ISANA is pleased to announce that we have been one of the successful recipients of a Study NSW Partner Projects 2021/22 grant.   This partnership will contribute to the delivery of the Lived Experience Toolkit (LET).

LET is an exciting partnership between ISANA and Story IS Connection (SIC) that will engage NSW international students regarding challenges that have impacted their mental health and well-being.
Content for a film will be developed through a story-telling process, constructed into seven chapters, highlighting key issues and themes identified by students and key partners.

Peers with lived experience will ‘speak up’, serving as role models to other students by opening up conversations about mental health. Simultaneously the project will build awareness for teachers and service providers alike and offer strategies to facilitate dynamic conversations around topics.

The creation of a resource that inspires conversation and destigmatises mental health within the international student community will become a valuable asset available for use by all NSW education providers. LET will creatively engage international students in acts of powerful storytelling which in turn will inspire connection and understanding with audiences.

The process will empower students with lived experience to tell their stories which form the basis of a digital orientation toolkit for international students studying in NSW.


ISANA believes the creation of a resource that inspires conversation and destigmatises mental health within the international student community will be a valuable asset available for use by all NSW education providers. We will bring our unique practice that creatively engages international students through powerful storytelling which in turn will inspire connection and understanding with audiences. The resource will address key issues impacting international students and the stories told will underpin the development of a digital orientation toolkit.

 Annette Kalczynska
ISANA ACTiveNSW Branch President


Study NSW is a branch within Investment NSW committed to supporting

the NSW international education sector and improving the experience of international students in the state.

Study NSW supports Partner Projects that align with its objectives and are jointly funded and delivered with organisations in the international education sector.

Applications for Study NSW Partner Projects are held annually. For more information visit www.study.sydney.

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