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: 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

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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.

https://m.youtube.com/user/TheNSWPolice/playlists

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

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.

NSW Police videos

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.

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.

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