Yamam, originally from Saudi Arabia, moved to Melbourne with her daughters after studying and working in New South Wales for a few years.
RMIT University, Melbourne
“I left my job, my friends and community in New South Wales to for this PhD. I felt privileged and delighted to gain entry to this program at RMIT because it is well-known for taking good care of international students. I personally have seen my friends enjoy being a part of RMIT.
“When I was working in the community service field in New South Wales, I noticed there was lack of awareness around mental health and wellbeing. So now I am researching in the field of social work, examining the literacy around health and wellbeing, and mental health, specifically targeting the Middle Eastern Arab population living in Australia.
“I also work as a sessional bilingual mental health educator, running educational sessions and courses to the community and health workers in Arabic and English. My dream is to lead national campaigns around this area as well. I will continue studying for this purpose. My experience at RMIT has made me want to do so much more!
“RMIT has been great – the study facilities offered to Higher Degree by Research candidates are excellent, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies provides a supportive environment, and the team of researchers is unique. There are countless free workshops and training offered to students beside the daily interactions with other researchers. RMIT has an understanding of each individual’s needs, whether he or she needs study support, counselling or advice from health and wellbeing officers.”