Orygen develops free introductory peer work training for international students

Orygen develops free introductory peer work training for international students

16 April 2021


Orygen has developed free introductory peer work training specifically for international students with funding provided through Study Melbourne’s International Student Welfare Program.

The training has been developed in consultation with international students, peer workers and the education sector to provide participants with an introductory understanding of mental health peer work and how this model of support can be adapted to support international students in mental health or educational settings.

Orygen is seeking international students to participate in the introductory training over two days. The first round will be held on 6 and 7 May, 2021. The second round will be held on 20 and 21 May, 2021.

Training is free and open to any international student living and studying in Victoria interested in learning about mental health peer work.

The introductory peer work training will:

  • introduce participants to the youth mental health peer work model;
  • provide an introduction to the principles of peer work and the role of peer workers in mental health settings; 
  • explore how mental health peer support may differ for international students; and
  • provide a basic understanding of how participants may use their lived experience of mental ill-health to support other international students in mental health or educational support settings.

If you are interested in registering for the introductory peer work training or would like further information, please contact May Ann Rivera, education sector project officer on +61 419 246 640 or at mayann.rivera@orygen.org.au or Hasanah Hussien, international student peer worker at hasanah.hussien@orygen.org.au