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University of Sydney Health Sciences international scholarships

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Are you heading to the University of Sydney for the semester 1, 2015 intake? Will you be studying in the Faculty of Health Sciences?

Great news! The Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences has new scholarships available for international students!


Dean’s International Graduate Entry Masters Scholarship This scholarship will awarded to one international student who is commencing a Graduate Entry Masters in the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences. The scholarship will be awarded based on both academic achievement in the candidates undergraduate degree and a one-page personal statement that describes leadership experience, future career goals and reason for choice of degree.

Eligibility: Open to prospective international students only. Students must commence studies in the next academic year.

Amount Awarded: The scholarship is valued at $6,000 in a one-off payment, awarded to one student.

Closing Date: October 2, 2014

Popular Sydney graduate health sciences programs for Canadians:Master of Phys…

University of Queensland Online Fair

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Calling all future UQ students!

Choosing the right international university for your study is an important decision.


That is why the University of Queensland would like to invite you to join them online at the “University of Queensland Online Fair” on August 6, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Uh, Canadian translation please?Tuesday, August 5 at 11 p.m. (Ontario) (9 p.m. in BC)
At the virtual fair, UQ representatives will be available to chat with you about
program informationentry requirements and how to applyaccommodation at and around UQemployment after universitylife at the University of Queensland and in Brisbane from a student’s point of viewscholarship opportunitiesacademic and English language pathwaysresearch opportunitiesanything else you have questions about! Once you have registered, you can log in from anywhere in the world! Yes, it’s a little late, but you’re up anyway, right? Don’t miss this opportunity to ask as many questions as you wi…

Bond Law School application deadline approaching

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No more dawdling! If you’re interested in the September 2014 commencement of the Juris Doctor (JD) or the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Bond University Law School, you must have your application completed in the next two weeks! OzTREKK – Bond Law School Deadline: Monday, August 18, 2014


If you wish to be considered for the September 2014 intake, you are encouraged to submit your application by Monday, August 18, 2014, to ensure that your application is at Bond Law School by the deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions1. Do I need to sit the LSAT to apply to Bond Law School?
No, the LSAT is not a requirement and is not assessed. Even if you have completed the LSAT, it will not be assessed as part of the application process.

2. What is the difference between the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) offered at Bond Law School?
The main difference between the two law degrees is that the LLB is intended for those applicants who have not completed an undergraduate university degre…

UQ provides grassroots support to disabled children in Vietnam

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University of Queensland students have built an outdoor play area to help disabled children in Vietnam enhance their motor skills.

The team of students and staff from UQ’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has raised funds to create a grassed area at The Futures School in Hue, Vietnam.


Head of the School Professor Louise Hickson said students on clinical placement at the school were concerned that its outdoor area was unsafe.

“It was filled with dirt and rocks and was not conducive to safe outside activities and play for children with complex needs,” Professor Hickson said.

Students and staff worked with the school and the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy Office of Genetic Counselling and Disabled Children to install AstroTurf, providing a soft surface for safe play and a dedicated area for the children to develop gross motor skills.

The team of six students, led by Clinical Educators Teresa Quinlan and Allison Mandrusiak, spent four weeks at the Hue school o…

UQ Medical School admissions consultations

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This August, UQ Medical School MD program Director Dr. Jennifer Schafer will be in Canada to host the admissions consultations for entry into the Doctor of Medicine program.


Dr. Schafer is a graduate of UQ Medical School. She is a general practitioner with more than 25 years of clinical experience, 15 years working with the media, and a career including medical teaching for patients, lay public, medical students, GP registrars, doctors and other health professionals, including eLearning. Her role with UQ includes leadership in the development and delivery of the MD program, particularly the Clinical Skills Program.

As the director for the medical program, Dr. Schafer will be hosting the UQ Medical School consultations in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto as part of the medical program’s admissions process.

The compulsory consultative in-person meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director in Canada is part of the three-tiered admissions process. Along with meeting the k…

JCU puts Cairns campus on display

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Future JCU students recently had the opportunity to race a remote-controlled robot, make a smoothie while riding a bike, or turn their smartphone into a microscope.

James Cook University threw open the doors of its Cairns campus to the public this past Sunday (July 27) from midday to 4 p.m. with a large line-up of fun activities, tours and presentations highlighting the many courses available in Cairns.


Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the annual open day would give people the opportunity to plan their futures by investigating courses and career options as well as information on degrees and pathways.

“James Cook University’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Information Technology and Social Sciences across three campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore,” Professor Harding said, adding that visitors had the opportunity to talk to representative…

UoN nutrition researchers use smartphone technology to study pregnancy diets

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With little being known about the diets of expectant Indigenous mums, University of Newcastle nutrition researchers are using smartphone technology to gather firsthand insights and provide personalised feedback.


They are currently recruiting for a study titled “Diet Bytes & Baby Bumps,” which began at the Gomeroi Gaaynggal Centre in Tamworth and has since been extended to the University of Newcastle‘s Callaghan campus.

“The method we’ve developed allows pregnant women to use their smartphone to photograph the food they’re about to eat and tag it with either a voice or text annotation,” nutrition and dietetics lecturer Dr Megan Rollo said.

“We are getting rich information like recipes and ingredients, as the voice record allows them to be more descriptive. This is sent to a dietitian for analysis and we provide feedback via a short video message, along with a follow-up phone call with the dietitian.”

In addition to the digital recording, participants are also measured with …

Master of Energy scholarship

The Master of Energy Studies is a 1.5 year program that provides students with a solid practical and theoretical knowledge of energy management, climate change and sustainability.

The program has a strong industry focus, with regular industry guest speakers, site visits and organised network events. Graduates of the program will be equipped as future industry, government, research and community leaders with the skills and expertise to address energy challenges and devise solutions for a sustainable future.

The program is coordinated by the International Energy Centre and delivered at three of Australia’s leading universities: The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, and The University of Newcastle, together with a host of other education collaborators.

Graduates receive a co-badged Master of Energy Studies by all three universities.

The Master of Energy Studies program is delivered via intensive mode. Each course is delivered over 5 consecutive busine…

Monash Engineering: Minimising drag to maximise results

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One of the most exciting parts of the Tour de France for spectators is the tactical “vying for spots” in the breakaway group at the front of the pack.


In trying to better understand the aerodynamic interactions between cyclists, researchers from Monash University and the Australian Institute of Sport studied how riders’ drag was affected by the relative position of multiple cyclists (in a formation).

Nathan Barry, a PhD student from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said the research, undertaken by the Monash Wind Tunnel Sports Group, was designed to optimize the aerodynamics of elite riders when in a drafting or slipstreaming configuration.

Drafting or slipstreaming happens when two or more cyclists align in a close group. Taking advantage of the lead rider’s slipstream reduces the effect of drag, or air resistance. Drafting can significantly reduce the average energy expenditure required to maintain a certain speed and can also slightly reduce the en…

UQ hits social media milestone

Are you following The University of Queensland on social media? From archaeology to zebra fish, fossils to football or time travel to teaching, UQ covers it all online.

The university’s active social media engagement has passed another milestone, with the @UQ_News Twitter account reaching 10,000 followers!

The UQ Facebook page has more than 63,000 likes, while their YouTube account has more than 1,300 subscribers.

UQ’s alumni community is extremely active on social media, with almost 113,000 alumni and staff involved in the university’s three LinkedIn groups. Alumni maintain ties with the university through Facebook accounts as well, with the UQ Alumni page gaining more than 2,000 followers in the four months since its inception.

You can take a visual tour of UQ via Instagram, with about 1,750 followers keeping track of our more photogenic aspects via the official Instagram account, uniofqld.

Students, staff and alumni can find a huge array of resources via UQ’s social media ac…

International research centre launched at the University of Newcastle

On July 18, the New South Wales Government announced an International Centre for Balanced Land Use to be based at the University of Newcastle’s flagship research hub, the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).

The centre, a $1 million collaborative initiative between the NSW Government and the University, will provide independent research to develop a clear evidence-based policy framework to solve the complex challenges of balanced land use.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the University’s partnership with the Government would deliver an initiative of fundamental importance to communities in the Hunter, the state and around the world.

“This partnership positions the University and NIER in a lead role to contribute to the Government’s policy framework around how we use our land and assist our communities and industries to respond to the challenges of issues such as food and energy security within the context of environm…

Macquarie University and Johnson & Johnson Medical form partnership

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Macquarie University and Johnson & Johnson Medical have signed a new collaborative agreement that will address emerging issues across the Australian healthcare landscape and provide a tangible response to calls for higher education and industry to work more closely together.


The agreement means the two organisations will work together on joint education and research programs while providing practical experience for Macquarie students and innovative training for clinicians.

The partnership will include four initial work streams:
talent development and student engagementsurgical trainingnew R&D and innovation projectsa comprehensive range of additional initiatives across healthcare, entrepreneurship and leadership activities Both Johnson & Johnson and Macquarie have committed to investing in and developing innovative healthcare solutions to address future needs to benefit the wider community.

At a signing ceremony in Sydney last week, the Managing Director of Johnson…

UQ’s Global Change Institute building

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The University of Queensland’s “greenest” building has notched up another prestigious award for its innovation, cost effectiveness and sustainable approach to the automation of its building systems.


The Audio Visual (AV) team at UQ’s Information Technology Services (ITS) has taken out the annual AMX Innovation Award for Sustainability for their work in the university’s Global Change Institute (GCI).

Designed to be a “living building” that works with the environment, the GCI building has been awarded the Green Building Council of Australia’s six-star rating in recognition of its innovative approach to sustainability.

Automatic internal and external blinds, louvers, shade-screens, in-slab cooling, building modes, and AV and lighting systems mesh seamlessly with the Building Management System so users have complete control of the building, improving its overall efficiency.

ITS’s AV Support and Integration Manager Luke Angel said the control system was central to the institute…

Sydney Pharmacy lab gets a new-age remedy

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The pharmacy dispensing lab at the University of Sydney has been transformed into a modern and interactive space that is preparing students for real-world pharmacy practice.


Last refurbished more than 50 years ago, the lab now features a computer for each student, a contemporary audiovisual system with streaming capability and a new configuration that has increased class capacity to 60 from 45. According to Associate Professor Parisa Aslani, this year’s upgrade has transformed the atmosphere of the lab, not to mention the behaviour of the students.

“It has changed from that ‘vintage classroom’ feel to something that’s comfortable and modern,” says Parisa, who coordinates fourth-year integrated dispensing practice in the lab. “I think the students are working cleaner and quicker and behaving differently because they feel more like professional pharmacists.”

The dispensing lab is located in the Pharmacy and Bank Building, next to the Quadrangle on Camperdown Campus. Due to th…

UQ health sciences study to trial intense exercise to aid mental health

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Can high-intensity exercise improve the physical and emotional health of people with mental illness? UQ health sciences researchers are seeking volunteers to help find out.

Researchers from the Centre for Research on Exercise, Physical Activity and Health at the UQ School of Human Movement Studies hope to improve the well-being of people with mental illness by comparing high-intensity to moderate-intensity exercise.


PhD candidate Justin Chapman said the study provided an opportunity for people with mental health issues to undertake exercise training in a safe environment under expert supervision.

“People with mental illness tend to face psychosocial barriers to the uptake of exercise and a healthy lifestyle, which may contribute to the poor physical health and lower life expectancy experienced by this group,” Mr Chapman said. “We know exercise improves physical and mental health, quality of life and general well-being; however, very little is known about the effectiveness of di…

If you’ve studied in Australia, then you understand

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So, you want to study in Australia? Get ready for the time of your life! Those who are currently at an Australian university, and those who are headed there, know there are many Aussie stereotypes—yep, we’ve heard it all:
Put another shrimp on the barbie (except Aussies don’t say “shrimp.” They’re called “prawns!”)Fair dinkum!She’ll be right, mate!Chuck a sickieGrinning like a shot foxKangaroos loose in the top paddock… But what do we really like? Great photos! If you’ve studied in Australia, then the following photos should be almost identical to yours!

1. You definitely took a photo like this:
2. There are signs like this everywhere you want to have fun:
3. This is what people do in the mornings…
4. You think you’re living in the jungles of Africa, with really loud monkeys:
5. When you’re from Canada, you must take a thousand photos of palm trees:
6. You have at least 47 shots of the Sydney Opera House like this:
7. …and like this!
8. Your experience driving on the left-hand side of the ro…

Why JCU Dental School?

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Are you passionate about dentistry, but the usual 9 – 5 office timetable and routine seem stale? Are you an adventurer?

You’ve got options!

JCU Dental School offers a 5-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), a broad-based program that includes all aspects of dental practice and focuses on issues of concern to northern Australia, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice. The curriculum integrates the basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventive oral health strategies.


On successful completion of the course, the graduate will be able to
apply an understanding of clinical and scientific principles and health and safety requirements related to the management of oral and dental conditions across all population groups in the community;review legal responsibilities and ethical and social justice principles to ensure respect for all patients, independent of culture, language or background, particularly in relation to confidentiality and con…

Melbourne Physiotherapy School applications are closing in one week

Have you applied to the University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is next week, August 1! You are encouraged to have your application documents in by Thursday, July 31 in order for your complete application to be submitted to the University of Melbourne on time.

Melbourne DPT Timeline
Deadline for second round applicants: August 1, 2014
Offers for second round Skype MMI Interviews released: August 15, 2014
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: August 29, 2014
Second round Skype MMI interviews conducted: August 25 – 29, 2014
Offers for second round released: October 13 – 17, 2014 
Deadline for final results and other offer conditions to be met by applicants: December 18, 2014
Mandatory DPT Orientation: February 6, 2015
DPT Classes commence: February 9, 2015

Sydney veterinary science professor researches nutritional ecology

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“Nutritional ecology is so central to every aspect of life that it should be considered a foundational part of biology in the same way evolution is,” said Professor David Raubenheimer, the first chair appointed to the Charles Perkins Centre.

This past June, Professor Raubenheimer from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science presented the JD Stewart lecture and outline from his research and that of collaborators what nutritional ecologists are discovering as they investigate how nutrients influence the relationships between animals and their environment, from an ecological and evolutionary perspective.


Professor Raubenheimer has conducted groundbreaking research around the globe studying animals from gorillas to pandas, from sea otters to great white sharks, snow leopards and elephants.

His path was set when, as a master’s student, he studied butterflies which exclusively fed on cyanide-producing plants. There was extensive literature written on plant toxicology but very li…

Actuarial science degrees launched at Bond University Business School

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Bond University is set to become the first in Queensland to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in actuarial science following the appointment of one of Australia’s leading academic authorities in the field.


Dr Terry O’Neill has joined the Bond Faculty of Business as head of the newly established Actuarial Science Department which will offer Bachelor of Actuarial Science from January 2015, and Master of Actuarial Practice and Master of Actuarial Science from September 2015.

Transferring from the Australian National University in Canberra where he served as Director of the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Applied Statistics, Dr O’Neill has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most respected and in-demand statistical consultants to government, industry bodies, corporations and the tertiary education sector.

In a career spanning more than 35 years, his research work has contributed to risk management in a broad cross-section of industries, ranging …

University of Newcastle School of Education

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The University of Newcastle School of Education is the largest school in the university with more than 4,000 students studying in teacher education programs, approximately 1,100 postgraduate students undertaking advanced study in education, and more than 150 students completing Master or Doctoral programs by research.

The school provides high-quality teacher education programs that aim to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, ethically and effectively in educational settings; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in rational enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on education. Graduates from the university’s teacher education programs are highly regarded with many targeted for employment before the completion of their studies. A significant number of students progress from undergraduate studies through to postgr…

Gift transforms University of Sydney’s approach to fertility research and treatment

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The University of Sydney has recently announced a major initiative in the field of fertility research and treatment, as it takes over ownership of Westmead IVF Pty Limited, the company which operates the private fertility clinic at Westmead Hospital, Westmead Fertility Centre.


Westmead IVF has been given to the university as part of a major gift from a foundation established by one of the university’s own alumni and staff members, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Brian Trudinger. The fertility service was established 30 years ago and Professor Trudinger has been custodian for the past 22 years. It has the express aim of making high-quality fertility treatment accessible to all patients at the lowest possible cost.

As well as a 100 percent share in Westmead IVF Pty Ltd, the gift includes a $10.4 million cash donation which will establish both a chair in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and endow a research program in maternal foetal medicine. The company …

Additional accommodation facilities at the University of Melbourne

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In 2015, International House will open a new accommodation and learning facility for graduate students, just a 10-minute walk from the University of Melbourne‘s Parkville campus.


Melbourne’s new Centre for Learning and Living will be an ideal environment for graduate and post-graduate students to study and learn, providing a broad collegiate experience that is both supportive and socially inclusive.

Accommodation Graduate students at the University of Melbourne will have the option to select one of 57 spacious, architect designed studio apartments, each with its own en suite. All rooms are fitted with essential furniture, including a double or king single bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe, and most rooms have a kitchenette.

Meals The standard fee assumes graduate students will self-cater, but those looking for a more comprehensive residential experience may wish to opt-in to the college meal plan for an extra fee.

Shared Facilities The Centre for Learning and Living will provid…