Friday, June 28, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes.

After lunch, they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said,  “Well, you missed a test today, so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.”

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said, “First question: Which tire was flat?”
Australian Teachers Colleges
Find out more about studying teacher education in Australia

About Australian Teachers Colleges

Completing an Australian teachers’ education program provides an excellent opportunity to obtain the teaching qualifications you need, while experiencing the excitement and culture of living in a new country.

Australian teachers colleges name their graduate-entry education/teaching degrees in various ways (e.g., Graduate Diploma of Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching). These are comparable to graduate-entry Bachelor of Education degrees offered at universities in Canada.

Australia’s Graduate Diploma in Education and Postgraduate Diploma of Education programs are basic, one-year teacher certification programs in which correspond to the one year graduate-entry Bachelor of Education programs in Canada.

Canadian students should note that these programs train students to become teachers. Individuals looking to complete a Master of Education degree must first complete a teacher education program. They may then apply to a Master of Education program to further their educational studies and prepare them for managerial/administrative careers in the field of education.

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer teacher education programs:
  • James Cook University Teachers College
  • Macquarie University Teachers College
  • Monash  University Teachers College
  • University of Melbourne Teachers College
  • University of Newcastle Teachers College
  • University of Queensland Teachers College
  • University of Sydney Teachers College

Monash Sport gets down—Gangnam Style

Don’t think that because you’re heading to university in Australia that you’ll be left high and dry without sporting and fitness activities. Australia is world famous for its involvement in outdoor sporting and recreational activities. You’re not going to Australia to be a couch potato, and there will be days where you will have a respite from your studies at Monash University.

Monash University Sport
Monash Sport: Get off the couch!

Monash Sport knows students want a health and fitness membership that suits them. All sorts of sports and fitness facilities abound at all of Monash's campuses. Check out the Monash Sport video below for proof!

Monash Sport at Clayton is the jewel in the crown of sport at Monash University. Featuring an aquatics facility, fitness centre with a large group fitness timetable, many indoor and outdoor courts and fields, opportunities for active recreation are endless. Within building 1 at Monash Sport, there are also other service providers (physio, massage, cafe).

All facilities have been recently refurbished and provides the perfect setting for our social sport competitions and many sporting clubs:
  • Badminton
  • Boardriders
  • Bushwalking & Outdoors
  • Cricket
  • Dance Sport
  • Fencing
  • Gridiron (that’s regular ol’ football to us Canucks)
  • Gymnastics & Trampolining
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Kendo
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Underwater Hockey (for when you just can’t let go of the NHL)
  • Waterski & Wakeboard

And don’t think this is the whole list! There are many other sporting clubs at Monash Sport.

Monash Sport offers more than just a membership
  • Quarterly fitness testing
  • Fitness challenges that keep you motivated throughout the year
  • Member newsletter and training tips
  • Access to running and cycling groups
  • Access to Fitness Connect
  • Fitness Assessments – core strength, flexibility and girth measurements, regular reviews
  • Fitness Programs – Specifically tailored to your individual health and fitness goals, with regular review and updates

Operating seven days per week, the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool services both Monash University and local community in a range of recreational, programmed and sporting aquatic activities:
  • 25m main pool with adjoining leisure pool
  • 25m variable depth pool suitable for a range of water sports
  • spa, sauna and steam room

Popular schools at Monash include Monash Medical School, Monash Pharmacy School, Monash Law School, and Monash Teachers College.

Bond University Students Sport Onesie for a Week: ‘For the Animals’

Bond University students are currently sporting a wicked onesie for an entire week, all in the name of helping animals.

Bond University Onesie
As part as a fundraising campaign for the local animal shelter, Bond University students were able to purchase onesies for $35 and spend the following week trying to raise funds while sporting the onesie. We’re not talking baby onesies, here. We’re talking full-out animal costumes. They’re pretty awesome. But so are Bond University students, so we’re not surprised.

We’ll check back in next week to see how much the Bond University students raised for the animals.

Macquarie University is Australia’s top modern university

Once, again, Macquarie University was voted as Australia’s highest-ranking university in the QS Top 50 Under 50, an international comparison of the best universities in the world under the age of 50.

Currently ranked 18th in the world, this is the second year in a row that Macquarie has been named Australia’s best modern university! The ranking is based on measures for research, teaching, innovation, graduate employability and international outlook.

 Macquarie University is Australia’s top modern university
Macquarie University is Australia’s top modern university

In its relatively short history, Macquarie has seen substantial growth due in part to significant investment in areas of research excellence, facilities and infrastructure.

Macquarie University is home to the most technologically advanced hospital in the country; the Australian School of Advanced Medicine; a state-of-the-art library; and the Australian Hearing Hub which opened this year, bringing the nation’s leading hearing research and treatment agencies together on the campus.

In Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012, 85% of Macquarie’s research fields were rated at or above world standard. The Academic Ranking of World Universities places Macquarie in or close to the top 100 in the world in natural sciences, engineering, earth sciences and life sciences.

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University in Sydney is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world. Set on 135 hectares of peaceful green parkland, Macquarie’s modern campus is just 30 minutes from Sydney’s city centre and features cutting-edge facilities for learning and research.

Well known for its prestigious business programs in accounting, actuarial studies and finance, the university is also a leader in fields such as science, engineering and linguistics. Within the Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University offers a suite of allied health courses in audiology, speech pathology, clinical and neuropsychology. Speech pathology is a significant and valuable addition to the these services especially in light of the new Macquarie Hospital and Clinics and the establishment of the Australian School of Advanced Medicine.

Popular schools include the Macquarie Speech Pathology School, Macquarie Audiology School, Macquarie Physiotherapy School and the Macquarie Business School.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

University of Newcastle moves up in Times Higher Education World Top 100 Under 50 Rankings

The University of Newcastle has moved up five places to be number 40 in the Times Higher Education independent ranking of the world’s best universities under 50 years old, published today.
University of Newcastle
Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the University of Newcastle's continued upward trajectory was significant in the face of intense international competition.

“The University of Newcastle is delivering quality education and research excellence that is making its mark on the world stage. Today’s result by one of the world’s leading independent ranking systems is evidence that our remarkable performance is matched by a strong reputation.”

“To go up against the world’s best and be consistently ranked by independent agencies as a world-class university is an outstanding achievement for our University and reflects well on our staff and community,” Professor McMillen said.

The results are the latest in a series of strong performances for the University of Newcastle. Last month the QS World University Rankings ’50 under 50′ ranked the university 26th best in the world, having already rated ten academic disciplines offered at Newcastle in the top 200 worldwide.

The University of Newcastle has consistently placed in the top three percent of all universities in the world, independent of age, in Times Higher Education and QS rankings.

“Our researchers deliver outstanding results across health, energy and engineering – and we are building strength in the sciences, humanities and social sciences,” Professor McMillen said.

“At the same time, we are national leaders in providing more opportunities for people from all walks of life to enter and succeed in higher education.

“For Newcastle equity and excellence are not mutually exclusive and we will continue to make a major contribution to the economic growth of our regions by maintaining a focus on educating a skilled workforce, and fostering world-class research and innovation.”

UQ Information Technology student’s UQnav map app heads in the right direction

A navigation app for getting around the University of Queensland campuses has proven popular, with more than 53,000 downloads in less than three years.

Students, staff and visitors can use UQnav to find lecture theatres, laboratories, as well as where to grab a coffee, the closest bank and nearest public transport stop.

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Aaron McDowall of the University of Queensland shows off the UQnav app

UQ Information Technology Services (ITS) Director Rob Moffatt said the success and popularity of the app highlighted the growing relevance of mobile technology in the university environment.

“UQ provides a growing suite of mobile tools for staff and students, such as UQ News, UQ Contact, UQ Open Day, and commercial apps such as Blackboard mobile, Adobe Connect mobile and Skydrive.”

Students Aaron McDowall and Kim Hunter launched the UQnav app in early 2011, after developing it as part of the Bachelor of Information Technology.

McDowall, who now works for UQ ITS, said the figure (last updated in May 2013) included 38,500 Apple downloads and 14,500 Android downloads.

“Android is a little younger, so the downloads aren’t as high, but those figures are growing exponentially,” he said.

UQnav links to other useful sites, including UQ Contacts, UQ News Online, UQ events, the library, plus iTunesU, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

The built-in favourites functionality allows users to bookmark the locations they visit most frequently, and they can also email a Google Maps link to others.

Office of Undergraduate Education Director Dr Jessica Gallagher welcomed the app as a key tool for enhancing the student experience at UQ.

“As Queensland’s largest university, it’s important we’re harnessing the latest technology to deliver information and services in an accessible way that’s relevant to students who grew up in the digital world,” Dr Gallagher said.

McDowall said the idea came from trying to navigate campus using a mobile phone, scrolling between a static PDF map.

“I bet there is not a single person who would be able to recall or know where every building is at UQ. It’s most difficult at the beginning of semester when students are trying to find their way to class,” he said.

Their project came to the attention of UQ ITS staff, who were keen to harness the technology to benefit the students, and to reward the pair for creating such a relevant and useful tool.

“It is a wonderful opportunity that has changed our lives and has given us the opportunity to be gainfully employed,” said McDowall, and encouraged students to consider studying for a career in Information Technology (IT), noting that co-creator Kim Hunter, was the “iOS brains of the operation.”

“IT is a universal language and has much more international mobility, allowing you to export your career,” he said.

“It helps that UQ lecturers are proactively integrating new technology into the academic arena. That is because, at the end of the day, it is highly practical that you can graduate and then hit the ground running.”

“Mobile apps are still growing and still expanding as a new and innovative space in IT,” he said.

JCU Teachers College student chats with OzTREKK

OzTREKK student Lyndsie Chisholm is living her dream in Cairns, Queensland. Currently enrolled in James Cook Universitys Graduate Diploma of Education (One to Nine) program, Lyndsie took some time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences Down Under—and her reaction to winning the OzTREKK Scholarship draw!

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OzTREKK student Lyndsie Chisholm feeding a female Eclectus parrot

Why did you want to become a teacher?
Since the age of 5 I have dreamt of becoming a teacher. Teaching children is my passion and watching children learn and grow in the classroom excites me. Over the years I have intentionally participated in countless positions to help me fulfill my dream of teaching.

What made you choose Australia as the place to earn your degree?
Australia has always been on my bucket list! So why not travel and study?

What made you choose JCU?
JCU representatives came to my university in Ontario with OzTREKK’s Study in Australia Fair and I spoke with them, along with a bunch of other universities in Australia, but the ladies at JCU were full of passion and you could tell they truly loved JCU. This made me love JCU as well and I applied that very night!

What’s the course like, and what’s a “day in the life of Lyndsie” like?

I am at JCU typically three times a week. My program is a one-year intensive, so I am also teaching at a high school for four weeks and in a Year 2 class for 10 weeks, and I love it! I am also working three days a week so I am very busy! It is wonderful though; I have had the opportunity to meet so many new and amazing people!

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Cairns is beautiful!
What has been your favourite part? Least favourite part?
My favourite part has been the beautiful Cairns weather and the amazing people I have met. I don’t like being so far away from my family.

What has been the most unexpected or surprising thing about being in Australia?
I was most surprised by the difference in food here compared to back home! Some things are just not the same—like salad dressing, cheese, and Kraft Dinner!

What was your reaction to winning the OzTREKK Scholarship draw?
When I found out I won the draw I was sitting on my balcony after teaching all day and I was very surprised! I don’t win things—ever! I yelled to my boyfriend, “We can eat this week!” Ha ha! I was very thankful for winning!

About JCU Teachers College

The School of Education is the largest at JCU and has a 40-year history of teacher education in north Queensland.

James Cook University provides the option of doing a portion of your practicum placement in a rural and remote location and staff encourages students to take part of this unique opportunity to work with children from different needs and geographical circumstances.

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Lyndsie and her boyfriend enjoying SCUBA diving

Graduate Diploma of Education

The Graduate Diploma of Education at JCU is designed for those people who have completed an undergraduate degree and now wish to qualify as a teacher. The Primary stream of this program qualifies graduates to teach students from Kindergarten through to Grade 6, while the Secondary program qualifies students to teach grades 7-12.

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the JCU Graduate Diploma of Education program, you must have
  • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and
  • have achieved a 65% average or above.
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Lyndsie and koala friend
Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary and One to Nine programs) 
Applicants must meet the requirements of two teaching areas. Applicants must have completed four courses in each teaching area within their undergraduate degree. Two out of the four courses in each teaching area must have been completed at the second-year level or above.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Applicants must meet the requirements of two teaching areas.

Only one week left until Sydney Dental School application deadline

Just a reminder to all of our Australian Dental School applicants that the application deadline for the 2014 intake of the  Sydney Dental School Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program is Sunday, July 7. In order for your application documents to be submitted on time, OzTREKK is encouraging applicants to have their documents at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5, 2013.

Learn more about Sydney Dental School
Learn more about Sydney Dental School

University of Sydney Dental School


Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: July 7, 2013. (All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5.)

University of Sydney Medical School application deadline is one week away

Only one more week, OzTREKKers! If you’ve already applied to Sydney Medical School, please be sure to have all of your remaining application documents sent to the OzTREKK office before Friday, July 5, in order for your complete medical school application to be submitted on time.

Learn more about applying to Sydney Medical School
Learn more about applying to Sydney Medical School!

Sydney Medical School Application Timeline


Application deadline for the 2014 intake: July 7, 2013 (Please note: All Sydney MBBS application documents must be received at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5.)
Last test date of MCAT for 2014 entry: May 30, 2013
Interview invitations: July 19 – 22, 2013
Interviews held: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
Offers will begin to be sent: August 12, 2013
Second round of interview offers: Sept. 13 – 16, 2013
Second round of interviews held: Sept. 23 – 25, 2013
Offers for second round: Sept. 30, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Monash Pharmacy researchers host first international conference to exterminate superbugs

The urgent global health challenge of antibiotic-resistant superbugs was discussed among world-leading experts at an international conference at Monash University’s Prato Centre, Italy, last month.

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Professor Jian Li and Professor Roger Nation
The Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) hosted the 1st International Conference on Polymyxins, the first conference of its kind, presenting the latest research findings, and identifying the opportunities and challenges that guide the clinical use of polymyxins, a class of antibiotics used to treat multidrug-resistant bacteria.

Supported by colleagues at MIPS, Monash Pharmacy Research professor Roger Nation and conference co-chair Associate Professor Jian Li, also a researcher at at the Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy have been investigating polymyxins for more than a decade and are regarded as international leaders in the field.

Antibiotics colistin and polymyxin B are in use as “last line” antibiotics for the treatment of infections against bacterial “superbugs” that cause life-threatening infections, and are resistant to all current antibiotics.

Leading experts represented institutions from around the world, including Sweden, USA, France, Singapore and Brazil, presenting on a range of topics from an overview of polymyxins and their clinical use to optimized dosing.

About Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program


Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. It comprises four major areas of study: medicinal chemistry (the chemistry of drugs); pharmacology (the action of drugs); pharmaceutics (the presentation and delivery of drugs); and pharmacy practice (the application of all these to the professional practice of pharmacy).

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Program of the Month: Australian Medical Schools

Program of the Month: Australian Medical Schools
Get the stethoscope ready, OzTREKKERs! This edition of Program of the Month is sure to get student heart rates pumping. OzTREKK is highlighting the top-notch medical schools at our Australian Medical Schools.

Australian Medical School
Upon culmination of a graduate-entry Australian Medical Schools, students complete a residency in their field of choice/specialization and then become licensed doctors. OzTREKK hosts information seminars about attending Australian Medical Schools, highlighting your options for practicing medicine following graduation. These are being held this month!

We break down what each school has to offer, the benefits of attending each school, curriculum and what the program focuses on to help potential students narrow down choices according to their needs.

University of Queensland Medical School, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): Designed to produce doctors able to meet the challenges of the new century, this four-year curriculum captures the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and helps them develop into highly- skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them. The UQ medical school emphasizes problem-based learning (PBL) in a clinical context and encourages learning exercises in big and small groups. This program is popular for Canadians, and OzTREKK has developed a close working relationship with the School of Medicine staff.

University of Melbourne Medical School, Doctor of Medicine (MD): The University of Melbourne Medical School offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, the first of its kind in Australia and the world. The four-year program is slightly different from the MD presently offered throughout North America as it has a higher designation. The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne Medical School’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Monash University Medical School, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): The medical curriculum provides an interdisciplinary program, organized to provide integration of structure and function within the biomedical sciences. The four-year program presents a continually expanding level of medical experience, starting as early as possible in the first semester of the course. In the first year, the basic medical sciences are taught in the context of their relevance to patient care. Later in the course, clinical teaching builds upon and reinforces this strong scientific foundation. An emphasis on clinical communication skills as well as early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals is a feature of the four-year, graduate-entry Monash degree. All students will spend the majority of their time in rural and regional areas in eastern Victoria as part of a health-care team.

University of Sydney Medical School, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): The four-year program includes early weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals, regular problem-based learning exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research. There are also compulsory independent learning activities (with numerous international opportunities), an eight-week rural rotation and pre-internship training, including preparation for North American registration if you intend to practice in the USA or Canada.

James Cook University Medical School, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): The James Cook University Medical School MBBS degree produces graduates who will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, as well as tropical medicine. The James Cook University Medical School combines integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine, and incorporates the best aspects of student-centred, problem-based learning combined with systematic instruction. Clinical experience, particularly in the rural and remote context, commences at an early stage in the six-year program and science remains integrated across later years. Small-group learning and close relationships with academic staff and clinical preceptors are program features. The program is unique in length, being six years so students can begin the program directly from high school.

OzTREKK student travels the world – Part 3

Continuing her tour of the world, future University of Sydney Master of International Public Health student Jennifer Avery takes time out to discuss the public health issues that affect Central and South America.

And if you’d like to see bigger photos, just click on them!

Sunny day in the plaza in Quito
Sunny day in the plaza in Quito, Colombia
What was your favourite location in South America and why? 
This is a tough one. I have to at least state our top three, which are Chile, Argentina, and Colombia. Chile was our number one for many reasons. It is developed and modern yet it also has more rugged and desolate areas like the Atacama Desert and Patagonia. We loved how we could visit lush forests, shop in trendy boutique stores, bike through the world’s driest desert, and camp out beneath snow-capped mountains. I am not sure if there are many countries as geologically diverse as Chile, and with such warm people!

Your least favourite? Why?
There wasn’t a single country where we were not enjoying ourselves the entire time, but one that stands out as a not-so-pleasant experience is Bolivia. Some comical but serious advice from people prior to going there was to “eat nothing” there to avoid getting sick. Well, this was the only place on the trip that one of us was unwell—Ted had some gastrointestinal illness for about two weeks, so that put a damper on things!

“Spending so much time in South America helped me begin to witness and understand people’s day-to-day lives in so many different areas.”


Bolivia was admittedly less comfortable than other places we’d been, including Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. It was not uncommon for us to see people blatantly defecating or urinating in the streets (watch where you step!) and there was garbage everywhere. There were also a couple incidents where we were sure we were going to be robbed (not uncommon), but thankfully we dodged it in different ways.

The famous South American celebration, Carnaval, was going on while we were in La Paz, Bolivia. In many places throughout the continent this is a big celebration, but in La Paz it meant a parade one day followed by the entire city shutting down for about five days. And when I say the entire city—I mean pharmacies, tiny street stalls, restaurants—everything. It was an absolute ghost town. We had already spent more time than we wanted in La Paz, but each day we went to the bus station it was either completely empty or it was filled with employees drinking in the bus ticket sale booths (but refusing to sell any actual tickets since all the drivers were home drinking!). All that being said, Bolivia still had one of the highlights of our trip—the Uyuni salt flats. After being stuck in La Paz for days on end it was a refreshing surprise to our trip.

Carnaval in Bolivia
Carnaval dancers in Bolivia

Which was the poorest location, and what issues (health, poverty, etc.) did you notice?
Bolivia was the least developed place we visited and it begrudgingly holds the title of the poorest country in South America. This is evident by things like the number of people using the streets as a public bathroom (perhaps because most toilets you must pay for), and also the number of young children working in stores and restaurants instead of being in school. One of the sad things I remember seeing is people living in their shops—the mattresses they slept on were inside their tiny stores, their living space no bigger than 6 by 7 feet. Lack of clean drinking water is a definite issue there, and the cheapest thing to eat is always candy and junk food. Dental problems are rampant there, too, which is evident by toothless smiles, blackened teeth and for the few who could afford it, metallic veneers. I am sure there are astronomically high rates of diabetes and heart disease, but due to the poverty, I’m sure it’s hugely underdiagnosed.

Valley of the Moon
Optical illusion in the Valley of the Moon, Chile (salt flats)

How did your experiences in South America reflect your interest in public health/nursing and what did you learn?
I have always been interested in South and Central America culture and people. Parts of it are rugged and so worn down but people’s spirits are incredibly bright despite their adversities. I really want to work in places like that, which is why we spent so much time exploring the culture there. If you have any interest in public health in developing countries, I think it’s valuable to immerse yourself in it to understand it better before trying to generate solutions that may not realistically work or be well received by locals.

“…you realize how global public health efforts need to be creative, realistic and address issues at different levels.”


Spending so much time in South America helped me begin to witness and understand people’s day-to-day lives in so many different areas, all with varying socioeconomic levels. I learned a lot about how and why people make the decisions they do—especially with unhealthy food options that are definitely detrimental to one’s health. We saw firsthand how healthy greens and produce were hard to buy, but once found were always wilting, fly-ridden, and really overpriced. But shiny, colourful junk food was everywhere and unbelievably cheap! Being on a backpacking budget, we totally fell victim to this and could really understand why people make the choices they make. I gained 10 lbs just in the first month being there (I can’t imagine how I’d look if we stayed longer!).

Jennifer performing a glucometer check
Streets of South America

The day I finally found whole wheat bread, a whole two months into our trip, I squealed in excitement. There’s seemingly no encouragement to eat wisely and little affordable options to do so. It definitely sparked my interest as to how to target these kinds of problems, which are much more complicated than simply teaching someone how and what healthy foods are. The reality is the options aren’t there, but we can help work toward making them exist with different strategies. The whole experience—especially my own frustration in a lack of healthy options or clean drinking water—it all really made me interested in helping improve the situation for people.

Galapagos Islands
Jen and Ted explore the Galapagos Islands
Why do you think your travel experience is going to help you in your career in public health? 
Visiting so many different countries, each with differences in culture and poverty level really showed me how we need different approaches to helping improve health in different places. No two countries are the same: even if the language and customs seem similar, there are always subtle but important differences that affect how and why people make choices that can affect their health, perception of wellness, and how they treat ailments. We experienced firsthand the lack of things like clean drinking water, toilets, soap, and nutritional food options. It just really makes you realize that in many third-world countries, health is not a conscious decision. That is something we take for granted in developed places. It really helped me see how health is a very complicated system. You can educate people all you want about making healthy food choices, but once you see firsthand that those choices are nonexistent, or truly unaffordable, you realize how global public health efforts need to be creative, realistic and address issues at different levels.

Machu Picchu
Jen and Ted atop Machu Picchu

In our travels and talking with locals, we learned about many places that have corrupt governments, which prevent money from trickling down to clinics, pharmacies, and communities. It’s something we know exists in the world, but seeing it in person made it more real, and it couldn’t be ignored. (Let’s face it: we often all turn a blind eye to many global issues.) Repeatedly, we saw huge divides in socioeconomic classes; you could drive by barren wooden shacks falling apart and then just 10 minutes up the road be whizzing past elaborate mansions. Our experiences will help me as I continue to understand the complexity of health in developing countries. It’s certainly not something I will oversimplify. There are so many components to addressing global health issues, and that is something I want to always remember in my studies and career in public health.

Jennifer performing a glucometer check
Jennifer performing a glucometer check

Tell us a bit about your medical experiences in Nicaragua.
Last year, I volunteered as a nurse for two weeks in Nicaragua with a medical volunteer trip with an organization called Friends of the Orphans Canada (FOTOCAN). Our work involved providing medical check-ups, vaccinations and health teaching to children at the orphanage. With the support and donations of hospitals and clinics, we were able to bring in lots of equipment, medications (including the vaccines that many of the children were behind on due to lack of money from the government to buy these items), eyeglasses, clothing, and much more. Fortunately, the kids at the orphanage are generally very healthy and enjoy a higher quality of life compared to those in the community as they receive food, education, and job support. For this reason, many of the children aren’t actually orphans, but are voluntarily enrolled by their families so that they can live a better life.

“I knew after this experience that I wanted to devote my career to improving global health.”


Nursing duties in Nicaragua
Nursing duties in Nicaragua
In addition to providing health care to the kids at the orphanage, the other main goal of the trip was to provide supportive care to the nearby communities, which were extremely poor. We set up mobile clinics (literally tent tarps and folding chairs) each day in remote villages and also returned to them in the second week to see follow-up patients (i.e., ones with a first-time high blood sugar or blood pressure reading). In churches or homes, we triaged and conducted hundreds and hundreds of medical exams on local people, screening them, diagnosing illnesses and infections, and prescribing medications when needed. Many of the people we saw I am certain have never even seen a doctor in their lives. Our most common diagnoses were diabetes and hypertension (one patient I saw had a blood pressure of 202/100. A healthy adult should be around 120/80!). Some people were already aware that they had certain illnesses like diabetes or hypertension, but their local pharmacy would often not have the stock of the medication they needed. Locals and health care professionals in these communities attributed this primarily to corrupt government. Thus, another big part of our trip was bringing mass supplies of medication to help restock pharmacies and providing people with adequate amounts of the medicine they needed.

We provided other valuable services including optical check-ups, providing eyeglasses and much-needed dental care. I’ll always remember when a volunteer called me over to help because while as they were brushing a child’s teeth, they were all falling out because they were so decayed. Prior to arriving in Nicaragua, our group connected with local health care professionals and specialists who also accompanied us in our clinics. This was extremely valuable since many people required specialist services and/or follow-up care after our departure. We had a local gynecologist, optometrist, many nurses, and a dentist volunteering with us. Combined with our own group of doctors, nurses, dieticians, and many other health professionals, we were able to efficiently see huge numbers of people in a short period of time and subsequently connect them with specialists if needed.

Nursing duties in Nicaragua
Enjoying a quick nap in Nicaragua

This volunteer trip was the first type of experience I had done like this. It was humbling and fulfilling to say the least, and I knew after this experience that I wanted to devote my career to improving global health.

Check out our next installment of Jennifers travels, when the soon-to-be Sydney International Public Health student chats with OzTREKK about their trip through Spain, her camel ride in Morocco, Paris museums, and Abbey Road mimicry! 

UQ Dental School research

The UQ School of Dentistry has a long history of quality dental and oral research. The dental school continues to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge both locally and internationally, and performs exceptionally well in benchmarking exercises. The school’s research covers a broad spectrum of dental practice, and includes research by academic and research staff, postgraduate students, honours and undergraduate students.

The UQ Dental School has adopted two key strategic research themes which drive the development and growth of the of their research programs:
  1. Diagnosis and prevention of oral disease
  2. Dental biomaterials and advanced technologies
Research programs are defined as large collaborative research projects, which typically incorporate teams of senior and junior academics, postdoctoral research fellows, and Research Higher Degree (RHD) students. Each researcher investigates an aspect of a larger problem with their insights contributing to the resolution. It is the role of the program leader to formulate the program, manage the team’s research, and ultimately draw together the threads of the answer.

The dental school currently supports four research programs:
  1. Paediatric Caries
  2. Oral Cancer
  3. Efficient Effective Endodontics
  4. Applied Dental Biomaterials
Research facilities are available at the Biomaterials Laboratory (Turbot Street); UQ Centre for Clinical Research (Herston); and Centre for Paediatric Dentistry Research and Training (Kingston). Research support staff are available for technical and scientific advice and guidance in some areas.

UQ Dental School
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Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) at the University of Queensland

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Program Duration: 5 years
Semester Intake: February
Application Deadline: October 31, 2013 (TBC)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

James Cook University Shares Packing Tips

So, you’re packing for your trip to Australia- afraid you’ll forget something? Freaking out? Need some instruction? Well, The James Cook University Support Team recently compiled a list of must-pack items for your time studying in Australia.

Here’s a list with some helpful hints and advice. Calm down. And start getting ready for the trip of a lifetime.

James Cook University Packing Tips

Firstly- the things that seem obvious but are often forgotten, you don’t want to be spending extra money on items like:
  • Undies
  • Toothbrush
  • First aid kit
  • Towel
  • Contact lenses
  • Sunglasses

Secondly, what NOT to bring:
  • Inhibitions
  • Pets – Australian Border Security won’t let Rover come in with you
  • Aunt Mavis’s special home-made jam – again Border Security won’t let you in with raw food items. Call Australian Customs for more information: call +61 2 9313 3010 or visit Australian Customs.

Bring a little of your home country with you:
  • Family photos
  • Cultural artifact for culture cafe (these are displayed on the university campus)
  • Traditional dress
  • Recipes from home to cook for yourself/new friends

Here are some items that will make life a little easier:
  • Adaptor for technical goods (to charge phones, laptops)
  • Copies of your important travel documents i.e. travel insurance/passport
  • Some Australian money- NO currency exchange at Townsville airport.
  • Driver’s license

Before and for the big trip:
  • Snacks (check with customs)
  • CHECK BAGGAGE limits for internal Australia flights- excess baggage can be expensive
  • Bring a copy of the university phone number and address of where you’re going to stay in your carry-on luggage.

Some serious things:
  • Medications- don’t assume you can get the same medications in Australia. Don’t bring prescriptions- they can’t be filled here. Check with Customs (+61 2 9313 3010) to see how much medication you can bring with you.
  • Letters from doctor if you have an existing medical condition

And, finally, the fun things:
  • Camera- obvious really, but this important recorder-of-memories is sometimes left behind.
  • Phone (check that it works in Australia first)
  • Sense of fun and adventure- very important!
  • And of course you’re here to learn and have fun so – a SMILE.

Find out how you can apply to James Cook University!

Monash Engineering student set to compete in IRONMAN World Championships

Monash University student Samuel Dwyer is set to compete in the IRONMAN World Championships after only competing in his first Ironman three months ago.

Described as “raw talent” by Director of Monash Sport Martin Doulton, Samuel took out the title in his age group, qualifying for the notorious world championships to be held in Kona, Hawaii, on  Oct. 12.
Monash Engineering
Monash student Samuel Dwyer’s first Ironman competition

The modest Bachelor of Engineering and Science student is a part of the Elite Athlete Support program and said he first became interested in the sport two years ago.

“I was involved in swimming and cross-country at school and when I finished I knew I’d enjoy cycling so I thought I’d try and do a triathlon,” Sam said. “I was YouTubing triathlons and came across a clip for the IRONMAN World Championships and thought it was something I’d like to do.”

For the next two years, the Monash student saved enough money to purchase a bike, and trained himself, diligently working toward achieving this goal.

Despite doing a test prior to the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne that revealed he was at a level where he could potentially win his age group, he still “didn’t quite believe it.”

“I sort of knew about a month before that I was at a level where I could win it, but that was never the ultimate goal,” Samuel said.

“Even though the test theoretically proved I could win, I didn’t quite believe it, so when it actually happened it was really awesome and gave me a lot of confidence for the future, and it was very satisfying.

The Bachelor of Engineering and Science student admitted that he had invested a lot and had trained all year. “I had a lot riding on it for this one day, and it all paid off, but to then be successful in it was a really nice and surreal feeling for me, especially to have won by so much and to have run so well on the day.”

Because of injuries, Samuel couldn’t do much running training in the lead-up to the event, but after taking a well-earned one-month break to recover, and after having completed physio, Sam has recently started training again, already running three times the distance he was before.

Now injury free, the distance is set to increase in preparation for the gruelling world championship: 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and marathon run (42.2 km).

“It will be interesting to see how I go now that I can train properly in running,” Samuel said.

“I want to win my age group again and hopefully make the top 50 overall. That would be ideal. Ultimately, I want to see how far I can take it.”

His motto while he’s training in Melbourne over winter is simple: It’s not raining in Hawaii.

UQ Pharmacy School placements

The University of Queensland Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice.

Find out more about UQ Pharmacy School
Find out more about UQ Pharmacy School

Experiential placements in the pharmacy program are viewed as valuable, integral and essential for the attainment of a pharmacy degree. During the four years of the undergraduate degree, these experiential placements may be in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry or other related health-care sites as required by the teaching and learning requirements of the pharmacy program curriculum.

Preceptors are a vital link between the UQ School of Pharmacy and the pharmacy profession. The input of preceptors into the course is greatly valued.

The UQ School of Pharmacy has developed the following set of guidelines to clarify the role of Preceptors and Students:

1. All placements which involve professional pharmacy must be supervised by a registered pharmacist:
  • the preceptor is considered to be a professional role model who will guide and encourage the student to apply the principles of best pharmacy practice
  • a preceptor should provide appropriate and lawful supervision of the student
  • a preceptor must be regularly available to oversee the student
  • it is acceptable for the student to have more than one preceptor supervising their placement
  • customers should not be misled that the student is a registered pharmacist

2. During the 4 years of the undergraduate course, students should experience all facets of community pharmacy:
  • in year 1, the student may take a purely observational role and may include learning about and participating in the duties of all pharmacy staff
  • in later years, they should be given opportunities to practice their pharmaceutical skills and knowledge
  • the preceptor should assist the student in the integration of theory with practice noting the student’s current level of theoretical knowledge
  • this should include supervised interaction with pharmacy customers
  • the student may be encouraged to research any questions during their placement

3. For each placement the preceptor should ensure
  • the student is orientated to any specific expectations that the preceptor (e.g., expected hours, dress requirements) may have in addition to those stipulated in the Placement Guidelines for Pharmacy Students
  • they verify that the student attends their regular placement
  • they complete and return the assessment forms
    (the feedback from preceptors is important for evaluating the student’s professional development and improving the placement programs)
  • confidentiality with regard to the student’s personal details is maintained
  • they notify the placements officer or academic supervisor of any issues or problems

4. The student must NOT receive any remuneration for their placement:
  • this would undermine the flexibility of the learning experience
  • remuneration invalidates any University of Queensland insurance cover
  • students do not have professional liability insurance

University of Queensland Celebrates 50 Years at Sea!

University of Queensland Teachers College student recalls time at sea


Imagine spending the night with Berber Nomads in the Sahara desert, till the sun rose, getting lost in a rickshaw in India or breaking down cultural barriers to the tunes of Justin Bieber and Britney Spears.

University of Queensland Semester at Sea
University of Queensland Teachers College student Claire Mulligan did all this and more during a four-month Semester at Sea study abroad program travelling the world on a seven-deck, 179-metre ship.

Claire said her decision to follow in the footsteps of her mother, who did the program in 1981, changed her life.

“I highly recommend that other UQ students apply for this program,” she said.

“It gave me the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Students who participate in Semester at Sea get to experience things they never would have dreamed of, and everyone is eligible to give it a go.

“I never thought I’d convince somebody in one country that Costa Rican notes were an acceptable form of payment because of cute animals on the note, or that I’d be waking up at 5am to see the sun rise over Table Mountain in South Africa.

“I’ve played with a monkey on a leash in Malaysia, almost gotten into an accident in India to avoid a hitting a cow, and seen the damage Americans caused in the bombing of Hiroshima.

“I never thought gazing at the last sunset of the 100-day voyage would make me cry, thinking about all the friends I had made and the experiences I was lucky enough to have.”

Voyages range from 12-14 countries with opportunities for service projects, visits with Nobel Laureates and world leaders, Rotarian home-stays, language courses and other options.

“For the first time in my student life I could read about each country’s culture, geography, political unrest, language and religion through lectures and textbooks and then experience it first hand,” Claire said.

“Semester at Sea gave me the opportunity to interact with people from developed and emerging nations, learn about myself through service projects, develop a better awareness of my culture and other cultures and learn first-hand about issues and opportunities that challenge today’s world.”
Claire visited many schools on the journey, and her Semester at Sea cemented her dream to be an international school teacher.

“I would go to sleep in one country and wake up in another without stepping foot on a plane, buy something for five per cent of the asking price in a crowded Moroccan market, see “skin-whitening” cream sold in Vietnam, speak Spanish in Ghana, eat a full meal in Malaysia for $1, spend 30 minutes in fixation at the Terra Cotta warriors of Xian and meet the farmer who made the discovery,” she said.

“I felt the charged emotions in the streets, sweated in the desert, navigated the confusing railways of Tokyo, heard the call to prayer, spoke Spanish and wore wedding rings to avoid proposals.

“The world was my classroom for four months and I will never forget this experience.

“I am and forever will be a global citizen trying to make an impact, no matter how small or big I believe it to be.”

JCU Medical School doctors opt for rural practice

James Cook University medical school graduates are increasingly choosing to practice in regional and remote locations, a recent study shows.

The study, James Cook University MBBS graduate intentions and intern destinations: a comparative study with other Queensland and Australian Medical Schools, has been published in the Rural and Remote Health journal.

James Cook University Medical School
It is the first large analysis of data on JCU Medical School graduates and shows the university is producing doctors in a regional location, for regional locations, as opposed to cities.

JCU first offered a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree in 2000. It has consistently been very popular with people who live in North Queensland and surrounding regions – and appeals to prospective students from elsewhere who are hoping to pursue a medical career with a rural, tropical and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health focus – including Canadian students.

Professor Richard Murray, Head of JCU’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, said the results proved what many in the school had known.

“This data shows proof of practice destinations, not just good intentions,” Professor Murray said. “While JCU’s School of Medicine encourages applications from students from rural and remote backgrounds, the data shows graduates are choosing to practice in these locations, compared to other Australian Medical Schools.”

Professor Murray said since 1999, the number of medical school places in Australia had increased substantially in response to workforce shortages, with some of the increased capacity in regional and rural communities.

JCU’s School of Medicine, the first of a number of new medical schools, was established with a mission to address the health needs of rural, remote and tropical Australia through aligning student selection, curriculum and assessment practices to encourage generalist postgraduate careers needed in rural and regional areas.

“This article reports early evidence on the career outcomes of graduates in the first six cohorts from 2005 to 2010, and compares this with available data from other Queensland and Australian Medical Schools.”

Data was gathered from two sources to allow comparisons of career intentions and intern allocations of graduates from JCU with those from other Australian Medical Schools, he said.

“An exit survey of JCU graduates provided JCU student data while the Medical Students Outcomes Database provided comparable data for eight other, largely metropolitan, schools.

“At graduation, 88 per cent of JCU Medical School students intended to practise outside Australian capital cities compared with 31 per cent of graduates from other medical schools.”

More JCU Medical School graduates than others planned to work in rural towns or regional centres with a population of less than 100 000.

Professor Murray said 67 per cent of JCU Medical School graduates undertook their internship outside a metropolitan centre compared with 17 per cent of others, and 47 per cent in outer regional centres compared with 5 per cent, respectively.

Medical graduates from JCU are also more likely to prefer general practice as a career, particularly rural medicine, but otherwise had similar preferences to others.

Interest in ‘working in a rural area’ increased over the course duration, from 68 per cent at entry to 76 per cent at graduation.

“While further follow up is needed to track career progression over a longer time, the data so far suggest that the career outcomes of JCU Medical School  graduates are aligned with the workforce needs of the region, and different from those graduating from Australia’s predominantly metropolitan medical schools, as predicted by the program’s design.”

Bond Law School students take out another international moot accolade

Bond Law School has added to its impressive track record in international mooting competitions by taking out the prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University Intellectual Property Law Moot.

Bond University Law School
Beijing Foreign Studies University Intellectual Property Law Moot Team (L-R): Marryum Kahloon. Caroline Karlsson and coach Assistant Professor Joel Butler.

The win adds to a remarkable string of moot competition victories over the past three years, further enhancing Bond University’s reputation as one of Australia’s leading law schools.

In 2011, Bond Law School students won three major awards in the space of two months, and followed this in 2012 with a win in the D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, and two local moot wins in Queensland and Victoria.

The two students – Marryum Kahloon and Caroline Karlsson – have recently returned to Australia from Beijing with their winner’s plaque.

The team coach and Director of Mooting, Bond Law Assistant Professor Joel Butler, also went to Beijing with the students. He said this win, on top of the university’s track record, demonstrated that Bond was extremely competitive, mooting at the highest international levels.

Mooting, which simulates courtroom conditions in the presentation of a legal argument, is a stern test of students’ advocacy skills in national and international competitions,” said Mr Butler.

“It involves a lot of hard work and effort, and the results are testimony to the commitment that the students have brought to this demanding discipline,” the Bond Law School assistant professor said. He also added that mooting helps to instill confidence, discipline and team work, and provides the students with a wealth of experience in courtroom conditions.

Mr Butler said the outcomes of recent national and international mooting competitions also showed one of the benefits of a Bond Law School degree.

“Bond University encourages and assists students to participate and meets the costs of taking part in such mooting competitions,” he said.


Entry Requirements for the Bond University Juris Doctor Program

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program.  Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Bond JD program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the Bond JD program.

In common with most other Australian Law Schools, Bond University Law School does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.

Monday, June 24, 2013

New physiotherapy lecturer at Macquarie University

Beginning July 1, 2013, Dr Kathryn Mills will be the new lecturer at Macquarie University Physiotherapy School.

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Dr Kathryn Mills of Macquarie Physiotherapy School
Kathryn has research and clinical experience in neuromuscular and clinical biomechanics. Prior to her appointment at Macquarie University, Kathryn completed her PhD through the University of Queensland while based at the Australian Institute of Sport.

She was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Alberta Osteoarthritis Team in Alberta, Canada, and maintains collaborative ties with the team. Her research interests focus on targeted biomechanical and neuromuscular treatments for lower limb overuse injuries and osteoarthritis. Kathryn has won several national and international awards for this research, including Best Young Investigator at the 2009 Footwear Biomechanics Group branch of the International Society of Biomechanics.

The new Macquarie Physiotherapy lecturer has published in multiple high-impact journals relating to sport and clinical biomechanics (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthritis Care and Research and Clinical Biomechanics) and is a reviewer for several international journals. She is a professional member of Sports Medicine Australia, Osteoarthritis Research Society, International Society of Biomechanics and the Footwear Biomechanics Group. She has co-supervised Honours and Masters students in Australia and Canada who have received first-class passes for their work.

In her work in a musculoskeletal practice in Canberra, Dr Mills was involved in clinical supervision of physiotherapy Master’s students. This experience led to her developing a keen interest in physiotherapy education. She has undertaken formal training in teaching to different learning styles through the International Teaching Skills Workshop and Course Design workshop. Kathryn has put the skills learned in these courses to practice by redesigning an elective course taught to final year undergraduate students. This course addressed anatomical and biomechanical influences on prevalent lower limb injuries.

Graduate-entry physiotherapy degrees at Australian universities are highly sought after by Canadian university graduates with academic backgrounds in Kinesiology, Health Sciences and Human Kinetics. Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in the physiotherapy field.


While the application deadline for Macquarie’s DPT program for the July 2013 intake has officially passed, other physiotherapy schools in Australia are still accepting applications!

  • Bond University Physiotherapy School
  • James Cook University Physiotherapy School
  • University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School
  • University of Newcastle Physiotherapy School
  • University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

UQ Pharmacy School embraces diversity

A team of Pharmacy academics from the University of Queensland (UQ) have recently received a Vice-Chancellor’s Equity and Diversity Award, which recognizes UQ staff and students who have made a significant contribution to equity and diversity.

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Study at the University of Queensland School of Pharmacy

The team from Skills for Communicating and Relating in Pharmacy Training program (SCRIPT) was presented with the award, worth $5000 at a ceremony at the University on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Historically, between 36 and 53 percent of pharmacy students don’t speak English at home, a language assessed in all years of the undergraduate pharmacy program at UQ. In order to be effective communicators in their field, students and graduates need to have a high quality of discipline-specific and colloquial English to be successful.

SCRIPT recognizes the challenges that these students face and developed the program, which teaches effective English communication skills.

SCRIPT is the result of multidisciplinary collaboration between pharmacy academics from the UQ School of Pharmacy, specialist language teachers from the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ), and higher education experts from the UQ Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI).

Project team leader Jacqueline Bond from the UQ School of Pharmacy said the program aimed to identify and address the language barrier issues for non-native English speakers, such as Australian colloquialisms, early on in their studies.

It’s vital that graduates have excellent communication skills when they enter the pharmacy profession, to ensure that medicines are used safely and effectively.

Ms Bond said the program was established in 2008 to better prepare undergraduates for their experiential placements in pharmacies, and oral communication assessments, which begin in their first year of study.

University of Melbourne Medical School applications are closed

Are you interested in studying medicine in Australia? While the application deadline for Melbourne Medical School has now passed (June 23, 2013), you still have the opportunity to apply to other Australian Medical Schools:

Find out more about studying at an Australian medical school
Find out more about Australian medical schools

University of Queensland Medical School


Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.

University of Sydney Medical School


Application deadline: Friday, July 5, 2013

James Cook University Medical School


Application deadline: August 30, 2013

Please note, that each Australian Medical School has their own unique application which must be completed if you wish to be considered for admission and have your application assessed.

OzTREKK is the most trusted source of information for international students looking at studying medicine in Australia. We are the experts in admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation.

Each year, more than 90% of Canadians that commence their medical studies at any of the below Australian Medical Schools, submit their applications via OzTREKK.

Medical Licensing & Accreditation

OzTREKK are the medical licensing experts in Canada, and have the latest information, data, statistics and pathways on you becoming a doctor if you complete your studies at an Australian Medical School, and you wish to obtain an internship and residency in Australia, practice in the U.S. or return to Canada.

Each year, OzTREKK hosts Medical School Licensing Seminars which take you through the entire process of becoming licensed to practice in Australia, in the U.S., or in Canada. The seminars are held right across Canada and are extremely popular with all spaces being filled by students and their parents.

When you apply to an Australian Medical School via OzTREKK, you receive an exclusive invitation to one of the Medical School Licensing Seminars.

Friday, June 21, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A university physics professor was explaining a particularly complicated concept to his class when a pre-med student interrupted him.
Australian Medical Schools
Don’t forget about the Sydney Medical School application deadline!

“Why do we have to learn this stuff?” the young man blurted out.

“To save lives,” the professor responded before continuing the lecture.

A few minutes later the student spoke up again. “So how does physics save lives?”

The professor stared at the student for a long time without saying a word. Finally, the professor continued. “Physics saves lives,” he answered, “because it keeps the idiots out of medical school.”

University of Sydney Medical School application deadline


Yes, we’ve reminded you. Many times. Over and over. Well, what can we say? We like our students to be prepared!

The deadline to have all of your application documents at the OzTREKK office is Friday, July 5, 2013 in order to have your complete application submitted to Sydney Medical School by Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Sydney Dental School deadline is only two weeks away!

Two weeks left! The application deadline for the the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program at the University of Sydney is Friday, July 5, 2013!

Learn more about applying to Sydney Dental School
Learn more about applying to Sydney Dental School!

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 Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program aims to
  • have students gain, qualitatively and quantitatively, a greater patient-based experience;
  • support research-informed decisions through critique of available information and defend their treatment decisions as the most appropriate under the unique circumstances as presented by individual patients;
  • equip students with the confidence to accept supervised clinical responsibilities away from the parent institution and to embark on national and international electives from the end of Year 2 onward;
  • develop leadership skills which distinguish University of Sydney graduates and contribute to the dental profession, academia and public health service as ambassadors, community educators and promoters of heath at community level;
  • in addition to professional and ethical values, enhance a social conscience and a sense of social responsibility and cultural awareness; and
  • instill a passion for lifelong learning through a critical approach to learning and opportunities for self-evaluation.

    Application deadline for the 2014 intake: July 7, 2013 (Please note: All Sydney DMD application documents must be received at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 5.)
    Interview invitations: July 19 – 22, 2013
    Interviews held: July 29 – Aug. 2, 2013
    Offers will begin to be sent: August 12, 2013
    Second round of interview offers: Sept. 13 – 16, 2013
    Second round of interviews held: Sept. 23 – 25, 2013
    Offers for second round: Sept. 30, 2013