DOSA Late December 2011 Newsletter

4 Jan

Darebin Overseas Student Association (DOSA)

Newsletter, late December 2011

 Hi there! I have decided to sneak in one last newsletter for the year. We have a couple of exciting opportunities coming up for overseas students to get involved in, plus some other useful news.

1. Exciting Opportunities for Overseas Students 

Help DOSA win an award and you could win a prize!

DOSAwants to win the Better Neighbourhoods Award so that it can win $5000 to put on a project. If you come up with the winning idea for the award then you can win a $100 gift voucher for Myers.

DOSAwill be entering the Better Neighbourhoods Award, and we need your help to come up with the idea to do it.DOSAis running a competition for overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area. The competition is to find the best idea for a project that meets these needs:

  • The project must benefit overseas students.
  • The project must bring people in the community together
  • The project must help to make Darebin a place that feels safer to live in.

Get creative and suggest something thatDOSAcould do that makes Darebin feel welcoming and safe. It could involve food, fun games, lectures, workshops, performances??? Use your imagination and you tell us!

How to enter:

Fill in the entry form. It can be found at our blog –

The entry form will also soon be available on our web page –

Send it into ‘Better Neighbourhoods Award Competition’ by 5pm, 19th January, 2012. Late entries will not be accepted. You can send it toDOSA by:

If you have any questions then please contact Meredith at or 9480 8205.


Join us for Operation O-Week!

DOSA has been invited by LaTrobe International and NMIT to take part in their Orientation activities during February 2012. This is an excellent opportunity to promoteDOSAto overseas students. It is important that we promote ourselves well during orientation.

Creating a great Orientation display or presentation  takes thought, planning, and creativity.

You are invited to become a part of the Operation O-Week project team.

DOSAis looking for overseas students to volunteer on Operation O-Week. We need people to:

1. Choose and plan the ways in whichDOSAcan promote itself. We could do anything from creating posters to giving out lollies to performing street theatre – we are only limited by our imagination.

2. Organise the Operation O-Week project.

3. Make / create / find materials or displays we need.

4. Come to the Orientation Week activities to promoteDOSAto other overseas students.

Who should be involved?

Overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area who want to improve their skills or experience in the following:

  • Promotions
  • Project Coordination
  • Team work
  • Meeting new people
  • Making presentations
  • Making creative work

If you want to be involved then contact Meredith by the 12th January 2012. You can contact Meredith at or at Facebook (Dosa Darebin) or on 9480 8205.



2. Some Other Useful News


Keep safe when travelling home for the holidays!

Just because you were born overseas does not mean you can not get sick if you go home for a visit. Your immune system changes when you spend time away from your home country, so you may no longer be protected from certain infections when you travel home. To avoid travel-related infections (e.g., typhoid, malaria, dengue, and hepatitis A) you should see your doctor before you travel (preferably at least 2-4 weeks before your trip). Vaccines, preventive medications, avoiding mosquito bites, eating safe foods and drinking only clean (bottled or boiled) water can help prevent these infections. For more information, call Royal Melbourne Hospital Travel Clinic (03 9342 7390) or your doctor’s centre or visit and Last but not least, if you become unwell during or after your trip you should see a doctor and mention that you have been overseas.

Suggested links:


Burglary Prevention – A crime prevention message from the local police

I received this email from a local policeman recently:

“We have recently had several burglaries committed in Darebin overnight while residents are sleeping in the house.  What is particularly frustrating from a policing perspective is these criminals have only targeted houses who have left doors unlocked or even opened on hot nights (to allow the breeze through the house). I would please urge you all to make sure you lock your doors at night.  The metropolitan fire brigade support this security measure however would recommend you leave your key in the door from the inside to prevent an issue should there be a fire.  Please protect your family and your property by following this simple safety tip and have a very merry Christmas.”



I wish you all a very merry holiday season, and a safe, happy and prosperous 2012.


DOSAis funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit


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