ISANA Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales (ACTiveNSW)
The ISANA ACT & NSW branch is made up of International Educators from various sectors and regions throughout the state. The focus of the branch is to provide support, professional development activities, and networking opportunities for professionals working in International Education. All meetings and Professional Development workshops are open to all International Educators in ACTiveNSW and interstate.
My name is Annette Kalczynska. My experience in International Education has been gained from working in both the public and private education sectors across VET and Higher Education in marketing, admissions, compliance, events, student engagement and student welfare. I am running my own business and I was a member of board of directors at Polish Club Ltd. My strong passion for International Education in Australia comes from experiencing being international student myself.
I am very pleased to work with the fellow branch members to make this another great year with interesting PD sessions, networking opportunities and information sharing. ISANA provides great opportunities for staff to keep up to date and informed with legislative changes, services offered and industry best practice.
My name is Petrina Hennessy and I am an experienced and versatile Counsellor with 10 years’ experience in a variety of counselling roles. I am a member of the Australian Counselling Association and the Mental Health Academy. My interest in understanding human evolution has taken me into interesting terrain both in Australia and overseas. I have worked in a diverse range of settings including the private and public sector as well as working with Native American tribes in America. I have a private practice in Bondi Junction where I see adults challenged with a multitude of issues and I am contracted to several International Colleges and Universities as a Welfare Counsellor. My journey has given me a great understanding of the psychological, spiritual and physical challenges people face in the world and especially for international students when studying in Australia. I have a clear understanding of the E.S.O.S framework and the National Code.
My name is Amy Choo, I have been a member and branch committee for ACTiveNSW since 2014. I was ACT/NSW Branch secretary for 4 years before taking up the position of Treasurer from 2018. My involvement in International Students’ arena has brought me to ISANA, an organisation that is very passionate to promote, advocate and facilitate professional in this industry with professional developments, forums, information exchange by working in partnership with stakeholder organisations including students, educational, government, business and community groups.
I have been in International Student industry for over 10 years dealing with scholarship/sponsorship international students in tertiary studies and student under 18 years old doing High Schools and Colleges in ACT Public Schools.
I am currently working as Marketing Coordinator at the International Education Unit of ACT Education and Training Directorate.
Planning and Development
Melissa De Silva
My name is Melissa de Silva and I am a Casework and Policy Officer at the Students’ Representative Council of the University of Sydney. I have been in this role for nearly 20 years, but I still find the job brings different challenges and opportunities to me and to the organisation. I am a new member of ISANA and am excited to be in the Planning and Development role. I am very keen to learn new and better ways to support students while they are at University.
NSW Police in partnership with the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) completed a Study NSW co-funded Partner Project to create safety videos for international students studying in NSW.
These videos have been well-received by the international education community.
The videos cover topics such as identifying police in NSW, reporting crime, beach safety, alcohol, road safety, domestic and family violence and personal safety.
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