Friday, February 28, 2014

OzTREKK Funny Friday

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

Australian Law Schools in Australia
Think lawyer jokes are funny?

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

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

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

About Law Programs in Australia

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is an undergraduate law degree. It is designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Australian students, like those from virtually all other Commonwealth countries except Canada, can enter the LLB program directly from high school. This is modelled on the system in the U.K. Some Australian Law Schools also offer graduate-entry LLB degrees for those who have already completed a bachelor degree.

Both the Juris Doctor (JD) and the postgraduate Bachelor of Laws are graduate law degrees. They are designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession. Students must have completed an undergraduate degree to be eligible for entry into either one of these programs.


Bond University celebrates International Week

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

Bond University
Study at Bond University

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 4:  Lawyers Networking event

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

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

Friday, March 7: Friday by the Water; Chinese Student Association presents China Town; International Week presents The Gala Student Ball

Bond International Week is organized by the International Student Committee. For more information on the events above and I-Week in general, visit the Bond International Week Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BondInternationalWeek.

About Bond University

The vision of Bond University is to be Australian in character yet international in perspective.
Bond University defines internationalization throughout policy and practice as ensuring that
  • international students have a quality university experience;
  • all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
  • the university provides leadership for global relations.
In this global context, many Canadians decide to study at Bond University Law School, as Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.



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

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

UQ Medical School
Study medical research at the University of Queensland

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

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

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

Participants also showed improvements in mental health, strength and flexibility, sleeping patterns, immunity, pain reduction and quality of life.

“The SMILE Wellness program may be the first exercise program to scientifically demonstrate the significant effects of exercise alone on the management of diabetes, weight and waist circumference, depression and stress,” the UQ Medical School researcher said.

The program may be most beneficial for those who are unable or unwilling to participate in conventional types of physical activity, such as strength training or gym-based exercises.”

The study was funded by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust and findings have been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The SMILE Wellness program is now being offered to the public to benefit the community.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Monash Law School academic offers a different perspective on torture

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

Monash University Law School
Study at Monash University

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

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

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

“This often prioritizes the experiences of men over those of women, given that the pain and suffering from which women disproportionately suffer occurs in situations outside of the context of these standard definitions, such as in circumstances of intimate partner violence for example.”

“My book focuses on restrictions on reproductive freedom within the framework of the right to be free from torture.”

Dr Sifris is an Associate of the Monash University Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She received her LLB from Monash University where she was awarded the Supreme Court Prize for graduating first in her class and was the editor of the Monash University Law Review. She completed an LLM in International Legal Studies as a Hauser Scholar at NYU School of Law and a PhD at Monash.

Prior to commencing her PhD she worked as a consultant with the International Centre for Transitional Justice in New York. She is admitted to practice in both Melbourne and New York.

About Monash Law School

The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Starting semesters for the Monash University JD program:
  • May 2014
  • August 2014
  • January 2015

Upcoming Sydney Medical School info sessions in Canada

Would you like to find out more about Sydney Medical School but don’t want to book a flight to Oz just yet? If you’ve said yes, we have great news!

 

University of Sydney Medical School
Part of the 2013 Sydney Med School Info Session

The Sydney Medical School Dean of Medicine Professor Bruce Gregory Robinson will be presenting three information sessions in Canada this March for anyone interested in studying medicine at the Sydney Medical School.

When? March 10 – 12, 2014

This is your opportunity to learn more about the Sydney Medical School:
  • Admissions requirements
  • Program structure
  • Application deadlines
  • Clinical rotations
  • Medical licensing
  • Accreditation
  • What happens when you return to Canada after completing the medical program at the University of Sydney
After the medical school information sessions, Sydney Medical School alumni and future University of Sydney students are invited to stay for a casual Sydney Medical School Alumni Get-together. This is a great way for Sydney med graduates to catch up with friends and colleagues and for future Sydney Medical School students to find out more about what it’s like to study at one of the best medical schools in Australia.

University of Sydney alum and OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will also be available to speak to students about Australian Medical Schools after the session. All guests are encouraged and welcome to stay for the Sydney Medical School Alumni Get-together following the information session.

If you would like to stay for the alumni event, please RSVP matt@oztrekk.com before Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

1. Vancouver Sydney Medical School Information Session

Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Westin Bayshore, Cypress Room 1 & 2, 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6G 2V4
Map: http://tiny.cc/westinvancouver
RSVP: No RSVP required—just come along. Family and friends most welcome!

Vancouver Sydney Medical School Alumni Get-together Following the Info Session

Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Westin Bayshore, Cypress Room 1 & 2, 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6G 2V4
Map: http://tiny.cc/westinvancouver
RSVP: matt@oztrekk.com by Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2. Calgary Sydney Medical School Information Session

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Westin Calgary, Bonavista Room, 320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2S6
Map: http://tiny.cc/westincalgary
RSVP: No RSVP required—just come along. Family and friends most welcome!

Calgary Sydney Medical School Alumni Get-together Following the Info Session

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Westin Calgary, Bonavista Room, 320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2S6
Map: http://tiny.cc/westincalgary
RSVP: matt@oztrekk.com by Wednesday, March 5, 2014

3. Toronto Sydney Medical School Information Session

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time:  6 – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Dockside 2, The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto, One Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 1A6
Map: http://tiny.cc/westintoronto
RSVP: No RSVP required—just come along. Family and friends most welcome!

Toronto Sydney Medical School Alumni Get-together Following the Info Session

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Dockside 2, The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto, One Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 1A6
Map: http://tiny.cc/westintoronto
RSVP: matt@oztrekk.com by Wednesday, March 5, 2014

About Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program at Sydney Medical School

University of Sydney Medical School
Study medicine at the University of Sydney

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

The primary change between the MD and MBBS programs will be the inclusion of compulsory research methods training and the requirement for the completion of a research or other major project.

Curriculum, clinical training and assessment will remain broadly the same. Central features of Sydney’s program, including the integration of clinical learning and teaching with basic sciences, population health concepts and the development of professionalism, will not be changed under the MD.

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

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for this program was July 7, 2013.

Applications to Sydney Medical School are now open!

James Cook University study finds fish in hot water

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

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

James Cook University Science Degrees
Study marine biology at JCU (Photo credit: S Paterson)

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

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

“Such an increase in warming leads to a loss of performance,” Dr Rummer explains. “Already, we found four species of fish are living at or above the temperatures at which they function best.”

The team measured the rates at which fish use oxygen, the fuel for metabolism, across different temperatures, at rest and during maximal performance. According to the results, at warmer temperatures fish lose scope for performance. In the wild, this would limit activities crucial to survival, such as evading predators, finding food, and generating sufficient energy to breed.

Because many of the Earth’s equatorial populations are now living close to their thermal limits, there are dire consequences ahead if these fish cannot adapt to the pace at which oceans are warming.

Dr Rummer suggests there will be declines in fish populations as species may move away from the equator to find refuge in areas with more forgiving temperatures.

“This will have a substantial impact on the human societies that depend on these fish,” she says.

A concentration of developing countries lies in the equatorial zone, where fish are crucial to the livelihoods and survival of millions of people, including those in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

In an era of rapid climate change, understanding the link between an organism and its environment is crucial to developing management strategies for the conservation of marine biodiversity and the sustainable use of marine fisheries.

“This is particularly urgent when considering food security for human communities.”

Marine Biology at James Cook University

JCU, through its School of Marine and Tropical Biology, is the first university in Australia to offer specialized training in marine biology. It has earned an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and takes a field-oriented, hands-on approach to its teaching and research endeavours.

The school’s location in the tropics allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between JCU’s research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

UQ Dental School applications are now open for the 2015 intake

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

University of Queensland Dental School
Learn more about Sydney Dental School

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

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

Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) at the University of Queensland

 

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

Entry Requirements for the UQ Dentistry Program

There are two entry pathways in to the Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland:

1. High School
To be eligible to apply, you must have
  • completed a high school diploma;
  • completed prerequisite subjects Grade 12 English and Chemistry;
  • attained an average of 98% or higher in their top six Grade 12 classes; and
  • not have completed any post-secondary studies
2. University
To be eligible to apply, you must have
  • partially or fully completed an undergraduate degree;
  • completed prerequisite subjects including Grade 12 English and Chemistry as a minimum or equivalent subjects at university level; and
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.5 on a 7-point scale in university studies.
Additionally, all international applicants (those who have completed high school and/or university studies) will be required to sit the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT). There is no minimum ISAT score indicated by UQ Dentistry. Applicants should strive to achieve the highest score possible.


Melbourne Medical School applications open for 2015 intake

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

University of Melbourne Medical School
Learn more about the Melbourne MD

About the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Program

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

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

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne MD Program

 

To apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;
  • completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT); and
  • received an invitation by the University of Melbourne to sit a multi-mini interview (MMI).
  •  
The selection of eligible international applicants, including Canadians, will be based on the following:
  • Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any discipline (with prerequisites met and studies completed within the last 10 years)
  • Test results in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2012 to May 2014 (inclusive) will be accepted for those applying for the 2015 intake. Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their application
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Melbourne Dental School applications are open for the 2015 intake

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

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

University of Melbourne Dental School
Part of the Melbourne Dental School facilities

About University of Melbourne Dental School Doctor of Dental Surgery


The Melbourne Dental School offers the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program which incorporates all aspects related to the provision of advanced general dental care to patients as well as teaches students to prepare, develop, execute and write for publication a small research project.

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

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne Dentistry Program:

To be eligible to apply for the University of Melbourne Dental School’s DDS program, eligible applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized international university within the past 10 years;
  • completed prerequisite second-year subjects (one semester each) in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry (approved by Melbourne);
  • completed an entrance examination: either the Canadian DAT, US DAT, or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Please note that the carving portion of the Canadian DAT is not required for Melbourne Dental School; however, if you have completed the carving section of the test, this score will be considered. Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. There is no minimum cutoff GPA or DAT score for this program; however, a high level of academic standard is required for entry.


JCU Medical School applications are open for 2015 intake

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

James Cook University Medical School
Specialize in tropical medicine at JCU

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

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

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

About the JCU Medical School Medical Program

 

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for this program was August 30, 2013.

Entry Requirements for the JCU Medical Program

  • Entry is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

JCU Dental School applications are open

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

JCU Dental School
Study dentistry at JCU Dental School

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

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

About the JCU Dental School Bachelor of Dental Surgery

 

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for this program was August 30, 2013.

Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 92% average, including prerequisite subjects grades: Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Biology is desirable. A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree
A high level of academic standard is required for entry. Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.


Sydney Medical School applications are open for 2015 intake

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

University of Sydney Medical School
Study medicine at the University of Sydney

Sydney Medical School’s Doctor of Medicine

 

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

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

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for this program was July 7, 2013.

Entry Requirements for the Sydney Medical Program

 

1. Performance in an undergraduate degree
Students can apply to the Sydney MD if they have completed a bachelor degree in any discipline, and have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7 (or equivalent) from a recognized university. The grade requirement according to Sydney Medical School is equivalent to a GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0.

Sydney Medical School has decided to continue their trial including the results from coursework master degrees in the calculation of the GPA. The trial will be limited to international applicants who are applying in 2014 for enrollment in Sydney medical program in 2015. During the trial, international applicants who hold a master’s degree by coursework as well as a bachelor’s degree will be permitted to either
  • nominate their bachelor’s degree for use in the GPA calculation, or
  • nominate that both their master’s and their bachelor’s degree be used in the GPA calculation.
Students from a wide variety of undergraduate studies are welcome and encouraged to apply. There are no specific prerequisite undergraduate subjects required for admission into the Sydney MD.

2. Performance in a medical admissions test – MCAT or GAMSAT
Students must achieve a minimum performance in a medical school admissions test:
Most North American-based applicants choose to sit the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), although international applicants can complete either the MCAT or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).

Applicants must meet a minimum level of achievement in the admissions test to be eligible. The minimum score required for the MCAT for the 2015 intake is 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8. Test results from January 2012 onward will be accepted for applications for the 2015 intake. American students applying to Sydney Medical School are required to sit the MCAT.

3. Performance in an online interview
The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) aims to sample a candidate’s competencies in order to gain a more accurate picture of strengths, weaknesses and suitability for the Sydney MD.


Sydney Dental School applications for the 2015 intake are open

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

University of Sydney Dental School
Study dentistry at Sydney Uni

About the Sydney Dental School

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

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for this program was July 7, 2013.

 

Entry Requirements for the Sydney Dentistry Program

 

1. Performance in an Undergraduate Degree

Students can apply to Sydney Dental School if they have completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, and achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7.0 (or equivalent) from a recognized university. The grade requirement is generally equivalent to a GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0.

Sydney Dental School has decided to continue their trial including the results from coursework master degrees in the calculation of the GPA. The trial will be limited to international applicants who are applying in 2014 for enrollment in the Sydney dentistry program in 2015. During the trial, international applicants who hold a master’s degree by coursework as well as a bachelor’s degree will be permitted to either
  • nominate their bachelor’s degree for use in the GPA calculation, or
  • nominate that both their master’s and their bachelor’s degree be used in the GPA calculation.
The GPA will be calculated on all years of the most recent bachelor’s degree equally, including an honours year if undertaken. Postgraduate research or coursework qualifications are excluded from the GPA calculation. There is no standardized GPA scale used by Canadian universities, and grading systems differ among post-secondary institutions here in Canada.

Program Prerequisite
All Sydney DMD applicants are required to have completed a human biological science degree or, as a minimum, completed one semester of a Biology subject equivalent to the University of Sydney units of study: “Concepts in Biology” BIOL1001 or “Human Biology” BIOL1003 or equivalent. This may be achieved as part of the undergraduate degree or may be studied on a non-degree basis through a winter or summer school program. A degree in medical science will be deemed equivalent.

2. Performance in an Admissions Test: Canadian DAT, U.S. DAT, MCAT, or GAMSAT

Students must achieve a minimum performance in one of the following admissions tests:
  • Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT;)
  • US Dental Admission Test (DAT); or
  • Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT);
  • Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT).
Most Canadian applicants choose to sit the DAT or the MCAT. All of the above tests are acceptable, and only one is required.

The minimum scores required to be considered for an interview:
  • CDAT or DAT: minimum score of 15 in each section (carving score will not be used)
  • MCAT: 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8 or a computerized numerical aggregate of 24 with a grade of M
  • GAMSAT: a minimum level of 50 in each of the three sections
Test results from January 2012 onward will be accepted for the 2015 intake.

3. Performance in an Online Interview

Those students whose applications are found to be competitive will be invited to participate in a multiple mini interview (MMI). The MMI aims to sample a candidate’s competencies in order to gain a more accurate picture of strengths, weaknesses and suitability for the Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program. International applicants’ interviews will be conducted via an online link using Skype.


UQ Medical School applications are open

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

University of Queensland Medical School
Study medicine at UQ Medical School

About the UQ Medical School Program

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

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

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

 

1. Performance in a key degree within the last 10 years. The GPA will be based on the student’s most recently completed key degree. A key degree is a bachelor’s degree, honours degree, master’s degree (coursework or research) or a PhD. Applications must meet a minimum average to be eligible. For the 2015 intake, an applicant must have a minimum average of 5.0 on UQ's scale of 7.0 (65%) to apply.

2. Performance in the North American Medical College Admission Test (MCAT or GAMSAT). Applications must meet a minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8 on the MCAT to be eligible. UQ will accept MCAT scores with one ’7′ score, as long as there’s no more than one ’7′, nothing less than a ’7′, and meets the total requirement of 24 or 24M.

No deadline has been set for the final MCAT sitting eligible for assessment; however, students must be aware that only completed applications (including MCAT results) will be assessed. By sitting the MCAT sooner, you are potentially increasing your chances of program spots being available when your application is complete.

3. Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director, in person, in Canada. Consultations will be one-on-one meetings with the UQ Medical School program director to determine your suitability for the program and motivations for practicing medicine. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ medical program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia, etc.


Australian Dental School applications are open for the 2015 intake!

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

Australian Dental Schools in Australia
Study dentistry in Australia!

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

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

 

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

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

Graduate Entry: The University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney recently introduced four-year, graduate-entry dental programs in Australia—the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), respectively. Canadian applicants must complete an undergraduate degree, the MCAT or DAT, and undergraduate prerequisite subjects to be eligible for admission to Melbourne Dental School and Sydney Dental School.

Australian Medical School applications are open for the 2015 intake!

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

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
Study medicine in Australia!

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


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

 

Undergraduate Entry: Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school.

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

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

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

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.

The following Australian medical schools offer a medical program at a graduate-entry level, which are similar to those medical programs offered in Canada and the United States:
  • Monash University Medical School
  • University of Melbourne Medical School
  • University of Queensland Medical School
  • University of Sydney Medical School

UQ adopts open-access policy for research

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

Research degrees at Australian universities
UQ is one of Australia’s leading research institutions

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

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

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

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

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

The policy and its implementation will be overseen by Professor Lu and University Librarian Mr Bob Gerrity.

Mr Gerrity said there was increasing support worldwide for making research outputs openly accessible.

“It is widely acknowledged that open access to research outputs boosts both the impact of that research and the benefit to society,” he said.

The policy follows Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) policies.

There have been several important developments in open access around the world:
  • Last year the Obama administration introduced a policy in the United States requiring open access for publications and data arising from research funded by all major US research agencies.
  • The European Commission has an open data and open access strategy.
  • In the UK, the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK have implemented similar requirements for research publications arising from research they fund.
Professor Lu said more than 175 universities throughout the world had adopted open access policies.
“Among the Group of Eight universities, UQ and the Australian National University (ANU) have taken the lead on adopting open access policies,” he said.

The UQ Library will administer the policy and library staff will work with unit publications officers to ensure compliance with open access requirements.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Macquarie University research show how caffeine and sucrose impact behaviour

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

Macquarie University science degrees
Study at Macquarie University (Photo credit: Paul Wright)

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

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

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

This study demonstrates that chronic caffeine and sucrose consumption causes enduring behavioral effects that are age and time dependent, and are accompanied by protein changes that may impact on mental health.

JCU medical students enhance their learning in Singapore

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

James Cook University Medical School
JCU Medical School specializes in rural and remote tropical medicine

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

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

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

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

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

“James Cook University is intent on a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide,” Professor Murray said. “Our purpose in collaborating in medical education in Singapore has many mutual benefits, and also strengthens connections for our Australian medical graduates.”

Professor Murray said there were substantial common medical concerns in both countries.
“Singapore and tropical Australia share a tropical context and similar challenges, such as population ageing, tropical diseases like dengue and the need to deliver high-quality, affordable health care in ways that are relevant to our contexts.

“Our partnership with the College of Family Physicians Singapore is particularly valuable,” he said. “These study programs also provide the groundwork for future collaboration in health professional education and research.”

The MBBS program at JCU Medical School is a six-year undergraduate medical course, the first three of which involve a curriculum of biomedical and social sciences, and the foundations of clinical medicine. The fourth year of the course (MBBS 4) is the first year students have regular clinical placements and work in small groups with clinicians and patients.

JCU Medical School piloted clinical placements—as a selective, rather than an elective—in Singapore for MBBS Year 4 students in 2012 and 2013 with great success.

“The Singapore study program provides students the opportunity to attain clinical competencies while achieving a deeper understanding of the medical, cultural and political context of an important Asia-Pacific neighbour,” Professor Murray said.

“It allows them to form professional relationships with their Singaporean peers and senior colleagues in the medical and allied health professions; and to be exposed to future opportunities for collaborative work and research.”

Professor Murray said currently, students from less privileged backgrounds were less likely to participate in the Singapore selective due to prohibitive travel and accommodation costs.

“While JCU provides some assistance to participating students, the NCP Mobility Pilot grant enables a wider cross-section of students to participate.”

The funding will be used to cover the cost of student travel to and from Singapore, as well as accommodation and living costs for the eight-week placement.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sydney veterinary science researchers study crocodile immune system

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

University of Sydney Veterinary School
Sydney veterinary researchers study crocodiles

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

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

“This research helps to close a gap in our knowledge of immune gene evolution particularly since the crocodilian families (crocodiles and alligators) diverged from a common ancestor ninety million years ago.”

The MHC is a group of genes that help the immune system identify microbes and parasites. They play an important role in disease resistance, as diverse genes allow animals to resist a wider range of diseases. The research published recently in the journals PLOS ONE and Immunogenetics shows that some of the genes involved in the fight against viruses, bacteria and parasites have remained the same across all crocodilian species while other immune genes seem to have diversified in crocodiles.

“The diverse environments occupied by many crocodilians, whether saltwater crocs in the Northern Territory or alligators in Florida, appear to have exposed crocodilians immune genes to a wide range of germs,” Dr Gongora said.

Researchers found multiple instances of crocodilians losing and/or duplicating genes showing that their immune system is still responsive to evolutionary changes.

“We now have a genetic resource to understand the immune system in crocodilians, thanks to this research. It will enable genetic investigations of how these animals respond to local conditions including susceptibility to disease,” said lead author of the article Weerachai Jaratlerdsiri, who recently completed his PhD at the University of Sydney.

“In an agricultural context, crocodiles are produced for their skins as part of a very successful sustainable-use conservation strategy. Part of this strategy is to place an economic value on the wild population, in this case the crocodile eggs, which are collected and artificially incubated before rearing the offspring in captivity. However, since these animals are not domesticated, no selection against bugs has occurred. Thus, understanding the genetic regulation of disease susceptibility will provide crocodile producers with selection tools and lessen the reliance on vaccinations and antibiotics,” said Dr Sally Isberg, honorary associate at the University of Sydney and Managing Director of the Centre for Crocodile Research which consults to the Australian crocodile industry.

“The innovative and fundamental knowledge generated from this research serves as the base for further research into the immunological fitness of wild and farmed populations, especially to explain how they maintain the health of their immune system to deal with parasites and microbes.”

The researchers suggest that throughout crocodilian evolution, immune gene diversity responded to disease-causing organisms in the environment. This might provide further insights into disease resistance by explaining how immune genes evolve in other vertebrates, in particular reptiles.

University of Sydney colleagues including Dr Damien Higgins, Dr Lee Miles and Dr Simon Ho contributed to these studies.

Proposed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney Veterinary School

The University of Sydney has offered a five-year, Bachelor of Veterinary Science in past years. The university is now transitioning its vet program from a Bachelor of Veterinary Science to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. In 2013, the Sydney Veterinary School offered its last Bachelor of Veterinary Science intake. In 2015, it is planned that the faculty will offer a four-year, graduate-entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.





Bond University helps make a wish

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


Bond University Law School
Bond University swimming pool

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

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

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

About Bond University

The vision of Bond University is to be Australian in character yet international in perspective.
Bond University defines internationalization throughout policy and practice as ensuring that
  • international students have a quality university experience;
  • all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
  • the university provides leadership for global relations.

Monash Business School studies retail and the digital revolution

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

Monash Business School
Study business and marketing at Monash Business School

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

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

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

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

Dr Sands recently attended the National Retail Federation conference in New York where the main focus was on the growing use of technology in retail. The conference and expo provided retailers the opportunity to learn from best-practice American and European retailers.

Dr Sands presented the key trends, insights and examples of best practice at three Retail Insights Breakfast Seminars last week.

The seminar also discussed the key drivers of Spanish retail brand success by international guest presenter Professor Alexis Mavrommatis from the EADA Business School, Spain. Working directly with many European retailers, Professor Mavrommatis presented insights into what makes Spain’s fashion retail brands the successful organizations they have become today.

Monash University Business School is ranked number one in the Asia-Pacific region in a number of their business discipline areas. The “triple crown” accreditation now places Monash among the 60 business schools in the world with such global recognition, which equates to less than one per cent of business schools.

Department of Marketing at Monash University

The Department of Marketing is one of the largest providers of tertiary level marketing education in Australia with over 40 full-time academic teaching and research staff. The department is one of six departments in the Monash Faculty of Business and Economics. The head office is situated at the Caulfield campus; however, staff  is  also located at Clayton, Peninsula and Berwick campuses. The department boasts in excess of 1,500 students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs across all campuses and the various teaching modes.

UQ Medical School General Practice project

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

University of Queensland Medical School
Study medicine at the University of Queensland

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

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

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

However, in 2012 third-year UQ medical students found that competing demands on their time and the nature of regular rotation-based assessment overshadowed the benefits of the integrated learning based on patient presentations in general practice.

In 2013, the Urban LinCC project evolved into a principal focus for second-year medical students, responding to the challenges of delivering the  project in the third-year course.

“The extent of interest and demand for this learning opportunity was obvious from the moment we of announced the relaunched project, as we received over seventy applications,” Dr King said.

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) funding for this pilot project has enabled academics to develop a supporting curriculum that reflects what the students are learning in their problem-based learning blocks and GPs complemented this learning by finding clinical cases that augment the students’ theoretical learning.

“Our GPs are so impressed with the enthusiasm and skills of the Urban LinCC students and the project seems to have motivated and invigorated their teaching,” Dr King said. “Due to the funding attached to the project we have been able to personally visit each practice and provide support and ideas to improve clinical teaching in the community. HWA funding is due to end soon, but we plan to continue offering a longitudinal clinical experience to year 2 students in 2014, and have already received a record number of expressions of interest,” he said.

About the UQ Medical School Program

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

Program:  Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intake: January 2015
Duration: 4 years

Application deadline: UQ Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.


UQ Medical School General Practice project

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

University of Queensland Medical School
Study medicine at the University of Queensland

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

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

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

However, in 2012 third-year UQ medical students found that competing demands on their time and the nature of regular rotation-based assessment overshadowed the benefits of the integrated learning based on patient presentations in general practice.

In 2013, the Urban LinCC project evolved into a principal focus for second-year medical students, responding to the challenges of delivering the  project in the third-year course.

“The extent of interest and demand for this learning opportunity was obvious from the moment we of announced the relaunched project, as we received over seventy applications,” Dr King said.

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) funding for this pilot project has enabled academics to develop a supporting curriculum that reflects what the students are learning in their problem-based learning blocks and GPs complemented this learning by finding clinical cases that augment the students’ theoretical learning.

“Our GPs are so impressed with the enthusiasm and skills of the Urban LinCC students and the project seems to have motivated and invigorated their teaching,” Dr King said. “Due to the funding attached to the project we have been able to personally visit each practice and provide support and ideas to improve clinical teaching in the community. HWA funding is due to end soon, but we plan to continue offering a longitudinal clinical experience to year 2 students in 2014, and have already received a record number of expressions of interest,” he said.

About the UQ Medical School Program

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

Program:  Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intake: January 2015
Duration: 4 years

Application deadline: UQ Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. OzTREKK recommends that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.


Friday, February 21, 2014

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Welcome to (your veterinarian's) automated telephone system!

 

Australian Veterinary Schools in Australia
Study veterinary medicine – help a hot dog!

To make an appointment, please press 1.

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

To speak directly to a veterinarian, press 3.

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

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

To schedule emergency after-hours surgery, press 6.

If your regular veterinarian is on vacation, press 7.

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

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

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

If you would like us to postdate a previously held postdated cheque,  press 12.

If you would like us to mail back your postdated cheque so that you can send us one for less money, or to make other payment arrangements, please press 13 for our office manager.

Also, press 13 if you need to bring in 10 unvaccinated puppies with vomiting and bloody diarrhea and you have $10 in your pocket.

If you have been on hold for 10 minutes, press 14.

If you have been on hold for 20 minutes, press 15.

If you have been on hold for 30 minutes or longer, press 16 for the receptionist or e-mail her at receptionist@yourvetclinic.com.

If you are under stress and need to project your anger at someone, press 17 for a receptionist.

To determine if your pet’s condition (i.e., hit by car, grand mal seizures, or unconsciousness) is serious and it needs to be seen today, press 18. Our team of experts are standing by waiting to debate the issue with you for as long as it takes.

If your animal has not eaten in 10 days, press 19.

If you have accidentally taken your animal’s flea control pill or heartworm medicine, press 20.

If your reptile (snake, Savannah monitor, iguana, chameleon, etc.) has been living in a dark, 30 degree room and has not eaten in 60 days, press 21.

If you have a 200+ lb pot-bellied pig or other large farm animal, please press 22 for drive-through surgery service.

If you live in a rural area and your “rock walder gots the mange,” press 23.

If  just want to talk, press 24 and our receptionist will set up a private home appointment for you with a vet.

If your mouse was eaten by your snake, your snake killed by your cat, your cat attacked by your dog, and your dog was kicked by your horse, please press 25.

None of these numbers will give you a real person, but they’ll take your mind off your problems for a while. Our automated telephone service allows us to serve your pet’s needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Macquarie University physiotherapy deadline is in one week

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

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School
Study at Macquarie University (Photo credit FJ Gaylor)

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

Selection Process

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


JCU creates own mobile app

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

James Cook University Dental School
JCU Dental School is one of JCU’s popular schools

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

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

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

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

“The app makes finding out about the campus, university events, workshops, and student services easier—not to mention the opening hours of coffee shops during exam time.”

Ms Polak Scowcroft said for staff, the application makes it easier to navigate the campus, access email addresses and find other staff on campus.

“We look forward to the many exciting ideas of where we can take the mobile app.”

Ms Polak Scowcroft said special thanks go to the Web and Social Media team and all those who contributed for their hard work in developing and launching the product.

Melbourne Law School welcomes new cohort

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

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

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

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

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

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

The class began their studies last week with the subject Legal Method and Reasoning, which enabled the students to be officially introduced to the Melbourne Law School community, including key members of staff.

Among the new cohort are two OzTREKK students—best wishes, guys!

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. Last year, the application deadline for this program was November 30.

Entry Requirements
Melbourne JD applicants must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:
  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement


Thursday, February 20, 2014

UQ Veterinary School moves to Gatton

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

University of Queensland Veterinary School
University of Queensland Gatton campus

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

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

About the University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program

 

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2014

Entry Requirements
UQ Veterinary School applicants must have a secondary school diploma and have fulfilled Grade 12 prerequisites of Chemistry, Physics or Biology, Mathematics, and English for admission into this program. Generally, a B average is required for admission. Please note that the MCAT is not required for entry.

The University of Queensland’s School of Veterinary Science has full accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and with both the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, enabling UQ graduates to also practice in North America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and most of Asia. Graduates of UQ’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program may sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination in order to be qualified to practice veterinary science in North America.