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OzTREKK wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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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!


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!About OzTREKK
OzTREKK is the only Canadian organization that is a student office and Application and Information Centre in Canada for the following combination of Australian univ…

University of Sydney Business School gives MBA scholarship

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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.


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 …

Melbourne Veterinary School racehorse welfare receives funding

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


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 Veteri…

OzTREKK Christmas science experiment

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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.

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, h…

OzTREKK Funny Friday

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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 de…

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

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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.


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, 2014Please note that payment is required at the time of registration.

Canadian Dental Admission Test FormatThere are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over …

UQ speech pathology receives funding to reduce depression among aphasia patients

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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.


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 Wor…

Monash University burns rubber

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


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 ve…

Melbourne Teachers College educating for breadth

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Wondering what it’s like to be a teacher?


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 Colleg…

Upcoming CaRMS examination deadlines

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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.


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.

Candidat…

UQ Medical School orientation 2014

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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!


UQ MBBS Year 1 Welcome Day 2014The 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 Med…

Sydney Law School public lecture looks at climate change

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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.


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 Ass…

Monash Pharmacy scientists study how drugs interact with the body

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


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 thei…

Macquarie Linguistics workshop explores the origins of language

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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?


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 Cu…

UQ Medical School student experiences the magic of India

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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!

My first week of elective was spent in the general surgery department. The week was divided into consultations Monday, Wednesday, Friday in the …

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

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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.


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-qualit…

Sydney Medical School holds awards ceremony for students with intellectual disabilities

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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.

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 inclus…

Melbourne Dental School Cultural Collections Projects Program

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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 The program is open to students from both within and e…

Monash University recognized for its contribution to international education

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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.


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 u…

What is the Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp?

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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.

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 d…

UQ staff and students fundraise for Typhoon Haiyan victims

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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.

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 U…

University of Queensland Medical School to offer MD in 2015

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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.


About the University of Queensland Medical SchoolThe 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 di…