) was established in Melbourne in 1987 and is non-denominational, politically neutral and non-aligned. It is constituted as a not-for-profit organisation managed by an elected Board of Management. Our work is funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, charitable organisations and donations from private individuals.


• Provide services to clients in the form of counselling, advocacy, family support, group work, psycho-education, information and complementary therapies
• Work with client communities to improve their capacity to access the services they need and to enable them to support recovery
• Offer professional and organisational development, consultancy and resources to assist health, education, employment and other community service providers, to enhance the responsiveness of their services to the needs of people of refugee backgrounds
• Work with the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments to ensure that policies and programs have proper regard to the needs of people of refugee backgrounds
• Conduct and contribute to research about the needs of people of refugee backgrounds and the best possible ways of meeting those needs

Working throughout Victoria, Foundation House is a state-wide agency offering services in metropolitan, regional and rural areas. We have over 200 staff working across five main locations.

Our Head Office is located in Brunswick. Our Metropolitan Offices are located in Dallas (Northern), Dandenong (South Eastern), Ringwood (Eastern) and Sunshine (Western).

We also provide services in partnership with other agencies in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Shepparton, Swan Hill and the Latrobe Valley.

The offices at Dallas, Dandenong, Ringwood and Sunshine accommodate multi-disciplinary teams providing services to clients from refugee backgrounds as well as relevant administrative and support staff.

The Brunswick head office accommodates:

  • Staff providing services to clients from refugee backgrounds
  • The Chief Executive Officer and Direct Service Program Manager
  • Central administrative functions including administration, finance, human resources, occupational health and safety, information management, information technology and communications.
  • Sector Development and Partnership teams which encompass Early Years, Schools Support Program, Ucan2, Professional and Organisational Development (POD) and the Victorian Refugee Health Network.
  • Policy and Research

 Foundation House is a member of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma. FASSTT is a network of Australia’s eight specialist rehabilitation agencies that work to reduce the impact of torture and trauma on individuals, families and communities.

 Your donation will assist us to continue:

  • training other service providers who have contact with survivors of torture and trauma.
  • developing resources to enhance the understanding of the needs of survivors.
  • working with State and Commonwealth Governments to ensure that relevant policies are sensitive to the needs of survivors.
  • contributing to research to enhance the understanding of the needs of survivors and the best possible way to meet them.
  • operating a Refugee Mental Health clinic and assist clients in immigration and community detention.
  • establishing partnerships with counselling services in rural and regional communities to provide torture and trauma counselling and related advocacy.
  • working with schools to help build connections between young students of refugee background and both their school and community.
  • working with international organisations towards the elimination of torture and trauma.
And we do so much more! For further information on our services and programs, please visit

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Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.