International Students and Social Inclusion

Awareness of the challenges facing international students prior to COVID-19 led to Inner East Primary Care Partnership initiating a project aimed at broadening community-based support for international students through partnerships with the higher education sector in the Inner East Region. It was recognised that students spent the majority of their time off campus, living in the community, and that a whole of community response was needed to promote inclusion, improve health and wellbeing and the students’ overall experience of living and studying in Melbourne.

The project established a regional partnership drawing together representatives of the higher education sector with the broader mainstream health and community services sectors to work collaboratively to identify ways to promote and support the health and wellbeing, and social inclusion, of international students.

2020 Forum – Leaving No-one Out: International Students and Social Inclusion

In December 2020 the IEPCP hosted a forum “Leaving no-one out: International students and social inclusion” in partnership with local education providers, Study Melbourne, the Council of International Students Australia, and international students themselves.

The forum highlighted the life journeys and experiences of international students, the impact of COVID-19, and good practice examples of how they have been supported by local groups and organisations. View the forum program and information about some of the good practice examples: Story is Connection, Food Relief

Watch the forum recordings:

Introduction and setting the scene
The international student experience

 

The international student advisers perspective
Co-designing with international students

 

         
Showcasing good practice inclusion initiatives in the community

Resources:

Title Date Type Author Files
IEPCP 2020 Case Study Inner East International Students and Inclusion Partnership
08/04/2021 Document Inner East Primary Care Partnership
IEPCP International Students & COVID-19: Supporting students in Inner East Melbourne 2020 REPORT

In late 2019 the Inner East Primary Care Partnership initiated the International Student Inclusion Partnership Project in recognition of the challenges faced by the growing number of international students studying at higher education institutions in Melbourne. Many of these challenges were further exacerbated by the onset of the COVID pandemic in 2020 and the partnership was then well placed to identify these issues as they unfolded. This report outlines why the partnership was established and shares the benefits, insights and activities.

31/05/2021 Document Inner East Primary Care Partnership
IEPCP International Students & COVID-19 Timeline ONE PAGER

This table presents a one page overview of the key events and actions relating to the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020. There is a more detailed timeline report and report of the overall Inner East International Students and Inclusion Partnership.

 

 

31/05/2021 Document Inner East Primary Care Partnership
IEPCP International Students & COVID-19 Timeline

This timeline provides a record of the emerging challenges for international students as the pandemic took hold. Responses by the university sector are also included. The higher education sector continued to adapt to Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions and to provide support for international students as the year unfolded.

01/06/2021 Document Inner East Primary Care Partnership
IEPCP International Students Forum Dec 2020 FLYER
03/06/2021 Document Inner East Primary Care Partnership
IEPCP International Students Forum Dec 2020 PROGRAM
03/06/2021 Document Inner East Primary Care Partnership
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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