Day 2 – Session 8 – Panel: Integrating Mental Health Practices in ELT

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Expert Panel Series – Panel 3: Wellbeing and Mental Health

Panel Theme: CultivatingWellness: Integrating Mental Health Practices in ELT Centers for Educators and Students

The panel will discuss the importance of sustaining the wellbeing and mental health of students and teachers in the ELT sector. Participants can expect a thoughtful exploration of effective strategies to support the wellbeing of educators and learners, providing a platform to share experiences and best practices in maintaining the overall wellbeing of individuals within the ELT sector.

Presenter: Michael Bos

As the foundation director, Michael has overseen the planning, registration, commencement and ongoing operations of the international programmes for both Moreton Bay Boys’ College and Moreton Bay College since 2019.

Michael has worked in the International Education industry for more than 20 years. He has held teaching and leadership roles in Australia and overseas in private ELICOS colleges, TAFE, university and schools. He is a NEAS Master Practitioner and has achieved the Gold Standard NEAS Premium Product Endorsement.

Michael sits on the National ELICOS Accreditation Scheme Advisory Council. He enjoys sharing his passion for and insights into international education and is a regular conference presenter.

Presenter: Jo Kwai

With over 25 years combined experience across the schools, ELICOS, and RTOs, Jo is a very experienced Academic Manager, Teacher trainer, PD Champion and classroom teacher. Jo is a member of the ASQA SLG (Stakeholder Liaison Group) and also on the EA QLD PD committee member. Jo has mentored many new teachers and is also an experienced curriculum writer, submitting new courses for accreditation.

Jo’s passion is everything education, and is very people-focused in all aspects of her job. There are never enough hours in the day and nothing is insurmountable – Jo likes to problem-solve and the ‘can-do’ attitude with like-minded teams shows a lot can be achieved with the right-attitude. Jo is currently the Deputy Director International, Academic Manager, at John Paul International College, Daisy Hill, QLD.

Presenter: Justin Foot

Justin has 25+ years experience in the management of ELICOS and Vocational Institutes and College in Australia and abroad. Justin is currently the Director of Academic and Business Development, Albright Institute, which has 4 Campuses (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide) servicing a diverse range of International students. As a Global Citizen, and someone who has previously lived abroad in both Vietnam and Singapore, Justin understands the challenges of delivering ELICOS courses to international students and the importance of supporting Wellbeing and Health for all students.