Strengthening humanitarian action through psychosocial support

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Managing Workplace Stress: Lessons from the Aid Sector

Read about our latest event, a networking breakfast held on World Day for Safety and Health at Work with presentations from Australian Red Cross and St John of God Health Care.

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Managing Psychosocial Risk across the Assignment Cycle

A comprehensive set of guidelines developed by the Mandala Foundation to support responsible Occupational Health & Safety and staff care practices in the aid sector.

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Mandala Foundation

We work to strengthen humanitarian emergency, disaster relief and development action through the psychosocial support of people, projects and organisations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

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Assignment Support

We provide specialist psychosocial and psychological assignment support services for humanitarian aid and development workers, both in Australia and internationally. Services include psychological testing and screening; pre-assignment briefing and preparation; psychological counselling; post-assignment debriefing; and vocational counselling.

Workshops & Training

Our workshops aim to increase awareness and understanding of the psychosocial risks faced by aid workers on assignment while providing practical solutions for reducing stress and strengthening psychological resilience. Core workshops are offered throughout the year, and we can also deliver tailored training to whole staff teams upon request.

Psychosocial Consultancy

We offer tailored consultancy services assisting humanitarian and emergency organisations to develop, enhance and sustain their own in-house systems of staff support. Services include auditing current systems and practices; assisting organisations to develop staff support policies; and mentoring managers to ensure continuity of staff support initiatives.

Information for Organisations

Our consultancy services for humanitarian aid and development organisations include staff care policy audits, facilitated recruitment programs and psychological assessments, and pre-, in-field and post-assignment psychological briefings and debriefings.

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Information for Managers

We provide a range of resources and services for in-field, head office and HR/OH&S managers within aid organisations. These include training and advice on topics such as psychosocial risk management, critical incident stress management, and psychosocial first aid.

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Information for Individuals

We offer confidential counselling, debriefing and crisis support services to assignees, both face-to-face and via phone. We also offer vocational counselling and provide resources and training in looking after your mental health before, during and after your assignment.

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