July 2018

Road safety tips | Part 3: Travelling in Australia

By |2018-07-28T09:42:05+00:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Road Safety, Safety|

Road safety tips | Part 3: Travelling in Australia Many students and travellers in Australia enjoy exploring the country, especially paying a visit to one of the country’s many national parks. These become especially popular during holiday seasons and although they are generally very safe, there are a few tips to be aware of if you do go exploring. 7 top tips to stay safe while travelling: Make sure you carry enough water to stay hydrated. Keep a safe distance from the wild animals. They might seem friendly and it can be very tempting to feed, touch or take selfies with them, but a bite or sting from one of these animals can be very dangerous and not worth the risk. Wear appropriate clothing. Make sure you take clothes that will keep you warm and dry, layers of clothing can be great as [...]

International Student Scams: Addressing Vulnerability

By |2018-07-23T12:44:04+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Insights, Safety & Welfare|

International Student Scams: Addressing Vulnerability The recent spate of kidnap scams serves as a prompt reminder of how malicious actors can manipulate, and exploit, international students. Within Australia, numerous Chinese national students were coerced into role-playing a kidnap victim in order to extort large sums of money (up to several hundred thousand AUD) from the students and/or their families. The scams were so successful that the Australian Federal Police released a warning about them and identified similar cases in the United States and Canada. Given the success of the scams, and the amount of money extorted, it is likely they will evolve and continue. Although there are formal mechanisms to report such scams that should be used, the reality is the anonymity and location (often offshore) of the perpetrators means there is low likelihood of prosecution and financial recovery. As such, agencies and institutions with a responsibility for student health and wellbeing [...]

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June 2018

Road safety tips | Part 2: Pedestrians

By |2018-06-19T13:37:39+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Road Safety, Safety|

Not everyone drives in Australia, but at some point almost everyone is a pedestrian on the roads. It’s important for everyone to be aware of the basic guidelines, but it’s particularly important for those who might be away from home as the rules might be different. Here are a few of our top tips to bear in mind…

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Crowdmapping and Public Safety

By |2018-06-06T11:49:19+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Insights, Safety & Welfare|

Crowdmapping and Public Safety The recent release of Free To Be has provided unique insight into assault and street harassment against women in Sydney, much of which often is unreported. The ease of use - requiring only a pin drop to highlight a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ spot has resulted in more than 5,000 contributions. Unfortunately, the majority of these pin drops are the result of bad experiences. There are two key takeaways here for those interested in the intersection between technology and safety. The first is the value that crowdmapping can add to our collective environmental awareness as it relates to public safety and wellbeing. The second is the valuable insight crowdmapping can bring to stakeholders such as policy-makers, law enforcement and private enterprise when overlaid with other relevant and reliable data sources. Crowdmapping has become an increasingly common tool in contemporary society. It has applications for our daily journeys, traffic navigation and recreational [...]

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Know your work rights and conditions in Australia

By |2018-06-05T08:26:44+00:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Know your work rights and conditions in Australia Working a part-time job outside of your studies not only helps to fill your wallet, it’s also is a great way to build of career experiences for your resume.  As an international student, it’s normal to have concerns about working in a foreign environment, and more importantly— questions about your work rights and conditions. But don’t worry, here’s a summary of what you need to know if you’re planning on working in Australia. Your rights In general, international students in Australia have the same work rights as Australian employees. These include, but are not limited to: - Payment There’s a different minimum wage for each industry and position. However, you should make sure that you get paid at least the national minimum of AU$18.29/hr if you are 21 or older. For casual workers, this hourly standard is AU$22.86. [...]

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May 2018

Vivid Sydney 2018

By |2018-05-19T14:55:07+00:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Vivid Sydney 2018 It seems intuitive that everyone would like to stay warm and inside on a cold winter’s night, but that’s not necessarily the case for Sydney. Vivid Sydney is a large-scale festival that attracts tens of thousands of tourists, and marks the beginning of winter with its many fascinating art & cultural programs. This includes light displays on buildings, music events and cutting-edge speeches and forums. At its core, it’s a celebration of all things creative. This is Vivid’s 10th anniversary and it’s going to be biggest yet, offering more experiences than ever. The festival runs 25 May to 16 June and we’ve listed some key highlights that you should check out during that time. 6pm – 11pm 23 nights Images from: https://www.vividsydney.com/ THE LIGHT SHOWS This is the landmark attraction of Vivid. Most light shows are designed by light artists from around [...]

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Mother’s Day in Australia

By |2018-05-11T08:23:18+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Events in Australia, Uncategorized|

Mother’s Day in Australia How often do you thank your mum or tell her you love her? Maybe you don’t talk to her as much as you’d like to. This Sunday is Mother’s day in Australia and it’s a reminder for us all to think about our families and women that care about us. Do you know about the history of Mother’s Day? The concept originated in the U.S. in 1870 during the Civil War. An American feminist and author named Julia Ward Howe advocated for a day dedicated to appreciating the peace they achieved as well as the women taking part in the Civil War. It was years later, in 1908 that the day was more specifically linked to motherhood when the official founder Anna Jarvis held a memorial ceremony to honour her mother, who nursed soldiers during the war. It wasn’t until 1924 [...]

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April 2018

Stay healthy in flu season | Part 2: Healthy habits

By |2018-05-16T10:57:05+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Health|

Habits that keep you healthy in flu season With the flu season as well as exam time fast approaching it’s more important than ever to keep healthy. Top tips for keeping healthy: 1. Flu vaccination A flu vaccination is the most effective and safe method for protecting yourself in the flu season, for further information please refer to our previous post. 2. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. A healthy diet which is high in vitamins and minerals supports the immune system which keeps you healthy. Try to ‘eat the rainbow’ by always having a variety of different coloured foods on your plate. 3. Drink plenty of water It might seem like a lot, but most health authorities recommend drinking between 1 – 2 litres of water per day. That’s roughly 6 – 8 glasses. Not only will it boost your immune system and flush out [...]

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Stay healthy in flu season | Part 1: Do I need a vaccination?

By |2018-05-16T10:53:56+00:00April 21st, 2018|Categories: Health|Tags: |

2018 Flu season, do I need a vaccination? The weather turning colder is a sure sign that flu season is just around the corner. During this time it’s important that everyone tries to keep healthy and it’s particularly important for students who have a lot of contact with other people. The reason being that flu is something that does easily spread between people. Top tips for staying healthy  Wash your hands often, especially before eating and drinking  Cover your mouth and nose when you want to cough or sneeze.  Drink a lot of water daily.  Taking supplements and vitamins can help strengthen your immune system  Keep everything you touch regularly clean, for example phones, door handles  Have enough amount of sleep everyday to make sure your immune system is healthy and strong. Do I need a vaccination? The [...]

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