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Sydney DVM course structure

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Sydney DVM course structureThe University of Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is an exciting new graduate-entry veterinary program, commencing in 2015. The DVM replaces the 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.


Year 1: Function of the Normal Animal Body Learn about the normal function and structure of the animal body within a medical context. Clinical case examples are used to demonstrate the relevance of veterinary sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathobiology and pharmacology) in diagnosing and treating disease.

Your practical skills training will commence with basic surgical skills and animal handling, and will be extended through clinic visits in the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and animal husbandry placements. Y…

Melbourne Law professor wins 2014 Woodward Medal

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Professor Sundhya Pahuja, a renowned expert in international law and award-winning author, is the winner of the 2014 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Woodward Medals, presented each year by the University of Melbourne, recognise staff for research considered to have made the most significant contribution to the Humanities and Social Sciences during the previous five years.

“The University of Melbourne has an amazing community of researchers in the humanities and social sciences who do outstanding work and I was genuinely surprised and deeply honoured to have received the award,” said Professor Pahuja, who is Director of the Law and Development Research Program at Melbourne Law School’s Institute for International Law and the Humanities.

Professor Pahuja is the author of Decolonising International Law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality (Cambridge University Press, 2011). This original and influential book tackles one of the fu…

Melbourne researchers find new laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration

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A new, low-impact, low-energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne found unlike other laser treatments, this new faster laser did not result in damage to the retina, the sensitive light detecting tissue at the back of the eye.


Associate Professor Erica Fletcher from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience said this was the first report detailing how this new laser treatment may improve eye health in those with AMD. In the early stages, the disease is characterised by the presence of small fatty deposits called drusen and thickening in a membrane at the back of the eye.

Published recently in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the study explores how this laser may help in limiting retinal disease, showing that it improved the health of important supporting cells at th…

Hospital-based teaching at Sydney Dental School

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Teaching at Sydney Dental School is conducted in several clinically focused environments across Sydney.

The faculty is embedded within clinics at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (Western Sydney Local Heath District) and the Sydney Dental Hospital (Sydney Local Health District). Being based primarily within dental hospitals allows students to meet patients and come face to face with diverse oral health issues from the first year of study.


As dentistry students start to treat their own patients, they benefit from learning in an environment that encourages interaction with dental and other medical professionals. Consequently, students develop an implicit understanding of current issues in healthcare, and the setting in which they will later work.

Students also have the opportunity to learn in simulation clinics, based at Westmead Hospital, and the Sydney Dental Hospital. Here, students develop the necessary manual dexterity skills and confidence to perform new procedures …

New clinic at Australian Hearing Hub helps people read all about it

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The Cognition Clinic for Reading is now open to the public, at the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University.

“Our clinic’s aim is to help people with a range of reading and spelling difficulties, and their supporters,” said Genevieve McArthur.


“We help people directly by providing comprehensive assessments and evidence-based advice about treatments. At the same time, we know we can’t help everybody so we are running professional development workshops for teachers, clinicians, volunteers—we’ve had a few grandparents who are hoping to help their grandchildren, for example.”

The clinic emerged from research within the Department of Cognitive Science and the ARC Centre for Cognition and its Disorders, and a need to think outside the box for research funding.

Research into reading difficulties typically falls in a grey area between traditional ARC and NHMRC funding categories, so Genevieve’s team proposed a model whereby their next generation studies could be supported by a…

Top honour for JCU tropical doctor

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Exceptional contributions to tropical medicine and therapeutics by James Cook University’s Professor Peter Leggat have been recognised internationally with an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

The Honorary Fellowship was one of two to be awarded at this year’s awards ceremony by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.


Prof Leggat has been with JCU for 23 years and he recently returned from London where he received the Honorary Fellowship.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine is a joint Faculty of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians in the United Kingdom (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow). It offers professional membership and sets standards in specialist areas of pharmaceutical medicine in the United Kingdom.

Prof Leggat said the award reflected JCU’s high standing in public health and tropical medicine and he wanted to acknowledge the contributions of all his colleagues over many years.

“JCU has one of Australia’s largest postgr…

Monash Faculty of Education is opening the doors to inclusive education

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Around the world, an estimated 650 million children are denied education because of their disabilities, but the obstacles to opening up these young lives are being eroded.

Changing attitudes to allow more children to learn is a passionate quest for Associate Professor Umesh Sharma, who coordinates a Special Education Program in the Monash Faculty of Education.

His projects begin by examining why teachers in developing countries are apprehensive about working with students with disabilities; he has found that their views are often the result of deep-rooted cultural aversion to the disabled.

“It’s a complex, sensitive issue that requires a deep understanding of local culture,” Associate Professor Sharma said.

Another early part of the process for his projects, which he conducts in the Pacific, India, Bangladesh and China, is consultation with education policymakers.

“Working with individual teachers won’t, on its own, bring change,” Associate Professor Sharma said. “We must al…

Typhoid gene unravelled

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People who carry a particular type of gene have natural resistance against typhoid fever according to new research published in Nature Genetics.

Lead researcher, Dr Sarah Dunstan from the Nossal Institute of Global Health at the University of Melbourne said the study is the first large-scale, unbiased search for human genes that affect a person’s risk of typhoid.

Enteric fever, or typhoid fever as it more commonly known, is a considerable health burden to lower-income countries.
This finding is important because this natural resistance represents one of the largest human gene effects on an infectious disease.

“We screened the human genome to look for genes associated with susceptibility to, or resistance from typhoid.,” Dr Dunstan said.

“We found that carrying a particular form of the HLA-DRB1 gene provides natural resistance against typhoid fever.  This gene codes for a receptor that is important in the immune response, by recognising proteins from invading bacteria.”

Typhoid is…

UQ thanks its donors

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Imagine enjoying your time at university so much that you not only stay in touch with fellow alumni, but you also donate your time and money into the institution.

The University of Queensland acknowledges everyone who has helped the university over the years with a great “thank you” video, below. With this video, UQ recognizes the gifts and assistance made by their alumni and donors, like OzTREKK!


OzTREKK scholarships for UQ Medical Leadership Program OzTREKK is a Medical Leadership Program scholarship donor and provides two scholarship places! The OzTREKK UQ Medical School Leadership Program Scholarship is only open to OzTREKK students.


For medical students who are also considering leadership roles in their career futures, the UQ Medical School has partnered with the UQ Business School to provide an accredited Medical Leadership Program (MLP) offered exclusively in scholarship form to UQ Medical School students. Interested applicants may apply at the end of their first y…

Short-term accommodation at the University of Sydney

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When you first land in Australia, if you have not already pre-booked long-term accommodation, you can stay for a week or two in a hostel/hotel/on-campus residence room, until you find somewhere to live while you are studying. We recommend that you arrive in Australia at least two weeks prior to your program start date, if you plan to find off-campus accommodation when you arrive in Sydney.

The OzTREKK Boarding Pass provides a listing of recommended temporary accommodation places for each Australian university, including Sydney. On the Boarding Pass, you’ll find heaps of accommodation advice from former and current OzTREKK students!


University of Sydney Campus Locations The University of Sydney has a network of teaching campuses spread throughout the Sydney area. The main Camperdown/Darlington campus is well known as the home of the university’s historic sandstone buildings, gargoyles and cloisters, lawns and courtyards. But this is just one part of the picture. The Universi…

UQ Law students to fight for tenants’ rights

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Queensland tenants’ rights will be better protected thanks to a new specialist Tenancy Law Clinic, the first of its kind in Queensland.

The clinic is a joint project between the UQ Pro Bono Centre and Tenants Queensland, made possible by $50,000 in funding from The Ian Potter Foundation.

The clinic is the focus of the latest UQ News TV episode:



UQ Pro Bono Centre Director Monica Taylor said the clinic would involve senior UQ law students providing residential tenancy law assistance to Queensland tenants.

“The student clinic will greatly benefit the community by providing access to justice for highly vulnerable tenants, including single parents, refugees, people living on social security and people in marginal housing,” Ms Taylor said.

“Law students will benefit by gaining legal practice experience in tenancy law, helping them build important practical skills that are difficult to develop in the classroom.

“Residential tenancy law is an area that many law students, being renters…

University of Newcastle business research to support NSW Government pilot program

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The Newcastle Business School (Central Coast) has been engaged by NSW Trade & Investment to provide research and evaluation services to support the NSW Government’s $1.5 million Smart Work Hub Pilot Program.

The NSW Smart Work Hub Pilot Program is providing funding support for the establishment and operation of five Smart Work Hubs to be located at Rouse Hill, Oran Park Town, Penrith, Gosford and Wyong.

A Smart Work Hub is a facility or space that offers workers an alternative to working in their normal place of work or working from home—teleworking from a third space, which is usually focused around a large commuter population.

The Newcastle Business School research team, led by University of Newcastle Associate Professor Martin Fitzgerald, will collect data and evaluate the outcomes of the Smart Work Hubs funded under the Pilot Program to better understand user demand and the benefits for business and the NSW economy.

Professor Fitzgerald said the team’s research wou…

Sydney Medical School professor outlines MD program

Sydney Medical School offers its globally recognised medical program as a four-year graduate-entry medical degree offering the following:
Clinical experience at leading hospitalsA research or capstone project within the programResearch opportunities at world-leading institutesInternational connections and electives throughout Europe, Africa, North America and AsiaIn-depth exposure to rural clinical practicesHigh teacher-student ratiosPreparation support for registration in North America
In the video, the Sydney Medical School Prof David Cook outlines the Doctor of Medicine degree.


Student demographics – 2014 intake facts and figuresTotal number of students: 292
Male: 55%
Female: 45%
Average age at enrolment: 25 years

About the University of Sydney Medical School Ranked 17th in the world by the QS World University Rankings, Sydney Medical School offers a world-class, graduate-entry degree in medicine. The Sydney MD includes weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals from the very fir…

UQ environmental sciences researcher: Climate change leadership needed to preserve Great Barrier Reef

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A decision by G20 leaders to discuss climate change at their meeting in Brisbane last week is good news for the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say.

The University of Queensland’s Dr Juan Ortiz, lead author on a study of the reef released last week, said the research was the most detailed to date and the first to show definitively that the reef could be preserved if emissions were reduced, with visible benefits within 20 years.


“We were heartened to find that a healthy future is possible if the global community takes stringent action on greenhouse gas emissions,” Dr Ortiz said.

“The prognosis of reefs under climate change is often so dire that some people give up hope,” he said.

“Our research shows that we could see the benefits of concerted action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within our lifetime.

“It is possible to secure the reef’s future if we continue to invest in local controls of pollution and start taking serious action against climate change.”

The research, under …

Getting ready to go – final OzTREKK pre-departure webinar

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This is it! This is the final OzTREKK online pre-departure seminar for 2014! Don’t miss the following tips:


Accepting your offerApplying for your Australian student visaWhat to pack…or what not to packSuburbs to avoidAccommodationBankingInternet and mobile phonesEnrollment and registrationAnd much more…. The pre-departure seminar is hosted online. It is a structured seminar that moves through 8 topics. You will need to have a computer, laptop or tablet that is connected to the internet. It is recommended that you hardwire your internet connection, so use an Ethernet connection as opposed to a wireless connection.

Once you register for the pre-departure seminar, you will receive an email with a copy of the seminar presentation. It’s a great idea to print a copy of the seminar so you can take notes and refer to it throughout the seminar.

OzTREKK’s Matt Miernik will be hosting this online webinar. These online seminars can sometimes last up to 3 hours, depending on how many quest…

ARC funding boosts research across Macquarie University

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Macquarie University research across science, human sciences and the arts will receive a boost in 2015, as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Major Grants Announcement.


The awards include 12 Discovery Projects lead by Macquarie researchers, across a broad range of areas from the history of opinion polls in Australia to new methods to solve wifi network congestion.

Five Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs) were also granted to Macquarie University researchers across geology, psychology, computing, cognitive science and microbiology.

Minister for Education the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP said it was vital that our young researchers were offered funding opportunities to progress their careers and build Australia’s long-term innovation base. “If Australia is to keep up with the rest of the world, we must invest in our young researchers, to provide them with the resources to become internationally competitive.”

A Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities …

Concrete goes green at JCU Engineering School

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In a first for Australia, James Cook University engineers have swapped steel reinforcing for plastic waste and look set to drastically reduce the environmental cost of concrete.


JCU Engineering School Dr Rabin Tuladhar found that short pieces of recycled plastic can be added as reinforcement in concrete, removing the need for steel mesh in concrete footpaths and precast elements such as drainage pits and concrete sleepers.

He said that the use of recycled plastic waste in concrete makes a huge difference towards making it more environmentally friendly.

“Using recycled plastic, we were able to get more than a 90 percent saving on CO2 emissions and fossil fuel usage compared to using the traditional steel mesh reinforcing. The recycled plastic also has obvious environmental advantages over using virgin plastic fibres.”

Dr Tuladhar’s team has conducted successful strength and durability tests on the precast concrete elements made with the recycled plastic fibres. Talks are now…

Elevated platform to transform UQ eastern gateway

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Earthworks will begin soon on a major upgrade to the University of Queensland’s popular eastern entry, an initiative set to dramatically improve access for the 20,000 people who journey through the area daily.


The UQ Lakes Walkway project is part of a $4.5 million redevelopment of the main pedestrian walkway linking UQ Lakes Busway with the university’s central St Lucia campus.

UQ Property and Facilities Director Alan Egan said a huge number of daily St Lucia campus arrivals travelled via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge and a landscaped, elevated walkway would alleviate several thorny planning issues.

“The old concrete pathways were problematic on several levels,” he said.

“People with limited mobility were finding that the journey up the hill from UQ Lakes was very challenging.

“Not only was the gradient steep but several areas were subject to minor flooding during storms.

“With the new CityCat terminal expected to funnel commuters through this part of the campus, the university …

STEM Academy to inspire teaching excellence at University of Sydney

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A new academy that aims to inspire teaching excellence in mathematics, science and technology skills among Australian high school teachers will enrol its first class this weekend at the University of Sydney.

The first of its kind in Australia, the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy for science, technology, engineering and mathematics will stimulate the nation’s teachers and develop their confidence by drawing on expertise from three of the university’s faculties: Education and Social Work, Science, and Engineering and Information Technologies.

Made possible by an anonymous donation of $5 million, the STEM Academy will see participating teachers from both metropolitan and regional schools explore cutting-edge discoveries and emerging technologies, and engage with STEM innovations pioneered at the university.

Professor Diane Mayer, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, said the contribution from three different faculties is exciting.

“The Faculty of Education and Soc…

UQ equine seminar for horse owners

The UQ Equine Specialist Hospital will be holding an educational seminar for horse owners, presented by Dr Joan Norton VMD DACVIM.

The Dec. 2 seminar will focus on the causes of equine colic, how to recognize the signs, when to call the vet and treatments and preventions. The anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract of the horse will be reviewed and cases will be presented.

The seminar will be followed by a tour of the UQ Equine Hospital.

Dr. Norton is the new Equine Internal Medicine Specialist. She has a special interest in emergency and critical care cases and is developing a veterinary education program for horse owners in the Southeastern Queensland area.

About the UQ Gatton Campus The UQs Gatton campus delivers excellence in agricultural, natural resource, and veterinary sciences. Just under a one hour drive west of Brisbane, the campus offers a unique blend of modern teaching facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories and historic buildings.

UQ Gatton operates commercial …

Apply to the University of Queensland Speech Pathology School

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Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland The Master of Speech Pathology Studies program at the University of Queensland equips graduate-entry students with the theoretical knowledge, professional attributes, and clinical and research skills necessary for professional careers in speech pathology. In addition to focusing on clinical speech pathology practice, students’ prior skills and knowledge are examined to enhance effectiveness of their clinical practice and to allow ongoing professional development.

Careers Speech pathologists work in many different settings, including
services for people with specific disabilities such as cerebral palsy;intellectual disability, autism or hearing loss;general, paediatric and geriatric hospitals;rehabilitation centres;preschool, kindergarten and child care programs;schools;community health centres;private practice; andcentres for the hearing impaired and intellectually disabled. The Master of Speech Pathology Studies at UQ is an accel…

International Medical School Symposium in Toronto today

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Interested in studying studying medicine in Australia? Come and find out more about your options!

The Human Biology Students’ Union at the University of Toronto will be hosting their annual International Medical School Symposium today, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014!


Event DetailsEvent: HBSU International Medical School Symposium
Location: Medical Science Building (MS 3153), University of Toronto
Date: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Come meet OzTREKK's Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean and Director Matt Miernik and find out more about studying medicine in Australia. This will be a great opportunity for you to find out more about


The Australian Medical School system and structureAustralian med school prerequisitesAustralian medical school interviewsAustralian med school rankingsMedical degree titles such as MD and MBBSComing back to Canada to practice medicineProvincially specific programs available to international medical graduatesThe Australian Intern…

Monash Residential Services

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Calling all future Monash University students!

Monash Residential Services (MRS) offers a range of accommodation options across three campuses: Berwick, Clayton and Peninsula. Please note that accommodation at the Caulfield campus is not available in 2015.


Monash University’s dormitory-style accommodation offers residents a single occupancy bedroom equipped with a bed, a desk, a desk chair, and a wardrobe. At some sites this also includes a private en-suite bathroom. Residents have access to shared communal facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms, lounge rooms, and laundries. Similar features are also available in Monash’s flat-style accommodation options. MRS also offers the option of a studio apartment. These are fully self-contained with bed, desk, desk chair, and wardrobe, plus a kitchen with microwave-convection oven, fridge and personal bathroom.

MRS is currently developing 1,000 new, studio-style bedrooms at the Clayton campus and these will be ready by January 2016.

University of Newcastle unveils $17.3m medical sciences teaching and research precinct

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The University of Newcastle recently opened the doors to its state-of-the-art medical sciences precinct offering technology-enabled teaching facilities and laboratories to researchers, students and the region’s health care workforce.

Officially opened by the Federal Minister for Human Services, Senator Marise Payne, the Medical Sciences West building received Australian Government funding of $7.06 million, with the university investing $10.2 million.


The purpose-built four-storey Medical Sciences West building includes wet and dry anatomy facilities, a 120-person teaching lab and preparation space, a specimen museum and group study areas.

The precinct also includes facilities for the university’s new Bachelor of Pharmacy degree: 48 dispensing workstations and private consulting rooms that are set up to mirror contemporary industry practice; and contemporary teaching spaces for the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree covering molecular biology in reproduction and plant scienc…

Melbourne Engineering xLabs: the power of gaze tracking

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Melbourne Engineering researcher has developed software that can automatically work out where users look on their screen, using a standard webcam. Thanks to the support of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP), Australia’s preeminent entrepreneurship program, new Melbourne start-up xLabs aims to provide a low-cost eye and gaze tracking service for private and public users.

Combining webcams and software, xLabs have addressed eye-tracking in a unique way. Unlike other eye tracking systems, the xLabs approach does not require expensive hardware or continuous recalibration to determine where users are looking. This means analysis can be carried out in a variety of settings, extending the scope for gaze tracking research.

“Our goal in creating xLabs was to capture human intention and behavior that could not be inferred from keyboard and mouse interactions. As webcams have become a fundamental feature in computers, this approach offers an ideal way to achieve this,” says c…

Business still booming at Monash

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The Monash Business School has maintained its ‘triple crown’ accreditation for business education providers with the recent announcement that it has received EQUIS reaccreditation for the next five years.

Monash is the only university within the prestigious Group of Eight to have achieved triple accreditation for its business school. This exclusive quality indicator reflects a truly international reputation.


Dean of the Melbourne-based Monash Business School, Professor Colm Kearney, said it was an outstanding achievement.

“It demonstrates the overall quality of our student body, academic programs, research and contribution to industry and the community,” Professor Kearney said.

“The award serves as an international indicator of our degree programs, and our relevance to the professional community and international markets.

“Institutions accredited by EQUIS demonstrate high general quality and our goal is to be among the best business and economics education providers in the wo…