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Field Trip to Headspace!

A couple of weeks ago Aaron’s Youth Work class visited Headspace in Narre Warren. They spoke with Anne and Mark about their experience working with young people facing mental health issues.


Headspace is an innovative youth mental health service that brings partner organisations together from across communities to work with young people and their families who are experiencing early onset and continuing mental health concerns.

Public Lecture: Evert-Jan Ouweneel

Eastern College Australia was joined by Dutch Philosopher, Evert-Jan Ouweneel for a Public Lecture on 2 May, 2017.

The world is currently hit by a “perfect storm”, causing anxiety especially in the West — As our world is globalising, more and more threats and risks also have a global nature: hackers and terrorists don’t care about borders, nor does climate change, a pandemic or nuclear disaster. All of these issues can only be tackled through international cooperation.

Yet, at the moment, we see quite the opposite, especially in the West: populist nationalism calling for ‘self-protection’, as if the issues are only national a airs. Coming from a time of unprecedented wealth and security, it is painful for many Westerners to accept that 1) we do not politically or economically control the world anymore, and 2) some risks won’t go away. Time for Western societies to invest in resilience and global citizenship.

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Watch the Public Lecture here, or download the video or audio from the lecture: http://bit.ly/2qluIZc

About Evert-jan Ouweneel:
Since 2009 he has served as Senior Advisor Public Engagement on Faith & Development within the fundraising offices of World Vision. His current role is to inform people in secular societies about the need for “faith literacy” (understanding people of other faiths) and the importance of collaborating with religious leaders when building towards a more peaceful and prosperous world. Evert studied Sociology, Psychology and graduated in Philosophy at the Free University in Amsterdam. He has written over 50 articles in Dutch and some English articles on a variety of Christian and secular topics. He is an appreciated speaker in the Netherlands, known for his seminars on major issues like world history, world religions and world trends. He also speaks regularly in churches and Christian organisations and at Christian events.

Eastern Class of 2016

On the 17 March 2017, we celebrated the Eastern College Australia Class of 2016 Graduation Day!

89 graduates (73 Higher Education, 16 VET) were honoured.

It was a great afternoon and evening reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. The ceremony was enjoyed by family and friends with talks from Principal Cheryl McCallum, alumni Dr Kirk Franklin and graduating student Chris MacCleod.

Dr. Kirk Franklin, Executive Director of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, and a graduate of the college, was the guest speaker and spoke on Creating Third Spaces in a Post-Truth World.

Four Master of Transformational Development graduates were recognized at celebration held in Kuala Lumpur two weeks after the Ceremony.

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Wongathu CAPS

Last month Michelle Sanders, lecturer in Creative Arts and Community Development, took the team from Wongathu CAPS on a street art tour.
They came back to the College and created artwork that answered the question:

If you could say anything to the people of Australia, what would you say?

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