Friday, August 30, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines, and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

Law Schools in Australia
All she wanted to do was sleep!
The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He explains, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and vice versa.”

Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.”

This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the Earth to the moon?”

The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5 bill and hands it to the lawyer.
“Okay,” says the lawyer, “your turn.”

She asks the lawyer, “What North American mammal goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?”

The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop and searches all his references. No answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and the Library of Congress, no answer. Frustrated, he sends an e-mail to all his friends and coworkers. No one knows.

After an hour, he wakes the blonde and hands her $500.

The blonde says, “Thank you,” and turns back to get some more sleep.

The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde again and asks, “Well, what’s the answer?”

Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.

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About Law Programs in Australia

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is an undergraduate law degree. It is designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Australian students, like those from virtually all other Commonwealth countries except Canada, can enter the LLB program directly from high school. This is modelled on the system in the U.K. Some Australian universities also offer graduate-entry LLB degrees for those who have already completed a bachelor degree.

Both the Juris Doctor (JD) and the postgraduate Bachelor of Laws are graduate law degrees. They are designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Students must have completed an undergraduate degree to be eligible for entry into either one of these programs.

Apply to an Australian Law School:

  • Bond University Law School
  • James Cook University Law School
  • Macquarie University Law School
  • University of Melbourne Law School
  • Monash University Law School
  • University of Newcastle Law School
  • University of Queensland Law School
  • University of Sydney Law School

JCU Study Abroad student shares his experience with OzTREKK

Many students opt for university in Canada. For some, this is just fine and dandy, thank you. Other students pursue their bachelor degree in Canada, then lift their gaze up and over huge land masses and bodies of water—and zero in on Australia.

Study Abroad
Stephen and kangaroo buddy at Billabong Sanctuary

For students, Australia pretty much has it all, which is why it hosts more than 250,000 international students, making it one of world’s most popular foreign study destinations.

Besides being a great experience, studying at an Australian university is a great way to gain an edge in an increasingly globalized economy. No matter which university or program you choose, international study in Australia will give you access to unique academic, professional and personal opportunities.

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SCUBA diving off the coast of Queensland offers the tropical marine delights of the Great Barrier Reef

OzTREKK Study Abroad student Stephen Paterson left the ordinary and experienced the extraordinary at James Cook University. As just one of JCU’s 229 Study Abroad students, Stephen enrolled in two semesters of biology programs and began in semester 1, 2013. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native chose to leave Canada’s blustery winter behind in favour of northeastern Queensland’s balmy, tropical summer!


Why did you choose study abroad at James Cook University?

I decided to spend a year studying at James Cook University for several reasons. First, I was nearing the end of my four-year biology degree in Winnipeg and found that I had exhausted most of the courses at the University of Winnipeg that interested me. So rather than waste my time taking courses just for a credit, I began searching for another option. Second, in the last several years of my life I developed a strong interest in marine biology and passion for diving and JCU seemed a perfect place to study and get some time in the water on the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Finally, I have an insatiable desire to travel that was beginning to impede my progress in completing my degree, so I figured I should combine travel and university! Also, I was interested in living in a new city because although I love to travel, I have never left home for more than six months at a time and usually never spend more than one month in any single location.

James Cook University in Australia
Mountain biking is Stephen’s latest passion

What did you enjoy most during your study abroad experience in Australia?

I have had so much fun since I arrived it is impossible to list all the best times, but I’ll try. To start, I have done some of the most spectacular diving of my life from Townsville and Cairns. The reef and marine life are truly spectacular. Furthermore, being from Winnipeg, I had very few friends who dived and enjoyed it as much as I do, but here I have made many friends who are fantastic divers and are completely obsessed with being underwater the way I am. It’s really nice to be surrounded by people who share your passion.

I’ve also had loads of fun taking up new activities. Before I arrived I figured I might take my skates over and be the best hockey player in Australia. Instead, I’ve and taken up several new sports. Coming from the heart of the prairies I had never been on a mountain bike until a friend took me out riding in Townsville. A month ago I bought my own bike and have spent several hours riding every day since I bought it; I simply can’t get enough of it. I still love my road bike and ride it an hour or two a day also, but mountain biking is a new-found love of mine! I’ve also been trying a bit of climbing. Recently, just before class, a friend took me abseiling down the face of Castle Hill! Last month I played a game of underwater hockey. That was really fun, but I’m better at ice hockey.

James Cook University in Australia
Stephen with grouper at Cod Hole

I’ve had an incredible time doing all these new and invigorating activities, but it’s the people I’ve done the activities with who have made it so much fun. Having made new friends and met people who share the same passions as I do has really been the most valuable part of this experience for me.

Do you have any tips or advice for international students interested in studying in Australia?

As for tips/advice for international students, I really have none other than use what OzTREKK has to offer! Studying as an international student is not a simple thing to arrange, but I feel this whole transition/adventure has gone incredibly smoothly. I cannot overstate how helpful it was to have OzTREKK there to guide me and explain how things work. It’s really easy to see how thing are once you’re here in Australia, but it can be very confusing from across the world.

JCU School of Marine and Tropical Biology

The school’s strategic intent is “to be the leading research and education centre for the study of biology in the tropics.” To this end it aims to expand knowledge and understanding of biology through excellence in research and teaching, with a focus on tropical systems. With its immense biodiversity, in marine and terrestrial environments, JCU consider north Queensland to be one of the best places in the world to study whole organism biology and ecology.

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OzTREKK student Zev and friend, on the outer reef

The school ranks number two in the world for citations on Climate Change and features world-recognized programs in aquaculture, marine biology, marine science, ecology and conservation.

Strengths of the school include strong research collaborations with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Australian Centre for Tropical freshwater Research (ACTFR) at JCU, and Savanna and Desert Knowledge CRCs.

About Marine Biology at JCU

JCU, through its School of Marine and Tropical Biology, is the first university in Australia to offer specialized training in marine biology. It has earned an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and takes a field-oriented, hands-on approach to its teaching and research endeavours.

The school’s location in the tropics allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between our research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.

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OzTREKK and UQ Physio student Zev Permack snorkeling (our OzTREKK students stick together!)

What is a Study Abroad Program?

A study abroad program is similar to an international exchange program, where you leave your Canadian university for one or two semesters and take classes at a university outside Canada. When you return to your Canadian university to finish your studies, the credits you gained at the university abroad are counted toward your Canadian degree.

If you would like to go to Australia on a study abroad program, you may apply through OzTREKK to any Australian university that offers study abroad programs and accepts international students.



OzTREKK wishes Kristyn, our summer student, the very best

Well, the summer is pretty much over. The end of August usually marks the end of summer, even though we technically have three weeks left for all you September equinox purists. But the day after Labour Day is nigh, and that means back to school!

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OzTREKK summer student Kristyn Chaplin with Admissions Officer Rachel Brady during our lunch gathering
OzTREKK has employed a university student since 2007 to help out with various tasks during the summer months. Summer at OzTREKK is beautiful: gorgeous sunshine, tropical heat waves, vacation days…and many application deadlines! Without our summer student, we would have a tough time keeping up with all of our Australian Medical School and Australian Dental School applicants.

For the past two years, Kristyn Chaplin has been OzTREKK’s summer student. Hailing from Perth, Ontario, Kristyn began her studies at Queen’s University, but has recently transferred to the University of Ottawa to study her third year of human kinetics—a future Australian Physiotherapy Schools applicant!

Joking aside, all of us at OzTREKK are always thrilled to see Kristyn in May, and sad to see her go at the end of August. To thank Kristyn for all her hard work and dedication to the OzTREKK philosophy, we took her out for lunch this week and enjoyed a delicious meal and a hearty visit.
We wish Kristyn the very best on her educational journey for the 2013–2014 study period!

Thank you for all your help, Kristyn. We’ll miss you!

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About OzTREKK

OzTREKK is the only Canadian organization that is a student office and Application and Information Centre in Canada for the following combination of Australian universities:
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

    We’re the Application and Information Centre for Canadian students applying to or inquiring about study abroad, undergraduate and graduate/professional programs at any of the above Australian universities. The OzTREKK Application and Information Centre is free to all students as its services are provided on behalf of, and fully funded by, the above Australian universities.

    University of Sydney Business School students profit from overseas business experience

    The University of Sydney Business School is offering master’s students the chance to gain international business experience with multinational companies in some of the world’s most important emerging markets.

    Sandra Seno-Alday, an international business lecturer, is coordinating a program that gives students the opportunity to work overseas on a consulting project for an Australian company.

    Sydney Business School
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    In most cases the project includes a two-week overseas visit, giving students an opportunity to network with industry experts and undertake on-the-ground research.

    Students have just finished working with partners in Vietnam, including specialty coffee company Gloria Jean’s, following earlier projects in Brazil and India. The next planned visits are to Brazil and India in January 2014.

    “This is a way to internationalize Australian higher education and help our students become world-ready,” said Dr Seno-Alday.

    “They are given a real-life consulting project, usually with an Australian company that is looking to break into an overseas market or increase its business.

    The consulting project is an intense 14-week course where the students do extensive research on their clients before going overseas.

    She said the experience of working in another country would significantly enhance the students’ business capabilities and provide a foundation for future leadership roles.

    “This is one of the ways in which we can support the Asian Century White Paper, by helping to develop a informed global workforce,” adding that the project gives them valuable experience of doing business in a different country, and an understanding of socio-cultural, economic and political differences.

    One student who took part in a project in India said, “It is an experience I will take with me for the rest of my life and something I will definitely leverage in my future career.”

    The program’s key partner is the Export Council of Australia, which supports the Australian export community in its internationalization efforts. Other collaborators include the Australian Trade Commission, the Australia India Business Council and the Australia Vietnam Business Council.

    The international projects are currently offered under the Master of International Business (MIB) program, but students undertaking other degrees are invited to take part. Students work in small groups of three or four on the project, which comprises two units of study.

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    Construction  for University of Sydney Business School has already begun as 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.



    New head of UQ Medical School announced

    The University of Queensland has recently announced the appointment of Professor Darrell Crawford as the new Head of the School of Medicine.

    Professor Crawford will formally take up post on  September 1, 2013.

    University of Queensland Medical School
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    A leading researcher, clinician and educator, Professor Crawford has made major contributions to the UQ Medical School over recent years, both in his current role as Acting Head of the School of Medicine and in previous roles as Head of the Clinical School at Greenslopes Private Hospital and Head of the Discipline of Medicine at UQ.

    Professor Crawford is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and his research is focused in the fields of iron metabolism and liver disease, and he has received multiple National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

    Professor Crawford is currently the President of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver.

    His previous leadership roles include being President of The Gastroenterology Society of Australia, Chairman of the The Australian Liver Association, and Director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

    Professor Crawford secured this position after a global search and amid robust international competition.

    UQ Medical School Program

     

    Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
    Semester intake: January
    Duration: 4 years

    Application deadline: The University of Queensland Medical School 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.

    Bond University Physiotherapy School applications are closing in one month

    Are you interested in studying physiotherapy? Applications for the 2014 intake of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Bond University are closing on Friday, September 27, 2013.

     

    Bond University Physiotherapy School
    Apply to Bond’s Doctor of Physiotherapy!
    Also know as physical therapy, the physical therapy program at Bond University Physiotherapy School embraces a holistic approach, with a strong emphasis on communication skills, ethics and preventative management. Extensive clinical training ensures graduates will be able to effectively relate to and treat physiotherapy patients and clients on every level.

     

    Bond University Doctor of Physiotherapy Timeline

     

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

    Applications will be held until the application deadline has passed. The university will first assess all applicants’ prerequisite areas. Students who do not meet prerequisite areas will be notified that they are not successful. All applicants who meet the prerequisite areas will then be ranked according to academic standing and the top international applicants will be shortlisted for an interview. Based on academic standing and interview results, the top international applicants will be offered places in the program.

    Entry Requirements for Bond’s Doctor of Physiotherapy Program

     

    To be eligible to apply to the Bond University Doctor of Physiotherapy, you must have
    - successfully completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science or Bachelor of Sport Science or equivalent from a recognized institution;
    - have achieved a GPA of at least 5.00 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
    - completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy minimum prerequisite subjects as follows:
    • Two semesters of Human Anatomy
    • Two semesters of Human Physiology
    • One semester of Research/Statistics
    • One semester of Physiology of Exercise
    • One semester of Biomechanics
    • One semester of Exercise Prescription
    • Successful performance at a selection interview

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Monash University achieves environmental sustainability milestone

    Bright July skies and the month’s hottest day on record have helped take Monash University to a remarkable milestone in the production of renewable energy. Don’t forget: June through August is winter in Australia, so having a “hot day” in July is considered an event!

    Arts degrees at Monash University
    Learn more about Monash’s environmental sustainability program

    The Monash Environmental Sustainability (ES) department is responsible for the implementation of the university’s environmental programs and initiatives. ES brings together expertise in environmental planning, engineering, compliance and behavioural change. It focuses on improving the built environment in combination with extensive behavioural change programs to engage the Monash community to work and study in a more sustainable manner.

    The Environmental Sustainability program at Monash is implemented through Environmental Sustainability Department with the assistance of
    • Green Representatives and Environmental Officers;
    • the Monash Sustainability Institute;
    • School of Geography & Environmental Science; and
    • the Monash Student Association.

    As measured by the Environmental Sustainability program, the one-millionth kilowatt hour has just been generated from the array of solar panels installed across five of the university’s campuses. The energy would be enough to supply the power needs for 150 average size homes for a year or the equivalent of three Melbourne Cricket Ground stadiums.The milestone also equates to the prevention of 1340 tonnes of CO2-equivalent escaping into the atmosphere, and a cost saving of $200,000.

    Environmental Sustainability, part of the Facilities and Services Division at Monash University, installed the first solar panels at Clayton campus in 2010. These had the capacity for generating just over 70 kilowatt-hours.

    Other arrays have since been established at Parkville, Berwick, Gippsland and Caulfield.

    Further panels have been established throughout the Clayton campus with the largest being set on the roof of the new Briggs and Jackomos halls of residence that now generates 38 per cent of the total output.

    The eight separate arrays have an overall capacity of 429 kWh.

    Director of Environmental Sustainability Paul Barton said the milestone has been reached through the university’s commitment to supporting on-site renewable energy generation.

    “Monash has very deliberately been installing large solar arrays on each of its campuses not only to generate renewable energy but also to engage the thousands of staff, students and visitors to our campuses.

    “Monash recognizes it can contribute to the global challenge of climate change and sustainability through its teaching, research and also its campus operations, the Monash Environmental Sustainability director said.

    “The solar arrays have been an effective way for Monash to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability.”

    Anne Wexler Master’s Scholarships in Public Policy

    If you are an American student looking to study in Australia, we’ve got great news!

    University of Queensland Arts Programs
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    Applications are now open for the Anne Wexler Master’s Scholarships in Public Policy at the University of Queensland. If you lodge your UQ Public Policy application via OzTREKK, you can apply for this generous scholarship.

    The Anne Wexler Scholarships are now open for postgraduate students with strong academic credentials and leadership potential to undertake a master’s degree in Australia, or the United States, in the field of public policy. Key areas include health, sustainability, energy, climate change, regional security, political science, history or governmental relations.

    Two Wexler Scholarships will be awarded annually:
    • One for an Australian citizen to complete a U.S. master’s degree in public policy
    • One for a U.S. citizen to complete an Australian master’s degree in public policy
    The generous scholarship package is valued at up to AUD $140,000 and will be awarded for a maximum two-year period.

    Benefits include
    • Living, travel, insurance & establishment allowances
    • National Orientation Program and Presentation Dinner in Australia
    • Enrichment Seminars in the United States with international Fulbright Scholars
    • Distinguished professional network with U.S. and Australian Fulbright Alumni Associations
    • A support agency in the U.S. that assists with visas, events, and networks
    •  Media and publicity support

      The Anne Wexler Scholarships are part of the Australian Government’s Australia Awards Program and are funded through the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

      Applications close Sept. 30, 2013

      For more information about Anne Wexler Scholarships, please visit http://fulbright.com.au/scholarships/anne-wexler-scholarships-overview

      About OzTREKK Scholarships

      Did you know that OzTREKK also offers scholarships?

      Each OzTREKK student who qualifies for an OzTREKK Scholarship will receive one $500 scholarship during the first year of study. The OzTREKK Scholarship will be paid directly toward your Australian university tuition.

      To obtain an OzTREKK Scholarship, you must submit your Australian university application directly to the OzTREKK office; and
      • accept your Australian university program offer through OzTREKK; and
      • commence your Australian university program during the 2013 or 2014 academic year.


      Sydney Law School professor focuses on ability not disability

      Sydney Law School's Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum has been teaching law for more than 41 years. One of the most important lessons he taught had nothing to do with legal textbooks.

      University of Sydney Law School
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      “After a year in class, my students never think of a person with a disability in the same way again. When you get to know people you no longer think of them as being different,” says Professor McCallum, the first totally blind person to be appointed the dean of a law school in Australia.

      His students have gone on to be become prominent judges, politicians and lawyers. One of his former students, federal minister Bill Shorten, has become a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, helping to lay the foundations of the National Disability Insurance Scheme when he was Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities between 2007 and 2011.

      It’s a theme that Professor McCallum has seen throughout his career. People who know someone with a disability are more likely to be attuned to the issues they confront. They are also more likely to believe in the abilities of people with a disability.

      Professor McCallum recalls being surprised by the openness of the University of Sydney to his disability when he was interviewed for the first full professorship in labour law at an Australian university.

      “I had told the university I would need assistive technology to do my work and they were more than accommodating,” he remembers.

      He later spoke to the head of the selection panel, former deputy vice-chancellor Dr Sue Dorsch, who told him how her own husband had fallen off a horse on their hobby farm and become a paraplegic. He was a GP before the accident, after the accident he went back to medical school and became an anesthetist.

      “With some of my colleagues who had never met someone with a disability, it took some time for them to get to know me. But when they did I think they realized, we persons with disabilities, most of us are pretty ordinary people.”

      Professor McCallum was dean of the Sydney Law School from 2002 to 2007.

      “As dean, I tried to be welcoming of people from different backgrounds, people with disabilities and men and women from a range of backgrounds,” he says, adding that he is  particularly proud of the new law building. “I wanted to make it accessible for people with a disability, and it has hearing loops, braille signage and accessible facilities.”

      The former Sydney Law School dean stated, “As a public body we should ensure our staff and students mirror the community. It would be a strange university if we didn’t employ any women and we’ve done our best to employ more women.”

      Professor McCallum delivered the keynote address at the launch of the university’s third Disability Action Plan on Aug. 16.

      “Policies like the Disability Action Plan are powerful statements that make staff aware of an organization’s view. It is a reminder to staff and students that we are inclusive institution.”

      About Sydney Law School

      Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.

      The University of Sydney’s JD is the university’s graduate-entry law degree. It provides a world-class legal education that prepares students for the global and international environment in which they will provide legal advice.

      To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Law School JD, you must have the following:
      • Completed an undergraduate degree;
      • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of at least 3.0/4.0


      UQ Pharmacy School online seminar for OzTREKK students

      If you’ve applied to the pharmacy program at the University of  Queensland, we’ve got great news!

       

      UQ Pharmacy School Prof. Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar specifically for OzTREKK students! This webinar will be designed to give you more detailed information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy program, the UQ Pharmacy School and it’s state-of-the-art facilities, and possible graduate outcomes.

       

      Event Details

       

      Date: Monday, September 9, 2013
      Time: 8 p.m. (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time)


      Need to check the time for your location? Check out Time Zone Converter.

      For registration details, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

      About Professor Greg Monteith

      University of Queensland Pharmacy School
      UQ Pharmacy Prof. Greg Monteith
      After completing his pharmacy studies in Australia and working in Baltimore (USA), Greg took an academic appointment at the University of Queensland School of Pharmacy, and is known for his interactive lectures. Greg’s research team withing the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) at UQ seeks to identify and characterize novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of cancer. A particular focus of his research group is the identification of new drug targets for breast cancer subtypes for which there are few effective therapies and the prognosis is poor.

      About the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program at UQ

      The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy is a well-established, professionally accredited learning framework that is well received by both students and the profession. The program has evolved into one of the country’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally.

      The undergraduate program runs over 4 years, full time, after which graduates are eligible to complete a 48-week paid internship in either community or hospital pharmacy.

      About Credit Transfers

      Did you know? Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.  If credit is awarded students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in 3 years.

      Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
      Location: Brisbane, Queensland
      Semester intake: February
      Duration: 4 years
      Application deadline: November 15, 2013

      Entry Requirements
      Applicants to UQ’s pharmacy program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites.

      If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.


      Wednesday, August 28, 2013

      JCU Nursing School professor presents lecture about polio pioneer

      A nurse who pioneered polio treatment in North Queensland was the subject of a James Cook University lecture this past Wednesday, Aug. 21.

      James Cook University Nursing School
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      Professor Linda Shields, from the JCU School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, presented her Professorial Inaugural Lecture Sister Kenny’s Legacy in the Tropics in Townsville.

      Professor Shields said Sister Elizabeth Kenny set up the first nursing research unit in Australia in Townsville in 1934.

      “Sister Kenny’s work is a wonderful example of how nursing led the world in research and treatment that had huge benefits for the health of people and nations,” Professor Shields said.

      “I have been inspired by Sister Kenny to develop a program of research which is translatable to the health and well-being of children and their families across the world.”

      Professor Shields’ presentation showed why Kenny was such a leader, and how she came to Townsville. It also explained the JCU Nursing School professor’s research, about the care of children and families in health services, and how like Kenny’s work, been used to guide practice and inquiry.

      The JCU Nursing School professor also explained her other area of research, history, and how it is important for the health care of today. Shields also demonstrated how today’s nurses can continue Kenny’s legacy and its importance to the nursing profession as a whole.

      About James Cook University Nursing School

      The James Cook University Nursing School was founded in October 1989, accepting its first students in 1990. The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition is the largest discipline within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences. The undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing Science is offered in on-campus mode in Townsville and Cairns, mixed mode in Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island, and in distance learning mode.

      With JCU's Bachelor of Nursing Science, students will gain practical work experience, including rural clinical placements from their very first year, so they can graduate with work-ready skills to understand and manage
      • distinctive needs of north Queensland’s under-served and tropical populations;
      • distance and remote delivery of health care and nursing;
      • regional and rural mortality rates across all age groups;
      • medical experiences and facilities in Indigenous communities; and
      • specialized care in hospital and community settings.

      Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science
      Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
      Semester intake: February
      Program duration: 3 years
      Application deadline: No set deadline

      Entry Requirements
      Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma. A minimum GPA of 67% in the best six Ontario Grade 12 subjects or equivalent for students from other provinces. If you have completed post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level, those grades will also be considered.

      Applicants must also have completed the prerequisite subject of English at the high-school level.

      Biology, Chemistry and any high school studies in Mathematics are recommended.

      Canadian college nursing graduates and Canadian university graduates with a general bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply. James Cook University will assess a student’s application for credit for previous studies to determine whether past subjects are equivalent to JCU nursing subjects, and credit may be granted toward some JCU nursing subjects.


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

      University of Queensland Medical School students help service medical centre

      Medical students from the University of Queensland Medical School helped service a pop-up medical centre for 9,000 scouts and 3,000 adults at the 2013 Australian Jamboree. The annual jamboree is a gathering of Scouts from across Australia—similar to Scouts Canada. Dr Michael Rice, Australian Jamboree Director of Health Services said the fourth-year students, Matthew Wagner and Nathan Dickenson’s medical knowledge and skills were invaluable.

      University of Queensland Medical School
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      “Jamborees run on volunteers, many within Scouting, but in the case of the medical centre, we needed some special skills and knowledge not available within the organization in sufficient numbers.”

      The students bridged the medical skills gap and received valuable teaching from numerous doctors from around Australia. Matthew Wagner said this was a unique medical elective with many challenges and rewarding experiences, adding that he received encouragement from watching University of Queensland Medical School professors in action.

      Once established, the Scouts Jamborees are like small towns with shops, radio and TV stations, a daily newspaper, police and fire stations, community hubs and medical centre.

      The students helped build the central, air-conditioned medical centre with forty stretchers and a dozen beds for acute admissions. The medical centre also held a well-equipped resuscitation bay, four consulting and treatment rooms, as well as spaces for triage, dressings, pharmacy, catering and a dental van.

      During the event, the medical centre managed about 2,000 first aid cases, 2,000 medical and nursing consultations, more than 800 prescriptions, approximately 50 hospital referrals, 70 dental cases and patients who needed hours and even days of observation. Dr Rice said one of the challenges faced was the identification of  gastroenteritis on the site, shown to be caused by highly infectious noroviruses.

      “With the medical centre facilities and excellent camp hygiene, a potential epidemic was contained; a remarkable achievement when one considers how such diseases can escape control measures even in hospital environments.”


      University of Newcastle gains OHS accreditation

      The University of Newcastle has been awarded a five-year accreditation with the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board for its Master of Workplace Health and Safety program. As one of only five universities to meet the strict accreditation criteria, the University of Newcastle is helping to set the benchmark for occupational health and safety (OHS) education in Australia.

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      “Through accreditation, the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board recognizes those programs meeting high standards across a range of areas including information management, problem solving, communication skills and application skills,” said Program Convenor, Dr Carole James.

      The accreditation will ensure students are well-equipped to navigate the diverse challenges of the workplace upon completion of their studies.

      “The accreditation program aims to ensure our students develop advanced knowledge, critical understanding and problem solving approaches to the complex ranges of issues and processes associated with professional practice in OHS.”

      “Our graduates will work in a variety of roles within the area of OHS, in positions of managerial or professional responsibility, through which they are required to develop policies and strategies in response to the OHS and workplace injury management needs of their organizations,” said Dr James.The Master of Workplace Health and Safety is a 120-unit postgraduate coursework program that provides training in occupational health, safety, injury management and rehabilitation. It can be completed wholly on-line as there is no requirement for on-campus attendance.

      About the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle

      The School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle excels in the teaching and learning of health professionals. The school has a strong focus on valuing and applying multi-professional health education and practice to their teaching and research activities. Study within the school allows students to train as a health professional with strong skills to work in a multi-professional health care environment.

      The School of Health Sciences has specialized teaching laboratories for programs at both the Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Students learn and refine their practical skills required for professional practice in these laboratories prior to undertaking clinical or other professional placements. The laboratories contain modern diagnostic, treatment and other professional equipment, in addition to simulated work environments.


      OzTREKK Orientation at Bond University this weekend

      We are happy to announce that we are gearing up to meet and greet all of our Semester 3 Bondies this weekend!

       

      First, we meet you on campus and give you the initial tour. Then, we hold a welcome barbecue to help everyone feel at ease. It’s amazing how many friends you will make at this one event! Finally, we taxi you around in the OzTREKK Shuttle.

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      Who wouldn’t want to be studying on the Gold Coast?

      In 2009, OzTREKK began the popular and extremely helpful OzTREKK Orientation, which are held in Australia at your Australian university campus prior to the commencement of your studies, and your journey. As part of the OzTREKK Orientation, we host a welcome breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a great way to meet other new Canadian students, so that you can establish a network and friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes and share their experiences with you so that you know what to expect.

      We also run a very handy OzTREKK Shuttle. Need groceries? Need a cell phone? Need to look for an apartment? Need to find something? Let Matt from OzTREKK “shuttle” you around!

      The welcome events are fantastic, as by the end of the event, you have shared contact details with your new mates and have instant friends! You start to go through your journey with someone else, which is so much fun!

      For all the details of the OzTREKK Orientation events, please visit the OzTREKK Boarding Pass, and log in with your user name and password. If you’ve forgotten your user name and password, please contact your admissions officer.

      Putter around with OzTREKK

      Each August, the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce hosts the Dorothy Griffith Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is a huge attraction for the business community. As part of our OzTREKK philosophy, which includes offering support to our community, OzTREKK jumped at the chance to spend the day golfing for a good cause!

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      The OzTREKK gang

      The day included 18 holes of golf with fun games streamed throughout the links, and upon completion, the participants then headed back to the clubhouse for a great dinner packed with auction items and door prizes!

      This year marked the 7th Annual Dorothy Griffith Memorial Tournament, which was renamed to honour the esteemed chamber member who was one if its most active members and volunteers during her lifetime. The tournament helps remind the chamber members and the Perth community about the importance of supporting the community and the essence of volunteerism.

      The day began with a minor concern that the unseasonably cool breeze may be a factor in the success of our golf game, but bursts of warm sunshine and friendly encouragement soon put our minds at ease.

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      Hungry? Beth and Molly are overwhelmed by their  plates!

      For some of us, this was the first time playing, and for others, it was just another day on the green. Before sputtering off in our carts, we enjoyed a generous lunchtime barbecue hosted by the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce. While Nicole held down the fort in the office and Rachel was away in the land of Oz, the rest of us were put in teams of four, and headed out into the green yonder in our golf carts to enjoy an energizing day of golf!

      Highlights of the day included Matt’s amazing long drive—where did the ball go? Can anyone even see the ball? and Shannon’s over-the-water shot to keep our orange ball in play! Way to go, Shannon!

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      Broghan fires one off
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      Matt impresses with his golfing skills
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      Molly hits a great shot
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      Julie was better at putting
      After racing back to the clubhouse—with Kristyn and Adam narrowly beating Julie and Matt—the entire gathering of golf tournament participants sat down to enjoy a delicious meal. Winner winner, chicken dinner? Oh, yeah! The supper included insanely massive portions! Check out the huge chicken plates Beth and Molly tried to eat!

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      Caution! Shannon behind the wheel
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      Molly helps Broghan out
      Nicole managed to escape the office at the end of the day to join the rest of the OzTREKK team for dinner. During the meal, we were treated to door prizes, raffles, auctions, and awards. Notably, one of the OzTREKK teams won the prize for “Most Honest”—AKA really, really bad score! But hey, we’re honest, and the day was unforgettable.

      About OzTREKK

      OzTREKK is a Canadian Application and Information Centre in Canada that provides information about academic programs and their admissions requirements, and processes applications for admission to eight Australian universities.

      We offer a wide range of services, and it’s all free for you—we’re paid by the Australian universities, because they recognize that we’re experts in matching what they offer with what Canadian students need. In fact, OzTREKK is the only representative in Canada operated by Australians and Canadians and specializing solely in Australian universities. We are the experts regarding


      • Australian Medical Schools in Australia
      • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
      • Australian Teachers Colleges in Australia
      • Australian Vet Schools in Australia
      • Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
      • Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia
      • Australian Law Schools 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 Psychology Schools in Australia
      • Australian Engineering Schools in Australia
      • Australian Nursing Schools in Australia
      • Australian Public Health Schools in Australia
      • Australian Graduate Schools in Australia
      …and many more!

      If you apply to an Australian university through OzTREKK, you’ll benefit from insider knowledge, save time researching, and get all your questions answered. It’s that simple.

      The OzTREKK mission is to prepare students for a first-class international educational experience in Australia. We are your Canadian connection to Study in Australia! All of our goals support the OzTREKK philosophy: life is a journey. Enjoy yours!

      Tuesday, August 27, 2013

      Sydney Pharmacy School academic takes nanomedicine research global

      University of Sydney Pharmacy School researcher, Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski, has gained international attention for his ground-breaking work on biomaterial technologies, an area that seeks to enhance the integration between human cells and surgical implants.

      Dr Chrzanowski’s research into a microscopic biochemical “braille” concept netted him first prize in the poster presentation category at the inaugural International Translational Nanomedicine Conference at Northeastern University in Boston in July this year.

      University of Sydney Pharmacy School
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      Meanwhile, Dr Chrzanowski was also recently named a recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitational Fellowships for Foreign Researchers 2013—an extremely competitive and prestigious appointment promoting international scientific cooperation.

      The University of Sydney Pharmacy School researcher will travel to Japan in November to collaborate with world-leading biomaterial scientists Professor Tadashi Kokubo (Chubu University) and Professor BJ Kim (Tokyo University).

      The project will focus on understanding and improving the way cells interact with the biomaterials of implant surfaces, and enable the development of novel biomaterials, nanotherapeutics and technologies for studying these interactions.

      The research will seek to develop a unique braille-inspired system to make implants surfaces more ‘readable’ for cells and therefore improve their integration and function in the body.

      “I am honoured and very excited to receive this level of recognition, with both the award from the Translational Nanomedicine conference and the JSPS Fellowship,” Dr Chrzanowski said.

      “I’m looking forward to continuing my research in collaboration with one of the most recognized biomaterials scientists and engage in new research at Tokyo University.”

      Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

       

      The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy. The first year is a foundation year in which you study biology and chemistry, and are introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies.

      The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialised clinical pharmacy studies.  Practical experience in a variety of clinical settings including hospital and community pharmacy is emphasized, particularly in the third and fourth years.

      Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
      • Applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma in order to be eligible for entry to Sydney’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.
      • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics. To study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy, you are expected to have knowledge of these subject areas. Grade 12 Physics is also recommended but not required.
      • If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
      • Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry to the university’s undergraduate programs.

      New large-animal veterinary surgery at UQ Veterinary School

      Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Dr John McVeigh officially opened the University of Queensland's new $2.4 million large animal veterinary surgery at Dayboro recently.

      “The new medical and surgical facilities expand UQ's veterinary services which have been part of the Dayboro community for twenty-five years,” Mr McVeigh he said.

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      Learn more about the UQ Veterinary School, Gatton Campus

      “The LNP Government welcomes UQ's commitment to vet services for Dayboro and adjacent communities.

      “These facilities provide vital training and experience for vet graduates who will go on to work in all areas of large animal practice contributing to our beef, dairy and horse industries.”

      Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the new facilities would help students move to commercial practice—learning rural veterinary skills and techniques to treat horses, cattle, sheep and other farm animals, as well as dogs and cats.

      “Students live on site, giving them excellent opportunities for hands-on involvement in production animal operations, farm economics and biosecurity,” Professor Terry said.

      “This training, together with the experience of life in a small country town, could well spark an interest to draw our students to a rural veterinary career.

      “The new facilities will allow UQ to continue to provide a quality veterinary service while enabling students to develop their skills and integrate their knowledge within the context of a working veterinary practice.”

      Professor Terry said the facilities ensured the University of Queensland met its international accreditation requirements with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK and the American Veterinary Medical Association, which assures the UQ Veterinary School graduates the opportunity to work globally.

      UQ Veterinary School

       

      Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
      Location: Brisbane, Queensland
      Semester intake: February
      Program duration: 5 years
      Application deadline: Nov. 15, 2013; however, as the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program can fill quickly, OzTREKK recommends that students apply as early as possible.


      University of Melbourne studies preschoolers’ stuttering

      Stuttering may be more common than previously thought, but preschool stutterers fair better than first thought, a study by the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Sydney has found.

      University of Melbourne Speech Pathology School
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      A study of  more than 1,600 children, which followed the children from infancy to 4 years old, found the cumulative incidence of stuttering by 4 years old was 11 per cent, more than twice what has previously been reported; however, the study refutes the long held view that suggests developmental stuttering is associated with a range of poorer outcomes in the preschool period.  Interestingly, the study found the reverse was true, with stuttering associated with better language development, non-verbal skills with no identifiable effect on the child’s mental health or temperament at 4 years.

      Surprisingly, researchers found that recovery from stuttering was low, 6.3 per cent, 12 months after onset.  Rates of recovery were higher in boys than girls, and in those who did not repeat whole words at onset than those who did.  The study boys were more likely to develop stuttering.

      Lead researcher, Professor Sheena Reilly who is Professor Director of the Speech Pathology Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital, said parents could be happy in knowing that they can take a “watch and wait” approach to their child’s stuttering and it won’t be causing harm to their child’s language skills or social and emotional development.

      “Current best practice recommends waiting for 12 months before commencing treatment, unless the child is distressed, there is parental concern, or the child becomes reluctant to communicate. It may be that for many children treatment could be deferred slightly further,” the University of Melbourne speech pathology professor stated.

      “Treatment is effective but is intensive and expensive, this watchful recommendation would therefore help target allocation of scarce resources to the small number of children who do not resolve and experience adverse outcomes, secure in the knowledge that delaying treatment for a year or slightly longer has been shown not to compromise treatment efficacy.”

      Due to the low rates of recovery in the study, researchers were unable to determine what predicts which kids will recover from stuttering, but say this will be the focus of research moving forward.

      University of Melbourne Speech Pathology School

       

      The University of Melbourne’s Master of Speech Pathology program is designed to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of speech pathology and to produce graduates who are ready to enter the profession. The first year of the course provides the scientific background in anatomy and physiology, auditory and acoustic phonetics, linguistics, speech and language disorders, clinical practice and processes. The second year builds on the specialized knowledge acquired in first year, develops clinical skills and introduces students to research methods in the field.

      Program: Master of Speech Pathology
      Location: Melbourne, Victoria
      Semester intake: February
      Duration: 2 years
      Application deadline: September 30, 2013

      Entry Requirements
      The University of Melbourne Selection Committee will consider applications from individuals with a science, biomedical science, health-related or other relevant degree that is equivalent to a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Australian university. The selection process will involve consideration of the following:
      • The applicant’s complete academic record, with emphasis on the final year/s of the undergraduate degree
      • Any postgraduate study
      • The relevance of previous studies to the field of audiology or speech pathology
      • The applicant’s personal statement

      You should also include your Grade 12 results if you have them. The Selection Committee may also request an interview or contact the applicant’s referees to assess the applicant’s suitability for a clinical career. Entry to these courses is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process. OzTREKK recommends that applicants have a 75% cumulative average or above.



      Monday, August 26, 2013

      JCU Veterinary School applications close this Friday

      If you have applied to the JCU Veterinary School, please be advised that the application deadline is Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by this date.

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      Learn more about James Cook University Veterinary School
      James Cook University’s veterinary science program offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities in a new veterinary emergency and referral clinic on the Townsville campus and a specialist large-animal treatment facility on the tablelands, which provide clinical experience and training for final-year students.

      Entry Requirements

      Applicants must have a secondary school diploma and have fulfilled Grade 12 prerequisites of English, Math and Chemistry (Biological Science is highly recommended) for admission into this program. Generally, a B average is required for admission for those who have completed an undergraduate degree, or a 92% in your top six Grade 12 subjects for applicants who have completed only a high school diploma. Please note that the MCAT is not required for entry.

      The JCU Veterinary School’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program is five years in length. Regardless of whether an applicant has completed only high school studies, some post-secondary subjects, or a undergraduate degree, the entry pathway is the same for all applicants.



      Australian prime minister visits Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University

      Recently, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the first new Australian Innovation Partnership—the Medical Technologies Innovation Partnership—which will be headquartered in Macquarie Park.

      Mr Rudd, Senator Kim Carr and local candidate Jason Yat-sen Li made the announcement during a visit to the Australian Hearing Hub on Macquarie University's campus.

      Macquarie University Audiology School
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      The group toured the Australian Hearing Hub's key facilities, including the anechoic chamber, Magnetoencephalography (MEG)labs and liquid helium recovery system.

      The Medical Technologies Innovation Partnership was established following an expression of interest by a large consortium of industry, academic institutions and government, including core partners Cochlear Limited, Macquarie University, the Bionics Institute, Flinders University, STC, ATP Innovations and the Westmead Research Hub.

      The new Australian Innovation Partnerships will build national networks of partners from different sectors, with the aim of helping businesses and researchers to collaborate, share knowledge and deploy technology, enabling translation of research into commercial outcomes.

      These industry-led partnerships will tap into our world-class science and research capabilities to increase the competitiveness of Australian industries and create more jobs.

      Associate Professor Mark Wiggins, Associate Dean Research of the Faculty of Human Sciences who joined the tour commented, “We are delighted that the prime minister announced the Medical Technologies Innovation Partnership at the Australian Hearing Hub. A state-of-the-art facility, the Australian Hearing Hub will enable groundbreaking advances in mapping brain function, understanding auditory processing and system disorders, developing hearing aid and implant technologies and improving strategies for rehabilitation.

      “Our speech pathology, audiology and linguistics postgraduate students will benefit greatly from taking part in such innovative research programs with international significance and benefit to Australia. Through Macquarie's partnerships, they will be able to expand their network, learn from leading professionals and researchers, and develop industry skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

      Macquarie University Audiology School

       

      The Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

      Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
      Location: Sydney, New South Wales
      Semester intake: February
      Duration: 2 years
      Application deadline: October 31, 2013

      Entry Requirements
      To be eligible to apply to the Master of Clinical Audiology program, you must have
      • completed an undergraduate degree; and
      • have achieved a minimum cumulative average of at least a credit average.

      OzTREKK UQ rehab sciences pre-departure online seminar is tomorrow!

      Are you attending the University of Queensland this November? Don’t forget to tune in to the OzTREKK UQ rehab sciences pre-departure online seminar tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will be hosting the webinar for all UQ Physiotherapy School, UQ Occupational Therapy School, and UQ Speech Pathology School students!

       

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      Event Details

       

      Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
      Time: 6 – 9 p.m. (Ontario time)
      Travelling to Australia is pretty exciting, but beginning this new phase in your life can bring about many questions and the need for organization. During the seminar, you will learn about
      • how to accept your offer;
      • how to apply for an Australian student visa;
      • what to pack;
      • your accommodation options;
      • your banking options;
      • Internet and mobile phones;
      • enrollment and registration;
      • and much more….
      The pre-departure seminar is hosted online. It is a structured seminar that moves through eight topics. You will need to have a computer, laptop or tablet that is connected to the internet. It is recommended that you hard-wire your internet connection, so use an Ethernet connection as opposed to a wireless connection.

      Once you register for the pre-departure seminar, you will receive an email with a copy of the pre-departure seminar. It is helpful to print this copy as you will be referring to it and taking notes during the seminar.

      The seminar lasts a minimum one and a half hours, but can last up to three hours, depending on how many questions are asked. And don’t worry about asking a question: Questions are via chat. If you’re wondering about something, it is guaranteed that more than half of the seminar attendees are wondering the same thing! The more you ask, the better prepared you will be. Feel free to ask questions throughout the seminar.



      James Cook University Dental School applications closing soon

      Applied to JCU Dental School?

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      Here’s the latest 411: the application deadline for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program is this Friday, Aug. 30, 2013! All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by this date in order for your JCU Dental School application to be submitted on time.


      Friday, August 23, 2013

      JCU Medical School applications are closing in one week!

      Here’s your one-week-left reminder, OzTREKKers! If you’ve applied to JCU Medical School, or are thinking of applying, please note that the application deadline for the 2014 intake of the MBBS program is next Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by this date in order for your JCU Medical School application to be submitted on time.

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      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.

      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.


      High school students experience Bond Law School

      Recently, 93 students and teachers from six Gold Coast schools enjoyed a unique day at Bond University Law School in the Faculty of Law’s Moot Court.

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      The students attended “Court Discovery” to gain valuable insight into a courtroom environment and proceedings, and the workings of the Australian Criminal Court System. All participants watched the mock trial unfold, with commentary and help from Course Convenor Libby Taylor to determine if the accused was innocent or guilty.

      Clinical Associate Professor Libby Taylor has run Court Discovery twice this year, with the other successful session held in February, and is glad to continue running the popular event for high schools who may not have access to a court room otherwise. Libby is also glad to use current Bond Professional Legal Training (PLT) students in the mock trial so they are able to gain additional practical experience in the court room.

      The three-hour program consisted of
      • an overview of the Australian Criminal Court System;
      • video incident briefing;
      • aspects of a criminal mock trial – prosecution, defence, witness examination and cross-examination, and verdict;
      • morning or afternoon tea with the academics; and
      • a tour of the Legal Skills Centre by current members of the Law Students Association.

      After hearing about the event through an email sent to the school, Mandy Bevan from Benowa State High School signed her students up to attend as the timing fitted with the curriculum being taught in the senior Legal Studies class.

      “The students enjoyed learning the court process by actually seeing how it works. They felt they understood the roles of the court personal better. Those students that participated as jurors (although a little nervous) enjoyed being part of the process,” Mandy said.

      By attending Court Discovery the high school students were also able to ask current Bond University Law School students about studying the Juris Doctor program and university life at Bond University during the faculty tour.

      The next Court Discovery event is likely to be held in February 2014.

      About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

      Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.



      University of Sydney speech pathology professor studies communications disorders

      Unwittingly, carers of people living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can overcompensate and speak too slowly or ask questions like a school teacher, states Professor Leanne Togher, a communications disorder specialist at the University of Sydney Speech Pathology School.

      “Seventy percent of severe TBI cases are due to road traffic crashes with most victims being young men,” states Professor Togher.

      Given these statistics it is not uncommon to find that the primary carer of a person with a TBI is their wife or mother, she says. Often relationships after the traumatic event can be stressful with poor communication underlying family break-ups and a feeling of isolation for the person living with a TBI.

      University of Sydney Speech Pathology School
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      Professor Togher says: “Sometimes carers do not give the injured individual an opportunity to communicate or fail to develop or continue with topics introduced by the person with TBI.”

      Results of a three-year controlled trial led by Professor Togher, published this month in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, reveals that simultaneously teaching family members of people living with TBI and the person with the injury how to communicate more collaboratively is far more effective than focussing only the individual who has sustained the injury.

      “Family and friends are faced with the challenge of how to interact with the person living with a TBI, and in the absence of training, they may adopt ways of speaking that can make matters worse. People who have sustained a traumatic brain injury often have difficulty with communication which can lead to a breakdown in pre-injury relationships, and problems returning to work or study.”

      Forty-four outpatients from three brain injury rehabilitation centres in the Sydney metropolitan area participated in the study that included a 10-week training program combined with a six month follow-up. The study aimed to boost conversational skills of all stakeholders. Improved communication outcomes were maintained six months after the training.

      “In the study we investigated two avenues of intervention. One involved training people with TBI with the skills necessary for successful social interaction,” says Professor Togher.

      “The second and more successful approach focussed on training the partners and family of people with TBI to use strategies for promoting more successful and collaborative interactions.”

      Using ‘real life’ transcripts from participants in the study, Professor Togher’s team produced a free website which has training videos to assist relatives of people with a TBI and training manual called TBI Express partner training for clinicians and families.

      TBI Express, which focused on developing more positive and interesting interactions between people with TBI and their communication partners represents a significant step forward in this area. It is the first communication training program to assist families of people with TBI in the world,” concludes Professor Togher.

      University of Sydney Master of Speech Language Pathology

      Speech pathology at University of Sydney has a long and proud history of producing high-quality graduates who go on to be expert clinicians, leaders of the profession and international researchers in communication sciences and disorders. The University of Sydney‘s speech pathology discipline is the largest speech pathology department in the Australian state of New South Wales and one of the largest in Australia.

      Program: Master of Speech Language Pathology
      Location: Sydney, New South Wales
      Semester intake: March
      Duration: 2 years
      Application deadline: October 31, 2013

      Entry Requirements
      The Master of Speech Language Pathology program at Sydney welcomes students from all backgrounds.
      To be eligible to apply, you must have
      • completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university; and
      • achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65 and 74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

      OzTREKK recommends that you apply for this program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply.