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

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)

Public Transport concessions for international students to continue in Victoria!

ISANA is delighted to hear about the recent press release by Victorian government, supporting international students in every way possible in Victoria.

“Public transport concessions for international students to continue. The Andrews Government will provide $5.5 million to continue the iUSEpass program which will provide discounted annual public transport tickets to eligible international students in partnership with participating higher education and vocational providers”.

Join the VIC/TAS branch for PD: International Student Mental Health

Next VIC/TAS ISANA PD SESSION and AGM
AGM- BRANCH COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
 
Warm greetings to ISANA members and Non-members alike. I would like to remind you about our next PD session: International Students Mental Health – Common issues, challenges, strengths and useful support strategies.  There is evidence that 1 in 4 people aged 15-24 will experience mental ill-health in one year. More specifically, tertiary students with mental health issues are at higher risk of dropping out early, academic failure, limited social connections and poor health outcomes. 

This topic is relevant to all of us as we work hard every day trying to make a difference in the lives of international students. Sometimes we feel powerless to do anything positive which is why this PD is so important. The presenters bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and will provide a way for you to think about wellbeing and importantly, how to improve your own and that of others. Please see below for more information and registration details.
 
ISANA VIC/TAS 18th state conference, Melbourne

ISANA VIC/TAS 18th state conference, Melbourne

Victorian Parliamentary Secretary Frank Mcguire opened the 18th VIC/TAS conference held at William Angliss Institute last month.

The committee had designed a very comprehensive program and participants were able to walk away with a tool box of ideas to take back to their work place.
Of the 121 attendees It was exciting to see that 25% were students due to the generous grant From Study Melbourne.

There were many opportunities for networking and it was a day of gratitude to all the professionals especially the student advisors who have worked tirelessly to enhance the student experience.

The One day conference has become an important event in the Victoria / Tasmania branch professional development calendar and has grown in strength over the years.

If you have suggestions for PD or events in your state you should contact your local branch committee or submit suggestions here: PD suggest

Congratulations to President Mano Guy and her conference committee!

ISANA VIC/TAS State Conference

Working together: Solution-focused support for International Students in the 21stCentury.
Friday, 1 September  2017

It is no secret that it has been a challenging year in international education.  ISANA is focused on meeting the needs of those whose lives touch international students. The VIC/TAS 2017 state conference will break new ground by blending knowledge and practice skillfully to leave the delegates feeling invigorated and more able to face the challenges in their association with international students.

Themes to be explored:
Accommodation, visa class changes, use of social media, student support services, OSHC, MYKI, student safety, under 18 students, sexual health and equity, the important of networking and the latest research on international student social network behavior and changes.

Call for Presentations:

We are seeking presenters for the conference, which is shaping up to be an exciting event of presentations, workshops, panel sessions and keynote speakers. If you are passionate about a particular area or issue in relation to working with international students, or if you have experiences to relate which will inform and challenge, we would like to hear from you.
For further information about any aspect of presenting at the Conference please see Call for Abstracts below.

Call for Abstracts

ISANA Vic/Tas Professional Development: Child Safe Standards

ISANA Vic/Tas Professional Development: Child Safe Standards

On Monday April 10th, Fifty-five International Support professionals gathered in Melbourne to hear from The Commission for Children and Young People

“The day was a very thought provoking and crucial day where the Child Safe Standards were explained and we workshopped scenarios where we had to apply these new standards. Vigorous discussion took place in the workshops and the attendees came to the realisation that the standards have made changes to the way we respond to students and their issues/crises”  

You can find more about the standards here:

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