Wednesday, July 31, 2013

JCU Dental School and the Cairns campus

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

James Cook University Dental School
JCU Dental School Simulation Clinic at the Cairns campus

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

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

JCU Cairns houses state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in an attractive setting. To meet the increasing need for dentists, JCU has invested significantly in a new dental teaching complex with a dental treatment centre, and a world-class clinical simulation facility. Other facilities include an impressive library and information technology building, health science and science laboratories, student refectory, café, licensed bar, gym, sporting oval and basketball court.

Check out JCU’s interactive Cairns campus map to get yourself prepared!

James Cook University Dental School


The James Cook University Dental School’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is a broad-based program that includes all aspects of dental practice and aims to promote improved oral health care delivery, particularly to people living in rural, remote and tropical regions of Australia. The curriculum integrates the basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventative oral health strategies. James Cook University Dental School students will have early exposure to clinical practice, with an increasing proportion of the course dedicated to clinical skills in the later years.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2013

University of Sydney Medical School interviews

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

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

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

You should use the most reliable method of connection available for your interview (e.g., a wired computer connection, where possible.)  Wireless connection can be used, provided that it is sufficiently reliable to complete the interview process. Imagine beginning your interview with shady internet connection—not a smooth move!

Can’t attend your interview at the specified time? You must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency.  The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

What should I know?
Don’t call  us, we’ll call you. Please do not contact the Admissions Office or any of the interviewers via Skype at any time. The office will be running many interviews over a period of time, none of which can be interrupted.

Prior to your interview day, you will be sent a “Contact request” via Skype from the Admissions Office (e.g. sydneyuni-med-admissions-x), which you should accept as soon as possible.

Position yourself in a way that your face can be clearly seen on the camera. Don’t sit with a strong light behind you. When discussing the question with the interviewer, please look directly at the camera on your computer. Have your photo ID ready to be shown to the camera.

In the event that the connection fails during your interview, please do not try to contact the Admissions Office or your interviewer. Faculty staff will try to  re-establish the connection via Skype or call you on the contact number you provided at the interview booking stage to sort out the issue. You may be  re-interviewed for that station at the end of the entire 45 minutes.

Must I bring anything to the interview?
For verification purposes, you must bring photographic identification (passport or driver’s license) to the interview.

Please note that if you do not bring photographic identification to the interview, the Sydney Medical School reserves the right to cancel your interview.  In that event, your application for admission to the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery in 2014 will be deemed to have lapsed, and will not be considered further.

What should I expect?
The multi-mini-interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes. It is designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the Sydney Medical School considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics.  There will be 5 stations of 7 minutes each, with a turnaround time of 2 minutes.  Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. Say hello to him or her. Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via ‘Instant Message’ on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

What are they looking for in a candidate?
Sydney Medical School will be looking for the following skills and attributes from applicants:

1.    Knowledge relevant to the question.
2.    The capacity to draw implications from that knowledge.
3.    Insight into their own attitudes and views relevant to the issue.
4.    Insight into other people’s attitudes and views relevant to the issue.
5.    Ability to formulate an approach to address the issues that takes account of 1–4.

The interview process is designed to assess suitability based on qualities important for success in the MBBS program, including
  • good communication skills;
  • a sense of caring, empathy and sensitivity;
  • an ability to make effective decisions;
  • an ability to contribute as a member of a team;
  • an appreciation of the place of medicine in the wider context of healing; and
  • a sense of vocation, motivation and commitment within the context of medicine.

The interview aims to broadly sample the candidate’s competencies in order to gain an accurate picture of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. This is achieved by having several brief interviews with different interviewers.

Interviewers will not be provided with any information (including MCAT and GPA scores) about applicants. Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants who are deemed eligible for interview.

Who are the interviewers?
All interviewers are volunteers who have completed a training program. They are recruited from the following groups:
  • Academic, clinical academic, and staff of Sydney Medical School
  • Senior students and graduates from the medical program
  • Persons drawn from the wider community. The interviewers will optimally include 2 or 3 of each gender.

What else should I know?
  • Don’t have Skype? Get it. Learn about it. Be prepared to know how it works.
  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately (business casual). No one wants to see you just out of bed or wearing exercise gear. You are interviewing for a professional degree!
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some prepared! Be prepared to speak about your interests outside of medicine should they ask you.
  • Take a deep breath. The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.

OzTREKK Tip: Past OzTREKK students have commented that the interviews go smoothly and are far more friendly than some Canadian medical school interviews.

OzTREKK wishes you the best on your interview!

Melbourne Law academic named Scholar of the Year

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

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

University of Melbourne Law School
Study Law at Melbourne Law School

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

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

Dr McMillan said his experiences with the law while growing up also inspired him to follow a path into legal academia. “Growing up, I saw some of the worst aspects of the law and the legal system, merely because of where we lived and saw the effects of policing, the courts and jails; however, I also got to see and experience the law as a site of hope, a site of recognition, a site for the articulation of our needs, our aspirations and our sights; a site for our stories.

“My plan is to educate the students at Melbourne Law School about the effects the legal system has had and continues to have on Indigenous existence and experience.”

Dean of the Law School, Prof Carolyn Evans, said the entire faculty was proud of Dr McMillan’s achievement.  “Mark’s colleagues are delighted to hear about this national recognition for the importance of the work that he is undertaking.”

Curious about studying law at Melbourne Law School?

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: November 30, 2013

Entry Requirements
Melbourne JD applicants must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:
  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

A Melbourne JD application must include a personal statement of up to 850 words. It should emphasize any aspect of your personal history that may enhance your application, including extracurricular activity, community involvement, work experience, caregiver responsibilities, relevant personal characteristics and any outstanding achievements. Statements should be typewritten, the pages numbered, and the applicant’s name and date of birth should appear on each page.

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Melbourne JD program.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monash chemical engineer helps effectiveness of asthma inhalers

Do you suffer from asthma?

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

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

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

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

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

The team’s work results in particles smaller than a micron (thousandth of a millimetre) in diameter – much smaller than those produced by conventional dehydrating mechanisms, which are limited by the size of the atomized droplet.

The team’s discovery was unveiled at the 18th International Drying Symposium in Xiamen, China, last year. It is likely to create interest among pharmaceutical companies. Infusion devices and metered dose inhalers account for around $US20 billion in worldwide sales each year, with the key development aim being to balance improved efficiency against the cost of manufacture.

Dr Woo’s method means that the pharmaceutical industry can now potentially deliver critical medicines via the airway direct into the lungs with much greater accuracy.

“From a drug manufacturer’s perspective, this new approach can maintain the uniformity of the particle and yet potentially maintain commercially viable production rate,” said the Monash University lecturer.

Investigations into using ethanol as a means of producing ultra-fine particles began in 2011, as part of Dr Woo’s ongoing research into manufacturing processes in the dairy industry.

Attempting to produce lactose crystals, his team decided to reject the traditional hot air drying method and use nitrogen laced with ethanol vapour as an alternative dehydrating agent.

To their surprise, the result was not the crystals they expected, but hundreds of very tiny, very uniform lactose particles. Further testing showed that the amount of alcohol absorbed into the initial droplets was a key variable in influencing the outcome.

Assisted by a grant from the Australian Research Council, the Monash team is now testing its method on another dairy product, whey, and researching the ultra-fine particle delivery of protein-based medicines. They are also building a demonstration unit to showcase the anti-solvent vapour precipitation process, which will be completed later this year.

Dr Woo is one of 12 early-career scientists presenting their research to the public this week during Fresh Science, a national program sponsored by the Australian Government.

Monash Law School trio appointed to Federal Court

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

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

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

Justice Davies graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws in 1978. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a barrister and solicitor in 1980, and was appointed as a judge in 2009. Nowadays, Justice Davies organizes the commercial law seminars for the legal profession, which are conducted by Monash University, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Bar.

One of the few women with High Court practice, Ms Mortimer has undertaken a wide range of cases at the Bar, specializing in administrative and constitutional law, anti-discrimination and extradition.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1985 and 1987, Ms Mortimer was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1988 and later taught torts, property law and evidence in the Monash University Faculty of Law . She is also the author of several publications, including co-authoring the student textbook Evidence.

Monash Law School


The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Entry Requirements for the Monash Law School JD Program

  • JD applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Applicants with a minimum, cumulative average of 75% above in their university studies, as well as work/life experience, will be considered for admission. Please note that each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study. Monash University does not require the LSAT for entry in the Juris Doctor program.
  • Work experience is not required for admission.
  • OzTREKK also recommends that students submit a resume and/or a personal statement along with their application.
  • Interviews may be conducted if a candidate meets the academic requirements. If an interview is required, it will be held via teleconferencing by the JD assessment team.
  • Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Monash JD program. 

University of Sydney Pharmacy academic receives international award

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

University of Sydney Pharmacy School
Find out more about studying pharmacy at Sydney’s Pharmacy School

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

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

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

Her research in CMI has in recent years attracted several significant grants and fostered a number of collaborations with researchers from the United States and Europe, as well as with other Australian universities.

“It is a great honour to receive this award and to be recognized for the quality and significance of the research that I have done and continue to do so in the area of medicine information and adherence,” said the University of Sydney Pharmacy School professor.

“I believe the award is not only a recognition of the work that I do, but also that of the research teams I am a part of, and most importantly the students I have worked with in the last fourteen years,” she said.

Chair of the Pharmacy Research UK Board of Trustees, Professor Anthony Smith said Associate Professor Aslani is “a most deserving recipient of this award” and that her research focus shows an ambition to improve health care for the benefit of patients which is the goal of Pharmacy Research UK,” said Professor Smith.

“It is important to build relationships with international colleagues to promote the spread of knowledge and engage in dialogue about shared interests.”

Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Iqbal Ramzan also commended her accomplishment.

“On behalf of the Faculty, I congratulate Parisa on her great achievement. This award is due recognition for the outstanding work she has performed here.”

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School Dean added that Parisa demonstrates a diligent and dynamic approach to her research, which is not only evidenced by her achievements, but also the influence and benefits her work will yield for the pharmaceutical industry, consumers, health practitioners and policy makers in Australia and other countries.

The Pharmacy Research UK conference will be held in Birmingham, UK on Sept. 8 – 9.

Monday, July 29, 2013

JCU Dental School applications close in one month

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

JCU Dental School
JCU Dental School’s state-of-the-art facilities

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

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery Program


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

Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS):

1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 92% average, including prerequisite subjects grades: Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Biology is desirable. A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree
A high level of academic standard is required for entry. Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Keep in mind, the application deadline for the 2014 intake is only one month away! All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by August 30, 2013.

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

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

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Find out more about engineering and IT programs at the University of Sydney

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

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

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

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

EEG, or monitoring of brain waves, is the best diagnostic tool and most common test used to diagnose epilepsy; however, learning how to diagnose epilepsy is difficult, labour intensive and takes years to master. The sonification team’s method has been tested on a group of non-experts.

University of Sydney School of Electrical and Information Engineering lecturer Dr Heba Khamis commented that the participants in the study at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies spent two hours in a training session where they learned how to audibly distinguish between seizures and some common sounds. They were asked to perform unaided audio detection of 644 hours of EEG data that contained 46 seizures.

“We found the participants’ accuracy in audio detection was very similar to the accuracy of visual detection. And training for visual detection requires a full year of training,” said Dr Khamis.

Because this audio detection method only requires a few hours of training, it offers an exciting possibility for a person living with epilepsy or their carer to collect information about their condition, and in some sense, feel as though they are in some sense taking charge of their condition.

Working in conjunction with the medical specialists, this information would be valuable for assessment and determination of medication regimes.

The researchers hope to take their pioneering research to the next phase of clinical trials and develop a portable EEG system.

Dr McEwan received support from Microsoft Research to commence this project through its Faculty Fellowship Program. Based in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, he teaches the electrical components of the biomedical engineering program.

JCU Medical School applications close in one month

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

JCU Medical School
Find out more about JCU Medical School

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

Medical students at JCU gain early experience in the tropical health care context and benefit from extensive clinical experience and a full course of medical education and training. The program attracts students, staff and clinicians with an ambition to make a difference, whatever their background, specialty or career direction.

About JCU Medical School and the MBBS program


James Cook University’s medical school offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). This medical program aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards, who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. As mentioned above, the course places special emphasis on rural and Indigenous health and tropical medicine. If you are interested in global health, and the health people in rural and remote places, JCU medicine may be a great fit for you.

Program title: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2013

Entry Requirements
  • Entry is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Completion of JCU International Student Application Form and School of Medicine specific application form.
  • Interview: held in-person or via video conference

Keep in mind, the application deadline is only one month away! All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by August 30, 2013.

Friday, July 26, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Student writes home from his Australian university


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

Australian Medical Schools
Fun and games at UQ Med School

His father’s reply

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



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

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

The Application Process


OzTREKK is the application centre in Canada for our Australian universities—you submit your application and academic transcripts directly to the OzTREKK office.

You can apply online directly to our Australian universities through OzTREKK’s Application Centre. The Application Centre offers the following services:
  • A streamlined application process
  • All applicable university application forms
  • Direct submission to the university (no need to mail your documents to Australia)
  • Access 24 X 7
  • No need to wait for an answer
  • Updates on the status of your application
  • Download your offer right from your PC

    Popular schools at Australian universities include
    • Australian Medical Schools in Australia
    • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
    • Australian Vet Schools in Australia
    • Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
    • Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia
    • Australian Law Schools in Australia
    • Australian Optometry Schools in Australia
    • Australian Teachers College in Australia
    • Australian Business Schools in Australia
    • Australian Occupational Therapy Schools in Australia
    • Australian Speech Pathology Schools in Australia
    • Australian Audiology Schools in Australia
    • Australian Nursing Schools in Australia
    • Australian Public Health Schools in Australia

    Australian Medical School licensing online seminars

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

    Australian Medical Schools
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    Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars 


    Tuesday, August 13, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Tuesday, September 10, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Tuesday, October 15, 6 – 9 p.m.


    Important topics covered during the webinars:

    • The Australian Medical School systems and structure
    • Australian Medical School rankings
    • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS
    • Medical school rotations in Canada
    • Coming back to Canada to practice medicine
    • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2
    • The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
    • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
    • The Australian Internship and Residency Program

    …and much more! The webinars also provide a great opportunity for you to ask Matt any questions you may have!

    Attendance is via invitation only. Only those students who submit an Australian Medical School application via OzTREKK are invited to the webinars.

    How To Apply to an Australian Medical School

    Although the University of Melbourne Medical School and the University of Sydney Medical School have closed their applications for the 2014 intake, the following Australian Medical Schools are still accepting applications:
    • Monash University Medical School
    • University of Queensland Medical School
    • James Cook University Medical School

    University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School applications are closing in one week

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

    Find out more about Melbourne's DPT program
    Find out more about Melbourne’s DPT program

    Melbourne DPT Second Round Application Timeline for the 2014 Intake


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

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    UQ Medical School admissions consultations

    Are you ready to study at the UQ Medical School?


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

    University of Queensland Medical School
    Study at the UQ Medical School

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

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

    The compulsory consultative in-person meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director in Canada is part of the three-tiered admissions process. Along with meeting the key degree and MCAT score requirements, applicants must attend the one-on-one consultations with Dr. Schafer to determine an applicant’s suitability for the program and motivations for practicing medicine.

    Applicants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ Medical School program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia and more. The consultations will be completed for applicants wishing to begin the program for the 2014 intake.

    Consultation Schedule

    Vancouver: Thursday, August 15
    Edmonton: Saturday, August 17
    Toronto: Monday, August 19; Tuesday, August 20; Wednesday, August 21

    About the UQ Medical School


    The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Designed to produce doctors able to meet the challenges of the new century, the curriculum captures the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and help them develop into highly skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them.

    The principles upon which the design of the UQ MBBS is based include an emphasis on the following:
    - Problem-based learning (PBL) in a clinical context
    - Self-directed, lifelong learning
    - Critical evaluation of the scientific basis of medicine
    - Integration of basic and clinical sciences throughout
    - Bio-psychosocial approach to medicine
    - Clinical training ab initio
    - Communication skills and
    - Personal and professional development

    University of Queensland’s Great Court Race

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

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

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

    2013 Winners

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

    Students from Canada choose UQ primarily for its international reputation as an outstanding academic institution, as well as its location in the vibrant city of Brisbane. The University of Queensland offers Canadians a wide range of programs for which to choose and the university has won more awards for excellence in teaching than any other university.

    UQ has four main campuses located in, or in close proximity to, Brisbane at St Lucia, Herston, Ipswich and Gatton as well as teaching and research sites throughout Queensland.

    Popular schools at the University of Queensland include UQ Medical School, UQ Pharmacy School, and  UQ Veterinary School.

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

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

    Bond University
    Study health sciences at Bond University

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

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

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

    “The idea centres on measurement of changes in gene expression in white blood cells which are part of our immune system,” he said, adding that profiling in the detection of growth hormone usage could have direct application for the development a novel anti-doping detection method.

    Hosted by the China Anti-Doping Agency and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association, the Beijing symposium examined scientific advances in gene doping research, and in particular focused on latest developments in the use genetic technologies for doping detection.

    The Bond University Health Sciences professor has had extensive experience in education, sport, coaching and exercise science and completed a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Australian National University in Canberra while undertaking research at the Australian Institute of Sport.

    Dr Gray and his co-investigator Associate Professor Lotti Tajouri were among a select group of experts from around the world in the fields of scientific research, anti-doping testing and medicine invited to the symposium. Dr Gray commented that since only 20 sports scientists from around the world were invited to the symposium, it made it a very significant gathering of the best research in this specialized field.

    “It is a recognition of the work that Bond University has been doing in a number of areas in the field of sports science and adds to the university’s prestige in the overall fields of Health and Medical Science.”

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    What is the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association?

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

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

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

    By maintaining a policy platform that outlines the opinions and beliefs of the Association’s members, they aim to protect the status, rights and privileges, and to promote the interest of members of the association engaged as students, in any field of pharmacy, and to do all such things as may be necessary for such protection and/or promotion.

    As well, NAPSA tries to promote the rights of non-member students and pre-registrants and to seek the establishment of uniform conditions regarding courses of study and qualifications for registration of pharmacists throughout Australia.

    The association cooperates with other organizations on a scientific, cultural, and social plane with a view to furthering the objectives of the association, and arranges an annual conference between the constituent organizations and assists all constituent organizations.

    Pharmacy Awareness

    NAPSA's vision is to promote the profession of pharmacy to students, other health professionals and the wider community and, in doing so, make them aware of the importance of the role of pharmacists in primary health care, the provision of health information and of their involvement in overall long term health care, the community’s health status and quality of life.

    NAPSA claims that Pharmacy Awareness is all about working together to promote the benefits of pharmacy, services and future prospects, to the public.

    The Pharmacy Awareness Committee works to promote the National Association of Pharmaceutical Students of Australia to the wider professional community and members and the public, whilst fulfilling the social responsibility of pharmacy students to the Australian community.

    The associations believes it’s integral that they all play a part in promoting the profession as students and well into their future careers. This is to ensure that pharmacy continues to grow into strong profession and that pharmacists’ services are highly regarded and valued within the community, now and for the future.

    Pharmacy Awareness encourages all pharmacy students and branches to work together to promote their future profession by advocating the benefits of pharmacy and the services pharmacists offer to the community, as well as by actively contributing to improving the health of the Australian public.


    Australian Pharmacy Schools:
    • James Cook University Pharmacy School
    • Monash University Pharmacy School
    • University of Queensland Pharmacy School
    • University of Sydney Pharmacy School

    Melbourne Dental School application timeline update

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

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

    Melbourne Medical School application timeline

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

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

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne Teachers College

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

    Apply to the University of Melbourne Teachers College
    Apply to the University of Melbourne Teachers College

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

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

    As a result, University of Melbourne Teachers College graduates feel very well prepared for teaching and are highly sought after by schools and early childhood services.

    Programs: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
    Location: Melbourne, Victoria
    Semester intake: March
    Duration: 1.5 to 2 years
    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 University of Melbournes Master of Teaching programs, you must have
    • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and
    • have achieved a 65 percent average or above.

    For the Master of Teaching (Primary), the university would also like to see that you have undertaken courses in a couple of different disciplines within your undergraduate degree, as primary teachers must have general knowledge in several different subjects.

    For the Master of Teaching (Secondary), applicants must also meet the requirements for two teaching methods. The University of Melbourne is generally looking for four to five full credits in a first method and another three to four full credits in a second method. For example, if you would like English as your first teaching method and History as your second, you would be required to have completed five full credits in English and four full credits in History within your undergraduate degree.

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

    Want to study in Australia?

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

    OzTREKK extranet
    Coming soon! The new OzTREKK Boarding Pass student site

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

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

    In fact, in order to better serve our OzTREKK students, we decided to give the extranet site an update! We’ve made the new, updated extranet site university specific. No more surfing through all the tabs to find what you’re looking for—now you’ll only have to click on your university and everything will be there at your fingertips! You can even access your application status and student loan status.

    All the photos used on the new extranet were taken by our staff with everyday cameras, shot by us while we’re in Australia. Each university will have photos that are particular to that area, so it will help you get a feel for what Australia is like.

    You’ll get inside information about the following Australian universities:
    • Bond University
    • James Cook University
    • Macquarie University
    • Monash University
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of Newcastle
    • University of Queensland
    • University of Sydney
    We hope you find the info useful, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you don’t find an answer to a question you may have!

    Stay tuned, OzTREKKers!


    Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to email it to you!

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

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

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

    Learn more about Health Sciences programs at JCU
    Learn more about Health Sciences programs at JCU

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

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

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

    “While the cumulative effects of aerobic and resistance training have been shown in previous studies, this study hopes to examine the changes observed after a single session and identification of the mechanism for these changes over time.”

    Ms Raiff said the research was being conducted in the ISES Exercise Testing and Prescription Laboratory at JCU under the supervision of Associate Professor Anthony Leicht from JCU’s ISES.

    “The research involves having participants complete three sessions with each consisting of twenty minutes of rest, thirty minutes of exercise, and  sixty minutes of recovery,” she said.

    The Ohio-based researcher added that the three exercise sessions involve aerobic, resistance and no exercise with the three sessions undertaken in a randomized order with at least 48 hours separating each session. “Before each exercise, measures of vascular function including arterial stiffness, central aortic pressure and peripheral blood pressure are taken with blood samples also collected for analysis of biomarkers of vascular function.”

    During each of the exercise sessions, heart rate, blood pressure and rating of effort are recorded every 1–5 minutes.

    Following exercise, another blood sample is taken in order to examine the biomarker change during the exercise and measure of arterial stiffness, central aortic pressure and peripheral blood pressure are recorded at regular intervals.

    Ms Raiff said her journey to JCU had been unconventional.

    “While most students work with a study abroad department, I was fortunate enough to be put directly in contact with Associate Professor Anthony Leicht of JCU’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science,” she said.

    “During the summer of 2012, I contacted my advisor at the University of Dayton to express my interest in spending the next summer in Australia because of my interest in physiotherapy. I was also hoping to get some clinical experience and hoped he would be able to give me some guidance and inform me of some opportunities.”

    In a coincidence, her supervisor informed her Associate Professor Leicht had just stopped by his office at the University of Dayton the previous week and encouraged her to contact him about the experience she was looking for.

    Ms Raiff said she would use the findings of the study to compose her honours thesis as a part of her Honours with Distinction curriculum at the University of Dayton.

    “I am excited to take all that I have learned here at JCU back with me to UD and hopefully contribute to my department’s understanding of vascular physiology.”

    Sport and Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology (Clinical)

    Sport & Exercise Science Do you want to
    • make a useful contribution to the community?
    • further your interest and abilities in sport and exercise science?
    • help people to improve their life opportunities and sense of physical well-being?
    • work with people?
    • work with a wide range of age groups with varying physical exercise and sport abilities?
    • work with community based and/or professional sporting persons/clubs/teams?
    Exercise Physiology (Clinical) Do you want to
    • make a useful contribution to the community?
    • help people to improve their life opportunities and sense of physical well-being?
    • work with people?
    • work with a wide range of age groups with varying occupational, exercise and physical abilities?
    • work with other allied health professionals
    • work with people to manage chronic diseases/conditions and injury rehabilitation

    Australian speech pathology graduate discusses working in Australia

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

    Australian Speech Pathology Schools
    OzTREKK student Lisa Matys on a whale-watching cruise

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

    How did you land a job working as a speech pathologist in Hervey Bay?
    During my second year an opportunity came up to volunteer at Camp Have a Chat, which is a camp run by the Cerebral Palsy League (CPL) for children using alternative and augmentative communication methods. I volunteered and had a fantastic time. It really helped me decide that the disability sector was the one I wanted to work in! As well, I was able to meet the senior speech pathologist and other SPs working in CPL. When it came time to apply for jobs, I emailed the camp coordinator to let her know I really was interested in working with CPL and asked if there were any tips on finding a job with them. She in turn passed on my email to the senior speech pathologist—which I think is how I ended up getting an interview. It’s not only “a case of what you know but also who you know!” I wasn’t successful in getting the first position, but a couple of weeks later they gave me a call to let me know that a new position was opening up in Hervey Bay and asked if I was interested. I said yes, and I’m still here one and a half years later!

    I think to get a job, especially as an international student, you need to make the most of any connections you have and volunteer in the areas you are interested in. It also helps to be willing to move more regionally and be prepared to wait a bit longer to get a job after graduating.

    On which visa are you currently, while you are working in Oz?
    I’m currently on a 485 visa (Graduate visa). This visa lets you continue to live and work in Oz for 18 months after it has been granted. It was the most cost-effective option at the time when I graduate (end 2011) but it has now gone up in price. Currently, my work is looking into sponsoring me to become a permanent resident as my 18 months will be finished early in 2014.

    Do you think your studies at UQ prepared you well for your current job?
    Overall, I think UQ did prepare me for being a speech pathologist. The disability sector is the one in which you get the least amount of training, but the skills I learned at UQ for researching and various treatment techniques did set me up for quick, on-the-job learning. My year was really supportive so it was nice to know that whenever you had a question you could just ask and someone would help you—very different from other courses I had done where everyone was really competitive and didn’t want to help. I think that most graduates in my year felt they were prepared, but you learn so much out in your first year when you are the speech pathologist and people are looking to you for advice!

    Australian Speech Pathology Schools
    Lisa and friends touring Fraser Island

    Any advice or tips to students from Canada thinking about going to Oz to study speech path?
    I had a great time at UQ and in Australia. I think if you’re up for an adventure you should definitely apply! UQ also made sure that I was going to meet all my Canadian requirements for when I decide to go back and work in Canada—even to the point of offering me extra clinics to make sure that I had enough hours in all areas. I think a career as a speech pathologist is incredibly rewarding and working with kids and adults with cerebral palsy ensures that no two days are ever the same. The nice thing about using OzTREKK was the list they sent around of everyone starting a therapy program; it made it easy to meet other people who were heading over to Australia with you and gave you someone to meet up with and explore with before classes started.

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    Tour the University of Sydney’s Dentistry library

    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.

    University of Sydney Dental School
    Find out more about University of Sydney Dental School

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

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

    If you’ve applied to the Sydney Dental School and are curious about where you’ll be studying and gathering information, check out the University of Sydney Library video as it gives you an introduction to the library for the Faculty of Dentistry.

    University of Melbourne physiotherapy applications are closing in two weeks

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

    Find out more about Melbourne's DPT program
    Find out more about Melbourne’s DPT program

    Melbourne DPT Second Round Application Timeline for the 2014 Intake


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

    Entry requirements

    The Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the last 10 years or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.
    To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must
    • have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects. Prerequisite subjects include one semester of human anatomy and one semester of human physiology.
    • participate in a multi-mini interview. Selected applicants will be shortlisted to participate in a multi-mini interview (MMI) to assess interest in and motivation for undertaking the program, likely capacity for establishing and maintaining rapport with patients in a clinical setting, communication skills, and aptitude for collaboration and decision making. The University of Melbourne has advised that international applicants will likely complete a MMI via video conferencing or phone.

    Selection will be based on academic record (grade point average–GPA) from a completed three- or four-year university degree. The Selection Committee will also conduct interviews. To be competitive, it is anticipated that applicants will have achieved a standard of at least 70% or higher GPA in their undergraduate degree.

    An applicant’s GPA results will be measured by considering the last three years of the applicant’s undergraduate coursework studies (including Honours). Weightings will be applied according to the approved Melbourne Adjusted Grade Point Average (MAGPA) calculations in force in any given year, or in the absence of any defined MAGPA, by weighting the first of the final three full-time years by 1, the second year by 2, and the final year by 3.

    Offers of admission will be made from a combined ranking list where a candidate’s GPA and interview results are given equal weightings.

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    OzTREKK Funny Friday

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

    Australian Veterinary Schools
    Be a dog whisperer: study at an Australian Vet School

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Postgraduate Australian Veterinary Program

    Duration: 4 years
    Number of international places: approximately 50
    Program commences: March intake each year
    Offered at: University of Melbourne

    Undergraduate Australian Veterinary Programs

    Duration: 5 years
    Number of international places: varies from 5 to 140
    Program commences: February intake each year
    Offered at: James Cook University, University of Queensland and University of Sydney

    OzTREKK Australian Veterinary Schools:

    • James Cook University Veterinary School
    • University of Melbourne Veterinary School
    • University of Queensland Veterinary School
    • University of Sydney Veterinary School

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

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

    Bond University Law School
    No, not “winebar”—pre-departure webinar!

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

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

    The webinars provide an excellent avenue to learn more about the Australian student visa process, your accommodation options, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel arrangements, banking and finances, and general info about the Australian lifestyle and culture. Essentially, the session breaks down what to do prior to leaving Canada and what to do upon arrival in Australia. This is your chance to get your questions answered—and reassure your parents to boot! Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question: If you are wondering about how to get a bank card, you can bet your bottom dollar everyone else is, too. Questions are via chat, so ask away, Bondies!

    Construction begins for University of Sydney Business School

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

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

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

    Construction of the Abercrombie Precinct Project represents the most significant capital investment in the history of the Business School, and will provide students and staff with five floors of teaching, learning and administrative facilities, including a 550-seat lecture theatre, three 300-seat theatres, technologically enabled learning hubs and student accommodation.

    “The new facilities represent the next phase in a process of transformation of the Business School, bringing all of our staff and students together for the first time,” said Co-Dean Professor Tyrone Carlin. “Most importantly, these facilities will provide the fabric for a world-class learning and research environment for the best and brightest students and academics.”

    Construction of the facility will be carried out by John Holland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings Limited that has been appointed as head contractor on the project.

    The Abercrombie Precinct site is situated on the southern edge of the university’s Darlington Campus, and is bordered by Darlington Lane to the north, Codrington Street to the east, Abercrombie Street to the south and Darlington Public School to the west.