From a 2017 Conference Student Bursary Winner

The strong impression that welcomed me at the Annual ISANA Conference of 2017 was the multidisciplinary commitment to help international students reach their full potential in Australia.

The confluence of local and international educators, student support advisors, government representatives, wellbeing practitioners convinced me of their genuine interests in both professional and personal development of students like me.

I would like to sincerely thank ISANA for a generous bursary that supported my interstate travel to Gold Coast and the opportunity to meet liked minds.

Henness Wong

Save the dates! NSW and ACT Professional Development.

Save the dates! NSW and ACT Professional Development.

Wednesday 11 April 5:30 – 7:00pm – networking event for members and your colleagues

Join us for a post-work get-together to catch up on news and speak to sector representatives. For this first 2018 event we will meet at the MLC Centre Sydney, right by Martin Place Station. Details to follow soon.

Tuesday 1 May – half day PD session: under 18 students

This session will focus on case study examples of best practice policies and guidelines for under 18 students. We will review in consideration of the National Code 2018. Details to follow soon.

Thursday 28 June – half-day PD session: international student mental health & staff self-care
This session will cover:

  • What support services does your institution have for international students
  • What is your institution’s critical incident policy?
  • First-hand experiences of counsellor/student advisors on issues they encounter, how it affects them, and self-care practices
  • Presentation from English Australia about the 2018 research and guidelines on international student mental health
  • Opportunity to share your experiences and best practice
  • Guidance on self-care/workshops for professional staff
ISANA national conference, submissions now open! #ISANAconf18

ISANA national conference, submissions now open! #ISANAconf18

This is a gentle reminder that the 29th ISANA International Education Association Conference will be held at the Sydney Masonic Centre, New South Wales on 4 – 7 December 2018.

The theme for the conference is ‘Educate and collaborate: Inclusive practices to enable international students’.

The Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation. This is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in sharing best practice initiatives and contribute to the success of this national event.

ALL ABSTRACTS DUE 16TH MAY

check details here: http://2018.isanaconference.com/submission

Save the dates! S.A. PD coming soon!

Save the dates! S.A. PD coming soon!

The dates are set and the locations are being finalised. Lock these dates in for Adelaide PD. Rego will open soon.

May 18 2018

Student Accommodation and Welfare

Half Day

We will organise a panel of industry representatives to discuss and answer your questions and concerns on the National Code and our responsibilities when offering varying accommodation alternatives for students.

Cost: $50 for members and $80 for non-members

 

August 10 2018

Under 18’s – Relationships, abuse and provider responsibilities

Half Day

Information and a resource package of culturally and age appropriate information for providers

Cost: $50 for members and $100 for non-members

 

September 21 2018

State Conference:

Full Day

Workplace issues, Careers and Employability

A broad program looking at Graduate experiences, visas and skilled migration, fair work, internships and more.

Cost: $50 for members and $200 for non-members

#ISANAconf18. Student Bursary Applications NOW OPEN!

#ISANAconf18. Student Bursary Applications NOW OPEN!

Since 2012, ISANA has invited international students from each State and Territory to the Annual National Conference through a Student Conference Bursary.

This Bursary valued at $1000 plus a conference registration is awarded to students from each state and territory.

The aims of the Student conference bursary are to:

  • Provide opportunities for engagement with other students and professional and academic staff in the international education sector;
  • Ensure that international students interest’s and opinions are heard and noted in general discussion and through presentations;
  • Develop leadership potential in the international student community
  • Disseminate international education information through the student community

We invite ISANA members to nominate continuing international students who will be worthy recipients for your State or Territory. Nominated International students will need to submit complete applications to the ISANA Secretariat isana@isana.org.au by 30th July 2018

If you are an international student interested in this opportunity, please contact your student services office and ask to speak with a staff member who is an ISANA member.

Press Release 19 March 2018 International Student Support in Australia

Press Release

19 March 2018

ISANA President: Bronwyn Gilson

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT IN AUSTRALIA

This week the ABC aired a 7.30 Report and Background Briefing podcast titled ‘The Death of Jeremy Hu’. ISANA is deeply saddened by the tragic circumstances of Jeremy’s death and we wish to express our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

ISANA is conscious of the issues raised in the report and will continue to support staff working in International Education with ongoing Professional Development and peer support networks. Jeremy’s case illustrates the cultural challenges faced by international students and recommends that all students receive culturally appropriate information about Australia.

As noted by ISANA State President for Victoria/Tasmania Branch, Manorani Guy, international students are significant contributors to the Australian economy to whom we have a moral obligation to support and assist. Support staff need to be provided with access to resources and ongoing support to assist the growing numbers of international students, whether or not the student is on a Student Visa.

ISANA works closely with student leaders, government and stakeholder groups to develop and refine strategies and policies to support students. With the release on 1 January 2018 of the National Code 2018, ISANA applauds the Government for reviewing, broadening and strengthening legislation related to international student safety. ISANA will ensure information and best practice on how to implement and action related policy and processes are shared amongst staff supporting international students.

ISANA is concerned that the student accommodation sector, including the provision of Homestay and guardianship services, is largely unregulated. We strongly recommend closer cooperation between stakeholders to ensure that quality provision of support services and accommodation for students especially for the under-18 year olds, is provided under a national set of standards. Many under age and over 18 year old international students are placed in Homestay programs and there are still significant efforts to be made by State or Federal Governments to regulate this industry, as it does with other accommodation/ tenancy arrangements. This is a current oversight that needs attention as a matter of priority.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/death-highlights-obligation-to-protect-international-students/9538860

For Media Requests please email President@ISANA.org.au

Website: www.ISANA.org.au

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