Foundation House: Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST)

Published: 5 Oct 2016

State/Province: Victoria
Telephone: +61 (03) 93 88 00 22
Fax: +61 (03) 93 87 08 28
Street Address: 6 Gardiner Street, Brunswick, 3056 VIC

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST), or ‘Foundation House’ as it is also known, provides a range of services to people from refugee backgrounds whom have survived torture or war related trauma. They provide direct services to clients in the form of counselling, advocacy, family support, group work, psycho-education, information sessions and complementary therapies. Direct services to clients are coupled with referral, training and education roles aimed at developing and strengthening the resources of various communities and service providers.
Foundation House provides services across Melbourne with offices in Brunswick and Dandenong. Services are also provided in a number of rural and regional centres across Victoria. Foundation House has grown to become a world leader in the provision of services to survivors of torture and war related trauma. Today, the VSET employs over 100 people and provides services to more than 3000 survivors each year. It also provides training, consultancy and support for service providers in the health, education and welfare sectors. VFST does not provide legal advice, although it has begun to see asylum seekers in detention centres.

Contact Person: Rose Blustein
Office: Dandenong
Address: 155 Foster Street, Dandenong, 3175
Telephone: +61 (03) 87 88 33 33
Fax: +61 (03) 87 88 33 99