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Ms Meylani Yo
Master of Communication
Meylani Yo – who is a lecturer at the University Atma Jaya in Yogyakarta, Indonesia – is spending 18 months at Deakin as an international student to complete a Master of Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Education.
Born and raised in Nabire in West Papua, Meylani’s career goal is to broaden her knowledge and awareness of health communication.
‘I have been working as a lecturer in Indonesia since 2002, and after I complete my Deakin degree I plan to return to Yogyakarta and continue my research project on women’s health in West Papua,’ she explains.
Meylani chose to study at Deakin because she says it offered her a quality communication studies course with great flexibility.
‘To achieve my specialisation in health communication, I’ve also been able to take some units from the health promotion course in the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences,’ she explains.
Her research topic is health communication interventions for refugees in a multicultural setting, and she is basing her research on a case study of a women’s health organisation in south-east Melbourne.
‘I have been involved as a volunteer in a multicultural women’s health organisation in Dandenong since 2010 … I’ve also volunteered in Deakin’s International Peer Support Program. These experiences are not only intellectually valuable, but they have enhanced my cultural sensitivity and confidence, and have given me greater understanding of the issues for women refugees and international students,’ she explains.
Meylani says she is enjoying her own experience as a student at Deakin.
‘Deakin’s study skills advisers are very helpful with learning assistance, and the teaching staff offer cross-cultural communication … they are also excellent at delivering problem-based learning.’
Importantly, Meylani believes her Deakin studies are enhancing her intercultural communication skills.
‘This includes a greater appreciation of the importance of cross-cultural communication … and this is definitely required for my position as lecturer in Indonesia – especially when I am working with students from culturally diverse backgrounds.’
Find more information at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/areas-of-study/communication-media.php