Friday, January 31, 2014

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Q. Why did the person fail the cadaver lab?
A. She just couldn’t cut it.

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
Yes, yes it does.

Q. Why is physiology so hard?
A. Because the professor is really sternum.

Q. Why is the spinal cord so audacious?
A. Because it’s got nerve.

Q. Why is the eye like the moon?
A. They’re both in orbit.

Q. What squawking gland of the digestive system does long John Silver have on his shoulder?
A. The parrot-id gland.

Q. What did the physiologist do to his cars?
A. Rectum.

Q. If you see an organ flying over head what is it?
A. A gull bladder.

Q. How do muscles go up and down?
A. In levators.

Q. Why is physiology so hard?
A. Because its subject matter is so vastus.

Q. Why was the endocrine student so upset?
A. He failed a teste.

Q. Which arteries have gender?
A. The male and femoral arteries.

Q. Why are these jokes like a body if you don’t put it in formaldehyde?
A. They both go rotten.

Register for the MCAT! Go to

Find out more about studying medicine in Australia at the following Australian universities:
  • JCU Medical School
  • Monash University Medical School
  • Melbourne Medical School
  • UQ Medical School
  • Sydney Medical School

Monash Medical School application deadline is approaching

Are you considering applying to Monash Medical School for the 2015 intake? The application deadline is fast approaching!

Monash Medical School
Study medicine at Monash University

Application Timelines for the 2015 Intake


Round 1
Last date to undertake MCAT (for graduate-entry MBBS): Jan. 25, 2014
Last date to undertake ISAT (for undergraduate-entry MBBS): Feb. 10, 2014 (due to ISAT closing for site updating)
Application deadline for Round 1: Feb 14, 2014
Interview Dates in Canada: Mar. 17 & 18, 2014 (Toronto); Mar. 20 & 21, 2014 (Vancouver)

Round 2 
Last date to undertake MCAT (for graduate-entry MBBS): Sept. 18, 2014
Last date to undertake ISAT (for undergraduate-entry MBBS): Sept. 26, 2014
Application deadline for Round 2: Sept. 26, 2014
Interview Dates in Canada: November 3, 2014 (Vancouver); November 5, 2014 (Toronto)

What’s the Difference Between Graduate- and Undergraduate-entry Medical Programs?


Graduate Entry: Some Australian medical schools offer a graduate-entry medical program where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, in order to apply to a four-year medical program. Students applying to Monash graduate-entry MBBS must sit the MCAT.

Undergraduate Entry: Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. Students applying to Monash undergraduate-entry MBBS must sit the ISAT.

See you at Wilfrid Laurier University for the Study in Australia Fair!

Wondering what to do with your degree?

See you at Wilfrid Laurier University on Monday, Feb. 3

The OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair will be at Wilfrid Laurier University on Monday, February 3, 2014. Our Australian university representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to answer your questions face to face! This is the place to find out how you can further your studies and expand upon your degree!

Wilfrid Laurier University


Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Concourse, Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University
The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their
  • universities
  • programs available
  • entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation options
  • student loans and financing options
  • accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia
Since Australian universities only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event. At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about Australian Medical Schools, Australian Dental Schools, Australian Law Schools, Australian Physiotherapy Schools, and many more programs!

See you at the fair!

Study in Australia Fair at Western is coming up!

Ditch the winter blahs and visit with Australian university representatives this Monday, Feb. 3 at Western University to find out what it’s like to study in Australia. This is a free event!

See you at Western!
Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

Western University

Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Atrium, University Community Centre (UCC), University of Western Ontario (UWO)

OzTREKK will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives as well as with OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik.

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their
  • universities
  • programs available
  • entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation options
  • student loans and financing options
  • accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia
At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:
  • Australian Medical Schools in Australia
  • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
  • Australian Law Schools in Australia
  • Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Veterinary Schools in Australia
  • Australian Occupational Therapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Speech Pathology Schools in Australia
  • Australian Audiology Schools in Australia
  • Australian MBA Schools in Australia
  • Australian Teachers Colleges in Australia
…and many more programs!

Study in Australia Fair in Toronto tomorrow!

Are you in the Toronto area? Don’t forget to come to the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair this Saturday, February 1, 2014!

See you Saturday, Feb. 1 at Hart House!

Come meet our Australian university representatives who have flown to Canada to participate in this OzTREKK event in order to give you the most information possible! Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event! This is the best opportunity for you to meet with faculty staff from the following Australian universities :
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland



Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Time: 2 – 5 p.m.
Location: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto – 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, Ontario

Australian university staff members will be at each event to provide interested students and parents with information about their study opportunities in Australia. Speak to faculty staff directly about your area of interest and learn about your program options, entry requirements, admissions statistics, scholarships & student loan options, accreditation, and much more!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Renowned arts scholar takes lead role at Melbourne Victorian College of the Arts

Internationally recognized performing arts scholar Mary Luckhurst will take up a position as Professor of Creative Practice and Artistic Research at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM), in a major research appointment at the University of Melbourne.

University of Melbourne Arts and Humanities
Study arts at Melbourne
Professor Luckhurst is the UK’s highest profile practitioner-scholar, a pioneer in applied research and the PhD in Creative and Professional Practice, a theatre writer and director well known for her championing of creative writing within higher education, and the author of 10 academic books on theatre.

The appointment supports the university’s major research initiative in the Creative and Performing Arts, based at the VCA & MCM, including more innovation and collaboration.
Beginning in March 2014, Professor Luckhurst will provide research leadership and mentoring for the VCA’s emerging research program including the newly formed research clusters and develop international research collaborations.

Director of the Victorian College of the Arts Professor Su Baker said Professor Luckhurst was uniquely qualified to provide transformative leadership at the VCA & MCM.

“Professor Luckhurst brings a great depth of experience and innovation in the area of performing arts. We are delighted to have someone of such calibre joining the research leadership team at VCA & MCM,” she said.

“This is a wonderful appointment for the VCA that will strengthen the VCA’s research according to the university’s Grand Challenges framework.”

Professor Luckhurst said she was looking forward to leading creative practice and artistic research at the VCA, and more broadly, across the Faculty of the VCA & MCM.

The high-profile research leader was awarded the title of International Scholar by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK in 2012 and named one of the UK’s 50 most inspiring Higher Education teachers and researchers in 2006.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

UQ Veterinary School Equine Hospital

Are you considering studying veterinary science? The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus delivers excellence in agricultural, natural resource, and veterinary sciences. Just under a one hour drive west of Brisbane, the campus offers a unique blend of modern teaching facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories and historic buildings.

UQ Gatton operates commercial production units including dairy, poultry, piggery, beef herd, equine precinct and wildlife facilities, to support teaching, research and hands-on training. The programs offered in the areas of agribusiness, agriculture and horticulture, animal studies and environmental management, and veterinary science are internationally recognized as the best in Australia.

The University of Queensland’s Equine Hospital at the Gatton campus is a world-class veterinary hospital designed and built specifically for horses. The clinical staff of the hospital includes veterinary specialists in equine medicine, surgery and reproduction.

Facilities include orthopaedic, soft tissue and standing surgery theatres; advanced diagnostic equipment (digital radiography, computed tomography (CT), nuclear scintigraphy, echocardiography), high-speed treadmill, intensive care unit (including dedicated foal ICU) and dedicated isolation unit.

Services include orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery (including arthroscopy, laparsocopy and laser surgery); internal medicine diagnostic services (neurology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, cardiology, ophthalmology and respiratory medicine); dedicated anaesthesia service; 24-hour intensive care (adult and foal); diagnostic imaging (including radiology, ultrasound, CT and nuclear scintigraphy); and treadmill performance evaluations.

University of Queensland Veterinary School
Part of UQ Veterinary School facilities

UQ Veterinary School

Are you interested in veterinary science? The University of Queensland Bachelor of Veterinary Science program is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally.

The veterinary science program at UQ Veterinary School provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.

A UQ Speech Pathology student’s journey

OzTREKK student Mary Anne Barnes is currently in her second year at the UQ Speech Pathology School. We had the opportunity to speak with Mary Anne recently to catch up with her and to find out how much she is enjoying the Master of Speech Pathology Studies program and her time in Australia. What else can we say? We love sharing our students’ stories with you!

UQ Speech Pathology School
Mary Anne visits the roos
Why did you choose speech pathology?
I chose speech pathology because it is a fascinating field that provides opportunity to work with various populations and in a variety of work settings. There are so many interesting areas of focus within the profession it will be difficult to choose just one!

Why did you choose Australia/UQ?
I originally chose Australia for my schooling because I had heard from friends that it was a great place to study internationally—and naturally, the warm weather and beautiful beaches swayed me as well. I also thought it would be a great opportunity to travel and experience a different part of the world. UQ was my choice because academically, it is recognized around the world and I knew I’d get a great education there.

What do you like about your program? Dislike?
I absolutely love all of my classmates and professors. They are all so helpful, friendly, and brilliant! It’s so amazing to be part of a tight-knit class that supports each other and that learns together! My only dislike about the program is that some classes are taken with undergraduate students, but I understand they’ve changed the program for incoming master’s students to minimize the shared

(OzTREKK note: The UQ Speech Pathology School has also changed its intake from November to July. If you are interested in studying speech pathology at UQ, the application deadline for the July 2014 intake is Feb. 28, 2014. See below for details!)

Is there anything in Australia or at the University of Queensland that really surprised you?
I was really shocked at how accommodating the university was when trying to meet Canadian requirements. They go out of their way to make sure that all requirements are met and are so helpful every step of the way.

What is the course like? How would you describe a regular day?

The course is a lot of work but it is completely manageable. I work hard when needed but always allow some time for fun! A hard week of study is often rewarded with a day on the Gold Coast or a movie night with the girls. A typical day during a regular semester consists of getting up and having a good cup of coffee, studying a bit before biking to the uni for lecture, catching up and having a few laughs with my classmates, then heading home for an evening run with the roommates followed by dinner and a bit more study. Things I would recommend to future students:
  • Don’t deprive yourself of sleep!
  • Attend the lectures and get the most out of it.
  • If living in Brisbane, get a bike; it’s a great way to get around the city.
  • Don’t fall behind in coursework.
  • Enjoy your time here!
UQ Speech Pathology School
Visiting the Great Ocean Road
How was it to find accommodation? Do you have any tips for students?
I was incredibly fortunate to have found a great temporary stay for my first two weeks in Oz on the UQ rentals website. I was even more fortunate to have met my current roommates (both Canadian students studying physiotherapy at UQ) at the OzTREKK Orientation lunch. I would recommend making contact with other Canadians either already studying in Oz or who will be in your year.

What part of the pre-departure phase was the most difficult/stressful for you? Tips for students?
Finding accommodation and coming up with funding for the program were probably the most stressful; however, I would recommend using all the resources that OzTREKK offers and to not stress too much because it really does fall into place. I would recommend RBC’s student line of credit if a loan is needed.

I cannot really express how helpful OzTREKK (more specially Shannon) has been during the application process. Even now, OzTREKK will still answer questions I have and will do so in a timely and friendly manner. I can say with confidence that I could not have achieved all that I have without the unwavering support from OzTREKK. Thank you!

The UQ Master of Speech Pathology Studies program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech pathology across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next Semester intake: July 2014
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 28, 2014

Melbourne Oral Health Training and Education Centre

The Melbourne Oral Health Training and Education Centre (MOHTEC) comprises a 51-chair specialist-focused, private-patient Melbourne Dental Clinic and a 50-seat preclinical simulation laboratory. The centre enables an essential expansion of the Melbourne Dental School and the transformation of current dental education through a vertically integrated, clinically oriented suite of programs.

Melbourne Dental School
Study dentistry at the Melbourne Dental School

Enhanced Teaching and Learning

MOHTEC gives more students more hours of higher-quality clinical experience, both through high-fidelity clinical simulation and direct patient-contact in a working clinic delivering general and specialist treatments. Under the Melbourne Model, aspiring dentists will gain foundational scientific and biomedical knowledge at an undergraduate level and then enter a the graduate professional-entry Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) with an advanced clinical training focus. Once qualified, dentists can earn specialist qualifications through the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. They will be trained alongside future dental hygienists and therapists studying the Bachelor of Oral Health.

Infrastructure and Operations

The preclinical simulation laboratory component of MOHTEC has been incorporated into the Melbourne Dental School with 50 sophisticated workstations, integrated with computer-aided learning suites that include simulated patient dummies. This enables students to develop high-level practical skills by offering a full simulation of the clinical environment.

After extensive learning in the preclinical simulation laboratory, students will gain wide-ranging patient contact clinical experience in the new Melbourne Dental Clinic. The clinic will be managed and operated as a private commercial entity. It will feature 51 dental chairs comprising 10 general, 4 multipurpose and 37 specialist chairs. The specialist chairs are split between four specialties: orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

McMaster and Sydney team up to reveal the cause of the plague

Modern science has solved a historical cold case by revealing that two of the world’s most devastating plagues, the Black Death and Plague of Justinian—each responsible for killing as many as half the people then in Europe—were caused by distinct versions of the same pathogen, Yersinia pestis.

University of Sydney
Study science at the University of Sydney

The research, by an international collaboration of scientists including the University of Sydney, used miniscule DNA fragments from the 1500-year-old teeth of two victims of the Justinian plague, and produced the oldest pathogen genomes ever obtained.

The findings suggest new plagues could emerge in humans in the future.

“We discovered that the bacterium responsible for the Plague of Justinian, which jumped from rats to humans and killed many millions of people in the sixth century, faded out on its own,” said Professor Edward Holmes, from the University of Sydney's School of Biological Sciences and co-lead author of the study published recently in Lancet Infectious Disease. The findings not only give a new historical perspective, but could also lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of modern infectious disease.

The findings are dramatic because little has been known about the origins or cause of the enigmatic Justinian Plague, which helped bring an end to the Roman Empire, killing virtually half the world’s population as it spread across Asia, North Africa, Arabia and Europe.

The samples came from ancient plague victims buried in a small cemetery in the German town of Aschheim, who are believed to have died in the final stages of the epidemic when it reached southern Bavaria sometime between 541 and 543.

For this study, scientists reconstructed the oldest pathogen genome ever obtained and compared it to a database of Yersinia pestis genomes of more than a hundred contemporary strains.

They found that the Justinian outbreak was an evolutionary “dead end” and distinct from strains involved in the Black Death and other plague pandemics. A third pandemic, likely to be a descendant of the Black Death strain, started in Yunnan in China in 1855 and spread globally, killing more than 12 million people in China and India alone.

Dave Wagner, an associate professor in the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University said, “We know the bacterium Y. pestis has jumped from rodents into humans throughout history, and rodent reservoirs of plague still exist today in many parts of the world. Fortunately we now have antibiotics that could be used to effectively treat plague, which lessens the chances of another large-scale human pandemic.”

Two unanswered questions remain: why was the Justinian Plague so remarkably virulent and what caused it to die out?

“This study raises intriguing questions about why a pathogen that was both so successful and so deadly died out. One testable possibility is that human populations evolved to become less susceptible,” said Professor Holmes.

Hendrik Poinar, associate professor and director of the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre and an investigator with the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, is co-lead author of the research.

The research was funded by in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Research Chairs Program, US Department of Homeland Security, US National Institutes of Health, and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

UQ medical students embrace global opportunities

With having their entire medical education based in one location have long gone and the past five years have shown a huge growth in students wanting to study overseas for clinical training.

UQ Medical School
University of Queensland School of Medicine, Herston

To facilitate such demands the UQ Medical School has implemented measures to help aid student mobility, resulting in nearly 80% of students completing at least one clinical placement overseas during their medical degree.

Between 2009 and 2012, students collectively visited more 102 countries for clinical training. With the introduction of optional electives (clinical training during the Christmas holiday period) this year, the medical program now offers students the flexibility to complete an international clinical placement in every year of the curriculum.

Students partake in a variety of clinical placements, from 4-week elective study tours (exposed to multiple disciplines) to 8-week core rotations.

UQ Medical School’s International Partnership & Global Development Manager Mrs Elise Moore said she is excited to see the number of international clinical placements grow, explaining that it demonstrates the eagerness of the students to gain a global perspective of medicine.

In return for the 531 UQ medical students who completed a placement overseas in 2012, the medical school hosted 145 international students from 22 countries.

To help foster some of these placements overseas, the school’s International Team has worked diligently to develop close relationships with targeted institutes in North America, Europe and Asia. Some of these partners include Queen’s University (Canada), Eberhard Karles Universität Tübingen (Germany) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), of which, some have provided scholarship funding to facilitate UQ medical students undertaking placements with them.

In addition to university partnerships, UQ Medical School has united with charitable organizations like Operation Smile, where students participate in their missions to provide free surgeries to repair cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities for children in developing countries.

*This article was originally published in UQMedicine in December 2013.

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School application deadline is one month away!

Applications for the July 2014 intake of the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy program are open!


Macquarie University Physiotherapy School
Study physio at Macquarie University (Photo credit: Corey L Butler)
But applications will close Friday, February 28, 2014 Australia time, so please have your applications submitted to the OzTREKK office before Thursday, February 27, 2014 to ensure your application is submitted to Macquarie University Physiotherapy School on time.

Applicants are reminded to submit a list of completed prerequisite and desired units and their descriptors using the Doctor of Physiotherapy Supplementary Information Form. Contact OzTREKK Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson if you have any questions regarding this form!

About Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy Program

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie is an extended master’s level, professional-entry degree and will produce physiotherapists with advanced clinical decision-making abilities to practice person-centred health care in contemporary health-care environments. Students will learn the skills of the physiotherapist based on the best available evidence to effectively assess, diagnose, treat and educate people across all ages with disorders of movement resulting from a range of conditions. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills as well as business, management and leadership training and will be ready to launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist across a broad range of health-care setting.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

University of Newcastle Law on the Beach

Want to study law and go to the beach? Great news!

Young people needing legal advice are encouraged to tap into expertise of the University of Newcastle's Legal Centre when it slips out of the office and hits the sand for its annual Law on the Beach free community legal advice service.

University of Newcastle Law School
Law on the Beach? Yes, please!

Now in its 11th year, Law on the Beach brings University of Newcastle Law School students and lawyers to the community at Newcastle Beach each Wednesday for five weeks over the Australian summer. The program started this year on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Hundreds of Novacastrians (someone from Newcastle) benefit each year from the clinic’s free legal advice. At the same time, fourth-year law students gain practical experience toward their degree.

Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, Shaun McCarthy, said all members of the community were welcome to visit the legal clinic for free advice, but this year the centre was focusing on the younger members of the Newcastle community.

“Often young people do not have the life experience or resources to stand up for themselves in a matter involving the law. We aim to change that by providing a casual setting to have that legal conversation,” he said.

All questions and cases are welcome by the legal clinic team, from traffic fines to employment discrimination and everything in between.

The Law on the Beach clinic will run on Wednesdays from January 22 to February 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Club Room at Newcastle Beach. The clinics run on a drop-in basis, so no appointment is necessary.

University of Newcastle Law School

The University of Newcastle Law School is now offering a Juris Doctor (JD) degree!
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. OzTREKK recommends that students apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements
Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution; or other post-secondary qualification from a recognized institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to be equivalent. Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the University of Newcastle.

Monash Central Clinical School research team recognized

A Monash University Central Clinical School research team led by Professor Fabienne Mackay has been recognized by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as one of its “Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013″ from among the thousands of NHMRC funded medical research projects underway in Australia.

Monash University Medical School School
Study medicine at Monash University

This annual selection of outstanding biomedical research “highlights outstanding dedication in the pursuit of an idea, innovation in seeking to expand the boundaries of knowledge and discovery, and novel ways for tackling ill health.”

Professor Fabienne Mackay and her team have been recognized by the NHMRC for their work toward understanding the complexities of the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

In autoimmune diseases, the immune system produces antibodies that instead of protecting the body against infection, can actually turn against our body’s own healthy cells.  For some people with SLE, these rogue antibodies attack their kidneys, lungs, heart, blood vessels, and even the brain.

Our immune system has a built-in quality control process, allowing good immune cells to be retained while discarding defective immune cells. This constant regulation helps prevent autoimmune disease; however, it is not a perfect system and some potentially defective or harmful immune cells can populate our immune system.

The work of the Monash University team led by Fabienne Mackay into improving understanding the quality control process of B lymphocyte cells has been important in guiding the development of exciting new treatments.

JCU’s Master of Public Health (Aeromedical Retrieval)

Are you looking for an interesting career? Tired of the usual butcher, baker, candlestick maker? How about aeromedical retrieval?

JCU Public Health School
Study aeromedical retrieval at JCU

Aeromedical retrieval is concerned primarily with the transport of patients via a properly managed aeromedical evacuation system. It provides students with an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the successful management of aeromedical retrieval in the Australian and global context. This degree is particularly relevant to emergency physicians, ship’s doctors, flight nurses and paramedics.

The beauty of the Master of Public Health at James Cook University is that it enables health professionals to gain postgraduate qualifications in the public health sector and is designed to serve the needs of health professionals in rural and remote areas, particularly in the tropics. Among the majors is areomedical retrieval.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Health, graduates will be able to
  • critically assess, analyze and communicate public health information relevant to tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities;
  • devise appropriate strategies to detect, prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases ensuring safe and healthy environments for tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities;
  • critically reflect upon the socioecological nature of health promotion and its application in optimizing the health and well-being of tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities;
  • apply advanced human, project and organizational management skills within a public health and policy context which lead to efficient and equitable gains in public health; and
  • critically reflect upon and engage in professional public health practice based on ethical decision-making using an evidence-based approach.
  • upon successful completion of the course, graduates will apply knowledge of research principles and methods to design, evaluate, analyze and implement contemporary public health practice or scholarship.
Graduates with an Aeromedical Retrieval major will also be able to
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the epidemiology, history, physiological effects, and management of patients undergoing aeromedical retrieval in a range of aircraft and settings including the impact of ethical, cultural, legal and financial issues.

Melbourne medical researchers say Indigenous groups more vulnerable to flu

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered that some Indigenous groups will be more susceptible to the effects of the new strain of influenza (H7N9) currently found in China.

University of Melbourne
Study science at the University of Melbourne
Research indicated that some Indigenous people such as in Alaska and Australia displayed limited immunity response to the effects of influenza.

Published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, senior author Associate Professor Katherine Kedzierska from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology said that some groups have a specific genetic make-up that prevents them from fighting off influenza.

“The findings suggested that there may be ethnic differences in the ability to mount an immune response to the H7N9 virus,” said Associate Professor Kedzierska.

“Due to genetic differences in a protein complex involved in cell-mediated immune responses, people may vary in their ability to mount this kind of immune response against the H7N9 influenza virus that emerged unexpectedly in February 2013.”

The new influenza virus called H7N9 which originated in birds and caused an outbreak in China in March 2013, infected more than 140 people.  The flu strain resulted in a very high mortality rate of 30 per cent due to severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Professor Peter Doherty, AC, Laureate Professor and a lead author of the study from the University of Melbourne said the study shed light on what had happened during the catastrophic 1918-1919 influenza pandemic during which high adult mortalities (up to 100%) were reported in some isolated Alaskan villages.

“There are some populations that are at high risk from influenza disease,” Professor Doherty said.

“Similarly, as many as 10-20 per cent of Indigenous Australians died of influenza in 1919, compared to <1% mortality rate in non-Indigenous Australians. Hospitalization and morbidity rates were also higher for Indigenous Australians, ” he said.

“This was also the case during the recent 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza, with 16 per cent of hospitalized Australians being Indigenous.”

“The genetic susceptibility of Indigenous Australian and Alaskans would have resulted from isolation of indigenous populations from the viruses like influenza. The indigenous populations were not subjected to evolutionary pressures caused by the viruses over the centuries.” said Associate Professor Kedzierska.

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology comprises more than 120 academic staff, including 15 full professors, 80 graduate students and around 22 research groups that are actively involved in microbiology and immunology research and teaching.

The department prides itself on excellence in teaching offering state-of-the-art training in microbiology and immunology led by teaching specialists and teaching-research academics. The department promotes research-led teaching in infection and immunity and provides superb training facilities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Don’t forget to come to the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair!

Heads up, OzTREKKers! The annual Study in Australia Fairs kick off in Toronto on Saturday, February 1, 2014, and will visit Canadian campuses across Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give you the most information possible! Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event!

Find out how you can study in Australia!

University of Toronto

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014 Time: 2 – 5 p.m. Location: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto – 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, Ontario

Western University

Date: Monday, February 3, 2014 Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Atrium, University Community Centre (UCC), University of Western Ontario (UWO)

Wilfrid Laurier University

Date: Monday, February 3, 2014 Time: 5 – 7 p.m. Location: Concourse, Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University

University of Waterloo

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Food Court, Student Life Centre (SLC), University of Waterloo

McMaster University

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Time: 4 – 6 p.m. Location: Room 206/207, McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC), McMaster University

University of Calgary

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Food Court, McEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary

Simon Fraser University

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Academic Quad (AQ), South Concourse, Simon Fraser University

University of British Columbia

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 Time: 4 – 6 p.m. Location: Concourse, Student Union Building (SUB), University of British Columbia

This is the best opportunity for you to meet with faculty staff from the following Australian universities :
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland

    Australian university staff members will be at each event to provide interested students and parents with information about their study opportunities in Australia. Speak to faculty staff directly about your area of interest and learn about your program options, entry requirements, admissions statistics, scholarships & student loan options, accreditation, and much more!

    We look forward to meeting you!

    A Dave in the life of Monash

    A Dave in the life of Monash


    It started as a simple search through campus for a missing Blu-ray. But along the way, Sam discovered far more about all the brilliant cultural, social and academic rewards of Monash University than he could possibly have expected.

    If you’re headed to Monash University for semester 1, 2014, check out this fun video!

    At Monash, the desire to make a difference informs everything they do, but they strive to go beyond good intentions. The university aims to make an impact, both locally and internationally. Monash is are a global university with a presence on four continents, and their plans for the future are ambitious.
    Popular programs at Monash University:
    • medicine
    • pharmacy
    • nursing
    • law
    • public health
    • business
    • engineering
    • information technology
    • science
    • teacher education

    UQ researchers discover hope for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers

    An international study that has identified new genetic regions involved in rheumatoid arthritis has shed light on existing medicines that could be effective in treating the disease.

    Australian research opportunities
    Study at the University of Queensland

    Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, worked with other groups from around the world to identify 42 new genetic regions involved in the disease, bringing the total known to be involved to 101.

    University of Queensland Diamantina Institute Director Professor Matt Brown said rheumatoid arthritis was a painful, debilitating condition caused by immune system dysfunction.

    “It affects about one in one hundred Australians and is more common in women than men,” he said. It is believed that 65 per cent of the risk is genetic.

    The research was the largest such genetic study in the world and the first in Han Chinese.

    Professor Brown said the groundbreaking study revealed previously hidden genetic links between different types of rheumatoid arthritis.

    “This research, involving several thousand Chinese rheumatoid arthritis patients, identified a set of previously unknown genetic contributors to rheumatoid arthritis in that population and revealed substantial genetic overlap with European patients,” Professor Brown said.

    “This demonstrates that rheumatoid arthritis in Europeans and Chinese is very similar genetically.
    “We could extrapolate that treatments developed in one population will very likely work in the other, and the causes of the disease must be similar in both.”

    The study, to be published in Nature and in Arthritis and Rheumatism, has nearly doubled the number of regions of the genome associated with the disease.

    Professor Brown, Professor Peter Visscher from the Queensland Brain Institute and the UQ Diamantina Institute and Dr Jian Yang (QBI) collaborated with a large team in Shanghai led by Professor Huji Xu.

    The project was funded by the Second Military Medical University and Professor Brown’s Queensland Premier Science Fellowship awarded this year.

    The researchers identified several genes that are already targets of approved treatments for other diseases, including cancer treatments. These drugs could now potentially be repurposed for rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

    The disease is prevalent in European and Asian populations, but previous research suggested genetic differences between European and Asian rheumatoid arthritis.

    The study found that two-thirds of the risk loci play roles in other human conditions, including immune-related diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The researchers identified 98 genes as the most likely culprits in rheumatoid arthritis development, showing that existing rheumatoid arthritis drugs only target 30 of those genes, meaning a large number of potential new drug targets can now be investigated.

    “This exciting discovery highlights the power of modern genetics to make a difference in serious diseases like rheumatoid arthritis,” Professor Brown said.

    “Most therapies target known rheumatoid arthritis genes but this these genetic findings are likely to be very informative for new therapy development.”

    The research was supported by the Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Melbourne Law School promoting justice through legal education

    Few law students have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our society while still at university. But a group of Melbourne JD students has moved beyond classrooms and casebooks to facilitate justice for members of the community experiencing financial and social disadvantage.

    Melbourne Law School
    Study law at the University of Melbourne Law School

    The JD students have been supporting Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) by working with clients on the Special Circumstances List. They have been assisting in the delivery of legal services as part of the new subject, Public Interest Law in Practice. The program is the result of Melbourne Law School’s commitment to providing students with experience in public interest law environments where they can develop skills through practical application of legal knowledge. This new range of clinical legal experiences adds to the law school’s well-established program of internships.

    “I found it both enjoyable and challenging to deal with real clients at Victoria Legal Aid,” says Melbourne JD student Fiona Hopkins. “I learned to communicate without legal jargon, in plain English, and to explain ideas without the vernacular I’ve been exposed to over the last three years.”

    Under the supervision of VLA lawyers, the students took instructions from clients with special circumstances facing infringement matters, prepared cases and represented their clients in court.

    Appearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court confirmed third-year student John Alizzi’s interest in both public interest law and advocacy and gave him a new perspective on the law in practice.

    “There is a need to be flexible, to address the concerns of the judge as they arise rather than giving a comprehensive presentation. It was the law as a practical conversation with the court, clients and colleagues,” says John.

    Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative Jo Kerr says that students can provide a valuable community service through organizations in the legal assistance sector, while at the same time extending their learning.

    “One of the challenges of a duty lawyer is appearing with less than perfect instructions. For students, this was a lesson in the imperfect nature of evidence. Something that students often don’t fully understand in the classroom is that most law is conducted around uncertainty.”

    Third-year Melbourne JD student Sasha Ponniah says that meeting a wide range of clients also gave her an understanding of the impact of the legal system on the lives of those most marginalized. “That was probably the highlight of the experience for me because it was just so confronting. You see people on the street suffering from mental illness or homelessness but you don’t understand much about it until you speak to them and find out their story,” says Sasha.

    “Doing this program made me remember why I really wanted to do law in the first place. Nothing beats having that human aspect to the law, and you can forget that while you are at law school. You can get caught up in reading case books and legislation and forget the people behind the issues.”

    For all the students, this placement has given them a greater understanding of the realities of professional life. “It was very revealing in a way as you got to see how under-resourced and underfunded the community legal sector really is but, at the same time, just how passionate and dedicated the lawyers working in that field are,” says Sasha.

    Fiona agrees: “While I felt challenged during my experience at VLA, it was incredibly rewarding, and one of my favourite experiences at law school.”

    “I went into this subject wanting to get exposure to a real legal career. I knew that I wanted to help people in some way, and my placement at VLA has encouraged me to continue down this path,” says Fiona.

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    OzTREKK Funny Friday

    What is a good name for an eye doctor?
    Melbourne Optometry School
    Study optometry at the University of Melbourne

    How come optometry students are so dumb compared to med school students?
    Because they only ever get C’s on their tests.

    How come eye doctors are so smart?
    Because they were good pupils.

    What did the myopic eye say to the nose?
    “I’m watching you!”

    What did the GP say to the eyeball at a party?
    “I’ll contact you later.”

    What is an eye doctor’s favorite type of makeup?

    University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD)

    The Doctor of Optometry (OD) is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

    Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
    Location: Melbourne, Victoria
    Semester intake: Late February or early March
    Duration: 4 years

    Happy Australia Day to our Aussie friends

    January 26 marks the national holiday, Australia Day. Yep, pretty much the same as Canada Day—but Australian. Instead of our red and white, they use green and gold.

    Australian universities in Australia
    Happy Australia Day, mate!

    The date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.

    The holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. As we noted in our previous blog, JCU professor honoured with Australia Day Ambassador role, they also appoint ambassadors for Australia day. Ambassadors are high-achieving, inspirational Australians from diverse fields and backgrounds, who travel throughout the state to attend local council celebrations on Australia Day.

    Included in the celebrations held across the country  are community and family events, Australian history commemorations, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community. Think concerts, a flag raising ceremonies, and Aussie barbecues.

    OzTREKK wishes all of our Australian universities a very

    Happy Australia Day!

    • Bond University
    • James Cook University
    • Macquarie University
    • Monash University
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of Newcastle
    • University of Queensland
    • University of Sydney

    Pharmacy vs pharmaceutical sciences – Monash outlines the difference

    If you’ve just started considering pharmacy as a profession, sometimes the degree titles can get confusing!

    Monash University Pharmacy School
    Study at Monash University
    Here, Monash University breaks down the difference between studying pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

    Did you know that Monash University Pharmacy School is ranked #7 in the world*?


    Pharmacists are directly concerned with people’s health and well-being. As members of a healthcare team, they provide advice on the safe and effective use of medicine. They’re actively involved in patient care in hospitals and the community. As medicine experts, they can also work in government, industry, research and clinical-trial roles.

    If you are interested in science and healthcare, and enjoy communicating with people, then the Bachelor of Pharmacy is for you. It’s the degree you need to be a pharmacist.

    Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Pharmaceutical scientists are experts in the chemistry, biology and biotechnology required to design and develop medicines. They play a key role in improving human health and well-being by researching and developing reliable, accessible and effective treatments.

    They understand the impact of medicines on the body and diseases. They’re also experts in bringing safe and effective products to market.

    If you enjoy solving problems, love chemistry or biology, and want to improve human health, then a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science could be your calling. It equips you to work in the pharmaceutical science and biomedical fields.

    JCU professor honoured with Australia Day Ambassador role

    James Cook University’s Professor Peter Leggat AM has been named as a 2014 Australia Day Ambassador for Queensland.

    JCU Medical School
    Study medicine at James Cook University

    He is among 47 Queenslanders in the Ambassadors Program, who help to capture the spirit of Australia Day by encouraging communities across Queensland to come together and celebrate Australia’s national day, Jan. 26.

    Ambassadors are high-achieving, inspirational Queenslanders from diverse fields and backgrounds, and travel throughout the state to attend local council celebrations on Australia Day.

    Professor Leggat, who is based in Townsville, is Head of JCU’s School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences.

    This weekend, Professor Leggat will travel to Richmond Shire in Western Queensland—a centre for sheep and cattle farming, but also growing in popularity for tourism as part of the Australia’s acclaimed Dinosaur Trail.

    “I was surprised to be asked to be an Ambassador, but did not hesitate to agree,” Professor Leggat said.

    “I am looking forward to joining the people of Richmond to celebrate our national day and also to thank them for their contribution to JCU, especially through health placements and workforce development.”

    Professor Leggat will spend the Australia Day weekend in Richmond and will be hosted by the Richmond Shire Council.

    Professor Leggat said he was initially approached by the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the Queensland Government to participate and they matched him with his host council.

    The Australia Day Ambassador Program is now in its 10th year.

    Professor Leggat is a highly respected medical educator, who has been teaching medical and other health science students for nearly 30 years.

    He helped to establish the popular Australian Postgraduate Travel Medicine course, which has been conducted at James Cook University for more than 20 years, and more recently started JCU’s inaugural expedition and wilderness medicine course.

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    The dentistry gender gap

    Calling all ladies!

    Australian Dental Schools in Australia
    Who will be working beside this chair?
    Did you know that while the number of female dentists in Australia is increasing every year, the latest statistics show a significant gap still exists between the numbers of men and women regarding who occupies the highest roles?

    Statistics show that only a third of dentists in Australia are female, compared to a whopping 95 per cent of dental hygienists. Figures from the medical profession are similar, with females comprising 36 per cent of doctors and 99 per cent of midwives.

    It’s clear that a gender gap across many industries exists and many areas of healthcare are still dominated by males.

    Perhaps the gender gap seen in healthcare reflects attitudes in wider society? Is it a case of “women just aren’t as good at math or sciences as men”? Or is it because women’s and men’s interests vary?

    Whatever the case, OzTREKK sees dozens of young women applying to Australian Dental Schools and Australian Medical Schools. For the 2014 intake, half the cohort OzTREKK sent was female!

    The trend is changing. Are you a part of the trend? What are your interests? How can you make a difference?

    Just a little something for you to sink your teeth into.

    UQ offers top 10 tips for successful networking

    Developing professional contacts can be a key component to gaining valuable opportunities for your future. Whether you are attending a networking function or an information evening, establishing a network of supportive peers can help you make the most of your potential. The University of Queensland’s BEL Employment Services offers their top 10 tips for guaranteed networking success:

    UQ Business School
    Study business at the University of Queensland

    1. At a networking event, first and foremost, try to relax. Think of it as a chance to make new friends, so try to smile and be yourself and people should be drawn to you accordingly.

    2. If you see someone standing alone, go up and introduce yourself. Many others will feel just as nervous as you do so a welcoming smile and “Hello” will not go astray.

    3. Ask yourself what you would like to get out of the networking meeting. Remember to be open-minded and take a long-term view. Some meetings are based more on learning or gaining inspiration rather than on career opportunities and openings alone. Remember it is better to make 3 good contacts than 20 rushed ones.

    4. Develop a 10- to 20-second elevator pitch. This is essentially a short summary of who you are and what you do that should be able to be delivered within the time span of an elevator ride. Be able to describe who you are professionally and the benefits you might bring. Intend for this to be captive and value-adding, with the hope to attract interest for the conversation to continue or further dealings.

    5. Remember that networking is not supposed to be aggressive. Just as you can’t stand an overbearing sales person nagging at you, be wary that you aren’t bombarding others. A pushy attitude may drive networkers away for good.

    6. Ask questions. This is your chance to learn as much as you can so take advantage of the opportunity—you will only get out what you put in. Have some questions ready to ask. For instance, What do you see as the main issues for your industry right now? What would you tell someone thinking of entering this profession?

    7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to participate in the conversation and make sure that you are alert throughout their responses. Act as a sponge and attempt to soak in everything that is being said. You will be thankful later when you try to recall what you have learned!

    8. Vary the networking events you attend. This way you are able to mingle with a wide spectrum of individuals and gain knowledge from various sectors and professions.

    9. Follow-up is the key. If you say that you’ll call or be in touch in any way, make it your priority to do so promptly.

    10. Ensure that your online profile is always up to date. Recruiters often use social media mediums to probe potential candidates, and even check out your skills and experience.

    The University of Queensland’s BEL Employment Services offer a range of services and resources, exclusive to Business, Economics, Law and Tourism students at UQ.

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law is comprised of four schools: the UQ Business School, the School of Economics, the TC Beirne School of Law and the School of Tourism. All four schools offer world-class teaching, learning and research opportunities, and are recognized as leading their respective fields not only in the region but also internationally.

    UQ Business School has been recognized by the nation’s most influential rankings as a leading provider of quality business education. UQ Business School's MBA has earned the top rating—five stars—from the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA), every year for the last five years.

    Sydney Medical School announces new head of School of Rural Health

    Sydney Medical School recently announced the appointment of Associate Professor Mark Arnold as the Associate Dean and Head of the School of Rural Health.

    Sydney Medical School
    Study medicine at the University of Sydney

    Associate Professor Arnold will be responsible for the effective development and management of the School of Rural Health in Dubbo and Orange. The role encompasses the strategic implementation of teaching and research, as well as developing the profile of the school. Associate Professor Arnold will be based at the School of Rural Health’s campus in Dubbo.

    Associate Professor Arnold is a rheumatologist and had worked at the Northern Clinical School and Royal North Shore Hospital since 1990. He has a Master of Bioethics from the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) and has worked on the University of Sydney’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), North Shore Private Clinical Ethics Committee and the Expert review for the Healthcare Complaints Commission. Associate Professor Arnold has had a long attachment to medicine in rural and regional Australia through previous roles as a rural consultant.

    About the School of Rural Health
    The School of Rural Health (SRH), with campuses in both Dubbo and Orange, provides a supportive and cooperative educational environment, exceptional teaching facilities and close affordable accommodation. A network of relationships, including public and private hospitals, GP practices and private specialist practices, combine to give students excellent patient and doctor access, across a breadth of patient scenarios, all within a small accessible team of medical professionals and administration staff.

    The school also provides an academic focus for clinicians, teachers and researchers who wish to become part of the university presence in a rural environment. Funding comes from the Rural Clinical Training and Support Program of the Commonwealth Department of Health.

    UQ Master of Teaching new for 2014

    The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a teacher preparation program specifically designed for people with an undergraduate degree to qualify as a primary school teacher in 1 ½ years of full-time study. The program is ideal for those looking for a career change or who wish to follow their passion of teaching.

    University of Queensland Teachers College
    Study teacher education at UQ

    The MTeach program is equivalent to two years of full-time study and at the University of Queensland Teachers College, courses are offered over 18 months, incorporating a summer semester.

    One of the notable features of this program is a professional experience placement in the first semester of one day per week for 10 weeks. This placement is supported by professional experience classes, which will provide opportunity for reflection upon school-based experiences to inform future practice. The second and third professional experience courses include block placements of 4 weeks’ and 6 weeks’ duration respectively. The professional experience has been designed to be developmental in nature and to provide opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role as a beginning teacher.

    The distinctive program is the first of its kind in Queensland to meet new national teaching standards as outlined by the Federal Government, so graduates will be job-ready to implement the new national teaching curriculum. Courses have been carefully designed to ensure graduates comply with the Australian professional standards for teachers.

    The program consists of periods of on-campus lectures, tutorials and workshops, alternated with blocks of professional placements in schools. Strong emphasis is placed on classroom practice with placements designed to provide the opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role as a beginning teacher. All placements are supported by an expert team of university facilitators, whose role is to liaise, visit, observe practice, and support both the pre-service teachers and the school-based mentors and staff.

    Students will gain the benefits of being taught by national and international award-wining lecturers and will be thoroughly prepared for a career in the education sector through access to the latest innovations in teaching research taking place within the UQ School of Education.

    The Master of Teaching (Primary) program prepares students for employment as primary school teachers (years 1 – 7). It provides the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the current knowledge and skills gained in the first degree. Students will be qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum:
    • Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts)
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • History / Geography / Civics
    • Health and Physical Education
    • Technology

    Entry Requirements for the Master of Teaching (Primary)

    • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university; and
    • have achieved a 65 percent average or above.

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    University of Newcastle Public Health studies effects second-hand smoke

    A study of cigarette smoke exposure in multi-unit housing by HMRI Public Health researcher Associate Professor Billie Bonevski has been instrumental in achieving proposed NSW Strata by-law reforms banning smoking in common areas.

    University of Newcastle Public Health School
    Study public health at the University of Newcastle

    In a paper published in the international journal Preventive Medicine, Associate Professor Bonevski, from the University of Newcastle, drew extensive data from almost 161,000 participants in the NSW-wide “45 and Up” study.

    Among this group, more than 12,000 people, including 8,000 non-smokers, were routinely exposed to smoke in their homes for eight hours or more per week—more than 7,000 were exposed for at least eight hours per day.

    Multi-unit dwellers were 19 per cent more likely to be exposed than those living in houses, with women more likely to be exposed than men because they tend to spend more time at home.

    Associate Professor Bonevski said the study resulted from an approach by the former ASH Australia health group seeking reliable data on second-hand smoke exposure.

    “I was surprised by the number of people reporting exposure to second-hand smoke in their homes and workplaces because we tend to think of Australia as a mostly non-smoking society with a lot of existing restrictions on smoking in public places,” she said.

    “It wasn’t surprising, however, that we found exposure was highest among those living in postcode areas classified as lower socio-economic status. In Australia the general population smoking rate is fifteen to eighteen per cent whereas among low-income earners, the unemployed and those with mental illness, for example, rates are fifty per cent and as high as ninety per cent.

    “A lot of government-subsidized buildings are occupied by those from socially disadvantaged groups so the non-smoking residents are really at high risk of being exposed to toxic, carcinogenic nicotine drift.”

    University of Newcastle Public Health School’s Associate Professor Bonevski said that previous international research had tracked how nicotine travels through buildings via elevator shafts, stairwells, air-conditioning systems and even under balcony doors.

    Living in a smoky environment tended to increase take-up rates and make it harder for people to quit. Approximately 10,000 participants in the study had children residing with them in the unit.

    “It’s the best feeling, as a researcher, to see the NSW Government respond,” Associate Professor Bonevski said. “The data is good, solid, conclusive evidence that second-hand smoking is a problem, and for those results to be taken up by policy makers is the reason we do what we do.”

    The NSW Government is expected to introduce the by-laws in mid-2014.

    Sydney Law School launches new program with Cambridge

    The  Sydney Law School has entered into a pathways agreement with the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. The agreement will allow high achieving Sydney students to be offered early admission into the Master of Laws or the Masters degree in Corporate Law at Cambridge.

    Sydney Law School
    Study law at the University of Sydney

    Instead of completing the final semester of law at the University of Sydney, students will commence either the LLM or the MCL. At the successful completion students will be awarded the Sydney LLB or the Sydney JD. The time to complete the program will be three and half years instead of the normal four years.

    The  Sydney Law School will be the first Australian law school to enter into a pathway agreement, joining Harvard Law School as the only other law school to offer this program with Cambridge.

    Dean of the  Sydney Law School Professor Joellen Riley said the she was delighted to form this new partnership with one of the world’s great law schools: “We are providing opportunities for our students to study law in a globalized legal world. This new partnership with Cambridge builds on our existing agreement with Oxford Law, our exclusive exchange programs and our offshore programs.”