Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday OzTREKK Funny

Think studying arts and humanities is a joke? Why bother majoring in English or journalism (or paying attention in high school English class)?

Arts and Humanities
Contraction calamity?

Well, it turns out that a solid foundation in the basics of grammar is helpful for all professions. Doctors’ notes need to make sense, right?

Check out this hilarious list of misplaced and dangling modifiers and a host of other grammatical nonsense. Enjoy!
  • Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
  • When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.
  • Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.
  • The patient has no past history of suicides.
  • By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.
  • The patient expired on the floor uneventfully.
  • Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.
  • The patient’s past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.
  • The patient refused an autopsy.
  • She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.
  • Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
  • The patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
  • Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.
  • The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.
  • She is numb from her toes down.
  • Healthy appearing decrepit 69 year-old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
  • While in the ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
  • The patient will need disposition, and therefore we will get Dr. Blank to dispose of him.
  • Patient was alert and unresponsive.

    University of Melbourne forum discusses twins

    Identical twins can have very different lives and health despite their shared genes, according to UK expert Professor Tim Spector from London’s King College, who spoke at a public forum at the University of Melbourne yesterday.

    Melbourne science genetics study
    Study science at Melbourne
    At the forum Twins: changing the future of genetics, hosted by the Australian Twin Registry, based at the University of Melbourne, Professor Spector  questioned how genes shape our personal characteristics, health and identity.

    He says that even genetically identical twins can be very different, and we can learn much about diseases and our own health by understanding similarities and differences between twins.

    “Today, as a result of twin research in Australia, we better understand environmental and genetic factors in conditions such as obesity, epilepsy, cancer, childhood learning and behaviour, osteoporosis and mental health,” said John Hopper, Director of the Australian Twin Registry and Professor at the University of Melbourne.

    Professor Spector says twins show us that we are not captive to our genes. Instead, minor life events and the choices we make, as well as those made by our ancestors, fuse with our inherited genes to mould us into individuals with our own health identity.

    He explained theories on what makes you so different to your siblings—why do you vote a certain way, love salads, get cancer or depression, dislike sport or never put on weight?

    “We are not just skin and bones controlled by our genes, but evolving minds and bodies slowly changing shape, driven by many processes we still cannot comprehend,” he says.

    “Many of the subtle differences between us appear now to be due to chance or fate, but as science rapidly evolves and explains current mysteries we will be able to become more active participants in this human moulding process.”

    The forum detailed the latest cutting-edge genetic discoveries, show the vital role of twins in research through case studies, how your genes change over time and how this shapes your health and identity.

    University of Melbourne Faculty of Science

    As one of the oldest science faculties in Australia, the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne provides a range of postgraduate training programs and community services, based on a solid foundation of research in the pure and applied sciences. It comprises four schools and five departments, which include
    • Botany
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Genetics
    • Information Systems
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Optometry and Vision Sciences
    • Zoology

    Genetics at the University of Melbourne has featured prominently in the history of genetics in Australia and continues to make a major contribution to genetics research and teaching. The department teaches at all levels in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science degrees and also has an extensive schools program. The university has a vibrant research program ranging across fungal, plant, insect and mammalian systems in the areas of molecular, developmental, population and ecological genetics and genomics.

    Research in the department is focused on the following areas of biology: the genetics of cell division, fungal metabolism, gene regulation, development and pathogenicity, heavy metal homeostasis in plants, insects and mammalian cells, neurogenetics in insect and mammalian systems, ecological genetics and speciation in vertebrate and invertebrate systems.

    Bond University Law School Information Session in Toronto this Sunday

    Bond University Law School Information Sessions


    Bond University Law School
    Bond University Law School moot court

    Just a reminder to anyone interested in studying law at Bond University Law School that Bond University International Regional Manager Mr Stuart Floyd and Dean of Law Professor Geraldine Mackenzie will be hosting a Bond University Law Information Session in Toronto this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

    Find out more about Bond University Law School’s renowned Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws programs. What is life at Bond University really like? Why is the JD program so popular among Canadians? Attend one of the sessions being held across Canada and find out!

    Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013
    Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

    Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
    Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

    Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
    Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

    About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

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

    Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
    Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
    Semester intake: January, May, September
    Duration: 2 years
    Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. OzTREKK recommends that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

    UQ Pharmacy professor receives Bowl of Hygeia award

    UQ Pharmacy’s Head of School, and a leading figure in pharmacy, Professor Nick Shaw, has been awarded this year’s prestigious Bowl of Hygeia Award which recognizes an exceptional individual service to the pharmacy profession.

    UQ Pharmacy School
    Hands-on training at UQ Pharmacy School

    The award was announced at the annual dinner of the Queensland Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) by Branch President Professor Lisa Nissen.

    Professor Shaw was presented the award in recognition of his leadership in drawing the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) to successful completion, retaining its original concept of strong links to the profession, and utilizing those links to achieve a contemporary curriculum and a connected, engaged student cohort.

    Professor Nissen said Professor Shaw was recognized for his contribution to education leadership, his advocacy for the profession as UQ Pharmacy Head of School at the University of Queensland, and also for his work as a member of a number of key professional committees.

    “The Bowl of Hygeia Award is presented to a member of PSA who has demonstrated a consistently high standard of professional practice in support of the principles of pharmacy service to the community,” Professor Nissen said.

    “Nick Shaw is known to most people in his many leadership roles as someone who goes about his work with commitment, dedication and grace; underneath which lies a strong and enduring passion for the profession.”

    Professor Nissen said Professor Shaw had taken the PACE vision to reality as one of his first accomplishments on taking over as UQ Pharmacy Head of School at UQ some 10 years ago.
    “Nick coordinated the design of the research and teaching spaces, ensuring the relevant staff and key players were involved in the process to ensure that the outcomes were optimum for the school,” Professor Nissen said, adding that following this great work, the UQ Pharmacy's Head of School felt that the profession needed graduates who have a greater sense of belonging and connection to the profession.

    “He believed that it was essential to establish an identity and feel part of our strong community and to entrench this early in the program he introduced a ‘coating ceremony’ of which he invited PSA to become a partner.”

    Professor Shaw has a very high representative profile outside of the UQ Pharmacy School and his roles include having been Chair of the Committee of Heads of Pharmacy Schools in Australia and NZ and also leading the group which in 2009 incorporated the Council of Pharmacy Schools, of which he is Chair. In addition, he has held positions Australian Pharmacy Liaison Forum and Councillor of the Australian Pharmacy Council as well as being a member of its Accreditation Committee.

    Professor Nissen said Professor Shaw had been genuinely surprised and touched at receiving the award.

    “He paid homage to others before him, including Professor Sue Tett and key PSA people including Warren Blee, Peter Mayne and Jay Hooper as well as key people at the Pharmacy Guild including Kos Sclavos for helping to bring the initial PACE vision to reality for the profession in Queensland,” Professor Nissen said. “He is a most worthy, though humble, recipient.”

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

    Sydney Public Health School says chronic diseases taking up more of GPs’ time

    GPs in Australia are working three hours less per week in direct clinical care; however they are dealing with more health problems per visit, research led by the University of Sydney shows.

    Sydney Public Health School
    Study public health at the University of Sydney

    Patients with Type 2 diabetes now account for 8 percent of a GP’s workload, and they spend almost twice as much time with the GP,” lead author Associate Professor Helena Britt from the Sydney Public Health School said.

    Two reports published recently provide data on the activities of Australian GPs and the care of their patients. “General practice activity in Australia 2012–13,” from the Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney, features a report of GP management of diabetes.

    A companion report “A decade of Australian general practice 2002-03 to 2012-13″ shows the changes over the last decade in our reasons for seeing a GP, and what happens during these visits.

    The data comes from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program, which continuously collects information about clinical activities of GPs in Australia. Dr Helena Britt is director of the program.

    “We are very lucky, Australia is one of the few countries in the world with regular reports of what’s happening now in general practice, and how things have changed over time,” the Sydney Public Health School professor said, adding that it allows them to measure the positive or negative impact of changes in health policy on the medical care provided and informs planning of future health care services in Australia.

    In 2012-2013, Australians claimed 126.8 million GP services through Medicare. People with Type 2 diabetes visited a GP eight times a year on average, and their diabetes was managed at half of these visits.

    “This is more than the average of 5.6 GP visits a year for the total population, and patients with diabetes have longer consultations than many others,” Associate Professor Britt said.

    According to Sydney Public Health School Professor Britt, approximately 1.2 million people have diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, and 97 percent of them have at least one other chronic condition, while 40 per cent have five or more. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension, osteoarthritis, ischemic heart disease, and depression are the most common.

    The study also shows that older patients are taking up an increasing proportion of GP services, and are giving more reasons for their visit than a decade ago.

    “As the population ages, chronic diseases are accounting for an increasing proportion of GPs workload. Compared with ten years ago, there are now more visits for depression, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and hypothyroidism,” Associate Professor Britt said.

    Researchers also found that GPs made 7.6 million more referrals nationally in 2012 and 2013 than a decade ago, with about 3.7 million more to medical specialists, and 3.5 million more to allied health services.

    “The increase in referrals to allied health suggests improved access to these services, probably because Medicare now subsidizes some patient visits to physiotherapists, psychologists and dieticians,” Associate Professor Britt said.

    About Sydney Public Health School

    The Sydney School of Public Health is a vibrant, multidisciplinary network of individuals and centres which combine to provide exceptional and internationally recognized education opportunities in the field of public health.

    The public health program at the Sydney Public Health School focuses on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health, with practitioners playing a proactive rather than a reactive role, especially with regard to the coordination of relevant community resources. The program provides the opportunity to develop skills and acquire knowledge essential for the effective practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems.

    Program: Master of Public Health
    Location: Sydney, New South Wales
    Semester intake: March and July
    Duration: 1 year
    Application deadline: Application deadlines for the University of Sydney’s Master of Public Health are Jan. 31, 2014 for the March 2014 intake; and May 31, 2014 for the July 2014 intake.

    Entry Requirements: A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Public Health program requires
    • a minimum four-year full time degree or equivalent qualification from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
    • a shorter degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification, and non-degree professional qualifications and/or substantial relevant experience and/or other relevant qualifications.

    JCU science study finds species turn refugees to escape climate extremes

    JCU science researchers study refugee species


    Species threatened by climate change may turn into refugees and seek refuge from the heat in small habitats within rainforests.

    A new study published in Global Change Biology shows that small habitats within rainforest vegetation should provide relief from extreme temperatures.

    JCU science
    Study science at JCU

    JCU science’s lead researcher Brett Scheffers from James Cook University Townsville campus said that while such habitats were small in size they provide big returns for the species that use them.

    “These small habitats, known as microhabitats, include tree holes, logs, and plants that exist within the rainforest strata and they provide cooler temperatures within them than the air that surrounds them,” Mr Scheffers, from JCU’s Centre for Tropical Biology and Climate Change, said.

    “In some ways these habitats serve as refuges for refugees. The refugees here are species that have to flee their normal habitats because the habitats are no longer livable.

    “With climate change, commonly used habitats are simply becoming too hot.”

    The study looked at the climate within numerous microhabitats located from ground to the upper canopy in the rainforests of the Philippines. They compared these climates to the surrounding environment as well as the thermal limits of frogs and reptiles that frequently use them.

    The authors found that buffered microhabitats can reduce the vulnerability of animal communities to extreme events by more than a hundred-fold.

    “Although this study offers a glimmer of hope that species may be able to escape the heat, we are urging caution,” Mr Scheffers said, “because extreme events are incredibly unpredictable and may be more extreme than the temperatures we considered in our study.”

    There have been numerous examples of widespread death of animals that could not find refuge. The JCU science researcher explained that during recent heat waves across Australia, bat species like flying-foxes and bird species such as Carnaby’s Cockatoos died by the hundreds and possibly thousands.

    “Animals are adapted for specific temperatures.”

    The study, involving JCU science researchers, the National University of Singapore, the University of Sheffield and the National Museum of the Philippines, shows that animals may be able to hide out under short-term heat waves but ultimately as annual temperatures continue to rise animals will be forced to flee to cooler areas.

    “Our study is a cautionary tale. Biodiversity is resilient and adaptive,” Mr Scheffers said, but warned that with future forecasts predicting annual temperature increases of up to 4-6 degrees Celsius and in some areas extreme temperatures that surpass 40 degrees Celsius, there are simply no habitats cool enough to safeguards species from such extremes.

    Master of Science (Tropical Biology and Conservation)

    In this 1.5-year JCU science program, all aspects of theoretical and applied ecology are considered, making full use of the wide variety of natural tropical environments surrounding JCU including savannahs, rainforests, wetlands, and coastal marine habitats.

    These tropical biology programs offer a wide range of electives. Students can structure their courses to specialize in the ecology of rainforests, savannah, tropical freshwater systems, tropical wildlife, or tropical insects.

    Entry requirements: Completion of a Bachelor of Science

    Australian Law Schools: What is the difference between the LLB and the JD?

    Australian Law Schools are a popular option for Canadian students wishing to attain qualifications to practice law.


    But how do you know which degree to take—the LLB or the JD? It’s a question we receive a lot here at the OzTREKK office. Just what is the difference between the Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor? Although we’ve covered the topic before, with so many new applicants, we felt it was important to have another look and answer some other common questions we receive.

    Australian Law Schools
    Contact OzTREKK for Australian Law School info!

    What is the difference between the LLB and the JD?
    The Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor are both professionally recognized degrees. Both LLB and JD programs educate students to practice law and allow them to apply for registration in Canada. The main difference is that the LLB is offered at the undergraduate level, and the JD is offered at the postgraduate level. LLB students can study the program directly from high school or after having completed post-secondary studies, while the JD or graduate-entry LLB requires a completed bachelor degree for admission.

    At some Australian Law Schools, JD programs are fast-tracked, so that you can complete them in two calendar years, as opposed to a three-year, graduate-entry LLB. Entry requirements for JD programs can be more competitive, especially as they become more popular with North American students. At universities where both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Laws are offered, students who have already completed an undergraduate degree normally apply for the postgraduate professional qualification (JD).

    After I graduate, what do I have to do in order to be eligible to practice law in Canada?
    An assessment based on your academic and professional profile is done before you may apply for admission to a law society in a Canadian common law jurisdiction. Once a file is assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), you may be asked to complete one or more exams and/or attend and complete specific law school courses within a prescribed time frame. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the NCA issues a Certificate of Qualification. The certificate will state that you have education and training equivalent to that of a graduate from a Canadian law school.

    How can I take the examinations in Canadian law?
    There are two ways of taking these examinations if they have not been taken as part of an Australian Law School degree. Once an assessment is complete, you may either complete  assigned subjects with NCA “challenge exams” or complete assigned subjects at law school.

    The more popular route for Canadians is the challenge exams.

    NCA assessments focus on the competence of applicants in core common law subjects, including four Canadian subjects which are mandatory for all applicants:
    • Principles of Canadian Administrative Law
    • Canadian Constitutional Law
    • Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
    • Foundations of Canadian Law
    A syllabus and sample exam are available for each subject.

    How much difference is there between Australian and Canadian law?
    The principles and methodology of Australian and Canadian law are similar. The details of statutory provisions and case-law obviously differ, but an Australian law degree provides a good basis for taking examinations in Canadian law and for legal practice in Canada.

    Will I be able to practice law in Australia?
    These are two separate issues: qualification as an Australian lawyer and possession of a visa entitling you to work in Australia. Admission to the legal profession in Australia requires—depending on the state—the completion of either articles or a six-month Practical Legal Training program. Australian immigration operates on a “points” system for working visas. Some points are awarded for having an Australian degree, but additional points are required. Some of OzTREKK’s Australian Law School graduates have qualified and are working in Australia. For further information, you should contact the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection or an Australian consulate in Canada.

    Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian Law Schools offer?
    OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB.

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

    UQ studies how zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection

    UQ Science researchers have discovered that zinc can stop bacterial growth.

    Cold and flu season is upon us! We’ve all heard the saying “Starve a fever, feed a cold,” and we’ve all heard about echinacea, the popular herb used in the treatment of colds and flu—or more specifically, its usage at the onset of cold symptoms. But have you heard about the importance of zinc as a dietary supplement? Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.

    In fact, Australian researchers have found that zinc can “starve” one of the world’s most deadly microbes by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.

    UQ Faculty of Science
    Study science at UQ!

    The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the University of Adelaide and the University of Queensland (UQ), opens the way for further work to design antibacterial agents in the fight against Streptococcus pneumoniae. These bacteria are responsible for more than a million deaths a year, killing children, the elderly and other vulnerable people by causing pneumonia, meningitis and other serious infectious diseases.

    Project leader Dr Christopher McDevitt, from the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases, said the study found that zinc “jammed shut” a protein transporter in the bacteria so it could not take up manganese.

    Manganese is an essential metal that Streptococcus pneumoniae needs to invade and kill humans.
    “It’s long been known that zinc plays an important role in the body’s ability to protect against bacterial infection, but this is the first time anyone has been able to show how zinc actually blocks an essential pathway, causing the bacteria to starve,” Dr McDevitt said.

    Professor Bostjan Kobe from the UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences said the work spanned fields from chemistry and biochemistry to microbiology and immunology.

    “We can now see, at an atomic level of detail, how this transport protein is responsible for keeping the bacteria alive by scavenging one essential metal (manganese), but at the same time also makes the bacteria vulnerable to being killed by another metal (zinc),” Professor Kobe said.

    Professor Matt Cooper from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) said antibiotic-resistant strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae emerged more than 30 years ago, with up to 30 per cent of these bacterial infections now considered multi-drug resistant.

    “The Centers for Disease Control classify multi-drug resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae as a serious threat, with more than one million cases per year in the US alone,” Professor Cooper said.

    “New treatments are urgently needed and our research has provided insights into how the uptake of metal ions affects the ability of Streptococcus pneumoniae to cause disease.”

    The study reveals that the bacterial transporter (PsaBCA) uses a spring-hammer mechanism that binds zinc and manganese in different ways because of their difference in size.

    The smaller size of zinc means that when it binds to the transporter, the mechanism closes too tightly around the zinc, causing an essential spring in the protein to unwind too far, jamming it shut and blocking the transporter from being able to take up manganese.

    Dr McDevitt said without manganese, the immune system could easily clear the body of these bacteria.

    “For the first time, we understand how these types of transporters function,” the UQ Science professor said, adding that with this new information they can begin to design the next generation of antibacterial agents to target and block these essential transporters.

    The research, funded by the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council, has been published in the scientific journal Nature Chemical Biology. 


    Situated within the Faculty of Science, the UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences teaches and researches in the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Parasitology. The common thread in UQ’s discipline mix is the capacity of molecular-based approaches to create understanding and to lead to discovery. The school has a comprehensive array of scientific instrument installations, used by research staff and students and accessible in many cases to the wider university and public communities.

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Monash Industrial Design student wins 2013 Victorian Formula Ford Championship

    Monash Industrial Design student and rising star Tom Grech has secured his first taste of championship glory, taking out the 2013 Victorian Formula Ford Championship honours recently.

    Tom, who is currently in the third year of his Bachelor of Art & Design (Industrial Design) at Monash University’s Caulfield campus, closed the racing season in Phillip Island with a challenging yet promising performance.

    Monash Industrial Design
    Monash Motorsport’s M12 car

    Having entered the final round just a couple of points off the title lead, the young gun bounced back from an early upset to return to his place in the top 10, enough to see him take the title. The Monash Industrial Design student said taking the championship victory was an “awesome reward” for all of the hard work that his team has put forth this year.

    “It’s been a huge season of learning, and I know that I still have a long way to go but that’s what I’m looking forward to. The goal this year was to focus on improving my driving and bank consistent points. We’ve achieved both and we’ve got the championship to show for it,” the Monash Industrial Design student said.

    With Tom one of the star drivers for Victorian based outfit, Borland Racing Developments, the morale, knowledge, support and shared determination of the team is what Tom attributes his successes to.

    “The championship win reflects how well the guys at Borland Racing Developments prepared my car. It’s been perfect to drive all year,” Tom said.

    Tom’s season has shown impressive speed, stand out race craft and an unquestionable determination to succeed on and off the track. With the support of his committed partners and sponsors, there is a great vibe of confidence that Tom is ready to step it up and take on the next challenge that lies ahead in the competitive Australian motor sport arena.

    Tom is proudly supported by Death Spray Custom, Borland Racing Developments, Kings Fibreglass, Castrol Edgy, Hyper Stimulators and ssMedia.

    About Monash Industrial Design

    Industrial designers are responsible for the design of a range of consumer and industrial products, from furniture and domestic appliances, to specialized medical and scientific equipment, packaging, safety devices, industrial machinery and transport vehicles.

    From getting up in the morning to going to bed in the evening almost everything that fills the day has been designed in someway. And every object tells a story of the decisions made, implied meanings and considerations. Industrial designers are responsible for creating that story when they strive to make beautiful and functional objects.

    Industrial design is constantly evolving and concerns itself with the improvement of humanity, adding value to our culture and contributing to our economy. From very large projects, to very small consumer items, the job of an industrial designer is to create a product that simultaneously achieves functional and aesthetic goals. In designing these new products, they must consider issues of usability, innovation, materials and manufacturing.

    Designers tend to have an enquiring mind and ask themselves how things could be improved. They are inventive and don’t assume that the way things are today is only way they can be. Good industrial designers are naturally creative and express themselves through drawing and making. They have the ability to work with ambiguity, think ‘laterally’ and exercise a great deal of initiative.

    Monash Motorsport

    Monash Motorsport is a FSAE team from Monash University, Melbourne. The team started with humble beginnings in 2000, where the current Academic Advisor, Dr Scott Wordley, helped organize the first Australasian competition. With approximately 25 senior members, and 25 recruits every year, the team comprises of business, industrial design, science and engineering students across a multitude of majors and disciplines.

    Following a successful bout of events, the team put together the car known today as the M12, which went on to win the Australasian Championship for the fourth consecutive year, where it set a world record skidpad run. These consistent achievements over the last few years have resulted in Monash Motorsport’s current world ranking of second out of 511 teams.

    OzTREKK pre-departure online seminar tonight!

    Don’t miss it! Tonight is the final OzTREKK Pre-departure webinar for all OzTREKK students heading to study in Australia for the Semester 1, 2014 intake.


    This is your chance to ask as many questions as you like (via chat) and to get all your ducks (platypuses? kangaroos?) in a row!

    OzTREKK Study in Australia
    OzTREKK will get you there!

    OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will be hosting a live, online seminar and will cover topics like
    • student visas, work rights and visa obligations;
    • university orientation and enrollment;
    • health coverage;
    • your accommodation options (by far the most popular topic—don’t miss it!);
    • banking in Australia and getting your money from Canada (save $$$);
    • student loan information;
    • what to pack (and what NOT to pack—you’d be surprised!);
    • when to arrive;
    • airport reception;
    • travel options…
    …and much more!

    When? Wednesday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m. (Ontario time). Don’t miss it!

    Not sure about registration? Contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to help you!

    Sydney Medical School “talks with doctors”

    At a free public talk hosted by the University of Sydney last week, Professor Stewart Dunn from the university’s Sydney Medical School presented “Talking with doctors – views from both sides.”

    Sydney Medical School
    Find out more about the Sydney MD
    Professor Stewart Dunn has spent more than 30 years studying the relationships between doctors and their patients.
    Particularly, how they communicate and share information, and how they manage the emotional trauma involved in serious illness.

    “Medical knowledge is expanding faster than our ability to assimilate and apply it effectively,” he said.”Thanks to the internet, there is a significant expansion in the information that patients can bring to consultations with their doctors.

    The Sydney Medical School professor added that considering these changes, it is important to study how patients and doctors can talk meaningfully to each other when the emotional stakes are often very high and information exchange becomes a minefield.

    The lecture examined the research about how doctors deal with the emotional side of medicine, especially how they cope with people at extremely vulnerable times in their lives, the Sydney Medical School professor explained.

    Professor Dunn said identifying and being upfront about emotional concerns, especially in the case of cancer, is a better approach for both patients and doctors.

    “We studied a group of 400 cancer patients who discussed their emotional concerns first, and it worked better for both patient and doctor,” he said.

    Professor Dunn addressed a number of topics including
    • What are doctors like as human beings?
    • Why do they choose medicine as a career?
    • Do they change through their careers?
    • How do they think about us as patients?
    •  How do they feel about us as patients?
    •  Do they listen? Do they hear us? Do they care?
    • How can we talk to them?
    • Key things for patients to get the most out of their medical consultation.

      The talk was the seventh in a series of medicine lectures entitled “21st Century Medicine Lecture Series: today’s research, tomorrow’s healthcare,” which were hosted by the university every Wednesday until the end of November.

      About Professor Dunn
      Stewart Dunn is Professor of Psychological Medicine in Sydney Medical School – Northern and Associate Dean for Admissions. He is based at Royal North Shore Hospital, and is Visiting Medical Psychologist at the Mater Hospital.

      He has extensive teaching commitments in the Sydney Medical School program and his clinical specialty is psychological care of cancer patients and their families. He has published widely in psychological aspects of medical illness and doctor-patient communication, and he has received nine research travel awards and seven teaching awards including the Sydney Medical School Outstanding Teaching Award in 2005 and PaLMS Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award in 2008.

       Sydney Medical School’s Doctor of Medicine

      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.

      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.

      Melbourne Public Health School holds Aboriginal Health Symposium

      Improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders was the focus of the “Closing the Credibility Gap” Aboriginal Health Symposium held at the University of Melbourne Nov. 21 – 22.

      Melbourne Public Health School
      Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at Melbourne!
      The University of Melbourne Aboriginal Health Symposium on the Implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health plan provided an opportunity to learn more about health programs and services provided for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria and Australia-wide.

      The symposium offered perspectives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership on key implementation requirements needed to close the gap in health disparities.

      Symposium Co-Convenor and Chair of Indigenous Health and Director at the University of Melbourne’s Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, Professor Kerry Arabena said the event enabled participants to explore critical issues related to the health and well-being in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

      “We have brought together health leaders with service providers, policy makers, research designers, funders and students to share their views on the key requirements of implementation,” she said.

      The public health symposium covered a broad range of topics consistent with the content of the 2013–2014 Health Plan to inform policy makers, academics, students, service providers and health professional groups and associations.

      Presentations were given by leaders in the field, including 2013 L’Oréal Women in Science Fellowship recipient Dr Misty Jenkins and Ms Jill Gallagher AO.

      The symposium also addressed the task of closing the credibility gap by implementing programs that positively impact the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A credibility gap occurs when there is a discrepancy between what is said will be done versus real performance and implementation and the expectations of community and government.

      The “Closing the Credibility Gap” Aboriginal Health Symposium was an initiative of the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit within the Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, at the University of Melbourne.

      Tuesday, November 26, 2013

      UQ Writers' Club pens “50 Shades of Awkward”

      A collective effort by a group of UQ Arts students to write a book of short, awkward love stories is quickly attracting international attention.

      The UQ Writers Club 50 Shades of Awkward project has been launched on the American crowd-funding website.

      UQ Writers Club
      Study arts at UQ

      Club co-president and third-year UQ Arts student Cheyenne Langan said the idea for the book came about during a UQ Writers Club writing retreats.

      “We set ourselves the task of each writing a really awkward love story, which is a lot harder to do properly than you’d think,” she said. “We had so much fun doing it, and the results were so hilarious, that we decided to try and make it a full-blown project.”

      Crowd-funding involves seeking large or small donations or investments to support specific projects or programs.

      The UQ Writers Club was one of the first in Australia to launch a project via the recently added Australian Kickstarter platform.

      “Previously, it was almost impossible for Australians to host projects on Kickstarter unless you knew someone in America,” says Miss Langan.

      “The website has helped raise more than $755 million for creative projects around the world. When we heard they were opening the site up to Australian residents we jumped at the chance!

      The UQ Writers Club hopes to raise $1,000 through pre-sales of the book. All money made by the book will go toward club activities such as writing festivals, editing retreats and guest author appearances.

      UQ science students get new learning space

      UQ Science students’ new Planning Studio


      UQ science students have just received a boost to their learning facilities. The University of Queensland School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management has created a new space to assist students to develop skills using innovative, collaborative technology.

      UQ science
      Study science at UQ

      The Planning Studio is a $1.5-million student space, which will foster collaboration through its design and facilities, allowing UQ science students to work together on projects that address real world problems.

      School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Head Professor James Shulmeister said planning was a profession that shaped urban places through a practical understanding of how they function.

      “The Planning Studio is a practical space for students to apply their knowledge and create links between their current learning and future careers,” Professor Shulmeister said.

      “A large number of students, as well as the local governments, development companies and community groups they work with, will benefit from having this dedicated learning space.”

      Officially opened on Nov. 13, the new space will allow approximately 300 Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning students to use the studio each year, along with students in the Environmental Management program and Bachelor of Science or Arts geography majors.

      The studio incorporates a large, subdividable space for UQ science students, with internet-connected pods for group work, several small, soundproofed meeting rooms with presentation facilities, and a casual meeting place for students.

      “The facilities in the new Planning Studio are optimized for students to work together and learn effectively,” Professor Shulmeister said. “The learning approaches in these disciplines involve spatial problem-solving. Students need to integrate maps, plans and computers, while working together as a group and with external bodies, to address real planning challenges.”

      The studio was designed by dm2 Architecture.

      Project architect Samir Hamaiel said the project combined modern technology and the school’s environmental focus while retaining the character of UQ’s historic Steele Building.

      The Planning Studio was funded by the University of Queensland’s Enhanced Student Charge program, the Faculty of Science and the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management.

      About the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
      The the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at UQ is part of the Faculty of Science. Unique within Australian higher education, the multidisciplinary structure of the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM) at the University of Queensland combines teaching and research coupling natural and built environments. With an integrated, interdisciplinary approach, GPEM helps educate tomorrow’s leaders facing important environmental issues such as climate change, urbanization and sustainable development. With a focus on sustainability and collaboration through a balanced mix of hard science, social science and policy planning, GPEM offers programs for undergraduate, post-graduate coursework, research higher degree students. UQ’s flexible programs, led by world-class academics, offer hands-on student fieldwork and access to excellent facilities and resources.

      Monash University is now a White Ribbon Workplace

      Monash University’s commitment to making workplaces safer for women has seen it achieve accreditation to become a White Ribbon Workplace.

      Monash University
      Study at Monash University
      The accreditation was announced last week after rigorous 16-month assessment as part of a pilot program that aims to support workplaces to prevent and respond to violence against women by adapting their culture, practices and procedures—just in time for White Ribbon Day, Nov. 25. Monash University was one of the first Australian tertiary institutions to join the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Pilot Project.

      Executive Director of Monash University’s Campus Community Division, Vladimir Prpich, said the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Pilot Program has enabled Monash to effect meaningful and positive cultural change.

      “The Pilot Program required an exhaustive sixteen-month evaluation of our policies, processes and procedures and has empowered us to ensure we implement a range of initiatives within the university to ensure that we are compliant with best practice and White Ribbon standards,” Mr Prpich said.

      “I have received very positive feedback from both staff and students who see the university’s participation in this program as a concrete commitment to building a safe and respectful university community, where people come to work and study.”

      Building on and recognizing current and emerging initiatives, participating workplaces are asked to promote safe workplaces for women by adapting organizational cultures, practices and procedures.

      Accredited White Ribbon Workplaces have successfully met three Standards and 17 Criteria that demonstrate zero tolerance to violence against women. They drive best practice to prevent men’s violence against women in the workplace and to effectively respond to incidents as they arise, be it inside or outside the workplace. White Ribbon Workplaces are recognized as social change agents.

      Macquarie Business School professor named University Teacher of the Year

      John Croucher, Professor of Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), received the Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year at a national ceremony recently.

      Macquarie University Business School
      Study business at Macquarie (Photo credit: FJ Gaylor)

      The award, which has a value of $50,000, is the premier university teaching award in Australia. It is made to an academic with “an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to teaching and learning.”

      For over 35 years Professor Croucher has been a leading statistician and educator. Embracing a philosophy of making statistics relevant and transformative, he is a national and international multi-award winner for his superior learning, innovation, teaching skills, community outreach and research.

      Professor Croucher is also a prolific author and much of his work is directed to the improvement of learning and teaching at all levels. He was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from Macquarie University for bringing scientific methods, not only to thousands of students, but also to over one million readers of his weekly newspaper column, Number Crunch.

      In 2009 he voluntarily instigated a community outreach program for the Indigenous students in Papua New Guinea where he designed and lectured in a creative pioneer MBA degree. For his outstanding achievements Croucher was made a Visiting Professor and awarded an honorary PhD for his “outstanding contribution to the development of humanity.”

      Professor Croucher is the only academic across Australia to have won four National Teaching Awards, in 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013.

      The Hon Christopher Pyne MP said of the award, “John has an international reputation for his innovations in teaching and has inspired students from all walks of life to understand the importance of numeracy skills to their future professions and everyday lives.”

      Established as part of Macquarie University in 1969, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, is the longest continuously operating business school in New South Wales, Australia.

      With campuses in Macquarie Park in North Ryde, Sydney CBD, Singapore, and Hong Kong, the Macquarie Business School has earned an enviable reputation over the years as one of Australia’s leading centres of excellence in management education. The Business School is ranked No. 1 in Asia and Australia and No. 40 in the world for its full-time MBA program.

      Monday, November 25, 2013

      UQ Speech Pathology students seek volunteers to test their communication fitness

      University of Queensland researchers are seeking volunteers from across Queensland willing to use a new form of pedometer to measure their verbal communications.

      Participants will use a language pedometer to measure the amount of time they speak during the day (talk time) to determine the “fitness” of their verbal communications.

      UQ Speech Pathology PhD student Caitlin Brandenburg said the pedometer was part of a new “CommFit” app.

      UQ Speech Pathology School
      Study at the University of Queensland

      “The app pairs with a headset to measure the verbal communication of people with and without language disorders such as aphasia,” Ms Brandenburg said, explaining that the first stage of the project is to test the usability of the app and collect data on how much people talk during the day to test their communicative fitness.”

      The UQ Speech Pathology student said that they would then measure the differences in verbal communications between those with a language disorder and those without, to encourage people with aphasia to become more social and practice their language more.

      “Ultimately, we would like to see CommFit become part of therapy programs to improve the language and social involvement of people with aphasia.”

      Approximately 80,000 people in Australia live with aphasia, which often occurs after brain injury and affects a person’s ability to talk, understand speech or read and write.

      Ms Brandenburg said the study was recruiting Brisbane participants aged between 30 and 65 and with no history of language disorders and Queensland-wide people of any age who have aphasia.

      UQ Speech Pathology

      Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
      Location: Brisbane, Queensland
      Next Semester intake: July 2014
      Duration: 2.5 years
      Application deadline: February 28, 2014

      Monash University receives major grants from Diabetes Australia

      Monash University gets boost from Diabetes Australia Research Trust

      As global rates of diabetes escalate, Monash University research projects addressing this urgent health priority have been awarded major grants from Diabetes Australia.

      Monash University
      Study at health sciences at Monash University

      Coinciding with World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, Diabetes Australia hosted an especial event to announce the largest-ever funding of Australian diabetes research projects.

      Among 46 research projects granted funding nationally, totalling $3.5 million, five Monash University projects were awarded grants for Type 1 and 2 diabetes-focused research.

      Dr Eliana Marino, from the School of Biomedical Sciences, received $150,000—the largest allocated funding in Victoria—for research focused on understanding the role of diet, gut microbiota and immune system in the development of Type 1 Diabetes.

      With diet now a leading cause for the increased incidence of diabetes in Western countries, Dr Marino’s work may lead to new opportunities for the prevention and treatment of Type 1 Diabetes.

      “The Diabetes Australia Research Grant will provide me with the support necessary to be competitive in my own right with NHMRC, ARC grants; and will allow me to engage and supervise more students and to generate high-impact publications,” Dr Marino said, adding that for those researchers who work in the field of diabetes as he does, this award represents an honour and an important milestone. “With this success, Monash University is demonstrating one more time to be one of the best science research-intensive universities in Australia.”

      Research grants were also awarded to Dr Clinton Bruce, Professor Mark Sleeman and Professor Matthew Watt, of the Department of Physiology, and Dr Jinhua Li, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology.

      The School of Biomedical Sciences is the largest school in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and .Health Sciences at Monash University.

      Monash talented scientists conduct research in cancer, cardiovascular disease, development and stem cells, drug discovery, immunology and infection, metabolism and obesity, neuroscience and structural biology. In 2012, they published 553 publications and secured $53 million of income from national and international funding agencies.

      Melbourne Law School celebrates research funding success

      Melbourne Law School has recently received the most funding Australia-wide in Law for the second year in a row in the recent suite of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding schemes. The law school attracted two out of the three Future Fellowships awarded in Law across the country, and its first Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

      University of Melbourne Law School
      Study at Melbourne Law School

      Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans said that the success with ARC grants again this year was evidence of the national and international importance of the research being carried out in the law school and the high level of respect for MLS researchers.

      “These grants are highly competitive,” said Professor Evans, “and the colleagues who have been awarded research funding had to demonstrate to the ARC that their research would be at the cutting edge of the field.”

      “The grants cover a wide range of legal sub-disciplines including private law, international law, consumer protection law and Chinese law. The breath of expertise in the law school is a real source of pride for us.”

      The achievements are due not only to the passion and diligence of the individual researchers, but also to the many people who devoted a substantial amount of time, effort and skill to assist the applicants. The process has seen a range of Melbourne Law School individuals assisting and supporting each other, from academics who acted as senior readers to research assistants who helped in preparing individual applications.

      Curious about studying law at Melbourne Law School?


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

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

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

        Sydney science researcher studies the importance of nature to urbanites

        If you live in Sydney or Melbourne, the University of Sydney wants to know how much you think your well-being depends on nature being a part of your daily life.

        “Does being able to see trees from your office window, or chat to neighbours in a local park make you feel better mentally, physically and socially?” asks Lucy Taylor, a PhD researcher from the university’s Faculty of Science who is working on the online survey, which is also inviting residents of Auckland and Wellington to take part.

        University of Sydney
        Study science at the University of Sydney

        “The answer to those questions can help local councils ensure they have the resources to maintain our cities to benefit human health and well-being.”

        Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli, the leading researcher, from the University of Sydney's School of Biological Sciences, said, “These are not frivolous concerns. Given that over half the world’s population now live in urban areas and about 80 percent will by 2050, understanding how urban ecosystems work is vital to our sustainability and to how governments plan our cities.”

        There is a comprehensive body of research detailing the benefits of our interactions with nature in urban settings. Qualitative and self-reported evidence is supported by data measuring stress hormones, cardiovascular health, concentration and weight.

        “Access to a variety of natural spaces, whether walking paths, gardens, sports fields, town squares or even a local graveyard are associated with a well-documented range of benefits from combating stress and depression, improving focus, boosting job satisfaction and an ‘inoculation’ effect that relates to the sense of rejuvenation many people feel after engaging with nature,” said Taylor.

        A study in the US found that people with a view of a natural setting recovered from surgery more quickly than participants with a view of a brick wall, just one of many studies showing that a view of nature, especially water, has tangible benefits.

        Research in the UK shows that exercising in parks has greater benefits than exercising inside, with benefits that include expediting recovery from mental fatigue, stress reduction and improved mood and self-esteem.

        “Many of these benefits apply to the whole community, even for those people who don’t directly engage with natural spaces. That’s because they can be protected from modern environmental stressors such as pollution and noise, and climatic events such as heatwaves,” said Lucy Taylor.

        The British government agency, Natural England, recommends that urban residents should have greenspace less than 300 metres from their homes. The European Environment Agency states that people should be able to access greenspace with no more than a 15-minute walk.

        Much of this research has occurred overseas so the aim of this online survey is to find out whether urban adult residents of large cities in Australia and New Zealand experience the same benefits of interacting with animals and plants as shown in many of the international studies.

        “If people live in the inner-city and never experience trees or wildlife, then they may be deprived from experiencing the benefits that those who regularly take a walk around the harbour or through a park would receive,” said Taylor. Access to nature has the potential to become an issue of social justice.”

        All answers to the survey are anonymous. The survey ends 30 April 2014.

        Friday, November 22, 2013

        OzTREKK Funny Friday

        You know you’re a speech pathologist when…

        Speech Pathology Schools in Australia
        Life of a speech pathologist!

        • you speak entirely in abbreviations
        • you use the term “quick and dirty” in a clinical setting
        • SOAP has nothing to do with staying clean
        • you casually drop the words “diadochokinetic rates” at parties to impress your friends
        • you are the only adult you know who still plays with bubbles on a daily basis
        • you get annoyed by people’s impossible pragmatic skills
        • you’ve been known to talk to yourself in your room in funny voices for hours on end
        • you carry earplugs around and worry about infant hearing loss at hockey games
        • you ask excitedly to look in someone’s ears if they say they’re sick
        • you could easily do language therapy with the items in your purse
        • you notice a friend is a little hoarse and you ask him if he knows his current S/Z ratio
        • you are often caught spending endless amounts of money in the dollar store and yelling, “WHAT?! It’s for my job, okay!”
        • friends and family ask you to assess their children, too bad you already did it without them knowing.
        • /ju noʊ wət ðIs sɛz /
        Speech pathology is a health profession that falls under the area of Human Communication Sciences. Speech pathology, also referred to as speech therapy, is the diagnosis, management and treatment of individuals who are unable to communicate effectively or who have difficulty with feeding and swallowing.

        With few speech pathology programs offered by Canadian universities and since admission into these programs are increasingly competitive, graduate-entry speech path programs in Australia are a top choice for Canadians seeking to gain qualifications as a speech pathologist.

        Australian Speech Pathology Schools offer undergraduate and graduate-entry professional certification programs in speech pathology, as well as a wide range of postgraduate options in specialized areas. Speech pathology programs in Australia aim to equip students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for a career in speech pathology. Graduate qualifications in speech pathology from Australian universities are recognized internationally, and graduates are eligible to apply for certification in Canada.

        The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer graduate-entry speech pathology programs, which allow graduates to apply to become certified as speech pathologists:

        Macquarie University Speech Pathology School
        University of Melbourne Speech Pathology School
        University of Queensland Speech Pathology School
        University of Sydney Speech Pathology School

        University of Melbourne creates world’s most powerful X-ray machine

        A new X-ray laboratory at the University of Melbourne houses the most powerful X-ray machine ever developed.

        University of Melbourne X-ray
        Study science at the University of Melbourne
        Professor Christopher Chantler and his team at the School of Physics have built a new rotating anode source that turns ordinary X-rays into super X-rays.

        After the synchrotron, which is a different type of technology, this is one of the most powerful scientific tools to investigate atoms.

        “This super X-ray machine gives us the capability of mapping the energies of the atom previously inaccessible and unseen by other apparatus,” said Professor Chantler.

        The device is already of interest to chemical, biological and physical scientists as it can enhance investigations of chemical environments, the interaction of light with matter, and link to studies of complex mineral formation in the earth’s crust.

        The research team tested the super X-rays on copper atoms and demonstrated unprecedented levels of accuracy at the atomic level that has never been seen before.

        Professor Chantler and his team recently published the copper atom data in the Journal of Physics B.

        The data shed new light on the theoretical calculations and theoretical electron scattering models.

        “This copper atom data also means we have provided new insights into calibrating less powerful X-ray machines with much higher accuracy.”

        The new X-ray laboratory will train a new generation of students as a stepping-stone for exciting opportunities at synchrotrons and free electron lasers.

        Dr Sobott, one of the awardees of the prestigious Bill Gates Humanitarian award winner said, ‘The real value of the rotating anode is that it opens up new scientific experimentation. This is particularly the case for high statistics, high precision measurements required by our group as we strive to probe the nature of matter.”

        “We are thrilled that the super X-ray has industrial representatives from scientific instruments makers and imaging companies interested about future opportunities for commercial development,” said Professor Chantler.

        About the Melbourne School of Physics

        The School of Physics at the University of Melbourne is one of the largest and best funded physics departments in Australia. The school has world-class research programs in astrophysics, optics, condensed matter physics and particle physics and the school hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coherent X-Ray Science, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Particle Physics at the Terascale and the Melbourne nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics. The school also plays a major role in the Australian Synchrotron research program. The School of Physics within the Faculty of Science is well established and is internationally respected for its research excellence, broad-based undergraduate courses, and a challenging and rewarding postgraduate experience.

        The school, one of eight main departments within the Faculty of Science, comprises approximately 20 teaching and research staff, 60 research-only staff, more than 95 postgraduate students, 72 associates supported by 34 professional staff.

        UQ Speech Pathology School changes semester intake

        With few speech pathology programs offered by Canadian universities and since admission into these programs are increasingly competitive, graduate-entry speech pathology programs in Australia are a top choice for Canadians seeking to gain qualifications as a speech pathologist.

        UQ Speech Pathology School
        Study speech pathology at UQ

        To ensure UQ Speech Pathology School students are at the forefront of speech pathology, the structure of the master program has recently been changed and students will now commence the Master of Speech Pathology Studies program in Semester 2 (July) of each year rather than in the summer semester (November).

        The UQ Master of Speech Pathology Studies program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

        Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
        Location: Brisbane, Queensland
        Next Semester intake: July 2014
        Duration: 2.5 years
        Application deadline: February 28, 2014

        Entry Requirements
        To be eligible to apply to the University of Queensland’s Master of Speech Pathology Studies program, you must have
        • completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of health, education, social or physical or biological sciences, or humanities);
        • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.00 on a 7-point scale in your university studies;
        • completed the following prerequisite subjects: one semester of statistics; and one semester of either linguistics OR psychology OR physiology.

        Sydney Dental School professor appointed as president of Australian Dental Association

        The Dean of the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry Professor Chris Peck and the members of the Sydney Dental School wish to extend congratulations to Associate Professor Deb Cockrell on being appointed the first female president of the Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch).

        Sydney Dental School
        Inside Sydney Dental School
        Professor Cockrell, an alumna and previous academic member of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry also completed her PhD with the University of Sydney. She is currently in private practice at Ourimbah and holds a conjoint appointment with University of Newcastle.

        The Sydney Dental School associate professor continues as a tireless advocate for oral health in the Australian community as an active member of the Australasian Council of Dental Deans and as Deputy President of the Dental Council of NSW.

        About the Sydney Dental School


        Course: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
        Duration: 4 years
        Description: The Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.

        The Sydney Dental School is about comprehensive learning, and embracing all the aspects of becoming a successful dentist. Sub-units integrate academic disciplines such as endodontics and orthodontics with the requisite training needed to evolve dental health knowledge into the highly specialized skills of a dental health professional.

        Thursday, November 21, 2013

        Nicole visits Bond University

        This past October, OzTREKK Admissions Officer Nicole Bowes left the crisp air and fiery autumn colours of Canada for the balmy spring breezes and radiant sun of the Gold Coast, Australia. Located almost in the middle of the Australian east coast, Gold Coast is known for its stunning beaches and surfing lifestyle, so much so that it is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Australia.

        Bond University
        Bond’s beautiful jacaranda-lined walkway

        So what else is so great about the Gold Coast? Well, that’s where Bond University is, of course!
        Nicole set off to enjoy the Bond University 2013 Agent Partner Experience program which offers a comprehensive itinerary exploring Bond University’s world-class programs and on-campus facilities, not to mention the opportunity to meet current students, academics and the Bond International Team.

        Along with a tour of the university, Nicole sat in on faculty presentations and tours, which further strengthened the partnership between OzTREKK and Bond University. Tours included the Bond Business School, the Bond Institute of Sustainable Development, the Abedian School of Architecture, the Faculty of Health, Student Services, and of course, Bond Law School.

        During her agent week wrap-up presentation to the OzTREKK staff upon her return to Canada, Nicole explained that it was Bond University's state-of-the-art facilities and the low student-to-staff ratio that were most impressive. “Bond is a university for students who like to be able to approach their professors. Because of the small class sizes, students are known by their names, not by their student numbers.”

        In fact, Bond University is so proud of their small class sizes that they use it in their advertising. One of Bond’s top 10 reasons “Why Bond” is its extremely low student-staff ratio and its 5-star teaching quality*.

        “Bond is a university that wants to stay small and prides itself on being able to provide their students with individualized attention,” Nicole said. “And they pay attention to detail across all areas, including their programs, student care, and even the campus itself—the place is immaculate.”

        Bond University
        Bond is known for its immaculately clean campus

        Another interesting point to note, said Nicole, is Bond’s belief in creating well-rounded students. Students are encouraged to find a healthy school-life balance, and are encouraged to join social clubs in order to experience Bond’s unique vibrant social community. Everywhere you look, Bondies are studying, chatting, and socializing at the interesting cafes and eateries on campus.

        Also known for its international perspective, Bond University offers globally focused course content and exchange opportunities in more than 20 countries, and in every program, you can find people from different countries studying at Bond. On one of Nicole’s walks around the pristine campus, she actually ran in to one of OzTREKK's  Bond Law students, who said he was thoroughly enjoying his Juris Doctor program. “I spotted a guy with a Blue Jays baseball cap on. When I got closer to him, I realized he was watching hockey on his laptop. Can’t get any more Canadian than that!” she joked.

        Bond University
        Q1: Welcome to the Gold Coast!
        Joking aside, Bond University has strong links with Canada. With a large number of Canadian students currently studying for law degrees at Bond and an active Canadian Law Students Association, Bond Law School is extremely well known for the Canadian content in its JD course load, with NCA-approved electives such as
        • Canadian Administrative Law;
        • Canadian Constitutional Law;
        • Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure; and
        • Foundations of Canadian Law.
        “One thing I noticed was that the Canadian Law Students Association was really active on campus. They had posters and activities going all the time,” Nicole said, adding that Bond Law School is a great place for Canadians to come to study. “If you’re homesick, there are a lot of Canadians in your classes to keep you company, and Aussies who are there are always willing to make new friends.”

        Nicole wrapped up her Bond University Agent Partner Experience with a visit to the Q1 Tower for its spectacular and expansive views, and to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to talk to the Aussie animals!

        *2013 Good Universities Guide
        Bond University
        Hanging around in Currumbin
        Bond University
        Mama and joey
        Bond University
        Who was more scared?