Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bond Law School’s Canadian students celebrate Halloween

Halloween in Australia? Yep! What was once a fairly uncommon “celebration” has now become more popular.

Bond University Law School
Terrifyingly terrific!
The version of Halloween that we are used to in North America is spreading globally, particularly in Australia. As we reported last week, there has been a hefty increase in candy sales—and thus candy consumption in Australia.

Australians have participated in Halloween activities for years now, but not as we do here in North America. Generally, children dress up for school or go to parties in their costumes, but trick-or-treating is still not as common as it is here in Canada.

Bond Law School is notoriously popular for Canadian students. So what do Canadian students do? They bring their traditions to Oz, of course! Tim Hortons, hockey… and now, Halloween! The Bond Law School’s Canadian Law Students’ Association recently held a “Thriller”-themed costume party, encouraging students to get “zombified” for Halloween.

Sounds like it was spooktacular.

Happy Halloween, OzTREKKers!

UQ Pharmacy School senior lecturer receives award

Dr Neil Cottrell, Senior Lecturer at the UQ School of Pharmacy, has been recognized at the University of Queensland's 2013 UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Internationalisation ceremony on Oct. 28.

A 180-strong crowd including the State Minister for Education, Training and Employment, the Honourable John-Paul Langbroek, attended the event at Customs House.

UQ President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the annual teaching awards acknowledged dedicated and inspirational teachers and teaching programs. Among the honourees, Dr Neil Cottreel of the UQ Pharmacy School received a citation for teaching excellence. The UQ Pharmacy School and the university extends congratulations to the School of Pharmacy Chair of Teaching and Learning for being recognized for his contribution and devotion to teaching.


About the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program at UQ

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 BPharm 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.

Monash University and China’s Southeast University open Joint Graduate School

On Oct. 24, 2013, Monash University and China’s Southeast University officially opened the building that is home to their Joint Graduate School in Suzhou near Shanghai.

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The Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Mr Andrew Robb and Victorian Premier, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine, joined Monash University President Professor Ed Byrne and Professor Yi Hong from China’s Southeast University for the ceremony.

Monash is the first Australian university to be granted a licence to operate in China and the first foreign university granted a licence for the establishment of a graduate school in China.

The Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) was established in 2012 and the first students will graduate early next year with master’s degrees from both parent institutions.

The school has already enrolled almost 200 students and will progressively build to a capacity of approximately 1,400 students. It is accepting applications for master’s courses in Information Technology Systems, Industrial Design, Transportation Systems, Applied Linguistics, and International Business in 2014.

The 60,000-square-metre building that houses the school has cutting-edge facilities to support education and future research activities in a range of disciplines from economics to engineering.

The school will be complemented by the establishment of a Joint Research Institute to conduct multidisciplinary research projects in areas of strategic importance to industry in Australia and China, including nanotechnology, bioinformatics, water, energy and light metals.

Both universities have world-recognized strengths in engineering, health and science.

Monash University is Australia’s largest university and is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world. As well as the school in Suzhou, Monash University has six local campuses throughout the state of Victoria, two international campuses—Malaysia and South Africa—and international centres in Italy and India.

A unique alliance with the University of Warwick (UK) sits alongside an array of international collaborations with leading universities and corporations around the world, expanding the university’s global network.

University of Sydney staff honoured with Women of Influence awards

University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson and Professor of Employment Relations Marian Baird were recently named among Australia’s most influential women, winning their categories in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence awards.

University of Sydney Business School
Study business at the University of Sydney!

The awards, selected by an eminent judging panel from more than 500 entrants, recognize the depth of female leadership talent across Australia in 10 categories: Board/Management, Innovation, Public Policy, Business Entrepreneur, Diversity, Young Leader, Global, Social Enterprise, Not-for-profit/Philanthropy and Local/Regional.

Ms Hutchinson was named the most influential woman in the Board/Management category, while Professor Baird won in the Public Policy category.

The awards were announced by Westpac Chief Executive Gail Kelly and Fairfax Media Chief Greg Hywood at a gala dinner in Sydney.

Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney said the recognition of two members of the university community was a significant honour: “We’re delighted that the panel has acknowledged these two brilliant women from the University of Sydney, and I congratulate them on the well-deserved recognition of their leadership in the wider community.”

The Australian Financial Review described Ms Hutchinson as one of Australia’s leading women in business, stating that her role as chairman of insurer QBE makes Hutchinson arguably the most successful female boardroom operator in Australia.

A graduate of the University of Sydney, Ms Hutchinson was appointed the 18th Chancellor of the University of Sydney in February 2013. Along with chairing QBE Insurance Group, she is a director of St Vincent’s Health Australia, AGL Energy, the Salvation Army Eastern Territory Advisory Board, Australian Philanthropic Services, NSW State Library Foundation, and a member of the Federal Government Financial Services Advisory Council. She is also the President of Chief Executive Women, a member-based organization comprising of 240 of Australia’s women leaders.

Ms Hutchinson holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and was a recipient of a University Alumni Award in 2012.

Professor Marian Baird, Professor of Employment Relations, Acting Chair of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Director of the Women and Work Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School, was recognized in the Public Policy category as one of Australia’s leading voices in the fields of women, work and family.

Prof Baird was described as the intellectual firepower behind the paid maternity leave campaign that resulted in the creation of the national paid scheme in 2011 and encouraged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to offer his own scheme.

Professor Baird decided to pursue extensive research in the fields of women, work and family after having been frustrated by her personal experience of losing entitlements every time she shifted jobs to follow her husband or care for her children.

Since then, she has received a number of Australian Research Council and federal and state government grants to study maternity and parental leave, flexibility for working parents, women and the global financial crisis, mature age workers and low paid workers, gender equitable organizational change and work and family in regional Australia. She is widely published in Australia and internationally.

“The University of Sydney Business School is delighted to see Professor Baird’s work acknowledged in this way,” said Co-Dean Professor David Grant. “Professor Baird has made a significant contribution to public policy in a way that has greatly improved the work and home life of many thousands of Australian women and their family members.”

Melbourne Speech Pathology and Audiology Q and A

Audiologists and speech pathologists are in high demand. According to Service Canada, “job opportunities will arise primarily through employment increase, but also from the need to replace people retiring. There is little turnover in this occupation. Some audiologists and speech-language pathologists are turning to university teaching positions or to management. In general, university graduates usually find work soon after completing their studies and remain employed throughout their career.”

If you’ve applied to the University of Melbourne’s Master of Clinical Audiology or the Master of Speech Pathology, or are considering applying for the 2015 intake, you may have some questions regarding the entry requirements about your program of interest. OzTREKK has gathered a quick FYI about audiology and speech pathology programs at the University of Melbourne.

University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne

Master of Clinical Audiology and the Master of Speech Pathology FAQs


How many applicants are accepted into each program?
Approximately 45 students (total) are accepted into each program.

How many applications does Melbourne receive each year?
For the 2012 selection round, the university received approximately 40 international applications for both courses.

How are applications assessed?
The 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 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; and
  • the applicant’s personal statement.
Students should also include their Grade 12 results. The Selection Committee may also request an interview or contact the applicant’s referees to assess the applicant’s suitability for a clinical career.

The University of Melbourne is committed to attracting students of the highest calibre. Entry to these courses is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process.

Why are Grade 12 results important?
Melbourne would like to see a student’s entire academic record. If Grade 12 results are not available, students should provide an explanation for this in their application. Applicants with very little science or maths in the undergraduate degree may be considered more relevant if they have studied these subjects at Grade 12 level. Mature-age applicants with higher degrees in a relevant area do not need to include their Grade 12 results.

What is the average GPA required for entry?
The GPA changes each year with the pool of applicants. Some years see a higher average than others, but it’s reasonable to assume that if students have a third year average of less than 70% it is unlikely that they would be offered a place. In 2012, the lowest second round offer was made to a rank of approximately 72% for audiology and 75% for speech pathology.

What is considered a “relevant” degree?
While preference is given to students from a science/health/linguistics/psychology background, the University of Melbourne has accepted students from engineering, music, and some arts and education programs. Each application is assessed on its merits and other factors such as highly relevant work experience may be considered in some cases.

Are referees required?
Yes. Students must include the contact details of employers, lecturers or any suitable person who can comment on their personal attributes and ability to undertake the course.

Is learning sign language mandatory?
It is not necessary to know sign language to be an audiologist or a speech pathologist. If you have a client who is a member of the signing deaf community, an interpreter will usually attend the appointment.

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne has developed to be a leading international player in hearing research, largely due to its role in the development and improvement of cochlear implants and their application. The cochlear implant now provides hearing to more than 100,000 completely or profoundly deaf people in more than 60 countries around the world.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

X Factor crown for UQ music graduate

Dami Im, a talented music graduate of the University of Queensland, has been crowned the winner of Australian TV talent show, X Factor.

An audience favourite from the first live show, Dami went on to win the live grand final decider on Oct. 28, after 24 hours of public voting.

Dami graduated from UQ’s School of Music in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music, earning first-class Honours in Music Performance.

Her former piano teacher at UQ School of Music Max Olding says the show had helped an already talented student blossom further.

“At UQ, she was a model student and very dedicated to improving her work and performances,” Mr Olding said. “She had some success in minor competition events locally, although I couldn’t convince her to go in for major competitions. She didn’t think she was up to that. She’s a very modest girl.”

The University of Queensland music teacher went on to say that he felt that she could win the competition because her classical background stood her in good stead with a modern singing style. “She has perfect pitch and she moved into that arena where she could sing on the note and make a beautiful sound.”

Mr Olding said that while Dami cemented her musical skills at UQ, she had “blossomed” on the show. “It comes down to performance and confidence. That is what really makes it tick, and I think that is what the show has given her,” he said.

Dr Denis Collins, Head of UQ’s School of Music praised Dami for her “gutsy” performances saying her classical music background and musicality gave her the depth required to be able to step out of her comfort zone and seamlessly switch between genres. He also noted that she was an outstanding UQ student, consistently on the Dean’s Commendation List for high achievement.

“She is a true performer.”

In her final year at UQ, Dami was awarded the 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Memorial Prize in Chamber Music.

Dami, who was coached on the show by celebrity singer Dannii Minogue, attracted a strong following of fans, dubbed the “Dami Army.”

The win has secured Dami a recording contract with Sony Music and a management deal.
Her single Alive went straight to the top of the iTunes charts following her win.

Dami’s UQ achievements
2006: UQ School of Music piano prize
Dean’s Commendation List for high achievement

2007: Dean’s Commendation List for high achievement

2008: UQ School of Music piano prize
Dean’s Commendation List for high achievement

2009: 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Memorial Prize in Chamber Music as part of chamber group ‘Ebony Trio’
Placed in the Lev Vlassenko Competition – an internationally recognized, prestigious competition held biannually in Brisbane
Dean’s Commendation List for high achievement
Faculty of Arts Scholar

TropEco Awards recognize sustainability achievements at JCU

James Cook University recently held the third annual TropEco Sustainability Awards in Cairns and Townsville to acknowledge the sustainability achievements of students and staff in 2013.

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Study environmental science at JCU

Sixty-nine nominations were received across the five award categories.

“The response this year was phenomenal and the calibre of nominations was very high, which made judging extremely difficult,” said Adam Connell, JCU Environment Manager.

This year, student involvement was highly evident with students or student-led initiatives taking out four out of the five awards and another 10 receiving recognition as a highly commended.

“It’s great to see the students coming on board and championing sustainability initiatives on campus and in the community,” Adam commented. “These are our future leaders and it gives hope to see we are producing well-rounded graduates who understand and can tackle the global challenges we’re facing now and into the future.”

This year saw five awards presented, along with highly commended entries for both Cairns and Townsville in each category.

“This year the awards continued to focus on the four C’s that make up a sustainable institution: Campus, Curriculum, Culture and Community,” the James Cook University Environment Manager commented. “In each category we look at the impacts the nominees have had on the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic sustainability.”

The fifth award presented on the night was the TropEco Excellence Award, which recognizes an individual who has had a major impact on improving the sustainability of JCU.

Annemarie Theuma, Vice President of the JCU Student Association took out the TropEco Excellence Award for her work in undertaking a sustainability audit on the Student Association’s operations and then implementing the Green Switch program, a series of initiatives that have vastly improved the sustainability of the Student Association in Cairns.

Annemarie and her colleague Shelley Smith also took out the Culture Award for their work with Green Switch.

“Receiving the award was unexpected and I am incredibly grateful for the recognition,” Annemarie commented. “To me, it means that my work is making a difference amongst students, and is creating a greater sense of responsibility towards creating a sustainable future on campus.”

About the TropEco program at James Cook University

The TropEco program at James Cook University aims to actively involve staff and students in sustainability-related activities with the objective of changing behaviours and culture within the university and wider community over the coming years. The program is focused on large-scale behavioral change by providing fun and engaging activities and programs for staff and students.
Some of the major points of focus for TropEco:
  • Energy and water consumption
  • Sustainable transport
  • Carbon management
  • Recycling and waste
  • Biodiversity and environment
  • Food sustainability and community gardens
  • Green Colleges
  • Sustainability Interns program
  • Green Reps – staff and students
  • Linking campus and curriculum
  • Sustainability Events
  • Development of a Sustainability Committee for JCU

    JCU programs of interest


    Master of Science (Protected Area Management) 
    Protected areas include marine and terrestrial national parks and World Heritage Areas. The protection of these areas is dependent upon their continued management. There are more than 120,000 protected areas worldwide, and their success depends on how well they are managed. This 1.5-year program provides specialist training for science graduates already working in this area (national parks and world heritage listed areas), or people wanting to work in this field.

    Master of Development Practice
    The Master of Development Practice is a two-year degree providing graduate-level students with the skills and knowledge to address the global development challenges of poverty alleviation, health, environmental conservation, climate change and agriculture. Students will benefit from a broad, multidisciplinary program that includes field experience in northern Australia and Indonesia with the possibility of additional field experience in other SE Asian countries. Students will be encouraged to work in teams to tackle real-world problems both through case studies on campus and through the field work in complex local contexts. The special challenges to sustainable development in tropical forest and coastal regions will be addressed through a focus on insular South East Asia and the Pacific. The Master of Development Practice is designed to produce a cohort of skilled development practitioners and effective advocates of sustainable development practice.

    Macquarie University receives 5 QS Stars

    Macquarie University has achieved a rating of 5 QS Stars, including the maximum rating in all of the eight major sub-categories.

    Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement) called the rating “an outstanding outcome.”

    Macquarie University
    Macquarie Library (Photo credit: FJ Gaylor)

    “This rating is only attained by truly world‐class institutions,” he said. “It is particularly pleasing that Macquarie attained a five-star rating in each of the eight major sub-categories. Of the eighteen Australian universities currently rated by the QS Stars system, only the ANU, UNSW, Queensland and Monash have received five stars in all categories.”

    About QS Stars
    QS World University Rankings are annual university rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which provides overall rankings as well as ranking for individual subjects. In addition to their regional and global rankings, they also appoint a star system.

    Universities must apply for Stars, which provide an overall rating and also highlight areas of excellence in particular aspects of their performance. To date, 70 universities have applied for QS Stars. The system allows for specialization and uses devices such as student satisfaction surveys that are not part of international rankings. Successful universities are awarded between one and five Stars.

    Those awarded five stars must be world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoy an excellent reputation and have cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty. Stars often highlight university strengths that may be overlooked during university ranking. Stars are awarded based on an audit by the QS Intelligence Unit, with separate ratings published for each of the eight criteria: research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalization, innovation, engagement and the institution’s standing in specialist subjects.

    About Macquarie University

    Founded: 1964
    Main Campus: North Ryde, Sydney
    City Population: 4.6 million
    Student Population: 38,747
    International Students: 11,377
    Semester 1: February
    Semester 2: July
    Faculties: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Science

    Popular schools for Canadians:
    • Macquarie University Audiology School
    • Macquarie University Business School
    • Macquarie University Chiropractic School
    • Macquarie University Law School
    • Macquarie University Physiotherapy School
    • Macquarie University Speech Pathology School

    New technologies shaping medical and health training at Melbourne Medical School

    Leading Australian medical faculties including the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences unveiled a world-first model for health-care education, utilizing next-generation technology to train health professionals of the 21st century.

    Melbourne MD
    Study medicine at the University of Melbourne

    The $4.5 million Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network, the BEST Network, was officially launched at the University of Melbourne on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Future of Medical Education symposium.

    Professor of Medical Education and Training and Director of the Medical Education Unit in the Melbourne Medical School, at the University of Melbourne, Professor Geoff McColl said the university was delighted to be a co-foundation partner in this innovative educational network.

    “The BEST Network will provide an unparalleled opportunity for universities to share the best e-resources to assist in the training of health professional students fit for a twenty-first-century health system,” he said.

    The Network’s founding members—the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, James Cook University and partner peak bodies in medicine and nursing—are collaborating to build a world-first repository of shared digital tools and resources to greatly enhance health-care education.

    These include a large medical image bank, rich, interactive virtual laboratories, virtual patients, online scenario-based training modules and new digital tools to annotate medical images for teaching—all stored on the cloud and accessible from any internet connection.

    New technologies make it possible for trainee and practicing doctors, nurses and health professionals in rural and remote settings to have equal access to quality medical resources and tools to save lives and alleviate suffering.

    “The global educational environment is changing rapidly with ever greater access to learning resources online. The BEST network provides a platform for the development and sharing of the very best e-resources to support our students,” the University of Melbourne professor said.

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    UQ Medical School student’s clinical rotation at Queen’s

    The University of Queensland School of Medicine is considered Australia’s Global Medical School, offering a variety of clinical training opportunities within Australia and around the world. Working in partnership with a dedicated community of scholars, clinicians and stakeholder groups both domestically and internationally, the UQ Medical School promotes excellence in medical education by providing integrated case-based/problem-based training for student doctors.

    University of Queensland School of Medicine
    UQ Medical School, Herston campus

    The MBBS program is 4-year full-time intensive program, and the 4 years are split into Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2), the foundation knowledge and skills years; and Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4), the clinical rotations years.

    Recently, OzTREKK had the opportunity to speak with UQ Medical School student Daniel Beamish, who has just completed a clinical rotation at Queen’s University in Ontario. Dan is the International Subcommittee Chair of the University of Queensland Medical Society, and did his clinical rotation elective at the medical school’s International Partner, Queen’s University in Canada, along with fellow UQ Medical School student Richard Ly, who is currently completing a fourth year surgical specialties rotation.

    The University of Queensland School of Medicine and Queen’s University have an agreement whereby Queen’s students come to UQ’s clinical schools in Brisbane and UQ students study at Queen’s clinical schools as part of their clinical training. Dr Jenny Schafer, the director of the UQ MBBS program and head of Discipline of Medical Education, says that this agreement is an important part of UQ‘s international partnerships as approximately 80% of UQ medical students undertake at least one clinical placement (Elective or Core) overseas.

    Dan finished his Internal Medicine rotation in Brisbane at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital prior to leaving for Canada, and he felt that the Medicine in Society (Stream C) “Geriatrics” rotation in Kingston allowed him to cement the foundations he had put into place in Brisbane.

    Stationed at St. Mary’s of the Lake, a hospital that focuses on rehabilitation medicine, Dan began his clinical rotation in Kingston and found that while the patients there have less “acute” issues, there was a great deal of medicine and learning that occurred on the wards.

    How did the Canadian hospital differ from the Australian hospital?
    It took a perhaps the first week to get used to the new health care system: electronic patient records, filing orders, writing discharge summaries, (and using my pager!) etc.

    University of Queensland School of Medicine
    UQ’s beautiful campus

    What benefits did you gain from your experience?
    The residents and attending staff at the hospital were very helpful and made the transition extremely smooth. We were given our own patients and a lot of responsibility, but given all the tools and support to succeed. We were considered invaluable members of the treating team, and did everything from admissions to attending family meetings to discharge planning.

    It’s a team-based attitude to rehab medicine and I enjoyed working with the physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, nurses, pharmacy staff, and spiritual care team at St. Mary’s.

    There is on-site teaching three times a week at St. Mary’s, as well as many impromptu sessions with senior residents. It was a great environment to be a part of, and I feel better prepared for my future career as a result.

    Kingston was also a beautiful town to be in for the summer—lots of outdoor activities like kayaking on Lake Ontario, running along the water, playing beach volleyball or enjoying one of the many restaurants. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity in Kingston.

    About International Clinical Schools & Pre-approved Partners

    Core rotations can be completed in both international clinical schools in Brunei and the USA, or can be completed with the UQ School of Medicine’s partners in Malaysia or Canada. This is a great opportunity to take your medical degree global and learn various medical techniques from around the world while developing a strong global network. Students who are of good standing may undertake up to two core rotations (or part thereof) at location(s) at an international (or interstate) location.

    About Medicine in Society (MIS) Stream “C”

    This stream exposes international medical students to clinical practice in communities that face access and equity challenges associated with health service delivery. The key focus of this stream is on the provision of health care to the community. There are currently two subject areas available, which emphasize holistic patient-centred care, and effective collaborative practice:
    • Rehabilitation & Palliative Care
    • Geriatric Medicine
    In Week 1 an Orientation session is scheduled to enable students to prepare for their placements. Students are expected to read the recommended essential course materials and familiarize themselves with the placement site. Weeks 2 to 7 consist of the clinical placement. The written examination is scheduled on the Thursday of Week 8.

    Pre-approved Locations
    “Pre-approved” refers to locations where the UQ Medical School has arranged for specific disciplines to be undertaken and are subject to change from year to year. Applications for these international rotations are competitive and require a formal application.

    About the 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. Applications are still open.

    High Court judge speaks at Monash Law School

    Monash staff were invited to hear the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia deliver the Monash Law School’s 19th Lucinda Lecture on Oct. 23.

    The Lucinda Lecture series is named after the paddle steamer SS Lucinda, which occupies a sentimental place in Australian constitutional history. It was aboard the Lucinda, in 1891, that the drafting committee of the National Australasian convention made important revisions to the earliest drafts of the Constitution.

    Monash University Law School
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    The annual lecture seeks to explore fundamental issues in Australian constitutional law.

    Justice Bell discussed Section 80 – The Great Constitutional Tautology, and Supreme Court of Victoria Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC delivered the introduction.

    Virginia Bell AC was appointed to the High Court in February 2009. At the time of her appointment she was a judge of the NSW Court of Appeal. She graduated from the University of Sydney as a Bachelor of Laws in 1976. After seven years as a solicitor with the Redfern Legal Centre, she was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1984 and was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1997.

    Justice Bell practiced as a public defender between 1986 and 1989 before returning to the private Bar. Between 1994 and 1997 she was a counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service. She was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW in March 1999 and served as president of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration from 2006 to 2008.

    About Monash Law School

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

    Entry Requirements for the Monash Law School JD Program

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

    University of Melbourne 3-Minute Thesis winner

    How zoo animals respond to the presence of visitors has won the University of Melbourne 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Grand Final.

    This zebra knows you’re looking at her

    Competing against nine other grand finalists, PhD candidate Sally Sherwen of the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Melbourne, won first place and 3RRR People’s Choice Award for her presentation “Who’s looking at who in the zoo?”

    Ms Sherwen researched the impact of the regular presence of zoo visitors on a range of zoo animals, an area which remains poorly understood.

    Ms Sherwen said winning 3MT was exciting because it meant raising awareness about animal welfare and how the presence of visitors affects zoo animals.

    “I’m so excited to win the University of Melbourne 3MT competition and even more excited that it means people enjoyed hearing about my research on zoo animals.

    “Understanding these visitor effects may provide opportunities to improve animal welfare, and in turn enhance the support for zoos and their role in education and species conservation.”

    “The 3MT has provided me with so much extra training as a researcher that I would not have developed skills for otherwise. I have also made some great friends throughout the process. It has definitely been one of the highlights throughout my PhD so far,” she said.

    The annual research communication competition challenges PhD and Master of Philosophy students to present a compelling oration for a lay audience on their thesis topic, condensing their research into a 180-second presentation.

    Ms Sherwen went on to compete against semi-finalists from around the country at the 2013 Trans-Tasman competition in Sydney on Oct. 18. The 2013 winner was Kelsey Kennedy from the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the the University of Western Australia, with her topic “Feeling for cancer: an imaging tool to make breast cancer surgery more effective.”

    Sydney Physiotherapy School launches simulated hospital environment

    A six-bed hospital ward and a rehabilitation outpatient gymnasium to serve as a clinical simulation facility for Sydney Physiotherapy School students at the Faculty of Health Science was officially opened recently.

    Master of Physiotherapy
    Study physiotherapy at the University of Sydney!

    The facility provides students with hands-on experience before undertaking traditional clinical placement in the acute cardiopulmonary area or the rehabilitation/neurological area of practice.

    “The development of the clinical simulation facility is very exciting as it will provide authentic clinical learning experiences under the guidance of expert clinical educators and is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between academic and clinical teaching” said Jennifer Alison, professor of Respiratory Physiotherapy and project coordinator.

    Within the environment of the facility, students are able to assess and treat “patients” who portray a range of conditions based on real patient cases, including cystic fibrosis, post-operative coronary artery bypass graft surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke and more. The patients are highly experienced actors sourced through the Pam McLean Communications Centre at the University of Sydney. An advantage of using actors as patients is their ability to assess the student’s performance from a patient perspective and provide feedback to enhance student learning, which rarely happens in the real clinical situation.

    “The students say that it has helped them gain confidence, as well as clinical and professional skills in a very supportive environment” Sydney Physiotherapy School Professor Alison said.

    There are plans to incorporate simulation into other disciplines during 2014.

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    OzTREKK hosts Australian university representatives (and tries kopi luwak coffee)

    Australian universities have student offices, like OzTREKK's, right around the world to provide personalized assistance and country-specific info. OzTREKK is funded by our eight Australian universities, and our services are free to students across Canada.

    The select Australian universities we work with pay us because OzTREKK makes the application process easy and efficient for you, and for the universities. They’ve chosen us as their Canadian representative because they know that we’re experts in matching what you need to what they offer.

    The relationship we forge with our university partners is extremely important. We use these meetings to maintain our close working relationships as well as to improve our services for our students.

    Australian universities  
    A walk along the Tay: Some of the OzTREKK clan with our Australian university representatives

    Every year, our Australian university partners fly to Canada in order to participate in our Study in Australia Fairs. These fairs always provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to meet Australian university staff members and to learn more about their universities, programs, campus lifestyle, entry requirements, accommodation options and more. This year, we welcomed staff from
    • Bond University
    • James Cook University
    • Macquarie University
    • Monash University
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of Newcastle
    • University of Queensland
    • University of Sydney

      In between our Study in Australia Fairs in Western Canada and here in Ontario, Oct. 9 provided a mini respite for our busy Australian crew, and we invited them to an OzTREKK office tour and a delicious lunch. Lucky for us, the Wednesday proved to be a beautiful day—cloudless and warm! It was a wonderful day to greet our Australian university friends and show them around Perth, Ontario.

      After a leisurely walk around Stewart Park and beautiful downtown Perth, we enjoyed a hearty fusion luncheon at the Stone Cellar and then returned to the OzTREKK office via the tranquil and winding Tay River, where the surrounding trees were bursting with autumn colour.

      Once back in the office, we enjoyed presentations and a typical Aussie teatime!

      Many thanks go out to all of our OzTREKK Australian university partners for your continued support and camaraderie, and of course, for your valuable assistance and incredibly entertaining stories!

      P.S. Thank you for the kopi luwak coffee; it was very… interesting!

      Bond University goes global with multimedia classroom

      Bond University has recently launched a new multimedia learning space, the Global Links Room, which will provide its students and staff with international connectivity and the ability to study, discuss and debate issues with other students and academics across the world in real time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

      Located in The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre, the Global Links Room has been specifically designed to support Bond’s blended learning model and the university’s commitment to being globally connected.

      Bond University Law School
      Learn more about studying at Bond University

      The focal point of the Global Links Room is its leading-edge, dual-screen web and video conferencing facilities (C40 Tandberg video conferencing codec) that will enable Bond University staff and students to learn, collaborate, and share with students, academics and corporates worldwide, in class and at any other time they desire.

      Bond University’s Vice Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the facility would provide a much richer, more immersive global environment than was previously available and enable multiple new partnerships with other international universities to flourish.

      “The Global Links Room will enable lecturers to expand a class of twenty into a virtual forum of hundreds by linking up with other classes or tutorials at universities around the world,” Professor Brailsford said. “This facility enables face-to-face learning on a global scale. Our students don’t need to be in the same room, country or timezone to be in the same classroom as students from the other side of the globe.”

      The Bond University professor added that today’s modern student is a digital native, global internet citizen and forward-looking multitasker all in one, and requires enabling learning places and technology to help him/her not only match, but also lead the crowd.

      “Our students also require innovative and leading-edge instruction empowered with modern curriculum, teaching philosophies and methods relevant for today and years to come. When you add to this equation a place which enables progressive and forward-looking education driven by state-of-the-art technology, some amazing results can be achieved.”

      Professor Brailsford said the multimedia classroom is a place where students can experience the best of a blended learning approach to teaching, the ability to cultivate global links and connections, and the chance to expand and develop their academic and professional networks.

      “It will enable not only fast and crystal-clear connections, but also facilitate the use of cutting-edge educational software and e-learning tools of today and the future,” Professor Brailsford said.

      Given the importance of Bond University’s student experience and their commitment to educational excellence, the Global Links Room is an innovative technology-enabled learning space that will enable webinars and training sessions for professors and lecturers which allow them to master new skills and techniques. Whether it be using Bond’s iLearn learning management system, a program such as online virtual learning or a software application yet to be developed, the Global Links Room will act as a blended learning hub and hotspot of the whole university.

      Dr Neil Balnaves of The Balnaves Foundation said they were thrilled with what the latest addition to The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre will mean for Bond students and academics, saying that classes could be enriched by the conducting of interviews and discussions with chief justices, surgeons, CEOs of multinational companies, and industry leaders from around the world.
      Made possible through the generous support of Dr Neil Balnaves and The Balnaves Foundation, the new multimedia classroom will help forge new social and learning networks, connections in business and education ties which will enable and define the leaders and experts of the future.

      About Bond University

      The vision of Bond University is to be Australian in character yet international in perspective.
      Bond University defines internationalization throughout policy and practice as ensuring that
      • international students have a quality university experience;
      • all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
      • the university provides leadership for global relations.
      In this global context, many Canadians decide to study at  Bond University Law School, as 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 Newcastle launches marine smartphone app

      A free smartphone application which allows fishers and divers to easily report sightings of unusual fish and marine species has been developed by marine biologists from the University of Newcastle and the University of Tasmania, was launched at the “Under the Sea Film Festival” at Avoca Beach, NSW recently. The application is designed to boost science literacy and “citizen science” participation while capturing valuable insights into the changing behaviours of sea life.

      University of Newcastle Science
      Newcastle studies marine life

      As they are warming at three to four times the global average, some seas along the coast of Australia are impacting marine ecosystems and species, affecting fish growth, reproduction and behaviour. Fish may respond by searching for their preferred water temperatures, often heading southwards to cooler waters in Australian oceans. The new smartphone application, “Redmap” (Range Extension Database and Mapping project), uses crowd sourcing and community data to track such changes in species distribution along Australia’s vast coastline.

      “It is hoped the smartphone application will encourage people to log sightings,” said Redmap New South Wales leader and University of Newcastle Associate Professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj, explaining that the application will simplify the logging process for their network of citizen scientists.

      Redmap encourages Australians to upload photos and sightings of marine life that aren’t commonly found at their local fishing, diving and swimming spots. These community observations help scientists track which species are shifting their usual home range in response to warming seas. Already divers, fishers and the public have shared hundreds of sightings on Redmap including fish, turtles, sharks, rays, lobsters and sea slugs.

      A network of more than 60 marine scientists across the country review the sightings submitted to Redmap to verify the species identity and ensure high-quality data.

      The application is supported by an Australian Government Inspiring Australia grant, which aims to boost science literacy and teach the value of science in caring for our environment; the New South Wales Environmental Trust and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania.


      Within the Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle, the School of Environmental and Life Sciences is one of the largest in the university and has a diversity of science-based disciplines. The academic staff are all specialists in their fields and are committed to delivering the highest-quality outcomes in research and teaching.

      University of Sydney Veterinary School attends Paws in the Park

      On October 20, a team of University of Sydney Veterinary School staff and students took to the great outdoors to promote the University of Sydney’s veterinary services at the annual “Paws in the Park” event. Run by the Camden Council, the event provides several benefits to the local population, including free health checks to hundreds of dogs and advice to their owners about responsible pet ownership. The event also provides a great opportunity for University of Sydney Veterinary School students to practice their communication and examination skills, and promote the veterinary school’s Small Animal Unit.

      University of Sydney Veterinary School
      University of Sydney’s beautiful campus

      The event began with either a 3 km or 5 km dog walk around the venue, the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park. Other events included
      • entertainment;
      • animal-related stalls;
      • animal rescue groups;
      • demonstrations;
      • obedience classes;
      • free vet checks;
      • micro-chipping and desexing vouchers;
      • pet registration;
      • best-dressed dog, best trick, look-a-like competitions and more; and a
      • flyball dog competition.
      After the dog walk, veterinarians from the University of Sydney Veterinary School Small Animal Unit along with a team of veterinary students in the final year of their degree provided free physical examinations to the hundreds of dogs in attendance.

      Friday, October 25, 2013

      Looking for accommodation in St Lucia?

      It’s getting down to crunch time, OzTREKKers! And that means getting all your ducks in a row before you head off to study in Australia. One of those ducks is called “Accommodation.”

      OzTREKK Boarding Pass
      Brisbane is beautiful!

      Are you a future UQ Medical School student? For our OzTREKK students going to study at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, we’ve got great news! We’ve just posted an advertisement on our OzTREKK Boarding Pass site. If you’re looking for a place to stay in, make sure you check out the “Varia” tab!

      Acquiring a place to live in Australia is often the most stress-inducing process for our OzTREKK students, but we’re here to help. Finding a great place to live at or near your Australian university campus can really enhance your experience as an international student. We always recommend that you do your research and plan well, and this will assist you in finding a great place. The Accommodation section on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass will help!

      We ask our students to complete surveys about their experiences as international students in Australia in order to provide the best service to our students. Check out what other students say about your Australian university’s accommodation options, and you can learn from their tips!

      In addition, we also provide a section for classifieds. Want to sell some items? List it here! Need to find temporary accommodation in a pinch? Check the OzTREKK Boarding Pass! Many OzTREKK students are looking to sublet their apartments during semester breaks. Even if you’re looking to find temporary accommodation, check the classifieds!

      You’ll get inside accommodation information about the following Australian universities:
      • Bond University
      • James Cook University
      • Macquarie University
      • Monash University
      • University of Melbourne
      • University of Newcastle
      • University of Queensland
      • University of Sydney

      OzTREKK Funny Friday

      Teacher: Billy, your essay on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy it?
      Billy: No, Mrs. White. It’s the same dog!

      Teacher: Billy, why are you doing your multiplication on the floor?
      Billy: You said we had to do it without tables!

      Teacher: Why are the Middle Ages sometimes called the Dark Ages?
      Billy: Because there were so many knights.

      Teacher: I wish you’d pay a little attention, Billy.
      Billy: I’m paying as little as I can, Teacher.

      Teacher: You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
      Billy: Not very much.

      Teacher: I hope I didn’t see you looking at Maria’s exam.
      Billy: I sure hope you didn’t, either!

      Teacher: Billy, what do you call a fish with no eyes?
      Billy: Fsh.

      Teacher: Where’s your text book?
      Billy: At home.
      Teacher: What’s it doing there?
      Billy: Having a better day than I am.

      Oh, Billy.

      Are you interested in becoming a teacher? The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer teacher education programs:
      • James Cook University Teachers College
      • Macquarie University Teachers College
      • Monash  University Teachers College
      • University of Melbourne Teachers College
      • University of Newcastle Teachers College
      • University of Queensland Teachers College
      • University of Sydney Teachers College

      Sydney Pharmacy students take third at national business competition

      A team of students from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Pharmacy took out third place in this year’s National Student Business Plan Competition, run by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

      Bachelor of Pharmacy
      Learn more about Sydney Pharmacy School
      The competition, which commenced in 2006, was designed to encourage innovation among pharmacy students by asking them to create competitive business plans using their ideas, talents and creative business concepts.

      Elizabeth Kim (Captain), Adam Shanahan, Connie Arronis and Anthony Ayoub represented the Sydney Pharmacy School, led by mentor and former competition team captain Daniel Rifkin.

      The team travelled to Canberra after sweeping through the quarter- and semi-finals to present a live investors’ pitch to a panel of judges and delegates at the Pharmacy Business Network conference.

      The team’s business plan addressed childhood obesity with a pharmacist-monitored program that covered diet, exercise and education. As a highly differentiated program, it was designed to provide daily lunches, regular exercise sessions and the creation of a mobile app to promote a healthier future.

      After what organizers said was the “closest contested competition in NSBPC history,” the judges finally awarded the victory to a team from the Queensland Institute of Technology, while students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology came second.

      Team Captain Elizabeth Kim said the competition was engaging and rewarding. “It was a fantastic opportunity to utilize our skills and knowledge to come up with an innovative idea and implement it in a pharmacy. As the future of pharmacy is directed at professional services, the competition allows us to better understand the importance of this. It was definitely a memorable experience.”

      This year’s result continued the Faculty of Pharmacy's excellent competitive track record, with two wins (2008, 2009) a second (2011) and now three third-place finishes (2010, 2012, 2013) in the business plan competition’s relatively short history.

      Eighteen teams entered this year’s competition, whittled down to six by July for the semi-finals, in which two teams from the University of Sydney featured—reinforcing the Sydney Pharmacy School's competitive strength.

      The other Sydney Pharmacy School team included Michael Wu (Captain), Satwik Kamath and Daniela Eassey.

      Team mentor Daniel Rifkin, who was captain of the team that won in 2008, was thrilled with the team’s performance, saying he was very proud of the students and that the competition has developed a culture of leadership among the students with a strong focus on incorporating innovative and dynamic mentoring.

      Australia is looking for rural doctors

      Did you know that Canadian and New Zealand doctors are now being sought to work in regional and rural Australia? It’s true.

      A new agreement will let some Canadian and New Zealand doctors work in Australia without supervision if they have relevant qualifications and rural and remote medical experience. Normally, an overseas-trained doctor would require to undergo one year of supervised work, but this new pathway will eliminate this requirement.

      JCU School of Medicine
      JCU is the hub of rural and remote medicine

      This is a reflection on the need for doctors in Australia with expertise in Aboriginal health.

      President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)—and JCU Medical School Dean and Head of School—Richard Murray has signed a mutual recognition agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

      “The engagement between rural doctors in Canada and Australia is warm and continues to strengthen,” he said.

      The agreement will give its fellowship qualification reciprocal recognition in Canada. According to ACRRM, the draft MoU with Canada proposes that the Primary Qualifications of ACRRM and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (Fellowship and Certification, respectively) be recognized as equivalent qualifications. As a consequence, current holders of a FACRRM would qualify for “all the privileges and responsibilities of Certification with the CFPC.”

      Similarly, a CFPC certified practitioner with appropriate rural experience would be entitled to apply for Fellowship of ACRRM.

      Professor Murray said that the opportunities this creates for Australian and Canadian practitioners to gain experience in each other’s countries could only benefit the quality and depth of rural medical services.

      “Working in unfamiliar environments sharpens people powers of observation and stimulates their curiosity,” says Professor Murray. “Like cultural, business, and sporting exchanges, the exchange of rural generalist-orientated practitioners between Australia and Canada would pay dividends over the long-term.”

      About James Cook University Medical School

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

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

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

      Australia is looking for rural doctors

      Did you know that Canadian and New Zealand doctors are now being sought to work in regional and rural Australia? It’s true.

      A new agreement will let some Canadian and New Zealand doctors work in Australia without supervision if they have relevant qualifications and rural and remote medical experience. Normally, an overseas-trained doctor would require to undergo one year of supervised work, but this new pathway will eliminate this requirement.

      JCU School of Medicine
      JCU is the hub of rural and remote medicine

      This is a reflection on the need for doctors in Australia with expertise in Aboriginal health.

      President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)—and JCU Medical School Dean and Head of School—Richard Murray has signed a mutual recognition agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

      “The engagement between rural doctors in Canada and Australia is warm and continues to strengthen,” he said.

      The agreement will give its fellowship qualification reciprocal recognition in Canada. According to ACRRM, the draft MoU with Canada proposes that the Primary Qualifications of ACRRM and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (Fellowship and Certification, respectively) be recognized as equivalent qualifications. As a consequence, current holders of a FACRRM would qualify for “all the privileges and responsibilities of Certification with the CFPC.”

      Similarly, a CFPC certified practitioner with appropriate rural experience would be entitled to apply for Fellowship of ACRRM.

      Professor Murray said that the opportunities this creates for Australian and Canadian practitioners to gain experience in each other’s countries could only benefit the quality and depth of rural medical services.

      “Working in unfamiliar environments sharpens people powers of observation and stimulates their curiosity,” says Professor Murray. “Like cultural, business, and sporting exchanges, the exchange of rural generalist-orientated practitioners between Australia and Canada would pay dividends over the long-term.”

      About James Cook University Medical School

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

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

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

      University of Queensland Law School adds second mooting title of 2013

      The University of Queensland Law School has added another title to its impressive mooting record, winning the 2013 Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot at the High Court of Australia in Canberra.

      University of Queensland Law School
      Sir Harry Gibbs Moot Court in the UQ Law Library

      The TC Beirne School of Law team—Kate Thorogood (St Lucia), Martin Rustam (Southbank) and Henry Meehan (Albion)—defeated the University of Melbourne Law School in the competition grand final held before High Court of Australia Chief Justice The Honourable Robert French on Oct. 13.

      Mr Rustam described the grand final as an intense but memorable experience.

      “To be grilled by the Chief Justice of Australia on a precise matter of constitutional law is an experience that very few law students have had, and to emerge as the competition winners is incredible,” Mr Rustam said.

      The result was particularly significant for second-year UQ Law School student Ms Thorogood, competing in her first mooting competition.

      “It’s pretty exciting to beat one of Australia’s highest ranked law schools in this competition,” she said, adding that with so much ahead of them, they had been overwhelmed at the beginning, but lots of practice, time, and support from the school and their coaches gave them an edge.

      Despite having only two months to prepare, the UQ Law School team sailed through the preliminary competition rounds undefeated, before clinching victory over Monash University in the quarter finals and the University of Sydney in the semi-finals.

      The UQ Law School team also won the best written submissions section of the competition.
      Team member Mr Meehan said the team’s achievement was indicative of UQ’s position among the top law schools in Australia: “It’s excellent to know that choosing to study at UQ in my home city over moving away was the right decision,” Mr Meehan said.

      “To have the opportunity to work with past and current students who have the skills and experience to help us to compete at this level makes me very proud to be a UQ law student. At the age of nineteen, to say that I’ve advocated in the same court as Australia’s best legal professionals is a feeling that’s difficult to describe.”

      About Mooting

      Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal (and sometimes factual) issue or problem against an opposing counsel before a judge, tribunal member or arbitrator. It resembles the experience that a student can expect to have in a court, tribunal or in arbitral proceedings after qualifying as a lawyer. In external mooting competitions there may be a period of several months during which the problems are researched and written submissions prepared.

      About Mooting at UQ Law School

      The TC Beirne School of Law has entered teams in national and international moot competitions for many years. In 2012, UQ Law School won four prestigious mooting titles: the Jessup International Law Mooting Competition – Australian champions; Shine Lawyers Torts Mooting Competition; the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot; and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition.

      In July 2013 UQ Law School retained the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot title after defeating 24 teams in the competition held at the University of Southampton, UK.

      Thursday, October 24, 2013

      Bond University’s new architecture school welcomes its first students

      The doors of Bond University’s new world-class architecture school, the Abedian School of Architecture (ASA) were officially opened on Oct. 14, following a “sneak preview” tour of the premises by the building’s internationally renowned architects the week prior.

      The $16.2-million architecture school is the result of a generous gift from Bond University alumnus parent and long-time supporter, Soheil Abedian.

      Bond University Abedian School of Architecture
      Study architecture at Bond University

      Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford said the university values its extensive network of alumni and their families and is very grateful for the continued support they provide to progress the university.

      “It is through our relationship with our alumni and the generous financial support from our benefactors that Bond University continues to grow as a leader in education, offering students state-of-the-art facilities and global learning experiences,” Professor Brailsford said, adding that the the architecture school puts Australia and the university on the world stage and enables Bond to offer a unique architecture program at a time when internationally sustainable design is critically important.

      The ASA’s features include an internal streetscape that runs the length of the building and “scoops” that provide individual workplaces for students to exhibit and critique their work, as well as dedicated environmental science laboratories.

      Designed to promote creativity and inspiration for students who will be studying and learning in the architectural wonder, the building will also add to the depth of the Gold Coast’s cultural base as it will be made available for a wide range of community activities including the arts, music and special events.

      Designed by globally renowned architects Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham from CRAB Studios in London, the new building is innovative, ultra-modern and bold in design, yet practical in function.

      CRAB Studios won the commission to design the building after an international competition.

      Sir Peter Cook, knighted for his contribution to architecture, took inspiration from Bond University’s original architect Arata lsozaki, as well as the natural surroundings when designing the building. “As a centre of education, it is very much based on 50 years of teaching experience, so hopefully the students that are taught here will be inspired and surprised and it will raise their own game,” Sir Peter said.

      Soheil Abedian, founder of the Sunland Group, said he was delighted to see that Bond University has established an architectural school, which will be the centre of design excellence for students nationally and internationally.

      “It is my ardent hope that the graduates will receive an education that will be fundamental in shaping the urban built form in Australia as well as contributing to international design innovation and excellence. I have no doubt that Bond has the vision to make its mark on an international level,” he said.

      About the Bond University Architecture School

      The unique design of the architecture school provides an exceptional student learning experience. The concept of the building aims to foster collaboration at all levels from undergraduates to postgraduates where architectural students and academics can learn, create and exhibit in an open plan studio environment. The striking design of the building also acts as a teaching tool where theory comes to life, and will inspire innovation and creativity in students. The floating mezzanine, spiral stair cases, and internal street are just some of the design features that will excite and stimulate a contemporary education space in which students, industry and the community can learn, gather, and exhibit.

      Students will benefit from exclusive access to seven new design studios, computing and fabrication laboratories, a digital robotics laboratory, traditional workshops, reading and resource rooms, an atelier as well as impressive exhibition and event space. The school is one of a select number of architectural schools worldwide that incorporate architectural design through digital robotics, providing opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture.

      The Abedian School of Architecture features one of the lowest student-to-staff ratio of any architectural program offered in Australia, ensuring unrivalled access to state of the art equipment, as well as personalized attention and mentoring.

      Melbourne DVM prerequisites

      The University of Melbourne Veterinary School's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is always a popular choice among our OzTREKK students. As with many graduate degrees, it has prerequisites that are required in order for students to be eligible for entry into the program.

      University of Melbourne Veterinary School
      Study at the Melbourne Veterinary School!

      Eligible applicants must have completed
      • an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
      • prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
      The specific prerequisites for graduates are at least one semester of study in each of biology (cellular or general) and biochemistry. A list of approved biochemistry subjects offered by other institutions which are deemed equivalent to Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne is available at Just scroll down to “Have you already assessed my Subjects?” and click on “International.”

      Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Physiology or Zoology.

      Selection into the Melbourne DVM will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average or above should apply.

      Applicants should submit detailed course outlines (i.e., course syllabus) to OzTREKK for their cell biology/general biology and biochemistry subjects, to assist the university in determining whether the applicant has completed the program prerequisites.

      The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews in order to clarify aspects of an applicant’s application, and students may be asked to provide references or evidence to demonstrate their interest in a veterinary career.

      Part of the selection criteria for entry in 2014 and beyond will be consideration of an applicant’s personal statement explaining his or her interest in pursuing a career in the veterinary science profession and demonstrating his or her commitment to animal health and welfare. This statement can include details of relevant work experience (paid and unpaid).

      Applicants must be familiar with the Core Participation Requirements statement of the DVM.  The course is intellectually and physically demanding and applicants must declare that they are fit for study. Applicants must also agree to undertake an approved Animal Handling and Safety course prior to commencing farm and clinical work, and the must agree to be vaccinated against Q Fever and tetanus. A core requirement of the course includes site visits to abattoirs and vaccination against Q Fever is a pre-condition of attending these visits. Applicants must also agree to the use of animals in teaching. There are no exemptions to this requirement.

      University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program


      Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
      Location: Melbourne, Victoria
      Semester intake: Late February/early March
      Program duration: 4 years
      Application deadline: December 20, 2013. OzTREKK note: If you are interested in the Melbourne DVM program for the 2014 intake, it is advised that you apply as soon as possible in order to allow yourself time for the pre-departure process should you receive an offer.

      Increase of Halloween candy sales worries Monash Public Health specialist

      Trick or treat, or just trick?

      While all of us here in the OzTREKK office love our Halloween candy (everything in moderation, of course!), we acknowledge that there is a “candy crisis” in North America: too much of a good thing can cause health risks.

      According to an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia, Halloween may constitute a serious public health risk to Australian children.

      Public health specialist Dr Nathan Grills, from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, said Halloween was an imported American celebration that was being exploited by confectionery companies both in the US and in Australia.
      Monash School of Public Health
      OzTREKK’s Halloween candy stash
      The Monash University Public Health School specialist noted that in the US each year, US$8 billion is spent on Halloween-related items, including US$2.4 billion on confectionery—a number that exceeds sales at Easter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

      “In 2012, leading Australian supermarkets recorded increases of up to thirty per cent in sales of such merchandise in the lead-up to Halloween.”

      The authors reported that targeted advertising of confectionery toward children has been shown to encourage consumption of ultra-processed products high in salt, sugar and fat, contributing to overweight and obesity levels in children.

      Candy is not the only public health hazard of Halloween, according to the authors. Food allergies, contaminated food, food-borne disease, burns and house fires from jack-o-lanterns, and a fourfold increase in the rate of children being struck by cars are among the other dangers.

      “Australians should be aware that profit-driven corporate manipulation of our cultural choices could damage our health. Instead, we should promote healthy and family-friendly events that are consistent with our own cultural identity,” Dr Grills and his coauthor said. “As we consider the rising popularity of Halloween among Australian children, we should ask ourselves: who is being tricked, and who is being treated?”

      Monash University Public Health School

      The Master of Public Health at Monash University is a 12-unit public health program provides students with the full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in the broad domain of public health. It especially focuses on developing skills in the quantitative methods of the population-based health sciences and their problem-solving application for primary care provision both in Australia and for developing countries.

      Program: Master of Public Health
      Location: Melbourne, Victoria
      Semester intake: February
      Duration: 1.5 years
      Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this public health program, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

      Entry Requirements: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. With an application, students should also submit a 250-word statement of purpose outlining their area of interest and the reason why they would like to complete the course, and an updated curriculum vitae/resume outlining relevant work experience.