Inspiring change: Working with new partners

Chair: James Borman, Study Melbourne, Victorian Government, Australia


  • Iain Finlayson – Development Manager, Melbourne Writers Festival
  • George Halkias – Special Projects, City in the Community
  • Gina Chinnery – National Vocational Services Manager, Orygen

This panel session will showcase some of the projects supported in Victoria by Study Melbourne that focus on working with new partners, beyond the international education sector, for the benefit of international student wellbeing and the broader community.  This includes project case studies (and discussed by the funding recipients) including: the Melbourne Writers Festival, who targeted international student recruitment for the Melbourne Writers Festival Volunteers Program, exposing students to festival experiences with Australian writers, thinkers and cultural leaders; City in the Community, who have created more opportunities for international students to play football, connect with the wider community and undertake personal development; and Orygen, who are creating a digital wellbeing application to support the wellbeing, study and social interactions of international students with mental ill health.


James Borman is the Senior Program Manager at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.Managing the International Student Welfare Program (ISWP), James is responsible for funding activities that support the experience of Victoria’s international student community. With nearly ten years experience developing and managing grant programs for the Victorian Government, James has worked across a diverse range of industries, including Small Business, Retail and Automotive Manufacturing.  Originally from Canberra, James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and was a board member for Helping Hoops

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