Monday, March 31, 2014

Melbourne environmental researchers determine old trees work faster at storing carbon

Old trees contribute more to carbon storage than previously thought in a new international study that included researchers from the University of Melbourne.

University of Melbourne environmental sciences
Melbourne studies forest carbon absorption
The study demonstrated that tree growth rates increased continuously with size, and in some cases, large trees appeared to be adding the carbon mass equivalent of an entire smaller tree each year. The significance of this study is that big, old trees are better at absorbing carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought.

The study was published in the journal Nature. Contributing author, Associate Professor Patrick Baker, an ARC Future Fellow at the Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne, said, “Our research shatters the long-standing assumption that tree growth declines as individuals get older and larger; however, the rapid carbon absorption rate of individual large trees does not necessarily translate into a net increase in carbon storage for an entire forest.”

Coauthor, Dr Adrian Das, an ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey said, “Old trees, after all, can die and lose carbon back into the atmosphere as they decompose. But our findings suggest that while they are alive, large old trees play a disproportionately important role in a forest’s carbon dynamics. It is as if the star players on your favourite sports team were a bunch of ninety-year-olds.”

Researchers compiled growth measurements of 673,046 trees belonging to 403 species from tropical, subtropical and temperate regions across six continents, calculating the mass growth rates for each species and analyzing the trends.

The study was a collaboration of 38 researchers from research universities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations from the Argentina Australia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Panama, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“What makes these results so compelling is the sheer scale of the datasets that we had available to work with,” said Associate Professor Baker.

University of Melbourne Associate Professor Baker and Will Morris, a PhD student in the School of Botany, were involved in providing and analyzing data from the thousands of trees from Thailand.

The Melbourne School of Land and Environment has diverse expertise organized into three departments:
  • Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Forest and Ecosystem Science
  • Resource Management and Geography


Things to do at UQ Gatton Campus

Students at UQ Gatton enjoy the benefits of a personalized educational experience and the opportunity to study among like-minded peers who share a passion for Agriculture, Animals, Veterinary Science, Food or the Environment.

University of Queensland Veterinary School
Study vet science at the University of Queensland

There are a large number of events that happen on campus that students can get involved in, including Market Day, Walkway Markets, Country Campus Challenge, UQ Gatton Careers Fair, Gatton Fiesta (2nd Semester Market Day), UQ Veterinary Students Association Trade Fair, Charity Week, Diversity Week, Research Week, Teaching and Learning Week and the Gatton Student Association Ball. To keep up to date with news and events follow UQ Gatton on Facebook.

Regardless of your interest there is something for everyone on the Gatton campus, whether it is a sporting or academic interest there are a large number of clubs and societies available to join.
  • Agribusiness Association
  • Cattleman’s Club
  • Gatton International Student Association (GISA)
  • Equine Association
  • Student Wildlife Association of Gatton (SWAG)
  • UQ Gatton Past Students Association Inc.
  • UQ Gatton Staff & Graduates Club
  • UQ Gatton Student Association (GSA)
  • UQ Veterinary Students Association
If you’re interested in studying at the UQ Veterinary School, you will study at the UQ Gatton campus!

UQ Veterinary School’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program


Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Nov. 15, 2014; however, as the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program can fill quickly, it is recommended that students apply as early as possible.


Bond Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

What do the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, Dubai’s Burj Al Arab and Bond University have in common?

Bond University Physiotherapy School
Bond will Light It Up Blue on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day

On April 2, they’ll all be bathed in blue light for World Autism Awareness Day—along with more than 3,000 landmarks, government buildings, businesses, community centres and private homes in 50 countries on six continents.

On the Gold Coast, Sofitel Hotel at Broadbeach, Skypoint’s Observation Deck at the top of Q1 and the Gold Coast City Council will join Bond University in the worldwide “Light It Up Blue” initiative to show their support of more than 600 local families living with autism.

In partnership with Autism Gold Coast, the Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Bond University will also host a community carnival to mark the official light up and the launch of Autism Awareness Day.

“Autism Spectrum Disorders now affect one in 110 Australian children,” said CASD Director, Professor Vicki Bitsika. “It is the second most common developmental disability and yet there is very little public awareness about what these children and their families have to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

“On April 2, we are lighting up buildings at Bond as a symbol of our commitment to children with an ASD and their families. This event also aims to provide these families with an opportunity to come together to share their stories and connect with others who face the same challenges as them.

“Members of the wider community are also invited to come along and learn more about how we can support these families and become aware of the abilities of individuals with an autism condition.”

Bond’s Light It Up Blue event gets underway at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 (Australia time) with a program of children’s entertainment including jugglers, magicians, face-painting, balloon artists, street performers and live music.

Official speakers will include Bond University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Brailsford, Helen Steinhardt from Autism Gold Coast and Professor Bitsika.

At 7 p.m., the switches will be turned on to illuminate the Lake Orr fountain and the dramatic Arch building with blue lights.

“This is the third year that we have hosted this event and it’s particularly exciting to see how the entire Bond community has embraced it,” said Professor Bitsika.

“For 2014, we have five student associations involved in various aspects, including the Faculty of Society and Design’s Student Association, the Bond Sony Children’s Camp team, the Philanthropy Council, the Bond University Music Society and our a cappella choir who will be part of the entertainment line-up.

“We have also been overwhelmed by the generosity of local groups and businesses like Magic Circle, Balloon Kings, Astonish Inc and Circus Stars who have donated or discounted their services for the event.

“We’re expecting more than 300 people to be here on campus for the carnival and light up but we hope that many more people will mark the occasion in individual ways—by putting a blue light bulb outside their house perhaps or simply by wearing something blue on the day—so we can spread the word even further.”

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.
Popular programs at Bond University:
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Other popular schools include Bond Architecture School and Bond Business School.


New books for Melbourne Law School Library

The University of Melbourne has recently purchased a plethora of new books for the Law Library. The new books purchased by the Law Library in February cover everything from Administrative procedure to Drug control—Southeast Asia, and Foreign trade regulation to Wine and wine making—Law and legislation—Australia.

University of Melbourne Law School
Study the Juris Doctor at Melbourne Law School

Specially designed over three floors in the Melbourne Law School at University Square, the Law Library is an accessible and easy to use resource for University of Melbourne students. The library has one of the finest legal collections in Australia and an extensive range of online legal resources which can be accessed from the Law Library.

As a city, Melbourne is an exciting hub of cultural, social, sporting and business life. The law school is located only a five-minute tram ride or a 15-minute walk from the city centre, and is positioned right next to the inner-city suburb of Carlton. The school’s contemporary and purpose-built facilities are located adjacent to the historic and leafy university campus.The Melbourne Law School building has been designed specifically for legal education. This state-of-the-art building has simulated court facilities, purpose-built study spaces, a library spanning three levels and comfortable student areas for group work and relaxation. Its Legal Research Centre spans three floors of the law school building, and contains a rich legal collection comprising more than 180,000 volumes of reports, legislation, legal journals and treatises. The LRC also subscribes to major English language databases and has a permanent exhibition of rare books. It provides access to a wide range of the latest electronic resources for teaching and research today.

The Melbourne Law School experience introduces students to a strong community of legal educators, students, members of the legal profession, government and business institutions which will help establish networks for life. The school also provides students with a range of exciting international and career opportunities.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

 

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)

Juris Doctor Application Timeline

Applications are assessed periodically throughout the application season on a rolling admissions basis. The earlier your application is submitted the better.

Early Applications – Round 1

JD Application Deadline: July 11, 2014
Latest LSAT sitting to apply in this round: June 29, 2014
LSAT Registration Closing Date: May 23, 2014
Applicants applying in Round 1 will be notified of the outcome of their application by August 27, 2014.

Late Applications – Round 2

JD Application Deadline: September 5, 2014
Latest LSAT sitting to apply in this round: October 5, 2014
 LSAT Registration Closing Date: September 5, 2014 (TBC)


Friday, March 28, 2014

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Morris, an 82-year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.


Australian Audiology Schools in Australia
Testing, testing…

The doctor stopped Morris and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?”

Morris replied with a huge smile, “Just doing what you said, Doc: ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.’”

The doctor looked worried. “I didn’t say that. I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur. Be careful.’”

Audiology Programs at Australian Universities

Audiology is a growing discipline in the health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. Audiology, as a clinical profession, uses applied science to develop and perform precision tests that locate the specific range and frequency of hearing loss, information necessary for implementing an effective recovery strategy. Additionally, audiology identifies and treats dysfunctions of the vestibular system, which can affect one’s balance and spatial orientation.

There are very few Canadian universities that offer a Master of Audiology, and only three audiology schools are taught solely as an English-language program. Consequently, competitive admissions arising from so few spots have made Australian Audiology Schools an attractive option for Canadian students who wish to learn the requisite clinical skills to practice audiology.

The following Australian universities offer audiology programs:
  • Macquarie University Audiology School
  • University of Melbourne Audiology School
  • University of Queensland Audiology School

Melbourne Doctor of Optometry FAQs

FAQ About the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD) Program

 

University of Melbourne Optometry School
Study optometry at the University of Melbourne

If I want to practice as an optometrist in Canada after completing the Doctor of Optometry (OD) at the University of Melbourne, what do I need to do for registration?

 

According to The Canadian Association of Optometrists website http://opto.ca/, international graduates are considered to be those individuals who have obtained their optometric education from a school other than those accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

International graduates may be eligible to obtain a license or certificate of registration to practice in a province or territory in Canada. International graduates are encouraged to contact the Canadian Examiners in Optometry’s optometric regulator in the province or territory in which they are interested to determine if they are eligible for a license or certificate of registration to practice in that jurisdiction http://www.ceo-eco.org/. International optometry graduates may be referred by an optometric regulator to the Director of the International Optometric Bridging Program of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario for an evaluation of their educational and professional credentials and an opinion on their equivalency to those required in a particular jurisdiction https://uwaterloo.ca/optometry-vision-science/.

What is the University of Waterloo International Optometric Bridging Program?

The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with the College of Optometrists of Ontario, offers the International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP).

Designed to provide optometrists educated outside Canada and the United States with a structured orientation to Canadian standards of optometric practice, the program provides all qualified applicants with the critical language, academic and clinical skills necessary for registration in all provinces of Canada.

There are two programs, depending on students backgrounds:
  • Bridging One, an eight-week academic program
  • Bridging Two, a year-long structured academic program

Is there a minimum GPA for entry into the Doctor of Optometry?

The GPA is calculated using academic results from the last two years of study, with a double weighting on the final year of study. While there is no minimum GPA required, selection into the program is highly competitive.

How long does the written statement have to be?

Your written statement need not be more than 500 words. It is important that you articulate your reasons for wanting to become an optometrist in your statement.

What is an externship?

Compulsory overseas and national externships form the capstone experience for students in the Doctor of Optometry.

The externships in the Doctor of Optometry are compulsory placements in metropolitan Melbourne through to rural Australia and overseas. A capstone experience is designed to draw together the various strands of your education to prepare you for life as an optometrist.

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

Entry Requirements
The Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must comply with the following:

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects: Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes
  • one university second-year or third-year subject in anatomy or cell biology; and
  • two university second-year or third-year subjects from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.
2. Write the OAT:
Applicants will be required to complete an admissions test, either the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). OAT test result is valid for two years.

3. Submit a personal statement:
Applicants must provide a written statement (maximum 500 words) in support of the application explaining your motivation to study optometry.

There is no minimum GPA or GAMSAT/MCAT/OAT requirement to apply for the program; however, as there are limited places available, selection is expected to be highly competitive.

The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews with short-listed candidates. The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences would conduct interviews with Canadian applicants via Skype or teleconference.

University of Newcastle studies alcohol consumption among university students

New research from the University of Newcastle shows that a web-based self-assessment and feedback program for university students who drink hazardously produced little reduction in consumption.

University of Newcastle Public Health School
Newcastle studies alcohol consumption
The intervention, a 10-minute interactive web program, was evaluated in a large randomized trial. The research, published recently in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, was described by the journal editors as “the definitive study in the field.”

The study involved 14,991 students randomly selected from seven New Zealand universities. Over a third of the participants completed an alcohol screening test and 3,422 students who identified with hazardous or harmful drinking were randomized to the web intervention or the control group. The groups were followed up five months later to assess their drinking and related problems.

Students who received the intervention drank seven per cent less alcohol per drinking occasion but did not drink less often or less alcohol overall. In addition, intervention program participants did not have fewer academic problems than the control group participants.

Lead author Professor Kypros Kypri, from HMRI’s Public Health Program, says the findings were disappointing but consistent with what often happens when studies in single sites are scaled up to national implementation.

“Since the turn of the century, more than fifty trials of web-based interventions for alcohol problems in young people have been conducted. Some smaller studies, including our own, have shown promising results. This study was a large, national trial conducted under pragmatic conditions,” said Professor Kypri.

Evaluating the intervention at a variety of sites tested its robustness across student cultures, which vary in levels of drinking, exposure to alcohol outlets and promotion.

“Universities all over the world are grappling with alcohol-related problems because they have large concentrations of the heaviest drinking age group in the population.

“While drinking can be a positive aspect of student life, the negative effects universities need to deal with include assaults, property damage, sexually transmitted infection, and poor academic outcomes. In response, a lot of effort is being spent on developing interventions to reduce student hazardous drinking.

“Our results show that web-based programs cannot be relied upon alone to address these problems and should be used in conjunction with effective environmental interventions such as restriction in the physical availability and promotion of alcohol,” said Professor Kypri.

The project was funded by the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand. Professor Kypri is funded with an Australian National Health & Medical Research Council Senior Fellowship. HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District and the community.

Source: Kypri K, Vater T, Bowe S, Saunders J, Cunningham JA, Horton N, McCambridge J (2014). Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for university students: Randomised trial. JAMA, 26 March.

About the Master of Public Health program at the University of Newcastle

The Master of Public Health program at the University of Newcastle provides its students with opportunities to undertake professional development and develop a strong foundation in public health. The program will be of interest to individuals of all ages, at any stage of their career, who have a basic undergraduate degree in health and are working in, or intending to work in, the area of public health.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this public health program, applicants are strongly encouraged by the University of Newcastle to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: To be eligible to apply, you must have a bachelor degree in an approved health-related discipline; or other qualifications approved by the pro-vice-chancellor, Faculty of Health.

UQ says three jobs for every agriculture student

There are three jobs available in agriculture for each university agricultural graduate, according to the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus Director Janelle Zahmel.

University of Queensland Environmental Science
Study at the UQ Gatton campus

The campus welcomed more than 450 students starting programs in agriculture, animals, agribusiness and veterinary science, as part of orientation.

Ms Zahmel said there had been a strong interest in agriculture courses this year, which reflected the strong jobs market.

“There are currently three jobs in agriculture for each university graduate,” she said. “The increased interest in agriculture is very positive as there are promising career prospects in the agriculture industry with competitive salaries.”

There are several new programs including the Queensland Diploma in Agricultural Technologies and new majors in the Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience and Bachelor of Plant and Soil Bioscience.

UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

UQ is ranked as the top Australian university and seventh internationally for studies in Agricultural Science, according to the 2013 QS World University Subject Rankings.
The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences provides study and practical experience covering several disciplines. Students are encouraged to participate in scientific activities not only as a component of their formal studies but also as a cooperative contribution to the life of the university and its surrounding community. Disciplines that have an environmental focus include Agribusiness, Agricultural Science, and Rural Development.
  • Master of Agribusiness
  • Master of Agricultural Science

Where can I write the MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
Yes, you will!

Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences. OzTREKK recommends that you visit the official MCAT website for all of the important details regarding the test, including testing dates and locations.

The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Below is a list of some of the major testing centres in Canada. These test sites and addresses are subject to change throughout the year. To know if any of the sites have seats available for a particular test date, or to verify the address of a site for which you are already registered, you must log in to the MCAT Scheduling & Registration System.

Test Centres in Ontario

Prometric Test Center
4 Hughson St. South
5th Floor. Trios Office
Hamilton, L8N 3Z1
Prometric Test Center
520 First Street
Unit 1
London, N5V 3C6
Dewey College 2
5889 Coopers Ave
2nd Floor
Mississauga, L4Z 1P9
Dewey College 3
5889 Coopers Avenue
Mississauga, L4Z 1P9
Dewey College 1
5889 Coopers Avenue
2nd Floor
Mississauga, L4Z 1P9
Prometric Test Center
5303 Canotek Road
Shefford Plaza Unit 2
Ottawa, K1J 9M2
IT Planit 2
IT Planit
151 Slater Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, K1P 5H3
IT Planit 1
IT Planit
151 Slater Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, K1P 5H3
Canadian Business College 2
2 Bloor St. West
22nd Floor
Toronto, M4W 3E2
PTC/Willis College – McCowan 1
2061 McCowan Road
Suite 207
Scarborough, M1S 3Y6
McDonald International Academy
McDonald International Academy
920 Yonge Street. 2nd Floor
Toronto, M4W 3C7
Canadian Business College 1
2 Bloor St. West
Toronto, M4W 3E2
Cestar College of Business, Health And Technology
3080 Yonge St.
Suite 3040
Toronto, M4N 3N1
PTC/Willis College – Rimrock 1
265 Rimrock Road
Suite 211
Toronto, M3J 3C6
Prometric Test Center
425 Bloor St. East
Suite 202
Toronto, M4W 3R4
Prometric Test Center
Cestar College
265 Yorkland Blvd
Suite 302
Toronto, M2J 0A3

 

Test Centres in Quebec

 

Prometric Test Center
800 Rene Levesque West
Suite 1530
Montreal, Canada H3B 1X9

Test Centres in Alberta

 

Prometric Test Center
4014 Macleod Trail S
Suite 215
Calgary, Canada T2G 2R7

Mosaic Learning Institute
1040 7th Ave SW Suite 120
Calgary, Canada T2P 3G9

Prometric Test Center
6715 177th St. NW
Co-located w/ Sylvan Learning Ctr
Edmonton, Canada T5T 4K3

Business Career College
206 Capilano Mall
2nd floor
Edmonton, Canada Edmonton

MCAT Only
Trimac House
5th Ave SW Suite 100-800
Calgary, Canada T2P 3T6

Test Centres in British Columbia

 

Prometric Test Center
454-4800 Kingsway
Metrotown Cambridge College
Burnaby, Canada V5H 4J2

Ashton College
Ashton College
1190 Melville St.
Vancouver, Canada V6E3W1

Cambridge College
454-4800 Kingsway
Burnaby, Canada V5H 4J2

Camosun College – MCAT Only
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Dawson Building Room 213
Victoria, Canada BC V8P 5J2

Test Centres in Manitoba

 

Prometric Test Center
200 Meadowood Drive
Unit 17
Winnipeg, Canada R2M 5G3

Prometric Testing Center – MCAT Only
1-1530 Taylor Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3N 1Y1

Test Centres in Newfoundland & Labrador

 

Prometric Test Center
Division of Lifelong Learning
Spencer Hall, Memorial University
Room SP4004, Prince Phillip Drive
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Canada A1C 5S7

Test Centres in Nova Scotia

 

Prometric Test Center
6440 Quinpool Rd
Halifax, Canada B3L 1A8

International Language Institute – MCAT Only
 7071 Bayers Road
Halifax, Canada B3L 2C2

Test Centres in Saskatchewan

 

Prometric Test Center
407 1st. Ave. North
Saskatoon, Canada S7K 1X5

For more information, please refer to the official MCAT website https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ or call 202-828-0690.

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Medical schools in Australia:

  • James Cook University Medical School
  • Monash University Medical School
  • University of Melbourne Medical School
  • University of Queensland Medical School
  • University of Sydney Medical School

Where can I write the MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
Yes, you will!

Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences. OzTREKK recommends that you visit the official MCAT website for all of the important details regarding the test, including testing dates and locations.

The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Below is a list of some of the major testing centres in Canada. These test sites and addresses are subject to change throughout the year. To know if any of the sites have seats available for a particular test date, or to verify the address of a site for which you are already registered, you must log in to the MCAT Scheduling & Registration System.

Test Centres in Ontario

Prometric Test Center
4 Hughson St. South
5th Floor. Trios Office
Hamilton, L8N 3Z1
Prometric Test Center
520 First Street
Unit 1
London, N5V 3C6
Dewey College 2
5889 Coopers Ave
2nd Floor
Mississauga, L4Z 1P9
Dewey College 3
5889 Coopers Avenue
Mississauga, L4Z 1P9
Dewey College 1
5889 Coopers Avenue
2nd Floor
Mississauga, L4Z 1P9
Prometric Test Center
5303 Canotek Road
Shefford Plaza Unit 2
Ottawa, K1J 9M2
IT Planit 2
IT Planit
151 Slater Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, K1P 5H3
IT Planit 1
IT Planit
151 Slater Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, K1P 5H3
Canadian Business College 2
2 Bloor St. West
22nd Floor
Toronto, M4W 3E2
PTC/Willis College – McCowan 1
2061 McCowan Road
Suite 207
Scarborough, M1S 3Y6
McDonald International Academy
McDonald International Academy
920 Yonge Street. 2nd Floor
Toronto, M4W 3C7
Canadian Business College 1
2 Bloor St. West
Toronto, M4W 3E2
Cestar College of Business, Health And Technology
3080 Yonge St.
Suite 3040
Toronto, M4N 3N1
PTC/Willis College – Rimrock 1
265 Rimrock Road
Suite 211
Toronto, M3J 3C6
Prometric Test Center
425 Bloor St. East
Suite 202
Toronto, M4W 3R4
Prometric Test Center
Cestar College
265 Yorkland Blvd
Suite 302
Toronto, M2J 0A3

 

Test Centres in Quebec

 

Prometric Test Center
800 Rene Levesque West
Suite 1530
Montreal, Canada H3B 1X9

Test Centres in Alberta

 

Prometric Test Center
4014 Macleod Trail S
Suite 215
Calgary, Canada T2G 2R7

Mosaic Learning Institute
1040 7th Ave SW Suite 120
Calgary, Canada T2P 3G9

Prometric Test Center
6715 177th St. NW
Co-located w/ Sylvan Learning Ctr
Edmonton, Canada T5T 4K3

Business Career College
206 Capilano Mall
2nd floor
Edmonton, Canada Edmonton

MCAT Only
Trimac House
5th Ave SW Suite 100-800
Calgary, Canada T2P 3T6

Test Centres in British Columbia

 

Prometric Test Center
454-4800 Kingsway
Metrotown Cambridge College
Burnaby, Canada V5H 4J2

Ashton College
Ashton College
1190 Melville St.
Vancouver, Canada V6E3W1

Cambridge College
454-4800 Kingsway
Burnaby, Canada V5H 4J2

Camosun College – MCAT Only
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Dawson Building Room 213
Victoria, Canada BC V8P 5J2

Test Centres in Manitoba

 

Prometric Test Center
200 Meadowood Drive
Unit 17
Winnipeg, Canada R2M 5G3

Prometric Testing Center – MCAT Only
1-1530 Taylor Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3N 1Y1

Test Centres in Newfoundland & Labrador

 

Prometric Test Center
Division of Lifelong Learning
Spencer Hall, Memorial University
Room SP4004, Prince Phillip Drive
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Canada A1C 5S7

Test Centres in Nova Scotia

 

Prometric Test Center
6440 Quinpool Rd
Halifax, Canada B3L 1A8

International Language Institute – MCAT Only
 7071 Bayers Road
Halifax, Canada B3L 2C2

Test Centres in Saskatchewan

 

Prometric Test Center
407 1st. Ave. North
Saskatoon, Canada S7K 1X5

For more information, please refer to the official MCAT website https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ or call 202-828-0690.

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Medical schools in Australia:

  • James Cook University Medical School
  • Monash University Medical School
  • University of Melbourne Medical School
  • University of Queensland Medical School
  • University of Sydney Medical School

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monash medical researchers find new treatment for asthma sufferers

A world-first clinical trial is using botulinum toxin (otherwise known as Botox) to treat severe vocal cord dysfunction in patients with asthma.

Monash Medical School
Find out more about Monash Medical School

Vocal Cord Dysfunction is a condition where the vocal cords move in an abnormal, uncoordinated way, causing episodes of severe breathlessness and wheezing. This can be mistaken for a severe asthma attack which fails to respond to conventional asthma treatment.

The research was led by Monash University Department of Medicine's Professor Philip Bardin, who is also Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine for Monash Health, and Dr Malcolm Baxter, ENT Surgeon.

It is a focus on translational research in partnership with Monash University, the Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) and Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research (PHI). Together, the organizations form the Monash Health Translational Precinct.

The trial involved injecting botulinum toxin directly into the vocal cords of patients with severe asthma that results in upper airway problems, Professor Bardin said.

“We trialed other methods of delivery, but we found the greatest benefit was achieved when we used a bronchoscope to guide our injections to a very specific area of vocal cord tissue, where we inject a small amount of Botox,” Professor Bardin said. “This partially paralyzed the muscles and caused the voice box to relax and allow air through.”

A small cohort of 11 patients was chosen due to their asthma severely impacting their daily lives and causing vocal cord dysfunction. They received a total of 24 injections, with approximately 60 per cent of those patients observing a significant reduction in symptoms.

“This treatment may not be suitable for all patients, but the early indicators are that it may be an option for those with severe upper airway distress, which is very exciting,” Professor Bardin said. “Many of these patients’ symptoms are extremely severe, so it has been tremendously satisfying to provide them with some relief.”

Although Professor Bardin reinforced that more research is required, he also said objective measures such as CT scanners were able to show significant improvements in airway function.

“We are always conscious that injections can produce a strong placebo effect, but the CT results suggest the treatment has solid efficacy,” Professor Bardin said.

About the Monash University Medical School Program

The Monash Medical School’s graduate-entry degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years

UQ Business School research reveals secrets of successful charity sponsorship

With corporate sponsorship of non-profit organizations on the rise, research by the University of Queensland Business School has cast new light on what makes a successful sponsorship, and what leads to public cynicism.

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The three-year research project, led by Dr Ravi Pappu on behalf of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, has found that public opinion rested not only on the “partnership fit” but also on the similarities between a company and the charity they sponsor.

The findings will be published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, one of the world’s leading academic marketing journals.

Dr Pappu said the partnership should be seen as logical and should not arouse people’s suspicions of the sponsor’s intentions.

“For example, if a company seen as providing fresh, healthy food sponsors the Australian Red Cross, people can readily see what the sponsor and non-profit have in common,” Dr Pappu said.

“Not only is there a similarity on ‘health’ grounds but it is also a high-fit relationship because people can see a clear benefit, of improving people’s health.

“By contrast, any fast-food chain viewed as a junk food producer would have less similarity with non-profit organizations promoting health, and this sponsorship would be a low-fit because of negative health benefit perceived.

“People should perceive a genuine effort from the corporate sponsor to benefit the cause. The partnership could arouse public suspicion if it is seen just as an attempt to build market share or meet shareholder expectations or, even worse, if it is viewed as an attempt to avoid tax or take advantage of the non-profit organization,” Dr Pappu said.

Dr Pappu said that while previous research had focused on the “fit” of the partnership, this was the first time research had considered the added importance of similarity between the organizations.

“Our research also investigated blood donation and cancer charities, which very few previous studies have done,” Dr Pappu said.

Dr Pappu worked with Professor Bettina Cornwell of the University of Oregon on the project, which was funded by an Australian Research Council grant.

Professor Andrew Griffiths, Dean of UQ Business School, said the research was important at a time when corporate sponsorship was on the rise and since the non-profit sector was a key contributor to the Australian economy.

“Dr Pappu’s research represents a major step forward in helping both non-profits and the private sector companies which support them to understand the factors involved in creating successful partnerships.

“Having his paper accepted for publication in one of the world’s leading academic journals further highlights the international significance of his work,” he said.

About UQ Business School

The University of Queensland Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, it brings together more than 130 subject experts with over 7,500 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and executive education across the range of business disciplines.

UQ Business School is renowned internationally for the quality of its research and also provides contract research and consultancy services to organizations throughout the world. The teaching—research—consultancy loop is central to its success, ensuring that the school maintains its position at the forefront of academic knowledge while staying closely attuned to modern business requirements.


Hebrew Studies at the University of Melbourne receives generous gift

The Hebrew Studies will possess Australia’s leading course in Hebrew language and Jewish culture, thanks to a generous gift from a University of Melbourne alumnus on his 95th birthday.

Dr Israel Kipen, who has been involved in Victorian education for more than half a century, has worked closely with the university to form the Dr Israel Kipen Lectureship in Hebrew Studies.

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The gift will provide significant ongoing support that will underpin the lectureship in Hebrew Studies within the Program in Jewish Culture and Society—the only one of its kind in Victoria. The lectureship will enable the continued teaching of the Hebrew language and literature, and contribute to the understanding of Jewish history, culture and society at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Kipen migrated to Melbourne from Poland in 1946, following the end of the Second World War. He quickly established himself as a knitwear manufacturer and educationalist, and was one of the founders of Bialik College in 1963. Dr Kipen was on the school executive of Mount Scopus College (1949–58) and helped found the immigration reception resource, the Bialystoker Centre.

Dr Kipen later studied at the university, completing a Bachelor of Arts (1980) and Master of Arts (1982). In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university, acknowledging his long involvement in Australian education and the Australian Jewish community.

Dr Dvir Abramovich, Director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Dr Israel Kipen Lecturer in Hebrew Studies, said the gift would ensure the Hebrew language retained a strong base at the university.

“This generous endowment significantly adds to the momentum, presence and future vitality of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, and ensures we can keep offering subjects in Hebrew language and literature to our students and the public,” he said.

“Dr Israel Kipen has always cared deeply and profoundly about fostering Jewish education and learning, and this gift is a testament to the values he holds dear.

“The endowment gives a permanence to Hebrew Studies, a field that has had a home at the University of Melbourne for more than 60 years, and I am proud to carry on the unique and proud legacy Dr Kipen has helped to create and hope to follow in his footsteps.”

Professor Mark Considine, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, welcomed Dr Kipen’s generosity. He said it reflected well on the depth of the faculty’s undergraduate program.

“The Faculty of Arts offers Melbourne’s original and oldest degree and retains a strong commitment to excellence across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences and languages that engage students,” he said. “Dr Kipen’s gift supports a lectureship that has enriched academic life at the university and enables us to continue teaching the best and brightest students.”

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis AC, thanked Dr Kipen for his generosity. He said Dr Kipen’s gift was one of the many positive results of the University’s largest-ever philanthropic campaign, Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne.

“Friends and alumni of the university have committed themselves to supporting a university that continues to provide world-class teaching in a stimulating academic environment,” he said.

“Dr Kipen has been a longtime supporter of the university and we are immensely grateful that he has chosen to uphold the valuable Hebrew research and teaching program at the university.”

Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne aims to raise more than $500 million by the end of 2017. The campaign will educate tomorrow’s leaders, find answers to the world’s grand challenges, and enrich communities near and far.

Melbourne School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies was formed in 2011 comprising the programs of History, History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Classics and Archaeology, and the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.

The school brings together a lively, engaging and vibrant program of teaching and research which offers a wide variety of courses and subjects. The school offerings give students an opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of their historical interests in a range of diverse contexts, as well as to develop the students’ capacity to analyze, think critically and communicate effectively. The school offers both breadth and depth, covering through its subjects a diversity of times, places, and themes which reflect the latest developments in historical research and vocational practice.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

UQ opens Indonesia office

The University of Queensland has further strengthened its Indonesian ties, with the official opening of its representative office in Jakarta on Tuesday, March 25.

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Ratu Sovi Arinta (Sovi) has been appointed to the position of Chief Representative (Indonesia) and will oversee the work of the new commission.

UQ President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj led a delegation to Indonesia this week, and said the new office would foster important relationships across research, teaching and professional development, as well as with government, corporate and non-government organizations.

“UQ is proud of our associations with Indonesia’s people and institutions, which have had many positive impacts across our nations and neighbourhood, and beyond.

“The UQ-Indonesia Office—one of only very few UQ bases outside Australia—signifies UQ’s optimism about the future of these relationships, and our confidence in their potential to further contribute to national, regional and global well-being and prosperity.

“Tremendous alumni, staff, students, collaborators and other partners underpin our belief in the future of UQ-Indonesia, and I thank the many people whose creativity and ambition will fuel excellent outcomes for individuals and communities, well into the future,” Professor Høj said.

“The UQ Indonesia Office is strategically located in central Jakarta, adjacent to the Queensland Trade and Investment’s ASEAN Office. This will allow us to collaborate more directly with our Indonesian partners as well as supporting a whole-of-Queensland approach to Indonesia.”

Mr Greg Moriarty, the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, said the Australian Government supported deeper education links with Indonesia, because shared knowledge and skills would drive long-term innovation, productivity and economic growth.

“The opening of the University of Queensland’s Indonesia office will benefit its alumni, current and prospective students, and advance its research and technology commercialization agenda,” Mr Moriarty said.

“It reflects the long-term commitment to Indonesia that the university has demonstrated over many years of engagement; moreover, it is part of a broader recognition by Australian business, educational and political institutions of a shared future with our Indo-Pacific neighbours.”

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Monique Skidmore said UQ’s engagement with Indonesia aligned with the strategic goals of the Australian and Indonesian governments.

“Indonesia has firmly aimed its national development agenda for science and technology in food/agriculture, energy, transportation, information and communications technology, health and pharmaceutical, and defence,” Professor Skidmore said.

“UQ’s strengths complement these directions and we are well placed to collaborate with our Indonesian institutional, industry and government partners in these efforts.”

Professor Skidmore said the university had 20 formal research and academic agreements with more than 10 partners in Indonesia.

“These partnerships are with key organizations, including government bodies, research institutes and corporate partners,” she said.

Indonesian research connections and ad-hoc collaborations are spread widely across the university.

Almost 200 University of Queensland researchers from 18 schools, four institutes and nine centres have collaborated with Indonesian expert researchers over the past decade.

“UQ is the only Australian university in the list of the world’s 20 most co-published universities with Indonesian academics,” Professor Skidmore said.

JCU Business School student receives scholarship

A James Cook University international student has been awarded a $50,000 scholarship to help with his studies in Australia.

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Chia Hui Tan, a first-year student in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Psychology course, has received the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship – Business (AISS).

Founded in 1930, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that aims to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning throughout life.

The ACER International Student Scholarship, which is based on the highest score achieved in the International Student Admissions Test, helps support an international student who wishes to study for an undergraduate business degree at an Australian university.

The scholarship, which will be paid over two to three years, will cover Mr Tan’s tuition fees.
Mr Tan said winning the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship was a “lucky break.”

“I don’t consider myself to be academically inclined, at least compared with my siblings,” he said. “Winning the ACER International Student Scholarship has renewed my confidence in myself.”

Although he is a Malaysian citizen, Mr Tan spent most of his life in Singapore, including completing national service there.

Mr Tan, who describes himself as having been an international student since kindergarten, said studying a business degree at JCU in Townsville was a “smart choice.”

“The whole point of a university education is to arm you with the right tools to advance your career, but studying in Australia also supports my education as a citizen of the world,” he says.

The 21-year-old said the ACER International Student Scholarship would ease the financial pressure on his family.

“My parents have inspired me to strive to make the most of my abilities; it is their sacrifices that have enabled my successes.”

Mr Tan said he had originally intended to study a Bachelor of Psychology, with the aim of completing an MBA afterward.

“However, when the opportunity presented itself for me to try out both psychology and business at the same time, it gave me the chance to better understand both degrees, and therefore make a wiser decision with regards to my Master’s,” he said.

“I originally chose JCU Singapore as it was regarded as the best university for psychology in Singapore; however, it did not provide a double degree in both business and psychology, something that could be found at the main campus.

“Therefore, when a group of my friends decided to transfer to JCU Townsville, I saw it as an opportunity to try out business as well as to become more independent.”

The news of his success in obtaining the scholarship came as a surprise, he said.

“I never regarded myself as an ideal candidate, despite my friend’s protests. While Singapore is a very academically inclined country, I was never counted amongst the smartest of my cohort, so obtaining a scholarship was never something I thought I could accomplish.”

He was looking forward to life in North Queensland, he said.

“Of course, coming to Townsville has brought about numerous learning opportunities, both in and outside the classroom. With the scholarship at hand, I have been freed from most of my financial concerns and can focus more on making the most of this rare and delightful opportunity.”

JCU Business School

The Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts offers internationally recognized degrees that inspire students by exposing them to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas. JCU business degrees focus on learning outcomes that have professional relevance and practical application.

Located across two campuses in the tropical north of the state of Queensland, the JCU Business School offers a broad leading edge range of business-related disciplines and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

At the advanced master’s level, the JCU Business School offers the following degrees:
  • Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) fully approved through industry accreditation
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a selection of majors such as the popular Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Economics at the Townsville campus


Bond researcher takes third place in global genetic research competition

Bond University researcher and Teaching Fellow, Mark Barash, has taken third place in a global genetic research competition for his research which has the potential to help solve crimes and ancient mysteries.

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Run by US-based bioinformatics company, Golden Helix, the inaugural awards attracted more than 50 entries from DNA researchers in more than 20 countries. Their submissions highlighted the extensive array of futuristic research being conducted in this field worldwide, with subjects ranging from humans to animals to fruits and vegetables.

Mr Barash was awarded third place for his investigations into the genetic factors that influence human appearance and facial features. His research has broad applications and could potentially help to solve crimes and ancient anthropological mysteries.

According to Mr Barash, his data is attracting a lot of attention as it open to a wide range of applications in medical, forensic and anthropological sectors.

“Based on my previous experience with the police force, the data can give forensic investigators an extraordinary advantage, enabling them to draw a ‘molecular portrait’ from a minute DNA sample left behind at a crime scene. In the absence of any eye witnesses or video evidence, for instance, they could estimate what the perpetrator looks like based on the DNA left at the crime scene,” Mr Barash said.

Mr Barash’s PhD supervisor, Associate Professor Lotti Tajouri, has a passion for ancient Egypt and sees the potential for this work to be used by anthropologists to show the world what ancient mummies would have looked like.

A former Forensic DNA Officer with the Israeli Police Force in Jerusalem, Mr Barash moved to Australia in 2010 to undertake his groundbreaking research at Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine.

His PhD thesis focuses on identifying the “single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) involved in the determination of facial morphology.”

“SNPs are single point variations in our DNA sequence, which are responsible in part for the facial differences and therefore in the way we look,” said Mr Barash. “These specific subtle DNA variations can even explain why some people are susceptible to diseases and others aren’t; why people respond differently to drugs and chemicals.

“For my research, the goal is to identify SNPs that play a part in enabling normal variation of our facial characteristics, such as the shape and size of our nose, eyes, ears and other visible traits. While the craniofacial development is a very complex and poorly understood process, the results of this project have provided evidence of DNA markers associated with several traits of our face.

Mr Barash and his fellow winners from the Golden Helix competition will present their research to a global audience via a complimentary webcast that will be scheduled in the coming months.

Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine is dedicated to shaping individuals with superior scientific acumen who are distinguished by their ethics, professionalism and humanity. The postgraduate programs offered by the faculty have been designed to enable students to expand on an existing knowledge base and foster advanced capability to succeed in a chosen career within either the private or public sector. The programs are also designed to enrich students from other disciplines with a knowledge base that facilitates diversification and expansion of their academic horizons.



Student accommodation boosted at University of Melbourne

The  University of Melbourne aims to increase substantially the provision of accommodation for its students following its purchase of the former Salvation Army Training College in Royal Parade, Parkville.

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The purchase is part of the university’s strategy to provide at least 2,000 new student beds by 2020.

The site comprises an 11-storey tower at 303-305 Royal Parade and five terrace houses at 80-90 The Avenue.

Surrounded by parklands, the sites will provide safe, affordable and good-quality residential student accommodation within walking distance of the Parkville campus.

Once redeveloped, they will provide an extra 200 to 300 beds, potentially by as early as 2016.

The University of Melbourne’s Senior Vice-Principal Mr Ian Marshman said the purchase was in line with the university’s ambition to offer a student experience of unmatched quality.

“Securing these buildings is about more than increasing the university’s volume of student beds. They will support its central educational, engagement and equity mission,” he said.

“Affordable student housing is essential to the student experience, and the cost of accommodation is one of the key factors adversely affecting it. These new facilities will further the university’s reputation as an internationally outstanding institution at which to study and work.”

Mr Marshman also thanked the Salvation Army for choosing to sell its property to the university.

“This was a rare opportunity to secure an appropriate property near the Parkville Campus, and we thank the Salvation Army for supporting our students and the university in selling it to us,” he said, adding that their decision will benefit generations of future students.

About the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is arguably Australia’s most reputable higher education institution with a tradition of excellence in research and teaching. Students from Canada choose Melbourne due its high ranking among the best universities in the world. Canadians also enjoy its downtown campus location in the beautiful city of Melbourne as well as the beauty of this sandstone campus.

Popular schools at University of Melbourne:
  • Melbourne Medical School
  • Melbourne Dental School
  • Melbourne Law School
  • Melbourne Veterinary School
  • Melbourne Business School
  • Melbourne Physiotherapy School
  • Melbourne Teachers College
  • Melbourne Optometry School
  • Melbourne Nursing School

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

University of Newcastle NeW Space education precinct

The University of Newcastle has recently released the early concepts for its $95-million CBD landmark education precinct—NeW Space—creating a 10-storey “vertical” campus that invites the university’s students and the community to learn and explore from the ground floor to the top.

Designed by leading Melbourne firm Lyons Architecture who, with Newcastle innovators EJE Architecture, have developed the contemporary concept that brings the city into the precinct design by joining the community with the campus through social spaces, connecting pathways and active student learning spaces located right on the street front.

The precinct, to be built on the corner of Hunter and Auckland streets in time for the start of the 2017 academic year, will provide facilities for all UON staff and students through digital library services and information commons, and collaborative learning and research spaces; and the Faculty of Business and Law will be located in the city in the NeW Space education precinct.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the NeW Space design supported the university’s commitment to providing students with a world-class, next-generation learning experience.

“NeW Space is designed for the student. The ‘vertical’ design places student and learning spaces throughout the building, and open spaces will enable non-traditional formal and informal learning including game-based and other approaches that enhance the student experience.

“The technology-embedded learning environments have been designed to provide flexibility and adaptability to switch between multiple modes within a class and between classes taking the teaching, learning and research landscape beyond the traditional lecture theatre or office.



“The dynamic learning hub sits at the heart of the building—an open and interactive space distributed over three levels.”

Professor McMillen said the NeW Space education precinct would provide opportunities for greater research and engagement with industry, business and the community to drive collaboration and innovation.

“NeW Space will be a landmark development in our great city providing a place for creative exchange and for enhancing the business of the region, as well as a great campus for students and academics to learn and research.”

The NeW Space project is jointly funded as an initiative of the Australian Government being conducted as a project of the Education Investment Fund, the New South Wales State Government through the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund, and the  University of Newcastle.



Ontario College of Teachers outlines regulation amendments

Teaching is a regulated profession in Canada. Each province and territory in Canada has its own individual certification board. If you wish to teach in any one of these locations, you must apply to for certification though the specific provincial or territorial certification board. This stands for all students, whether they have completed their teacher education in Canada or abroad. Upon completion of a teacher education program, you are not automatically certified to teach in a certain province or territory. You first need to gain teacher certification through the province or territory you wish to work in.

If you wish to work as a teacher in the province of Ontario after completing a teacher education degree, you will need to apply for certification through the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) before you can teach in Ontario. The OCT will then assess your teacher education degree to make sure your teaching qualifications meet their requirements.

Beginning on September 1, 2015, the initial teacher education program at Ontario’s faculties of education will expand to four semesters and include twice the amount of practice teaching time (80 days, up from 40) and greater attention to students’ mental health and well-being, how to teach with technology, and diversity among other core elements.

If a person applies for certification through the Ontario College of Teachers from September 1, 2015 onward, his or her credentials will be evaluated based on the enhanced teacher education program requirements in the province of Ontario. What this means is that anyone applying for teacher certification through the Ontario College of Teachers from September 1, 2015 onward must meet the requirements of the new, enhanced two-year teacher education program in the province of Ontario.

About Australian Teachers Colleges

Are you thinking of becoming a teacher? Completing an Australian teacher education program provides an excellent opportunity to obtain the teaching qualifications you need, while experiencing the excitement and culture of living in a new country.

Australian teachers colleges name their graduate-entry education/teaching degrees in various ways (e.g., Graduate Diploma of Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching). These are comparable to graduate-entry Bachelor of Education degrees offered at universities in Canada.

Monash Public Health study reveals how to halve the number of deaths from septicaemia

Researchers from the Australian New Zealand Intensive Care (ANZIC) Research Centre at Monash University have recently released a study that reveals how a bi-national approach to intensive care has halved the mortality of patients entering intensive care units (ICUs).

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The study was delivered by Dr Rinaldo Bellomo from the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Belgium, Brussels.

Simultaneously published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study highlights how Australia and New Zealand have reported the lowest rates of mortality for ICU sepsis in the world for the past 10 years.
Sepsis—or septicaemia—is a major cause of patients entering ICUs worldwide.

The study looked at more than one million patients admitted to Australian and New Zealand hospitals from 2000 to 2012. Over this time, the number of patients entering ICUs with sepsis increased from 7.2 per cent in 2000 to 11.1 per cent over the 12 years. However, over the same time span deaths from sepsis in ICU dropped from 35 per cent to 18.4 per cent.

Importantly, young to middle-aged patients with few other medical issues other than sepsis had mortality rates of less than five per cent by 2012.

Dr Bellomo explained how a group of intensive care physicians and anaesthetists from Australia and New Zealand established the Australian New Zealand Intensive Care Society Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation with the aim of systematically measuring and reporting outcomes of care in ICUs.

“Intensive care medicine in Australia and New Zealand is unique in the world in managing patients in a uniform and coordinated manner, Dr Bellomo said.

Contributing to the study Monash University Adjunct Associate Professor and Director of ANZICS-CORE David Pilcher explained, how data collected for over a decade provided unique ways to analyze and learn from what works and doesn’t work.

“While there is an increase in the number of ICU patients being discharged from hospital, those same patients still require rehabilitation and chronic care facilities.

“Although we know there are survivors, we don’t know what their level of function is and if they can provide basic care for themselves. The burden to the community and cost implications of long-term care for people leaving ICU is becoming an emerging and critical health issue,” Professor Pilcher said.

The significant reduction in mortality rates highlighted in the study has been attributed to a coordinated approach to ICUs by Australia and New Zealand. In the 1970s, Australia and New Zealand established the first closed ICUs in the world, where a group of full time dedicated specialists managed the critically sick patients in a hospital 24 hours a day.

Monash University Public Health School

With diverse leadership, across four campuses, the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is the faculty’s principal source of skills in epidemiology (including clinical epidemiology), biostatistics and large scale clinical data-management.  The school emphasizes expertise in large epidemiological studies, multicentre clinical trials, clinical registries, evidence synthesis and health social science. Continued collaborative work with the major Monash affiliated hospitals, research institutes and public health units within Victoria, ensures the school provides a key resource underpinning translational research within the faculty.

The Master of Public Health at Monash is a 12-unit public health program provides students with the full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in the broad domain of public health. It especially focuses on developing skills in the quantitative methods of the population-based health sciences and their problem-solving application for primary care provision both in Australia and for developing countries.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this public health program, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. With an application, students should also submit a 250-word statement of purpose outlining their area of interest and the reason why they would like to complete the course, and an updated curriculum vitae/resume outlining relevant work experience.


Melbourne signs Australian-first agreement with French science agency

Researchers in France and Melbourne will be more closely connected following a landmark agreement between the University of Melbourne and the Centre de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

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The CNRS, or French National Centre for Scientific Research, is the largest fundamental research organization in Europe. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Melbourne is an Australian first.

The agreement will support a Researcher Visits Program, which will fund three University of Melbourne projects annually over a four-year period to increase research collaboration between the two countries.

Researchers will be eligible for up to $10,000 AUD, with an initial total program budget of $80,000 in place. CNRS will provide equivalent funding for its nearly 12,000 researchers.

Beyond the exchange of researchers between institutions, the agreement will also promote the organization of joint conferences and seminars, joint publication of research results and other scientific cooperation.

Founded in 1939, the CNRS undertakes research across all areas of science via 10 distinct research institutes, covering biological sciences, chemistry, ecology and environment, information and computer sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, human and social sciences, physics, earth sciences and astronomy, and nuclear and particle physics.

In announcing the agreement, the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor James McCluskey said the agreement will lead to greater collaboration between researchers.

“The program reflects our mutual interest in collaborating to address some of our most difficult and shared challenges,” Professor McCluskey said.

The agreement with CNRS is funded by the university’s Research at Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025 strategy. The strategy is investing more than $100 million AUD over the next five years to broaden the university’s research goals.

Professor Dick Strugnell, Pro Vice Chancellor (Graduate Research) who was involved in establishing the program said, “The agreement represents an outstanding opportunity for the university to work more closely with one of the world’s best science organizations.”

University of Melbourne Faculty of Science

As one of the oldest science faculties in Australia, the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne provides a range of postgraduate training programs and community services, based on a solid foundation of research in the pure and applied sciences. It comprises four schools and five departments, which include the following:
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • Zoology

Master of Science at the University of Melbourne

The Master of Science is run through the Melbourne Graduate School. A distinctive suite of programs designed to provide options in advanced research training, specialised coursework studies and professional skills development.

Designed in consultation with national and international educators, as well as government and industry employers, the Master of Science prepares students for a career in industry and research. It is also a foundation for entry into the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
As a pathway to PhD studies, the Master of Science has a key component in the form of a research project. This provides ideal preparation for potential research higher degree studies, or sufficient expertise for graduates to be considered experts in a scientific field.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Engineering and IT ranks first in Australia across four subject areas

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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For Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 15th in the world.

Chemical Engineering also maintained its strong rankings position, coming in at 1st in Australia and 16th in the world.

Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering also saw a significant jump in rankings, coming in at 1st in Australia and jumping to 17th in the world, up from 25th in 2013.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering also improved its rank, up to number 1 in Australia and 28th in the world, up from 32 in 2013.

At a faculty level, the QS Rankings placed Engineering and Information Technology a at the University of Melbourne at number 1 in Australia and 32 in the world.

For the full rankings tables by subject area for 2014, visit the QS World University Rankings website http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings


Sydney Nursing Dean visits Tongan nursing graduation

Dean of the Sydney Nursing School Professor Jill White recently visited Tonga for a very special event: the graduation of 20 nurses with Advanced Nursing Diplomas in the prevention, detection and management of non-communicable diseases (NCD). The graduation ceremony was attended by Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho.

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The group are Tonga’s first qualified NCD focused nurses. They completed the 30-week course in December 2013 and will be stationed at health centres and diabetes centres across Tonga, including all outer island groups.

Their role is to identify patients at high risk of developing an NCD, provide advice, and help those with an already-diagnosed condition to manage their illness. Results from the successful pilot program which began in 2012 in five health centres, provided the basis for up expanding the NCD nurse program.

The Ministry made the decision to create a new cadre of nurses dedicated to NCD because these diseases are so widespread in Tonga. NCD such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes are some of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Tonga. Poor diet, lack of physical exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption are the main factors contributing to the onset of NCD. The World Health Organization reported that NCD accounted for 74 per cent of all deaths in Tonga in 2008.

Dr. Siale ‘Akau’ola, Director for Health said the graduation of the NCD nurses represents an important milestone for Tonga.

“Not only will it assist in achieving our objective of halting and beginning to reverse the effect of NCD, it should also reduce hospital admissions and subsequently reduce the expensive health spend that hospital admissions can create.”

The development of the Advanced Diploma was financed through the Tonga Health Systems Support Program. The $8.3-million Australian-funded program assists with improving health outcomes in Tonga, with a particular focus on reducing NCD risk factors.

Australian High Commissioner Brett Aldam said, “Australia congratulates Tonga on the NCD nursing initiative. By working with the community, the newly graduated nurses will be at the forefront of efforts to tackle the significant health, social and economic impacts of NCDs.”

The NCD nursing course is accredited by the Tonga National Qualification and Accreditation Board. It was developed by the Ministry of Health with assistance from Professor White, and taught by well-known local medical practitioners, including surgeon specialist, Dr Viliami Tangi, and Royal Physician Dr Sione Latu.

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