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Sydney Health Sciences mentors honoured

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Student mentors from the Faculty of Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney were celebrated for their efforts mentoring first-year students at the “Inspired by Alumni” event recently.

The mentors, who are part of the student-led Belong@FHS program, were presented with certificates thanking them for their work in helping first-year students in their transition to university. Nine Faculty alumni also took part in a panel discussion whereby current students could ask questions and hear how each forged their career path after graduation.

The consensus among those students that attended was hugely positive with comments stressing the value of the evening, with students commenting that the alumni were inspiring and gave them a taste of the wide range of things they can do after they graduate.I feel like I really have made the right choice picking this degree and am feeling highly motivated to achieve.”

Organized with the help of Belong@FHS, the event was an opportunity…

Criminology degrees at Australian universities

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Do you stay up late to watch Criminal Minds and CSI? Did you know that OzTREKK represents Australian universities that offer Master of Criminology degrees and other degrees that study crime and criminal justice?

University of Melbourne -  Master of CriminologyThe 1.5/2-year Master of Criminology program is a cutting-edge criminology program that critically engages with crime, criminal law and criminal justice in local and global contexts. From international crimes, like terrorism and genocide, to local issues, such as indigenous justice and injustice, the program exposes students to the latest theoretical and practical advances in these fields.

Semester intakes: March or July
Application deadline: Generally October 31 for Semester 1 start date (March)
Admission requirements – Variable




University of Sydney - Master of CriminologyThe Sydney Institute of Criminology is a research centre based in the Sydney Law School specializing in criminology, criminal justice and criminal law.

The Mast…

UQ Medical School students may now apply for their student visas!

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It’s getting closer! In just a few short weeks, University of Queensland Medical School students will be heading to Australia to begin the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program at either Ipswich or Herston for the 2014 intake!


This past Saturday, September 28, 2013 marked the day you may apply for your Australian student visa online.

Please keep an eye out for Broghan’s emails for more information and detailed, step-by-step info regarding booking flights, accommodation, travel checklist, OzTREKK Welcome Lunch, OzTREKK Orientations, OzTREKK Shuttle, and UQMS support program.

Check out the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for more information about accepting your offer, money matters, health requirements/medical examinations for student visas, and so much more! If you’ve forgotten your name and password, please contact Broghan Dean at broghan@oztrekk.com; she will be happy to send it to you!



OzTREKK Funny Friday

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A police officer was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix. The doctors operated and advised him that all was well; however, the officer kept feeling something pulling at the hairs on his chest.

Worried that it might be a second surgery the doctors hadn’t told him about, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown down far enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable.

Taped firmly across his hairy chest were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn’t come off easily.

Written in large black letters was the sentence—

“Get well quick. With love, from the nurse you gave a ticket to last week.”

About Australian Nursing SchoolsCanadian and Australian nursing programs at the university level are similar. To become a registered nurse, you need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or, alternatively, you can undertake a general undergraduate degree and then progress into a two-year, graduate-entry master’s degree.

The graduate-entry…

OzTREKK & Australian Universities’ Get-together in Toronto

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Calling all OzTREKK Aussie uni graduates! OzTREKK is pleased to announce that we will be hosting another OzTREKK and Australian Universities’ Get-together in Toronto this October. If you are interested in studying in Australia and have always wondered what it would be like, you are encouraged and welcome to attend. Join a community that has a passion about studying in Australia!


Speak with university staff and Canadian graduates who completed their studies from
Bond  UniversityJames Cook UniversityMacquarie UniversityMonash UniversityUniversity of MelbourneUniversity of NewcastleUniversity of QueenslandUniversity of Sydney
This social event is a happy gathering of Australian university representatives, graduates, and prospective students come together to discuss Australian universities and their programs, and Aussie adventures!

Event DetailsEvent: OzTREKK & Australian Universities’ Get-together in Toronto
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 6  – 9 p.m.
Venue: Marriott Eaton Centre, …

UQ Medical School student offers tips for Canadians

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If you’re considering applying to medical school, then you already know that this is one of the biggest and most important decisions you will ever have to make.

If you’re considering Australian medical schools, then you already think outside the box—heck, you think outside the continent! And it’s people like you who blaze their own trail. Have a dream? You go after it! Don’t stop until you’ve achieved everything you believed yourself capable of doing.


OzTREKK serves students like you, and we develop a close relationship with our OzTREKK students before they’ve applied, after they’ve arrived in Australia, and even after they’ve finished their studies. Australian medical school applicants have a long, winding, but adventurous road ahead of them. What better way to help our new Australian medical school applicants than by speaking with former OzTREKK students who are in the thick of it? We feel it’s important to keep in touch with our students even after they’ve begun their studies…

Monash University Pharmacy School students receive industry recognition

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Two talented Monash University Pharmacy School students have won prestigious awards by showcasing their practical skills at the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation conference in the Netherlands.

Students Elizabeth Louise Telford and Lee Ross competed with others from around the world this month, and their practical skills shone winning three awards between them.

The talented pair won the top awards in the Patient Counselling Event, which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of pharmacy counselling skills.

Having completed a degree at Monash University last year, Lee is currently undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship) while interning at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Ross won the Clinical Skills Event Advanced Individual Competition award where contestants must identify and resolve any drug-related problems or answer seven clinical knowledge testing questions within seven minutes.



“I was pretty pleased and su…

University of Melbourne health sciences researchers discover crucial pathway to fight gut infection

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An international team of researchers, led by the University of Melbourne, have found a crucial pathway for defending the human gut against infection.

The researchers found virulent E.coli bacteria blocked a pathway that would normally protect the gut from infection. These infections are particularly serious in young children and can result in diarrhea and other complications such as kidney damage.

The role of this pathway in fighting gut infection was previously unknown but defects in it are associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

The research, published recently in Nature, provides much-needed insight into how the gut fights infection.

Lead author Professor Elizabeth Hartland from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology said the research improved their understanding of what happens when this pathway doesn’t work as well as it should.

“This research provides a model where we can look at how these bacteria switch off a critical pathway in our bod…

UQ Business School MBA ranks number one

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The University of Queensland Business School has been ranked number one in Australia for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the Financial Review BOSS MBA survey.

This year’s survey has seen the business school rise to the top position after ranking in second position in 2011. The survey, conducted every two years by the Financial Review Group and published in BOSS magazine, is Australia’s only independent national ranking of MBA programs.


UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said the ranking was the latest accolade for the UQ Business School MBA program. It has also been ranked number one in Asia Pacific by The Economist, and was this month awarded five stars—the highest possible—for the ninth consecutive year by the Graduate Management Association of Australia.

“We were thrilled with the results from this year’s BOSS survey and to have been acknowledged as the leading MBA provider in Australia,” Professor Griffiths said. “Our MBA is recognized as…

Upcoming OzTREKK Orientation events at your Australian university

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Once again, we are proud to announce that OzTREKK will be hosting upcoming OzTREKK Orientations in Australia, and we can’t hardly wait! (Yes, we know that’s grammatically incorrect, but hey, we’re excited!)


What are the OzTREKK Orientations, you may ask? Well, the Orientations are in place to make sure that you are well prepared, organized and ready to tackle your studies and get the most of your time in Australia and overseas. OzTREKK enjoys hosting official “Welcome to Oz” events to get our newest students settled into their surroundings—and armed with a checklist to make sure the transition goes smoothly.

As part of the OzTREKK Orientations, we host a welcome breakfast, lunch or dinner—a great way to meet other new Canadian students, so that you can establish a network and friends right away and help alleviate any homesickness. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes and share their experiences with you so that you know what to expect.

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School applications are closing soon

Just a reminder to all Sydney Master of Physiotherapy applicants that in order for applications to be submitted to the Sydney Physiotherapy School on time, OzTREKK is encouraging applicants to have their applications and supporting documents at the OzTREKK office before Monday, Sept. 30.

Clinical Placements for the Master of Physiotherapy

Clinical and academic components to this program seek to create graduates who are ready to enter the profession and who have a range of experience in different social and clinical contexts.

Some of the clinical and professional fieldwork sites that Sydney MPT students have attended previously include
3 Combat Support Hospital, RAAF Base, RichmondAlice Betteridge School, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind ChildrenByron District HospitalHunter Brain Injury ServiceMultiple Sclerosis Society, NSW/VICPrince of Wales Hospital, RandwickRehab on the MoveSutherland Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic
The Faculty of Health Sciences has a whole campus dedicated…

Monash University Business School achieves “triple crown” accreditation

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One of Australia’s largest university faculties, Monash University’s Faculty of Business and Economics, has earned accreditation with AACSB International, the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

The AACSB accreditation has been awarded to the university’s Victorian-based campuses as well as to Monash University’s campuses in Malaysia and South Africa.

It is the first time an Australian university has earned AACSB accreditation inclusive of multiple international campuses.

The AACSB is the jewel in the crown of accreditations for the Melbourne-based campuses, adding to recognition by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (Association of MBAs), and it places the faculty in the elite company of the business education providers in the world with “triple crown” accreditation.

Monash University Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne has extended his congratulations to the…

Sydney Medical School now awarding an MD

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It’s official! If you’ve accepted an offer to the Sydney Medical School for the 2014 intake, you will be receiving an MD!
The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is now recognized as the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Sydney Medical School will be awarding an MD to students commencing the medical program from 2014 onward.

The primary change between the MD and MBBS programs will be the inclusion of compulsory research methods training and the requirement for the completion of a research or other major project. Curriculum, clinical training and assessment will remain broadly the same. Central features of Sydney’s program, including the integration of clinical learning and teaching with basic sciences, population health concepts and the development of professionalism, will not be changed under the MD.

The MD will provide graduates with a professional qualification that is widely recognized all over the world and will be of great interest in the University of Sydney's …

Sydney Medical School now awarding an MD

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It’s official! If you’ve accepted an offer to the Sydney Medical School for the 2014 intake, you will be receiving an MD!
The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is now recognized as the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Sydney Medical School will be awarding an MD to students commencing the medical program from 2014 onward.

The primary change between the MD and MBBS programs will be the inclusion of compulsory research methods training and the requirement for the completion of a research or other major project. Curriculum, clinical training and assessment will remain broadly the same. Central features of Sydney’s program, including the integration of clinical learning and teaching with basic sciences, population health concepts and the development of professionalism, will not be changed under the MD.

The MD will provide graduates with a professional qualification that is widely recognized all over the world and will be of great interest in the University of Sydney's incr…

Sydney Dental School professor studies impact of fluoride

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As Canadians, we are used to having fluoride added to our drinking water (unless you live in Nunavut or the Yukon). Brantford, Ontario became the first city in Canada to fluoridate its water supplies in 1945. In Australia, fluoridated water is provided for approximately 70 percent of the population in all states and territories.

Professor Wendell Evans is the head of community oral health and epidemiology at the University of Sydney Dental School and is Australia’s leading expert on fluoride. As a young Australian dentist, Evans spent a year peering into the mouths of 1,500 5-year-old children, and in this way began his 38-year career studying the benefits of fluoride.


The year-long project in 1975 was part of a study on the impact of fluoridation of the water supply on children in his native New Zealand. ”It was a very clear result,” he says. “The children who were born and bred in the fluoridated NZ town of Dunedin had half the decay of those in areas without fluoridated wa…

Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences launches new graduate degrees

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The University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has revamped its popular master’s degree programs to help equip graduates for a rapidly changing world.

Following extensive industry consultation, the faculty is pleased to announce a revitalized range of new postgraduate coursework programs:

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences revamped courses 2014Master of International RelationsMaster of Art CuratingMaster of Museum and Heritage StudiesMaster of Economic AnalysisMaster of English StudiesThese courses are designed to comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), are between 18 and 24 months, and are aimed to equip graduates with skills employers have told us they are looking for.

Multimedia information is available for a visual showcase of the new degrees, including a suite of cutting-edge videos about each program, and an interactive website.

“These new masters programs are a clear commitment to providing students with an outstanding educational expe…

UQ physiotherapy lecturer receives award

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Injecting a “breath of fresh air” into cardiorespiratory physiotherapy education has placed a University of Queensland lecturer among the best in the country.


Dr Allison Mandrusiak of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is one of three UQ staff who have received Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the 2013 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Dr Mandrusiak received a $10,000 prize at the Queensland Citation Awards ceremony in Brisbane today, Sept. 24.

She said she was honoured to be recognized for her efforts to stimulate student interest in the study of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.

“When I was a physiotherapy student, I had no intention of pursuing a career related to the cardiorespiratory field,” she said.

“Although I found its medical nature inherently interesting, I thought the style of course delivery was difficult to relate to, content was challenging to consolidate and, with no exposure to ‘real life’ contexts, I found the trans…

Monash Medical School applications close this Friday

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OzTREKK would like to remind everyone who has applied to the Monash Medical School that the application deadline is this Friday, September 27, 2013. All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by this date in order for your MBBS application to be submitted on time.


Important Dates to Remember Application Deadline for the February 2014 intake is this Friday, September 27, 2013. (Please note that all application documents must arrive at the OzTREKK office by this date.)Registration for MCAT must be completed by August 2 for a test sitting by August 16 with results released September 17.Interviews will be held in Toronto on Monday, October 28, 2013, and in Vancouver on Thursday, October 31 (locations TBA).
Monash Medical School offers a five year, direct entry, undergraduate medical course compared with the minimum of seven years for an accelerated program in Canada. This course is only offered to students that have not undertaken any university study. Applicants with a bach…

JCU researcher studies climate change and its effects on rainforests

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The Earth is not flat nor are the forests that live upon it but according to a new study just published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, climate change may “flatten” the Earth’s rainforests.

Lead researcher Brett Scheffers of the Centre for Climate Change and Tropical Biology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, said “our findings suggest that the biodiversity that lives in the tree tops of rainforests may be pushed toward the cooler and wetter ground as the climate warms.”


If this happens, it could alter the way rainforests function, he warned.

Almost half of all known species in the tropics live in rainforest canopies, but according to the researchers climate change may create an extinction zone in the lowlands that starts in the canopy and moves down towards the ground. As the Earth continues to warm, this zone will then expand upward in elevation.

Mr Scheffers said that species were already moving uphill or towards the poles in search of cooler and wetter cl…

Sydney physiotherapy student swishes down the slopes in New Zealand

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OzTREKK and University of Sydney Physiotherapy School student Stephenie Cochrane is a dedicated student. Passionate about the study of physiotherapy, Stephenie has previously chatted with OzTREKK about her experience studying at the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School and how she’s adapted to life Down Under. (You can read our blog about Stephenie’s experiences here.)


When we chatted with Stephenie, she said she was swamped with midterm practicals for second semester, but was still thoroughly enjoying the Master of Physiotherapy program and encourages other Canadians to apply.

Even though she is busy with school, Stephenie is also very active in sports and other activities. She highly recommends to other OzTREKK students to use their time wisely and to develop friendships outside the classroom, which will afford a more diverse experience: “I’ve also found that playing hockey while down here has given me some great connections and life isn’t always about school, which is nic…

OzTREKK Funny Friday

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An old man was wondering if his wife had a hearing problem.


So one night he stood behind her while she was sitting in her lounge chair.

He spoke softly to her: “Honey, can you hear me?”

There was no response.

He moved a little closer and said again, “Honey, can you hear me?”

Still, there was no response.

Finally he moved right behind her, leaned over the back of her chair and said, “Honey, can you hear me?”

She replied, “For the third time, yes!”

Audiology Programs at Australian UniversitiesAudiology is a growing discipline in the health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. Audiology, as a clinical profession, uses applied science to develop and perform precision tests that locate the specific range and frequency of hearing loss, information necessary for implementing an effective recovery strategy. Additionally, audiology identifies and treats dysfunctions of the vestibular system, which can affect one’s balance and…

University of Queensland’s Learning Innovation Building officially opens

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The University of Queensland's new $18 million hub of technology-enhanced learning and education innovation has been officially opened in Brisbane.


The Learning Innovation Building, predominately funded by a $13 million grant from the Australian Government, was opened by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister for Higher Education, Senator Kim Carr.

The building is a four-storey high educational facility providing accommodation for three University of Queensland departments. The spaces provided include experimental seminar/teaching spaces, office/administration spaces, meeting/boardrooms, media editing suites and staff support facilities. A studio or atelier space termed the ‘Innovation Laboratory’ forms the focus for various department specific activities. A three-storey high void space will link the horizontal floor plates vertically, improve the internal environment and contribute to the efficiency of the building.

UQ President and Vice-…

University of Melbourne’s cochlear implant inventor wins award

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Laureate Professor Emeritus Graeme Clark from the University of Melbourne has been honoured with a 2013 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, for developing the modern cochlear implant, a device that bestows hearing on severely to profoundly deaf people.

The awards honour visionaries whose insight and perseverance have led to significant advances that will prevent disease, reduce disability, and diminish suffering, and are among the most respected science prizes in the world.

Professor Clark, Honorary Professor, Electrical Engineering and Distinguished Researcher NICTA has received the Lasker award alongside fellow cochlear developers, Professors Ingeborg Hochmair of MED-EI, Innsbruck, Austria and Blake Wilson of Duke University, North Carolina.

In the late 1970s, Professors Clark and Hochmair created prostheses that deployed multiple electrodes and routed particular sounds to different parts of the cochlear. These devices improved the ability of deaf people to unde…

Bond Physiotherapy School applications close in one week

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Have you applied to Bond University Physiotherapy School? Keep in mind that the application deadline for the 2014 intake of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program is Friday, Sept. 27. In order for OzTREKK to submit your application on time, you are encouraged to have all your application documents at the OzTREKK office by Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.


Bond University Doctor of Physiotherapy TimelineApplications close for Round 1 of interviews: Friday, September 27, 2013
Interviews held for short-listed candidates: Mid-October 2013
Applicants notified of application outcome: Mid-November 2013
All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Orientation: May 7 and 8, 2014
Classes commence: May 12, 2014

Applications will be held until the application deadline has passed. The university will first assess all applicants’ prerequisite areas. Students who do not meet prerequisite areas will be notified that they are not successful. All applicants who meet the prerequisite areas will then be ra…

University of Sydney student gives accommodation tips

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Are you heading to the University of Sydney? As most of you know, Sydney is a very large city, but sometimes finding accommodation can be tricky. OzTREKK recommends that you arrive in Australia a minimum of two weeks prior to your program start date, if you plan on finding off-campus accommodation when you arrive in your city; however, for cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, finding off-campus accommodation can take a little longer, so it’s recommended that you arrive earlier in order to find a great place to live. Don’t forget: you’re in a large city with large universities, so there will be some competition for housing. Also, a lot of your planning begins here in Canada! If you begin your accommodation search here by organizing your reference letters, mapping, etc., you are ahead of the game!



Plan well, do your research, and arrive early, and follow the advice of an OzTREKK University of Sydney student:


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