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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.

Do you like to write or tell stories?

11 Apr
Do you like to write or tell stories?
Aged 16 – 25 years?
Live, work or study in Melbourne’s north?
Enter our story telling competition!
Stories are invited in written, illustrated, photographic or audiovisual formats and entries will be accepted in any language.  
Total prize pool $3,000
Winning entry prize $800
First 50 entries get $20 voucher

“Don’t let gambling take over”*
*You do not need to gamble or know anyonewho gambles to participate. Your perspective is important!
For a submission form and information on how to enter  go to:  
Entries close 1 May 2012
For more information or if you do not have internet access contact:
Felicity Jackson, Yarra Council on 9205 5093 or

Meet Femy!

27 Mar

Welcome to Femy, who is helping DOSA out with administration work:

I am Femy Cherian, fromIndia, live in Craigieburn with my Family. My Family members are my husband Jento, little boy named Ryan, me and my brother-in –law Dijo.

I am interested in making new friends, new networks. My hobbies are watching movies, embroidery, cooking. I have enrolled at NMIT for Overseas Qualified Program (OQP), helps me to find a job/employment opportunity. I have 3 years experience in administration roles. On behalf of OQP we have to do a work placement, in which Meredith from DOSA and Sonya, my teacher from NMIT, helped me to get a work placement as administration assistant for 6 weeks at DOSA.

Femy brings some great administration and customer service skills to her student placement, and will be a great help to DOSA. We hope that she enjoys working with us.

Fantastic Theatre Opportunities for Overseas Students

15 Mar

If you are interested in acting or theatre, or finding out more about them, then there are 2 great projects for you to get involved in right now:


1. Have you got a story to tell?

All overseas students have a story to tell, and the community needs to hear them.

The Darebin Overseas Students Association and Platform Youth Theatre will be holding a series of theatre workshops.


These workshops will help participants to create and perform short theatre pieces based on the art of story telling. Participants will have the opportunity to perform their pieces at La Mama Theatre in July and August this year, either live or in a short film. The workshops will be fun, relaxed and friendly. They will help you create a short piece to perform, either on stage or in front of a camera. They will give you the confidence to stand in front of an audience and share your own special story.

Who can attend:        Overseas students (any level of experience welcome)
Cost:                           Free
Venue:                        Northlands Youth Centre
Day and time:            Every Sunday, 18th March-27 May 2012, 1.30-5pm
To register:      

We are looking for:
• People who like performing
• People who have always wanted to try but feel too shy, and who need a fun and friendly workshop to help them
• People who like making short films
• People who want to help out behind the scenes.

Need more information? Contact Meredith at 9480 8205 or

2. Students Invited to Take Part in an Exciting Theatre Project – no acting experience required!

Are you a student or spouse of a student interested in getting out, making new friends, developing new skills and having fun? The “Life’s a Gamble” Theatre Project are looking for interested students to take part in a fun theatre group.

Students who live, work or study in the northern region will be invited to participate in theatre workshops for two hours a week over 6 weeks (probably a Wednesday or Thursday evening form 6pm to 8pm with food provided). The workshops start around 4 April and will be facilitated by Brunswick Women’s Theatre and will involve students (both young men and women) acting out short, scripted scenes on topics relevant to issues they identify. The broad theme is gambling but other issues will also be raised. At the end of the project the rehearsed scenes will be performed at La Trobe Uni and elsewhere. At the end you will also get a certificate and if you are part of the La Trobe Award program you can claim the hours towards a bronze, silver or gold award.

To register your interest please email or phone Kate on or tel 9450 2080.

Hello and goodbye to Sachi!

14 Dec

Sachintha Fernando is an overseas student who has kindly volunteered her time to help write a grant for DOSA. This blog introduces Sachi as a DOSA volunteer, but also sadly wishes her farewell as she is going back to Sri Lanka this week:

My name is Sachintha and for the last 6 months I studied Business economics at La Trobe University.  I was an exchange student from Sri Lanka, a beautiful tropical island centered in the Indian Ocean.  

Studying and living in Australia has being an educational, enlightening and wonderful experience.  Aussie is a beautiful country and has being a very nice home to me during these past 6 months.  What I love most about Australia is the delicious food, the wild life and the wide variety of cultural events that are ongoing throughout the year, not to mention the very friendly people.

I have being helping DOSA during the last couple of weeks with applying for a grant.  I volunteered my time mostly because I love getting involved with activities, allowing me to meet a lot of new people whilst gaining valuable experience.  It has being great working with Meredith, who is very kind and patient and ever willing to impart valuable knowledge.  All in all it’s being more fun than hard work.

I am very excited to be going home on the 15th of December, but I will definitely miss this amazing country and I will take back all the wonderful memories and friendships forged.

Sachi has been a huge help. She and I worked together to write a grant to obtain funding to run DOSA’s Drop In sessions. The grants are very competitive – cross your fingers and wish us luck so that we are successful. Sachi did the grant writing to help out DOSA but also to increase her own (already great) skills and confidence. DOSA needs the help of volunteers to run properly, but it can also offer fantastic work experience to volunteers. Volunteer positions will be promoted regularly – if you are an overseas student who lives or studies in Darebin please get in touch with DOSA if you are interetsted.


Project Worker for DOSA