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Animals in Need fund at the Sydney Veterinary School

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The Animals in Need fund at the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science is helping cover the cost of much-needed veterinary care for pets from disadvantaged families, or stray and neglected animals and wildlife.

Patsy, an Australian kelpie, has been a wonderful companion to Ms Alja Brown, who adopted her at three months. But life hasn’t always been easy for Patsy. In 2013, she suffered a chronic Achilles tendon rupture, which resulted in an inability to bear weight on the affected leg.

Surgery was clearly the solution, but this was likely to result in substantial costs that Alja could ill afford on her pension.

Friend and neighbour, Dr Peter Snowdon, stepped in to help.

He drove them to the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney (UVTHS) where Patsy received treatment. It was here that Alja became aware of the financial support available through the Animals in Need Fund, which paid for Patsy’s surgery and recovery.

The Animals in Need fund was launched by the Sydney Faculty o…

Melbourne Virtual Fair tomorrow!

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Don’t forget: the University of Melbourne is holding a “virtual fair” tomorrow, May 1, for prospective international students and their parents.
Registered participants will be able to
get information about the University of Melbourne, their courses and admission requirements;get information about Melbourne—the world’s most liveable city—as well as accommodation options, and student support;chat online with University of Melbourne staff and current international students to really get an understanding of what it’s like to study in Melbourne; andsee and hear video presentations from leading academics and current international students.Australia time: Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, 2014

Ontario time: Thursday, May 1 from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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The Virtual Fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Australia’s number one university*. Chat online with Melbourne’s friendly…

UQ Engineering student speeds up web design process

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If necessity is the mother of invention, then frustration must be its father because that is what drove entrepreneur and University of Queensland engineering student Paul Knittel to develop a visual on-line tool for website designers—Documaps.


Documaps has streamlined the recreation of web structures from three steps to just one, significantly reducing the time spent on this process.

Mr Knittel and his business partner, Tristan Mathias, are offering free subscriptions to the service, for a limited time, to encourage user feedback.

“Documaps was born from a group of developers frustrated by the waste of time when steps and processes had to be repeated because of inefficient methods of website mapping,” said the UQ Engineering student.

“With our easy-to-understand visual tool, web developers can plan websites with their clients more efficiently.” 

Visual sitemaps are essential for organising the architecture of a website’s content before development begins.

With existing software packag…

Macquarie hosts workshop for community organisations

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On April 29, leaders from community organisations working in the areas of audiology, autism, learning difficulties, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and speech pathology joined together with key researchers at the CCD Stakeholders’ Workshop, to share their vision for future research impacts.


Held in the Australian Hearing Hub, in the Macquarie University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), this was a special opportunity to further develop and enhance collaborative links between CCD researchers and the organisations that benefit from their work.

“It is the mission of every ARC Centre of Excellence to engage with its stakeholders,” says Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain, Director of the CCD. “The workshop provides a rare opportunity for researchers to learn more about the practical needs of children and adults with mental health issues, and for community and industry leaders to discuss the potential impact of evidence-based research findings …

Sydney Public Health School’s vision, mission, and values

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Public health analyses and acts upon the problems that prevent us from enjoying a good healthy life. It also promotes ways in which we can achieve justice for people no matter what their background. Achieving these goals comes in many forms: generating knowledge of the public health problem, advocating for change and solutions, and helping implement those changes. The Sydney Public Health School’s teaching and research is driven by the common goal of improving the health of people.


VisionThe Sydney Public Health School vision is for a global community where everyone’s needs for good health and well-being are met. The school’s vision extends to those with the greatest need, who would benefit most from improved health and reduced inequalities.

MissionTheir mission is to lead improvements in health, well-being and equity in Australia and worldwide by
contributing to the definition of public health problems and clinical epidemiology;advancing and disseminating knowledge in public hea…

Australian Endeavour Scholarships for 2015

Did you know that Canadian students about to study in Australia are eligible to apply for the 2015 round of the Australian Endeavour Awards?

Established in 2009, the Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship awards are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides up to $228,500 AUD for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world. The program build Australia’s reputation for excellence in education, supports the internationalization of the Australian higher education and research sectors, and offers high-achieving individuals opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field.

All recipients will receive
$3,000 travel allowance;$4,000 (for scholarships) establishment allowance;$3,000 monthly stipend (paid up to the maximum program duration on a pro-rata basis);tuition fees, paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes studen…

Macquarie Business School: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Macquarie University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA)Ranked among the world’s top 100 MBA programs (The Economist Which MBA 2012), a Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the is a learning experience that is both invigorating—and invaluable.

Providing a strategic business perspective and a complete grounding in the core elements of general management, this program extends, challenges and ultimately, transforms today’s management professional.

Students of the Master of Business Administration will emerge a potential leader of the future, by focusing on the competitive advantages of enterprise and learning how to manage functional areas and the language they use (not their technical performance).

The MBA Program comprises 16 course units, including 10 foundation and six elective units.

Foundation Units
Ten carefully selected foundation units ensure that students learn the skills required of an effective manager. The 10 foun…

About the University of Melbourne Master of Nursing Science

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Melbourne Nursing School has developed the Master of Nursing Science program around four interrelated themes:
Approaches to learning and teachingResearch-based practiceClinical skill acquisitionContextualised, integrated health care deliveryThe curriculum emphasises significant contemporary health problems identified as National Health Priority Areas: cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, and asthma.


The Melbourne Nursing School takes a research-oriented approach to practice. This approach encourages systematic development of clinical skills using evidence-based learning, an understanding of the close links between theory and practice, and the ability to undertake self-directed lifelong learning.

Teaching is based on up-to-date research which allows students to apply the most relevant theory to their practice to ensure best practice and best patient outcomes. In the final semester, following theoretical and clini…

Sydney Health Sciences focuses on forgotten families following workplace death

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University of Sydney academics are advocating for a greater focus on the emotional, physical and financial toll of sudden workplace death on surviving families.

“The impact of a sudden, traumatic workplace death for the families of the workers killed is rarely considered beyond the days immediately following the death,” says Associate Professor Lynda Matthews from the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences.


“This is mainly because the formal procedures and investigations are focused on making judgments about possible breaches of law. They do not recognise families’ need for timely information, support and justice.

“Despite some efforts to support them, families often experience extreme isolation.”

Associate Professor Matthews and colleagues are conducting a world-first study to identify improvements that will help to better manage the consequences for families.

This follows a 2011 pilot study which showed profound long-term suffering for families.

“Our interviews revealed psychological p…

University of Queensland turns red for a reason

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The University of Queensland will again be bathed in red for the month of May to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis.


UQ will switch on red floodlights on the northern side of the Forgan Smith building between dusk and midnight throughout MS Awareness Month.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological disease in young Australian adults, affecting the central nervous system, attacking the brain and spinal cord and causing irreparable damage.

UQ School of Medicine researcher Professor Michael Pender said the university was conducting research that could lead to the development of new therapies.

“These therapies aim to prevent and treat MS by controlling Epstein-Barr virus infection,” he said.

“Evidence indicates that infection with the Epstein-Barr virus, which is normally kept under tight control by CD8 T cells, has a role in the development of MS.

“Our current research is investigating the cause and consequence of impaired CD8 T cell immunity to Epstein-Barr virus in …

UQ Law School mooters crowned Jessup world champions

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The University of Queensland Law School is celebrating the addition of a world championship title to its growing list of mooting accolades after winning the 2014 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, USA.

The UQ Law School team—Emily Chalk, Camille Boileau, Hugo Clark-Ryan, Abbey Mawby and Lisa Lee—defeated the Singapore Management University School of Law in the White and Case Jessup World Championship Round of the competition on April 13.

UQ Dean of Law Professor Sarah Derrington said she was thrilled by the team’s “phenomenal” achievement in winning both the prestigious world title and awards for the Best Applicant Written Argument, and Best Speaker in the Final, presented to Emily Chalk.

“I offer the team my warmest congratulations on behalf of everyone at the law school, and also wish to thank the team’s coaches, Associate Professor Anthony Cassimatis and law alumna Catherine Drummond, for their indefatigable support throughout the …

OzTREKK Funny Friday

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An elementary school teacher decided to poll the class on the difficulty of their math homework assignment.


“How many people were able to complete the assignment without parents’ help?” she asked, looking for a show of hands.

About 25% of the students raised their hands.

“How many people we able to complete the assignment with the help of a parent?”

About 70% of the students their hand.

At this, the teacher notices about 5% of the class did not raise their hands.

She then called out, “How many people had to help a parent complete your assignment?”

Australian Teachers CollegesAre you thinking of becoming a teacher? Completing an Australian teacher education program provides an excellent opportunity to obtain the teaching qualifications you need, while experiencing the excitement and culture of living in a new country.
James Cook University Teachers CollegeMacquarie University Teachers CollegeMonash  University Teachers CollegeUniversity of Melbourne Teachers CollegeUniversity of Newcastle T…

Teacher education at Macquarie University

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The Macquarie University School of Education's teacher education program is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest. The program is distinguished by the emphasis it attaches to the concept of the scholar-teacher, its promotion of reflective classroom practice, and its innovative, school-based, professional experience program. A focus on the application of information and communication based technologies in educational settings is integrated across our programs. Macquarie’s developmental model of professional experience allows students to apply the knowledge and skills they develop on campus in a classroom setting.


The School of Education at Macquarie University is committed to an academic, research-based approach to teacher education. At the core of Macquarie’s approach to teacher education is the concept of the scholar-teacher, one who is flexible, responsive to academic needs, reflective, open-minded, confident and adaptable

Bachelor of Education (Primary)The Ba…

Melbourne launches intercalated Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

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Monday, March 17 saw the launch of the intercalated  Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. This program, the first of its kind in Australia, offers medical students the opportunity to undertake the Master of Public Health between the third and fourth years of their medical studies, providing them with the opportunity to be trained and engaged in public health prior to undertaking their advanced medical training.


Rob Moodie, Professor of Public Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, said at the launch that the intercalated program was established to equip medical students with a thorough grounding in public health and better prepare students to develop as globally minded leaders.

“This program is a response to a real and growing interest in public health among medical students and professionals,” said Professor Moodie.

“Whether these …

Melbourne launches intercalated Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

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Monday, March 17 saw the launch of the intercalated  Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. This program, the first of its kind in Australia, offers medical students the opportunity to undertake the Master of Public Health between the third and fourth years of their medical studies, providing them with the opportunity to be trained and engaged in public health prior to undertaking their advanced medical training.


Rob Moodie, Professor of Public Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, said at the launch that the intercalated program was established to equip medical students with a thorough grounding in public health and better prepare students to develop as globally minded leaders.

“This program is a response to a real and growing interest in public health among medical students and professionals,” said Professor Moodie.

“Whether these student…

JCU studies impact of plastic waste on marine life

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Plastics choke our marine life—but is the message getting through?

A new James Cook University project is helping assess whether we are winning the war on informing people about plastic waste and its devastating impacts on the marine environment.


JCU researchers are conducting surveys, both in person and online, to help gauge people’s attitudes toward disposing of materials, plastics in particular, and its impacts on tropical ecosystems.

Associate Professor Mark Hamann, from JCU’s School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, said marine debris was a key conservation issue for tropical environments and a threat to many species, especially marine turtles.

“The challenge is to find effective ways to change human behaviour with regard to the consumption and disposal of debris, especially plastics,” Associate Professor Hamann said.

“Social marketing offers frameworks and processes to encourage this kind of human behaviour change.

“The project will generate data that can be used in the …

Ten reasons to study at Sydney Dental School

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If you’re interested in studying dentistry at an Australian Dental School, you’ve probably considered the University of Sydney. Sydney Dental School has come up with 10 reasons why they stand out from the rest.

1. The Sydney Faculty of Dentistry has a proud and successful history of more than 100 years of dental education. They are consistently ranked among the top dentistry schools in the region.

2. The modern curriculum focuses on medical, behavioural and clinical sciences, while developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

3. The courses emphasise clinical experience, beginning in the first year of study, through the Sydney Dental Hospital and Westmead Centre for Oral Health, as well as regional rotations including Bathurst, Bowral, Albury, Cessnock, Dubbo and Ballina.

4. Students receive outstanding supervision and teaching by leading dental professionals, researchers and academics.

5. Students will be able to practice as a dental health professional (oral health th…

UQ School of Medicine help find breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C

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A breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that halves treatment time has been developed in an international clinical trial that included the University of Queensland.


The landmark study has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine in a paper co-authored by Professor Darrell Crawford, head of the UQ School of Medicine and director of the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.

Professor Crawford said the findings could have a significant, positive impact on millions of patients living with hepatitis C around the world.

“This treatment regime works in half the amount of time as existing treatments with considerably fewer side effects,” Professor Crawford said.

“Current hepatitis C treatments include medications administered by injections for 24 to 48 weeks, which often cause many severe side-effects, such as anxiety and depression.

“Treatment in this study was administered orally for only twelve weeks with less than one per cent of trial participants discontinuing due to…

University of Melbourne mechanical engineer honoured

The Australian Academy of Science has elected University of Melbourne Professor Ivan Marusic, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for his outstanding contributions and applications of scientific research.

Distinguished scientists are elected every year by their peers to be part of this elite Fellowship.

“They are the Olympic athletes of science,” said Suzanne Cory, President of the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Marusic, who completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and PhD at the University of Melbourne, was elected for his contributions to fluid mechanics and advancing our understanding of wall-bounded turbulent flows, with applications from aquatic ecosystems to aircraft drag reduction. Aircraft spend about half of their fuel overcoming turbulence, meaning that any improvement in this area has implications for not only the cost of air travel, but also its contribution to carbon emissions.

Professor Marusic said that it was not only an honour for him, but…

Monash reports on medicine collections from Australian pharmacies

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Senator the Honourable Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, has launched the findings of a landmark audit of collections of out-of-date and unwanted medicines sampled from pharmacies all over Australia, conducted by the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS), Monash University.


The survey found that an estimated 540 tons of medicines annually are subjected to environmentally safe disposal by the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project, and of that total, 44% had not expired.

The majority of medicines (68%) belonged to five therapeutic classes: cardiovascular (18%), nervous system (17%), alimentary tract (16%), respiratory (9%) and anti-infective (8%)—which correlates well with PBS dispensing data.

Of the most commonly discarded medicines, insulin (in all its forms), salbutamol, paracetamol, frusemide and glyceryl trinitrate were the top 5.

Eighty-five percent of the returned medicines were scheduled—1% Schedule 4, and 9%, 8% and 2% Schedule 2, 3 and 8 respectively.

The M…

Sydney geosciences professor talks about disaster response

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In 2010, a tsunami generated by an earthquake in Chile led to much of Australia’s east coast being put on a tsunami alert.

“The detection and warning systems all operated perfectly but what didn’t function was people’s response—with hundreds, possibly thousands, of people flocking to beaches to witness the arriving tsunami,” said Professor Dale Dominey-Howes, from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences.


The incident perfectly illustrates some of the complexities of responding to natural hazards and their associated disasters, including how our perception of the risk influences our response.

Last month, Professor Dominey-Howes presented “Planet Terror: Is Earth Becoming More Dangerous?” at a Sydney Science Forum where they discussed what people can we do about preparing for, and responding to, natural disasters.

Professor Dominey-Howes leads the university’s Hazards Research Group in examining some of the major types of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, fl…

Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy

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About the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of MelbourneEstablished in 1991, the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne makes distinctive contributions to the physiotherapy profession and society through learning and teaching, research and knowledge transfer. The Department of Physiotherapy thrives on a community environment with extensive collaborations with stakeholder partners within the acute, private and primary care sectors. The Melbourne Physiotherapy School is within the School of Health Sciences and is friendly and welcoming. Outstanding academics lead innovative entry to practice and postgraduate programs.


Melbourne’s research is world ranked and they have been highly successful is obtaining competitive grants and publishing their research findings. The outstanding teaching and research nexus this provides means Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy graduates receive cutting edge evidence and knowledge upon which to base their future pra…

UQ pitch drop touches down

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Remember when we invited you to become a part of UQ’s science experiment? Well, as Cyclone Ita hit northern Australia two weeks ago, a much slower collision occurred in the world’s longest-running lab project, the University of Queensland’s Pitch Drop Experiment! Finally!

After a wait of more than 13 years, the ninth drop of pitch collided ever so slowly with the eighth drop in the bottom of the beaker.

The science experiment was set up in 1927 to demonstrate that solid materials—pitch shatters if hit with a hammer—can flow like liquids.

Pitch Drop custodian Professor Andrew White said seven drops had fallen between 1930, when the experiment began, and 1988, at an average of one drop every eight years.

“Two things changed after that—the 2000 (eighth) and 2014 (ninth) drop each took about 13 years to fall, and each collided into the decades-old pile of drops in the beaker before it could break away from the funnel,” he said.

The eighth drop ran into the seventh drop in 2000, but to…

JCU students running to beat malaria

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A group of James Cook University students will strap on their sneakers and run 270 km between them along a part of Victoria’s coastline to help raise money for malaria nets for impoverished African communities.


The JCU student charity group ‘Run to Better Days’ has set its sights on Melbourne and surrounds for its 2014 challenge, with this year’s running crew pounding the pavement of Port Phillip Bay.

The run involves 13 JCU students, who will also visit schools, universities, rotary clubs and communities in the coastal strip to share an important message: we can all do something about world poverty.

The students are from different JCU campuses, including Townsville and Cairns, as well as some from Mackay Hospital. There are second, fourth- and fifth-year JCU Medical School students, as well as a fourth-year engineering student.

All funds raised during the run will go to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). The AMF provides malaria nets to communities most at risk of contracti…