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Macquarie Audiology expert calls attention to noise in the workplace

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During Hearing Awareness Week (August 20 – 26, 2017), researcher Associate Professor Catherine McMahon, Head of Audiology at Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub, wants companies and employers to be aware that even a moderately noisy working environment, such as an office, could be impacting their employees’ well-being.

“While excessive noise can cause hearing loss, moderate levels which may not be damaging to hearing can increase stress, decrease motivation and therefore reduce workplace productivity,” explains Associate Professor McMahon.

While excessive noise is a leading cause behind hearing loss, with a 2010 Access Economics Report attributing noise as the reason behind 37 per cent of hearing loss cases in Australia, the impact of moderate noise levels on well-being and physical health can also be quite severe.

“Stress increases cortisol levels which can affect our weight, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression and lead to lower life expectancy. Noise ca…

A Canadian coffee lover's experience in Australia

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“Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.” ~ Gertrude Stein

OzTREKK Director Chris Nolan loves coffee. In fact, every time he visits "headquarters" here in Perth, he juggles multiple cups throughout the day with grin in place, eyes crinkled, and music wafting from whichever area he's "working" in. We'll use the term working loosely here. Mostly he's chatting with all of us and encouraging us to stop what we're doing to enjoy a moment of hilarity. Always a bonus, working at OzTREKK.

So, as our coffee connoisseur, Chris has noted there are some not-so-subtle differences between Canuck coffee and Aussie coffee, and for everyone heading to Oz, you'll need to be up on your coffee vocab. We'll let Chris…

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

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Fifth-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery international student, Ryan Yue-Hin See (also a former OzTREKK student!), moved from his hometown of Toronto, Canada to come to Australia to study in the tropics with James Cook University in Cairns. See said James Cook University’s unique rural and remote placement program was an unmissable Australian opportunity.


“I had a couple of offers available and JCU just seemed much more appealing than the other offers. I just wanted to study in the tropics. The facilities were brand new facilities and there was a big focus on rural and remote and under-serviced populations. That really appealed to me and the kind of things that I am interested in. I knew there was a lot of work available, so I thought it would be a good experience,” he said.

He said the rural and remote placements that JCU Dentistry provide help to transition students into real-world practice and give them a chance to apply learned skills on real-life patients.

“A lot of personal develo…

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University of Western Australia moves up in world rankings

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The University of Western Australia has climbed five places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities to be placed 91st in the world. The result, announced this week by the independent ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, confirms UWA’s reputation as one of Australia’s—and the world’s—top tertiary education institutions.


UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said UWA’s rise from 96th to 91st was a great achievement.

“This is an incredible achievement for a university, which is relatively young by world standards and which was founded thanks to the determination and generosity of the people of Western Australia. UWA has grown and continues to be ranked as one of the world’s best universities,” Professor Freshwater said.

“These results demonstrate that we are an internationally reputed research-intensive university, which is delivering world-class outcomes not only for our students, but also for our broad range of stakeholders.

“This scale up the ranking aligns with our active stra…

Introducing the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine!

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Macquarie University has just announced the launch of its four-year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine program, the Macquarie MD, with the first cohort of students expected in 2018.


“Building on the success and great reputation of our hospital and clinics we felt the time was right to introduce a graduate medical program at Macquarie, the natural next step in our long-held commitment in advancing health. Alongside our Doctors In Training Program, this will enhance Macquarie’s suite of signature education and training programs in Australia’s only university-led academic health sciences centre. This is an important milestone for our long-held commitment to the advancement of healthcare, health education and research,” said Professor S Bruce Dowton, Vice-Chancellor Macquarie University.

The Macquarie MD aims to provide students with a high-quality and innovative learning experience. With a small annual intake of 60 (40 domestic and 20 international), students will have access to impressiv…

Griffith University to offer health sciences degrees in Brisbane in 2018

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Growing demand for allied health services has translated to growing opportunities for students seeking healthcare careers outside the traditional medicine and dentistry degrees. The sector is surging, with an ageing population and onset of chronic disease driving patient volumes, and a focus on prevention and new technologies improving outcomes.


Griffith University has responded by bringing three of its most-respected allied health programs—physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology—to Brisbane for the first time.

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski, Griffith’s School of Allied Health Services Head, says the new degrees are great news for Brisbane students.

“Griffith has offered these programs on the Gold Coast for many years—we’re certainly not new to the game. From 2018 Brisbane students will benefit directly from our faculty’s experience and industry connectivity,” says Andrea.

Just as allied health professionals collaborate to deliver care, Griffith allied health scienc…