Media Release: Response to Coroner’s recommendations – Zhikai LU

The ISANA International Education Association has noted the findings and recommendations
of the Victorian Coroner into the untimely death of Mr. Zhikai LU.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the circumstances leading to his death.
ISANA supports the findings of the Coroners Prevention Unit (CPU).
Mental health concerns amongst international students are an ongoing issue for education providers in the sector.

Early identification, intervention and support are crucial for the well-being of these young people.
The report confirms the difficulties that international students encounter in settling into a new culture.
The report also notes the many issues that hamper international students seeking help for their difficulties.
ISANA agrees with these findings.
As Australia welcomes increasing numbers of international students, it is expected that we would also see a corresponding increase in numbers of students with mental health concerns.
This reflects any demographic profile.
The important issues for ISANA are as follows;

 Education providers need to understand the issues and challenges for international students

 International students rely on trusted sources for information, often their social networks and home country sources

 International students do not necessarily identify feelings and behaviours as symptoms of mental health concerns

 Mental health is not often discussed or addressed in the respective cultures of the students

 Underlying mental health issues can manifest themselves in times of stress, such as living and studying in a new culture and particularly when the student is not performing well or encounters other stressors, that they have little experience or support in addressing

ISANA believes that we need to understand how international students access assistance so that they are better prepared to intervene or get help.

To this end, ISANA through its Victoria/Tasmania Branch is undertaking a research project funded by Study Melbourne’s International Student Welfare Program. This project in partnership with A/Professor Shanton Chang from the University of Melbourne and A/Professor Catherine Gomes from RMIT will be looking at the knowledge of international students of critical incidents and how they seek help. The aim is to develop with students and emergency services, a specialised mobile accessible website, with comprehensive social media strategies.

The website aims to educate and inform international students on what to do during a critical incident and will have a section that teaches student support staff and local councils on how to educate international students in dealing with critical incidents.

ISANA notes that a key finding for the CPU is the role that education providers should play in reaching out and supporting their international students. ‘We believe that understanding the challenges faced by international students in
identifying they need help and then accessing support is fundamental to developing appropriate strategies.

We also believe that more needs to be done in supporting the staff that support the students,’ says Bronwyn Gilson, National President of ISANA.
‘We need to understand the different cultures of our international students and provide the professional development and resources for staff so that they can develop and provide
culturally appropriate support and assistance to students.’

For more information:
Bronwyn Gilson
National President
ISANA International Education Association
president@isana.org.au

The 30th ISANA Annual Conference Announced (3-6 December 2019)

The 30th ISANA Annual Conference Announced (3-6 December 2019)

In December 2019, ISANA will hold its 30th Annual Conference. This is a milestone for the Association and for the development and delivery of international student services in Australia.

Since its first modest conference in Melbourne in 1989, ISANA has built a reputation as a body that has lead student-focussed research, knowledge creation and best practice in services to international students. It has built a supportive network and has held a major conference every year in either a major city, a regional centre or at a New Zealand venue in collaboration with ISANA New Zealand.

For three decades the conference has inspired practitioners to develop ground-breaking services and programs, and has always nurtured collaborative relationships with institutions, student bodies and community groups.

Each year, the Conference raises issues, examines major themes in international education from the perspective of students, international education professionals and related stakeholders. This focus ensures that delegates and the wider membership have access to landmark and innovative research and practice. It draws on a wide range of material and provides a national and international discussion.

The 2019 Conference will showcase ISANA’s work over 30 years, reflects on past achievements, celebrates contemporary practice and embraces challenges arising in the future. We invite you to participate by submitting
papers, workshops and stories to our special conference event.

Watch for the Call for papers soon, with a due date for peer reviewed and non-refereed abstracts on 24th May 2019.

Male International Student Sexual Health Survey

Male International Student Sexual Health Survey

Are you a male international student and aged 18 years or over? If you are, please consider participating in our study on sexual health.

Participation involves completing a 30-minute online survey. To recognise your contribution, you will be offered the chance to win one of five MYER gift cards valued at $100.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information about this study and to access the online survey.
Link: https://bit.ly/2qm3dNQ

To recognise your contribution, you will be offered the chance to win one of five MYER gift cards valued at $100.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information about this study and to access the online survey.
Link: https://bit.ly/2qm3dNQ

This study is available in several languages and has been approved by the University of Technology Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (UTS HREC Reference Number: ETH18-2659). Please also feel free to share this post on your wall, or with any people who may be interested in participating.

Please also feel free to share this post on your wall, or with any people who may be interested in participating.

ISANA ACTiveNSW branch AGM and Support Café

November 19 @ 9:00 am11:30 am

Book NOW!

Limited spaces available… participating organisations:

Fair Work Ombudsman

Study NSW

City of Sydney

South Eastern Sydney LHD

Redfern Legal Centre

ISANA

& More

About ACTiveNSW Support Café!

We are inviting important service providers, to each share a 5 minute presentation. You will then work your way through a series of designated conversation tables, where you will have an opportunity to spend some quality time with each provider. Through this Café style PD session, we aim to create a more personalised and intimate experience to better forge relationships between service providers and institutions, while allowing time for questions and discussions that otherwise may be difficult or unlikely to form. Stay around for our AGM and vote in the next year’s branch committee members – or nominate yourself for a role!

Cost: ISANA Members no-charge | Non-members $49.00

We hope to see you there!

Warm regards,

ACTiveNSW Branch Committee Members

#ISANA SA & NT state #conference program released

#ISANA SA & NT state #conference program released

SANiTy STATE CONFERENCE
‘Workplace issues, Careers and Employability

2018 has been a year of adapting and complying with the new National Code, making sure paperwork and programs are appropriate for our students.

SANiTy would now like to look forward and offer a broad program looking at graduate experiences, visas and skilled migration, fair work, internships and more. We will look past the lecture theatres and tutorial rooms to the bright futures and opportunities available.
We will share best practice through the eyes of graduates and employers and show how the government is supporting employment prospects through visas and the Employer
Portal.

Dates: Wednesday, 24 October
Time: 9.15am for 9.30am start
Location: The University of Adelaide
Schulz Building Room 307
Cost: $50.00 members or $200 for non-members
RSVP: Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Register: https://cdesign.eventsair.com/isanasec/sa-and-nt-pd

Highlights of the Conference
• Excellent networking opportunities with a variety of international education stakeholders
• Exposure to effective programs delivered first hand by experts
• Exploring best practice from a local and national perspective

It is important that delegates feel connected, supported and empowered in all areas of
international education.

This conference aims to bring participants together to explore
potential challenges in a supportive environment. By attending the conference, participants
will benefit enormously from connecting with more experienced peers, gain valuable exposure to issues they may encounter and derive important feedback for their workplace

ISANA (NSW) partnership on student workplace exploitation project awarded #StudyNSW funding.

We are delighted that Information For Impact: Enabling Education Providers To Address Exploitation Of International Students In Accommodation And At Work has been successfully selected as a StudyNSW Partner Project for 2018-19.

ISANA NSW is a central partner in this landmark project. In addition to UNSW Sydney and UTS: Sydney, other partners include English Australia, the Fair Work Ombudsman, Redfern Legal Centre, education agents, and CISA.

We are writing to providers to seek help with mapping the landscape of information that international students currently receive on working conditions and workplace rights in Australia, and on accommodation.

We would greatly appreciate if your College/University/Provider could please:

  • provide a description, and if possible copies, of examples of information that you provide to students in relation to work rights and accommodation
  • indicate when and how each item is conveyed to students (e.g. email, on website, social media).

We also welcome your views on information that you believe will make an impact in relation to student accommodation and employment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Lyndall Benton

ISANA NSW and ACT (ACTiveNSW)

Email: activensw@isana.org.au

#Ausgov commences student visa education campaign

#Ausgov commences student visa education campaign

Over a 12-month period, the Department’s website and social media platforms will be used to publish key messages to Student visa (subclass 500) holders, Facebook posts will begin next week. Messaging will be along the following lines:

  • Student visa holders must maintain enrolment in a registered course that is the same AQF level as, or higher than, the course for which they were granted their visa (condition 8202).
  • If a student changes to a course at a lower AQF level, even with the same education provider, they must apply for a new Student visa (with the exception of a student changing from a doctoral degree (AQF level 10) to a Masters degree (AQF level 9).
  • It is a student’s responsibility to check whether they need to apply for a new Student visa if considering changing courses.
  • A student will be in breach of their visa conditions if they change to a lower level AQF level course without applying for, and being granted, a new Student visa. This may result in their visa being considered for cancellation.

More info here https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud/more/changing-courses

VIC/TAS branch AGM and nomination for committee.

Annual General Meeting-2018
The AGM for the year 2018 is on the 9November (Friday) from 12:00PM-4:30PM at Graduate House 220 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053.

We will be calling for nominations for the committee at the AGM. We welcome members who can contribute to ISANA Victoria/Tasmania Branch development and projects for the year 2019. If you would like to discuss these positions further, please contact Mano Guy (0414229287). Elections for the positions below will be held at the Annual General Meeting at 1.00 pm, Friday, November 9, 2018.

Positions vacant are:

Tenure of the positions to be filled: 1Year
  • Professional Development Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Tasmanian representative
  • Schools sector representative
  • VET sector representative
  • Regional institution representative
  • Branch conference convenor
If you are interested in being part of a team of dedicated individuals with high aspirations for international students then please consider joining the committee. Email the ISANA President Vic/Tas: victas@isana.org.au
You will need to complete a nomination form which has to be signed by two ISANA members and we can assist you with this. To be eligible for election to the above positions applicants must be registered as an ISANA member. Applicants please register prior to the date of the general meeting, and have your nomination supported by one other ISANA member who is eligible to vote.

Nominations to be sent to ISANA President Vic/Tas:

victas@isana.org.au not later than 5.00pm, Friday 2 November USING THESE FORMS – SEE LINK ( AGM Nomination Form, AGM Proxy Form)

QLD: Project Global Citizen Survey

Project Global Citizen is a ground-breaking approach to on-boarding international studentsand optimising their experience in Australia.

A pilot project has been awarded Queensland Government support through the Queensland International Education and Training Partnership Fund (IET Partnership Fund) managed by Study Queensland at Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). For more information about Project Global Citizen and the consortium, here is the link: http://bit.ly/ProjectGlobalCitizen

Working hand-in-hand with Study Queensland, the Project Global Citizen consortium comprises ISANA Qld, Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists and CTC, Cultural Transition Consulting.

ISANA Qld President Samantha Hilbig is the project sponsor for Project Global Citizen.

2018 Survey and Cultural Quiz for International Students and Industry Professionals

The 2018 Project Global Citizen Survey will measure the cultural challenges that international students encounter during their studies in Queensland.

This will be Queensland’s most extensive global survey to date for identifying cultural competency gaps of students in relation to academic learning, social integration, securing
internships, employment and safety.
Key survey findings will be shared with participating international education industry members to enhance their delivery of services to international students.

The survey findings will also inform the development of Project Global Citizen programs and resources that equip international students with cultural skills to survive and thrive in Australia.

International students who take the survey will receive a personalised Cultural Adjustment Risk Assessment as well as Cultural Adjustment Tips to help them achieve success in their
student experience.

The survey is open until 31 October 2018 and can be accessed from
projectglobalcitizen.com

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