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
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.
Here are a few links:
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.
In this birthday year ISANA is asking members and associates to submit memories in the form of photographs or short reflections.
If you have anything to share please email to communications@Isana.org.au
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:
ISANA International Education Association
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.
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
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
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
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
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
The survey is open until 31 October 2018 and can be accessed from
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.