From the President
Included in this newsletter and also placed on our website is a statement in relation to issues recently reported in the media - read the statement. We share as leaders of collegiate communities the strain and stress of being subject to such attention, especially when our care and concern is both for the particular wellbeing of individuals as well as of the whole community. We all seek to have residential communities that are free from any form of harm, but we also know the challenges involved and that reporting can be very one-sided and for a time relentless! We are often unable to tell the whole story, but as colleagues we know that every effort is made to confront the things that are bad and bring about appropriate change for good.
National Working Group
We are in the process of setting up a national Working Group to follow-up the 2011-2014 ARC (Linkage) Project Report on the use of alcohol by Australian university students in both residential and non-residential settings:
The Working Group will be convened by Dr Marie Leech, Principal of Sancta Sophia College (University of Sydney), and at this stage will include James Atkinson (Dean, Flinders Living SA), Roxana Paterson (Dean of Students, Grace College UQ), Jamiyl Mosely (Head, Burton & Garran Hall ANU), and Dr Tim Corney (Dean of Student Wellbeing, Queen’s College, Melbourne University). Associate Professor Toni Schofield (Health Sciences, Sydney University), who led the research team, will also be involved. The Group will co-opt and draw upon the expertise of others, as well as collaborate with AACUHO, in seeking to determine best ways of promoting alcohol harm minimisation.