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Monash University and Alfred Hospital form united approach to India’s road toll

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One person is killed on the roads every two to four minutes in India, a terrible toll that experts believe could be reduced by improving the trauma response system in the country’s hospitals.

A research program involving five Indian hospitals in three cities – Mumbai, New Delhi and Ahmedabad—has taken on the challenge. The program is led by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and Australia’s National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI), a partnership between Monash University and The Alfred Hospital.


The four-year Australia-India Trauma Systems Collaboration (AITSC) is funded through the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Grand Challenge Scheme supported by both countries’ governments. The AUD$2.6-million award is the first major funding of its kind in the world and brings together clinicians, academic partners, industry, governments and the World Health Organization Global Alliance for Care of the Injured.

Professor Russell Gruen, a trauma surgeon …

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences designated as WHO Collaborating Centre

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre (CC) in Health Workforce Development in Rehabilitation and Long Term Care was launched at an official function at the University of Sydney on Oct. 29.


The Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre with Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn at its head. This is only the second WHO CC to be established at the University of Sydney.

“Hosting this WHO Collaborating Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences is an excellent opportunity for the university to engage with the big issues and challenges in world health… Thought leadership is central to the university’s mission. Through the WHOCC, this leadership is transformed into research, policy and practice with global impact,” said Professor Llewellyn.

WHO collaborating centres are designated to bring expertise about local and global health challenges to the forefront of governments and society. There are currently approximately 700 WHO colla…

Melbourne Law School insider trading study shows stronger enforcement

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The first major study of the enforcement of Australia’s insider trading laws has shown the number of insider trading cases brought by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is increasing, and the regulator is having better success with its cases.


The recently published study analysed all insider trading enforcement cases since legislation to regulate it was introduced in 1971.

Leader of the study and Melbourne Law School professor, Ian Ramsay, said strong enforcement of insider trading laws was important to maintain investor confidence in the integrity of the financial markets, and also because compulsory superannuation means Australians are major investors in the financial markets.

“A key reason for undertaking this project was that evidence from international research has shown that strong enforcement of insider trading laws is associated with financial market development such as stock market capitalisation, trading volumes on stock exchanges, and the …

Physiotherapy student having a blast at Macquarie

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There’s no doubt that physiotherapy programs in Australia are one of the most popular among our students.


OzTREKK student Meredith began her studies at Macquarie University Physiotherapy School in July 2014 and is thoroughly enjoying her time in Sydney. We recently wrangled Meredith into answering a bunch of questions for a “Student Profile” (thank you, Meredith!). If you’re wondering what studying physio in Australia is like, read on!

What pulled you toward studying physiotherapy? I was always interested in health services. Initially I was drawn toward counseling but after several years of working in outreach and teaching yoga I noticed how the body is a powerful healing tool. I decided to turn my emphasis toward physiotherapy.

Why did you decide to study physiotherapy in Australia, and more specifically, Macquarie? I was in Australia teaching yoga and taking a course in yoga therapy when my interest in physiotherapy began to grow. I decided to upgrade a few of my sciences …

JCU geology team finds a piece of Australia under Vanuatu

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Researchers from James Cook University have found a fragment of Australia beneath Vanuatu—and it may cause a rethink on how continents are built.

Geologists thought the volcanic Vanuatu islands, about 2200 km east of Townsville, were isolated from continental influences. But now research by a JCU team suggests the ‘geological basement’ of Vanuatu contains ancient material from northern Australia.

The team discovered volcanic rocks from Vanuatu contained tiny crystals of a mineral called zircon, carried up in magma from the depths by the volcanic plumbing systems. Using the state-of-the-art radiometric dating techniques in the JCU labs, the crystals were dated at up to 3 billion years old.

Dr Carl Spandler, one of the co-authors of the paper, said the zircon “shouldn’t be there,” and its presence has major implications for how scientists understand continents are made.

“The range of ages of the zircon crystals from Vanuatu closely matches the age of rocks that make up northern …

UQ wins Premier’s export award for education and training

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The University of Queensland has won the Premier of Queensland’s Export Award for Education and Training for a second year running.

The honour recognises UQ’s innovative program for Brazilian students studying in Australia through the Science without Borders scholarship scheme, primarily funded by the Brazilian Government.


UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Monique Skidmore said the award highlighted the enormous benefits of engaging with the local business community to deliver programs for international students.

“The Science without Borders program is a key initiative of the Brazilian Government to develop human capacity through the international mobility of graduate students and researchers,” Professor Skidmore said.

“It offers Brazilian students studying science, health, technology or engineering an opportunity to work and study internationally, at some of the best universities in the world.

UQ helps Science without Borders students develop practical ap…

Melbourne Engineering: Future vision for Australia’s bionic eye

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With the aid of a $1-million grant from the federal government, the bionic eye project is about to take a big leap forward, with trials moving from the laboratory into the home.

Previously trials that were conducted in hospital involved participants wearing a vision processor (laptop) that was placed in a backpack. The new vision processors are the size of an iPod or mobile phone and fit easily into a pocket. Participants also wear glasses that contain an implanted camera.


In addition to being lighter and more portable the new bionic eye has an increased number of electrodes, from 22 to 44, which will widen the field of vision.

Professor of electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Melbourne and Bionic Vision Australia’s Director Tony Burkitt has spoken to channel 7 news.

Professor Burkitt said “We’re very very excited about this next phase with the increased number of electrodes and the smaller size. We really believe this will provide enormous benefit.”

Ab…

Introducing the Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy

The new four-year undergraduate pharmacy program at the University of Newcastle is an integrated program consisting of lectures, practicals, tutorials and experiential learning through clinical placements and simulated learning environments. The program will build upon the student’s existing knowledge of science while focusing on material that specifically relates to the knowledge, skills and attributes required as a pharmacist.

Students will be equipped to provide a vital primary health care role as they counsel people on the best use and management of medications, provide advice on the symptoms and management of common ailments, prepare and formulate medications and educate the community on a wide range of health and well-being matters.

At the University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours students will use innovative and state-of-the art educational technology to supplement face-to-face lectures, tutorials and experiential learning, through clinical placements a…

Macquarie Graduate School of Management ranks in the top 50 in the world

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The Macquarie Graduate School of Management has moved up six places to be ranked #49 in the world in The Economist “Which MBA?” 2014 rankings survey, which directly compares leading international business schools. This is the first time the school has broken in to the top 50 in the world.


Most notably, this ranking sees the school retain the position of the #1 business school in NSW, rankat number #3 in Australia and #5 in the Asia-Pacific region. The school has also achieved a global ranking of three for increase in salary.

Professor Alex Frino, Dean of MGSM, said: “This outstanding result gives us every reason to be proud of our school—our students, our alumni, our faculty and our staff—all who have shown great dedication to the school’s success. This is what we have been working towards and it is great to see it reflected in the results.”

Master of Business Administration at Macquarie Business SchoolDegree: Master of Business Administration
Degree type: Graduate-entry progr…

UQ reflecting on tragedy through music

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As Remembrance Day approaches on November 11, the University of Queensland will reflect on the tragedies of the Great War through music.

The UQ School of Music will host a performance on Nov. 2 at the QPAC Concert Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the onset of the First World War (1914–18) and pay tribute to those who died in the line of duty.


School of Music Head Professor Margaret Barrett said student recipients of 2014 scholarships and prizes would present works that had long been associated with themes of remembrance and reflection.

She said the UQ Symphony Orchestra and UQ Chorale would jointly perform works written in the years leading up to the Great War – Elgar’s Enigma Variations and George Butterworth’s Orchestral Rhapsody A Shropshire Lad.

“The latter was premiered in 1913, just three years before Butterworth was tragically killed in the Battle of the Somme,” Professor Barrett said.

“A Shropshire Lad was his final completed orchestral work. At the start of t…

Your student accommodation options in Sydney

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If you’re headed to Macquarie University or the University of Sydney for the semester 1, 2015 intake, then this might interest you!

Students who are seeking off-campus accommodation in Sydney should book temporary accommodation for a few days or a week while searching for more permanent housing. Students requiring off-campus housing are advised to arrive a couple of weeks prior to Orientation Week, if possible, so they can locate suitable housing and be settled before the academic year begins. It can take students about one to two weeks to secure permanent housing.

When considering which suburb to live in in Sydney, students tend to have different preferences. Some like the city, some enjoy living closer to the beach, and others prefer to reside closer to campus. International students attending Macquarie University often consider Chatswood, which is located in North Sydney, approximately 10 km from the CBD.

Iglu Chatswood
Iglu Chatswood opened in 2014 and offers purpose-built…

Melbourne medical school researchers study degenerative diseases

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Medical researchers from the University of Melbourne have established how two diseases that present in similar ways are in fact quite different.


Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) have overlapping symptoms but remain difficult to distinguish.

However, a first ever paper on the topic published in the Journal of Neuropsychology (British Psychological Society publication) now suggests that people with PSP experience more severe and extensive cognitive impairments  than those with PD early on.

The study indicates that patients with PSP experience more severe and extensive impairments in higher order functions such as planning, abstract thinking, memory retrieval than those with PD.
Lead researcher Dr Young-Eun Claire Lee said the two conditions are so similar that in some cases, patients with PSP often go undiagnosed for the main part of their illness.

“PD and PSP are the two of the most common forms of neurodegenerative diseases resulting in loss of…

Your adventure of a lifetime: Study in Australia!

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“Thank you very much for the service that you guys provide. I hope you know that what you do is changing lives and fulfilling dreams that would have otherwise been “wait-listed.”

“I LOVE OzTREKK. I don’t think I would have gotten accepted without OzTREKK having been there to streamline the process and remind me what to submit and when. I totally would have missed a deadline or forgotten a form if it weren’t for Broghan…again apologies for the 9,000 emails I sent.”


“My experience with OzTrekk was fantastic. Applying to dental schools anywhere can be difficult—and even more so when it is overseas. OzTrekk helped me learn about the different schools, bridge the application process, and once accepted to school eased the transition to moving over seas. I liked how helpful all the staff were to any and all questions, and the amount of information I was given in preparation to move. Every step of the way OzTrekk was helpful, friendly, and informative. The information session wer…

Newcastle academics honoured with Excellence in Science and Engineering Awards

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Two University of Newcastle academics have been honoured with prestigious accolades at the 2014 NSW Science and Engineering Awards.

UON’s Professor Nick Talley received the Excellence in Biological Sciences award, while Professor Behdad Moghtaderi was the recipient of the Renewable Energy Innovation award.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Kevin Hall said the impressive results were further evidence of the university’s distinguished research reputation.

“Professor Talley and Professor Moghtaderi are at the forefront of their respective fields, and the university is delighted to see their outstanding contributions acknowledged,” Professor Hall said.

“We are immensely proud of both researchers’ achievements. The university’s continued success in these annual awards demonstrates the high calibre of our academics and their research outcomes.”

The NSW Science and Engineering Awards recognise the achievements of leading researchers and their efforts to gen…

Study international relations at the University of Melbourne

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The Melbourne School of Government is housed in the Walter Boas Building which is at the heart of the Parkville campus. Programs offered by the school are delivered in cutting-edge teaching and learning environments, close to student support services and other student amenities.

The Melbourne School of Government is a graduate school within the Faculty of Arts focused on public policy and governance.
The Dean of Arts is the custodial Dean.The Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Business & Economics are core Partner Faculties for the new School, supporting the development and delivery of its academic mission.The School also provides opportunities for staff from all faculties to participate in research and teaching, and to better influence public policy.The School has a core team of staff leading its activities and works with and through academics in the three core faculties and beyond on teaching, research and engagement.The School has a multifaculty Executive Management…

Monash Medical School students inspired by IVF pioneers

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Monash Medical School students in Gippsland were inspired by one of Australia’s pioneers in IVF and stem cell technologies.

Monash Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson, who led the Australian team responsible for the discovery of human embryonic stem cells in the late 1990s, discussed Australia’s contribution to the global revolution of treatments.


The event, which is co-hosted by the School of Rural Health and Federation University, also saw Professor Trounson visit Year A medical students based at the Churchill campus in Gippsland.

The school has strong partnerships with hospitals and other health agencies at sites across Gippsland, providing students with clinical placements throughout their three clinical training years.

Professor Trounson, who has established not-for-profit foundations to enable low-cost IVF and fertility education for people across the globe, will also debate advances in treating major illnesses including cancer, diabetes, blindness, spinal cord injuries a…

Sydney Science discusses managing diseases to protect the world’s food supply

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Efforts to control plant diseases which contribute significantly to global hunger was the centerpiece of this year’s Sydney Science Forum—a free public lecture—at the University of Sydney.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates two-thirds of the world’s population are either underfed or starving, and plant diseases play a major role in food shortages. Global loss of crops due to plant disease is conservatively estimated to be between 10 and 30 percent.


The University of Sydney's Professor Robert Park is one of a team of scientists leading the charge against cereal rust. His Oct. 15 lecture, “Rust Never Sleeps: Combating Plant Rust Diseases to Protect Our Food Supplies,” outlined the magnitude of damage caused by cereal rust diseases, the implications of their rampant spread and what needs to be done to control them.

Rust diseases are caused by fungal pathogens which are among the most harmful pests in agriculture and horticulture. Characterised by rusty-coloured s…

UQ Law students win fourth mooting title

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University of Queensland Law School students are proving a force to be reckoned with, winning their fourth major mooting title this year. The TC Beirne School of Law students took out the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition in Brisbane recently.


The winning team comprised of UQ law students, Nathan Lindsay and Eloise Gluer, as advocates, and Erin Gourlay as the solicitor.

After competing in five knockout rounds, the team won a close grand final moot against the University of Western Australia.

Mr Lindsay also won the prize for best orator.

It was UQ’s fourth win in the national competition in seven years.

The team’s coach, Senior Lecturer Dr Peter Billings, said the students’ level of preparation and their advocacy ability was as good as he had ever seen in the national competition.

“The annual Administrative Appeals Tribunal mooting competition provides an opportunity for students to learn more about administrative law and merits review, and enables them …

Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy applications close this week

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Bond Physiotherapy School’s application deadline is this Friday, October 31, 2014. Be sure to get all your application documents in to OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson by Thursday, October 30 so that she is able to submit your complete application to the university on time.


2015 Intake ScheduleOctober 31, 2014: Applications close
November – December 2014: Assessment and interviews held for shortlisted candidates
December 2014: Offers to successful applicants
November 2014 – May 8, 2015: Successful applicants to follow up with Faculty Compliance Officer regarding Compulsory Compliance Requirements documents
May 11, 2015: Orientation Week commences. All successful applicants to be compliant as per Compulsory Compliance Requirements and prior to compliance meetings in Orientation week from  May 11 – 15 2015. Non-compliance may result in the delay of commencing the program
May 18, 2015: All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Ori…

Climate detectives find handprint of climate change in Australia

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Four new research studies suggest that Australia’s recent droughts and heat waves of record-breaking seasons of 2013 were virtually impossible without the influence of global warming. And at its most conservative, the evidence showed that the record hot year of 2013 was made 2,000 times more likely by global warming.

The four new papers from researchers who are part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS) was published recently in a special edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).


In 2013, Australia’s extreme heat broke all records. Australia had its hottest day and hottest month on record, its hottest summer and its hottest spring on record rounded it off with the hottest year on record.

“We often talk about the fingerprint of human influences on climate change when we look at extreme weather patterns,” said Prof David Karoly, an ARCCSS researcher with the University of Melbourne. “This research across four different p…

Sydney Veterinary School to visit University of Guelph

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Wondering what it’s like to study veterinary medicine at one of the most prestigious universities in the world? Great news! The University of Sydney Veterinary School will be visiting the University of Guelph!

Everyone interested in studying vet med is welcome to meet the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science Faculty Manager Ms Veronica Boulton, Sub-Dean (Admissions), who will be visiting the University of Guelph on Friday, November 7, 2014! Come meet Ms Boulton and OzTREKK Admissions Officer Nicole Bowes and OzTREKK Admissions Coordinator Molly Mahon. Ask as many questions as you like!

Where: University of Guelph, University Centre
Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Sydney Veterinary School is a world leader in veterinary education, animal science and research that advances the health and welfare of animals and benefits the community. The faculty’s values include
student life-long learning, supported by inspirational teachingresearch excellence i…

Bond business academics inspire international colleagues with unconventional “unconference” format

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After successfully adapting a radical tech-based conference format to the field of management education in 2013, two Bond University academics have taken their research “unconference” to the world.

Assistant Professor George Hrivnak and Professor Amy Kenworthy from the Bond Faculty of Business recently hosted the 2014 Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconference at the prestigious Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.


Professors Hrivnak and Kenworthy partnered with the editors of four international management education journals to run the event which attracted submissions from 52 academics representing 26 universities located across four continents.

“The ‘unconference’ format originally evolved from Silicon Valley computer industry gatherings where, rather than having a keynote speaker and invited presenters, the attendees themselves would set their own agenda and contribute equally to the discussions and debates,” said Dr Hrivnak.

“The concept is based…