Media Release in response to ABC Four Corners report about International Students. 07/05/19

The recent episode on Four Corners highlights the importance of international education for Australia’s education sector.

It is critical that all stakeholders adhere and comply with the national standards. The integrity and quality of the sector must be maintained.

The student experience benefits from an acknowledgement that we all have an important role.
ISANA members are concerned that while Australian institutions continue to accept increasing numbers of international students the support services for these students are not also increasing.
International students bring their own special and different academic, social, economic and cultural needs.

The benefits that international students bring to an institution should be reflected by increased and improved welfare and academic support services. This is an important and critical responsibility.
At the same time, staff working in international student services and support indicate that they have difficulty accessing appropriate professional development. Any institution benefiting from enrolling international students should also invest in its staff members who support those students.
ISANA supports any conversation that leads to improved welfare and academic support services for international students who have chosen Australia.

Please contact president@ISANA.org.au for any media enquiries.

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

NSW: Survey for International Students

NSW: Survey for International Students

We invite you to promote the following survey to your international students who are over 16 yo.

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 a survey (available in several languages which involves completing a 15 minute online survey.

Please click the link to access the online survey in your preferred language: English, Nepali, Bahasa, Traditional Chineseand Simplified Chinese.

All personal information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please also feel free to share this post or the attached flier on your wall, 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. The survey will be open from 4 April until 1 May 2019.

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.

NSW: Stay Safe in our State – Advice for International Students

Stay Safe in our State – Advice for International Students

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.

For any questions please contact e: study.nsw@industry.nsw.gov.au

#ISANA30years abstract submission now open

Invitation to Submit

We are pleased to announce the30th ISANA International Education Association Conference will be held at the Bayview Eden, Melbourne, from 3 to 6 December 2019.

On behalf of the Program Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the combined ISANA conference being held at the Bayview Eden, Melbourne, 3rd to 6th December 2019.

The overall conference theme is:Leading and inspiring through collaboration: Student wellbeing and support services, today and tomorrow.

ALL ABSTRACTS DUE 24TH MAY

Mental Health Support Services for International Students – Did you know?

Mental Health Support Services for International Students – Did you know?

Under the law (National Code) education providers must provide access to affordable mental health support services and, students must be told about this at orientation.

All providers should have this info listed on websites or hand books under “student support services” or “health and welfare”. Good providers regularly remind students about these services through various channels.

Here are a few links:

https://sydney.edu.au/students/counselling-and-mental-health-support.html

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/future/student-life/student-welfare-service.htmlhttps://student.unsw.edu.au/wellbeing

https://www.usc.edu.au/learn/student-support/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-mind/counselling-services

https://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/cs/index.html

https://www.aim.edu.au/student-life/student-supporthttps://students.mq.edu.au/support/wellbeing/counselling-services

https://www.griffith.edu.au/student-services/welfare-and-financial-assistance

https://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/canberra-students/student-support/student-welfare

https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/counselling

https://www.boxhill.edu.au/for-students/student-support/counselling/

Just go to your uni website and search “counselling” or “health and welfare” or “support services” or ask your student advisor to make an appointment for you.

#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 International Education Association Inc
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ISANA Secretariat
isana@isana.org.au

 

Office Hours:

Monday & Wednesday 9.30 am – 2.30 pm

 

Address:

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Ph: +61 3 6231 0253

 

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