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NEWSFLASH: Special Ozone Lounge Event

26 Apr

Friday 18th May from 6pm


Northland Youth Centre



Fun and games (literally)


A short show by a group of Overseas Students who have been working with the Brunswick Women’s Theatre

It would be great if we could all check this out and see what they’ve been doing – might be some inspiration for us.


Lots of great food provided by Gamblers Help

An official flier will come soon, but in the meantime put this in your diaries and bring your friends.

Great Opportunity for Overseas Students with Marketing Skills

8 Feb

Help International Students and develop your career skills

 Social Marketing Working Group

 We recently recieved the following information from our friends at Gamblers Help. If you want to contact them, their email addresses are towards the bottom of this blog:

We are looking for international students with;

  •  A passion for social issues,
  • Skills in marketing,
  • A flair for graphic design and social media, and
  • Connections with International Student groups.

We are seeking international students with a range of marketing skills to develop and implement a social marketing campaign. This short term project will assist the Gambler’s Help services reduce the vulnerability of international students to problem gambling.

In return, you will;

  • Gain hands on experience in developing and implementing a social marketing campaign,
  • Increase invaluable career skills in the areas of project planning and management, leadership and budgeting,
  • Help other international students.

The objectives of the campaign will be to provide students with information about responsible gambling behaviours, the signs of problem gambling and help seeking options. Utilising focus groups, the workgroup will be expected to devise, design and test original creative that favours online distribution.

This mentored program will consist of 6-8 fortnightly workshops over four months, commencing February.

 Location: Carlton

Time required: 2 hours a fortnight

Duration of project: March-June 2012

 If you are interested, email your CV by 10th February to:

 Tatiana Walker


Kate Hufschmid


More information:

A combination of newfound freedom away from family, access to money intended for study and living expenses and bouts of homesickness and depression, is causing many international students to gamble themselves – and their families – into deep financial trouble. In response to this, Multicultural Gambler’s Help Program (MGHP), Gambler’s Help Eastern (GHE), Gambler’s Help Northern (GHN), Gambler’s Help Southern (GHS) and Gambler’s Help City (GHC) have been working cooperatively to develop and implement a suite of prevention and early intervention strategies.

The next stage of this will involve the formation of the Social Marketing Working Group with representation from a select group of International Students who will develop and implement a campaign to assist Gambler’s Help services reduce the vulnerability of international students to problem gambling.

The working group members will be selected for their marketing, graphic design and online skills. Once a fortnight over four months, the workgroup will convene to develop culturally relevant marketing material, as well as build their own career skill-sets.”

DOSA will also need help with marketing and communications during this year, and will soon be able to offer similar opportunities to this one. Stay tuned…

Keep safe when travelling for the holidays! Important Health Advice

17 Jan

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:

Travel Doctor

Tel: 1300 658844


Smart Traveller 


Travel Clinic; Royal Melbourne Hospital – Victorian Infectious Disease Unit


Tel: 03 9342 7390

This information was supplied to DOSA by Monash University as part of a special health promotion project.