The University of Newcastle, Australia

A message from the VC

Friday, 24 March 2017

Many of you will have seen media reports regarding the search by the NSW Police Force for a missing young man following an incident near Nobbys Beach on Sunday night. It is with great sadness that I advise the young man concerned is a UON student, Mohsin Khalid Awan, and that, tragically, this search has now confirmed Mohsin has died.

Losing a member of our UON community in such tragic circumstances is very difficult, and I appreciate that this news will be distressing.

For our students, free confidential counselling is available through all of our campuses through Counselling (4921 5801). The Chaplaincy Service also offers faith-based assistance including representation from the Newcastle Muslim Association. I encourage you to offer these services to students if they need support.

For staff, the University offers free confidential counselling sessions through the Employee Assistance Program. Further information is available on the University’s website. You may also wish to approach external providers such as your doctor, or Lifeline on 131114.

Our thoughts are with Mohsin’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

Caroline McMillen
Vice-Chancellor and President

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