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Career Information Session

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Monash Career Information Session – You’re Invited!

Now that the semester has started, are you ready to find out how to advance your future career?

You’re invited to come along to our Australian Disability Network, GradWISE and Monash Career Connect Information Session.

This will be an in-person event. A free light lunch will be provided.

Session Details

  • Time: 12pm to 1pm (plus an additional hour for questions)
  • Date: Thursday March 21, 2024
  • Location: Seminar Room 1167, Level 1, Western Annexe, 21 Chancellors Walk (upstairs in the Campus Centre), Monash University Clayton Campus

RSVP here

  • RSVPs close Monday March 18 at 4pm, so don’t wait, register NOW!

The Australian Disability Network (ADN) will provide information on the PACE mentoring program and the Stepping into internship program.

GradWISE has been developed in conjunction with Australian Universities to provide support and improve employment opportunities for students living with a disability, illness or injury.

GradWISE is designed to complement the existing supports provided by Monash to give you a customised coaching program in a one-on-one setting.

Their aim is to give you the skills and experience you need to find the perfect graduate role. They work with you, and their pool of employers, to make the perfect match and provide all the support you need before and during your employment for as long as you need it.

Come to the information session to find out more!

Monash Career Connect will also be providing an information session outlining the supports already available to Monash students to maximise your graduate employment opportunities.

  • What workshops are available?
  • What is LiLo?
  • How does Student Futures work?
  • How can you benefit?

Come along and find out!

We’re really looking forward to the event and hope to see you there!

Clinical Group Programs 2024

Wednesday, February 7th, 2024

Social Anxiety Programs for Students in 2024

During first semester in 2024 there will be two Social Anxiety Group Programs and another group program targeting students with academic performance anxiety called ‘Performing at your Peak at Uni’.

Social Anxiety Group Program (students only)

Social anxiety involves significant fear or avoidance of one or more social situations. Social anxiety is a prevalent issue and can be disruptive to day-to-day life.

This is a cognitive behavioural program that’s designed to treat social anxiety.

The sessions will be facilitated by Dr Sophia Gozzi, Clinical Psychologist.

The program will run for eight sessions on Wednesdays, from 13 March until 8 May (excluding 3 April)

Two options are available at Clayton:

Performing at Your Peak at Uni (students only)

Many students experience significant anxiety in academic performance situations and excessively worry about being judged negatively.

This can often lead to avoidance of performance situations such as contributing in tutorials, asking a lecturer a question, as well as attending team meetings, networking events and job interviews.

Productivity can also be hampered when anxiety leads to delays in submitting assignments or excessive time spent perfecting documents. In some instances, tasks are not avoided but students spend considerable time worrying about the upcoming task or ruminating about it afterwards.

This is a cognitive behavioural program that’s designed to target academic and career performance anxiety:

  • The sessions will be facilitated by Dr Sophia Gozzi and Dr Emily Prytula, Clinical Psychologists
  • The program will run for eight sessions on Mondays, from 18 March until 13 May (excluding 1 April), from 11am – 1pm
  • Groups comprise of a maximum of 10 participants
  • This program is open only to Monash students, and is free of charge.
  • Register your interest here

MATS Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

Monash Assistive Technology and Society (MATS) Lunch and Learn

The Monash Assistive Technology and Society (MATS) Lunch and Learn session is being held on Wednesday 22 November from 12.30 – 13.30. You can register here.

During the session Professor Kim Marriott will guide you through the latest innovations in technology designed to empower people with disabilities.

Get ready for an eye-opening journey into the future of assistive technology.

  • Location: IT building, 25 Exhibition Walk on the ground floor in the Monash Assistive Technology (MATS) centre area.

National Road Transport Tech Strategy

Monday, November 6th, 2023

Public Consultation – draft National Road Transport Tech Strategy and 2024-27 Action Plan

The Commonwealth and state and territory transport agencies have worked together to develop a draft National Road Transport Technology Strategy and draft 2024-27 National Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Action Plan, on which they are now seeking your views and inputs.

The consultation is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts website: Draft National Road Transport Technology Strategy and 2024–27 National Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Action Plan | Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

  • Submissions can be made to NRTTStrategyandCAVActionPlan@infrastructure.gov.au and close on Wednesday 6 December 2023.

They are also offering stakeholders the option of a bilateral meeting with the review team, in addition to providing a written submission. If you would like to take up this option, please email at: NRTTStrategyandCAVActionPlan@infrastructure.gov.au   

New Technologies Can Make Road Transport Safer

New technologies like connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) can help make road transport safer, less congested, more accessible and convenient, and better for the environment.

The draft Strategy and Action Plan set out how Commonwealth, state and territory governments will work together to support new road transport technologies and roll them out in nationally consistent ways. Australian governments want to be ready for these technologies so that they are deployed in a way that achieves their benefits for everyone.

Your views on the consultation drafts of the Strategy and Action Plan are welcome, and we would appreciate you bringing the consultation to the attention of your friends and others who may have an interest.

Your input will help shape the final Strategy and 2024-27 Action Plan that will be put to Australia’s Infrastructure and Transport Ministers, so that they meet industry and community needs.

The final Strategy and Action Plan (once approved by Infrastructure and Transport Ministers) would replace the National Policy Framework for Land Transport Technology and 2020-2023 National Land Transport Technology Action Plan.

  • The aim is to have the new Strategy and Action Plan in place by mid-2024.

Exams and Travel

Thursday, August 10th, 2023

Start Planning Your Exams and Holidays Early!

Final assessments may feel far away (30 October–17 November for semester two), but we’re sharing the dates with you now in case you’re starting your holiday planning early.

  • If you’re enrolled in an on-campus unit, you need to remain available for on-campus exams for the whole exam period, so make sure you book any travel or other major plans for after 17 November.
  • It’s important because if you have an on-campus final assessment, you must sit it on campus as scheduled, unless you’re experiencing exceptional circumstances.
  • For more information on final assessment dates click here!

Future Leaders Scholarship

Friday, July 28th, 2023

Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship Opportunity for New Postgraduate Students

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: 2024 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Up to 17 scholarships valued to $120,000 each are available for individuals from all backgrounds who are planning to start postgraduate coursework or PhD studies in 2024.

The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships offer a bespoke 9-month leadership program designed to foster leadership potential and offers opportunities to gain global experience, including overseas travel opportunities, and life-long access to the W100 Scholars Network.

  • Applications close 5:00pm AEST 6 September.
  • Find out more here.
  • Please note that the application may take time to put together so if you are interested, please consider starting early. Eligibility requirements apply.

Social Anxiety Program Semester 2

Wednesday, July 26th, 2023

Do You Experience Social Anxiety?

  • Do you experience significant fear or anxiety about social situations?
  • Do you worry about being judged or showing signs of anxiety in social situations?
  • Do you avoid social situations?

If so, you may benefit from participating in our Social Anxiety Group Program.

The program is an exciting opportunity for Monash students to learn ways to address their social anxiety and fully engage in life.

The program involves:

  • Seven 2-hour weekly group sessions at Monash University Health Service, Clayton campus from Wednesday 9 August 2023 at 11am-1pm or 2-4pm, facilitated by a clinical psychologist
  • Written education materials and tasks between group sessions
  • Contact: Dr Sophia Gozzi, Clinical Psychologist, sophia.gozzi@monash.edu

Access Hub Site

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

The New Access Hub Site is Here!

Testing has finished on the Beta version of Access Hub and recently the final website was launched – accesshub.gov.au.

Access Hub provides information about communication options (including the National Relay Service) for people who are d/Deaf, hard of hearing and/or have speech communication difficulty.

On Access Hub you’ll find:

  • information in plain English, Auslan, pictures and videos
  • accessibility features such as high contrast text
  • easy ways to find the information you need
  • They have closed the old Accesshub pages on infrastructure.gov.au, but don’t worry if you’ve saved any of those old pages as favourites – they’ve set up automatic redirects to the same information on accesshub.gov.au.

And if you use the call pages for NRS Chat and NRS Captions – those URLs have stayed the same.

Feedback about Access Hub will always be welcome so the website can be its best. You’ll find the feedback link on the top left-hand side of every Access Hub page.

Vision Australia 2024 Bursary

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

Vision Australia’s 2024 Bursary Applications Now Open

Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies.

Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life.

  • For more information and details on how to apply, please visit: www.visionaustralia.org/bursary
  • Applications close strictly on 30 September 2023.

If you have any queries or would like to speak with the bursary co-ordinator, please feel free to make direct contact:

  • Joy King
  • 03 8378 1220
  • bursary@visionaustralia.org

Digital Accessibility in the Workplace

Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

How to Improve Digital Accessibility at Your Workplace

It’s vital to ensure that your organisation’s digital platforms are accessible to everyone.

This can help people with disability who are your employees, customers and external stakeholders.

NDRC Professional Advisor Rob Crestani shares tips on becoming digitally inclusive and accessible.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to follow:

Do’s:

  • Use alt text for images: Screen readers cannot see images. Alt text descriptions help people use screen readers to understand the image’s content.
  • Use captions, transcripts and audio description for videos: making videos accessible to people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and people who are blind or low vision.
  • Test digital content with assistive technology: This will help you identify any barriers to accessibility and make necessary changes to ensure everyone can access your content.
  • Use simple and clear language: Avoid technical jargon or complex sentence structures that can be difficult for some people to understand.
  • Use responsive design: Ensure digital content is accessible and looks good on all devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t use colour alone to convey information: People with colour vision deficiency may be unable to differentiate between colours, so it’s important to use text or symbols.
  • Don’t use flashing or moving content: This can cause seizures for people with epilepsy or other photosensitive conditions.
  • Don’t use small font sizes: Small font sizes make text difficult to read, especially for people with visual impairments.
  • Don’t use auto-play for videos or audio: This can be disruptive and overwhelming, especially for people with sensory sensitivities.
  • Don’t use inaccessible PDFs: PDFs can be difficult for screen readers to navigate, so it’s essential to provide accessible versions or alternative formats.