Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monash Engineering PhD student wins Three Minute Thesis finals

PhD student Tridib Saha has emerged the victor of the Monash University Three Minute Thesis finals.

After taking part in numerous heats and faculty finals, the student, from Monash University Malaysia and the Faculty of Engineering, wowed judges at the Monash finals Sept. 19, with the summary of his work on the possibilities of harvesting electrical energy from vibrations.

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After defeating over 200 fellow Monash PhD students, Mr Saha will now compete against 30 other PhD students from universities across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in the transnational Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) finals at the University of Western Australia on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Mr Saha who started his PhD in Engineering in December 2012, after graduating from a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honors) in the field of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, decided to take part after encouragement from his supervisor, Dr Ramakrishnan from the Monash School of Engineering.

“Research can be very one-dimensional and I’m always looking for new things to do to keep myself occupied. All it needed was a bit of convincing from my supervisor, and the next thing I know, I’m representing my faculty for the campus rounds,” Mr Saha said.

“I’m usually good with people and I tend to talk a lot, so I wasn’t really scared of the public speaking part. The biggest challenge was condensing and simplifying my work in a way that everyone would understand.”

Guest judges were Dr Graham Phillips from ABC TV’s Catalyst program, Monash Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Pauline Nestor and CEO of PACIA, Ms Samantha Read. Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher, School of Social Sciences convened as the Master of Ceremonies.

The panel of judges declared Mr Saha the winner based on his ability to creatively convey his research to a general audience, leaving them wanting to hear more.

Vice-Provost (Graduate Education), Professor Zlatko Skrbis, said the Three Minute Thesis competition represents a unique challenge for graduate research students.

“One of the key characteristics for any researcher is to make an impact by conveying the importance of their work to the general public. This competition is a great opportunity to develop those skills,” he said.

“The entries this year were of an incredibly high standard. Mr Saha’s presentation stood out because he used a winning combination of humour with a clear, expressive style to effectively convey his research to non-specialist audience.

“On behalf of everyone at Monash, I wish Mr Saha the very best of luck at the finals,” Professor Skrbis said.

Mr Saha said he was truly honoured to have the opportunity to represent Monash University at a national level.

“It is a huge step going from representing a campus to representing the whole university. I can’t wait to meet my competition and see where I stand among all the trans-national universities,” he said.

Mr Saha’s prize from the Monash University final is $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the transnational final, where he now has a chance of winning a research and travel grant.

Monash Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) is an extremely diverse department specialising in telecommunications, RFID, biomedical engineering, robotics, sensing, vision, systems-on-a-chip and smart energy systems. These applications are based on fundamental research in electronics, photonics, signal processing, communications theory, artificial intelligence, real-time software, optimization, electromagnetics and numerical modeling.

The ECSE program at the Monash School of Engineering equips students with the skills necessary to succeed in this rapidly changing industry. The department is at the centre of ECSE research, with researchers working on innovative projects including bionic vision, augmented reality, medical diagnostics, optical communications, wireless communications, sensor systems and high-voltage engineering. This research is creating and supporting high-tech industry.

University of Sydney teacher education students learn about stuttering in schools

Final-year teacher education students at the University of Sydney will be schooled on the importance of early intervention and the treatment of stuttering as part of program to help prepare them for the classroom.

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University of Sydney Faculty of Education
Researchers from the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences hosted an education forum to deliver knowledge about stuttering to future teachers, to raise their awareness about the prevalence of speech disorders, and to arm them with advice about how to help students who stutter.

Associate Professor Ann Packman from the university’s Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC) said the aim of the forum was to build early professional relationships between teachers and speech pathologists and help equip teachers to support students who stutter.

“Approximately one per cent of school students stutter, so it’s very likely that at some point during their career a teacher will be confronted with how to support a student in their classroom with this problem,” Associate Professor Packman said.

“Stuttering can have a disabling effect on students during their school years, affecting their relationships with teachers and peers, their self-confidence and academic performance.

“The evidence is students who stutter are more likely to experience bullying and perform poorly, which is why it is so important to help teachers so they know how to help these students thrive in the classroom and reach their education potential.”

Associate Professor Packman said it was important to raise awareness among teachers about stuttering because early intervention is critical.

“Speech pathologists recommend early intervention to treat stuttering, because therapy is very effective when a child is young and their brain is not yet fully ‘hard-wired’,” Associate Professor Packman said.

“Speech pathologists are trained to treat speech disorders, but our teachers interact with children on a daily basis and are on the frontline when it comes to identifying early signs of distress in children who stutter.

“Treating school-aged children requires special sensitivity, so it’s critical to regularly host events like this to build awareness and help ensure the next generation of teachers knows where to turn for help.”

Researchers at the university are currently developing better stuttering treatments for primary and high school children, including an online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for speech-related anxiety.

The University of Sydney forum is a collaboration between stuttering support group Speak Easy, the ASRC, and the university’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary) at the University of Sydney

First offered in 1996, the University of Sydney’s Master of Teaching was the first of its kind in Australia, and remains one of the most successful teaching training programs in the nation. The Master of Teaching Primary program is designed for those who wish to teach Kindergarten to Grade 6. The Master of Teaching Secondary is designed for those who wish to teach grades 7 though 12.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Round one applications close on October 31, 2014. Round two applications close on January 9, 2015; however, it is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

University of Sydney Speech Pathology School

In common with other departments at the University of Sydney, the discipline of speech pathology promotes students’ development of generic  communication and teamwork skills, as well as discipline-specific knowledge and skills. The course is designed to promote self-direction and encourages the graduates to have a sense of their own individuality and creativity. The university offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Speech Language Pathology program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field, who wish to gain the requirements to become a speech pathologist.

Program: Master of Speech Language Pathology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2014

Melbourne study shows older Australians going online for better dental health

Losing teeth is not an inevitable consequence of ageing according to researchers in the Oral Health CRC at the University of Melbourne.

That is the clear message coming from a new online learning program to help older Australians maintain and improve their oral health, and keep their natural teeth.

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Older adults have been identified by public health agencies as a group highly vulnerable to poor oral health, including dental decay, gum disease (periodontitis) and oral cancer.

Loss of natural teeth often leads to problems with eating and speaking, and further problems in the mouth.

But researchers say that, armed with some basic oral health knowledge and proven techniques for looking after teeth and mouths, older Australians should expect to maintain healthy, natural teeth into older age.

The new web-based oral health education program is a series of 10 interactive tutorials developed and trialled by researchers.

Project leader Associate Professor Rodrigo Mariňo said the people who took part in the trial embraced the new technology and made positive changes to their dental care routines.

“The learning materials were developed by oral health experts after extensive consultation with older adults,” Associate Professor Mariňo said. “They specifically address oral health issues for older people, in a way that people can understand and act on.”

The online program was trialled with adults over the age of 55 from the City of Whittlesea who completed the online tutorials in libraries, community centres and from home.

At the completion of the trial, people had increased their factual knowledge of oral health and disease, and had improved their daily and weekly oral health care.

The program covers oral health issues that are of particular concern to older people, including decay of the tooth root, periodontitis (gum disease), dry mouth caused by medications for health conditions such as hypertension, gum recession and how to access public dental services.

The series of online tutorials is available for free to the public. Health and aged care professionals can also use the program to encourage better oral health care among patients and residents.

This project was a collaboration between the Oral Health CRC at the University of Melbourne, Bupa Health Foundation and the City of Whittlesea, Victoria.

University of Melbourne Dental School

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

Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years 

UQ recognises law students’ voluntary work in the community

The University of Queensland (UQ) Pro Bono Centre acknowledged the work of community spirited law students at an awards ceremony this past August.

Certificates were presented to 98 students who participated in pro bono community legal projects during 2013 and 2014.

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Director of the UQ Pro Bono Centre Monica Taylor said the students uphold a core value of the legal profession by undertaking voluntary work which makes a difference to society.

“This event is an opportunity for us to recognise the immense work of our students who are responding to unmet legal need in our community through their pro bono legal work,” Ms Taylor said.

“Through the Centre, UQ students are able to apply their emerging legal skills, including legal research and writing, to a range of areas such as community legal education, law reform and legal casework.”

Ms Taylor said the event inspired other UQ law students to get involved in the centre’s activities, and also provided an opportunity for the students to also hear from legal practitioners involved in pro bono work.

During the event guest speaker Mr Murray Watt, senior associate at Maurice Blackburn and UQ graduate, spoke passionately about his career in the law and his pro bono legal work acting for a number of asylum seeker children born in Australia.

“A career in law can take you many places; our guest speakers always provide an inspiring example of the many paths available to law graduates, especially those with a desire to use their legal skills for the public good,” Ms Taylor said.

Professor Sarah Derrington, Head of School and Academic Dean of UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law, presented certificates to the students to acknowledge their involvement in projects ranging from public interest research and high school outreach programs, to providing casework assistance to pro bono lawyers.

Law student Ms Hannah Baldry said her placements with Children by Choice, Caxton Legal Centre and on the high school outreach program with the international humanitarian law team provided insight into the legal profession.

“My participation in a number of diverse UQ Pro Bono initiatives has enlivened me to the true meaning of integrity within the legal profession.” she said.

About the University of Queensland Law School Bachelor of Laws

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: November 30, 2014

Entry Requirements
Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

International applicants from Canada with a cumulative average of approximately 75 per cent or above in their university studies, are eligible to apply to University of Queensland Law School's graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws. Please note that each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study. The University of Queensland does not require the LSAT for entry. Work experience is not required for admission.

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing UQ’s LLB program.

Monday, September 29, 2014

UQ plans new student housing complex

Students at the University of Queensland will have greater choice in quality affordable accommodation, with plans for two new sustainable housing developments on the UQ St Lucia campus by 2018.

University of Queensland
UQ plans to add new student housing by 2018

Two sites are being considered for the proposed Student Housing Project, both on the university’s campus—a vacant block on Walcott Street and an adjacent block on Hood Street.

UQ Chief Operating Officer Maurie McNarn said the university was seeking an innovative design for a high-quality student housing precinct, and had called for expressions of interest from architectural firms and head contractors.

“We will select up to six architectural firms to participate in a design competition during October, with the successful architect and contractors likely to be appointed in December.”

He said the housing precinct would offer students quality accommodation at a reasonable price.

“The objective is to make optimal, sustainable use of the two UQ campus sites to promote a cohesive sense of community,” Mr McNarn said. “There will be limited off-street car parking, as experience has shown that students in such accommodation use fewer private cars.”

The precinct will be close to the core of UQ, public transport and local businesses.

Construction is expected to start in January 2016, with students moving in at the start of 2018.

UQ St Lucia

The university’s largest and possibly most attractive campus, UQ St Lucia, is situated in Brisbane, a dynamic capital city known for its excellent climate, high standard of living and secure quality of life. Almost all OzTREKK students note that the St Lucia main campus at UQ is stunning. The majestic sandstone buildings give the campus an intellectual feel while its sprawling parklands, abundant wildlife, and multiple sporting fields offer reprieve from the rigors of academia. Located less than 7 km outside of the Brisbane Central Business District and bordered on three sides by the Brisbane River, the campus has easy access to the city via foot, buses and the City Cat river ferry.

James Cook University State of the Tropics in the running for top green award

The landmark State of the Tropics project is in the running for a prestigious sustainability prize, emerging as a finalist for one of the coveted Green Gown Awards.

The Green Gown Awards Australasia recognise and reward universities and other tertiary institutions for their sustainability actions and initiatives.

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Study environmental sciences at Australia’s “tropical” university—James Cook University!

Led by James Cook University, the State of the Tropics project is a ground-breaking initiative that brings together leading research institutions from across the world’s tropical regions to answer the simple question: is life in the Tropics improving?

Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, launched the project’s first major report in Yangon in June. The project is a finalist in the “Social Responsibility” category.

James Cook University Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding said the nomination reflects the quality and breadth of the State of the Tropics project.

“The State of the Tropics is more than a research project. It delivers important contemporary data which show that while the Tropics is home to forty percent of the world’s population, it hosts about eighty percent of its terrestrial biodiversity. And by 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s children under fifteen years of age will be living in the Tropics.”

Professor Harding said the report demonstrates the great demographic, environmental and geopolitical significance of the region, describes the grand challenges facing the world’s tropical regions, and provides a baseline for a more sustainable global future.

“Given the international collaborative nature of the project and widespread publicity, the capacity of this project to raise awareness of sustainability issues facing the Tropics cannot be overstated,” Professor Harding said.

James Cook University is also a finalist in four other categories:
  • “Learning and Teaching”
  • “Student Engagement”
  • ACTS Awards of Excellence – Staff Finalists” (JCU Environment Manager, Adam Connell)
  • ACTS Awards of Excellence – Student Finalists” (Lucy Graham and Max Burns)
Last year JCU won the “ACTS Award of Excellence – Institutional” for its efforts to boost sustainability. The winners of the 2014 Green Gown awards will be announced in Hobart on Nov. 6.

Cate Blanchett receives honorary doctorate from Macquarie University

Actor Cate Blanchett has received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from  Macquarie University, Sept. 25, recognising her extraordinary contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community.

The award was presented to Blanchett in a morning graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Human Sciences.

“It is a privilege to be addressed by one of the world’s greatest actors this graduation day,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor S. Bruce Dowton.

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“Many of the students graduating today will feel great affection for Cate Blanchett, having grown up watching her in some of the most iconic films of their childhood and adolescence, and benefitting from her many contributions to our national conversation.”

Born in Melbourne, Blanchett graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1992. She appeared in several Sydney Theatre Company productions and Australian TV shows, before making her international film debut in 1997 with her role in Paradise Road.

In her career across stage and screen, Blanchett has received numerous film and theatre awards including two Academy Awards, three Baftas and three Golden Globe awards. She has also been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister for Culture.  She served as Co-Artistic Director and CEO of the Sydney Theatre Company from 2008–2013, alongside Andrew Upton.

Blanchett’s stage roles include The Maids, Hedda Gabler, The Wars of the Roses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya and Gross und Klein. In film, her work includes Blue Jasmine, Elizabeth, The Golden Age, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Aviator; I’m Not There, Notes on a Scandal, Robin Hood, Hanna, Veronica GuerinThe Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

Blanchett received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2007 was named one of 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine.

A Patron of the Sydney Film Festival, Blanchett is also an Ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Film Institute. She holds honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from the University of NSW and the University of Sydney, and is the mother of three boys.

Macquarie University Faculty of Arts

In the Faculty of Arts at  Macquarie University, students and staff work together within and across disciplinary boundaries to ask questions about socially complex problems, identify paths of research, analyze and communicate ideas in creative formats and reflect on the skills and knowledge they will need to understand the world, past and present.

Students are encouraged to use their skills and talents to connect with local and global communities. The faculty offers undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research degree programs and is home to a number of internationally recognized research centres.

Melbourne Engineering and IT jumps nine places in QS Rankings

The University of Melbourne has maintained its position as number 1 in Australia for Engineering and Technology in the latest QS World University Rankings by Faculty.

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Melbourne is the #1 Australian uni for Engineering and IT
The latest announcement has seen Engineering and IT at Melbourne jump by nine places internationally, up from number 32 to number 23 in the world.

Overall, the University of Melbourne is currently ranked 33 in the world according to QS, and is the top ranked Australian institution for research citations.

The latest rankings success follows on from last month’s announcement of the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities results, which placed Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne at number 44 in the world, the first time the discipline had been ranked within the top 50 in that ranking system.

Engineering and Information Technology at Melbourne is also ranked number 1 in Australia and 32 in the world according to the Times Higher Education Rankings for 2014. Earlier this year, QS  ranked Melbourne’s engineering and IT disciplines as follows:
  • 16th in the world and 1 in Australia for Chemical Engineering
  • 15th in the world and 1 in Australia for Computer Science
  • 17th in the world and 1 in Australia for Mechanical Engineering
  • 28th in the world and 1 in Australia for Electrical Engineering
Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, Professor Iven Mareels welcomed the latest rankings announcement for Engineering and Technology at Melbourne.

“It is an encouraging recognition of our efforts to achieve world-class teaching, learning and research in our discipline. It is a reflection on the hard work, dedication and high-calibre of our staff at the Melbourne School of Engineering,” he said.

“We will continue to build on our reputation as we strive to remain one the world’s great institutions for engineering and IT.”

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bond ramps up entrepreneurial program with launch of Bond Business Accelerator

Bond University has ramped up its entrepreneurial portfolio with the launch of a second program for young business start-ups.

Bond Business Accelerator is offering six teams of budding entrepreneurs with innovative business start-up ideas the opportunity to win $5,000, receive expert mentoring and also take part in a tour to Silicon Valley in the US later this year.

Bond University Business School
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The new program, which is open to Bond University students and graduates, will be run in collaboration with the Start Up Really Fast (S.U.R.F.) accelerator run by local not-for-profit Silicon Lakes. The Bond Business Accelerator is funded by the Bond Faculty of Business.

Bond Business Accelerator Program Manager Tres West said the initiative was a structured commercialisation program coupled with expert mentoring, networking and pitching opportunities.

He said the collaboration with Silicon Lakes’ S.U.R.F. provided participants with exposure to experienced mentors, access to their commercial start-up program and the chance to share the company’s working space.

“Over a twelve-week period, the start-ups who have qualified to be part of the Bond Business Accelerator evolve and then pitch their ideas and business plan to a panel of mentors and experts, with the one thought to have the greatest chance of success receiving $5,000 to enable that team to progress their business further,” he said.

“There are also a lot of other non-monetary benefits for all the participants, including the chance to join the Australian start-up contingent travelling to Silicon Valley and San Francisco this December.”

Mr West said the current program had evolved from the successful INCUBATE program which ran at Bond University earlier this year in partnership with The University of Sydney Union and Google for Entrepreneurs.

“The INCUBATE program was a huge success, with many of our participants now up and running, attracting funding and turning a profit,” he said.

“We gained some excellent learnings through our participation in INCUBATE, which we’ll capitalise on with our new program.

“The Bond Business Accelerator curriculum will be more structured and provide more and richer educational content for participants. Our Bondies will also be more engaged with the local start-up community and be exposed to more learning opportunities, including internships.”

One of the six participants in the Bond Business Accelerator program, Jackson Johnston, has established a business, Global Agricultural Exports, which has partnered with Australia’s leading camel exporters and is currently facilitating the development of a sustainable camel industry in Australia that satisfies domestic and international demand for camel products.  Globalex operations also support Australian business, indigenous employment and education and efficient livestock solutions that create economic benefits for stakeholders.

Environmental scientist Tim Flannery joins University of Melbourne

One of Australia’s most highly regarded environmental scientists, Professor Tim Flannery, will join the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute as a Professorial Fellow.

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Professor Flannery said he was delighted to join the University of Melbourne in this role where he could further contribute to research and engagement on issues of sustainability and climate change.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing human beings on the planet. I’m pleased to take up the appointment to continue to push frontiers and move forward in dealing with climate change,” said Professor Flannery.

“The research I am planning to undertake at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute will focus on what is needed to renew and replenish the Earth’s ecosystem,” he said.

Professor Brendan Gleeson, Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, said Professor Flannery’s appointment was an outstanding addition to the university community.

“Professor Flannery’s scientific and policy work on sustainability is world class. He is an invaluable source of clear ideas on how we can change direction before it’s too late. We are incredibly pleased to have him on board,” he said.

Professor Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007 for his work on population levels and carbon emissions and was also Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, an international climate change awareness group. He was the Chief Commissioner of the Climate Commission before it was dismantled in 2013 and subsequently launched the Climate Council to ensure the continued provision of independent information on the science of climate change to the Australian public.

The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute is dedicated to supporting research, projects and conversations about sustainability, as well as investigating the human and environmental challenges created by climate change.

Environmental Sciences at the University of Melbourne

  • Master of Agribusiness
  • Master of Agricultural Science
  • Master of Animal Science
  • Master of Environment
  • Master of Food and Packaging Innovation
  • Master of Food Science
  • Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
  • Master of Science (Geography)
  • Master of Urban Horticulture

University of Sydney vet studies link between pet abuse and domestic violence

Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science Pathology Resident Dr Lydia Tong has shown vets how to tell the difference between bone fractures caused by accidents and those caused by abuse.

Pet abuse and domestic violence are closely linked. Dr Tong’s fracture identification methods are giving vets the added confidence to identify cases of violence against pets and could serve as a warning of domestic violence.

University of Sydney Veterinary School
The Sydney Vet School Emergency Hospital sees pet abuse cases

Now, in a new study with Domestic Violence NSW, Dr Tong, from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science, is looking deeper into the connections between animal abuse and domestic violence to assess the need for better services to protect both human and animal victims.

“Around seventy percent of women escaping violent homes also report pet abuse,” Dr Tong said. “So vets are often the first to see evidence of abuse in a family, when they treat injured pets.”

“Different forces on bones can tell a story—the skeleton of an animal keeps a distinct record that indicates the force applied to bones from past injuries, breaks or fractures. But it can often be difficult for vets to say with confidence whether a fracture has resulted from abuse or accident.”

To give vets this confidence, in a 2014 study, Dr Tong collected cases of abused dogs that were punched, hit with a blunt weapon or kicked, and examined the fractures from these injuries. She then compared these fractures to those caused by genuine accidents. Her results, published in The Veterinary Journal, identified five key features of fractures that vets could look for to distinguish accidents from abuse.

Now, having given vets this reference to diagnose abuse, the Sydney Veterinary School pathology resident and her colleagues are gathering more information on the connections between domestic violence and animal abuse.

“We already know that many women will delay seeking shelter if their pets are threatened or can’t be housed along with them,” explains Dr Tong.

“US studies also tell us that domestic violence perpetrators who also abuse pets are more dangerous—they have increased rates of physical and sexual violence and stalking, and are more likely to kill their partners.

“We need to know more about the relationship between animal and human abuse in Australia so that we can recognise abuse earlier, save lives, and provide appropriate services for victims and for their pets.”

The study will survey victims of domestic violence who are also pet owners.

“Perpetrators of violence will often threaten to abuse or harm family pets as a way to exert control,” said Moo Baulch, CEO of Domestic Violence NSW.

“This research is essential because we need to have a much clearer picture of the connections between domestic and family violence and the abuse of animals.

Building a solid evidence base in this area will assist policymakers, domestic and family violence services and people working with animals to better respond to the needs of women and children with pets who are experiencing violence and are afraid to leave.”

Dr Tong and her team are keen to hear from other domestic violence support agencies, services or refuges that would be willing to be involved with this study.

Sydney Veterinary School Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The Sydney DVM is an exciting new graduate entry veterinary program, commencing in 2015. The DVM replaces the university’s existing Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and is open to applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree who wish to study veterinary medicine in a postgraduate learning environment. This program is internationally recognised and accredited so graduates can work around the world.

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

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
Students can apply for a position into the Sydney DVM after completing any kind of bachelor’s degree at a recognized university, as long as program prerequisite units of study have been met.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite units of study at bachelor’s degree level to be eligible for entry:
  • general chemistry (physical and inorganic)
  • organic chemistry
  • biology
  • biochemistry
The minimum GPA for entry is a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale; however, places are limited and there is a strict quota for this course. Entry is highly competitive so students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of receiving an offer.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

University of Newcastle student living

The University of Newcastle's exciting new residential development on the Callaghan campus is nearing completion, and students will soon have the chance to be one of its first residents, with applications for 2015 set to open on Oct. 1.

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UON boosts its accommodation options

Take a virtual tour of the new facilities: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/uon-student-living/uon-student-living

Due for completion later this year, the four multi-level residences will boast 336 self-catered apartments and almost 800 beds, and is the largest accommodation build undertaken by UON since the construction of Edwards Hall in 1972.

A home for University of Newcastle students from across Australia and around the world, UON Student Living provides a student experience like no other. The development of the four new apartment blocks will see capacity to accommodate students almost double.

The accommodation project aims to address the shortage of contemporary and affordable student housing in the Hunter region, while providing an enhanced student experience.

For convenience, student community life, support, affordability and peace of mind, UON Student Living is the ideal choice. Living within walking distance of lectures and classes, as well as being surrounded by hundreds of fellow students with common study goals, makes academic life the first focus for UON student residents.

About Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery

The Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery offers high-quality degrees in a vibrant and supportive learning environment to prepare students for a rewarding career in health care. The school offers courses across three campuses: Berwick, Clayton, and the Peninsula. These include undergraduate (single and double-degrees), honours, postgraduate courses, and PhD studies.

Monash University Nursing School
Study nursing at Monash University

Programs, developed in collaboration with the school’s professional partners, are responsive to the needs of the nursing and midwifery industry and engaging for students.

Monash University Nursing School’s popular postgraduate courses prepare students for advanced general and specialist practice and can be tailored to suit individual career aspirations. Academic staff enjoy an international research profile in areas such as education in nursing, palliative care, mental health, emergency care, midwifery and paediatrics.

Why study Master of Nursing Practice?

If you’re not happy with the direction your career has taken, here’s your chance to explore alternative options for a satisfying, fulfilling and respected profession. This intensive program gives graduates with non-nursing degrees the opportunity to switch careers and reap the rewards of becoming a highly skilled carer.

The chance it offers to rethink careers is changing the face of nursing, with many more men represented in the course than in nursing generally, where only about 10 per cent of nurses are male.

The course is an effective blend of theory and practice, with about half the study week spent in class and the other half in clinical practice, allowing students to apply and reinforce new knowledge quickly.

Monash University is linked to leading research centres and teaching hospitals across metropolitan and regional Victoria, where students have access to great facilities and learn from some of the most experienced and capable medical practitioners and researchers in the country.

The Master of Nursing Practice is held at the Clayton campus, and is a full-time intensive 18-month course. It offers a professional nursing qualification for individuals who have gained a non-nursing undergraduate degree. This program builds on prior knowledge and skills and facilitates the development of professional nursing practice through engagement with expert clinical nurses, contemporary nursing theory and evidence. This is an intensive 18-month course run over four semesters (includes a summer semester). Applicants must show evidence of some previous study in human biology at the university level. The school offers a Human Biology Short Course which is available to those graduates from other disciplines without such evidence.

Clayton campus has approximately 26,000 students and is the largest of all eight campuses. It is located 20 km southeast of Melbourne. The campus offers a rich array of sporting, cultural and educational events and facilities.

Program: Master of Nursing Practice
Location: Clayton campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: February 2015 and July 2015
Duration: 18 months

Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the Monash University Nursing School to submit their applications at least three months prior to the program start date.

Entry Requirements for Canadians
Eligible applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. Applicants must have completed prerequisite university subjects in human biology.

New law professors to join Melbourne Law School for the 2015 academic year

Six outstanding new law professors will be joining Melbourne Law School for the 2015 academic year.

Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans says that the new staff members were selected from a very wide pool of applicants and will bring a diverse range of areas of expertise and experience to the law school.

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“Our new academics have trained at some of the world’s leading institutions including Oxford, Yale and Stanford. They have demonstrated the highest quality of scholarship and a deep commitment to teaching excellence,” says Professor Evans. “We are looking forward to welcoming them next year.”

Inbar Levy
Inbar is a graduate of Hebrew University and Oxford University where she earned a BCL and is currently completing her DPhil.  Inbar is qualified in both law and psychology and brings these two disciplines to bear in her research on civil procedure.

Inbar has won numerous awards including the Modern Law Review Doctoral Scholarship and has also spent time at Columbia as a visiting research fellow.  Inbar will be joining Melbourne Law School as a lecturer teaching across dispute resolution, evidence and torts.  Her research is on civil procedure reform and judicial decision making.  She will start in the middle of 2015 after finishing a period visiting Harvard.

Dr William (Will) Partlett
Will is a graduate of Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford with qualifications in both history and law.  He has also held a teaching fellowship at Columbia and is currently on faculty at Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He has also tutored at both Stanford and Oxford and clerked for Justice Phyllis Kravitch on the eleventh circuit.

Will teaches in constitutional and criminal law.  His research is in comparative constitutional law with a particular emphasis on the former Soviet Union states and the United States (he is fluent in Russian).  He will be joining the law school as a senior lecturer in the middle of the year.

Dr Kristen Rundle
Kristen joins the law school at the start of 2015 as a senior lecturer. Kristen is a graduate of the universities of Sydney and Toronto where her PhD thesis won the prize for best thesis in the university.

The book that she wrote from this thesis (Forms Liberate) has been widely acclaimed including coming second in the Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.  Kristen researches and teaches in administrative law and legal theory.  She is currently a senior lecturer at UNSW and has previously held a position at LSE.

Scott Stephenson
Scott is a graduate of ANU and has a master’s and is completing a JSD from Yale. He has been an associate to Justice Bell of the High Court and also spent a year as a research officer at the High Court. He has spent some time working at the Administrative Review Council at the Attorney-General’s department.

His research focuses on comparative constitutional protection of bills of rights and he teaches in constitutional and administrative law. Scott will be joining the law school at the start of 2015 as a lecturer.

Dr Lael (Lulu) Weis
Lu is a current Melbourne Law School teacher who has been a McKenzie fellow and is currently on a teaching contract.  She researches on the theory of property law and constitutional law.

Lu is a graduate of Stanford where she has obtained degrees in both law and philosophy and of the University of Washington.  She has taught at both Melbourne and Stanford and also run the highly successful Legal Theory Workshop here at Melbourne.  She will be teaching in property law, legal theory and constitutional law.

Judith Marychurch
Judith will be joining the law school as the assistant dean (Teaching and Learning) and a senior lecturer. Judith is originally a Melbourne Law School graduate and has been teaching at Wollongong for many years.

Judith teaches evidence and corporate law and researches in these areas as well as on legal education. Judith starts at the Law School in April but will spend several days with the Law School during the rest of this year and during 2015 orientation.

About Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School is ranked in the top 10 law schools in the world. In April 2014, Melbourne Law School was once again named the number one law school in Australia by the QS World University Ranking by Subject. At number 8, it is the only Australian law school to be numbered among the world’s top 10. The QS World University Rankings evaluate university education and are the first to rank universities at individual subject level in the world. The rankings are based on research citations and data on reputation, including surveys of academics and graduate employers.

University of Sydney expert: expect more deadly pandemics

Australia should upgrade its infectious disease control capabilities by adopting a US-style Centers of Disease Control, according to a University of Sydney Medical School expert who warns that the world will see more frequent epidemics.

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“Despite our advancing ability to fight infectious disease epidemics and rapidly identify the microbes that cause them, we should expect new and more frequent epidemics as human populations get bigger and better connected,” says Professor Eddie Holmes, who spoke at the University of Sydney's 21st Century Medicine Series on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

“When humans made the shift from hunter-gatherer to an agricultural society they created the first big opportunity for the rise and spread of infectious diseases in humans,” says Holmes, an evolutionary biologist who has studied viruses and other microbes for more than 20 years.

“As we settled in large villages and began living closely with farming animals we optimised the conditions for viruses and bacteria to move from animals to humans. Epidemics like the plague, Ebola, and the avian flu are examples of deadly diseases that jumped the species boundary from animals to humans.

“Fast forward to the twenty-first century, with its megacities, factory-farmed animals, and millions of people jetting around the world daily and nowhere is safe—not even a relatively isolated place like Australia.”

Originally trained as an anthropologist (his doctoral research focused on the evolutionary history of human populations), Professor Holmes first got hooked on viruses during a postdoctoral post at the University of California, Davis.

Since then he has expanded his research to include important human and animal virus such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, yellow fever, dengue, rabies, bat lyssaviruses and influenza.

“Whether a virus can jump species depends on the interplay between ecology and genetics,” says Holmes, whose recent work reveals the basic ground rules of disease emergence.

As an example of such a rule, Holmes says we’re more vulnerable to viruses from other mammals rather than plants because we have similar cells, a subject explored in frightening detail by author David Quammen, in Spillover.

Professor Holmes says that a globally connected surveillance and response network with rapid access to shared data, clear national response protocols, and the capacity to rapidly coordinate and deploy appropriate infection control resources, provides the best option to protect against pandemic disease.

University of Sydney Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

MD Research
Research Methods is introduced in Stage 1 of the program. Students gain knowledge and understanding of research methods to be able to design, conduct and report on a small scale case series study independently.

Core content and a range of options enable students, depending on a background knowledge and skills, to focus on particular areas of research interest for a research or capstone project.

During Stage 2, students are required to plan a research or capstone project that they will conduct during Stage 3. The objective of the MD project is to give students the experience of developing, managing and reporting on a circumscribed project under supervision. Students will have a wide range of choices for their MD Projects, ranging from an advanced clinical assignment to a small research project. The “MD project” will culminate in a written report or an article suitable for publication.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UQ Pharmacy online seminar tonight

UQ Pharmacy School’s Professor Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 24, specifically for students who are interested in the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of Queensland.

UQ Pharmacy School
Study pharmacy at the UQ School of Pharmacy!

UQ Pharmacy School Online Seminar Details

This webinar will be designed to give students more detailed information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy program, the UQ Pharmacy School and its state-of-the-art facilities, placements, graduate outcomes, and credit transfers.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time)

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About Credit Transfers

Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy program. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in three years instead of four. Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady will be attending this seminar and can answer your questions about credit transfers!

It’s not too late to apply!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2014

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair in Montreal

On Wednesday, October 8, OzTREKK will be hosting a Study in Australia Fair for everyone living in the Montreal area!

Hope to see you at the Study in Australia Fair!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study in Australia? Would you like more information about studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, and physiotherapy in Australia?

Please join us for this upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair! This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. Come meet our Australian university representatives and ask as many questions as you wish about the program that interests you. All eight of OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be there to help!

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
Venue: Room 302, Shatner Building, McGill University
Map: http://tiny.cc/McGillShatnerBldg


Since Australian universities only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event. At the fair, you will be able to meet all Australian university staff and learn more about their
  • universities
  • programs available
  • program entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation options
  • student loans and financing options
  • accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia

UQ celebrates rising stars at Women in Technology awards

Two University of Queensland early-career researchers have been recognised by their peers for their promising medical and technology research at the 17th annual Women in Technology (WiT) awards ceremony.

Dr Irina Vetter, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and UQ School of Pharmacy, won the WiT Rising Star Award for her research to understand the causes of pain and develop new treatments for the one in five Australians living with chronic pain.

UQ School of Pharmacy
Study pharmacy at the UQ Pharmacy School

“Pain is something we have all experienced, and usually we expect this pain will go away—but this isn’t the case for those living with chronic pain,” she said.

“Chronic pain also has a huge impact on the community, and together with my colleagues in IMB’s Centre for Pain Research, we are working to put it on the national health agenda,” she said.

Dr Helen Huang, from the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, won the WiT Infotech Research Award for her contribution in the field of big data management and analysis.

“With the rapid population growth of social websites, we are now having vast amounts of social media data that can be used for analysing and predicting real-world events,” Dr Huang said.

“The predictions provide an opportunity of timely response to emergencies such as disease outbreaks and natural disasters, as well as prevention of crime, security breaches and the like.

“This award is a fantastic recognition of my work and such a wonderful encouragement that my work is important for our future society.”

The award winners each received a $1000 prize to support their research.

WiT is one of Queensland’s most respected and active technology industry associations and a peak body for women in the technology and life sciences sectors in Queensland.

About the Bachelor of Pharmacy at the UQ School of Pharmacy

The University of Queensland Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2014

About the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Located within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, the School of ITEE is at the forefront of research, teaching and learning across the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and Engineering disciplines.

The School of ITEE offers a multifaceted suite of teaching programs, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Information Technology, Engineering Hardware, Software and Information Management, Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia Design.

James Cook University wins national teaching and learning awards

James Cook University is again toasting its success, winning a clean sweep of national teaching and learning awards.

JCU is one of two Australian universities to win all of the six possible Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

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The Deputy Vice Chancellor for the Division of Academic and Student Life, Professor Sally Kift said it’s an outstanding result for JCU to receive the maximum number of awards.

“It highlights the passion, commitment and excellence of our dedicated teaching staff and confirms JCU's leadership position in the sector in learning and teaching.”

The Office for Learning and Teaching awards the citations to recognise excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to student learning.

Citations recognise and reward the impact that each of our dedicated teachers has had both in their discipline and on our students’ experience of their learning. The Citations showcase our many new and exceptionally innovative approaches to learning and teaching,” Professor Kift said.

The Citations come just weeks after James Cook University again scored strong results in an authoritative ranking of global universities, as well as Australia’s Good Universities Guide.

Professor Kift has congratulated all of the Citation winners and thanked them for their outstanding contributions to students’ learning.

“Our students deserve the best possible learning environments and these awards demonstrate that across our JCU campuses and disciplines—in this instance, ranging across science, teacher education, creative arts, multi-media journalism, maths and medicine—students are getting the best of the educational opportunities available in Australia.”

Each of the winners receives $10,000 and will be presented with their Citations at a ceremony in Brisbane on Sept. 29.

About James Cook University

James Cook University is the second oldest university in Queensland, and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.

Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant, multi-campus university with its main sites in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, and modern city campuses in Singapore and Brisbane. Total student enrolments are more than 17,000 and growing, including over 4,000 international students from 100 countries. James Cook University's activities have a strong focus in regional Queensland, but its impact and reach are international. There are more 300 programs available to international students to study at JCU.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Join us at the Study in Australia Fair, Carleton University!

Each fall we travel across Canada to meet with Canadian students interested in pursuing their career dreams in Australia. We bring the information to them, making it easy to access the answers needed when considering studies in Australia.

Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Are you curious about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia? OzTREKK will be visiting Carleton University on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 for our annual fall OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair.

Australian universities in Australia
Monash University booth at a previous OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

Carleton University
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons, Carleton University
Map: http://tiny.cc/CarletonU


Come meet with representatives from
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their universities, programs, entry requirements, campus lifestyles, accommodation options, student loans and financing options, and accreditation—about coming back to Canada or staying in Australia!

Macquarie linguistics PhD candidate to attend 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue

Macquarie Linguistics PhD candidate Alexandra Grey has been selected from 200 young Australian professionals, entrepreneurs, and students, to attend the 2014 Australia-China Youth Dialogue, a youth-driven bilateral conference to take place this November in Beijing.

Macquarie University Linguistics School
Macquarie University Spatial Experience

After being shortlisted following her written application in July, and finally selected after an interview in September, Alex and a small number of emerging Australian leaders will spend four days meeting with young Chinese counterparts and a series of established diplomatic, corporate, academic and civil society leaders from both countries.

“The ACYD’s invited speakers are diplomatic, business and academic leaders I would not have access to otherwise. To be able to speak with them in small groups during workshops is bound to be thought provoking,” said Alex.

“I am especially looking forward to learning from the other young Australian and Chinese delegates, because they come from such an array of specialties. It’s not just cross-disciplinary, but cutting across all kinds of sectors and fields of experience.”

The group will discuss key aspects of the Australia-China relationship over a program of seminars and workshops on energy and climate change; global health and food safety risks; China, Africa and economic development; China, Australia and the USA’s international relations; security and crises; governance; art and cultural exchange; philanthropy; and entrepreneurship.

Alex’s doctoral research focuses on China’s ethnic minorities and their languages, supervised by Professor Ingrid Piller from the Macquarie Department of Linguistics. Alex lived, worked, studied and travelled in China from 2010–2013, and recently visited eight provinces for her PhD field work. She conducts her field work interviews in Mandarin, which she started studying in her lunch breaks at work six years ago.

Before commencing her PhD at Macquarie University, Alex was an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, working at a public interest law NGO called Beijing Yilian Legal Aid and Study Center for Labor. She has also taught debate and critical thinking at Beijing Foreign Studies University, adjudicated many debate tournaments in China, and received a China Scholarship Council scholarship to study Mandarin in Beijing. A graduate of Beijing Language and Culture University and Tsinghua University, she also writes for whydev.org and the blogs The China Beat and Language on the Move.

“My interests are in higher education and the NGO sector, and also in policy-making relating to those areas. I plan to be a well informed and bi-cultural and to use the insights from ACYD in these areas after I finish my PhD,” the Macquarie Linguistics PhD candidate said.

“Australia benefits from having people with an interest and an in-depth, reality-based understanding of China. We also benefit if China has an increasingly clear understanding of Australia. I think person-to-person diplomacy and continuing exchanges of ideas are especially powerful vehicles for this.”

In addition to her doctoral studies, Alex is a tutor for a course on governance and Australian policy-making at Macquarie Law School. She represented Macquarie at the G20 Youth Forum earlier this year, adding to her extensive and varied experience that saw her selected for the 2014  Australia-China Youth Dialogue.

About the Macquarie University Department of Linguistics

The Macquarie Department of Linguistics is the largest of its kind in Australia, which includes substantial postgraduate programs, a full undergraduate program, more than 900 postgraduate coursework students, nearly 100 research students and four research centres of international standing.

The strength of the department lies in its breadth of coverage of linguistics sub-disciplines, and it has particular strengths in the areas of systemic functional linguistics, speech and hearing and language teaching. It has long been recognized for its research and teaching in areas such as lexicography and corpus linguistics, in phonetics and phonology (especially as applied to computer-based research in speech technology and speech perception), and in communication disorders. The department has a strong interest in the description of modern English language, especially work in systemic-functional grammar, in discourse analysis and pragmatics and in Australian English.

New UQ telehealth centre a boon for rural and remote Queenslanders

Queensland has claimed a knockout blow against the tyranny of distance in health care with the recent opening of the University of Queensland’s Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth.

UQ Medical School
UQ School of Medicine, Ipswich campus

UQ Centre for Online Health Deputy Director Associate Professor Anthony Smith said the telehealth centre would focus on delivering health services to remote and regional areas, connecting city-based specialists with patients across the state.

“More than a million Queenslanders live in remote and regional areas, sometimes hundreds of kilometres from a health clinic or access to a medical specialist,” Dr Smith said. “Telehealth, which links clinicians with patients with health services, using techniques such as videoconferencing and email, will connect people living in remote places with specialist services not readily available in rural and remote areas.”

Dr Smith said the centre would support collaboration between research teams working to develop capacity in telehealth for everyone in Queensland.

“However, it will have a significant focus on Indigenous Australian health care, working to improve the health status of indigenous Australians, who have a lower expectancy than their non-indigenous counterparts, mainly due to a higher prevalence of chronic health conditions.

“The telehealth centre will be of particular benefit to the state’s remote Indigenous communities, with programs such as a mobile telemedicine service established in the South Burnett.

“Usually patients need to travel to receive specialist care, often very long distances, which is not only inconvenient but also very expensive.”

Dr Smith said some specialist teams travelled to remote communities to deliver health-care services, but such trips were intermittent.

“Some patients don’t receive the care they require because of the difficulties of having to leave their community for an appointment or treatment,” he said.

“One example of highly effective telehealth is the mobile telemedicine program in Cherbourg, which delivers routine ear and hearing screening services and a visiting outreach program that delivers surgical services in the community.”

The program collects patient information and digital images that are assessed by a team of specialists at Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

Aboriginal Health Worker Cecil Brown, who manages the Cherbourg screening, said the telemedicine service started in 2009, and routine health screening had been carried out at 21 schools for approximately 1,250 children.

He said screening for chronic ear conditions had increased from about 38 per cent to more than 85 per cent of eligible cases, and the waiting time from referral to specialist appointments had reduced from 73 days in 2009 to 29 days in 2011.

An ear, nose and throat specialist visits the Cherbourg area based on the assessments, and can do any necessary surgery having already assessed and identified the child as needing treatment.

The screening service comprises a custom-designed screening van with telemedicine equipment on board, with wireless telecommunication links so specialists in Brisbane can assess children from a distance using information collected by health workers in the community.

About UQ Centre for Online Health

The Centre for Online Health (COH) is a part of the UQ School of Medicine within the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland. With more than 12 years of experience, the COH is recognized internationally for its role in research, service delivery and education and training in the fields of telemedicine, telehealth and e-Healthcare.

The centre’s keys areas of activity include
  • clinically focussed research with an emphasis on examining the feasiblity, efficacy, clinical effectiveness and economics of telehealth and telemedicine in a variety of settings;
  • academic and vocational education and training in e-Healthcare and clinical telehealth; and
  • functioning as a service provider of clinical telemedicine services.
These three synergistic activities provide a unique environment in which telemedicine within the modern health service may be explored and understood.

Study in Australia Fair at the University of Ottawa

We’ve got great news for everyone living in the Ottawa Valley area!

On Tuesday, October 7, OzTREKK and all eight of our Australian universities will be hosting the Fall Study in Australia Fair at the University of Ottawa. If you’ve ever wondered about studying at another university—in another country—don’t miss this event!

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Join us for the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible. Come visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

University of Ottawa
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Atrium, University Centre, University of Ottawa
Map: http://tiny.cc/OttawaU


Chat with Australian university representatives to find out more about the programs that interest you. Find out more about accommodation, scholarships, and accreditation processes.

See you at the fair, Ottawa U!

Sydney Pharmacy making a difference for people with diabetes

Staff from the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy welcomed more than 200 alumni and guests at the sold-out “Under the Scope: Dinner for Diabetes Research” in August 2014, highlighting the work of our leading researchers.

“The Faculty of Pharmacy has a long-standing interest and national and international reputation in diabetes research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical and translational research to offering diabetes health services in community pharmacies,” said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of Pharmacy.

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“It is here at the University of Sydney that we are leading the innovation in diabetes research.”

The evening served to celebrate the faculty’s latest research breakthroughs and developments, such as Associate Professor Thomas Grewal and his team’s world-first discovery of a link between cholesterol and wound healing, a major health issue for diabetic patients. Guests also learned about the work of Professor Ines Krass and her team’s community health services initiative, and Professor David Hibbs, whose team is focusing on the development of novel anti-diabetic drugs.

Along with lab-based research projects focusing on drug-target identification and drug development,  Sydney Pharmacy is also creating better management, treatment and prevention models for metabolic syndromes, and is actively examining new ways to improve health outcomes.

Professor Ramzan emphasised the prevalence of diabetes, Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease and the sixth highest cause of death, recognising that many in the audience or their family members may have had personal experience with the disease.

“Diabetes is so prevalent that we can be complacent about how it impacts a person’s lifestyle, not to mention its potentially devastating complications,” he said.

“Your presence here tonight is testament to your concern for this major health issue and belief that innovations in diabetes management can flow from research at this institution.”

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at the University of Sydney

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. If you’re interested in applying to the Bachelor of Pharmacy at Sydney, please note the application deadline for the 2015 intake is coming up next week!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2014

Research at the University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy

Research at the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy is structured around five themes that closely reflect the Australian Government’s health priorities. These are cancer, cardiovascular and diabetes, health services and patient safety, mental health and respiratory disease.

Sydney Pharmacy’s internationally renowned researchers are experts in a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, including the design, synthesis, testing and mechanism of action of drugs, studies on advanced drug delivery, investigation of the fate of drugs in humans including pharmacogenomics and other aspects of drug disposition, and research on the clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services research.

Monday, September 22, 2014

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at Queen’s

Every Fall, we invite our select Australian universities to join us in Canada for our OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs in order to showcase the exceptional programs and schools in Australia that are available to Canadian students. Since Australian university representatives only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event!

This year, we will be visiting Queen’s University on Monday, October 6, 2014 to give Canadian students the opportunity to learn more about their program options at Australian universities.

Australian universities in Australia
Join us for the fair at Queen’s University!
All eight of OzTREKK’s Australian universities will attend the fair at Queen’s, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise hundreds of students and their parents of their study options in Australia.

Event Details

Queen’s University
Date: Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Outside, Corner of University Avenue & Union Street (Outside JDUC), Queen’s University
Map: http://tiny.cc/QueensUni

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

Please join us for this fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university representatives and to learn more about their universities, programs, campus lifestyle, entry requirements, accommodation and more. The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

Why go to university in Australia?

Because Australia has some of the world’s best universities, that’s why! Innovative programs, some available nowhere else. A wonderful climate. A reasonable cost of living. Exotic travel experiences. Incredibly friendly people….

For students, Australia pretty much has it all, which is why it has more than 250,000 international students, making it one of world’s most popular foreign study destinations.

Besides being a great experience, studying at an Australian university is a great way to gain an edge in an increasingly globalized economy. No matter which university or program you choose, international study in Australia will give you access to unique academic, professional and personal opportunities.