ACEN QLD Chapter Event – Student global mobility and overseas Work-integrated Learning placements

20 April 2023

2:00pm - 3:00pm


20 April 2023


2:00pm - 3:00pm




Student global mobility and overseas Work-integrated Learning placements

The re-opening of overseas travel options has seen a re-emergence of students travelling overseas and wanting to incorporate Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and placements. Global Mobility for students is not all smooth sailing in the post-COVID-19 world.

A panel of Work Integrated Learning academics and Study Abroad teams from Torrens University will share lessons learned from their New Colombo Plan (NCP) grants to deliver a recent offshore program, where students embarked on a 2-week tour visiting a variety of Nepalese health organisations and facilities as part of their core study unit.

Mr Liam Cosgrave, Director New Columbo Plan Secretariate, from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will be presenting. He will outline the 2024 reforms to the New Columbo Plan, and answer any questions as we explore some of the challenges faced by Global Mobility teams in assisting students to travel overseas.

Facilitated through the five ACEN Chapters, Chapter Events are specifically for chapter members with online chapter events open nationally to all members.


Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Dominika Ohana

Senior Lecturer and Industry Stream Lead, Torrens University

Dominika Ohana is a Senior Lecturer and Industry Stream Lead at Torrens University, where she teaches and coordinates industry-based subjects. Dominika was part of the Social Enterprise Hub working group at Torrens, where she worked directly with students and social enterprises on provision of meaningful internship and teaching programs. Prior to joining academia, Dominika held multiple senior leadership positions across Australia and Europe. Her current interests and research are focused around employability, skills development of students and skilled migrants as well as graduate attributes.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Anne Digby

Senior Learning Facilitator - Health Sciences, Torrens University

Anne Digby is a Senior Learning Facilitator with Torrens University in Health Sciences, with a background as a naturopath and midwife. In 2012, she founded a social organization in Nepal focusing on empowering women and girls and the organization was funded by creating bespoke tours of the healthcare sector in Nepal.  In July 2020, New Colombo Plan grants were achieved to conduct a similar study tour for Torrens students as part of a core study unit.  Along with Program Director Ashley Hillsley an innovative program was created and 26 students embarked on a 2-week tour of Nepal visiting a variety of health organisations and facilities.  Additional funding has been secured and a further 20 students will experience the transformative journey in January 2024.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Ashley Hillsley

Program Director - Health Sciences, Torrens University

Ashley Hillsley is the Program Director for Health Sciences with Torrens University with extensive experience in Academic Leadership and a background as a Medical Scientist and Naturopath. Ashley believes in the transformative power of education and is passionate about creating exceptional learning experiences for students. Ashley leads a department of 50+ diverse and exceptional academics teaching into a range of shared/common subjects at Torrens with a strong theme of interprofessional, interdisciplinary and immersive real world learning connecting the curriculum. He has also held a diverse set of roles in academia including Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Program Manager, Transition Manager, Associate Dean and Program Director.