ISANA media release – Miss Aya Masarwe

The ISANA International Education Association is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Israeli
Exchange student Miss Aya Masarwe.
The circumstances surrounding her death are unfolding and we urge the public to support the ongoing
investigations of the Victoria Police.
‘From news reports, ISANA does not believe that Miss Masarwe was targeted because she was an
international student.’ says Bronwyn Gilson, National President.

‘Australia is a safe country for international students, but international students as do all of us, need to be aware of our surroundings and take precautions when travelling alone and especially late at night.’

ISANA has extended its support and condolences to the international student support staff at La Trobe
University where Miss Masarwe was studying. ‘Our network of members is always available to work or talk with colleagues to support them through
difficult events such as this,’ adds Bronwyn.

ISANA extends its deepest condolences to the staff at La Trobe University and to the family and friends of Aya Masarwe.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bronwyn Gilson at 0400 852 226 or
email at president@isana.org.au

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.

#isanaconf18 #conference photos #Sydney

#isanaconf18 #conference photos #Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

#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)

ISANA and CISA sign memorandum of understanding.

ISANA and CISA sign memorandum of understanding.

An MOU with CISA was signed last night in Sydney at the StudyNSW 2018 International Student of the Year Award.

ISANA was pivotal in the the formative years of CISA and continues to provide support. The organisations have committed to working more closely on improved outcomes for International Students in Australia.

The ISANA president thanked Council members who contributed to bringing this signing about as it has been 2 years in the making.

AGMC #Conference 2018: Living and Loving in Diversity -Melbourne

AGMC #Conference 2018: Living and Loving in Diversity -Melbourne

AGMC is an organisation advocating for the greater inclusion and participation of multicultural and multifaith LGBTIQ communities. We work with various communities, including international students who identify as LGBTIQ. AGMC is hosting a national conference, Living and Loving in Diversity, from 21 – 23 September 2018 to provide an opportunity for community members, activists, advocates, educators, and professionals to discuss issues affecting our communities. Some of the themes that will be covered include:
* Youth
* Social and politcal issues
* Asylum seeker and refugee communities
* International research and movements
* Disability
* Health and well-being
* Faith and LGBTIQ identities
The conference suits professionals in international education to advance their understanding of various issues faced by LGBTIQ international students in Australia. It is also a great opportunity to network with community organisations and strengthen existing LGBTI Ally Network.
Early Bird registration closes on 30 August 2018! Register now via http://conference.agmc.org.au

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