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OzTREKK Funny Friday

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A physician, an engineer, and an attorney were discussing who among them belonged to the oldest of the three professions represented.


The physician said, “Remember that, on the sixth day, God took a rib from Adam and fashioned Eve, making him the first surgeon; therefore, medicine is the oldest profession.”

The engineer replied, “But, before that, God created the heavens and earth from chaos and confusion, and thus he was the first engineer; therefore, engineering is an older profession than medicine!”

Then, the lawyer spoke up. “Yes, but who do you think created all of the chaos and confusion?”

About Law Programs in AustraliaThe Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is an undergraduate law degree. It is designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Australian students, like those from virtually all other Commonwealth countries except Canada, can enter the LLB program directly from high school. This is modelled on the system in the U.K. Some Australian Law Schools also offer g…

Bond University celebrates International Week

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With a student body comprising more than 70 nationalities, Bond University prides itself on its global outlook, and what better way to celebrate this than with a week-long showcase of international culture and cuisine!


International Week, or I-week, allows the entire Bond community to come together to engage with different cultures, experience new and different types of cuisine and generally have a lot of fun.

We hope all of our OzTREKK Bondies make the most of this exciting week, which will run next week from Monday, March 3 to Friday, March 7, by attending as many internationally-themed events as they can!

Monday, March 3:  Launch Party, presenting Global Food Fest

Tuesday, March 4:  Lawyers Networking event

Wednesday, March 5: Muslim Students Association present Wednesday by the Water;  Indian Students Association present Holi Festival

Thursday, March 6: Wine and cheese tasting, hosted by the French Enthusiast Club, at Don’s Tavern; Mid Semester Bash

Friday, March 7: Friday by th…

UQ Medical School researcher studies ancient Chinese mind-body movement therapy

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A University of Queensland study has shown ancient Chinese mind-body movement therapy could offer dramatic health benefits for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes or obesity.


The study examined whether adults with diabetes or at risk of type 2 diabetes could improve their health by undertaking the SMILE Wellness program, a low-impact gentle mind-body movement therapy based on Tai Chi and Qigong.

Researcher Dr Xin Liu, from UQ School of Medicine, said the study results were encouraging.
“The therapeutic program resulted in many health benefits for participants, including reduced blood sugar, blood pressure, body weight and waist circumference,” Dr Liu said.

“Average blood sugar levels decreased by six per cent, blood pressure decreased by nine per cent, and body mass index and waist circumference decreased by four per cent and three per cent respectively.”

Participants also showed improvements in mental health, strength and flexibility, sleeping patterns, immunity, pa…

Monash Law School academic offers a different perspective on torture

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A new book by Monash University Law School academic Dr Ronli Sifris, providing another angle on a feminist understanding of international human rights, will be launched in early March.


The book, Reproductive Freedom, Torture and International Human Rights: Challenging the Masculinisation of Torture, examines restrictions on reproductive freedom through the lens of the right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Dr Sifris said the book challenges the traditional notions of torture, as it deconstructs the meaning of torture from a feminist perspective.

“There is a myopic view that torture only takes place within the traditional paradigm of interrogation, punishment or intimidation of a detainee,” Dr Sifris said.

“This often prioritizes the experiences of men over those of women, given that the pain and suffering from which women disproportionately suffer occurs in situations outside of the context of these standard definitions, such as in circu…

Upcoming Sydney Medical School info sessions in Canada

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Would you like to find out more about Sydney Medical School but don’t want to book a flight to Oz just yet? If you’ve said yes, we have great news!
The Sydney Medical School Dean of Medicine Professor Bruce Gregory Robinson will be presenting three information sessions in Canada this March for anyone interested in studying medicine at the Sydney Medical School.

When? March 10 – 12, 2014

This is your opportunity to learn more about the Sydney Medical School:
Admissions requirementsProgram structureApplication deadlinesClinical rotationsMedical licensingAccreditationWhat happens when you return to Canada after completing the medical program at the University of SydneyAfter the medical school information sessions, Sydney Medical School alumni and future University of Sydney students are invited to stay for a casual Sydney Medical School Alumni Get-together. This is a great way for Sydney med graduates to catch up with friends and colleagues and for future Sydney Medical School students to fi…

James Cook University study finds fish in hot water

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According to an international team of researchers, the rapid pace of climate change is threatening the future presence of fish near the equator.

“Our studies found that one species of fish could not even survive in water just three degrees Celsius warmer than what it lives in now,” says the lead author of the study, Dr Jodie Rummer from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University.


Dr Rummer and her colleagues studied six common species of fish living on coral reefs near the equator. She says many species in this region only experience a very narrow range of temperatures over their entire lives, and so are likely adapted to perform best at those temperatures.

This means climate change places equatorial marine species most at risk, as oceans are projected to warm by two to three degrees Celsius by the end of this century.

“Such an increase in warming leads to a loss of performance,” Dr Rummer explains. “Already, we found four species …

UQ Dental School applications are now open for the 2015 intake

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Applications to the undergraduate dental program at the University of Queensland for the February 2015 intake are now officially open!


The University of Queensland School of Dentistry is recognized nationally and internationally for providing leading-edge dental education and for its contributions to dental research, which have been independently rated as “above world class.”

UQ Dental School’s Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) program has been in operation for more 75 years, and is one of Australia’s longest-running dental programs and also its highest-ranked dental program.

Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) at the University of QueenslandProgram: Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester Intake: February 2015
Program Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: October 31, 2014

Entry Requirements for the UQ Dentistry ProgramThere are two entry pathways in to the Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland:

1. High School
To be eligible to apply, yo…

Melbourne Medical School applications open for 2015 intake

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Great news, pre-meds! Applications to the Melbourne MD program for the February 2015 intake at the University of Melbourne are now officially open.


About the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine ProgramProgram: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for the Melbourne MD was June 21, 2013.

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne MD ProgramTo apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have
successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anat…

Melbourne Dental School applications are open for the 2015 intake

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Applications to the Melbourne Dental School are now open for the 2015 intake!

The Melbourne Dental School offers a four-year, graduate-entry, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program, which leads to the professional designation of dentist upon the completion of the program.

About University of Melbourne Dental School Doctor of Dental Surgery
The Melbourne Dental School offers the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program 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.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for this program was June 21, 2013.

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne Dentistry Program:To be eligible to apply for the University of Melbourne Dental School’s DDS p…

JCU Medical School applications are open for 2015 intake

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Applications to the undergraduate-entry MBBS program at James Cook University for the February 2015 intake are now officially open!


The JCU Medical School offers the only full medical program in tropical Australia. Established in 2000, the school places a special emphasis on rural, remote and tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

The 6-year, full-time Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine.

Students attend the Townsville campus for the first half of the course with clinical experience from year one. The James Cook University medical precinct is opposite the Townsville Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in regional or tropical Australia. In later years, students have a base at one of the James Cook University clinical schools that include Townsville, Cairns, Mackay or Darwin.

About the JCU Medical Sc…

JCU Dental School applications are open

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Thinking of applying to a dental school in Australia that specializes in rural and remote dentistry? Great news! The JCU Dental School applications for the 2015 intake are now open!


The Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at James Cook University is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

JCU accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

About the JCU Dental School Bachelor of Dental SurgeryProgram: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the applicatio…

Sydney Medical School applications are open for 2015 intake

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Applications to the Sydney Medical School Doctor of Medicine (MD) program for the February 2015 intake are now officially open via OzTREKK!


Sydney Medical School’s Doctor of MedicineUndertaken once students have already completed an undergraduate degree, the Sydney MD at the University of Sydney Medical School is a world-class, graduate-entry degree in medicine.

The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year professional postgraduate-entry course with three primary aims for graduates: excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice; experience in research; and experience and awareness of health in an international setting. It includes weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals from the very first weeks, regular PBL (problem-based learning) exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semeste…

Sydney Dental School applications for the 2015 intake are open

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Applications to Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program are now open for the February 2015 intake!

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

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for this program was July 7, 2013.
Entry Requirements for the Sydney Dentistry Program1. Performance in an Undergraduate DegreeStudents can apply to Sydney Dental School if they have completed a bachelor’s degr…

UQ Medical School applications are open

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Applications to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the UQ Medical School for the January 2015 intake are now officially open!


About the UQ Medical School ProgramFor the 2015 intake, the University of Queensland intends to implement a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, a four-year graduate-entry program, which will replace the current four-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intake: January 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: UQ Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program1. Performance in a key degree within the last 10 years. The GPA will be based on the student’s most recently completed key degree. A key degree is a bachelor’s degree, honours degree, master’s…

Australian Dental School applications are open for the 2015 intake!

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Are you interested in studying dentistry? Applications to Australian Dental Schools in Australia for the 2015 intake are now open!


Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dental programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

What’s the Difference Between Undergraduate-  and Graduate-entry Dental Programs?Undergraduate Entry: JCU Dental School launched its dentistry program in 2009, and welcomed international students for the first time in the 2012 intake at the beautiful JCU Cairns campus. James Cook University Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program accepts applicants directly from high school or from university studies.

UQ Dental School offers a 5-year, undergraduate-entry Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc), which allows students to enter the dental program directly from high school or after having partially or fully completed post-secondary studies.

Graduate Entry: The University of Melbou…

Australian Medical School applications are open for the 2015 intake!

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Does a career in medicine get your heart racing? Thinking of applying to medical schools in Australia?


Applications to Australian Medical Schools for the 2015 intake are now officially open!


What’s the Difference Between Undergraduate- and Graduate-entry Medical Programs?Undergraduate Entry: Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school.

James Cook University’s MBBS is an undergraduate-entry program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia.

Monash University’s undergraduate-entry medical program provides a great pathway for students who are looking to gain entry into medical school directly from high school.

If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian un…

UQ adopts open-access policy for research

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The University of Queensland is moving to ensure the results of its research are widely available.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Max Lu said UQ had adopted a policy to make its research outputs more accessible, in line with the open-access policies of research funding bodies that seek to increase the benefits of the research they fund.

“This policy aims to ensure that anyone, anywhere has access to our research results,” Professor Lu said.

“Open access provides a means to help achieve international recognition through making high-quality research more visible and accessible.”

“Wider access to UQ research can stimulate research collaboration, create opportunities for early career researchers and enhance the University’s research environment.”

The new policy sets out requirements for UQ researchers to make publications resulting from their research openly available on UQ eSpace as soon as possible following acceptance of the publication, taking account of any restrictions …

Macquarie University research show how caffeine and sucrose impact behaviour

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Think that energy drinks are harmless? Drink a lot of coffee? Sugar addict?


Studies at Macquarie University suggests the long-term consumption of caffeinated and sugar-sweetened drinks in place of water can cause lasting changes to behaviour, having profound effects on brain chemistry.

Long-term treatment (26 days) with caffeine in adult rats and sugar in adolescent rats enhances the behavioural response to drug administration, when compared to combined treated animals, after short (1 week) and long (6 week) treatment free periods, respectively.

Proteomic analyses of the brain identified more than 500 differentially expressed proteins across pretreatments in the orbitofrontal cortex, an important brain region in decision-making processes. Approximately 23 per cent of the proteins in the combined pretreated rats were changed when compared to control.

This study demonstrates that chronic caffeine and sucrose consumption causes enduring behavioral effects that are age and time depe…

JCU medical students enhance their learning in Singapore

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A group of fourth-year medical students from James Cook University have set off to study in Singapore under the Federal Government’s $100 million New Colombo Plan (NCP).


The government announced JCU would receive $48,000 to help send 16 students to Singapore to start an eight-week study program in Semester 1, 2014.

The NCP offers Australian undergraduates scholarships and grants for study and internships or mentorships in the Indo-Pacific region.

The students will undertake semester-based and short-term study, as well as practical teaching exercises, research, field studies and clinical placements.

The Singapore College of Family Physicians (SCFP) will operate the placements with designated SCFP members as tutors.

Head of JCU’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Richard Murray, said the funds would enable the continuation of a mutually beneficial arrangement between the two countries.

“James Cook University is intent on a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide,” P…

Sydney veterinary science researchers study crocodile immune system

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The immune systems of crocodiles and alligators have remained relatively unchanged for centuries despite their worldwide distribution, as revealed for the first time by University of Sydney researchers. This new knowledge could assist in the conservation and breeding strategy of Australian freshwater and saltwater crocodiles.


Dr Jaime Gongora, research project leader from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science said, “Alligators and crocodiles occupy an evolutionary mid-point between mammals and birds so they provide a unique link. Our research helps address fundamental questions about how evolution drives and maintains genetic diversity of the immune genes.

“The study looked at the diversity and evolutionary mechanisms of two primary gene classes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), key components of the immune system. The study investigated twenty species of crocodilians including the two Australian crocodile species; freshwater and saltwater cro…

Bond University helps make a wish

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Bondy Mel Schlanger joined fellow Australian Olympians Chris Wright, Liesel Jones and Christian Sprenger at a Super Swim Clinic yesterday, February 23 at the Bond University pool to raise money for the Gold Coast branch of Make-A-Wish Australia.



The swim champs sharing their training tips in the pool with swimmers of all ages—from kids through to masters—and all abilities. This swim clinic provided a great opportunity to help a very worthy cause and offered some training advice, tips, stroke correction, inspiration, and fun with the talented team of Olympians.

The clinic also offered some fabulous entertainment including a barbecue, jumping castle, raffles, Speedo and BodyScience prize packs, as well as giveaways.

All money raised from the clinic will be spent to grant wishes to children with a life-threatening medical condition.

About Bond UniversityThe vision of Bond University is to be Australian in character yet international in perspective.
Bond University defines internationa…

Monash Business School studies retail and the digital revolution

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Keeping up with technology trends is a key challenge facing retailers today and customers are undoubtedly the driving force behind the ongoing need for technology integration.


With mobile, social and internet commerce dominant in today’s retail landscape, bricks and mortar stores must focus on integrating online and store operations to make customers’ experiences more interesting and enjoyable.

Research Director of Monash University’s Australian Centre for Retail Studies (ACRS) Dr Sean Sands said for a customer-centric view to succeed, there is a need for a business-wide cultural change, including within functional teams such as IT.

“With customer engagement the top priority, mobile is seen as the glue in the consumer-retailer relationship,” Dr Sands said.

“In the US, research suggests up to 20 per cent of eCommerce sales for retailers are now happening on smartphones and tablets, there is no doubt that in Australia mobile has become a key area of investment for 2014.”

Dr Sands …

UQ Medical School General Practice project

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During the busy UQ Medical School MBBS curriculum it is not often that a medical student has the opportunity to follow a patient’s journey through multiple disciplines and learn about the health system.


The innovative Urban LinCC project, designed to provide medical students with longitudinal placements in General Practice and the community, was piloted during 2012 and 2013.

Discipline of General Practice’s Senior Lecturer and Urban LinCC academic coordinator Dr David King said the project was originally designed for third-year medical students to remain at the same practice in which they did their GP rotation for their additional rotations of Surgery, Mental Health and Medicine.

“Students were to spend half to a whole day each week during these specialty rotations aiming to learn these disciplines through a primary care setting. The theory behind this educational trial was that integration of learning and continuity of patients would provide deeper learning, and complement …

UQ Medical School General Practice project

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During the busy UQ Medical School MBBS curriculum it is not often that a medical student has the opportunity to follow a patient’s journey through multiple disciplines and learn about the health system.


The innovative Urban LinCC project, designed to provide medical students with longitudinal placements in General Practice and the community, was piloted during 2012 and 2013.

Discipline of General Practice’s Senior Lecturer and Urban LinCC academic coordinator Dr David King said the project was originally designed for third-year medical students to remain at the same practice in which they did their GP rotation for their additional rotations of Surgery, Mental Health and Medicine.

“Students were to spend half to a whole day each week during these specialty rotations aiming to learn these disciplines through a primary care setting. The theory behind this educational trial was that integration of learning and continuity of patients would provide deeper learning, and complement …

OzTREKK Funny Friday

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Welcome to (your veterinarian's) automated telephone system!
To make an appointment, please press 1.

To tell us your life history as well as your pet’s before making your appointment, please press 2.

To speak directly to a veterinarian, press 3.

If you feel your pet’s condition warrants pulling a doctor away from the patient he/she is currently seeing or operating on, press 4.

For a listing of the doctor’s home telephone number and beeper number, please press 5.

To schedule emergency after-hours surgery, press 6.

If your regular veterinarian is on vacation, press 7.

If your pet’s condition has persisted for 2 to 6 months but has suddenly become an emergency and he needs to be seen this evening after 6 p.m., please press 8.

For a toenail trim on your 100-lb aggressive dog, press 9. If it is before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m., please press 10 for our treatment technician’s home phone number.

If you would like us to hold a cheque for you until the following month, please press 11.

If you would …

Macquarie University physiotherapy deadline is in one week

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Have you applied to the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy program for the July 2014 intake? Just a reminder that the Feb. 28 deadline is fast approaching!


Be sure to have all your application documents submitted to the OzTREKK office by Thursday, February 27, 2014 to ensure your application is submitted to Macquarie University Physiotherapy School on time!

Selection ProcessOnce entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:
Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any university qualification.Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired university units of study.The highest-ranked candidates will be offered a place in the Doctor of Physiotherapy.There are a limited number of places available in the Doctor of Physiotherapy program and selection will be competitive; therefore, meeting eligibility criteria will not guarantee selection for admission.


JCU creates own mobile app

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James Cook University has just launched “James Cook Uni Mobile,” its first mobile app for current students, staff and the public.


The launch coincides with the start of Orientation Week (or O week) on both Townsville and Cairns campuses.

JCU’s Web and Social Media team has been developing the app over the past few months with input from key stakeholders and on Monday, Feb. 17, it became officially available from the Apple App Store for iPhone 4/4s/5s/5c and iPad, and the Google Play Store for Android devices.

Manager of JCU’s Web and Social Media, Jane Polak Scowcroft, said the free James Cook University Mobile app was a university-wide initiative to improve the mobile experience of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to JCU’s campuses.

“While the app benefits the entire James Cook University community, it focuses primarily on enhancing student experience, giving both new and returning students the convenience of having online tools in their pocket,” Ms Polak Scowcroft said.

“The ap…

Melbourne Law School welcomes new cohort

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Melbourne Law School has just recently welcomed the new cohort of Juris Doctor students who are commencing their journey into the study of law.


Associate Professor Alison Duxbury welcomed the students at Orientation, telling them that they were “entering a new community where you will make friends that will be with you for the rest of your personal and professional lives.”

The Melbourne University Law Students’ Society (MULSS) also offered advice to their new peers, with tips based on their own experiences as Melbourne Law School students.

“It is really important that you try and involve yourselves in as many opportunities as you can, and it’s the aim of the law school and the student societies to help you,” said MULSS Vice President Hannah Fitzpatrick. “In a strange way, it is the challenges and difficulties of law school that can also create the biggest benefits.

“You will develop close friendships here, and the diversity in the cohort experience allows you to meet truly amazing…

UQ Veterinary School moves to Gatton

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Just last month, the UQ Veterinary School made the final move to consolidate all its activities at the UQ Gatton campus with the closure of the Small Animal Clinic at St Lucia.


The clinic, previously based in Yeerongpilly, was established at St Lucia more than 50 years ago to provide clinical education and skills to veterinary science students through the treatment of animals with excellence and dedication. The clinic now joins the rest of the UQ School of Veterinary Science at UQ Gatton in the most comprehensive animal research and training facilities in Australia.

Dedicated staff and students contributed to the Small Animal Clinic becoming a remarkable ambassador for UQ and this role will continue through the Veterinary Medical Centre services at the Gatton campus. Clinic staff have been held in high regard by generations of students and clients through their dedication and support in caring for companion and native animals.

About the University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veter…