Student Counselling for: 

      • Bullying
      • Insomnia
      • School Leavers
      • Early drop outs
      • Career guidance
      • Poor Attendance
      • Coping problems
      • Learning difficulties
      • International students

Student life can be full of fun and challenges at the same time. One has to be well organized in life to achieve academic results. It does not matter whether you are a domestic or an international student; the problems you face are somewhat similar and hence we help the both.

International Student

Australia is an amazing place for students to study and is one of the top desired places in the world to study aboard. If you get sick while you are in Australia, you’ll have the choice to see either a private practice doctor, medical center doctor or a hospital doctor. All are held to the same high Australian standards of modern health care, but private practice doctors see patients by appointment only while medical centers and hospital accept walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. So when you first arrive in Australia you may want to identify the nearest doctor of your choice before it becomes a necessity to do so. Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires that all international students acquire Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC), which serves as a medical insurance policy for the duration of a student’s stay in Australia. Check with your host university’s Department of International Studies for insurance provider recommendations.

Your OSHC policy will help pay for doctor visits or hospital stays, and may cover some of the cost of consultation to see us (psychologist) with a referral. In general, OSHC policies do not include psychology, dental or vision coverage. You can buy additional coverage for psychology, dental and vision policies or you may elect to have comprehensive coverage. The best thing to do is to get your dental treatment and eye sight tested before you come to Australia as it may save you money. International students, who access the Australian health care system, whether it’s for emergency or routine medical care, may do so with full confidence. Australian doctors and psychologists undergo years of rigorous, comprehensive training on par with other industrialized nations’ medical providers, and they use the most modern, evidence based advanced technologies for diagnosis and treatment.

If you are an International student your life can be even more challenging because now you have many conditions imposed on you such as: visa requirements, 20 hours per week working requirements, your fees are substantially higher compared to the local students, you are alone and away from your family and home, you are in a foreign land without any family or friends, and the list goes on. In addition, If you are from a non-English speaking country then you have to sit English exams, and after finishing your education you have to find paid employment in your field of education. All of the above can be easy for a few but very difficult for some. It has been noticed that in recent years the mental health issues for example suicide rate in International students has increased due to many factors. For further detail please refer to the links below:

Facts and Stats about suicide in Australia- Mindframe

Foreign Student death details suppressed

“Details of the deaths of more than 50 overseas students have been suppressed by Australian coroners amid evidence the death toll is higher than the Federal Government has admitted.”

Australian Federation of International students, Suicide in Australia, submission to the Senate Inquiry

        “Along with the stresses many college students face, international students often experience additional pressures such as:

      • Adjusting to a new culture,
      • using a foreign language,
      • learning new social interactions,
      • Feeling misunderstood,
      • Having limited local support
      • Suicide Risk Increases with experiences such as:
      • International students often report depression as one of their primary concerns. Many cultures communicate that counseling is for people who are “weak”. International students may be reluctant to seek help, which increases their risk for suicide.
      • Prejudice, inter-cultural conflict
      • A new educational system, language barriers
      • A recent loss (e.g., death or break-up)
      • Homesickness and culture shock
      • Fears about seeking help for depression or suicidal thoughts”

 One in four Australian students drop out of high school, study finds

           “Key findings:

      • One in four Australian students do not finish Year 12
      • 60 per cent of students from low socio-economic backgrounds finish school
      • 50 per cent of young people finish school in the NT, 60 per cent finish in Tasmania
      • The gap is widening between students from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds
      • Australia is less equitable than many education systems in the Western world
      • Better-targeted curriculums and more money needed for disadvantaged schools
      • Segregation of disadvantaged students in schools contributes to high youth unemployment
      • Only half of all young people in the Northern Territory graduate and only 60 per cent of students in Tasmania.”

Uni drop-out rates show need for more support, not capped enrolments

“The more diverse our student population becomes, and the more diverse their prior educational backgrounds, the more diverse our universities need to be in supporting their educational needs.” 

Mental Health Issues amongst International Students in Australia: Perspectives from Professionals at the Coal-face. The website of the 2011 National Summit on the Mental Health of Tertiary Students states:  “Rising numbers of students are seeking out university counselling and health services, including students presenting with … mental illness, self harming behaviour, and suicidality. The picture is complex and requires new interpretations and new responses. Academic difficulties can of themselves lead to personal problems, which in turn may take on a life of their own and require direct intervention above and beyond academic and study skills responses. (Jonathan Norton, 2010)”.  

National Summit on the Tertiary Students Mental health of Tertiary Students of 4-5 August 2011, Melbourne

“The new student… is a more troubled person; more likely to face emotional challenges, more frequently experienced with counselling, more likely to have been treated with psychotropic medication, with a greater probability of having more serious and severe psychological problems. Many … professionals share the belief that emerging generations of students therefore do, and will, require more elaborate, extensive and varied services on campus.” (Keeling, 2000). 

COHORT SPECIFIC ISSUES

“Institutions deal with a variety of specific student cohorts with differing demands that have demonstrable impact on their mental and emotional wellbeing. These include international students, culturally and linguistically diverse students, students in rural and remote areas, students from low socio-economic status backgrounds, indigenous students, and those with a heavy daily commuting burden. What non-traditional approaches may better address the needs of special cohorts?”

 

Having problems understanding Australian Culture? Having problems learning English? Having problems passing the IELTS exam? Having problems with your assignments/homework? Having a problem finding accommodation in Perth? Having a problem finding your way around Perth?

      • Wasting time.
      • Poor attendance.
      • Eating junk food.
      • Poor sleep habits.
      • Failing to network.
      • Not resolving relationship issues.
      • Homesickness/Adjustment disorder.
      • One has to pay fees/Failing to manage money.
      • Poor grades or failing/not studying or reading enough.
      • One has to work to support himself/Unable to find work.
      • Unable to pay other related expenses such as books, stationery, computer etc.
      • Unable to balance so many different things in life at the same time/Disorganization.

Seek our professional help if you experience any of the above symptoms. No need to suffer silently; you may be eligible for full psychological treatment cost from your health insurer, which means that you do not have to pay for receiving psychological treatment from us.

Your Care & Support Can Save lives “Prevent and Fight Suicide”

There are lot of people in this world who suffers silently from stress, anxiety, depression and are feeling very lonely and sad at this very moment. Hence, act before anything happens to them. We should always care about people we live with, work with, study or play with and always ask them if they are fine. As a human race we should love and look after each other, this is the only lesson I have learnt from all the religions and cultures across this world. If you know anyone in your family, friends, or community circle who seems to be depressed, sad, lonely and suicidal please refer them to us for a timely help as it can save a human life. 

Exam Time Tips: Avoiding the Stress Prevent and Fight Suicide

      • Do not waste any time, just get into it straight away.
      • Do not wait for your exams; study all year round to save you from crisis in the end.
      • As the exams approach the level of stress increases and so one should keep vigilant and try to keep it under control.
      • While stress can be positive during exam time by helping students stay motivated, it does need to be managed effectively. Here are some tips to keep cool :- 
      • Sleep and exercise regularly.
      • Get hold of the last year’s exams papers.
      • Get into learning by writing down the topics.
      • Develop a study plan, which is realistic and can be achieved.
      • Have a balanced diet and keep a good intake of food and water.
      • Take some time to watch news or listen to your favorite music in-between.
      • Takes regular breaks between the study sessions, for example tea break etc.
      • Get a tutor or a mentor to help you with revision and clearing all your doubts.
      • Help yourself by finding out about the exam format and styles of questions that may be asked.
 
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