Monday, September 30, 2013

Sydney Health Sciences mentors honoured

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

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

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

Organized with the help of Belong@FHS, the event was an opportunity to bring together the Faculty of Health Sciences community of past and current students, “to remind our mentors and alumni of that same sense of community and belonging” said First Year Experience Coordinator Dr Melanie Nguyen. “It was also an opportunity for our alumni to reconnect with the faculty, share some of their experiences and build that sense of identity.”

Wonder what it’s like to study health sciences at the University of Sydney? The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health sciences, allied health research and education. University of Sydney Health Sciences faculty are changing the health landscape and working to improve health and well-being for individuals, families and communities worldwide.

There are several disciplines within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney:
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Health Informatics
  • Medical Radiation Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Speech Pathology

Criminology degrees at Australian universities

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

University of Melbourne -  Master of Criminology

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

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




University of Sydney - Master of Criminology

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

The Master of Criminology (MCrim) is a one-year program that provides the opportunity for candidates to study a multidisciplinary, critical approach to criminology, criminal law and criminal justice.

The course recognizes the importance of research, policy and applied learning and this, along with the cutting-edge contemporary focus of the study provided, will equip students for occupations within criminal justice agencies including public and private, social welfare, psychology and psychiatry, public policy, social research and legal practice.

Semester intakes: March or July
Application deadline: October 30, 2013 for the March 2014 intake
Admission requirements
  • a bachelor degree with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney in law, psychology or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study; or
  • completion of the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Criminology with a minimum credit average, or an equivalent qualification.

    Macquarie University – Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

    This degree is 1 year in duration and covers a wide range of issues related to policing, intelligence and counter terrorism in international and national contexts, including the intelligence analysis techniques and organized crime. Also considered is the development and implementation of strategies and tactics to counter terrorism, drawing on recent case studies and the funding of terrorism. It is part of the Macquarie University Faculty of Arts.

    Key features
    • Gives you access to experts from around the world with practical experience in all levels of security
    • Lets you study the latest developments and analyze the challenges, threats and opportunities confronting the Pacific region
    • Examines the impact of media and modern communications technology on policing, intelligence gathering and security
    • Considers historical and contemporary dilemmas that may influence intelligence gathering and analysis, policy development and implementation in the region
    • This degree can be combined with the Master of International Security Studies
    Semester intakes: March or August
    Application deadline: TBA
    Admission requirements -  A bachelor degree in relevant field


    Bond University - Master of Criminology (Professional)

    Part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Master of Criminology (Professional) program provides students with skill development and training as well as scholarly appreciation of crime, justice and forensic issues. The program provides an understanding of a broad range of issues involving criminology theories, contemporary information on crime prevention, the theory and practice of punishment, criminal offenders, the police, courts and correctional institutions, including current crime and deviance issues. Students will be provided with both knowledge and research skills and techniques required for the analysis of criminological issues and an understanding of how to critically evaluate published research. At the end of the degree, candidates will have a professional portfolio detailing their research and practical expertise in their chosen vocational area. The program duration is 4 semesters and 20 weeks (92 weeks).

    Semester intakes: January, May, September 2014
    Application deadline: Generally a minimum of 3 months prior to the beginning of the program
    Admission requirements -  A bachelor degree in either criminology, sociology, legal studies, psychology, humanities/arts or business studies


    Monash University - Master of Counter-Terrorism Studies

    The Master of Counter-Terrorism Studies offers a rigorous course of study that evaluates these multifaceted phenomena. The course is 1.5 years in duration and provides an understanding of what terrorism is and how it is constructed and reproduced. It also addresses the diverse and multifaceted actors involved in enacting and preventing terrorism and other security concerns.

    Semester intakes: March or July 2014
    Application deadline: TBA
    Admission requirements - A bachelor degree with a credit average or a graduate diploma with a credit average, or qualifications or experience that the faculty considers to be equivalent to or a satisfactory substitute for the above




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

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

    University of Queensland Medical School
    UQ Medical School Orientation 2013

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

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

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



    Friday, September 27, 2013

    OzTREKK Funny Friday

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

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

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

    Written in large black letters was the sentence—

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

    About Australian Nursing Schools

    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 degree and then progress into a two-year, graduate-entry master’s degree.

    The graduate-entry nursing master’s degrees offered by OzTREKK's Australian Nursing Schools are intended for university graduates with a degree in an area other than nursing who wish to train for a career in nursing.

    Career Opportunities

     

    Registered Nurse
    This group includes registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and graduates of a nursing program awaiting registration (graduate nurses). They provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing.

    They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, extended-care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, community agencies, companies and private homes, or they may be self-employed.

    Example Titles
    Clinical nurse
    Community health nurse
    Critical care nurse
    Graduate nurse
    Intensive care nurse
    Nurse researcher
    Nursing consultant
    Nursing researcher
    Occupational health nurse
    Private duty nurse
    Registered nurse
    Registered psychiatric nurse



    OzTREKK & Australian Universities’ Get-together in Toronto

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

    OzTREKK
    The 2012 OzTREKK & Australian Universities’ Get-together

    Speak with university staff and Canadian graduates who completed their studies from
    • Bond  University
    • James Cook University
    • Macquarie University
    • Monash University
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of Newcastle
    • University of Queensland
    • University of Sydney

      This social event is a happy gathering of Australian university representatives, graduates, and prospective students come together to discuss Australian universities and their programs, and Aussie adventures!

      Event Details

       

      Event: OzTREKK & Australian Universities’ Get-together in Toronto
      Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
      Time: 6  – 9 p.m.
      Venue: Marriott Eaton Centre, 525 Bay St., Toronto
      Map: http://tiny.cc/marriotteatoncentre
      RSVP for this fun event: Click here to RSVP to this event
      Deadline to RSVP: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
      Attire: Smart – casual

      Why join us for this event? This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who have studied in Australia, or are planning to study in Australia!

      • Connect with others going to Oz
      • Make friends before you go overseas
      • Get face time with uni staff
      • Chat with your future mates studying at your uni
      • Get the 411 from graduates who’ve been there
      • Listen to others’ experiences
      • Get advice on what to do next
      • Learn tips about moving to Oz
      • Share stories
      • Meet a potential, future roommate
      • Ask Matt your questions in person
      • Raise a glass with your future classmates!

        We hope to see you there!

        UQ Medical School student offers tips for Canadians

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

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

        University of Queensland Medical School
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        OzTREKK serves students like you, and we develop a close relationship with our OzTREKK students before they’ve applied, after they’ve arrived in Australia, and even after they’ve finished their studies. Australian medical school applicants have a long, winding, but adventurous road ahead of them. What better way to help our new Australian medical school applicants than by speaking with former OzTREKK students who are in the thick of it? We feel it’s important to keep in touch with our students even after they’ve begun their studies because their feedback about their programs is just as important to us as when they first started the application process.

        This blog serves to inform all of our Australian medical school applicants: If you’ve applied to med school in Australia, or thinking of doing so, here are some tips from a former OzTREKK student who is currently studying at UQ Medical School.

        What do you think is important to consider before taking the plunge?

         

        Important Considerations:

        1. How are you going to fund it? Money saved up from previous life, loans, family?

        2. Are you flexible?  Do you absolutely have to go back to Canada once you graduate or are you willing to keep your options open? Would you go to the United States, New Zealand or stay in Australia once you graduate? Tip: study for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) to keep your options open. I just read this from an international info event flyer:

        “Attention: the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) predicts that by 2015 the US will experience a doctor shortage of over 60,000 physicians.”

        3. Do you like beautiful weather? I like to think of Brisbane and South East Queensland as the California of North America. Amazing weather, especially in the winter, beautiful sunny 20 degrees. It gets a little crazy in February, March for cyclone season, but other than that, pretty epic. I’m from Calgary and I don’t miss the weather…at all, and I’m a snowboarder. We surf here.

        4. Talking to friends who are in med schools in Canada, UQ Medical School sounds like a lot more self-directed learning. Also, compared to some programs in Canada, you get into clinical learning from day 1 amongst your peers with a clinical teacher, but not as intense as U of C med where from the beginning, you do clinical learning with actual patients. We don’t do that until second year.

        5. Are you okay being away from home? Australia is pretty far away from Canada. I like to travel and am away from home a lot and like to make a new life for myself. So this works fine for me. I know some classmates who get more homesick and are close to their families. But we are almost done first year and a lot of those who are homesick are going home for their elective and hanging out over the Canadian winter before starting second year.

        6. How long are you willing to wait to get into med school in Canada? A lot of my Canadian classmates have tried two or more times to get into medical school in Canada then decided to go for Australia. Looking back, why? See considerations above.  I tried once, then came down here and it’s amazing! Australia and Brisbane are world class. The standard of living is really great and UQ Medical School is probably better than a lot of the med schools that I didn’t get into back home.

        7. Do you like to travel? At the end of first year, UQ Medical School sets aside a four-week block to complete an elective in a hospital or clinic anywhere in the world: Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia etc., and the UQ culture is really encouraging to explore somewhere exotic. Classmates of mine are going to Tanzania, Edmonton (not exotic but maybe to some), rural Australia, India, etc. You have to fund it yourself though.

        Tip: Go somewhere where the cost of living is cheap such as India. Your big expense will be airfare, then food and accommodations will be so low that if you sublet your place in Australia, it might actually be cheaper to go travel and do your elective.

        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.

        Thursday, September 26, 2013

        Monash University Pharmacy School students receive industry recognition

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

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

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

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

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



        “I was pretty pleased and surprised that I won. You always learn something form these competitions, the coordinator of the events likes to challenge people and there’s the most up-to-date practice included in the test so it’s interesting,” the Monash University Pharmacy School student said.

        As a recipient of Monash University’s Mathew Peck Travelling Scholarship, Lee travelled to Fiji early this year to help improve patient care in low-resourced communities.

        Telford took out the clinical skills competition where students must use their clinical knowledge to solve and to improve their patient’s drug therapy.

        The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) represents approximately 270,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates from around 70 different countries worldwide.

         

        Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

        Monash University Pharmacy School engages in world-class research and has a long history as a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education. The faculty’s curriculum is purpose designed for the study of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science and taught by discipline experts.

        Home to the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Centre for Medication Use and Safety, the faculty is internationally recognized for its contribution to research in the pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice fields.



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

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

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

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

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

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

        “This research provides a model where we can look at how these bacteria switch off a critical pathway in our body that helps fight infection and contributes to normal intestinal function,” she said, adding that using this fundamental knowledge, they will be able to conduct further studies and work toward improving therapies and treatments for people with inflammatory bowel disease, which affects approximately five million people worldwide.

        The researchers found the diarrhea-causing bacteria use a needle-like structure to inject a toxin into the gut cell that blocks cell death. This allows the bacteria to survive and spread in the gut, causing a range of diseases.

        The injected toxin paralyses the infected cell’s ability to send messages to immune cells which would normally sense and eliminate dangerous microbes from the body as well as alert the broader immune system to mount a response to the infection.

        “This is a significant contribution to global research in this field as the role of this pathway in intestinal defence and the way bacteria go about blocking this pathway was not known,” the Melbourne professor said.

        UQ Business School MBA ranks number one

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

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

        University of Queensland Business School
        UQ MBA is number 1 in Australia

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

        “We were thrilled with the results from this year’s BOSS survey and to have been acknowledged as the leading MBA provider in Australia,” Professor Griffiths said. “Our MBA is recognized as world-class and this rise to the number one position is a testament to the quality of our program and our unwavering commitment to providing an MBA that delivers the best possible outcomes for our students and for business at large.”

        MBA Program Director Dr Sarah Kelly said UQ MBA students experienced globally relevant thought leadership from internationally recognized researchers, consultants and industry partners, and that students’ MBA journey is built through a variety of exposure from the classroom to the field, through international immersions, community volunteer schemes, mentoring by UQ's global alumni network, and the opportunity to apply learned skills by consulting to industry.

        The UQ Business School MBA program has a number of key features that help to set it apart and provide enhanced value to students. These include specialist skill development via the uniquely designed Leadership Capability Framework, opportunities to augment international business skills through a joint partnership with the world-renowned Wharton School in Pennsylvania, and the chance to collaborate with non-profit organizations via the school’s Social Economic Engagement Program.

        About UQ Business School

        The University of Queensland Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, it brings together more than 130 subject experts with over 7,500 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and executive education across the range of business disciplines.

        UQ Business School is renowned internationally for the quality of its research and also provides contract research and consultancy services to organizations throughout the world. The teaching – research – consultancy loop is central to its success, ensuring that the school maintains its position at the forefront of academic knowledge while staying closely attuned to modern business requirements.

        Did You Know? Some UQ Business School Fast Facts

        • UQ Business School was the first in Australia to meet the standards of the world’s two most influential accrediting bodies— the US-based AACSB International and Europe’s EQUIS.
        • Its MBA program has been ranked number 1 in Australia and Asia Pacific by The Economist, identifying it as the leading MBA outside of Europe and North America.
        • The UQ MBA program has also been ranked number 1 in Australia in the Financial Review BOSS MBA survey.
        • It has been ranked in the world’s top 50 universities for executive education by the Financial Times.
        • The course has been awarded the highest possible rating of five stars for nine years running by Australia’s most influential rating body, the GMAA.
        • The school was classed as above world standard in its six major fields of business research in the Australian government’s ERA assessment.

        Wednesday, September 25, 2013

        Upcoming OzTREKK Orientation events at your Australian university

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

        OzTREKK Boarding Pass
        Yes, OzTREKK Orientations sometimes end up on the beach!

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

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

        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!

        OzTREKK Boarding Pass
        UQ MBBS students make use of the OzTREKK Shuttle

        OzTREKK also knows firsthand what it takes to move to the other side of the planet and get yourself prepared for your studies, so Beth and Matt set up the ever-popular OzTREKK Shuttle—a taxi services without the fee! Matt will pick you up in their van and take you to wherever you need to go.

        Need groceries? No dramas! Need to find accommodation? No dramas! Need to open a bank account? No dramas! Just need to get the lay of the land? No worries, mate! The OzTREKK Shuttle is there to pick you up and take you wherever you need to go.

        OzTREKK Boarding Pass
        Enjoy a Welcome Barbecue
        We know how important it is for you to be well established, organized and set up before you commence your studies. Your success depends on how ready you are for your studies and the only way to be ready is to have everything organized!

        If you’d like more details about getting ready to go to Australia, including student visa, travel info, accommodation, and other tips, log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass website. If you’ve forgotten your name and password, please contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to send it to you!

        OzTREKK Orientation Dates

         

        University of Queensland

        UQ MBBS students: Thursday, January 16, 2014
        UQ students beginning in February 2014: Friday, February 21, 2014

        University of Melbourne

        Melbourne students beginning at the end of January/early February 2014: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
        Melbourne students beginning in March 2014: Saturday, February 22, 2014

        Monash University

        Monash students beginning at the end of January 2014: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
        Monash students beginning in March 2014: Saturday, February 22, 2014

        OzTREKK Boarding Pass
        OzTREKK Orientation on the beach!

        University of Sydney


        Sydney students beginning  in early February 2014: Thursday, January 23, 2014
        Sydney students beginning in March 2014: Sunday, February 23, 2014

        Macquarie University

        Macquarie students beginning in March 2014: Sunday, February 23, 2014

        James Cook University

        JCU Cairns students beginning in February 2014: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
        JCU Townsville students beginning in February 2014: Wednesday, February 19, 2014


        University of Sydney Physiotherapy School applications are closing soon

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

        Clinical Placements for the Master of Physiotherapy

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

        Some of the clinical and professional fieldwork sites that Sydney MPT students have attended previously include
        • 3 Combat Support Hospital, RAAF Base, Richmond
        • Alice Betteridge School, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
        • Byron District Hospital
        • Hunter Brain Injury Service
        • Multiple Sclerosis Society, NSW/VIC
        • Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick
        • Rehab on the Move
        • Sutherland Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic

          The Faculty of Health Sciences has a whole campus dedicated to its programs, located on the Cumberland Campus in Lidcombe, which is 16 kilometers from the city centre. Students entering the Master of Physiotherapy on this campus will have access to amenities such as a Health Science Library, specialized laboratories and discipline specific equipment, on-site health clinics a state-of-the-art sports centre and recreational and social amenities.

          Eligible students in the University of Sydney’s  Master of Physiotherapy degree are given the opportunity to complete the “Faculty of Health Science (FHS) Abroad” program, in which six elective credits from the final year of study can be undertaken in South and South East Asia. This opportunity allows Sydney Health Sciences students to make a meaningful contribution to a community in need and gain hands-on experience in community development through a four-to six-week placement with non-government organizations and other development agencies. In past years, students were placed in destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Nepal.


          Monash University Business School achieves “triple crown” accreditation

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

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

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

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

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

          “This achievement is to be commended. A great deal of work went into this, and as we know, accreditation with an organization like AACSB can take years. This is a great day for the faculty and the university as we now look to build on this success,” Professor Byrne said.

          Monash University is the only university within the prestigious Group of Eight to have achieved “triple crown” accreditation for its Melbourne-based business and economics faculty.

          Dean of the faculty, Professor Colm Kearney said the announcement is a significant achievement.

          “AACSB accreditation is a milestone for the faculty and the university. We have worked incredibly hard to achieve this, and we will work equally hard to retain it, because the benefits are much more widely distributed than just our team,” Professor Kearney said, adding that their goal is to be among the best business and economics education providers in Australia and the world.

          Monash University Business School is ranked number one in the Asia-Pacific region in a number of their business discipline areas. The “triple crown” accreditation now places Monash among the 60 business schools in the world with such global recognition, which equates to less than one per cent of business schools.

          Included in Monash University’s Faculty of Business and Economics are the following departments:
          • Accounting and Finance
          • Business Law and Taxation
          • Econometrics and Business Statistics
          • Economics
          • Management
          • Marketing

          Tuesday, September 24, 2013

          Sydney Medical School now awarding an MD

          It’s official! If you’ve accepted an offer to the Sydney Medical School for the 2014 intake, you will be receiving an MD!

           

          Sydney Medical School
          Learn more about the Sydney MD

          The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is now recognized as the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Sydney Medical School will be awarding an MD to students commencing the medical program from 2014 onward.

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

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

          The MD degree incorporates a research component that will provide students with access to the wealth of research expertise at Sydney Medical School. This is a wonderful opportunity for all students to gain important knowledge and skills in research methodology and, with the assistance of a supervisor, to plan and, in some cases, carry out a research project.

          Research skills are highly valued as has been recognized by the many current MBBS students who undertake research projects across the medical school.

          For the university, awarding the MD is a natural progression. Sydney Medical School already has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class clinical training and the expertise of the school’s researchers is well known both in Australia and internationally.

          The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year professional postgraduate entry course with three primary aims for graduates: excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice; experience in research; and experience and awareness of health in an international setting. Years 1 and 2 are spent primarily on the main university campus at Camperdown, but clinical training commences in the first weeks. For years 3 and 4, students are based in their clinical school. Clinical learning occurs at multiple widely-dispersed sites (hospitals and community, metropolitan, urban and rural). The program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council. The course is delivered in three “Stages.”
          Stages 1 and 2 comprise Years 1 and 2 respectively. Stage 3 comprises Years 3 and 4.

          The Sydney MD program also comprises four broad themes that will run through the curriculum of all four years of the course:

          1. Basic and Clinical Sciences
          The Basic and Clinical Sciences theme includes preclinical disciplines as well as the major clinical disciplines of pathology, microbiology and pharmacology.

          2. Patient and Doctor
          The Patient and Doctor theme encompasses clinical knowledge and skills, clinical reasoning and clinical communication.

          3. Population Medicine
          The Population Medicine theme deals with population context of medical practice and prevention.

          4. Personal and Professional Development
          The Personal and Professional Development theme covers professionalism in accordance with the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia, the law in medicine, communication more broadly, ethics, medical humanities and related topics.

          MD Research
          Research Methods is introduced in Stage 1 of the program. Students gain knowledge and understanding of research methods to be able to design, conduct and report on a small scale case series study independently.

          Core content and a range of options enable students, depending on a background knowledge and skills, to focus on particular areas of research interest for a research or capstone project.

          During Stage 2, students are required to plan a research or capstone project that they will conduct during Stage 3. The objective of the MD project is to give students the experience of developing, managing and reporting on a circumscribed project under supervision. Students will have a wide range of choices for their MD Projects, ranging from an advanced clinical assignment to a small research project. The “MD project” will culminate in a written report or an article suitable for publication.

          Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
          Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
          Semester intake: February
          Duration: 4 years

          Applications for the 2014 intake are closed. While application timelines for the 2015 intake are not yet available, it is expected they will be similar to previous intakes.

          Sydney Medical School now awarding an MD

          It’s official! If you’ve accepted an offer to the Sydney Medical School for the 2014 intake, you will be receiving an MD!

           

          Sydney Medical School
          Learn more about the Sydney MD

          The Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is now recognized as the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Sydney Medical School will be awarding an MD to students commencing the medical program from 2014 onward.

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

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

          The MD degree incorporates a research component that will provide students with access to the wealth of research expertise at Sydney Medical School. This is a wonderful opportunity for all students to gain important knowledge and skills in research methodology and, with the assistance of a supervisor, to plan and, in some cases, carry out a research project.

          Research skills are highly valued as has been recognized by the many current MBBS students who undertake research projects across the medical school.

          For the university, awarding the MD is a natural progression. Sydney Medical School already has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class clinical training and the expertise of the school’s researchers is well known both in Australia and internationally.

          The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year professional postgraduate entry course with three primary aims for graduates: excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice; experience in research; and experience and awareness of health in an international setting. Years 1 and 2 are spent primarily on the main university campus at Camperdown, but clinical training commences in the first weeks. For years 3 and 4, students are based in their clinical school. Clinical learning occurs at multiple widely-dispersed sites (hospitals and community, metropolitan, urban and rural). The program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council. The course is delivered in three “Stages.”
          Stages 1 and 2 comprise Years 1 and 2 respectively. Stage 3 comprises Years 3 and 4.

          The Sydney MD program also comprises four broad themes that will run through the curriculum of all four years of the course:

          1. Basic and Clinical Sciences
          The Basic and Clinical Sciences theme includes preclinical disciplines as well as the major clinical disciplines of pathology, microbiology and pharmacology.

          2. Patient and Doctor
          The Patient and Doctor theme encompasses clinical knowledge and skills, clinical reasoning and clinical communication.

          3. Population Medicine
          The Population Medicine theme deals with population context of medical practice and prevention.

          4. Personal and Professional Development
          The Personal and Professional Development theme covers professionalism in accordance with the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia, the law in medicine, communication more broadly, ethics, medical humanities and related topics.

          MD Research
          Research Methods is introduced in Stage 1 of the program. Students gain knowledge and understanding of research methods to be able to design, conduct and report on a small scale case series study independently.

          Core content and a range of options enable students, depending on a background knowledge and skills, to focus on particular areas of research interest for a research or capstone project.

          During Stage 2, students are required to plan a research or capstone project that they will conduct during Stage 3. The objective of the MD project is to give students the experience of developing, managing and reporting on a circumscribed project under supervision. Students will have a wide range of choices for their MD Projects, ranging from an advanced clinical assignment to a small research project. The “MD project” will culminate in a written report or an article suitable for publication.

          Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
          Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
          Semester intake: February
          Duration: 4 years

          Applications for the 2014 intake are closed. While application timelines for the 2015 intake are not yet available, it is expected they will be similar to previous intakes.

          Sydney Dental School professor studies impact of fluoride

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

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

          Sydney Dental School
          A Sydney Dental School student

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

          Before fluoridation, the University of Sydney professor said, the average 12-year-old Sydney or New Zealand child had more than nine teeth that were rotten, decayed, filled or extracted. The addition of fluoride in the water supply and fluoride toothpaste has cut the rate in half.

          Today, as much as 60 percent of the adult population have no tooth decay at all, and Prof. Evans stated that as many as 70 percent of university students don’t have any cavities!

          According to the Sydney Dental School professor, if Australian towns voted to stop or not proceed with fluoridation, there would be increased levels of tooth decay.

          Most recently, the Sydney Dental School professor has been working on a program to put fluoride sealant on the first molars of children in Cambodia, and he says that children in Cambodia have many cavities and broken teeth, like children in Australia and in New Zealand used to have before fluoride was added to the public water supply.

          Evans says he has seen New South Wales children with teeth similar to the children in Cambodia. When he sees children drinking juice and soda, without the protective properties of fluoride, he admits it is “just frightful.” While he acknowledges cavities happen everywhere, he says it is most prevalent in non-fluoridated areas.

          The study finds that fluoride also helps to protect older people as well as young, as it improves the oral health of Australians by approximately 50 percent.

          Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences launches new graduate degrees

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

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

          Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences revamped courses 2014

           

          • Master of International Relations
          • Master of Art Curating
          • Master of Museum and Heritage Studies
          • Master of Economic Analysis
          • Master of English Studies
          These courses are designed to comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), are between 18 and 24 months, and are aimed to equip graduates with skills employers have told us they are looking for.

          University of Sydney Arts
          Learn more about Sydney’s Faculty of Arts
          Multimedia information is available for a visual showcase of the new degrees, including a suite of cutting-edge videos about each program, and an interactive website.

          “These new masters programs are a clear commitment to providing students with an outstanding educational experience and the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and hone their skills,” says Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


          The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney remains one of the leading institutions for the arts and humanities globally. The faculty has been ranked among the top 40 faculties of humanities and social sciences in the world, according to the Times Higher Education and QS league tables, from 2006–2012.

          UQ physiotherapy lecturer receives award

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

          University of Queensland Physiotherapy School
          Study at the University of Queensland

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

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

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

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

          “Although I found its medical nature inherently interesting, I thought the style of course delivery was difficult to relate to, content was challenging to consolidate and, with no exposure to ‘real life’ contexts, I found the transition from campus to clinic daunting; however, when I entered the clinical world, my eyes were opened to the enjoyment of working in this rewarding field.”

          This experience led Dr Mandrusiak into cardiorespiratory physiotherapy education at UQ, where she transformed the curriculum to create a stimulating learning and teaching experience.

          This is achieved through innovative teaching strategies designed to make cardiorespiratory ‘fun’ for students at both an undergraduate and masters level.

          “Based on my own experience and student feedback, I realized that the best way to engage students and reduce trepidation around this field is to expose them to their role as physiotherapists in a safe clinical environment,” she said, adding that to achieve this, she transform the classroom into clinics, where students receive hands-on experience through simulations and other innovative techniques.

          “It’s about making the experience as enjoyable and productive as possible for students, and ultimately producing excellent clinicians who are inspired to work in this field.”

          Not only does she continue to receive positive student feedback, Dr Mandrusiak was also awarded the 2012 Faculty of Health Early Career Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

          UQ Physiotherapy School’s Master of Physiotherapy Studies

          The University of Queensland Physiotherapy School offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. It focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physiotherapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice. The program also incorporates advanced training in clinical reasoning, independent research, and health management.

          Monday, September 23, 2013

          Monash Medical School applications close this Friday

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

          Monash University Medical School
          Learn more about Monash University Medical School

          Important Dates to Remember

          • Application Deadline for the February 2014 intake is this Friday, September 27, 2013. (Please note that all application documents must arrive at the OzTREKK office by this date.)
          • Registration for MCAT must be completed by August 2 for a test sitting by August 16 with results released September 17.
          • Interviews will be held in Toronto on Monday, October 28, 2013, and in Vancouver on Thursday, October 31 (locations TBA).

            Monash Medical School offers a five year, direct entry, undergraduate medical course compared with the minimum of seven years for an accelerated program in Canada. This course is only offered to students that have not undertaken any university study. Applicants with a bachelor degree in any field degree are eligible to apply for our graduate entry Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The graduate entry MBBS is a four year course delivered at the Gippsland Medical School.

            JCU researcher studies climate change and its effects on rainforests

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

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

            James Cook University
            Learn more about JCU environmental science programs

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

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

            Mr Scheffers said that species were already moving uphill or towards the poles in search of cooler and wetter climates as the Earth warms and dries from climate change. But he and his colleagues are the first to suggest that before this happens, species will first move out of the trees and towards the ground.

            To collect data, Mr Scheffers and a large group of field researchers traversed a mountain in the tropical rainforests of the Philippines in search of frogs and other animals that live in the treetops.

            The JCU researcher said that a major reason why their study is unique is that rainforests consist of towering trees that are incredibly difficult to access, with some more than 50 metres in height.

            “This discourages many researchers from conducting canopy research. Over the course of several months, we had to climb hundreds of trees to get our data,” Scheffers said.

            The researchers “flattening” forest hypothesis is based on a century-old debate over what causes patterns of biodiversity.

            Their report says that rainforest vegetation creates a climate gradient over a distance of just 20 to 30 metres that is far steeper than the changes in climate that may occur over hundreds of meters of elevation or kilometres of latitude.

            Biodiversity in tropical rainforests was found to organize along this height gradient—from the tops of trees down to the ground. The organization of species from ground to canopy changes with altitude as species tend to move upwards in the rainforest strata as elevation increases.

            “We discovered a whole new dimension to biodiversity on Earth but in doing so we uncovered new consequences of climate change. We should carefully monitor for downward movements of rainforest species as this could be an early warning that rainforests are under stress,” he said, adding that while the rainforests are certainly not “flat” they could be if we do not take the necessary actions to prevent strong changes in climate.

            JCU School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

            The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is located in Townsville and Cairns, central to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropical Rainforests World Heritage Areas, and at the gateway to the world class mineral fields of north-eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea and the West Pacific.

            The school is proud of its multidisciplinary approach, its international outlook, and its extensive network of collaborations with private and government organizations, linked to a strong research tradition and a dynamic learning environment.

            Sydney physiotherapy student swishes down the slopes in New Zealand

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

            University of Sydney Sydney Physiotherapy School
            An OzTREKK student went to New Zealand to learn how to…ski?

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

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

            Currently playing for the Canterbury Eagles in the NSW ice hockey league, Stephenie is getting to experience all that Australia has to offer through travelling with the team. During the summer months (in Australia that’s December through February), the Sydney Physiotherapy student plays for Sydney in their National League.

            University of Sydney Sirens Ice Hockey
            Heading to Sydney Uni? Try out for the ice hockey team!

            “I’m playing for the Sydney Sirens this summer and it is allowing me to travel to Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane with the team and with some Aussies who can actually show me around!”

            Stephenie is also encouraging other Canadian students who plan to attend the University of Sydney to try out for the team since it offers a bit of “Canadiana” flavouring to the mix and is a great way to make new friends—and provides an opportunity to travel, of course!

            Recently, Stephenie travelled to the mystical island of New Zealand. You’ll find that we always recommend travel as part of your “study in Australia” experience, and New Zealand is highly recommended by many of our students!

            On her most recent break, the Master of Physiotherapy student says she tackled the slopes to learn how to ski–in New Zealand. “Who would think a Canadian would head to New Zealand as a place to learn how to ski?” she joked. “New Zealand was amazing. I love it there and I definitely want to go back!”

            We’ll let the photos speak for themselves!
            OzTREKK - Who We Are
            The beauty of New Zealand

            OzTREKK - Who We Are
            Absolute serenity



            OzTREKK - Who We Are
            Approaching the mountaintop

            OzTREKK - Who We Are
            Did you ever think of snow-topped mountains in NZ?





            OzTREKK Funny Friday

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

            Australian Audiology Schools in Australia
            Honey, can you hear me?

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

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

            There was no response.

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

            Still, there was no response.

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

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

            Audiology Programs at Australian Universities

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

            There are very few Canadian universities that offer a Master of Audiology, and only three audiology schools are taught solely as an English-language program. Consequently, competitive admissions arising from so few spots have made Australian Audiology Schools an attractive option for Canadian students who wish to learn the requisite clinical skills to practice audiology.

            The following Australian universities offer audiology programs:
            • Macquarie University Audiology School
            • University of Melbourne Audiology School
            • University of Queensland Audiology School



            University of Queensland’s Learning Innovation Building officially opens

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

            University of Queensland
            Learn more about the University of Queensland

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

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

            UQ President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the new building was catering for new and emerging developments in technology-enhanced learning.

            “Within this building are facilities and experimental spaces that encourage collaborations that will advance student outcomes—outcomes that will ultimately benefit national productivity by fostering knowledgeable and skilled employees,” Professor Høj said.

            The Learning Innovation Building houses centres and institutes including the Teaching Educational Development Institute (TEDI), the Centre for Innovation in Professional Learning (CIPL), the Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (CEIT) and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

            The Learning Innovation Building is the nerve centre for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

            “UQ is part of a prestigious MOOCs consortium, edX, founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and joined by high-calibre institutions around the world.”

            The UQ professor said the Learning Innovation Building was designed by accomplished University of Queensland architecture alumnus, Richard Kirk, and was in keeping with the university’s goal of sustainability.

            The building includes photovoltaic panels providing approximately 25 per cent of the building’s peak demand, high-efficiency lighting and automated blinds and louvre windows adjusting to sunlight, wind, temperature and humidity.

            “It is a fitting home for technology-assisted learning that has the potential to invigorate collaborative problem-solving among people from diverse disciplines and industries.”

            About the University of Queensland

            Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world* the University of Queensland is one of Australia’s most highly ranked and awarded learning and research institutions. With a student population of more than 46,800 students, one in every four students is an international student. This multicultural student population will allow you to gain exposure to a range of cultures and networks.

            Studies in four key disciplines at the University of Queensland rank in the international top 10 in the latest QS World University Subject Rankings.

            Psychology, education, agriculture and forestry, and environmental sciences were UQ's highest-rated areas and among the highest in the world.

            Additionally, QS reports in its 2013 assessment that UQ has nine further subject areas in the world’s top 30, including English language and literature, computer science and information systems, chemical engineering, civil and structural engineering, biological sciences, sociology, pharmacy and pharmacology, accounting and finance, and communication and media studies.

            In the world’s top 50, UQ subject areas include linguistics, modern languages, medicine, geography, materials science, mathematics, economics and econometrics, law, politics and international studies, and statistics and operational research.

            *QS World University Rankings 2012

            University of Melbourne’s cochlear implant inventor wins award

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

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

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

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

            Two decades later, Professor Wilson designed a speech-processing strategy that minimized distortions and omissions, enabling implant recipients to understand words and sentences without visual cues.

            Professor Clark was head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Otolaryngology at the time of the research and said he faced criticism in the early days.

 “Many people didn’t believe it was possible and that it was folly, but I was determined to persist and see it through, and I’m so pleased I did,” the Melbourne professor said, adding that he cannot imagine any technology that has had such a profound effect on transforming so many lives.

            In 1982, the first cochlear was implanted and switched on by a team consisting of audiologist Professor Richard Dowell from the University of Melbourne and surgeons Dr Brian Pyman and Dr Robert Webb from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, with the support of biomedical company Nucleus (Cochlear Limited).

            The surgery allowed the recipient Mr Graham Carrick to hear for the first time in 17 years.

            Cochlear implants are now assisting approximately 320,000 people worldwide.

            University of Melbourne deans from Melbourne School of Engineering and from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences praised Clark for his research and inspiration.

            “We congratulate Graeme Clark and his colleagues for their contribution to society through this groundbreaking technology,” the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences said.

            The Lasker Awards carry an honorarium of $250,000 (US) for each category.

            About the University of Melbourne’s Master of Clinical Audiology Program

            Melbourne Audiology School’s Master of Clinical Audiology focuses on developing professional skills through a large program component of comprehensive clinical training. Clinical skills are supplemented by coursework and lectures that introduce students to graduate-level research methods, while maintaining a strong level of scientific acumen expected of students in the health sciences at the University of Melbourne.

            Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
            Location: Melbourne, Victoria
            Semester intake: February
            Duration: 2 years
            Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2013, with selection rounds beginning after the closing date.

            Thursday, September 19, 2013

            Bond Physiotherapy School applications close in one week

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

            Bond University Physiotherapy School
            Learn more about Bond Physio School

            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.


            University of Sydney student gives accommodation tips

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

            OzTREKK Boarding Pass
            Don’t forget about on-campus accommodation


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


            Tips to Help with Your Accommodation Search

             

            Start searching
            Look on domain.com.au or realestate.com.au for ideas; however, these websites take their information from the actual real estate websites. Sometimes they don’t get updated as quickly as you would hope and a house might be gone. It is good to go to the real estate websites and see what they have.

            See it in person
            Even better, if you have figured out an area, wander around there and go in personally to see if you can talk to someone about available rental properties. My roommate and I ended up getting our house as we met with an agent; he just had confirmation that they would be the agency for this house and told us about it before it went up for grabs. I think it also helped as he got to meet us in person and see that we were sane, reliable medical students.

            Be organized!
            They will ask for references. Ask your previous landlords or even the company for reference letters. Even more important to them is your actual rental lease agreement. I would suggest getting paper copies as well as scanned versions. A lot of the real estate agencies let you apply online, which is quite easy.

            Money. Have some.
            All of them will ask if you have a job or how you are going to finance your apartment. If you are going to work, that is great and you can say where you are working. If you are in the “all study, no work” boat, get a letter showing how you have access to your funds. If you have a loan from your bank, ask your bank representative to say that you have a line of credit for your studies that can cover your tuition and your living situation.

            Get ready to hit the ground running!
            We joked that we were on “The Amazing Race: House-hunting Edition.” Be prepared to see a lot of places and keep your mind open to what area you want to live in. There are a lot of cool areas neighbouring the university and you just need to find the right fit. Most open houses happen on Saturday and most people will have their applications ready to hand in after seeing the place! Come prepared with all your documents in hand or ready to send in on the internet when you get home.

            We ended up walking from house to house (which ended up with us having a few blisters), but was also a great way for us to get to know the city in our first couple of days.

            From our first day searching to the day we got confirmation that we had a house, it took one week. This seemed to be quite quick compared to other people. Don’t get discouraged; you literally just need to apply to as many houses as possible and then you will get one. Most other people took about two to three weeks to get confirmation. It just depends on the area, how many people you are looking to live with, etc.

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            If you’re an OzTREKK student getting ready to head to Australia, keep in mind that you have the OzTREKK Boarding Pass at your fingertips. This handy site also provides detailed pre-departure information to help you obtain your student visa, research your accommodation options, book airport arrival reception, reserve a spot at an OzTREKK pre-departure seminar in Canada, and more!

            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!