Panel – Student Health & Wellbeing

Chair: Bronwyn Gilson (ISANA National President)

Panel: Jordi Austin (ANZSSA Immediate Past President), Belle Lim (CISA Women’s Officer), Daniel Nguyen (Non-Executive Director, Blackburn South Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank), Dharlene Juan (Student, Kent Institute Sydney), Vinh Dang (The University of Adelaide), Sostenis Pasang (International Student)

International students engage in study whilst engaging in life, often a new life, in Australia. Health and wellbeing are integrally part of the student experience. Students and student support practitioners will identify and discuss key factors that influence international student health and wellbeing, examples of student resilience and leadership in the health and wellbeing space, and what can be done together to further strengthen the student experience from a health and wellbeing perspective.


Ms Jordi Austin is currently the Director of Student Support Services and elected Fellow of Senate at The University of Sydney, Australia. She has worked in the community mental health sector, as well as nearly two decades in the University industry. She has been at the University of Sydney since 2006.

Jordi is passionate about learning, student success, innovation and leadership. She is responsible for nine distinct teams of support on campus, including Counselling, Disability Services, Orientation and transition programs, Student Accommodation, Health Service, Financial Support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and the Careers Centre.

Jordi is also the Immediate Past-President, Australian New Zealand Student Services Association Inc (ANZSSA) having been on the executive since 2009. ANZSSA is the leading student services association in the region, providing professional development, networking, resources and conference opportunities in both Australia and New Zealand. ANZSSA is a sister-association with NASPA, and each association hosts delegates bi-annually at their conferences to promote greater international understanding and globally focused professional development opportunities.

Jordi is currently participating as Assistant Editor (Asia and Oceania) for the UNESCO/IASAS Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education (third edition) due to be released in 2019.

Daniel Nguyen is a Non-Executive Director of the Blackburn South Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank. He also works at Deakin University as a Student Mentor while completing his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at the Faculty of Business and Law. By actively engaging and making positive contributions to the community, Daniel received the 2018 Victorian International Education Awards and became International Student of the Year in the Higher Education Category.



Vinh is a third-year student pursuing the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, majoring in Pharmaceutical Engineering.  He is a Peer Mentor in a support program organised by the International Student Support to help international students with their adjustment to Australia. His old title ‘Senior Peer Mentor’ has expired due to his 2-year commitment with the program, and the staff are struggling to find him a new as he is about enter his third year, so they started calling him ‘Dinosaur’. Staying true to the name, you can only reach him via LinkedIn, Strava or good old email.


Sostenis Pasang is a student from Indonesia, currently undertaking postgraduate studies (masters by coursework) at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. He commenced the Combined Masters of Arts and Social Sciences specialising in Educational Leadership and TESOL in February 2017. He is on leave from his position of School Principal at Sekolah Papua Harapan in Jayapura, West Papua, Indonesia. He will return to Jayapura at the end of 2018 and plan to implement several key plans, a particular interest of his focus is on providing high quality education by working with the foundation and the government of  Papua to improve educational services there, especially the remote areas. He is a recipient of an Australia Awards Scholarship funded by the Australian Government. As an Australia Awards awardee, besides his academic duties at university, he has been involved in several award-enrichment activities such as participating in workshops and seminars organised by Australia Awards.

Dharlene Juan is a student from KENT Institute Sydney taking Bachelor of Business Major in Management and Marketing. She is the current Vice President of their college’s Student Representative Group.

She is also active in different organizations around Australia. Her passion includes travelling, self-improvement, goal-setting and photography. She is an aspiring entrepreneur and she aims to achieve financial freedom at the age of 25.







ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education. For more information, please visit the ISANA website.

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