Monday, December 23, 2013

OzTREKK wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Matt, Beth, Shannon, Nicole, Julie, Broghan, Adam, Molly, Rachel, Sarah, and Kristyn (that’s quite the list!) all wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Merry Christmas wishes from all of us at OzTREKK!

It was our pleasure to assist all of you over the past year. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and we can’t wait to help our new students in the new year and greet our current students in Australia for OzTREKK Orientations! Don’t forget to log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for the latest information about Australian university orientation dates, accommodation, student visas, and much more!

Like our Australian universities, the OzTREKK office will be closed during Christmas and the New Year—from Tuesday, Dec. 24 to Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014—bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!


OzTREKK is the only Canadian organization that is a student office and Application and Information Centre in Canada for the following combination of Australian universities:
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
We’re the Application and Information Centre for Canadian students applying to or inquiring about study abroad, undergraduate and graduate/professional programs at any of the above Australian universities.

The OzTREKK Application and Information Centre is free to all students as its services are provided on behalf of, and fully funded by, the above Australian universities.

If you are a current OzTREKK student getting ready to study in Australia for semester 1, 2014 intake and you have an emergency, please contact OzTREKK at, as it will be checked periodically during the holidays.

University of Sydney Business School gives MBA scholarship

Omar Khan, a 34-year-old finance industry executive specializing in ethical funds management, has been awarded a coveted Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship by the Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine and the University of Sydney Business School.

Sydney Business School
Study at the University of Sydney Business School

The “Emerging Leaders” Scholarship will make it possible for Mr Khan to join Australia’s brightest young business leaders taking part in the Business School's industry oriented Master of Business Administration (MBA) program launched earlier this year.

“Mr Khan now has a life changing opportunity to share his journey with other emerging leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds in what is an enriching, dynamic and rewarding learning environment,” said Sydney Business School’s Co-Dean Professor Tyrone Carlin.

“Mr Khan will gain an understanding of and an appreciation of other businesses, other concerns, priorities and leadership styles,” Professor Carlin said.

Mr Khan, who came alone to Australia at the age of 12 from the troubled Indian state of Kashmir, has worked in the finance and investment sectors since studying Commerce and Law at Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.

He is now the director, Strategy and Development, with Crescent Wealth, the nation’s first investment firm to operate in line with Islamic business principles. Mr Khan is also the executive director of Yo Yo Button, a mobile technology start-up.

He was chosen for the scholarship from a large pool of applicants following a rigorous process including an assessment of individual leadership strengths and weaknesses using a method developed by one of Sydney Business School’s industry partners, the global leadership and talent consulting firm, Korn/Ferry International.

Commenting on the AFR’s support for the Emerging Leaders” Scholarship, BOSS Editor Joanne Gray, said it was a valuable way for the publishing group and her magazine, “to tap into a dynamic new pool of leadership talent and build a connected community of future leaders.”

“The new global business environment is becoming more dependent on networks than on hierarchies and Australia needs to develop leaders who are skilled at networking and collaboration in order to take advantage of the shift,” Ms Gray said.

“Today’s emerging leaders need to be agile and much more focused on developing their capacity to motivate, coach and mentor,” she added.

Co-Dean, Professor David Grant described the Emerging Leaders Scholarship as an “exciting initiative which recognizes the recipient as a talented member of the next generation of senior leaders and provides them with a unique opportunity to develop their leadership practice.”

“Leadership sits at the very heart of our MBA program and is absolutely integral to our mission to improve Australia’s business leadership and our strategy for doing so,” Professor Grant said.

“We have designed the MBA as a leadership program which seeks to develop practical leadership skills,” said Sydney Business School’s Associate Dean Management Education Professor Richard Hall. “The program also emphasizes the development of personal and interpersonal skills as well as key technical skill sets,” adding that the Sydney MBA is based on learning by doing and working on real business problems and challenges.

The 2013 recipient of the AFR BOSS MBA Scholarship was Anita Mitchell, who is working for Lend Lease on the massive Barangaroo development in Sydney’s Darling Harbour as General Manager, Sustainability, Barangaroo South.

“Like Anita, Omar now has an opportunity to accelerate down his career path through industry-oriented MBA units combined with practical business experience,” Professor Hall said.

“The University of Sydney Business School very much appreciates the support given by the AFR and BOSS Magazine to its world class MBA program and Australia’s future business leaders,” he concluded.

Melbourne Veterinary School racehorse welfare receives funding

Racehorse welfare is set to improve with the announcement of new funding to the University of Melbourne to reduce the frequency of joint injuries.

Melbourne Veterinary School
Melbourne Veterinary School Equine Centre

The grant from the Victorian State Government and Racing Victoria aims to target the training programs of racehorses to reduce the frequency of joint injury and serious fractures.

Professor Ken Hinchcliff, Dean of the faculty of Veterinary Science said, “We welcome the support from the Victorian Government and Racing Victoria that recognizes the importance of the scientific research needed to further enhance racehorse well-being in the racing industry.”

“We believe this research grant will help to increase the career longevity of thoroughbreds, reduce breakdowns and fatal injuries and improve equine welfare, along with that the associated economic benefits.”

Elite racehorses, like human athletes, can suffer fatigue fractures and have sustained injuries that can prematurely cut short their sporting career.

University of Melbourne Veterinary School researchers have previously examined the fetlocks (ankle) of racehorses and noted an accumulation of micro-fractures on the interface between the cartilage and bone, and speculated that with a well-designed training regime these micro fractures can be managed.

Prof Chris Whitton, Associate Professor Head of the Equine Centre said, “By measuring the accumulation of micro-damage and repair in racehorses our research will help to inform training regimes and equine management practices to reduce the frequency of bone damage and serious injury.”

The University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • a curriculum that embraces the latest clinical technologies and evidenced-based practices;
  • an interesting range of study areas taught in a stimulating way—tapping into the wealth of experience of Melbourne’s team of expert veterinarian;
  • international recognition through accreditation by Australian, North American and British agencies, allowing graduates to easily work overseas;
  • internationally recognized and trained staff with extensive experience in veterinary education, advanced practice and research;
  • a practical and hands-on focus, including a final year of lecture-free practical training in the University of Melbourne’s Veterinary Hospital and at other approved sites;
  • accessibility for local, rural and international students;
  • opportunities to pursue scientific investigations in a dynamic research environment;
  • a strong cohort experience for our local and international students, with active mentorship by Melbourne’s dedicated teaching staff;
  • graduates finish with two degrees: an undergraduate science degree to provide important theoretical foundations in science and the DVM for specialized graduate-level theoretical and practical training in veterinary science;
  • excellent networking, placement and employment opportunities arising from strong national and international links with the veterinary profession, agricultural and animal health industries and research agencies; and
  • flexible, knowledgeable and capable graduates.

OzTREKK Christmas science experiment

OzTREKK has conducted a scientific experiment. Every year, we fill our offices with beautiful poinsettias during the Christmas season. Unfortunately, most take a beating during the warm spring and summer months and lose their leaves and life around July.

Rachel and the happy poinsettia
Not this year. Specifically, Australian Science Programs Admissions Officer Rachel Brady managed to keep her poinsettia alive, and what’s more noteworthy, is that the plant is thriving! After some online research, appropriate lighting and watering (and some soft, encouraging murmuring and tender loving care), Rachel’s plant is displaying Christmas colours once again!

Does the “cool factor” of science fascinate you? Would you like to study in Australia? There are an infinite selection of science programs available at Australian universities. All of OzTREKK’s Australian universities offer incredible science programs, including botany, biological sciences, biotechnology, environmental science, marine science, forensic science, health sciences, wildlife management… and so much more!

  • Bond University Science Programs
  • James Cook University Science Programs
  • Macquarie University Science Programs
  • Monash University Science Programs
  • University of Melbourne Science Programs
  • University of Newcastle Science Programs
  • University of Queensland Science Programs
  • University of Sydney Science Programs

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    Friday, December 20, 2013

    OzTREKK Funny Friday

    study in Australia
    Study in Australia!

    Impossible Final Exams
    Instructions: Read each question carefully. Answer all questions.
    Time limit: 2 hours. Begin immediately.

    Art: Given one eight-count box of crayons and three sheets of notebook paper, recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Skin tones should be true to life.

    Biology: Create life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English Parliamentary System circa 1750. Prove your thesis.

    Chemistry: You must identify a poison sample which you will find at your lab table. All necessary equipment has been provided. There are two beakers at your desk, one of which holds the antidote. If the wrong substance is used, it causes instant death. You may begin as soon as the professor injects you with a sample of the poison. (We feel this will give you an incentive to find the correct answer.)

    Civil Engineering: This is a practical test of your design and building skills. With the boxes of toothpicks and glue present, build a platform that will support your weight when you and your platform are suspended over a vat of nitric acid.

    Computer Science: Write a fifth-generation computer language. Using this language, write a computer program to finish the rest of this exam for you.

    Dentistry: Eat candy until you develop cavities, then let professor confirm. Perform your own cleaning, fillings, root canals. No mirrors permitted.

    Economics: Develop a realistic plan for refinancing the national debt. Criticize your method from all possible points of view. Point out the deficiencies in your point of view, as demonstrated in your answer to the last question.

    Electrical Engineering: You will be placed in a nuclear reactor and given a partial copy of the electrical layout. The electrical system has been tampered with. You have seventeen minutes to find the problem and correct it before meltdown.

    Engineering: The disassembled parts of a high-powered rifle have been placed on your desk, with some pieces missing. You will also find old MacGyver episodes on a portable DVD player and an instruction manual, printed in Shavian. Assemble rifle to perfect working order. Be prepared to demonstrate. Good luck with that.

    Medicine: You have been provided a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture until you work has been inspected. You have fifteen minutes.

    Metaphysics: Describe in detail the probably nature of life after death. Test your hypothesis.

    Music: Write a piano concerto. Orchestrate and perform it with flute and drum. You will find a piano under your seat.

    Political Science: There is a red telephone on the desk beside you. Start World War III. Report at length on its socio-political effects, if any.

    Sociology: Estimate the sociological problems which might accompany the end of the world. Construct an experiment to test your theory.

    Extra Credit: Define the universe, and give three examples.

    Planning to write the DAT? Registration deadline is coming up!

    Are you planning to apply to a dental school in Australia  for the 2015 intake? Two of OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools require the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)—Melbourne Dental School and Sydney Dental School.

    Australian Dental Schools
    Tooth vending machine at the Sydney Dental School!

    As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, it is recommended that applicants register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline. Seats fill up very quickly at certain test centres and Canadian Dental Association cannot guarantee that seats will still be available at the end of the registration period.

    Upcoming DAT dates:
    • Saturday, February 22, 2014 (Must register before January 15, 2014 23:59:59 EST)
    • Saturday, November 1, 2014
     Please note that payment is required at the time of registration.

    Canadian Dental Admission Test Format

    There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

    1. Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes
    2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes
    3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes
    4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

    OzTREKK represents four Australian Dental Schools:
    • James Cook University Dental School
    • University of Melbourne Dental School
    • University of Queensland Dental School
    • University of Sydney Dental School

    UQ speech pathology receives funding to reduce depression among aphasia patients

    Research led by the University of Queensland to reduce symptoms of depression for people with aphasia has received $1.2 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

    University of Queensland Speech Pathology School
    Study speech path at UQ

    Led by Professor Linda Worrall from UQ’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the project will trial the Action Success Knowledge (ASK) program to prevent depression and reduce the impact of aphasia in stroke patients and their caregivers one year after diagnosis.

    Aphasia is a language disorder that affects the spoken and written word, such as a person’s ability to talk, read, write and understand the spoken word, and can occur after stroke, traumatic brain injury, or brain cancer.

    Professor Worrall said aphasia was prevalent in 31 per cent of first-time strokes and led to problems with understanding, talking, reading and writing.

    “Mental health needs following stroke are recognized as a high priority throughout the world, but are rarely sufficiently addressed,” Professor Worrall said.

    “In Australia, people with aphasia have a higher incidence of depression (62 – 70 per cent) than stroke survivors without aphasia. Caregivers of people with aphasia also have significantly worse caregiver outcomes than caregivers of non-aphasic stroke patients, with the increased risk of depression persisting over time.

    “Hence, the problem of depression in both the patient with aphasia and their caregivers is highly prevalent and an important and neglected healthcare priority.”

    Professor Worrall, also co-director of The University of Queensland Communications Disability Centre, said previous research had identified the factors for living successfully with aphasia, including active involvement in rehabilitation, engagement in meaningful activities, access to information and positive values such as dignity, respect and hope.

    She said this growing body of knowledge had been transferred into the ASK program which was the first systematically developed intervention program derived from a strong empirical basis that would potentially prevent depressive symptoms in aphasia.

    “Our aim is to determine whether a tailored, early intervention program such as the ASK program leads to better mood and overall quality of life outcomes than a secondary stroke prevention intervention at twelve months post stroke in both patients with aphasia and their caregivers,” she said, adding that to do this, they will trial the study in hospitals around the country that have a high number of annual stroke admissions.

    “This will be the first known intervention tailored for aphasia that aims to prevent depression by providing intervention to people with aphasia and their caregivers very early after stroke.”

    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 pathology 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

    Monash University burns rubber

    The latest racing car from Monash Motorsport was be unveiled at a gala event recently.

    Monash Engineering and Information Technology
    Study engineering and IT at Monash

    Each year Monash Motorsport, a student-run racing team, develops a small formula-style race car which competes both locally and internationally in Formula Society of Automotive Engineer (F-SAE) competitions.

    This year’s incarnation, the M13, made its racing debut at the Australian F-SAE competition from December 12 – 15 at the Victoria University Werribee Campus.

    Students from the Engineering, Information Technology and Business and Economics faculties at Monash University design and build the prototype race car each year. It is then evaluated for its potential as a production item that targets the non-professional weekend autocross racer. This is done through various different static and dynamic events.

    Team Leader Hamish McCredie said the team believed this year’s car had improved on previous designs.

    “The new design is more suited to the faster European tracks,” Hamish said. “We should be very competitive when we travel to Europe for competitions next year. We are currently ranked number two in the world and I believe the innovations to this year’s design will continue to help us achieve our goal of being the most respected team in the world.”

    Monash Motorsport have won the last four Australian competitions, and last year came third at the UK competition (out of 100 teams) and fourth at Formula Student Germany (out of 70, but regarded as the premier combustion event).

    Also competing in this year’s Australian F-SAE-A competition will be the team from Warwick University in their racing car WR3. Warwick Racing is the only British team to race at this year’s competition, which attracts teams from the whole of Australasia.

    The run-up to the competition has seen the two sides share expertise as part of the Monash-Warwick Alliance, which has helped to fund the trip for the English team.

    “It has been great to work with the Warwick team and we hope to develop the collaboration further in the future,” Hamish said.

    Warwick Racing Project Manager, Hannah Sugrue said the Warwick Racing team was really excited about racing in Australia.

    “It’s the first time the car has been in an international competition,” Hannah said.

    “It’s a fantastic opportunity to get involved in motorsport and advanced engineering, and also the chance to work with, and race against, the Monash team gives us a great international perspective.”

    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, information technology, industrial design, science and engineering students across a multitude of majors and disciplines.

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Melbourne Teachers College educating for breadth

    Wondering what it’s like to be a teacher?

    Melbourne School of Education
    Study teacher education at Melbourne

    The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is offering a “School Experiences” breadth subject, that places students within approximately 15 government schools across Melbourne as teaching assistants, so they may experience teaching firsthand. The great thing about this? Students in fields other than teacher education are eligible. For instance, a Bachelor of Science student is able to assist within the classroom, in his field of expertise, and these post-secondary students are proving to be a great help to the Melbourne teachers.

    About the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE)

    The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is a vibrant and exciting place to study and work. The teacher education environment is supportive and student-focused and the programs are challenging. The buildings are designed for graduate teacher education students, offering a range of contemporary learning and social spaces.

    The Melbourne Teachers College offers a vibrant, friendly and exciting place to study, with contemporary facilities designed to meet student learning and social needs.

    Home to a number of internationally recognized teacher education experts, the schools is at the cutting edge of teaching and research and have been ranked number 3 in the world in education in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2013. This places the University of Melbourne among the world’s best, with Harvard Graduate School of Education coming in at number one, and the University of Cambridge at number two.

    International Students

    The Melbourne Teachers College provides a supportive environment for international students and is committed to ensuring courses and research are relevant in a global context. Students will enjoy the location on the northern edge of Melbourne’s vibrant city centre, which means a host of cafés, restaurants, shops, theatres, galleries and bars are just a short walk away.  Students’ connection to MGSE doesn’t end on graduation day—Melbourne’s global alumni network is an important part of work and a key to future career opportunities.

    Upcoming CaRMS examination deadlines

    In Canada, each province/territory is responsible for licensing physicians to practice medicine within its boundaries. Licensure to practice medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, known as a residency, as well as the completion of national qualifying exams. Each province may have different requirements.

    Australian Medical Schools
    OzTREKK is the Canadian expert on Australian Medical Schools

    The Medical Council of Canada (MCC), in partnership with the International Medical Graduate (IMG) programs, offers the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination to international medical graduates and students seeking entry into residency in Canada.

    As discussed at the OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars this past June, the MCC were recently notified that the NAC examination will be a requirement for international medical graduates and students applying to all residency positions in Ontario for the July 1, 2015 start date. The NAC examination is already a requirement for certain other provinces and residency programs.

    Candidates must hold a valid pass result on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) to be eligible to apply for the NAC examination. To provide medical students in their final year the opportunity to take the NAC examination, the MCC has changed the eligibility criteria for the MCCEE. International medical students can now apply to take the MCCEE within the final 20 months of their medical school program.

    Candidates who wish to take the September 2014 NAC examination must take the MCCEE at the very latest by the March 2014 session.

    If candidates are considering applying to the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) 2015 R-1 Main Residency Match and wish to have their NAC examination results considered as part of the CaRMS application process,
    • they must apply for the MCCEE and submit the required documentation as soon as possible.
    • once their application to the MCCEE is accepted, they must schedule and take the MCCEE by the March 2014 session. If they take the MCCEE after the March session, candidates will not receive their results in time to apply to the September 2014 NAC examination (exceptions will not be made).
    • they must apply early to allow time for their MCCEE application to be processed by the MCC and, once accepted, to then schedule their examination date and location through Prometric.
    • candidates who have taken the MCCEE in March 2014 or earlier and who have received a pass result can apply for the September 2014 NAC examination in spring 2014.
    • results from the September 2014 NAC examination will be provided in time for the CaRMS 2015 R-1 Main Residency Match. The following session of the NAC examination, in March 2015, will be too late for consideration as part of the 2015 R-1 Main Residency Match.

      For more information and a timeline for application to the MCCEE and the NAC examination, please visit the MCC’s website at

      About the OzTREKK Canadian Medical Licensing Seminars

      Each year, OzTREKK hosts its annual Canadian Medical Licensing Seminars across Canada, which are exclusive to students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. These seminars provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for internships in Australia and other destinations.

      Find out more about studying medicine in Australia at the following Australian universities:
      • James Cook University Medical School
      • Monash University Medical School
      • University of Melbourne Medical School
      • University of Queensland Medical School
      • University of Sydney Medical School

      UQ Medical School orientation 2014

      Heading to UQ Medical School? Got all your ducks (platypuses) in a row? Don’t forget about the Welcome Day 2014 for new UQ med students!

      University of Queensland Medical School
      UQ Medical School’s welcome orientation 2013

      UQ MBBS Year 1 Welcome Day 2014


      The MBBS Year 1 Welcome Day 2014 is the annual event to welcome year 1 medical students to the UQ School of Medicine.

      Date: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
      Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
      Venue: The UQ Centre, Building 27A, St Lucia Campus

      UQ School of Medicine is known as “Australia’s Global Medical School.” It conducts a four-year graduate-entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). For the 2015 intake, the UQ Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree at the University of Queensland Medical School will be recognized as the Doctor of Medicine (MD), and UQ Medical School will be awarding an MD to students who successfully complete the medical program.

      Admissions criteria to the 2015 intake of the UQ medical program are expected to be similar to those in past intakes, although the UQ School of Medicine will confirm this in early 2014. For more information about the MBBS orientation and UQ medical program’s entry requirements, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Miss Broghan Dean at

      The UQ medical program is designed to produce global doctors who are able to meet today’s challenges. The curriculum has been planned to capture the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and help them develop into highly skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them worldwide.

      Wednesday, December 18, 2013

      Sydney Law School public lecture looks at climate change

      Effective global action on climate change is not only cost effective, but essential as the risks of extreme weather disasters increase with a warming world, a leading IPCC climate scientist argued at a University of Sydney public lecture recently.

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      Professor Christopher Field from the Carnegie Institution for Science delivered his verdict on global efforts to reduce climate disasters as part of his Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers lecture, Climate Change: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, on Dec. 5.

      “It is really pretty simple. Effective investments in adaptation can help build resilient societies with vibrant economies and healthy environments at the same time that they decrease risks of loss from climate change,” said Professor Field.

      Professor Field co-chairs the group of scientists preparing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s long-awaited Fifth Assessment Report on climate-change effects, due for publication in March 2014. The IPCC Assessment Report is widely considered a key measure on global climate change developments, and forms a large basis for international scale efforts to curb climate change.

      In his assessment on how countries, cities, firms, and individuals should protect themselves against future extreme weather disasters, Professor Field will point to the latest IPCC Report and explain the key challenge of climate change as “one of managing risks.”

      “Mitigating to reduce the risks and adapting to the risks cannot be avoided; both provide many attractive, low-regrets opportunities with multiple benefits,” he said. “Effective action on climate change can be cost effective, especially if it is started early and undertaken worldwide.”

      His lecture comes as governments around the world continued to disagree over how best to tackle emission reductions targets at last month’s United Nations climate change negotiations in Warsaw.

      “The scientific evidence is clear. Unfortunately, much of the political dialogue has been sidetracked into dealing with irrelevant critiques,” he said.

      In addition to being at continuing or growing risk of severe droughts, heatwaves, wildfires and flooding, Australia faces particular biological threats to the Great Barrier Reef from warming and ocean acidification, as well as rising sea levels and severe storms on our coastlines, according to Professor Field.

      Despite being at the forefront of some climate change adaptation measures, including the Murray-Darling Basin planning to address water sustainability, Australia lags behind in other areas, as reflected in the country’s recent drop in the Climate Change Performance Index.

      “There are serious gaps in adaptation. These gaps can be a consequence of incomplete information, distorted decision-making, or skewed development,” he said.

      “All countries have important opportunities to step up their leadership on the climate change issue.”

      Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at the Sydney Law School, Rosemary Lyster, who is also Director of the university’s Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, chaired the event.

      The Sydney Law School is a market leader in postgraduate legal education in Australia. In addition to their ever-popular Juris Doctor (JD) program, the law school also offers 22 specialist qualifications in law, including environmental law.

      Monash Pharmacy scientists study how drugs interact with the body

      Two studies into alternative drug recognition sites on G protein-coupled receptors have been published in Nature.

      Monash University Pharmacy School
      Study pharmacy at Monash

      Scientists have combined cutting-edge computer modelling, structural biology, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry to reveal new insights into how the body interacts with novel drug treatments, in research that could lead to the creation of drugs that are more targeted and with fewer side effects.

      In two papers published recently in Nature, researchers from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) were part of an international team who investigated alternative drug recognition sites on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)—the largest and most important family of receptor proteins in the human body.

      GPCRs play a role in virtually every biological process and most diseases, including neuropsychiatric disorders, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, inflammation and cancer. Almost half of all current medications available use GPCRs to achieve their therapeutic effect.

      The new research into how GPCRs work at the molecular level has unlocked vital insights into how drugs interact with this therapeutically relevant receptor family.

      Professor Arthur Christopoulos from Monash University Pharmacy School said it was hoped the research would lead to the creation of drugs that are more targeted, and with fewer side effects.

      “These two studies have cracked the secret of how a new class of drug molecule, which we have been studying for some time, actually binds to a GPCR and changes the protein’s structure to achieve its unique molecular effect,” the Monash University Pharmacy School professor said.

      “This research can explain the behaviour of such drugs at the molecular level and facilitate structure-based design for new and more potent drugs.”

      In the first study, the labs of Professors Arthur Christopoulos and Patrick Sexton, who lead the Drug Discovery Biology (DDB) program at MIPS, Professor Jonathan Baell, from the Medicinal Chemistry program at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and their collaborators from D. E. Shaw Research and Columbia University, New York, started with a known crystal structure of a GPCR as a template, and used computer simulations to map how different drugs and the receptor can find each other, and how they change their shape and orientation as they interact. Importantly, the predictions made by the computer simulations were validated by new biological experiments and by the rational design of a more potent molecule that targets the GPCR.

      In the second study, Professors Christopoulos and Sexton collaborated with US-based physician and Nobel Prize winner, Monash University Adjunct Professor Brian Kobilka, and an international team of collaborators to solve a new crystal structure (pictured) of a GPCR bound to both an activating molecule and a drug that modulates the strength of the activating molecule’s signal—akin to how a dimmer switch modulates the intensity of a light bulb.

      This new crystal structure provides the first “molecular snapshot” of a how a GPCR can bind two different types of drug-like molecules at the same time, and can lead to more selective ‘modulator’ medicines that can correct malfunctioning GPCR activity in disease.

      Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

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

      Did  you know that Monash University is currently ranked 7th in the world in Pharmacy and Pharmacology?

      Macquarie Linguistics workshop explores the origins of language

      A unique workshop brought internationally leading linguists, philosophers and cognitive scientists to Macquarie University on Friday Dec. 6 to discuss a centuries-old question: Where did language come from?

      Macquarie University Linguistics School
      Study linguistics at Macquarie (Image credit: FJ Gaylor)

      In a cross-faculty workshop, experts including Professor Bob Berwick, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Professor Kim Sterelny, (Australian National University), Emeritus Professor Brian Byrne, (University of New England), Associate Professor Drew Khlentzos, (University of New England) and Dr Richard Menary, (Macquarie University) shared their views.

      “The Linguistic Society of Paris actually banned debate on the subject of language evolution in 1866,” says Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) and workshop organizer.

      This was perhaps due to the appearance of speculative theories on the origins of spoken language. Several of these were recounted by the historian Max Müller:
      • The Bow-wow (aka Cuckoo) theory proposed that early words were imitations of the cries of beasts and birds.
      • The Poop-pooh theory maintained that first words were emotional interjections triggered by pleasure or pain.
      • The Yo-he-ho theory suggested that language developed to synchronize muscular effort by alternating sounds such as “heave” with sounds such as “ho.”
      “In modern times, two more scientific approaches to the origins of language have gained prominence,” says Crain. “One is a gradualist approach, which explains the emergence of language using the same kinds of adaptive (Darwinian) mechanisms that are known to shape other traits.

      “The second approach has reached the opposite conclusion—that language emerged in the species due to a single, chance genetic micromutation.”

      The workshop was devoted to an in-depth discussion of these alternative approaches to the origins of language, including the following:
      • What is language?
      • What aspects of language are unique to humans?
      • How is language represented in the brain?
      • What function, if any, does language serve?
      • Did language evolve gradually or was its evolution a ‘sudden emergent event’?
      • Is there a gestural origin to language?
      • What is the relationship between logic and language?

        About Macquarie University’s Department of Linguistics

        The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is the largest of its kind in Australia, which includes substantial postgraduate programs, a full undergraduate program, more than 900 postgraduate coursework students, nearly 100 research students and four research centres of international standing.

        The strength of the department lies in its breadth of coverage of linguistics sub-disciplines, and it has particular strengths in the areas of systemic functional linguistics, speech and hearing and language teaching. It has long been recognized for its research and teaching in areas such as lexicography and corpus linguistics, in phonetics and phonology (especially as applied to computer-based research in speech technology and speech perception), and in communication disorders. The department has a strong interest in the description of modern English language, especially work in systemic-functional grammar, in discourse analysis and pragmatics and in Australian English.

        Tuesday, December 17, 2013

        UQ Medical School student experiences the magic of India

        Graduate from university with a bachelor’s degree. Check!

        Get into an Australian medical school. Check!

        Do your elective somewhere interesting… say, India. Check!

        We’ve recently profiled an OzTREKK student who is currently studying medicine at the University of Queensland Medical School—but who has recently been to India for his four-week medical elective! Despite his busy schedule, this medical student was kind enough to share his story. In our first article, “UQ Medical School student does his elective in India” featured this dedicated student, where he offered his advice to future UQ Medical School students regarding elective placements.

        Now, after spending four weeks in India, he is travelling through southeast Asia on his time off from school, and has kindly provided OzTREKK and you with a firsthand account of his experiences in India!

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        Taj Mahal
        My first week of elective was spent in the general surgery department. The week was divided into consultations Monday, Wednesday, Friday in the outpatient department (OPD), and surgery on Tuesday and Friday. The OPD consisted of me sitting next to one of the surgeons while the doctor was taking the patient’s history. Since the doctor and patient were speaking Hindi, in opportune moments I would ask questions to the doctor: “What is the presenting complaint? Are the symptoms acute or chronic?” The doctors were extremely accommodating and friendly. They would ask me questions like, “What are the differentials for pain in the epigastric region?” or “What is Murphy’s sign?” etc. It was really cool actually seeing what we were learning about only a few months earlier.

        “The surgeons’ stamina was impressive.”


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        The Golden Temple in Amritsar

        And then there were the surgeries. I was allowed to scrub in and get a good view of the procedures, sometimes better than the residents. Again, it was rewarding to actually see living anatomy—what the small intestine looks like, the liver, etc. on a living human being. The surgeries consisted of a lot of hernioplasties and laparoscopic cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal), but I also saw an excision of a dermoid cyst—look that one up!

        After my first week, I was wiped. But I knew I was in India only for a month, and on the weekends I wanted to go sightseeing. On my first weekend I went to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. That building is the most beautiful monument I have ever seen, and it’s fitting that it was built as a monument to love, for the then Raj’s third wife. I forgot the name already! Our guide was not great; he was rushing us through the monument so he could take us to his friends’ shops afterward so he could get a commission. After that, I stopped hiring guides to monuments.
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        Missed the Dalai Lama by less than 24 hours!
        My second week was spent in the radiology department. After surgery and seeing anatomy, I wanted more exposure to something completely different. I spent the week with radiologists looking at images from ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans and X-rays. It was really hard to pinpoint abnormalities, and I admire radiologists; they seemed really smart. But I can’t see myself being one.

        Nevertheless, I’m grateful that I definitely know that now.

        And then came the weekend: I decided to fly up to Amritsar after the horrendous drive to Agra the previous weekend. I had forgotten to mention that I hired a driver to the Taj Mahal, a five-hour, one-way journey from Delhi, and it was crazy. We hit a small cow on the drive back. Good thing it was small; it only slightly crumpled the hood of the driver’s car. So I flew to Amritsar to see the Golden Temple, the holiest site in the Sikh religion. It was magnificent—a golden temple that appeared like it was floating on the holy pool surrounding it.

        When I was at my hostel, I found out I could get to Dharamsala by hiring a driver. Even though I vowed never again to ride in a car for long distances in India, I had to go see where the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile sat. Again, another long drive, but it was so beautiful through the foothills at the steps of the Himalayas. I knew the Himalayas were tall, but I never imagined they could be that big. I’m from Calgary—I would spend my weekends snowboarding in the Rockies, but they look like little pimples compared to the Himalayas!

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        Rowing on the Ganges in Varanasi

        When I got to Dharamsala, I saw a notice that His Holiness was conducting a rare public teaching the following morning, but I had to leave that night to get back to the hospital for Monday morning. I wasn’t even expecting to see him, but I was so close. I know the Dalai Lama wouldn’t have wanted me to get too attached and distressed that I did not get to see him.

        “It was a bit of a shock—the poverty, the abysmal living conditions.”


        My third week was spent in the orthopaedics department. The layout was similar to the general surgery unit and OPD, with consultations in the OPD Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and surgeries on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This was a busy department. On surgery days, the surgeons were working from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m.! Thankfully, I didn’t have to stay for that whole amount of time. The surgeons’ stamina was impressive. By the time noon rolled around, my feet and knees were aching and I would take a seat next to the anesthetist. It was great because they were teaching me about what they did and I felt like I was getting exposed to two departments at once.

        Once the weekend rolled along, I took an overnight train to Varanasi along the banks of the Ganges. This was the India I had dreamed about. There are temples (called “ghats”) along the river and all sorts of activities occur there, depending on the ghat. There were cremating ghats, and that was a bit of a shock to see in broad daylight. There were more mundane areas were people were washing themselves, their buffalo. It was a very interesting place. I spent most of my time walking up and down the riverbank and also hired a boat and guide and rowed up and down the Ganges. I took turns with the oarsman paddling. The Indians on the riverbank got a kick out of it, and asked how much I charged for my boat tour, ha ha!

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        The Amber Fort in Jaipur, Rajahstan

        My final week was spent in community health going out to a clinic affiliated with the hospital that was based in a slum area situated northeast of Delhi. All sorts of programs were run out of this clinic: child vaccination programs, a tuberculosis program, and a mobile clinic where we drove out to the slum areas to distribute medicines to the locals who were immobile. It was a bit of a shock—the poverty, the abysmal living conditions. But the clinic was doing amazing work and had made a really positive impact on the community from what I could see. I was sad to say goodbye to the doctors who were so sharing and friendly, and to the cute little kids who were coming in for their vaccinations.

        For my last weekend, I wanted to go to the state of Rajahstan. My Lonely Planet said that this was the iconic Indian state, with colourful saris, spice markets, amazing food and fairy tale fortresses. I arrived in Jaipur from the night train and once I exited the train station, was swarmed—borderline harassed—by rickshaw drivers wanting a fare. I wanted to get out of there to my hotel ASAP.

        “I was sad to say goodbye to the doctors who were so sharing and friendly, and to the cute little kids who were coming in for their vaccinations.”


        Jaipur, the capital of Rajahstan, was nice. It’s nicknamed the “Pink City” for the pink exteriors of the old city. It looked more reddish salmon to me. The forts were cool. I went to Amber Fort and it did look like something out of a fairy tale, but I think I was ready to leave.
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        Flat tire on the Rajpath in New Delhi

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        Old Delhi railway station

        So my experience in India was enriching. The doctors were really friendly and of high caliber, not to mention the patients. India is frenetic and high paced, and there is never a dull moment. But beware: in tourist areas you are constantly hollered at and stared at—and the attention you get is incredible. At times I was so frustrated, but the best thing I found was smiling, walking fast, and saying, “No thank you.” The metro is easily the best way to get around the city, but is insanely busy. Also, beware of pickpockets! My fellow elective student had his iPhone swiped.

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        Elephants carrying tourists to Amber Fort
        A lot of the Indians I met were great, but around those working out of tourist areas and metro areas, people who want to sell you things, I kept a strong guard. And in regard to the educational component, I learned a lot, but I also realized that coming out of first year, my knowledge base was really limited, so it is important to keep that in mind. I wasn’t going to perform surgeries by the end of my elective, but I was going to learn as much as I could… and I got to eat the best butter chicken I had ever had in my life! Anmol Chicken Corner next to Jama Masjid in Old Delhi.

        About the UQ Medical School Program

        Program:  Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
        Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
        Semester intake: January
        Duration: 4 years
        Application deadline: Applications for the January 2015 intake are expected to open in early 2014. Please contact Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Miss Broghan Dean at for details about the MD program at UQ Medical School.

        Bond Law School ranked #1 for overall satisfaction in Australian Law Student Survey

        A recent survey published by Survive Law, Australia’s leading community of law students online, has ranked Bond Law School #1 in overall student satisfaction.

        Bond Law School
        Bond Law School voted #1 for student satisfaction

        In addition to taking out the top ranking overall, Bond Law School outperformed the other Australian universities to take the #1 spot for study experience, career support and student well-being; the #2 spot for campus life; and #3 for quality of teaching.

        Bond University’s Dean of Law, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, said Bond’s holistic approach to its law program attributed greatly to its #1 ranking.

        “Bond Law prides itself on providing a world-class student experience on all fronts, and these latest student satisfaction survey results are testament to that,” Professor Mackenzie said.

        “Our students receive personalized attention from their lecturers and tutors, as well as having dedicated career services staff available for their support and general well-being,” she said.

        “This nurturing environment, combined with high-quality teaching, practical legal skills and international experience and contacts make Bond’s law program a force to be reckoned with both here in Australia and abroad.”

        “We are thrilled to be setting new national benchmarks for student satisfaction and cementing our reputation as one of the country’s best law schools.”

        The Australian Law Student Satisfaction Survey (ALSSS) is a national, online survey of law students conducted by Survive Law. This year is the first year Survive Law has conducted this survey.

        ASLSSS is sponsored by the Law Council of Australia and The College of Law, and attracted responses from more than 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate law students from across Australia.

        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.

        Sydney Medical School holds awards ceremony for students with intellectual disabilities

        The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS), Sydney Medical School, recently hosted an awards ceremony for students of the Inclusive Education Program—an initiative for students with an intellectual disability.

        Sydney Medical School
        Study medicine at the University of Sydney
        Developed by CDS, the Inclusive Education Program involves students with an intellectual disability auditing university lectures and tutorials and participating in university life.

        The nine students of the program were honoured for their participation, efforts and successes at the ceremony, which was attended by their families, friends, peer students, representatives of local government, and leading academics.

        Program coordinator Friederike Gadow said “It was a fantastic night, and a great opportunity for the student’s family and friends to see all of their achievements in the program.”

        The Inclusive Education Program aims to increase the confidence of people with an intellectual disability, expand their social networks, develop job-related skills, and promote social inclusion on the University of Sydney campus.

        “This unique social and educational inclusion initiative is part of a worldwide trend towards inclusive education for students with an intellectual disability,” Ms Gadow said.

        At the ceremony, Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of the Sydney Medical School, congratulated the students on their achievements and acknowledged the importance of the program.

        “The highlight of the evening was when the students showcased the projects they had worked on over the course of the semester as part of their studies. We were all greatly impressed by the depth and variety in the different topics, and in the confidence of the students,” Ms Gadow said.

        The Inclusive Education Program will commence again in Semester 1, 2014.

        About Sydney Medical School Dean Professor Bruce Robinson

        Professor Robinson is an Endocrinologist and has been Head of the Molecular Genetics Unit, (now Cancer Genetics Unit) at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital since 1989. His research has focused on identifying the genetic causes contributing to the formation of tumours in endocrine glands such as the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary.

        He recently formed the International SDH Consortium gathering families from around the world to define the relationships between phaeochromocytoma / paraganglioma and the SDH genes. In addition his lab has characterized mutations and their consequences in sporadic tumours of the thyroid adrenal and recently in brain tumours.

        Since 2001 he has been the Chairman of Hoc Mai, the University of Sydney’s Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation. He has supervised 25 PhD students.

        Melbourne Dental School Cultural Collections Projects Program

        Did you know that the University of Melbourne has a dental museum? With objects in the collection dating from the early 1700s, the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum provides insight into the history of dentistry and dental education in Victoria. The dental museum boasts more than 2,500 objects, photographs, documents and catalogues, which provide a unique learning experience.

        Located on the ground floor at 720 Swanston St. in Melbourne, in the same building as the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, the objects collection includes models, equipment, instruments, dentures and more. The permanent collection at the dental museum is entitled Cavities, keys and camels: Early dentistry in Victoria which the university said delves into “the social history, technical developments and professional foundation of dentistry in Victoria.”

        Student Project: ­Collection Management – Cataloguing Assistant, Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum
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        Study dentistry at Melbourne Dental School
        The program is open to students from both within and external to the University of Melbourne. Jasmine Targett, a final year Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Monash University, Caulfield campus, recently took up a student project with the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum.

        Jasmine has worked with the museum’s collection of approximately 250 dental extracting instruments which date from c.1750s to the present day, ensuring that the instruments are fully catalogued by reviewing and expanding on the existing catalogue worksheets. Work includes checking all the current information against the original maker’s catalogues, recording the dimensions of each artifact, renumbering where necessary, checking for inscriptions and finally, assessing and recording the object’s basic condition.

        The information Jasmine has gathered will be added to the electronic database and eventually uploaded to form part of the collection’s online catalogue.

        About the Cultural Collections Projects Program
        The University of Melbourne’s Cultural Collections provides students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, with a wonderful opportunity to work with one or more of the many fascinating and diverse cultural collections owned by the university.

        Students from a broad range of disciplines including history, science, engineering, music, cultural conservation, art history and curatorship, as well as many more areas of study, benefit from the insights, experience, skills and opportunities acquired through participation in the program. While some students join the program to gain vocational experience as part of a course requirement, others take up a placement for much broader reasons; a long held interest in a collection or the simple desire to learn new skills relevant to their career path.

        The Cultural Collections Projects Program, previously known as the Student Projects Program, was initially conceived to give students the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the University of Melbourne's many cultural collections. It has since expanded with the program now open to students, alumni and volunteers in the wider community. Each project is developed after consultation between the program coordinator and the relevant collection manager. All of the projects are of a high quality and provide students in particular with the unique opportunity to expand their vocational skills and enrich their learning experience. The projects also add real value to the cultural collections and contribute to their management, preservation and appreciation.

        About the  Melbourne Dental School

        Course: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
        Duration: 4 years
        Description: The  Melbourne Dental School offers the  Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), which incorporates all aspects related to the provision of advanced general dental care to patients as well as teaches students to prepare, develop, execute and write for publication a small research project.

        Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned University of Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics, which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

        Monday, December 16, 2013

        Monash University recognized for its contribution to international education

        Monash University’s innovation and international success in the field of education has been recognized at the prestigious Australian Export Awards on Nov. 27, 2013.

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        Study at Monash University in Australia

        At a ceremony in Melbourne hosted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Monash University was presented with the national Education and Training Award, recognizing an outstanding contribution to international education, as well as exceptional leadership in the field through training services, expertise and curriculum innovation. Monash was singled out for its leadership in innovation in Australia, its international reach and thriving offshore operations.

        The award follows recognition at the recent Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEAs) where Monash achieved top honours in the Education and Training Category, progressing it to the national awards.

        Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement and Commercialisation), Professor Abid Khan, said the national achievement reflected the university’s position as Australia’s most globalized university and a leader in the international education sector.

        “It is with much honour that we receive this award. While acknowledging the quality of Australia’s higher education sector, there is a need to have greater impact in-country through a mixture of physical research and education presence and deeper networks,” Professor Khan said.

        “Through a bold, determined and innovative global strategy, Monash continues to build on international reach, expand international connections, and extend opportunities for students and staff.

        “Beyond our broad multinational education offerings and expansion into new growth markets, our expanding links with international industry and government are crucial to innovation and success, and key to the continued global growth of the university.”

        Monash University has six local campuses throughout the state of Victoria, as well as two international campuses—Malaysia and South Africa—and international centres in the People’s Republic of China, 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.

        The Australian Export Awards is a national program that recognizes and honours Australian companies engaged in international business who have achieved sustainable growth through innovation and commitment.

        About Monash University

        As a member of the prestigious Group of 8 universities, Monash offers a wide range of courses that give students access to flexible learning options and innovative course combinations. Monash is dedicated to preparing students for the increasingly competitive job market, and as a result, Monash graduates are highly sought after by employers internationally.

        Popular schools at Monash University include
        • Monash Medical School
        • Monash Law School
        • Monash Pharmacy School
        • Monash Public Health School
        • Monash Teachers College

        What is the Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp?

        The University of Sydney has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its teaching and learning. The university’s aim is to attract the best and brightest students and staff from around the world and to build on Sydney’s position in the top rank of international research universities. The university aims to provide an environment for learning and working where students, staff and visitors feel comfortable and included.

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        Study pharmacy at Sydney Uni
        In addition, the University of Sydney wants to attract promising students from all social and cultural backgrounds. They believe this is their social responsibility as a leading Australian university and that it will enrich the educational experience of our students.

        The university also runs targeted training and bridging courses to prepare students from language backgrounds other than English, international students, students from regional and remote areas, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

        Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp (SydPIC)

        For four days in January, the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney welcomes a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high-school students to give them a taste of the university, pharmacy and Sydney experience.

        The camp provides young, Indigenous year 10 -12 students the unique chance to embrace life at the University of Sydney, while having fun, making friends and learning hands-on pharmacy skills. For four days, students are immersed in the campus lifestyle and the profession of pharmacy by participating in workshops, laboratory sessions, field trips and fun activities.

        The Sydney Pharmacy School is one of the most reputable pharmacy education institutions in Australia—with an international reputation for excellence. This camp provides a great chance for Indigenous students from remote areas to get a taste of that experience and perhaps consider a career in pharmacy. The faculty believes this camp is a positive step toward addressing the urgent need for more registered Indigenous pharmacists in the community.

        Are you interested in pharmacy at the Sydney Pharmacy School? How can you tell if pharmacy is for you? If you
        • are good at maths and science;
        • enjoy working with people;
        • like being part of a team;
        • like to tackle challenging problems;
        • have an interest in health care and improving the lives of others; and
        • look good in a lab coat (ha!)
        …then pharmacy may just be what you’re looking for!

        UQ staff and students fundraise for Typhoon Haiyan victims

        When University of Queensland student Richelle Joyce Figueroa realized the disastrous impact Typhoon Haiyan had created in her home country of the Philippines, she thought about how she could help those in need.

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        Study at the University of Queensland!
        A group of masters students, members of UQ clubREAL, the UQ Filipino-Oz Society and other volunteers joined forces to raise money through a bake sale.

        Proceeds from the sale went toward the Streetlight orphanage in Tacloban City and to buying “Bundles of Joy” packs of clothing, food and vitamins distributed by Filipino volunteers.

        Richelle isn’t the only one from UQ offering a helping hand.

        UQ Psychology ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Alex Haslam had a $400 donation made on his behalf in an exchange for consultancy work.

        Staff from UQ’s Faculty of Business Economics and Law have organized for volunteers to fly to the Philippines to work with community organizations in Northern Cebu.

        A donation drive supported by staff from the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education and UQ International is underway, seeking bottled water, toiletries, candles, matches, canned food that doesn’t need a can opener, medical supplies such as bandages, vitamins and anti-bacterial products, and solar-powered lighting.

        University of Queensland Social Life
        The University of Queensland has lots of fun and interesting social, cultural and sporting experiences that you can join in to “recharge your batteries” and make your experience one to remember.

        The university has many clubs and societies for students who share similar interests. UQ's campuses boast extensive world-class sporting facilities and also offers cultural activities including concerts and access to libraries, museums and art collections.

        University of Queensland Medical School to offer MD in 2015

        Each year, OzTREKK assists many Canadians who want to study at an Australian Medical School. Most of our students who wish to study medicine in Australia already have an undergraduate degree, and they are seeking a graduate-entry option, which can be either the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), or the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.

        The University of Queensland currently offers a four-year, graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. For the 2015 intake, the UQ Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree at the University of Queensland Medical School will be recognized as the Doctor of Medicine (MD), and UQ Medical School will be awarding an MD to students who successfully complete the medical program.

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        Study medicine at UQ Medical School

        About the University of Queensland Medical School

        The UQ School of Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and research in Queensland, with the country’s largest medical degree program. The program includes graduate-entry and directly-from-high-school entry streams, and is an integrated, case/problem-based learning program.

        The school is a diverse enterprise operating over multiple sites, with Queensland Health and private health service providers as major partners. Geographically, the school extends throughout Queensland with major sites in Brisbane, the outer metropolitan areas, and a number of rural and remote area facilities throughout the rest of the state as well as offshore clinical schools in New Orleans in the USA, and in Brunei, SE Asia.

        The school comprises 12 academic disciplines: Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, General Practice, Medical Education, Medical Ethics, Law and Professional Practice, Medical Imaging, Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Child Health, Psychiatry, Rural and Remote Medicine, and Surgery.

        If you are interested in applying to the 2015 intake of the UQ MD program, please contact Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at Broghan will be sure to notify you of any program updates and University of Queensland Medical School news and will let you know when the 2015 applications open!