Sydney: NSW Health Student Focus Groups

Sydney: NSW Health Student Focus Groups

Are you on a student visa, aged 16 years or older and studying in Sydney?

We want to hear your thoughts and experiences of sexual and reproductive health information and services by participating in FocusGroup Discussion on 25 May 2019 or 1 June 2019 at 11am – 1pm.

Please click the link to register your interest here

Lunch will be provided and you will also receive a $40 gift card for your participation.

All personal information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please also feel free to share this event your social media or with other International Students who may be interested in participating.

This study has been approved by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee HREC reference number: 19/007

NSW: My Legal Mate – App for international students

From Redfern Legal Centre:

Redfern Legal Centre have been funded and supported by Study NSW, the City of Sydney and the Fair Work Ombudsman to develop a groundbreaking new mobile app offering multilingual legal advice to international students studying in NSW.

The product was launched last month at the Lord Mayor’s Welcome for overseas students at Sydney Town Hall.

You can see an introductory demo video here: https://rlc.org.au/article/my-legal-mate-putting-law-students’-pockets

Redfern Legal Centre provides a free statewide legal advice service for international students funded by Study NSW, and City of Sydney and we can see about 600 students per annum. However we know that up to 40% of NSW’s 260,000 international students will experience some form of legal issue during their study – impacting welfare, retention and offshore reputation. These issues are most commonly around employment, housing, disputes with education providers and sexual assault. Many of these students issues would be mitigated or avoided if students had access to better information in real time.

With our technology partner edtech company Practera, we have developed MyLegal Mate – a first of its kind interactive app, with video streams providing students with instant access to customised legal information, delivered in ‘face to face’ question and answer format in English and six other languages. We are offering the app to education providers on an annual non-profit subscription basis, allowing any student to access the information free-of-charge. Any revenue beyond operating costs will be re-invested in direct legal service delivery to international students. The Practera platform is already used by a number of NSW Universities.

This is an innovative way to ensure international students can get instant access to tailored legal information and be empowered to take greater control if problems occur. By downloading the app on enrolment, international students will be armed with information about their rights before they start their course, with the ultimate aim of preventing issues arising while they are in Australia.

Contact for more info:

Redfern Legal Centre | 73 Pitt St. Redfern NSW 2016

p. 02 9698 7277

Survey for Education Providers – Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness

Survey for Education Providers – Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness

This survey aims to build a better understanding of current sexual and reproductive health awareness and practices among education providers, organisations and agents providing services to international students.

This includes the frequency, type of information, services and resources used, as well as ways to improve information and services.

Participation involves completing a 15-20 minute online survey. You do not need to provide any identifying details.

All information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please click on the link here for more detailed information about this study and to access the online survey.

Please feel free to share this post with people who may be interested in participating.

This study has been approved by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee HREC reference number: 19/007

NSW: Youth week in Sydney. International Students invited to assist with planning.

NSW: Youth week in Sydney. International Students invited to assist with planning.

Dear Students,
We are seeking interested and skilled students to join a planning committee for Intercultural Sports Day, one of many Youth Week events.

Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

Intercultural Sports Day will be held on Friday 12 April 2019 from 3pm – 9pm at the King George V Recreation centre in the Rocks. It will be heaps of fun with activities, sport, food and opportunity to meet your peers from all universities and colleges in Sydney! If you have talent, interest, skills, enthusiasm and commitment – we want you!

We need students who can assist in the following areas:
· Project management
· Event planning
· Graphic design
· Advertising and promotions – online, social media, print

We will have teams of students in various event planning specialisations. It will look great on
your resume and you get to make new friends.

Please complete online registration form on Eventbrite by 29 March 2019.
https://intercultural-sports-day-2019.eventbrite.com.au

NSW: City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students – 11 April 2019

Newly arrived international students are invited to the City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students on 11 April 2019. This is a special annual event hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore to welcome newly arrived international students and celebrate their contributions to the cultural life and diversity of Sydney.

Each year, about 1,000 international students gather at Sydney Town Hall to connect with their fellow students, cultures and essential services in Sydney.

Many of you have been very involved with the event in the past to help promote social inclusion, safety and wellbeing, and introduce students to local Aboriginal cultures and inspiring guest speakers.

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to invite your newly arrived international students to come join us. Tickets are free and limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The event and booking details are:

Tickets are free and limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The event and booking details are:

Thursday 11 April 2019

5pm registration for 6pm start – 7.30pm

Sydney Town Hall

Register now (please select City of Sydney ticket category)

This event is supported by Study NSW, the University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

Christchurch Attack: Joint response from ISANA Australia and New Zealand.

Spread love not hate.

The news of the vile hateful events in Christchurch came through as we were about to start the ISANA council meeting in Melbourne.

ISANA shares the grief associated with this despicable act and appeals to our members and friends on both sides of the Tasman to reach out and share love/ aroha among all in our international family nearby: students, migrants and peoples of all religions and races.

One of ISANA’s objectives is to “educate and advocate for the wellbeing of international students and those who work with them”.

At this time our international students need to know they are loved and cared for and our nations will do all we can to ensure living and studying occurs in a safe, loving and caring context. We have a part to play in this as we advocate for their well-being.

While we today weep let us all work together to make our world a better place. Our roles in international education which provide support and care for the diversity of nations are so important at a time like this.

To our members and friends and anyone who reads this please be an agency of love to all around you irrespective of race or religion. Only as we truly love one another will we redress reduce and remove evil, hateful actions from our diverse communities.

The words of the New Zealand National anthem remind us of what we should strive and pray for at this time. May we all do our part even if it’s a little bit of loving, a hug, a hi and a ‘how are you?’ These small acts may be all we need to do to help to reduce dissension, envy and hate.

We encourage international students to contact their institutions to access support services.

Reach out in love.

Ōna mano tāngata
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Terry McGrath
President, ISANA New Zealand
Bronwyn Gilson
President, ISANA Australia

SA: #PD Mental Health First Aid

SANiTy is hosting a refresher course for those who’s have completed the 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course to improve their knowledge and skills.

Dates: Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Time: 10.15am – 3.00 pm
Location: Eynesbury College
Level 4, Room 6
16-20 Coglin Street
Adelaide

Cost: $100.00 members and $150 for non-members (inclusive of GST)
including lunch and tea/coffee

This course will help you:
• Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field
• Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
• Work through complex mental health first aid interactions
• Practice mental health first aid skills

To register: http://www.isana.org.au/events/

QLD: Upcoming PD

Our next PD event will be around everything orientation. Come and join us to discuss and share your orientation activities, in what way do you use student leaders during orientation week, technology use, topics and topic approaches, ways you try to improve participation rates and ways to ensure information retention.

We will also have presentations from:

– Henno Kotze on “Tying an App in with Learning “ and

– Mark Gillow on “Some Useful Apps to Utilise within Orientation Activities”

We will look forward to you joining us so we can all look at and share ideas or approaches for improving the orientation process!

Members and non-members welcome.

Register here http://www.isana.org.au/events/

WA – Harmony Week Debate: Invitation to students.

WA – Harmony Week Debate: Invitation to students.

As part of Harmony Week 2019, the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) will stage a debate on 21 March to mark theInternational Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The event addresses OMI’s strategic objective of developing intercultural understanding and promoting the benefits of Western Australia’s cultural diversity.

We are currently seeking currently enrolled university students who are interested in engaging with the issues of multiculturalism and diversity. This role entails a 4 – 5 minute speech debating either the affirmative or negative position. Students will be required to commit to a first meeting with OMI staff, a few hours of preparation time to meet and discuss the topic with teammates, and the 2 hours for the event on 21st March 2019. Two teams of three students will debate the topic The Sharpeville massacre could never happen in Western Australia today”.

The audience will be high school students, and the debate will be judged by a panel of academics from each of the universities.

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hammersley Road Subiaco

Two teams of three students will debate the affirmative and negative positions of the topic. They will be expected to prepare a 4 – 5 minutes speech with the opportunity to rehearse before the event. Speakers will be supported by a team mentor and OMI staff. Students are expected to commit to an initial meeting with OMI; a few hours of preparation time to meet and discuss the topic with teammates; and the 2 hours for the event.

Expected benefits for students include participation in an enjoyable and significant experience and the opportunity to expand their networks. Participants will develop transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, and analytical and research abilities and will receive a letter of acknowledgement from the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests.

Footage from the 2017 debate is available at https://www.omi.wa.gov.au/Resources/News/Pages/Harmony-Week-debate-explores-multicultural-Australia.aspx

If you or anyone you know would be suitable could you please ask them to contact me and send a brief bio and contact number as their expression of interest? The bio only needs to be a short paragraph telling us what you are studying, your interest in multiculturalism, and why they wish to participate? We are not expecting anything too onerous, so a few sentences will suffice. This will help us with finalising the debate panels.

Please submit a brief biography as your expression of interest toCharmaine.Lim@omi.wa.gov.au before 21 February 2019

From the Fair Work Ombudsman: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces – Consultation with migrant workers and those on temporary visa.

The Australian Human Rights Commission is leading a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. Information about the National Inquiry and the full Terms of Reference can be found here.
The Commission would like to invite you or a representative from your organisation to a consultation that focuses specifically on migrant workers and people on temporary visas’ experiences of workplace sexual harassment. We would also be grateful for your assistance to share the details of this consultation with your networks.
The consultation will take place on Friday 15 February 2019, 9:30am – 11am at Settlement Services International, 2/158 Liverpool Road Ashfield NSW 2131. You can register to attend the consultation via this link.
If you have any questions, please contact the Commission’s National Inquiry team at SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au or on (02) 9284 9750.
Online submissions — the closing date for online submissions to the National Inquiry is 28 February 2019. You can make an online submission to the National Inquiry here.
National Inquiry information and updates — for news and updates, you can subscribe to the National Inquiry website here.
The Commission is confident that this National Inquiry, by bringing together evidence, expertise and a range of views, will achieve the positive change that is clearly needed and looks forward to working together with you to develop solutions which will help ensure safe and respectful Australian workplaces.

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