Friday, October 31, 2014

Monash University and Alfred Hospital form united approach to India’s road toll

One person is killed on the roads every two to four minutes in India, a terrible toll that experts believe could be reduced by improving the trauma response system in the country’s hospitals.

A research program involving five Indian hospitals in three cities – Mumbai, New Delhi and Ahmedabad—has taken on the challenge. The program is led by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and Australia’s National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI), a partnership between Monash University and The Alfred Hospital.

Monash University Medical School
Roads in India are notoriously dangerous

The four-year Australia-India Trauma Systems Collaboration (AITSC) is funded through the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Grand Challenge Scheme supported by both countries’ governments. The AUD$2.6-million award is the first major funding of its kind in the world and brings together clinicians, academic partners, industry, governments and the World Health Organization Global Alliance for Care of the Injured.

Professor Russell Gruen, a trauma surgeon and key AITSC architect, hopes the AITSC will find answers that will be broadly applicable to lower- and middle-income countries globally—where 90 per cent of the world’s injuries occur—as the developing world faces an epidemic of preventable death through injury.

“We are looking at things that are relatively low cost and that can be implemented without wholesale health-system change to improve patient outcomes,” the Monash University professor said.

The collaboration will develop and test innovative pre-hospital, hospital, and post-hospital interventions that could improve care of the injured in countries at all levels of development. It builds on evidence that improving systems of care has been effective in reducing injury-related death and disability in high-income countries.

One of the first elements to be trialled is simply advising a hospital in advance that accident victims are on their way. Currently patients often show up without any warning, meaning already overcrowded hospitals are ill-prepared to treat them.

Rather than trying to implement entire new ambulance services or radio networks, existing mobile phone technology could be used to advise hospitals of incoming patients. AITSC project members will work with existing providers, including police, to develop this and other cost-effective options to help hospitals be better prepared when a patient arrives.

Professor Russell Gruen
Russell Gruen is a general and trauma surgeon at The Alfred, Professor of Surgery and Public Health at Monash University, and Director of the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI). Under Professor Gruen’s leadership, the NTRI has developed research programs to improve care of the injured through more effective treatments, higher quality care, and better trauma systems.

Medicine at Monash University

The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals. With a focus on rural health, all student teaching and clinical placements take place throughout Gippsland. Students will predominantly spend the first year in the purpose-built Gippsland facility and undertake clinical rotations at hospitals, community health centres and general practices over the four years of the course.

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences designated as WHO Collaborating Centre

The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre (CC) in Health Workforce Development in Rehabilitation and Long Term Care was launched at an official function at the University of Sydney on Oct. 29.

University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School
Study OT and health sciences at the University of Sydney

The Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre with Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn at its head. This is only the second WHO CC to be established at the University of Sydney.

“Hosting this WHO Collaborating Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences is an excellent opportunity for the university to engage with the big issues and challenges in world health… Thought leadership is central to the university’s mission. Through the WHOCC, this leadership is transformed into research, policy and practice with global impact,” said Professor Llewellyn.

WHO collaborating centres are designated to bring expertise about local and global health challenges to the forefront of governments and society. There are currently approximately 700 WHO collaborating centres around the world, working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.

The role of the  centre at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences is to develop sustainable solutions to workforce challenges in rehabilitation and long-term care.

“The greatest challenge is designing health workforce models and effective interventions that meet the needs of the over 650 million persons with disabilities who live in Asia and the Pacific. Working with governments and civil society partners in countries in our region, the centre will build capacity in health workforce research, curricula, educators and practitioners in rehabilitation and long- term care. Importantly, the centre will also build capacity and expertise in health, disability and functioning data sets for administrative, clinical and research purposes,” said Professor Llewellyn.

The centre will work with staff across the faculty and the university to help solve health workforce challenges in rehabilitation and long-term care during its four-year term.

“Hosting this WHO Collaborating Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences is an excellent opportunity for the university to engage with the big issues and challenges in world health.”

University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.

As the course leads to eligibility to practice, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in contemporary health.

The university encourages applications from people from a range of backgrounds into its Master of Occupational Therapy program. The program is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their prior degree. Students who already have a background in health will be able to select their program electives, while those without such experience will be required to take prescribed electives.

Melbourne Law School insider trading study shows stronger enforcement

The first major study of the enforcement of Australia’s insider trading laws has shown the number of insider trading cases brought by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is increasing, and the regulator is having better success with its cases.

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

The recently published study analysed all insider trading enforcement cases since legislation to regulate it was introduced in 1971.

Leader of the study and Melbourne Law School professor, Ian Ramsay, said strong enforcement of insider trading laws was important to maintain investor confidence in the integrity of the financial markets, and also because compulsory superannuation means Australians are major investors in the financial markets.

“A key reason for undertaking this project was that evidence from international research has shown that strong enforcement of insider trading laws is associated with financial market development such as stock market capitalisation, trading volumes on stock exchanges, and the number of initial public stock offerings,” Professor Ramsay said.

Key findings from the study:
  • 92 per cent of defendants were male, and the most common age group was 30-49 years.
  • The most common employment of the defendants was, in order: company director, finance specialist, broker and senior executive. In one case, the defendant was an employee of the regulator.
  • 37 per cent of the companies whose securities were the subjects of alleged insider trading were in the mining industry.
  • The number of insider trading cases was increasing over time (with a total of 79 insider trading cases between 1973 and 2013).
  • ASIC (and its predecessors) were successful in only 51 per cent of the cases, which was well below the 95 per cent success rate for all major litigation commenced by ASIC. This showed the challenges ASIC had in this area. However, ASIC was becoming more successful, possibly because it was giving more resources to insider trading enforcement.
  • Most cases involved allegations of profiting by the defendant from the insider trading although in 26 per cent of the cases the defendant allegedly traded to avoid a loss. In 17 per cent of the cases, the alleged profit as a result of the insider trading was more than $1million.
The research was undertaken by Professor Ramsay and Victor Lei.

About the Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: November 30, 2014

Entry Requirements

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

Physiotherapy student having a blast at Macquarie

There’s no doubt that physiotherapy programs in Australia are one of the most popular among our students.

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School
Meredith—loving every minute of it!

OzTREKK student Meredith began her studies at Macquarie University Physiotherapy School in July 2014 and is thoroughly enjoying her time in Sydney. We recently wrangled Meredith into answering a bunch of questions for a “Student Profile” (thank you, Meredith!). If you’re wondering what studying physio in Australia is like, read on!

What pulled you toward studying physiotherapy?

I was always interested in health services. Initially I was drawn toward counseling but after several years of working in outreach and teaching yoga I noticed how the body is a powerful healing tool. I decided to turn my emphasis toward physiotherapy.

Why did you decide to study physiotherapy in Australia, and more specifically, Macquarie?

I was in Australia teaching yoga and taking a course in yoga therapy when my interest in physiotherapy began to grow. I decided to upgrade a few of my sciences courses at Macquarie University. I was impressed by the facilities available to students, particularly the wet lab, as well as the quality of the teaching staff. I looked into their physiotherapy program and was impressed by its layout. I spoke with students from other universities who said some prominent teachers had started the Macquarie Physiotherapy program. I saw the three-year Doctor of Physiotherapy program as very distinct and unlike anything I had seen in Canada.

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School
Fellow DPT student Alexa getting a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment

How would you describe your experience thus far in the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy program?

This program is truly unique. On top of weekly lectures and tutorials we get to take part in professional development. We have opportunities to volunteer and observe in various clinical settings throughout the allied health field. Within the first few weeks we are learning and experiencing about physiotherapy in action. Besides all the perks of the program the students cohort is very close. With only 66 students we have become tight-knit. Although we are all very driven to get top marks, everyone wants to help. If someone has special knowledge or skill they immediately try to share it with the group.

What are the physio facilities like?

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School recently had renovations and the facilities are top of the line. We have three large practice rooms with beds set up and leading physiotherapy treatment equipment to use. We spend a lot of time doing very hands-on learning which really solidifies the classroom learning.

Describe the Macquarie University campus

It’s a big campus with lots of trees and a pond. There always seems to be something going on. Rarely do I walk through the quad without seeing a bake sale, cook-off, or events being advertised. There is a food court right in the hub, but the university is also close to a large shopping center for any other essentials.

How was it to find accommodation? Do you have any tips for future students?

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School
DPT students Dario and Chris participating as volunteers at Return2Sport cycle at Royal Rehab

Finding accommodation is easy if you are willing to pay a pretty large rent. I am at a student housing place that I find pricey but is very close to the university which is convenient. Other international students live right on campus, which is less expensive. Personally, I like to separate school life from home life so I opted to live off campus at a student facility. If you can set yourself up for a few months at temporary accommodation you will likely be able to find a share house through websites like Gumtree. It is really an individual decision how you want to set up housing.

What do you do outside of your study/classroom time in Australia?

I am a bit of a social butterfly and enjoy going into the city with friends. There are always events going on both near the university and in the city. I recommend joining a few clubs or groups to keep your social circle broad.

Where do you hope to practice following graduation?

Personally I am interested in geriatrics and neurology. Most people I speak with are keen on sports and musculoskeletal practices, but physiotherapy is such a broad field I am sure many people will change their minds a few times in the three years and try out new fields.

What advice would you give to a Canadian considering studying physiotherapy in Australia?

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School
Macquarie DPT student Matt also receiving TENS

If you can afford to study here, it is a one-of-a-kind experience. There will be challenging moments, of course, and it can be difficult to stay connected with family while overseas, but this program is truly innovative and in an amazing city! What better than to take a study break at the beach?

What did you think of OzTREKK’s services?

OzTREKK was beyond anything I could have hoped or expected. Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson was so organized—she knew exactly what I needed even with my particularly confusing documents as I have attended several universities internationally. When I arrived at Macquarie, the head of admissions for the DPT said  OzTREKK made everything so simple she loved getting our applications!

I would recommend OzTREKK to anyone. The process was simple and I got put in touch with other Canadians which was nice to have a friendly connection when I got here.

About Macquarie’s DPT Program

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

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: July 2015

Thursday, October 30, 2014

JCU geology team finds a piece of Australia under Vanuatu

Researchers from James Cook University have found a fragment of Australia beneath Vanuatu—and it may cause a rethink on how continents are built.

JCU environmental sciences
JCU geologists rethink how we calculate the rates and processes of generating new continents
Geologists thought the volcanic Vanuatu islands, about 2200 km east of Townsville, were isolated from continental influences. But now research by a JCU team suggests the ‘geological basement’ of Vanuatu contains ancient material from northern Australia.

The team discovered volcanic rocks from Vanuatu contained tiny crystals of a mineral called zircon, carried up in magma from the depths by the volcanic plumbing systems. Using the state-of-the-art radiometric dating techniques in the JCU labs, the crystals were dated at up to 3 billion years old.

Dr Carl Spandler, one of the co-authors of the paper, said the zircon “shouldn’t be there,” and its presence has major implications for how scientists understand continents are made.

“The range of ages of the zircon crystals from Vanuatu closely matches the age of rocks that make up northern Australia. There is nothing else like it in the south west Pacific,” he said.

The fragment of Australian crust now under Vanuatu is thought to have separated from the mainland prior to the Cenozoic Era, around 100 million years ago.

“Just because island chains or landmasses may be far removed from each other today, doesn’t mean that they always were. This calls for a rethink of how we calculate the rates and processes of generating new crust on Earth,” he said.

Dr Spandler said it was particularly satisfying that the findings were made by one of James Cook University’s honours students, Janrich Buys, who completed his Geology degree in 2013.
“It goes to show that you don’t have to be a long-established researcher to make a significant scientific breakthrough,” he said.

UQ wins Premier’s export award for education and training

The University of Queensland has won the Premier of Queensland’s Export Award for Education and Training for a second year running.

The honour recognises UQ’s innovative program for Brazilian students studying in Australia through the Science without Borders scholarship scheme, primarily funded by the Brazilian Government.

University of Queensland
Study at the University of Queensland

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Monique Skidmore said the award highlighted the enormous benefits of engaging with the local business community to deliver programs for international students.

“The Science without Borders program is a key initiative of the Brazilian Government to develop human capacity through the international mobility of graduate students and researchers,” Professor Skidmore said.

“It offers Brazilian students studying science, health, technology or engineering an opportunity to work and study internationally, at some of the best universities in the world.

UQ helps Science without Borders students develop practical applied knowledge and innovation potential through a tailored program which includes workplace preparation and a research placement or internship at a Queensland business, coordinated through Australian Internships.”

Professor Skidmore said the support of the Queensland business community was essential to the program’s success.

“There are currently 417 Brazilian students enrolled in the program at UQ, compared to 129 in 2013,” she said.

“UQ has one of the largest Science without Borders cohorts in Australia, with the program injecting approximately $8.5 million into the Queensland economy in 2014,” Professor Skidmore said.

Melbourne Engineering: Future vision for Australia’s bionic eye

With the aid of a $1-million grant from the federal government, the bionic eye project is about to take a big leap forward, with trials moving from the laboratory into the home.

Previously trials that were conducted in hospital involved participants wearing a vision processor (laptop) that was placed in a backpack. The new vision processors are the size of an iPod or mobile phone and fit easily into a pocket. Participants also wear glasses that contain an implanted camera.

University of Melbourne Engineering School
Study engineering at Melbourne

In addition to being lighter and more portable the new bionic eye has an increased number of electrodes, from 22 to 44, which will widen the field of vision.

Professor of electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Melbourne and Bionic Vision Australia’s Director Tony Burkitt has spoken to channel 7 news.

Professor Burkitt said “We’re very very excited about this next phase with the increased number of electrodes and the smaller size. We really believe this will provide enormous benefit.”

About the Melbourne Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering was established in 1947 as part of the Melbourne School of Engineering, which has been offering degrees at the University of Melbourne since 1889. Today the department is a vibrant community of excellent faculty staff and research fellows attracting high quality postgraduate and undergraduate students. The department is also widely recognised for its excellence in research and teaching, and for being well connected with key industry partners.

The department has exciting research programs funded by partnerships with Federal and State Governments as well as industry partners targeting significant problems faced in the society—development of bionic implants, energy efficient telecommunications, sensor networks for irrigation and water resource management, and ultra-broadband wireless and optical communications.

The department is home to four research labs in its key discipline strengths: Control and Signal Processing, Communications and Networks, NeuroEngineering and Photonics and Electronics Lab.

The department’s research staff and students are major contributors to
  • Bionic Vision Australia
  • Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunication
  • Centre for Neural Engineering
  • Institute for Broadband Enabled Society

Introducing the Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy

The new four-year undergraduate pharmacy program at the University of Newcastle is an integrated program consisting of lectures, practicals, tutorials and experiential learning through clinical placements and simulated learning environments. The program will build upon the student’s existing knowledge of science while focusing on material that specifically relates to the knowledge, skills and attributes required as a pharmacist.

Students will be equipped to provide a vital primary health care role as they counsel people on the best use and management of medications, provide advice on the symptoms and management of common ailments, prepare and formulate medications and educate the community on a wide range of health and well-being matters.

At the University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours students will use innovative and state-of-the art educational technology to supplement face-to-face lectures, tutorials and experiential learning, through clinical placements and simulated learning environments.

University of Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours
Location: Callaghan, Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February 2015
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements for Canadians

  • Applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma in order to be eligible for entry to the University of Newcastle’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, English Advanced, Chemistry and Physics. Applicants who have not studied these courses should consider taking relevant bridging courses before the commencement of the university year.
  • If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The minimum average for admission for those who have completed university studies is a cumulative average of 65%; however, meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry into the pharmacy program.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Macquarie Graduate School of Management ranks in the top 50 in the world

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management has moved up six places to be ranked #49 in the world in The Economist “Which MBA?” 2014 rankings survey, which directly compares leading international business schools. This is the first time the school has broken in to the top 50 in the world.

Macquarie University Business School
Macquarie’s business school is the #3 business school in Australia!

Most notably, this ranking sees the school retain the position of the #1 business school in NSW, rank at number #3 in Australia and #5 in the Asia-Pacific region. The school has also achieved a global ranking of three for increase in salary.

Professor Alex Frino, Dean of MGSM, said: “This outstanding result gives us every reason to be proud of our school—our students, our alumni, our faculty and our staff—all who have shown great dedication to the school’s success. This is what we have been working towards and it is great to see it reflected in the results.”

Master of Business Administration at Macquarie Business School

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Degree type: Graduate-entry program (1 year)
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: January and June
Application deadline: While there is no official application deadline, it is recommended that you submit your complete application at least three months in advance of the program’s start date.

UQ reflecting on tragedy through music

As Remembrance Day approaches on November 11, the University of Queensland will reflect on the tragedies of the Great War through music.

The UQ School of Music will host a performance on Nov. 2 at the QPAC Concert Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the onset of the First World War (1914–18) and pay tribute to those who died in the line of duty.

UQ arts
Study music at the University of Queensland

School of Music Head Professor Margaret Barrett said student recipients of 2014 scholarships and prizes would present works that had long been associated with themes of remembrance and reflection.

She said the UQ Symphony Orchestra and UQ Chorale would jointly perform works written in the years leading up to the Great War – Elgar’s Enigma Variations and George Butterworth’s Orchestral Rhapsody A Shropshire Lad.

“The latter was premiered in 1913, just three years before Butterworth was tragically killed in the Battle of the Somme,” Professor Barrett said.

“A Shropshire Lad was his final completed orchestral work. At the start of the First World War, Butterworth volunteered immediately as a private.

“He earned the Military Cross in July of 1916 for his courage and heroism in the Somme; however, one month later he was killed by sniper fire.

“Though Butterworth’s life was short, he established himself firmly in the canon of early twentieth-century English composers.”

This year’s winner of the Bachelor of Music Merit Scholarship, first-year student Heidi Chan, is one of the performers on Sunday.

“Several years ago, during a performance of my composition Serene on Remembrance Day, I felt the healing power of music in the audience and me. Music transforms conflicts into peace and sorrows into serenity,” she said.

“In this concert, the unity of voices and the orchestra is a musical reflection of the possibility of a harmonious relationship among people from different parts of the world, and reconciliation with one’s self.

“To me, this concert allows us to have a moment to remember our ancestors’ legacies and sacrifices, grant eternal rest to the past, and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.”

Mozart’s final unfinished masterpiece, Requiem Mass in D Minor concludes the program.

Professor Barrett said the concert was the UQ School of Music’s culminating performance for the year and demonstrated the expertise students had acquired through their studies.

“Students in the Bachelor of Music program have many opportunities to perform in ensemble and as soloists throughout the year,” she said.

“This concert is one in which students and audience members may connect through music to larger themes of life and learning.”

The performance will be directed by Warwick Potter and Graeme Morton AM.

UQ School of Music

The University of Queensland School of Music provides students with opportunity and choice through programs that prepare future leaders in the music professions. The University of Queensland enjoys a long tradition of success and is a great destination for music students. A vibrant student life, stunning campus, exceptional study opportunities and inspirational staff and students provide a memorable experience for any student. The university has a focus on engagement, while its groundbreaking research and culture of excellence put it in the ranks of the world’s best universities.

UQ School of Music offers courses for undergraduates in music performance, music composition, musicology (classical, world and popular) and music education. Postgraduate coursework programs in music therapy and music education provide specialist skills for music professionals. Master of Philosophy and PhD programs are offered for those wishing to develop their research skills.

Your student accommodation options in Sydney

If you’re headed to Macquarie University or the University of Sydney for the semester 1, 2015 intake, then this might interest you!

Student Accommodation in Australia
Iglu Chatswood
Students who are seeking off-campus accommodation in Sydney should book temporary accommodation for a few days or a week while searching for more permanent housing. Students requiring off-campus housing are advised to arrive a couple of weeks prior to Orientation Week, if possible, so they can locate suitable housing and be settled before the academic year begins. It can take students about one to two weeks to secure permanent housing.

When considering which suburb to live in in Sydney, students tend to have different preferences. Some like the city, some enjoy living closer to the beach, and others prefer to reside closer to campus. International students attending Macquarie University often consider Chatswood, which is located in North Sydney, approximately 10 km from the CBD.

Iglu Chatswood
Iglu Chatswood opened in 2014 and offers purpose-built accommodation for both university and private college students. Located adjacent to Chatswood train station, it is just 11 minutes away from Macquarie University in North Sydney and just over 20 minutes into the city.

As one of Australia’s top retail destinations, Chatswood buzzes with three major shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants, cheap eats, bars, bowling alleys, libraries, fitness clubs and much more. This not only provides students with all the entertainment and amenities they need but also employment opportunities.

Iglu Central
If you’re headed to the University of Sydney, the you may consider Iglu Central, which is located on the edge of Sydney’s CBD, a short walk to Central Station and to the university.

Until November 30, students who apply to live in a fully furnished six-bedroom share apartment at Iglu Chatswood can take advantage their early-bird rate of AUD$324 per week (AUD$377 at Iglu Central). Rates are for bookings commencing in Semester 1, 2015.

What does this include?
  • Private en-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom and apartment furniture (including apartment TV)
  • Air conditioning and heating in all rooms and apartments
  • All utilities (water, electricity, gas)
  • Basic internet package (10GB per month)
  • 24-hour access to onsite support
  • Access to communal facilities and social events
Check out Iglu at for more information.

Please note that OzTREKK does not have commercial relationships with any accommodation providers. Our advice is provided based on our own experiences or our students’ experiences. We recommend that students do as much research as possible before securing accommodation in Australia.

Happy house hunting!

Melbourne medical school researchers study degenerative diseases

Medical researchers from the University of Melbourne have established how two diseases that present in similar ways are in fact quite different.

University of Melbourne Medical School
University of Melbourne, Victoria

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) have overlapping symptoms but remain difficult to distinguish.

However, a first ever paper on the topic published in the Journal of Neuropsychology (British Psychological Society publication) now suggests that people with PSP experience more severe and extensive cognitive impairments  than those with PD early on.

The study indicates that patients with PSP experience more severe and extensive impairments in higher order functions such as planning, abstract thinking, memory retrieval than those with PD.
Lead researcher Dr Young-Eun Claire Lee said the two conditions are so similar that in some cases, patients with PSP often go undiagnosed for the main part of their illness.

“PD and PSP are the two of the most common forms of neurodegenerative diseases resulting in loss of balance and deterioration in mobility,” said Dr Lee.

“Telling these differences apart can be challenging because most patients with PSP do not develop distinctive symptoms such as paralysis or weakness of the eye muscles and episodes of frequent falling until later stage.”

While the study sample was small, the results indicate that cognitive profiles may aid differential diagnosis in earlier stages. PSP claimed the life of musician/actor Dudley Moore.

There are no current treatments for PSP.

Research at Melbourne Medical School

Researchers in the Melbourne Medical School contribute significantly to the University of Melbourne’s success in being ranked 16th in the world (and the premier Australian university) according to the Times Higher Education discipline rankings 2012-13, for clinical, pre-clinical and health research. The research focused Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for 2012 in the Broad Field of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy gives Melbourne a ranking of 35 which is the highest rank for the GO8 universities.


Major Disease Focus

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes, Obesity & Endocrinology
  • Infection & Immunity
  • Neurosciences

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Your adventure of a lifetime: Study in Australia!

“Thank you very much for the service that you guys provide. I hope you know that what you do is changing lives and fulfilling dreams that would have otherwise been “wait-listed.”

“I LOVE OzTREKK. I don’t think I would have gotten accepted without OzTREKK having been there to streamline the process and remind me what to submit and when. I totally would have missed a deadline or forgotten a form if it weren’t for Broghan…again apologies for the 9,000 emails I sent.”

OzTREKK Study in Australia
JCU dentistry students during OzTREKK Orientation

“My experience with OzTrekk was fantastic. Applying to dental schools anywhere can be difficult—and even more so when it is overseas. OzTrekk helped me learn about the different schools, bridge the application process, and once accepted to school eased the transition to moving over seas. I liked how helpful all the staff were to any and all questions, and the amount of information I was given in preparation to move. Every step of the way OzTrekk was helpful, friendly, and informative. The information session were great, and the welcome breakfasts was a good way to meet people in the program. E-mails were sent in a very timely manner, with lots of important information and updates.”

“I’ve had an amazing experience with OzTREKK; I couldn’t be happier with the services provided. Beth and the rest of the OzTREKK team fielded my numerous questions and queries from the pre-application phase through departure promptly with professionalism, friendliness, and were always filled with relevant information. The ability to keep tabs of applications via the online portal was great, allowing those who have the insatiable need to check for updates to do so without having to reach out to OzTREKK (even when you know there hasn’t been a change—because any update was accompanied with an email!). All the seminars (medical licensing, pre-departure, etc.) were invaluable in getting prepared to move to Australia for medical school), ensuring that we had the tools and info needed to succeed. To be frank, I think OzTREKK has things right! I’ve spoken with other international students who applied through agents, and no one could believe the level of service and friendliness the Canadians who applied through OzTREKK received.”

“OzTREKK was great I can not talk highly enough of them. I liked that they were there when it mattered most in meeting us as we arrived in Australia in a foreign environment to help us land on our feet and get started on the right foot. From the campus tour and free lunch with everyone supplied by Matt to the free shuttle service OzTREKK really helped in establishing myself at Bond. Having the chance to meet everyone on the first day before orientation week began was a great help to getting settled and having people to call on.”

“OzTREKK is amazing. They offer so many services, and they’re very helpful when it came to the application process. I really like how even when we arrived, they helped us find the grocery store, told us where to get a cellphone, open a bank account, etc.”

“Oztrekk has been amazing. I don’t think I would be here without them. They are always quick to reply any questions or concerns by email and they are very knowledgeable and reliable. I’ve had an amazing experience with oztrekk and am so glad that such a thing exists!”

“OzTREKK and the entire team has been so supportive. Very quick to respond and answer any questions I may have had. Really wonderful to have the online conference with Matt….with logistic, living details. That was also great. Rachel who was my main point of contact was fantastic and so supportive.”

“Oztrekk has been an excellent company that allowed this whole experience to come true. From the initial application to getting settled, Oztrekk has helped in more ways I can express. they covered everything and answered all my questions. Broghan and Matt were amazing!”

Why do we do what we do?

Sounds like a 1950s ditty, but the answer to the question makes OzTREKK stand apart from the others. In everything we do, we believe in challenging society and the status quo. We believe there is no feat in being ordinary—we believe in being extraordinary. We believe in chasing and fulfilling dreams, and enriching lives with incredible experiences that will be treasured for a lifetime. Doesn’t that describe your adventure to study in Australia?

At OzTREKK, we provide the most up-to-date information about the programs offered at Australian universities and about the Australian university system. Because we are in constant communication with our Australian university partners, we are able to provide accurate information regarding admissions criteria, tuition fees, and semester intakes. You have questions; we have the answers!
Even before you apply, you may have questions regarding your program of interest:
  • Which program is right for you?
  • Which Australian universities offer this program?
  • Why should you choose one university instead of another?
  • What are the admission requirements?
  • How many forms do you need to complete?
  • Is an Australian degree recognized in Canada?
OzTREKK Admissions Officers are trained to answer these questions—and more. We are always just a phone call or email away. OzTREKK will help you decide which program is right for you, and in some instances, which Australian university will best suit you. Trust us: there are differences! We will also help you to understand certification and licensing processes required for your program. OzTREKK provides all the application documents required for admission into your program of choice, and we walk you through the application process step by step so that nothing is forgotten.

Choosing to study in Australia is a big decision! That’s why we’ve made the application process stress free. Your OzTREKK Admissions Officer will always let you know when your documents have arrived at the OzTREKK office, and will confirm when your university application is complete. Your complete application will then be electronically submitted directly to the applicable admissions officer in Australia.

After you’ve applied, OzTREKK will let you know the expected application outcome timeline, and what to expect should you receive an offer. We help you understand your Letter of Offer, its lapse date, deposit payments, and student loan and scholarship options. OzTREKK will then assist you with the acceptance process. We will explain your Confirmation of Enrollment, the student visa process, and all other required documents for your acceptance.

After you’ve received your CoE, OzTREKK will guide you through accommodation and travel arrangements, airport pick-up, and university orientation and enrollment. We also provide you with a list of other OzTREKK students who will be studying in Australia with you so you will have an instant network of friends and future classmates!

Landed in Oz? We’ll be there. In fact, we can’t wait to see everyone’s shining, happy faces this winter—um, summer! We will be there to help you get settled. OzTREKK Welcome Breakfast or Lunch, OzTREKK Orientation, OzTREKK Shuttle… at your service! Something weird happened in your first few weeks at uni? Email us and we’ll help you sort it out!

Looking back, all of our OzTREKK students have two things in common: they are fearless and dare to dream! OzTREKK students are in a league of their own and we are proud to help you every step of the way—from choosing position of play, to going up to bat, to rounding the bases!

So, what’s your dream?

Newcastle academics honoured with Excellence in Science and Engineering Awards

Two University of Newcastle academics have been honoured with prestigious accolades at the 2014 NSW Science and Engineering Awards.

UON’s Professor Nick Talley received the Excellence in Biological Sciences award, while Professor Behdad Moghtaderi was the recipient of the Renewable Energy Innovation award.

University of Newcastle
Study science and engineering at Newcastle

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Kevin Hall said the impressive results were further evidence of the university’s distinguished research reputation.

“Professor Talley and Professor Moghtaderi are at the forefront of their respective fields, and the university is delighted to see their outstanding contributions acknowledged,” Professor Hall said.

“We are immensely proud of both researchers’ achievements. The university’s continued success in these annual awards demonstrates the high calibre of our academics and their research outcomes.”

The NSW Science and Engineering Awards recognise the achievements of leading researchers and their efforts to generate economic, health, environmental or technological benefits for the state.

Professor Talley is an internationally renowned gastroenterological research leader, who specialises in unexplained disorders affecting nerves and muscles of the gut, including irritable bowel syndrome and severe indigestion. He has been credited with a number of seminal breakthroughs, and his latest work involving the link between the brain and the gut has the potential to revolutionise thinking across the field.

Professor Talley is President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. In June last year, he was appointed the University of Newcastle‘s Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). He is now on sabbatical undertaking further research at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).

Professor Moghtaderi is a world-leader energy technologies research, and was awarded the innovation prize for his GRANEX™ heat engine invention. The engine turns low-grade heat sources that may not otherwise be viably usable into emission-free electricity. It can be applied to a range of diverse heat sources, including renewable energy, process industries, transport systems and commercial and residential buildings.

Professor Moghtaderi is UON’s Head of Discipline of Chemical Engineering, as well as Director of the Frontier Energy Technologies Research Centre at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).

University of Newcastle School of Engineering

The University of Newcastle School of Engineering is dedicated to research and training in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Surveying. The engineering school’s programs are underpinned by some of the most exciting research in Australia. In the Australian Research Council 2012 research excellence ratings, the school received a top rating of 5 (well above world standard) for Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy and Civil and Mechanical Engineering.

Science Programs at the University of Newcastle

The Faculty of Science and Information Technology has a strong commitment to fundamental and applied research with equally high international standards. They support a broad-based program over a wide range of research activities. Within the schools they have established international reputations and formed strong, viable research groups and are increasing their industry partnerships in the Hunter region and beyond through applied research and development collaborations.

Study international relations at the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne School of Government is housed in the Walter Boas Building which is at the heart of the Parkville campus. Programs offered by the school are delivered in cutting-edge teaching and learning environments, close to student support services and other student amenities.

The Melbourne School of Government is a graduate school within the Faculty of Arts focused on public policy and governance.
  • The Dean of Arts is the custodial Dean.
  • The Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Business & Economics are core Partner Faculties for the new School, supporting the development and delivery of its academic mission.
  • The School also provides opportunities for staff from all faculties to participate in research and teaching, and to better influence public policy.
  • The School has a core team of staff leading its activities and works with and through academics in the three core faculties and beyond on teaching, research and engagement.
  • The School has a multifaculty Executive Management Group overseeing its activities.
  • The School’s work will be supported by an external advisory board comprised of leading figures from the worlds of government, industry and the not-for-profit sector.
Collaborative work and social spaces enable you to network, exchange ideas and socialise with others, as well as build a strong cohort experience. Facilities include dedicated teaching and event spaces, and study and meeting rooms.

The Master of International Relations is offered collaboratively by several schools in the Melbourne Faculty of Arts. The degree is designed for graduates who are seeking careers in international affairs, in government, diplomacy, non-government organisations (NGOs), international organisations, and the media. It is a program that combines advanced study in the field of international relations, with relevant professional skills development, and an electives program that is specifically designed to promote cross-cultural understanding. The elective program is also to reflect Australia’s geographic location and the University of Melbourne’s research strengths, notably in Asian and Islamic Studies with an emphasis on Asian and Islamic politics, society and culture. The program will also offer students exchange and language study opportunities. The degree is specifically designed as a pathway to professional employment; however, there is a thesis option for high-achieving students who may wish to progress to a PhD.

Students will have the opportunity to
  • Study contemporary issues including international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics.
  • Acquire deep knowledge of key developments within international relations, as well as the roles of the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations.
  • Apply skills and knowledge and gain relevant work experience through an optional internship.
  • Become an active global citizen with keen cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Participate in international student exchanges and study another language.
  • Potentially progress to a research higher degree through a minor thesis option.
Learning Outcomes
The Master of International Relations is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and professionally-oriented degree in international relations, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It is designed to provide students with a conceptual knowledge of key developments in international relations together with the practical skills that are relevant to a career in international affairs, including working in international organisations, government, business, media, and non-government organisations.

Program: Master of International Relations
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: The university has a recommended deadline of October 31, 2014 for the March 2015 intake.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monash Medical School students inspired by IVF pioneers

Monash Medical School students in Gippsland were inspired by one of Australia’s pioneers in IVF and stem cell technologies.

Monash Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson, who led the Australian team responsible for the discovery of human embryonic stem cells in the late 1990s, discussed Australia’s contribution to the global revolution of treatments.

Monash University Medical School
Study medicine at Monash University

The event, which is co-hosted by the School of Rural Health and Federation University, also saw Professor Trounson visit Year A medical students based at the Churchill campus in Gippsland.

The school has strong partnerships with hospitals and other health agencies at sites across Gippsland, providing students with clinical placements throughout their three clinical training years.

Professor Trounson, who has established not-for-profit foundations to enable low-cost IVF and fertility education for people across the globe, will also debate advances in treating major illnesses including cancer, diabetes, blindness, spinal cord injuries and whether a potential cure for HIV is in sight.

Professor Trounson was President of Californian Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2007–2014) the Californian state’s $3-billion stem cell agency driving research in stem cell biology and facilitating the translation of stem cell discoveries into clinical therapies.

The founding director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories at Monash University (2004–07), Professor Trounson also founded seven for-profit life science companies and the National Biotechnology Centre of Excellence ‘Australian Stem Cell Centre’ (2002–03). He has held a Chair in Paediatrics/Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and also a Chair in Stem Cell Science at Monash University. He was Director of the Monash Centre for Early Human Development 1985–2002 and founding Deputy Director/Director of the Institute for Reproductive Biology 1990–2002.

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery at Monash University

The School of Rural Health is committed to improving rural health and developing a sustainable rural health workforce. With a footprint stretching from Mildura to Orbost, the school includes four major clinical teaching sites and the Department of Rural and Indigenous Health (MUDRIH). Year A of the Monash School of Medicine’s graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program is based with the school’s Churchill unit.

Monash Medical School’s MBBS Honours curriculum is designed as an integrated structure incorporating four themes, within which semester-long units are taught by staff from a range of departments across the faculty in an interdisciplinary fashion.

In the first year of the MBBS program (Year A), the basic medical and behavioural sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and sociology) are introduced within interdisciplinary units. In all of these units, there will be a major focus on clinical issues through clinical case studies. MBBS students will also participate in community partnership placements where they spend time working in a community setting with clients of welfare agencies.

In year B, Monash Medical School students will study integrated medicine and surgery, which will be taught together with a series of problem-based and case-based learning sessions. Year C is largely taken up with core clinical rotations in women’s and children’s health, general practice and psychological medicine. Year D is structured as a series of electives and selectives, where students will choose to complete their degree by gaining wider experience in chosen disciplines and specific areas of interest through a range of metropolitan, rural and overseas settings.

Sydney Science discusses managing diseases to protect the world’s food supply

Efforts to control plant diseases which contribute significantly to global hunger was the centerpiece of this year’s Sydney Science Forum—a free public lecture—at the University of Sydney.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates two-thirds of the world’s population are either underfed or starving, and plant diseases play a major role in food shortages. Global loss of crops due to plant disease is conservatively estimated to be between 10 and 30 percent.

University of Sydney environmental sciences
Study agriculture at the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney's Professor Robert Park is one of a team of scientists leading the charge against cereal rust. His Oct. 15 lecture, “Rust Never Sleeps: Combating Plant Rust Diseases to Protect Our Food Supplies,” outlined the magnitude of damage caused by cereal rust diseases, the implications of their rampant spread and what needs to be done to control them.

Rust diseases are caused by fungal pathogens which are among the most harmful pests in agriculture and horticulture. Characterised by rusty-coloured spores, they are a particularly high biosecurity threat.

According to Professor Park, their abundance in cereal plants is a major concern as cereals are grown in greater quantities and provide more food energy worldwide than any other crop. Wheat is the most widely grown crop in the world, with demand expected to increase by 60 per cent by 2050.

“Ironically, it’s their popularity as a food source that has imperilled them,” Professor Park said.
“We’ve been domesticating cereal plants for around 8,000 years and our efforts to develop better yielding and disease resistant crops have had the negative effect of guiding the evolution of crop pathogens.

“Such man-guided evolution has led to the emergence of new rust races, at times causing devastating epidemics.

“We’ve inadvertently selected new pathogen strains that have, at times, caused crop failure and famine.”

Professor Park’s has been conducting Australia-wide analyses of wheat, barley and oat rust pathogens for the last 25 years, most recently looking at tackling cereal rusts through the development of resistance genes. His research on the Australia-wide population genetics of four major rusts in cereals has provided the basis for national resistance breeding efforts for the past two decades. Genetic resistance to rust diseases in wheat alone was estimated to save Australia more than $1 billion AUD in 2009.

Professor Park is also involved in the global effort to tackle a new race of stem rust, known as Ug99, which has emerged in several East African countries in recent years. There is a high risk of Ug99 spreading across to India in the immediate future and scope for it to even find its way to Australia.

Professor Park also discussed the work of his former colleague, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Norman Borlaug, during “Rust Never Sleeps.” Dr Borlaug is known as the “Father of the Green Revolution” because of his work to improve grain varieties. The Green Revolution helped double the world’s food output from 1960 to 2000, doubling India’s wheat harvest between 1965 and 1972.

Professor Park currently holds the Judith and David Coffey Chair in Sustainable Agriculture at the Institute and is the Director of Cereal Rust Research at the Sydney Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

Sydney Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

The faculty has access to some of the world’s best-equipped and newest research facilities, including the Centre for Carbon, Water and Food, and the world renowned Plant Breeding Institute. The faculty’s substantial field stations in Australia include 1,200 hectares of farmland, and house state-of-the-art research facilities with enviable amenities for large-scale field studies in agricultural science, food science, environmental studies, ecology, bush-fire research and more.

The Master of Agriculture and Environment is focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle and create solutions for our time in areas such as food security, climate change, and management of carbon, water and the environment within the changing complexity of global markets and world economics.

If you have a degree in science, economics or related work experience (accreditation subject to approval) the Master of Agriculture and Environment is the degree for you. Students will gain important hands-on experience, which is highly valued by employers in both the public and private sectors. Within this articulated degree, students will complete a research project that provides the opportunity to identify and address critical and current problems and issues, and develop skills in project management, effective communication and cross-disciplinary thinking. A range of specialist streams is available to those wishing to target specific areas of interest.

Program: Master of Agriculture and Environment
Location: Camperdown Campus, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intakes: March 2015 and July 2015
Application deadline: January 31, 2015 for the March 2015 intake; however, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible in order to allow yourself time for the pre-departure process.

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to this program will
  • (a) hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with a credit average or an equivalent qualification; or
  • (b) have completed the requirements for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture and Environment from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Graduate opportunities

Opportunities for skilled graduates are in growing fields such as carbon, water and energy trading, food security, food futures, ecohydrology, and sustainability, complementing recent developments in catchment management, land rehabilitation and molecular science. Graduates are employed in agribusiness and marketing firms, merchant banks, commodity trading companies, environmental consultancies, and scientific research organisations around the world, government departments and the private sector.

UQ Law students win fourth mooting title

University of Queensland Law School students are proving a force to be reckoned with, winning their fourth major mooting title this year. The TC Beirne School of Law students took out the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition in Brisbane recently.

UQ Law School
Study law at the University of Queensland

The winning team comprised of UQ law students, Nathan Lindsay and Eloise Gluer, as advocates, and Erin Gourlay as the solicitor.

After competing in five knockout rounds, the team won a close grand final moot against the University of Western Australia.

Mr Lindsay also won the prize for best orator.

It was UQ’s fourth win in the national competition in seven years.

The team’s coach, Senior Lecturer Dr Peter Billings, said the students’ level of preparation and their advocacy ability was as good as he had ever seen in the national competition.

“The annual Administrative Appeals Tribunal mooting competition provides an opportunity for students to learn more about administrative law and merits review, and enables them to develop their written and oral advocacy skills,” he said.

“Each moot takes the form of an abridged tribunal hearing and features scenarios drawn from a variety of administrative law areas, including immigration and citizenship, social security, taxation, veterans’ affairs and workers’ compensation.”

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% 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 the UQ LLB program.

Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy applications close this week

Bond Physiotherapy School’s application deadline is this Friday, October 31, 2014.


Be sure to get all your application documents in to OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson by Thursday, October 30 so that she is able to submit your complete application to the university on time.

Bond University Physiotherapy School
Inside the Bond University Physiotherapy facilities

2015 Intake Schedule

October 31, 2014: Applications close
November – December 2014: Assessment and interviews held for shortlisted candidates
December 2014: Offers to successful applicants
November 2014 – May 8, 2015: Successful applicants to follow up with Faculty Compliance Officer regarding Compulsory Compliance Requirements documents
May 11, 2015: Orientation Week commences. All successful applicants to be compliant as per Compulsory Compliance Requirements and prior to compliance meetings in Orientation week from  May 11 – 15 2015. Non-compliance may result in the delay of commencing the program
May 18, 2015: All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Orientation
May 25, 2015: Classes commence

About the Bond Physiotherapy School Doctor of Physiotherapy Program

Students undertake studies in Bond Physiotherapy School's new, $20-million, state-of-the-art building. Features include clinical skills laboratories designed to simulate real medical environments, and modern teaching and research laboratories with the latest scientific equipment. The purpose-built tutorial rooms cater to small-group learning and lecture theatres are equipped with video streaming, wireless, and an audience-response system. The building also features a dedicated computer laboratory for students.

Work Experience and Internships
Bond DPT students complete a clinical internship with an embedded research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce. The first 30 weeks of clinical experiences will be gained in both hospital and community settings and will include working in the clinical areas of
  • orthopaedics;
  • cardiorespiratory;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings);
  • neurological and orthogeriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings); and
  • an elective in paediatrics, women’s/men’s health or sports practice.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate detectives find handprint of climate change in Australia

Four new research studies suggest that Australia’s recent droughts and heat waves of record-breaking seasons of 2013 were virtually impossible without the influence of global warming. And at its most conservative, the evidence showed that the record hot year of 2013 was made 2,000 times more likely by global warming.

The four new papers from researchers who are part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS) was published recently in a special edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).

University of Melbourne environmental sciences
In 2013, Australia’s extreme heat broke all records.

In 2013, Australia’s extreme heat broke all records. Australia had its hottest day and hottest month on record, its hottest summer and its hottest spring on record rounded it off with the hottest year on record.

“We often talk about the fingerprint of human influences on climate change when we look at extreme weather patterns,” said Prof David Karoly, an ARCCSS researcher with the University of Melbourne. “This research across four different papers goes well beyond that.

“If we were climate detectives then Australia’s hottest year on record in 2013 wasn’t just a smudged fingerprint at the scene of the crime; it was a clear and unequivocal handprint showing the impact of global warming.”

The researchers found global warming doubled the chance of the most intense heat waves, tripled the likelihood of a heat wave events occurring, and also made extreme summer temperature across Australia five times more likely. It also increased the chance of hot, dry, drought-like conditions by seven times, and made hot spring temperatures across Australia 30 times more likely.

“When it comes to what helped cause our hottest year on record, climate change is no longer a prime suspect; it is the guilty party,” said researcher Dr Sophie Lewis, from the Australian National University. “Too often we talk about climate change impacts as if they are far in the future. This research shows they are here, now.”

“The most striking aspect of the extreme heat of 2013 and its impacts is that this is only at the very beginning of the time when we are expected to experience the first impacts of climate change,” said Dr Sarah Perkins from the University of New South Wales. “If we continue to put carbon into our atmosphere at the currently accelerating rate, years like 2013 will quickly be considered normal and the impacts of future extremes will be well beyond anything modern society has experienced.”

University of Melbourne Master of Environment

Program title: Master of Environment
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March 2015
Program duration: 1 – 2 years, depending on candidate’s background

The Master of Environment is a flexible, multidisciplinary course. Depending on your academic background, interests and career aspirations you can choose from more than 200 subjects taught by 10 different faculties. Design your own degree by taking a tailored program or specialise in one of 13 environmentally relevant areas:
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
  • Development
  • Education
  • Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
  • Energy Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Governance, Policy and Communication
  • Integrated Water Catchment Management
  • Public Health
  • Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
  • Sustainable Forests
  • Waste Management
Climate Change Stream
The Climate Change stream is ideal for students seeking an interdisciplinary perspective on climate change, for work in policy-making or business advisory roles. Graduates will be well placed to offer leadership through a solid understanding of theoretical and practical applications of policy and science; technological limits, potentials and risks; and the value of addressing a wide-ranging global environmental issue from a trans-disciplinary perspective.

Capstone Experience
Master of Environment students will complete a capstone experience, applying their knowledge to problem solving and demonstrating their capacity for independent professional judgement—skills highly valued by employers. This may involve a research project, internship or a field-based team

Career Opportunities
Additionally, this stream presents an opportunity for students to establish extensive networks with fellow climate change professionals across a broad range of industries, sectors and fields of endeavour. Graduates of this major can expect to find employment in state and federal government authorities, environmental consulting companies, business advisory and strategic policy-making positions worldwide.

Sydney Veterinary School to visit University of Guelph

Wondering what it’s like to study veterinary medicine at one of the most prestigious universities in the world? Great news! The University of Sydney Veterinary School will be visiting the University of Guelph!

University of Sydney Veterinary School
Learn more about Sydney Veterinary School
Everyone interested in studying vet med is welcome to meet the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science Faculty Manager Ms Veronica Boulton, Sub-Dean (Admissions), who will be visiting the University of Guelph on Friday, November 7, 2014! Come meet Ms Boulton and OzTREKK Admissions Officer Nicole Bowes and OzTREKK Admissions Coordinator Molly Mahon. Ask as many questions as you like!

Where: University of Guelph, University Centre
Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Sydney Veterinary School is a world leader in veterinary education, animal science and research that advances the health and welfare of animals and benefits the community. The faculty’s values include
  • student life-long learning, supported by inspirational teaching
  • research excellence in creating new knowledge
  • service to the profession and the community, as they value and develop key relationships
  • a culture built on academic excellence, integrity, respect and encouragement
  • animal well-being to guide their work

Why study at Sydney Veterinary School?

  • University of Sydney is ranked 37th in the world
  • The university offers the 4-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • The Sydney DVM is AVMA accredited—students graduating from an AVMA accredited school have their degree recognized in North America and are entitled to sit the NAVLE
  • One of the first veterinary schools in Australia
The Sydney DVM is an exciting new graduate-entry veterinary program, commencing in 2015. The DVM replaces the school’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. The 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

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.

Bond business academics inspire international colleagues with unconventional “unconference” format

After successfully adapting a radical tech-based conference format to the field of management education in 2013, two Bond University academics have taken their research “unconference” to the world.

Assistant Professor George Hrivnak and Professor Amy Kenworthy from the Bond Faculty of Business recently hosted the 2014 Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconference at the prestigious Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

Bond University Business School
Study business at Bond University

Professors Hrivnak and Kenworthy partnered with the editors of four international management education journals to run the event which attracted submissions from 52 academics representing 26 universities located across four continents.

“The ‘unconference’ format originally evolved from Silicon Valley computer industry gatherings where, rather than having a keynote speaker and invited presenters, the attendees themselves would set their own agenda and contribute equally to the discussions and debates,” said Dr Hrivnak.

“The concept is based on a premise put forward by entrepreneur Dave Winer that, at traditional conferences, the sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of the expertise of the people on stage.

“In 2013, we decided to adapt the idea for professionals and academics working in management education. Rather than having a fixed agenda and planned presentations, we invited people to submit documents capturing their pressing, and yet unanswered, research questions, ideas and concerns about issues relating to the business of management education. We then use these as catalyst ‘prompts’ for group discussions at the ‘unconference’.”

The 2013 unconference proved so successful that the 2014 event attracted partnerships with the Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Management Education, Management Learning, the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education and the Academy of Management Learning and Education—collectively regarded as the top four international management education journals.

“Even more overwhelming than the geographic diversity of the participants and domain diversity of the submissions we received this year was the sustained enthusiasm and passion shown by all throughout the event,” said Dr Kenworthy.

“The collaborative, engagement-based format of the 2014 RMLE Unconference created an inspirational, organic and participant-driven environment.

“We received so much positive feedback commenting on the ‘positive energy’ and ‘how new ideas benefit from being tossed around within a community of scholars’ as well as how the format encouraged ‘ideas, groupings and potential projects to spring-up seemingly spontaneously’.

“Most importantly, the event produced tangible outcomes by creating research networks, and laying the foundation for specific follow-up initiatives and academic outcomes.”

“We now have requests from institutional partners around the world to host our unconferences. Our 2015 RMLE unconference will be held in partnership with the Eastern Academy of Management International (EAM-I) in Lima, Peru, June 21–25 and the 2016 RMLE unconference will be held in Fontainebleau, France in partnership with one of the world’s largest and leading business schools, INSEAD.

About Bond University Business School

The Bond University Business School is Australia’s first and most dynamic private business school, dedicated to grooming individuals for executive-level management careers in the global marketplace.

The Faculty of Business at Bond University comprises dedicated professionals who have experience as consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, board members and executives. Through strong research credentials, industry experience and passion for teaching, their level of expertise allows them to provide a tailored and student-centred educational experience.

Popular programs include
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Finance