If you were curious as to what MPSU did in Semester 2 of 2020, we’ve released Issue #2 of The Prescription, which includes reports from each of our office bearers of a summary of what we achieved this semester! It’s a document which MPSU releases bi-annually, to show what our club has achieved, and also so we can document and remember these achievements for the future.

You can view The Prescription for Semester 2 here!

The Masculinities Project was launched this year by Respectful Communities. It was created to engage men and gender diverse students in gender-based violence (GBV) prevention. The central component of the project was an intensive ‘mobiliser’ program which involved weekly intensive workshops (15 hours total) for a small number of men and gender diverse students. These students engaged in discussions to break down dominant masculine norms and were provided with the knowledge and skills to walk alongside women and the LGBTIQ+ community to promote gender-equitable communities and prevent GBV.

This event is an opportunity for everyone to engage in meaningful discussion about engaging university men in the promotion of gender equitable communities and the prevention of GBV. To facilitate this important discussion, there will be 2 guest speakers presenting who will later be a part of a Q&A panel alongside program participants and facilitators.

Guest Speakers
Dr Shane Tas, the Senior Policy Advisor (Masculinities) at Our Watch. Dr Tas recently published Men in Focus, an evidence review synthesises and analysis of existing research on masculinities and violence against women to develop a deeper understanding of the links between dominant forms and patterns of masculinity and violence against women.
Dr Andrea Waling, an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2020-2023) at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Waling is currently working across a range of research projects involving explorations of men, sexuality, and bodies; young people and sexual literacy, technologies, sex, and sexual intimacy, and LGBTIQ+ health and well-being.

Event details
Date: Thursday 29 October
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Format: Webinar via Zoom [https://monash.zoom.us/j/87166602090?pwd=QlU5QVlkYjJOc1lpMlFPekFJRytEdz09] You can register via the booking system here.

Please join if you are interested in understanding more about how to promote gender equality and build a safe environment for everyone in Monash.

Hi fellow Parkville students, recruitment for MPSU’s volunteering program for 2021 is now open! This volunteering program was established in June this year and has grown to have over 60 active volunteers spread across 10 different programs that are either student-run or in collaboration with MSA.

With the hope of all cohorts returning to campus at the start of next year, we are excited to see the development of volunteering opportunities such as a Swap-Cup initiative, free food events and many more. Being a part of the program, you will have the opportunity to take up leadership positions, meet students across year levels and develop organisational skills.

If you are interested, have a read through the volunteering guide to explore the programs available, join our facebook group and sign up through the google form below!

Volunteering Programs Guide (for more information about the volunteering positions available): https://drive.google.com/file/d/17DHyz5HABkY0-TcWQwWLy6-jOjoOeiUZ/view?usp=sharing

Facebook Group (for updates!): www.facebook.com/groups/MPSUVolunteering/

Application Google Form (to express your interest!): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHlwgwteNbO-mLVn_IYbdNVk–UW_BHlHG06J3QswYqODzRw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Hey everyone! Would you like to join MPSU’s committee for 2021? If you’d like to apply, here are all all the available roles, as well as the key dates for elections as well as the application forms
Hope to see you on committee next year!
Pharmacy Second Year Position
Elections: Friday 16th October at 1:45pm
Pharmacy Third Year Position
Elections: Friday 16th October at 11:45 am
Pharmaceutical Science Second Year Position
Elections: Monday 12th October at 9:45 am
Pharmaceutical Science Third Year Position
Elections: Monday 12th October at 4:45 pm

Hope everyone enjoyed the MPSU Parkville Speed Friending event a few days ago and made a few new friends. We had an amazing turnout all thanks to you guys, so stay tuned for more upcoming events and enjoy the rest of your mid-sem break!!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the R U OK? Day Chill Sesh last Friday!! It was a blast to have so many joining in on the fun and gave everyone an opportunity to check in on themselves and others they might not have talked to otherwise. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did and remember to check up on people every so often- a conversation can change a life! https://www.ruok.org.au/.

R U Okay is TODAY!! The annual mental health awareness day this year happens to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, making it more significant than ever. R U Okay was founded to promote conversations on mental health and to encourage others to speak with their friends and colleagues about their mental health. They believe a simple conversation can change someone’s life and potentially save them. This year, they have a special initiative called “There is more to say ‘R U Okay?’”. It aims to further educate people on the 4 simple steps to initiate the conversation and how to carry on with actions to help.
1. Ask R U OK?
2. Listen
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
“ You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener. ”
Check out the super short video on how to better support the people you care who may be struggling! https://youtu.be/erHLP29tzPE
MPSU also has an FB event running throughout this week called “Kindness Bingo” to help further promote this initiative. The bingo sheet contains little acts of kindness that you can do to promote conversation of love and mental health care in yourself, your family and friends! Remember every small gesture counts and they can change someone’s world more than you can imagine. ❤ You can see here for more info!

https://www.facebook.com/events/615102869180862/

If you were curious as to what MPSU did in Semester 1 of 2020, we’ve released The Prescription (previously called The Generic), a summary with reports of each of our office bearers to give you an idea of what we’ve done which MPSU releases bi-annually.

You can view The Prescription for Semester 1 here!

If you haven’t done your tax returns yet and need some help, MSA/MPSU Tax Help is here for you! Tax Help is a network of ATO-trained and accredited Monash student volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax.

You can book an appointments from now until the 31st of October through the link below, and they will be run on Zoom until further notice. https://msa.monash.edu/services/support-services/tax-help/

The Student Experience Survey (SES) is open and looking for responses! From the 28th of July to the 30th of August, you can share your experience at Monash University – it only takes ten minutes, and puts you in the draw to win $1,000! To complete the survey, visit http://www.ses.edu.au/