National Welfare Officer
Hello! My name is Adriana Malavisi, I’m your 2019 National Welfare Officer.
I’m currently a student at the University of Sydney, currently studying for a Bachelor of Science and majoring in Anatomy and Neuroscience.
What is the Welfare Department?
The Welfare department is one of the key departments within the NUS, advocating for students rights and welfare on a national level. We’re responsible for ensuring Australian university students have a national voice in regards to their health, wellbeing and the costs associated with taking on higher education.The NUS Welfare department has often campaigned on issues like penalty rates, centrelink, work exploitation, mental health services, and many others. Recent campaigns include Your Rights at Work, Uni, and Home, and the Raise the Rate campaign. These campaigns brought focus to issues and hardships that many students and young people face across the country.
Campaigns in 2018
In 2019, the NUS Welfare Department wants to continue advocating for issues that are important to all students. With a Federal Election in the coming months, 2019 will be a key year for students around the country. We want to use this a chance to bring key student issues, such as accessible and affordable housing and student poverty, into the forefronts of a national discussion. We want to make sure that students are engaged in the election and talking about the issues that matter to them.
After the election, we want to take a look at the standard of services provided at universities, particularly mental health services. Many universities across the country provide mental health services to their students. These services, however, are often underfunded, understaffed and under-resourced. Often having long wait times and limited sessions, or just working off a referral system. We want to run an audit of mental health services provided by universities around the country. The audit will include things such as the type of service provided, caps on sessions, average wait time, quality of service, and will stretch from things such as counselling services to the special considerations and arrangements policies. Working with the relevant organisations, I would like to investigate creating an official recommended standard of services to be provided by these universities.