Thursday, July 31, 2014

University of Sydney Health Sciences international scholarships

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

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

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School
Study health sciences at the University of Sydney!

Dean’s International Graduate Entry Masters Scholarship

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

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

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

Closing Date: October 2, 2014

Popular Sydney graduate health sciences programs for Canadians:

  • Master of Physiotherapy
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Speech Language Pathology

Dean’s International Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to two international students who are commencing undergraduate degrees in the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences. The scholarship will be awarded based on both academic achievement and a one-page personal statement that describes leadership experience, future career goals and reason for choice of degree.

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

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

Closing Date: October 2, 2014

Popular Sydney undergraduate health sciences programs for Canadians:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

University of Queensland Online Fair

Calling all future UQ students!

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

University of Queensland
Don’t miss the University of Queensland Online Fair!

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

Uh, Canadian translation please?


Tuesday, August 5 at 11 p.m. (Ontario) (9 p.m. in BC)
At the virtual fair, UQ representatives will be available to chat with you about
  • program information
  • entry requirements and how to apply
  • accommodation at and around UQ
  • employment after university
  • life at the University of Queensland and in Brisbane from a student’s point of view
  • scholarship opportunities
  • academic and English language pathways
  • research opportunities
  • anything else you have questions about!
Once you have registered, you can log in from anywhere in the world! Yes, it’s a little late, but you’re up anyway, right? Don’t miss this opportunity to ask as many questions as you wish!

Bond Law School application deadline approaching

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


OzTREKK – Bond Law School Deadline: Monday, August 18, 2014

Bond University Law School
Study law at Bond University!

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

In order to gain admission to the JD, you must have completed an undergraduate degree prior to gaining a full offer into the program.

Both the LLB and the JD are law degrees that enable you to apply in your jurisdiction to practice as a lawyer.

3. When can I commence my studies in either the LLB or the JD at Bond?
Both the LLB and the JD commence in the following semesters at Bond Law School: January, May and September. You can commence your studies in any one of these semesters.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: September 2014
Duration: 2 years

Program: Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: September 2014
Duration: 2 years, 8 months full time (eight semesters in total)

UQ provides grassroots support to disabled children in Vietnam

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

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

University of Queensland Occupational Therapy School
Study rehab sciences at the University of Queensland!

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

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

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

The team of six students, led by Clinical Educators Teresa Quinlan and Allison Mandrusiak, spent four weeks at the Hue school on an interprofessional intercultural placement program.

Another six students and a clinical educator completed a four-week placement in Timor Leste in partnership with Antipodeans Abroad at the end of June.

“These placements are an opportunity to support our future health professionals to work in teams with people of different cultures, while providing much-needed support to these communities,” Professor Hickson said.

“We are building a workforce of health and rehabilitation professionals who have a good understanding of global health services and an awareness of the impact that they, as health professionals, can have in these communities.”

UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


About UQ Occupational Therapy School
The UQ Occupational Therapy School offers a two-year graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as an occupational therapist. This program focuses on the practice of occupational therapy, interdisciplinary clinical studies in child health, psychiatry, and pathology, and directed study courses in the first year. In second year, management, research, and advanced clinical practice is covered.

About UQ Physiotherapy School
The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester.

UQ Medical School admissions consultations

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

UQ Medical School
UQ Medical School!

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

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

The compulsory consultative in-person meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director in Canada is part of the three-tiered admissions process. Along with meeting the key degree and MCAT score requirements, applicants must attend the one-on-one consultations with Dr. Schafer to determine an applicant’s suitability for the program and motivations for practicing medicine.

Applicants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ Medical School program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia and more. The consultations will be completed for applicants wishing to begin the program for the 2015 intake.

Consultation Schedule

Vancouver: Saturday, August 23
Calgary: Sunday, August 24
Toronto: Monday, August 25; Tuesday, August 26; and Wednesday, August 27

UQ Medical School Doctor of Medicine Program

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

Application deadline: UQ Medical School applications are still open! Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis.

Entry Requirements
  • Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine
Applications to the Doctor of Medicine program are still open!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JCU puts Cairns campus on display

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

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

James Cook University Dental School
Who wouldn’t want to study in beautiful Cairns? (Photo credit: Tourism Queensland)

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

“James Cook University’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Information Technology and Social Sciences across three campuses in Cairns, Townsville and Singapore,” Professor Harding said, adding that visitors had the opportunity to talk to representatives from the careers team, hear students talk about what university life is like and find out about student fees and scholarships, exchange programs and accommodation.

Tours included visits to the Australian Tropical Herbarium, dentistry facilities, nursing simulation labs and sports and exercise science facilities.

Other activities included IT pitting Apple against Android, science challenges to build a tower from marshmallows and spaghetti, and archaeologists using 3D imaging and printing to unlock ancient secrets.

UoN nutrition researchers use smartphone technology to study pregnancy diets

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

University of Newcastle Health Sciences
University of Newcastle nutrition researchers are using smartphone technology

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

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

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

In addition to the digital recording, participants are also measured with a food frequency questionnaire and 24-hour recall survey. This approach is less tedious than a traditional written food diary where people have to weigh and measure their food.

With expectant mums monitored for 12 weeks in their first or second trimester, Tamworth-based PhD candidate Amy Ashman said a number of early recruits had since given birth to healthy babies.

“The study is unique because we’re using this innovative method to capture the diets of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women. It’s especially important as there is limited information regarding Indigenous women’s diets during this important life stage,” Ms Ashman said
Participants receive one-to-one advice based on current dietary guidelines, covering the basic food groups and the key nutrients for pregnancy—such as iron, folate, zinc, calcium and iodine.

School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle excels in the teaching and learning of allied health professionals, and offers study with a strong clinical focus in the eleven health professions represented within the school.

The School of Health Sciences has specialized teaching laboratories for programs at both the Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Students learn and refine their practical skills required for professional practice in these laboratories prior to undertaking clinical or other professional placements.

Master of Energy scholarship

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

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

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

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

The Master of Energy Studies program is delivered via intensive mode. Each course is delivered over 5 consecutive business days at one of the member universities. Candidates need to travel interstate to complete the teaching blocks. After each block, students undertake online tutorials and assessments.

Glencore Energy Leader Scholarship

The Glencore Energy Leader Scholarships are prestigious scholarships awarded annually to talented energy professionals who have been accepted into the Master of Energy Studies.

2015 scholarships round
Applications are currently open for domestic and international students.

Scholarship value
Scholarship recipients receive AU$22,000 over the duration of the MES to assist with their tuition fees.

Who can apply?
Scholarships are available to eligible domestic and international applicants wishing to study the Master of Energy Studies program. The next program intake is scheduled for Semester 1, 2015 (February).

Please note: the scholarship is only available to study the Master of Energy Studies. It is not available for the Graduate Diploma/Certificate programs or for any other program offered by The University of Queensland or any other institutions.

Entry requirements
To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must also apply for the Master of Energy Studies program and meet the program entry requirements:
  • A completed undergraduate degree from an internationally recognised institution
  • At least three years practical experience (paid work or volunteering experience) in a related field
  • International students must demonstrate their English language skills by taking an officially recognised test of English language proficiency.
Selection criteria
Successful scholarship candidates will possess an excellent academic record and several years of relevant professional experience. The IEC selection panel will use the following selection criteria when assessing scholarship applications:
  • Academic record: an excellent academic record and a likelihood of success in further study
  • Professional record: relevant employment experience, achievements, membership of professional bodies and professional references
  • Commitment to integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to energy studies
  • Leadership qualities including collaboration and team work, flexibility, initiative, communication skills, integrity and vision through professional, educational, community and other achievement
  • Potential outcomes: the likelihood of positive impacts on the individual and the energy sector from participating in the MES program.
Application deadline
Applications close for international students on September 15, 2014.
International applicants will be notified on or before October 15, 2014.

University of Queensland Master of Energy Studies

Program: Master of Energy Studies
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years

Monash Engineering: Minimising drag to maximise results

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

Monash Engineering School
Study at the Monash  Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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

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

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

“Typical racing speeds seen in professional cycling are 45km/h and getting up to 65-plus in a sprint, and over 90 per cent of an athlete’s power is expended overcoming drag,” Mr Barry said.

“If cyclists can reduce that drag, it will significantly improve their performance.”

The researchers found that two riders drafting the trailing rider could experience up to a 49 per cent drop in drag and the lead rider up to 5 per cent. When riders were travelling closely side by side or overtaking, the drag could increase by up to 6 per cent above that for a rider travelling alone.

“With the time being a critical factor in winning a stage or even the whole tour, it is important that teams understand how drag works when they are in a pace line such as a small breakaway group, overtaking or travelling side by side with another rider,” Mr Barry said.

Given the many complex interactions taking place in road cycling, the research could help fine-tune team tactics as well as potential interference tactics.

“Small reductions in drag leading to gains in speed across the duration of an event can mean the difference between crossing the finishing line first or second,” Mr Barry said.

This research is part of a Australian Research Council linkage project grant.

About the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

In addition to their role of imparting knowledge through their undergraduate teaching programs the department is actively engaged in creating new knowledge through its research activities. It is a large and diverse department consisting of a large academic staff, two industry-focused research institutes, postdoctoral research staff and a significant postgraduate student community.

Through their work, the department is internationally renowned for its teaching expertise, its research output and its facilities. Some of the areas of engineering research specialisation are
  • Aeronautical and industrial fluid dynamics (FLAIR)
  • Aerospace, turbulence and combustion (LTRAC)
  • Composite structures (CRC for Advanced Composite Structures)
  • Maintenance technology (MTI)
  • Micro/nano solid and fluid mechanics (MNRL)
  • Railway technology (CRC for Rail Technology and IRT)
  • Robotics and mechatronics (RMRL)

About the Monash Wind Tunnel

The Monash Wind Tunnel is a low-speed automotive aerodynamic testing facility. It is the largest wind tunnel in the southern hemisphere. The facility is open to industry partners, academics and students. Here, researchers facilitate aerodynamic and wind noise research, and help to develop full-scale production vehicles for Australian and international markets.

Key technologies
  • Large aerodynamic wind tunnel facility (four test sections)
  • 2×2 m cross-section 450 kW wind tunnel (boundary layer tests)
  • Six-component force balance system
  • Scale model force balance systems
  • Multi-channel dynamic pressure measurement system
  • High-frequency velocity probes
  • Anthropometric manikin

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UQ hits social media milestone

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

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

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

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

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

Students, staff and alumni can find a huge array of resources via UQ’s social media accounts, focusing on academic achievements, the UQ lifestyle and student experiences.

There’s also plenty to interest the wider community, with information on the amazing discoveries and achievements of the University of Queensland’s researchers and how they affect everyday lives.

International research centre launched at the University of Newcastle

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

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

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

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

“The Centre will bring together the collective strengths of government and academia with national and international partners to address this issue of global significance. It will be led by a Global Innovation Chair to be recruited from the world’s foremost academics in the field,” Professor McMillen said.

This announcement comes on the back of significant recent industry and government collaboration for NIER including $30 million for technologies for abatement of methane emissions from coal mining and $3.2 million for a research hub in advanced technologies for Australian iron ore.

NIER Director Dr Alan Broadfoot said NIER’s strength in providing global research leadership on the rapidly evolving issues connected with energy and resources continued to grow.

“NIER is a national hub for energy and resources research with an international reputation for delivering innovative solutions to global challenges. The new Centre places the institute in a strong position to drive with the Government rigorous and independent research in balanced land use with real impact.

“Our aim is to achieve significant gains in energy efficiency and resource productivity to support Australia’s competitive and sustainable goals. A balanced approach to land use is critical to meet the challenges facing communities locally and globally,” Dr Broadfoot said.

The University of Newcastle is known worldwide for its problem-based learning programs. Used mainly in the disciplines of architecture, building, health sciences, law, medicine and nursing, problem-based learning places students in small groups where they solve problems they are likely to face in their working lives. In other words, it gives a purpose to learning.

Canadians enjoy that the university has a solid reputation and is ranked in Australia’s top 10 for research funding and outcome. The University of Newcastle has an international reputation for expertise in innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Popular Newcastle University Programs for Students from Canada

  • Juris Doctor
  • Master of Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Teaching

Macquarie University and Johnson & Johnson Medical form partnership

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

Macquarie University Business School
Macquarie University is one of Australia’s most respected academic institutions (Photo credit: FJ Gaylor)

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

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

At a signing ceremony in Sydney last week, the Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Medical Mr Gavin Fox-Smith said the company was very excited about the prospect of working closely with students and academic staff at Macquarie as part of the new program.

“Macquarie University is one of Australia’s most respected academic institutions and our ability to harness its unique talents, research capability and human capital is a fantastic opportunity to provide graduates with competencies that will enhance their future careers,” Mr Fox-Smith said.

“We see this as a leading example of collaboration in Australia and will see students and academic staff spend time with us as they apply their learning experience and knowledge to complement and support our strong research and product development capability. Our desire is to replicate this new program across the Asia-Pacific region, which will mean benefits for both organisations,” he said.

“What is particularly exciting for our company is the potential to harness the deep medical research skills and knowledge at Macquarie and apply them to innovative and practical solutions to ultimately benefit the community. And what better way to do that than by forming a relationship with a close neighbour in Macquarie and working as a true partner, particularly as we already have some graduates of the university working at Johnson & Johnson now,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University Professor S Bruce Dowton said the new partnership with Johnson & Johnson Medical was a “natural fit” for the university and an exciting addition to its PACE (professional and community engagement) program.

“This partnership gives students an extraordinary opportunity to gain a world-class education with the support of one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, working on real-world issues to produce long-lasting and impactful outcomes far beyond traditional academic research environments.

“Our recently launched Academic Health Sciences Centre will develop our ability to delivering real impact where it matters most. Our partnership with Johnson & Johnson Medical is a tangible example of Macquarie actively engaging with the business community to support that enterprise. The best clinicians, the most innovative researchers, and the most inspiring teachers will lead the development of health and medical education and practice; and partnerships such as this one will be integral to future success of this venture.”

Program details

Together Johnson & Johnson Medical and Macquarie will work in four work streams which will jointly harness the distinct resources and capabilities of each organisation.

These include talent development and student engagement; training for surgeons through a proposed centre of excellence; new joint R&D opportunities on major issues like obesity and programs in CSR, leadership and social entrepreneurship.

This will initially involve collaboration between Macquarie University and Johnson & Johnson in activities such as the following:

Spine Surgeons

This pilot program has been designed in partnership with Johnson and Johnson Medical and Macquarie University.  The course “Spine surgeons…navigating the early years” will be developed by DePuy Synthes Spine and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. DePuy Synthes is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Johnson & Johnson Medical.

The course will connect delegates with experienced faculty to assess the practical aspects of a spine clinician’s first years following their specialty training. It is anticipated this course will be held in Quarter 4, 2014 at Macquarie University. Topics will cover clinical, regulatory, patient management, technological and financial business planning.

Women in MBA (WiMBA) initiative

Johnson & Johnson will participate in the Macquarie Graduate School of Management’s WiMBA research initiative, which will examine the underlying reasons for the global gender imbalance in MBA programs and develop strategies to address it. As part of the project, MGSM will survey women about the issues they face in enrolling and studying for an MBA, as well as their career pathways and experiences post-MBA.

Master classes for clinicians

Johnson & Johnson will support two new innovative master classes for clinicians in partnership with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

“Leadership Insights” will address an identified and key gap in clinician’s skills by focusing on leadership, team building, and developing a culture of cooperative excellence in a constantly changing healthcare environment. The goal of this will be to impart critical skills and competencies to develop more efficient teams in the clinical setting to benefit patient outcomes.

“Prescription for Growth” will address the constant changes to public health architecture and the need for hospital administrators and management to respond more strategically than ever.  This one day master class will present the latest thinking in strategy and financial management for senior clinical and non-clinical healthcare administrators with a focus on patient outcomes, revenue and healthcare efficiency.

Both Mr Fox-Smith and Professor Dowton said they both looked forward to progressing the new partnership to the benefit of both organisations, their stakeholders and the Australian community.

UQ’s Global Change Institute building

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

UQ Environmental Sciences
UQ’s Global Change Institute building

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

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

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

ITS’s AV Support and Integration Manager Luke Angel said the control system was central to the institute’s day-to-day operation.

“Key to keeping the daily energy use to the lowest possible amount was the control of simple things such as the ability to tell if it is day or night when a room is turned on and to turn the lights on or not as part of that process,” Mr Angel said.

The solution used a range of touch panels in the building that were connected to one of seven master controllers: the master controllers then talk directly to the Building Management System (BMS).
GCI Research and Building Manager Dr David Harris said the ability for users to control room temperature, lighting and airflow while feeding information through to the central controller were critical to the system’s success.

“The management system enables us to continually monitor the building’s operational status and user preference, which will allow us to make the building even more comfortable for staff and students in the future,” Dr Harris said.

The AMX Innovation Awards recognise higher education institutions around the world that use sustainability technology to improve the campus experience by enhancing the way faculty teach and students learn; reducing service and support costs; facilitating collaboration; and increasing energy efficiency.

The UQ ITS team consists of the AV Support and Integration team led by Luke Angel and the AV installation team led by Michael Livingstone.

About the Global Change Institute

The Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia, is an independent source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. The Global Change Institute advances discovery, creates solutions and advocates responses that meet the challenges presented by climate change, technological innovation and population change.

Sydney Pharmacy lab gets a new-age remedy

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

University of Sydney  Pharmacy School
You can study pharmacy at the University of Sydney!

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

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

The dispensing lab is located in the Pharmacy and Bank Building, next to the Quadrangle on Camperdown Campus. Due to the history of the space and the fondness with which it is remembered by alumni, the refurbishment focused on retaining and restoring the unique heritage features of the space, such as the gabled ceiling and large windows. As well as retaining the heritage feel, the space contains the latest safety equipment and allows for innovative and contemporary teaching methods.

Parisa has been a full-time teacher and researcher in the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy since 1999, and is enjoying seeing the positive difference the refurbishment is already making on teaching and learning in the lab.

“For an academic lead it’s great because we’ve now got two projector screens and a camera at the front, so we can demonstrate techniques more efficiently,” says Parisa. “The lab itself is also set out in a more logical way—previously you felt like you were getting in the students’ way when you walked around.”

One of the highlights of Parisa’s job is seeing students learn and progress, and producing quality pharmacists by the end of their studies.

“It’s very satisfying when the penny drops for those students, when they go beyond thinking they just have to study for the sake of getting marks to thinking, ‘I have to be a competent pharmacist, and I have to think about my patients and be responsible for what I’m doing.’”

Fourth-year student Geoff Wills looks forward to one day owning or getting involved in a community pharmacy that not only supplies medication, but provides education and support for patients in their treatment regimes. He is enjoying practicing dispensing in the new facilities in his final year of study.

“Having a dispensing computer for every student is a breath of fresh air,” he says. “Not only does the lab look professional, functional and hi-tech, it’s also an inspiring environment to learn about pharmacy.”

About the Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 30, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

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

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

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

University of Queensland health sciences
Can intense physical activity improve mental health?

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

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

Mr Chapman said high-intensity interval training had health benefits for people with cardiovascular disease, but this would be the first study of its kind using the training in a mental health context.

“This type of training has gained rapid appreciation among clinicians because it increases fitness in a shorter timeframe than moderate-intensity continuous training, and it is suitable for people of all fitness levels” he said.

“As part of the study, participants will be randomly selected to take part in either high-intensity interval training or a moderate-intensity exercise program.

“They’ll complete a twelve-week exercise training program supervised by an exercise physiologist, with three sessions each week.”

Changes in aerobic fitness, physical activity, body composition, cardiovascular health and psychological well-being will be measured before and after the program.

“We are also interested in whether or not participants enjoy these exercise programs, and which one is most acceptable,” Mr Chapman said.

Participants must be 18 or older, receiving mental health services, and either have a mental illness, or have been experiencing symptoms such as depression, anxiety or stress for several weeks.

Participants need not be fit or physically active, and the exercise will be tailored to individuals’ abilities.

Testing and training will take place at a private gym at UQ’s St Lucia Campus, with parking provided.

UQ School of Human Movement Studies

The UQ School of Human Movement Studies is internationally renowned as one of Australia’s leading education and research centres in human movement sciences.

Researchers and academics draw on the biophysical and sociocultural sciences to extend, apply and transmit knowledge and understanding about human movement. Staff focus on many fields including exercise and sport sciences, health, sport, physical education, sport coaching, sport and exercise psychology, nutrition and dietetics.

The school provides leading-0edge education and research programs, as well as general and specialist services to elite athletes, the elderly, children, those suffering from chronic disease and people with disabilities. The goal is to promote health and well-being, and optimal physical performance, of individuals and populations of all ages.

Courses available include
  • Dietetics Studies
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Human Movement Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology

If you’ve studied in Australia, then you understand

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

1. You definitely took a photo like this:

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OzTREKK Director Beth with koala friend

2. There are signs like this everywhere you want to have fun:

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Enjoy your swim!

3. This is what people do in the mornings…

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Morning surf on Bells Beach, Victoria

4. You think you’re living in the jungles of Africa, with really loud monkeys:

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Not a monkey… a very loud kookaburra!

5. When you’re from Canada, you must take a thousand photos of palm trees:

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Palm trees! They’re so pretty!

6. You have at least 47 shots of the Sydney Opera House like this:

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Sydney Opera House, again. (So worth it!)

7. …and like this!

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I am crushing you! (A little Kids in the Hall nod there. Did you catch it?)

8. Your experience driving on the left-hand side of the road caused small, repeated heart attacks

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Look right, left, right!

9. Food brands in Australia were just plain weird:

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I’ll have some Ol’ Bitey, please!

10. Aussie humour is everywhere—even on road signs!

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Don’t run over the cassowary!

11. You definitely got a picture like this!

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If you didn’t snorkel in Australia, we feel for you

12. This is where everyone goes to relax:

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Australian playground, Bondi Beach

13. You learned that kangaroos are hard as rocks:

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Soft and cuddly? Not so much. More like solid muscle!

14. You learned that Australia has a lot of weird plants and trees:

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Imagine the scary bugs hiding in this beauty!

15. After exams, you did this:

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Finished dreaded uni exams? Time for fiesta!

So, for all of our OzTREKKers currently in Australia, and to all those who are heading there soon, please take lots of photos! This is an incredibly exciting time in your life and the more photos you take, the more memories you’ll be able to trigger after you’ve returned home.

Why JCU Dental School?

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

You’ve got options!

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

James Cook University School of Dentistry
JCU Dental School’s amazing facilities

On successful completion of the course, the graduate will be able to
  • apply an understanding of clinical and scientific principles and health and safety requirements related to the management of oral and dental conditions across all population groups in the community;
  • review legal responsibilities and ethical and social justice principles to ensure respect for all patients, independent of culture, language or background, particularly in relation to confidentiality and consent;
  • assess the oral health and preventive care requirements of individuals and populations especially in regional, rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical contexts and where necessary, formulate, implement and evaluate diagnosis, management and/or referral plans;
  • practice comprehensive dentistry in a range of clinical environments which include community sites within regional, rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical contexts;
  • retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence and research methods in clinical dental practice;
  • communicate clearly and coherently through English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for patients, families, colleagues and professional audiences;
  • promote and optimise oral and dental health at the individual and community level; and
  • reflect on current knowledge, skills and attitudes and plan ongoing professional development to ensure the capacity to deliver current best practice.

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery Program

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 29, 2014

Entry Requirements

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.

Don’t forget! The application deadline for the 2015 intake is only one month away, August 29, 2014.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Melbourne Physiotherapy School applications are closing in one week

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

Melbourne DPT Timeline

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

Sydney veterinary science professor researches nutritional ecology

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

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

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Learn more about Sydney Veterinary School

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

His path was set when, as a master’s student, he studied butterflies which exclusively fed on cyanide-producing plants. There was extensive literature written on plant toxicology but very little on the nutrients the plants provided to the animals feeding on them. The term nutritional ecology was coined in the 1980s when the importance of how animals access and use nutrients began to be understood.

“Food influences everything we do. Nutrients impact on just about every aspect of an animal’s life, from reproduction to growth, resistance to disease, vulnerability to predators and, ultimately, lifespan,” said the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science professor.

Starting with examples from lab studies, and then showing how the concept of nutritional geometry helps us understand the behaviour of animals in the wild, including monkeys, baboons, gorillas and orangutans, Professor Raubenheimer will conclude by comparing the nutritional ecology of humans to these other primates.

“This new perspective can help us to understand why in recent years humans have accumulated levels of body fat unprecedented in history,” said Professor Raubenheimer.

As the Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Nutritional Ecology at the Charles Perkins Centre Professor Raubenheimer works with the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science and School of Biological Sciences.

He builds links between each of these disciplines with the motivation, inherent in nutritional ecology, that research on animals and humans can be of mutual benefit.

JD Stewart is remembered as an inspirational founding member of Australia’s veterinary profession and is honoured as the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science‘s first Dean through the annual JD Stewart Address.

New Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Sydney Veterinary School

The Sydney DVM aims to produce career ready graduates with excellent fundamental knowledge and skills in managing animal health and disease; and in protecting and advancing animal, human and environmental health and welfare locally and globally.

The program encourages enrolment of students from diverse backgrounds and aims to help them achieve their goals to become veterinary medical professionals in the global community. Teaching is research-driven to ensure students learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health. Students benefit from a fully integrated learning curriculum with clinical exposure, clinical skills training and animal handling commencing in the first semester and throughout the course.
Studies will take place in the one health framework, ensuring students understand the linkages between veterinary health, human medicine and the environment at local, national and global levels. The program culminates in a capstone experience year where students will be placed as an intern in veterinary clinics of all varieties and in a wide range of locations, including rotations in the university teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden.

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March 2015
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2014

Actuarial science degrees launched at Bond University Business School

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

Bond University Business School
Trading Room at Bond University Business School

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

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

In a career spanning more than 35 years, his research work has contributed to risk management in a broad cross-section of industries, ranging from health care, ageing and the housing market through to road safety, conservation and finance.

He has been honoured as a Fellow of both the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association for his outstanding contributions to the field and has been an elected member of the International Statistical Institute since 1994.

“The launch of Bond’s degree programs in actuarial science will go a long way towards addressing the geographically limited availability of education in a field that is emerging as a key growth sector in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Dr O’Neill.

“No other university in Queensland is offering Actuarial degree programs and we will be one of only seven universities Australia-wide.

“As a comparatively small institution, Bond presents the opportunity to do things differently, pushing the educational boundaries to create a world-class, fully immersive academic program, combined with the individualised teaching and personal mentoring only available in Bond’s trademark small classes.

“Facilities like the Macquarie Trading Room will play an integral role in the learning experience, where a record 24 licensed Bloomberg Terminals will give students unparalleled access to recognised industry standard data sourcing used every day in the global financial markets.

The Bond Actuarial Science Department head went on to explain that the programs will also immerse students in the high-end practical aspects and big data from very early on in the course, as well as provide opportunities for top-quality internships, so that they graduate with the essential combination of academic qualifications and professional experience.

With very low unemployment rates and high graduate starting salaries, the demand for places in Bond University Business School’s new actuarial science program is expected to be high from both Australian and international students.

“The widespread collection of big data calls for in-depth analysis across a broad range of industries,” said Dr O’Neill.

“Actuaries have been identified as some of the few professionals with the deep analytical skills necessary to analyse big data. Predictions are that there will be a massive shortfall in skilled big data talent in the coming years.

“In the finance sector, for instance, the huge volume of electronic transactions has triggered strong demand for experts such as actuaries who can identify the transactions most at risk of financial fraud.

“There are also a lot of potential opportunities in marketing where vast amounts of personal data are mined to develop targeted advertising platforms and personalised messaging.”

The diverse application of actuarial qualifications is borne from Dr O’Neill’s own research and consulting resume which includes working with the Commission for the Conservation of Blue Fin Tuna to analyse fishing quotas, investigations into the impacts of breast cancer screening, and studies looking at the relationship between life expectancy and socio-economic factors for indigenous Australians.

In addition to launching the actuarial science degree programs at Bond, Dr O’Neill will establish the new Centre for Actuarial Research with two current Australian Research Council (ARC) projects; one of which is examining how prepared people are for retirement and the other analysing Treasury bonds.

What is Actuarial Science?

Emerging as a key growth sector of the 21st century, actuarial science applies elements of economics, finance, statistics and advanced mathematics to interpret, manage and evaluate risk. Never before have organisations had such extraordinary access to personal information, health statistics, buying habits, population movement, employment trends and much, much more. In these numbers lie the answers to the big questions that really matter: How long can we expect to live? How much money will we need? How will climate change affect our lifestyle? What does the future hold for our children and grandchildren?

Why study Actuarial Science at Bond University?

Developed and taught by Professor Terence O’Neill, one of Australia’s leading academic authorities in the field, students will experience the opportunity of working in the Centre for Actuarial Research. You will have unparalleled, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art Macquarie Trading Room, featuring Bloomberg market data terminals, electronic trading platforms, ticker screens, and a dedicated supervisor.

Careers in Actuarial Science

Ranked the #1 career by The Wall Street Journal (2013), actuaries work in a wide array of sectors including finance, insurance, science, health, technology, safety, climatology and research. High graduate starting salaries and full employment rates reflect the growing demand for qualified analysts, with career opportunities predicted to increase substantially over the next five years.

Program: Master of Actuarial Science
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: September
Duration: 1.3 years (4 semesters)
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

Entry Requirements
Admission to the Master of Actuarial Science requires an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution and completion of subjects in accounting, mathematics, statistics, economics and finance within the past seven years. A personal interview may also be required.

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed course outlines or subject descriptions for each relevant subject and certified copies of testamurs at the time of application.

University of Newcastle School of Education

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

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

The school has current major programs of research in the areas of comparative and international education, equity, pedagogical reform, values and citizenship education, doctoral examination, physical activity interventions for children and adolescents, and support for families of children with disabilities, among many others. Many academic staff in the University of Newcastle School of Education enjoy international reputations for the quality of their research. The school also takes pride in its relationship with its many communities and especially the local schools of the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid-North coast regions.

Searching for a rewarding career utilising your communication and leadership skills to help shape the future of children? Being a teacher is one of the most rewarding careers you can have.

Using your existing degree as a foundation, the Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary) at the University of Newcastle is a two-year program, producing highly competent and fully qualified graduates ready to enter a rewarding career as a primary or secondary teacher.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years

Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the University of Newcastle Master of Teaching must have
  • at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university; and
  • a 65% average or above from their undergraduate degree.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

As well as a 100 percent share in Westmead IVF Pty Ltd, the gift includes a $10.4 million cash donation which will establish both a chair in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and endow a research program in maternal foetal medicine. The company will continue to support ongoing world-class research in the field at the university. This would collocate the two phases of reproduction, falling pregnant and carrying a pregnancy to a successful outcome.

The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said this gift represented a unique opportunity to build on Sydney Medical School’s existing strength in reproductive, maternal and child health while at the same time providing the best possible clinical services to patients.

“By combining research into the beginnings of life, fertility, conception, the foetus, pregnancy and birth with a clinical facility for reproductive technology services, this gift will enable us to deepen and broaden that research and to return Australia to a position of world leadership in the field of assisted reproductive technologies. This gift is an outstanding example of a donation to the INSPIRED fundraising Campaign and donors’ capacity to transform the landscape in a particular area of research.

What makes this gift particularly appropriate is that the university and Westmead IVF share a commitment to serving the community and to quality and equity of access. It also gives us an opportunity to work even more closely with the Western Sydney Local Health District to advance the health of the community by aligning research and clinical treatment, a model which has been clearly shown to lead to innovation and better health care for patients.”

The Dean of Sydney Medical School Professor Bruce Robinson expressed his sincere gratitude for the gift, saying, “This gift brings together the link between clinical service, research and teaching for which Sydney Medical School and the University are renowned.”

Professor Trudinger sees the university as the natural guardian of a fertility service with core values of quality, accessibility and scientific enquiry.

“The strength of the university in research and academic activity would be a great benefit to the hospital. I am delighted the university has so enthusiastically embraced this venture,” he said.

The gift has been welcomed by both the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Westmead Hospital. Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder, Board Chair of WSLHD, said improved health outcomes resulted from partnerships in a continuum of translational research from the laboratory to the bedside.

“This endowment and gift will enable the University of Sydney and the Western Sydney Local Health District at Westmead Hospital to strengthen their contribution to providing the best possible care at the beginning of life. Professor Trudinger and his colleagues have done superbly in this field and I am confident they will continue to do so through future research and clinical services,” he said.

This is the University’s second major new initiative in health research in as many months, following the launch in June of the new Charles Perkins Centre, which aims to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions by generating collaborative interdisciplinary research and education that translates into real-world solutions. 

Additional accommodation facilities at the University of Melbourne

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

University of Melbourne student accommodation
Learn more about studying at Melbourne

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


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


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

Shared Facilities

The Centre for Learning and Living will provide contemporary, shared-living facilities for students, including
  • communal kitchens and dining rooms on every level;
  • graduate lounges on each floor for students to relax and unwind together;
  • collaborative learning spaces equipped with high quality audiovisual and IT facilities;
  • conference and meeting rooms, including three large seminar rooms that convert to a large lecture theatre; and
  • a large café and lounge which occupies the entire ground floor of the building and which opens onto an outdoor terrace and a tranquil garden, ideal for studying and relaxing or meeting friends.