FIGT Australia New Zealand Affiliate

Year Established: 2019
Type: Geographical
Gathering: In-person
Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish
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FIGT Australia New Zealand Affiliate aims to support families, professionals and organisations and:

  • Facilitate the communication about global migration and associated issues
  • Encourage exchange and cooperation amongst professionals and organisations
  • Bring values and expertise of FIGT to Australia and New Zealand
  • Provide support and services for those needing direction such as welcoming events, family gatherings, professional development and training
  • Disseminate information about understanding cross-cultural living coping strategies and supporting the implementation of these strategies
  • Continue the work of FIGT beyond the annual conference by organising Friday monthly gathering for stakeholders such as lectures and presentations, workshops, professional development, newcomer welcoming and networking events


Dr Pascale Paradis is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, founder and director at, and a Clinic Manager, Lecturer and Supervisor at Monash University. Pascale works with a wide range of children and adolescents in understanding their needs and strengths as well as delivering training and offering support to adults supporting children such as school staff and parents. From Quebec, Canada, and having lived 18 years in the UK, Pascale has developed specific interests in topics related to global migration, transition, school adaptation and bilingualism. Pascale practises with cross-culturally diverse communities and continues developing different projects (research, training and group-based work) aimed at supporting all experiencing challenges and opportunities as global migrants.

Sara Coggiola is a Cross Cultural Trainer and CoActive coach. Through her private practice, Between Cultures, she aims to support globally mobile families as they settle into and adapt to their new destinations. Having reinvented herself several times while supporting her husband's career abroad and bringing up two Cross-Cultural Kids, she draws from real-life experiences in juggling a globally mobile family lifestyle. Living between different cultures has always fascinated Sara and she feels on purpose when, through her work, she can foster cultural integration. 

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