The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. or ‘Foundation House’ as it is also known, was
established in 1987 to meet the needs of people in Victoria who had been subjected to
torture or other traumatic events in their country of origin, or while fleeing those countries.
Foundation House is a not-for-profit organisation managed by an elected board. Its work is
funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, charitable trusts and donations
from private individuals.
Foundation House’s head office is located in Brunswick, with other offices in Dandenong and Sunshine, an outpost in Ringwood and services in rural and regional Victoria.
We aim to support our clients to recover from past experiences and build new lives in safety and with dignity. Services may include counselling, advocacy, family support, group work, psycho education, information and complementary therapies. We work with individuals, family groups, children and young people with an overarching mission of advancing health, wellbeing and human rights. The model used by Foundation House in all of its delivery of services is described in the Integrated Trauma Recovery Service Model.
Our Professional and Organisational Development program provides approximately 240 facilitated sessions a year to over 5,200 professionals on working with people from refugee backgrounds.
Sessions are offered through the public calendar available on the Foundation House website.
Foundation House develops publications and resources to enhance the understanding of the needs of people from refugee backgrounds among health and other professionals, government and the wider community. Our resources and publications are available for free download to ensure they are available to the widest possible audience.
Since its inception in 1987, Foundation House has welcomed a loyal and committed group of people who have become our support base, friends and advocates and, along with our clients, important members of the broader Foundation House community. People who become interested in Foundation House tend to have longstanding relationships with us, they stay around as part of our community.
4 Gardiner Street, Brunswick, 3056, Victoria, Australia
Telephone: 03 9388 0022
Fax: 03 9277 7871
155 Foster Street, Dandenong, 3175
Telephone: 03 8788 3333
Fax: 03 8788 3399
161 Harvester Road, Sunshine, 3020
Telephone: 03 9300 8670
Suite 5/45-51 Ringwood Street, Ringwood, 3134
Telephone: 03 9879 4638
Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc.
ABN 52 783 974 656