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JCU Dental School and the Cairns campus

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One of the worlds leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australias James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. JCUs unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.


If you’re hoping to study dentistry at James Cook University, then you’ll be studying at the Cairns campus.

More than 4,000 students study at JCU Cairns, including about 380 international students. The campus location is spectacular and is surrounded on three sides by rainforest-covered mountains. Located near the northern beaches in the suburb of Smithfield, the campus is 15 kilometres north of the city centre.

JCU Cairns houses state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in an attractive setting. To meet the increasing need for dentists, JCU has invested significantly in a new dental …

University of Sydney Medical School interviews

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From July 29 to Aug. 6, Sydney Medical School applicants will be undertaking interviews for admission into the MBBS program for the 2014 intake.

As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students. Like a job interview, it is best to exhibit a professional, competent, and likable personality. OzTREKK has compiled some handy-dandy tips and “heads up” info to help those about to be interviewed, and those who will be participating in them in the future.

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time.  Your interview will last 45 minutes; however, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter. Internet and computer glitches often come at the most inopportune time!

You should use the most reliable method of connection available for your interview (e.g., a wire…

Melbourne Law academic named Scholar of the Year

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Dr Mark McMillan, a senior lecturer in Melbourne Law School, has been named Scholar of the Year at this year’s National National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) awards, held in Perth.

The annual National NAIDOC awards recognize the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people or to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community.


In accepting the award, Dr McMillan paid tribute to his grandmother as one of his key inspirations.  “She was very clear that education was the key to opportunity and the key to being a responsible adult.  She wanted—she demanded—that education be taken seriously,” he said.

A Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW, Dr McMillan joined the Law School of the University of Melbourne in 2011 as a specialist on Indigenous law, property law and public law. He is a board member of the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council and a Trustee of the Roberta Sykes Education Foundation.

Dr M…

Monash chemical engineer helps effectiveness of asthma inhalers

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Do you suffer from asthma?

Asthma inhalers could soon become more effective thanks to a clever new way of manufacturing the particles they deliver, developed by a Monash chemical engineer.

Current puffer designs and typical size range of particles mean a large portion of the medication propelled into a patient’s throat remains there. Only a fraction reaches the lungs.

But Monash University lecturer Dr Meng Wai Woo, Department of Chemical Engineering, and his team have now developed a method of producing ultra-fine particles, which will make drug delivery more consistent and efficient.

The new method, known as anti-solvent vapour precipitation, uses ethanol to dehydrate droplets, and results in super-small particles of uniform size.

“Ultra-fine uniform particles will ensure that fewer drug particles get stuck in the throat while more can reach the lower regions of the lungs,” Dr Woo said. “Because we can now make the small particles more uniform, it means the inhalers will work b…

Monash Law School trio appointed to Federal Court

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Three Monash Law School alumni have received the honour of being appointed to the Federal Court of Australia.

Bachelor of Laws graduates The Honourable Justice Tony Pagone, The Honourable Justice Jennifer Davies and Ms Debbie Mortimer SC were recommended to the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC, as suitable for appointment to the Federal Court on June 13, 2013.


Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Laws 1976, 1977 and 1979 respectively, Justice Pagone went on to become a member of staff at Monash University holding various teaching positions, including senior lecturer in law from 1980 to 1992. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1980, practicing as a judge in 2007. His specialties include tax, commercial law, administrative law and civil rights, and he has also published several books and articles including Tax Avoidance in Australia.

Justice Davies graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws in 1978. She…

University of Sydney Pharmacy academic receives international award

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The University of Sydney Pharmacy School's Associate Professor Parisa Aslani will head to the United Kingdom in September to accept the 2013 Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmacy Research UK Award and present a lecture on her work.


The prestigious honour awards individuals who demonstrate leadership and make a significant contribution to the field of pharmacy practice research.

The award is recognition of Associate Professor Aslani’s international reputation as an expert in her fields of research—consumer medicine information (CMI), and adherence to therapy.

A current holder of the prestigious University of Sydney Thompson Fellowship, Associate Professor Aslani is conducting research to develop and evaluate useable patient medicine information documents to meet consumer needs, and ensure optimal delivery by healthcare professionals.

Her research in CMI has in recent years attracted several significant grants and fostered a number of collaborations with researchers from the…

JCU Dental School applications close in one month

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Are you passionate about dentistry, but want a more diverse curriculum? JCU Dental School offers a 5-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), a broad-based program that includes all aspects of dental practice and focuses on issues of concern to northern Australia, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice. The curriculum integrates the basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventive oral health strategies.


To meet the increasing need for dentists, JCU has invested significantly in a new dental teaching complex with state-of-the-art dental treatment centre, and a world-class clinical simulation facility.

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery ProgramProgram: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2013


Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS):1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying …

University of Sydney engineering researchers convert brain waves to sound for those with epilepsy

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A simple method of converting the brain wave signals of people living with epilepsy into sound has been developed by a team of researchers at the University of Sydney.


The method, known as sonification, is an auditory display technique for representing a sequence of data values as sound, says Dr Alistair McEwan, who coordinated the team’s work.

“An electroencephalogram (EEG) records and measures the electrical activity of the brain. The key brain wave signals associated with epilepsy repeat about five times per second. But this frequency is too low for the human ear to hear, so using sonification we speed up the signal by 60 times.

“At that speed, normal brain activity becomes audible and sounds like normal background noise, for example, a murmur of voices and a squeaky computer or air conditioning fan.

The University of Sydney Senior Lecturer added that seizures are easily identified as they are associated with a rapid increase in pitch, and sound similar to a whoopee cushio…

JCU Medical School applications close in one month

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Sometimes, medical school can be pretty standard: get a bachelor degree, go to medical school, get a residency, practice medicine in a clinic or hospital setting. But what if you’re interested in a different sort of medical career?


James Cook University’s medical school specializes in rural and remote medicine.  The JCU medical program has a unique place among Australian medical schools. The course is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The JCU medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.

Medical students at JCU gain early experience in the tropical health care context and benefit from extensive clinical experience and a full course of medical education and training. The program attracts students, staff and clinicians with an ambition to make a diffe…

OzTREKK Funny Friday

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Student writes home from his Australian universityDear Dad,
$chool in Australia i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can’t think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.
Love, your $on.

His father’s replyDear Son,
I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOurs student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.
Love, Dad

About OzTREKKOzTREKK offers students in Canada guidance and information about their undergraduate, postgraduate and professional degree options in Australia.

Contact OzTREKK for Australian university info and application forms for the program of your choice. We will send you an information package about your preferred program area. You can also get one-on-one guidance from OzTREKK staff to help you decide which university and program best suit your ne…

Australian Medical School licensing online seminars

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Did you know that all of OzTREKK’s hopeful medical students are privy to our medical licensing seminars? If you missed the in-person seminars in June, take heart: OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will be hosting three online medical licensing webinars. Even if you participated in the in-person event but feel you need some more info or a refresher, please feel free to register for the webinars!


Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars Tuesday, August 13, 6 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10, 6 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15, 6 – 9 p.m.Important topics covered during the webinars:The Australian Medical School systems and structureAustralian Medical School rankingsMedical degree titles such as MD and MBBSMedical school rotations in CanadaComing back to Canada to practice medicineMedical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and ratesProvincially specific programs available to international medical graduatesT…

University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School applications are closing in one week

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Have you applied to the University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is next week! OzTREKK is encouraging all applicants to have their application documents arrive at the OzTREKK office by Thursday, August 1 in order for us to submit your complete application to the University of Melbourne on time.


Melbourne DPT Second Round Application Timeline for the 2014 IntakeDeadline for second-round applicants: August 2 (application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Aug. 1)
Offers for second round Skype MMI Interviews released: August 16
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: August 22
Second round Skype MMI interviews conducted: August 26 – 30
Offers for second round released: October 14 – 18

UQ Medical School admissions consultations

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Are you ready to study at the UQ Medical School?This August 2013, UQ Medical School representative Dr. Jennifer Schafer will be in Canada to host the admissions consultations for entry into the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program.


UQ MBBS program Director Dr. Jennifer Schafer is a graduate of the UQ Medical School. She is a general practitioner with more than 25 years of clinical experience, 15 years working with the media, and a career including medical teaching for patients, lay public, medical students, GP registrars, doctors and other health professionals, including eLearning. Her role with the University of Queensland includes leadership in the development and delivery of the MBBS program, particularly the Clinical Skills Program.

As the director for the UQ Medical School medical program, Dr. Schafer will be hosting the University of Queensland consultations in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto as part of the UQ Medical School Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surge…

University of Queensland’s Great Court Race

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The Great Court Race is one of the University of Queensland’s proudest traditions. The 636-metre lap of the Great Court was first run in 1985 to celebrate the University of Queensland‘s 75th anniversary, and is based on the historic Cambridge University Race, as depicted in the film, Chariots of Fire.

The relays cover the same 636-metre lap of the UQ Great Court of the main race, but feature four runners covering irregular legs of 145m, 156, 155m and 180m respectively.
This year the event program also included a 70-metre sprint race and an inter-college relay, with Duchesne College and Kings College the reigning champions respectively (2012).

The main race is open to all UQ undergraduate students, while all UQ staff and students (including postrgraduate students) are welcome to enter the sprint event, with prizes for the winners.

2013 Winners

Women’s Sprint Final: Caitlin Feeney
Open Women’s Final: Caitlin Sargent
Women’s College Relay Final: Women’s College
Men’s Sprint Final: Luke Evans

Bond University Health Sciences research may lead to improved global anti-doping program

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A Bond University Health Sciences scientist has presented to a major international symposium research findings with the potential to significantly improve sports anti-doping test programs.


Associate Professor Dr Bon Gray of the Department of Exercise and Sport science in Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, has led research into changes in white blood cells to detect the use of human growth hormone.

The results show changes in gene expression that persist for at least 21 days after finishing a seven-day course of growth hormone which is a vast improvement on the current test that has a window of detection of only 36 hours.

Dr Gray has presented the findings to World Anti-Doping Agency’s Gene and Cell Doping Symposium in Beijing. This stemmed from a one-year pilot project funded by the Australian government’s Anti Doping Research Program to develop a new blood test for the detection of the use of human growth hormone.

“The idea centres on measurement of ch…

What is the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association?

If you are interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy, and would like to study at an Australian Pharmacy School, then you may be interested in learning about the National Association of Pharmaceutical Students of Australia (NAPSA).

NAPSA was formed in 1948 as the National Association of Pharmaceutical Students of Australia, and originally consisted of six Australian university pharmacy associations, and was the largest representative body of pharmacy students in the world during that time. It served to represent the interests of pharmacy students on a national scale, via their individual state associations. NAPSA was dissolved in the late 1980s, but was reformed in 2001 by delegates from eight of the nine pharmacy schools in Australia.

The National Association of Pharmaceutical Students of Australia aims to establish a permanent form of contact between constituent organizations and to establish contact with the National Associations of the Pharmaceutical Students affiliated with the…

Melbourne Dental School application timeline update

Great news if you’ve applied to Melbourne Dental School: OzTREKK has an updated application timeline. Please note all dates are subject to change.

Offers of admission begin to be issued: Oct. 16 – 17, 2013
Deadline for all applicants to accept an offer of admission and pay a deposit: Nov. 15, 2013 NOTE: DDS applicants who receive a conditional offer of admission must show completion of an outstanding prerequisite subject by this date.
Mandatory orientation: Jan. 24 – 25, 2014
Enrollment deadline: Jan. 25, 2014
First day of class: Jan. 28, 2014


Melbourne Medical School application timeline

Have you applied to ? Curious about when you’ll hear about the results of your application? OzTREKK has an update regarding your medical school application timeline! Please note that all dates are subject to change.

Interview offers released: August 1 – 2, 2013
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: August 5 – 6, 2013
Deadline to accept interview: August 8, 2013
Interviews (via Skype): August 19 – 23, 2013
Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 16 – 17, 2013
Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: October 31, 2013
Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 8, 2013
Enrollment deadline: January 24, 2014
First day of class: February 3, 2014



Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne Teachers College

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The Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne Teachers College is for graduates from any discipline who are interested in becoming teachers.


Melbournes innovative curriculum brings together theory and practice in a way that gives students powerful insights into children and young people, and how they learn.

The Melbourne Master of Teaching is the only teaching degree in Australia to use a genuine clinical framework:
Students spend two days per week in a school or early childhood centre from early in their studies, and are closely supported throughout their school experience. This means students can connect what they learn at university with what they learn in school (in a similar way to trainee doctors or nurses in a training hospital).Master of Teaching students will develop the professional skills to assess and diagnose students’ individual learning needs, and to work with learners of all abilities.
As a result, University of Melbourne Teachers College graduates feel v…

Want to study in Australia? See OzTREKK’s new extranet site!

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Want to study in Australia?

If you’ve already applied to an Australian university through OzTREKK, then you are aware of our extranet site, the Oz Boarding Pass Student Info Centre. When you apply through OzTREKK, you are given a user name and password to access this handy site.


OzTREKK created the Oz Boarding Passsite to give you the inside scoop on becoming an international student in Australia, with everything from pre-departure preparations, to student visas, to accommodation, to arrival in Oz… we want to help you get yourself organized, save time and money, and get to Oz with a smile on your face and a “no worries, mate” attitude!

We wanted this site to be real, with the aim of making sure OzTREKK students are fully prepared. Of course, to keep the site fully updated all the time takes a lot of work, but rest assured that we review the information regularly.

In fact, in order to better serve our OzTREKK students, we decided to give the extranet site an update! We’ve made t…

Visiting health sciences researcher at JCU studies what gets the heart going

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How a single bout of exercise affects cardiovascular function is being examined by a visiting researcher at James Cook University in Townsville.

Hayleigh Raiff, a student from the University of Dayton in Ohio in the United States, is researching the acute effects of exercise on cardiovascular function.


Ms Raiff is working with staff from JCU’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science (ISES) and Vascular Biology Unit, and members of the National Health and Medical Research Council-funded National Centre for Research Excellence to improve the management of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

The study, The acute effects of aerobic and resistance exercise on cardiovascular function and arterial stiffness, is a pilot study that aims to guide future research into improving the exercise prescription of patients with a type of PAD – abdominal aortic aneurysm.

“The goal of the research is to study the effect of a single exercise bout on vascular function,” Ms Raiff said.

“While the cumulative…

Australian speech pathology graduate discusses working in Australia

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OzTREKK student Lisa Matys studied speech pathology at the University of Queensland. More than a year after completing her studies, Lisa is still in Australia and works as a speech pathologist on the east coast of Queensland, in Hervey Bay. We chatted with Lisa recently to find out if the Master of Speech Pathology Studies program prepared her for work, and how she obtained her position as a speech pathologist after graduation.


What made you decide to study speech pathology in Australia and at UQ?
I had completed an undergraduate degree in bio-pharmaceutical sciences, and during my last year, decided I didn’t want to continue in the science field. My mom suggested I look at speech pathology as a career option. In order to become a speech pathologist in Canada, I would have had to complete another undergrad degree before even being able to apply. I had always considered going to teachers college in Australia and when I was Googling I found OzTREKK and just decided to apply to speech …

Tour the University of Sydney’s Dentistry library

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The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney is Australia’s first, and has been involved in the training of dental practitioners for 100 years.


The faculty is one of the largest of the five dental schools in Australia and is housed within the Sydney Dental Hospital (SDH), Surry Hills and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (WCOH), Westmead Hospital.

The Sydney Dental School offers a suite of postgraduate programs designed to produce specialist practitioners across a wide range of disciplines, and also offers a rigorous research training program to produce research scholars of international standing. Specialist postgraduate training is available in the disciplines of community oral health and epidemiology, conscious sedation and pain control, oral medicine and oral pathology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral implants.

If you’ve applied to the Sydney Dental School and are curious about where you’ll be studying and gathering informati…

University of Melbourne physiotherapy applications are closing in two weeks

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Just a reminder to all University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School applicants: the second-round deadline for the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy program is Friday, August 2; however, in order for OzTREKK to submit your complete application to the University of Melbourne on time, you are encouraged to have all application documents at the OzTREKK office by Thursday, August 1.


Melbourne DPT Second Round Application Timeline for the 2014 IntakeDeadline for second round applicants: August 2(application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Aug. 1)
Offers for second round Skype MMI Interviews released: August 16
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: August 22
Second round Skype MMI interviews conducted: August 26 – 30
Offers for second round released: October 14 – 18 

Entry requirements

The Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the last 10 years or are…

OzTREKK Funny Friday

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A man rushes his limp dog to the veterinarian. The doctor pronounces the dog dead. The agitated man demands a second opinion.


The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat. The cat sniffs the body and meows. The vet says, “I’m sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead, too.”

The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead.

The vet brings in a black Labrador. The lab sniffs the body and barks. The vet says, “I’m sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead, too.”

The man finally resigns to the diagnosis and asks how much he owes. The veterinarian answers, “Six hundred and fifty dollars.”

Six hundred and fifty dollars to tell me my dog is dead?” exclaims the man.

“Well,” the vet replies, “I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional six hundred is for the cat scan and lab tests.”

Postgraduate Australian Veterinary ProgramDuration: 4 years
Number of international places: approximately 50
Program commences: March intake each year
Offered…

Hey, Bondies! Your pre-departure webinar is coming up next week!

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So, you’re starting at Bond University Law School in September. You’ve got lots to do before you book your flight to the Gold Coast. This is where OzTREKK comes in.


OzTREKK is proud to support our students from start to finish. That means we help you with your application, your offer, your acceptance, your pre-departure preparations—and your arrival!

Since our Bondies are scattered across Canada, we’ve decided to hold a pre-departure webinar on Tuesday, July 23 from 6 – 9 p.m. to connect everyone together. Just like the in-person, pre-dep seminars, the webinar is a great opportunity to get prepared for this exciting, new step in your life!

The webinars provide an excellent avenue to learn more about the Australian student visa process, your accommodation options, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel arrangements, banking and finances, and general info about the Australian lifestyle and culture. Essentially, the session breaks down what to do prior to leaving Canada an…

Construction begins for University of Sydney Business School

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Ground was officially broken on the Abercrombie Precinct Project on July 1, 2013, marking the official start of the construction phase of a $180-million, state-of-the-art facility for the University of Sydney Business School.

The Hon. Barry O’Farrell, Premier of New South Wales, performed the ceremonial ground-breaking, in the presence of the Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Belinda Hutchinson AM, University of Sydney Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, and Professor Tyrone Carlin and Professor David Grant, Co-Deans of the University of Sydney Business School.

“This event is a significant milestone for the University of Sydney,” said the university’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence. “The construction of this site will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for the next generation of business leaders. The world-class facilities will benefit the entire university community, and support the university’s objective of providing a business school placed…