Mengistu went to New Zealand as Asylum Seeker and been granted a refugee status. Mengistu completed his trade electrical engineering, supply chain management/ Shipping & Freight, level 4 Mental Health Support work and bachelor of social work study in New Zealand. Following community invitation in QLD, Mengistu moved to Australia in April 2013. Mengistu has been working in different role within the multicultural sectors since coming to Australia. Mengistu also worked in New Zealand in the same field as well as in the mainstream sectors including the school's social worker's position.
Mengistu will be speaking on the panel 'Let's talk about mental health' on Thursday 13 February
Conference Day One Thursday 13
Special Session (Panel): Let's talk about mental health
This session will discuss how mental health is conceptualised and addressed from different cultural perspectives and the experiences of refugee communities’ in accessing the Australian mental health system.
Annabelle Allimant Community Member; Individual and Systems Advocate
Jawad Musavi Community representative
Elizabeth Niyokushima Community Advisory Group
Mengistu Hailu Romero Centre
Magdalena Kuyang Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma