Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sydney DVM course structure

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.

University of Sydney Veterinary School
Study veterinary medicine at the University of Sydney

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. You will also be introduced to the principles of professional practice, one health and research and start to develop an evidence-based approach to veterinary medicine.

Year 2: Principles and Approach to Clinical Disease

Learn about diseases commonly encountered in veterinary practice—wildlife, companion and production animals. Second year focuses on
  • developing your skills in disease investigation by examining common disease syndromes;
  • continuing your practical and professional skills development;
  • undertaking your final animal husbandry placements; and
  • expanding your research skills in decision making, diagnostic testing and interpretation, and the application of evidence-based practice.

Year 3: Health and Disease Management (Camden Campus)

You will develop an advanced approach to health and disease management across the major domestic, exotic and production animal species. This encompasses managing health and disease in different species, being mindful of the needs of the individual animal and the broader population.

Your professional development this year will focus on practice management and leadership skills, the provision of veterinary care and animal welfare within different cultures and the completion of your preparatory clinical placements. Your research training will culminate in a professionally focused project.

Year 4: Professional Placements Year

Fourth year will be lecture-free and you will be placed as a veterinary intern in a wide range of locations, including rotations in our University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals at Sydney and Camden and externally with the university’s Partners in Veterinary Education. These placements will enable you apply your knowledge and skills to real clinical cases, equipping you with the necessary skills to enter the workforce on graduation.

Sydney Veterinary School Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March 2015
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 5, 2014

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
Students can apply for a position into the Sydney DVM after completing any kind of bachelor 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-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.

Melbourne Law professor wins 2014 Woodward Medal

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.

University of Melbourne Law School
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“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 fundamental challenges of the 21st century: global inequality.

“Huge amounts of money have been spent on development since 1947. Over the same period, global inequality has increased dramatically and is continuing to rise. Our world now is one in which we have both the richest people, and the poorest people who have ever lived, and the planet is reaching the point of near exhaustion,” said Professor Pahuja.

“I wanted to consider whether the usual models of development institutionalised in international law were part of the problem rather than part of the solution, and to consider what has happened to attempts by the non-Western world to implement their own ideas of human flourishing in the face of resistance by the powerful.”

The book, which seeks to advance understanding of the place of international law and institutions in the global-political economy, has been highly acclaimed. In 2012 the work was awarded the world’s most prestigious book prize in international law, The American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit.

The book tracks the way in which the Third World has attempted to use international law and institutions since the end of WWII until today, and the results of these attempts. Its rethinking of international law, and the way that people engage with it, has been embraced by both critical and mainstream branches of international law.

Professor Pahuja believes that the worldwide interest that the book generated can be partly explained by its unusual approach.

“It considers the political and economic branches of international law together, rather than in silos. Secondly, it takes seriously the history of international law as a child of imperialism, and considers what the legacies of that history might be. Thirdly, it orients its lens toward the ‘darker nations,’ and their political engagements with international law and institutions.”

“Although they are unusual in international law, none of these things are unique of course—I am, in a sense, taking up an inheritance from many important and ground-breaking scholars from the field, especially those from the non-Western world.”

The radical approach and original ideas behind Decolonising International Law have given the book an audience beyond the academic world.

“I hope the book will be of use to those who are interested in thinking critically about the world we live in and the relationship between international law and political economy in a global context,” says Professor Pahuja.

“I hope too that the book makes a contribution to the global conversation about what it might mean to live ethically in highly inter-dependent times.”

Professor Pahuja has just returned from The Hague where she served as the 2014 Director of Studies in Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law.

About Melbourne Law School

Did you know that Melbourne Law School is currently ranked #8 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14? This puts the University of Melbourne in the top 10 for four years running!

Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. Its rich history spans over 150 years. The school is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of excellence measured against the best law schools in the world in the areas of research, teaching and engagement. The law school demands high standards of their academic and professional staff and students, and they support them in striving to reach these standards.

The law school has a global outlook, equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in an increasingly interconnected world.

The University of Melbourne has offered the Melbourne JD since 2000, which set a benchmark for legal education in Australia. The curriculum has been developed specifically for graduates and the course is structured and taught in a way that is suitable for graduates.

Melbourne researchers find new laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration

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.

University of Melbourne Optometry School
Learn more about Melbourne Optometry School

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 the back of the eye.

“These findings suggest treating people with AMD  with this new nanosecond laser reduces signs of the disease. Importantly, unlike other lasers currently used to treat eye disease, the nanosecond laser does not result in damage to the sensitive retina,” she said.

The study also showed evidence that nanosecond laser treatment in one eye can also produce positive effects in the other untreated eye. This raises the possibility that monocular treatment may be sufficient to treat disease in both eyes.

AMD affects one in seven people over the age of 50 with the incidence increasing in age. It is responsible for 48 per cent of severe vision loss in Australia with an estimated 17,700 new cases each year.

This research was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) through the ongoing Laser intervention in Early Age-related macular Degeneration (LEAD) study.

The laser is manufactured in Australia by Ellex.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD)

If you’re interested in vision sciences, the Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne may be for you! The four-year program consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years

Hospital-based teaching at Sydney Dental School

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.

Sydney Dental School
Inside the Sydney Dental School’s facilities

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 in a safe environment.

Postgraduate coursework students, who are qualified dentists of at least two years, take part in study at both hospitals. Sydney Dental School offers dental placements at rural clinics in Nepean, Ingleburn, Dubbo, Bathurst, Cessnock and Ballina.

Postgraduate research takes place alongside a student’s chosen research supervisors.
Thanks to the generosity of Health Work Force Australia, the school has also recently refurbished a clinical training facility at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, where continuing education, as well as workshops for the wider community, take place.

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the Sydney Dental School

The Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a graduate-entry dental program that focuses on teaching dental health with a strong emphasis on clinical skills. Throughout the four-year program, students develop their clinical skills through early patient-based teaching and are given the necessary foundations for independent learning through simulated exercises at a research hospital.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales Dental Hospital campus (Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney) and Camperdown/Darlington campus (main campus)
Next semester intake: February 2016
Duration: 4 years

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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

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.

Macquarie University Audiology School
Study speech and hearing sciences at Macquarie

“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 not-for-profit public clinic.

“We have a circular relationship with research projects and the clinic—we will help researchers recruit and manage their participants, and in return, if those projects work we will integrate the findings of those projects into our practice. It’s a really immediate feedback loop.”

“Eventually, when people contact us and we give them an assessment, we’ll be able to say: here are your evidence based treatment options; however, you might want to pursue a new research trial instead. We can’t guarantee it’s going to work, but it’s free!”

Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University

Macquarie University is renowned for teaching and research excellence in speech and hearing sciences and psychology. The Australian Hearing Hub gives Macquarie students the unique opportunity to work alongside experts in the industry providing an unrivalled learning experience. Graduates and researchers will drive innovation and improve the lives of people with hearing and language disorders around the world.

Almost one year ago—on April 17, 2013—researchers, academics, CEOs and politicians came together to officially launch the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University. This ground-breaking new facility brings hearing industries and related organizations under one roof, providing new opportunities for collaboration to improve the quality of life for those affected by hearing loss.

The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

Macquarie’s leading speech and hearing, and psychology clinics have been relocated into the Australian Hearing Hub. With everything in one place, patients receive first-class clinical evaluation, testing and diagnosis from leading practitioners. Researchers work across disciplines and with clinicians; clinical and cognitive scientists and rehabilitation specialists work with engineers in tailor-made laboratories.

Top honour for JCU tropical doctor

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.

James Cook University School of Medicine
Study medicine at beautiful, tropical JCU!

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 postgraduate programs in public health, which has been recognised internationally,” he said. “We’re concerned about training health professionals working in tropical Australia and beyond and actively contribute to research of health problems of the tropical world.”

Prof Leggat said the award meant a lot to him as the nominations had come from eminent colleagues abroad and because Honorary Fellowship was the highest honour that the College and the Faculty could bestow on an individual.

“It is a particularly auspicious time to receive the Honorary Fellowship as the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine has its silver jubilee celebrations this year,” he added.

Prof Leggat has published more than 450 papers in professional journals, more than 70 chapters and about 20 books.

He is presently seconded as JCU’s Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, which has large undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research programs.

About James Cook University Medical School

The JCU School of Medicine specializes in rural and remote medicine. The program has a unique place among Australian medical schools. The course is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.

Medical students gain early experience in the tropical health care context and benefit from extensive clinical experience and a full course of medical education and training. The program attracts students, staff and clinicians with an ambition to make a difference, whatever their background, specialty or career direction.

JCU Medical School offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). This medical program aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards, who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. As mentioned above, the course places special emphasis on rural and Indigenous health and tropical medicine. If you are interested in global health, and the health of people in rural and remote places, JCU Medical School may be a great fit for you!

Monash Faculty of Education is opening the doors to inclusive education

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.

Monash University Teachers College
Study at 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 also work with policymakers, teacher trainers and parents.”

Associate Professor Sharma’s work falls within UNESCO’s global goal of “inclusive learning” and has been helped by developing nations signing international conventions such as the 2007 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and landmark legislation such as India’s The Persons with Disabilities Act (1995).

Although such policies intend to integrate disabled students into mainstream education, implementation has proved difficult, so Associate Professor Sharma’s team has also been working directly with schools, teachers and parents.

Substantial practical barriers to inclusive education remain, including extreme poverty, under-resourced and overcrowded classrooms, lack of disability access, and teacher attitudes.

But Associate Professor Sharma’s message about the benefits of an inclusive approach is backed by studies showing that students with disabilities who attend regular schools are more likely to achieve academically, live independently, earn a higher salary and be married, than those educated in segregated settings.

About Monash University Teachers College

Monash University Teachers College has been recently ranked as sixth in the world, and is recognized as one of Australia’s leading education faculties. An array of students from dozens of countries and all around Australia study with the Monash Faculty of Education and this diversity creates a stimulating learning environment. Educational Resource Centres are located on each campus providing technical and academic resource support and advice. Centres of Excellence across a variety of fields support the academic and learning lives of students and staff. Industry partnerships in the public and private sector are an essential component of the faculty’s collaborative approach to develop and conduct applied and theoretical research projects.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To be eligible for admission, you must have
  • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and
  • have achieved a 65 percent average or above.
For the Master of Teaching (Primary), the university would also like to see that you have undertaken courses in a couple of different disciplines within your undergraduate degree, as primary teachers must have general knowledge in several different subjects.

For the Secondary programs, applicants must also meet the requirements for two teaching methods. The university is generally looking for four to five full credits in a first method and another three to four full credits in a second method. For example, if one would like English as their first teaching method and History as their second, they would be required to have completed five full credits in English and four full credits in History within their undergraduate degree.

Typhoid gene unravelled

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.

University of Melbourne Public Health School
Study at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
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 contracted, by consuming food or water contaminated with the bacteria, Salmonella Typhi or Paratyphi. It has been estimated that typhoid causes 200,000 deaths a year globally, and infects 26.9 million people per year.

“If we can understand this natural mechanism of disease resistance, then we can use this knowledge to help develop improved vaccines for typhoid fever, but also potentially for other invasive bacterial disease,”

Better treatments and vaccines are needed for typhoid fever as the infecting bacteria are getting increasingly more resistant to antibiotic treatment, and the current vaccine is only moderately effective and does not protect against paratyphoid fever, which is increasing within Asia.

This work was conducted in patients from Vietnam with findings then replicated in independent patient cohorts from Vietnam and Nepal

The research collaboration was between the Genome Institute of Singapore and Oxford University Clinical Research Units in Vietnam and Nepal.

About the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health aims to strengthen the understanding, capacity and services of society to meet population health needs and to improve the quality and equity of health care.

The population health approach recognises that health is a capacity or resource rather than a state, a definition which corresponds more to the notion of being able to pursue one’s goals, to acquire skills and education, and to grow.

This broader notion of health recognises the range of social, economic and physical environmental factors that contribute to health (Public Health Agency of Canada).

The Melbourne Master of Public Health (MPH) teaches students to recognize and seek to understand the social determinants of health and disease, the molecular basis of disease in populations, and the influence of physical, social and cultural environments. Prime emphasis is placed on the prevention of disease and injury and the promotion of health and well-being.

Melbourne Master of Public Health Specializations
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Gender and Women’s Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Economics & Economic Evaluation
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Health Social Sciences
  • Indigenous Health
  • Sexual Health

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UQ thanks its donors

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.

UQ Medical School
MLP delivered at the UQ Medical School, Herston

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 year of study of their MD degree.

Key benefits

By participating in this program, students will be able to
  • discover the keys to building strategies to affect continued transformation in the medical profession;
  • develop their personal and professional capabilities in areas such as leadership and management, managing change, thinking strategically, managing people, thinking innovatively, developing teams and an action learning culture, to name just a few areas;
  • explore how they can create a longer-term focus and make a significant impact on their medical outcomes, aligning their professional development around the core capabilities central to the achievement of their professional strategies;
  • formulate practical ideas, models and tools of behaviour, which will help participants advance their own personal and professional development; and
  • obtain a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.

Short-term accommodation at the University of Sydney

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!

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University of Sydney on-campus accommodation

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 University of Sydney’s campuses include
  • Camperdown/Darlington: The Camperdown and Darlington Campuses are home to the faculties of Agriculture and Environment, Architecture, Arts and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Veterinary Science and the University of Sydney Business School.
  • Cumberland (Lidcombe): Cumberland Campus is home to the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences (like physiotherapy) and is located in Lidcombe, around 16 km west of the city centre.
  • Mallett Street: Sydney Nursing School
  • Conservatorium: The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (often shortened to the ‘Con’) is one of the world’s finest music schools and is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens near the Sydney Opera House.
  • Rozelle: Sydney College of the Arts – ceramics, film & digital art, glass, jewellery and object, painting, print media, photo media, and sculpture.
  • Surry Hills: The campus houses the main offices of the Faculty of Dentistry, the Dentistry Library, teaching, seminar and recreational facilities and the extensive clinical facilities of the Sydney Dental Hospital.
  • St James: The Sydney Law School is now primarily located on the Camperdown campus but a limited number of postgraduate courses are run from the St James teaching space.
  • Camden: The extensive farms and research units at Camden campus are used by agriculture and Veterinary Science students. The Faculty of Veterinary Science operates a general veterinary clinic and teaching hospital on campus. The town of Camden is 65 km southwest of Sydney.
If you decide to live farther away from campus, or if the campus you must attend is not the main campus, then you may have to pay a bit more for transport costs by bus, train or ferry, but balance this with cheaper rent and quieter locations. You can choose from beachside suburbs in the north or east, live on the other side of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney’s north, or look at one of the suburbs to the west—whatever suits you.

When you first arrive in Australia, depending on your budget, you may want to stay in less expensive accommodation like hostels, guesthouses or lodges, or you may be able to afford to stay in a hotel or serviced apartment. If you’d like to stick close to the university, check out Wesley College, a University of Sydney on-campus accommodation site that also has short-term accommodation options. Don’t forget to check out Sydney’s short-term accommodation web page:

Please note that OzTREKK does not have commercial relationships with any accommodation providers. Our advice is provided based on our own experiences and our students’ experiences.

UQ Law students to fight for tenants’ rights

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 themselves, are familiar with.

“This clinic will allow students to use their legal skills to help Queensland tenants at risk of eviction and homelessness.”

Tenants Queensland Statewide Coordinator Penny Carr said the group appreciated the support from The Ian Potter Foundation and UQ.
“Tenants Queensland has experienced a rising demand for our services,” she said.

“This clinic will increase our capacity to meet tenants’ needs while providing an opportunity for us to participate in the education of up and coming Queensland legal practitioners.”

The clinic will begin in March 2015 and will operate every academic semester for a period of three years from Tenants Queensland premises in Brisbane.

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

Entry Requirements for UQ Law School

To be eligible to apply to the University of Queensland Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry), you must have the following:
  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 75%
It is recommended that you apply for the UQ Law School’s LLB program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA of 75%, as above. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the University of Queensland. Each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

The University of Queensland Law School does not require the LSAT for entry.

University of Newcastle business research to support NSW Government pilot program

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.

University of Newcastle Business School
Study at the University of Newcastle
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 would be used to determine whether successful operating models and market demand could be established to attract further private sector investment.

“Our team has extensive experience in the telework research space, and this latest work forms part of our broader agenda focusing on innovation management and the twenty-first-century workforce,” Professor Fitzgerald said.

“The Newcastle Business School is excited to have been granted the opportunity for involvement with this innovative NSW Government program.”

The interdisciplinary UON research team is comprised of Associate Professor Fitzgerald, Dr Ashish Malik, Dr Philip Rosenberger III and Dr Anton Kriz.

University of Newcastle Business School

As one of the first institutions in Australia to offer an MBA, the university takes pride not only in their legacy of innovative teaching and learning, but also in our role in developing future leaders in business. The business school has built on their pioneering teaching method of problem-based learning and tailored it to today’s workplace by teaching skills such as leadership, cultural sensitivity, presentation and debating as part of their programs. Newcastle business programs are designed to deliver these crucial business skills in a real-life, practical setting.

Popular programs:
  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Professional Accounting

Monday, November 24, 2014

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 hospitals
  • A research or capstone project within the program
  • Research opportunities at world-leading institutes
  • International connections and electives throughout Europe, Africa, North America and Asia
  • In-depth exposure to rural clinical practices
  • High teacher-student ratios
  • Preparation 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 figures


Total 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 first weeks, regular problem-based learning exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Next semester intake: February 2016
Duration: 4 years

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

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.

UQ Environmental Sciences Marine Science
UQ researcher: The Reef can be saved if we take action on climate change (Photo: T Knoll)

“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 the auspices of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, showed that continuation of a business-as-usual approach would overwhelm reef recovery mechanisms by 2050, leaving little living coral, which is threatened by rising sea temperatures.

“The reef future looks dire if we do not take greater action on climate change,” Dr Ortiz said.
“However we point out that we assume that the response of corals to future warming does not change from that observed in the last few decades. It is possible that coral adaptation could lessen the impacts we predict under business-as-usual conditions.”

The study used more than 40 scientific publications and Australian Institute of Marine Science monitoring data from 18 Australian reefs to build and validate a model to forecast the reef’s future under different conditions.

Study co-author Professor Peter Mumby said the reef’s fate was not sealed and there was still time to save it.

Professor Mumby said the research was good news for Australia as a healthy reef was of immense environmental importance and worth at least $6 billion per year to the nation’s economy.

Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland

Environmental management is the planning and implementation of actions geared to improve the quality of the human environment. The postgraduate programs in environmental management at the University of Queensland are multidisciplinary programs designed to enhance the skills and technical expertise of graduates working in all facets of the environmental arena. The programs aim to produce managers able to address the many issues in the highly complex and changing area of environmental management. At the master’s level the degree may be taken in a range of fields.

Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:
  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Development


Why study Conservation Biology?

One of the biggest problems confronting biologists worldwide is the increased extinction rate of animal and plant species. This is due in large part to the impact humans have had on land use, climate and resource consumption—an impact that is decreasing the earth’s biodiversity and increasing the number of endangered or threatened species at an alarming rate. Conservation biology is an integrative discipline that focuses on the problems of restoring and maintaining viable populations of animal and plant species, and natural and managed ecosystems. The program aims to provide core theoretical and practical training in conservation biology.

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Entry requirements
Bachelor degree with a in environmental management, environmental science; environmental studies; geography; natural resources; biology; ecology; conservation; sustainable development/sustainability; environmental engineering; marine science; marine studies; or an approved discipline with a GPA of 4.5 on a 7 point scale.

Getting ready to go – final OzTREKK pre-departure webinar

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

OzTREKK Study in Australia
Don’t miss the final pre-departure webinar on Nov. 26!

  • Accepting your offer
  • Applying for your Australian student visa
  • What to pack…or what not to pack
  • Suburbs to avoid
  • Accommodation
  • Banking
  • Internet and mobile phones
  • Enrollment and registration
  • And 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 questions are asked—and you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you wish! The more questions you ask, the better prepared you will be.

OzTREKK Pre-departure Webinar

For students beginning Semester 1, 2015
Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. (Ontario time; 3 p.m. BC)
To register: Contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer

Are you getting ready to go to Australia? Have you visited the OzTREKK Boarding Pass?


OzTREKK created the OzTREKK Boarding Pass site to give you the inside scoop on becoming an international student in Australia. Here you can find out more about your student visa, accommodation, travel arrangements, banking, health coverage, and a lot more. Our goal is to get you organized, save time and money, and get to Oz with a smile on your face!
You’ll get inside information about the following Australian universities:
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

ARC funding boosts research across Macquarie University

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.

Macquarie University Graduate Business School
Macquarie is known for its exceptional business degrees

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 grant was also awarded for a major medical biotechnology project into nanoparticle tracking, with a new facility to support world-class researchers in the multi-disciplinary areas of physical, material and life sciences, placing Australia at the forefront of nanoscale biophotonics.

About Macquarie University

Well known for its prestigious business programs in accounting, actuarial studies and finance, Macquarie University is also a leader in fields such as science, engineering and linguistics. Times Education UK recently ranked Macquarie first in Australia and 14th worldwide for Environmental Science and the WLAN technology that led to Wi-Fi was developed at Macquarie and later sold for $500 million.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Concrete goes green at JCU Engineering School

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
Study at James Cook University, Queensland

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 underway with concrete producers and local and federal governments on how to employ the new findings.

Dr Tuladhar’s work is focused making concrete production more sustainable. It includes other aspects such as replacement of natural sand with 100 percent crusher dust, a by-product of stone quarries, and the replacement of cement with up to 30 percent mining waste.

Concrete facts:
  • Concrete is the second most-used material on earth, second only to water.
  • More than 25 million cubic meters of concrete are poured annually in Australia.
  • Production of cement, a key ingredient of concrete, produces 900kg of CO2 for every ton of cement and is responsible for 5% of total annual global CO2 production.
  • The total consumption of polypropylene – the kind of plastic used in Dr Tuladhar’s tests – was around 220,000t in 2013 in Australia, from which only 21% was recycled.

About the JCU Engineering School

The JCU School of Engineering and Physical Sciences combines a highly qualified faculty, with comprehensive undergraduate and graduate program offerings making it the premier choice for the region’s school leavers and non-school leavers keen to embark on a career in the dynamic field of engineering, mathematics or physics.

The JCU Engineering School comprehensive teaching laboratory facilities provide valuable hands-on experience in five core engineering specialisations (Chemical, Civil, Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical and Electronic and Mechanical).

The school is proud of its high rankings according to the most recent (2012) Good Universities Australia findings, where JCU’s Engineering Graduate employment rate is 92%, second highest in QLD and well above the 80% national average. Additionally JCU engineering graduates are obtaining the second highest average starting salaries in the state.

Elevated platform to transform UQ eastern gateway

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.

Sydney Dental School
Bus at UQ Lakes, St Lucia campus

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 is obliged to upgrade the precinct.”

“During the construction phase, closure of the main path between UQ Lakes Busway and the Union Buildings will result in more pedestrians and cyclists sharing alternative paths.

“We’d like to remind everyone to consider their fellow commuters, especially during construction. Riders must obey dismount signs and give way to pedestrians at all times.

“Put simply, we would like commuters to exercise extreme caution on these routes. Cooperation and courtesy will ensure a safe journey for all.”

Construction of the new covered walkway has been timed to minimise disruption to students. Site works are expected to be completed by end of March 2015, weather permitting.

The Brisbane City Council, which is currently building a new CityCat terminal near the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, has contributed $750,000 to assist in addressing disability access issues in this area.

Local councillor, Cr Julian Simmonds, said the Brisbane City Council was focused on providing world-class public transport options to the university.

“The new expanded CityCat terminal will allow more students to travel via public transport, reducing congestion on St Lucia roads,” Cr Simmonds said.

“As part of this project, Council was keen to ensure the terminal was accessible to all students, regardless of abilities. Providing funding to help upgrade the pathways will ensure we make catching public transport easy and attractive.”

UQ prioritises funding for projects that improve the safety and amenity of walkways and bike paths on campus in line with UQ’s sustainability objectives.

More information, including construction details and proposed pedestrian diversions can be found at

STEM Academy to inspire teaching excellence at University of Sydney

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.

Sydney Faculty of Education
Study teaching 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 Social Work has a longstanding reputation for producing outstanding science and maths teachers and we look forward to sharing that expertise with the wider teaching community,” said Professor Mayer.

Adam Spencer, the university’s ambassador for Science and Maths said, “My lifelong love of mathematics was first nurtured by a great second grade teacher Ms Russell. I was getting frustrated at not being allowed to answer every question and she made one simple suggestion: ‘Adam I bet if you went down to the library now you couldn’t answer fifty questions in the time it takes us to do ten.'”

“Off I charged with a point to prove!

“I can’t wait to meet the teachers who will inspire the next generation of students to pursue the vital calling of science, maths, engineering or technology,” said Spencer.

“The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies has been contributing to high school curriculum development and teacher training initiatives across engineering, IT and computer science for a number of years,” says Dean, Archie Johnston.

“It is particularly exciting that we can now build on this experience and inspire a team of cross-faculty academic experts that will deliver a world-class STEM teacher enrichment program.
“Given that seventy-five percent of the fastest-growing occupations require significant STEM skills, it is vital for Australia to improve our participation in and uptake of STEM subjects at school.”

With every gift to the University of Sydney, donors become part of the INSPIRED Campaign, which aims to raise $600 million by 2017.

Master of Teaching at the University of Sydney

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

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

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 production units including dairy, poultry, piggery, beef herd, equine precinct and wildlife facilities, to support teaching, research and hands-on training. The programs offered in the areas of agribusiness, agriculture and horticulture, animal studies and environmental management, and veterinary science are internationally recognized as the best in Australia.

The UQ Equine Hospital at the Gatton campus is a world-class veterinary hospital designed and built specifically for horses. The clinical staff of the hospital includes veterinary specialists in equine medicine, surgery and reproduction. Facilities include orthopaedic, soft tissue and standing surgery theatres; advanced diagnostic equipment (digital radiography, computed tomography (CT), nuclear scintigraphy, echocardiography), high-speed treadmill, intensive care unit (including dedicated foal ICU) and dedicated isolation unit.


University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: November 30, 2014

Entry Requirements
UQ Veterinary School applicants must have a secondary school diploma and have fulfilled Grade 12 prerequisites of Chemistry, Physics or Biology, Mathematics, and English for admission into this program. Generally, a B average is required for admission. Please note that the MCAT is not required for entry.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Apply to the University of Queensland Speech Pathology School

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.

University of Queensland Speech Pathology School
Learn more about UQ Speech Pathology School


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; and
  • centres for the hearing impaired and intellectually disabled.
The Master of Speech Pathology Studies at UQ is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. This program is 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech pathology across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2015
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 28, 2015

International Medical School Symposium in Toronto today

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!

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
Meet OzTREKK Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at the HBSU IMSS!

Event Details

Event: 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 structure
  • Australian med school prerequisites
  • Australian medical school interviews
  • Australian med school rankings
  • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS
  • Coming back to Canada to practice medicine
  • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • The Australian Internship and Residency Program
  • and much more!
Representatives from schools in the Caribbean, England, and Australia will provide a brief look at their schools and their admissions requirements along with the facts about post-graduation, i.e., how you can practice medicine in Canada or elsewhere.

As always, there will be FREE FOOD!

Learn more about studying at an Australian Medical School!

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

Monash Residential Services

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
Monash offers many student accommodation options

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.

There is no application fee, and prospective residents are not required to sign any offer of accommodation until after they have received their Monash University offer and have a valid visa.
When filling in the application form applicants can indicate any special or additional information that they wish to communicate in the ‘additional information’ space provided. This could include requests for gender-specific accommodation (flats, floors, or sections), accessible rooms, specific floors, or other requests that you may have.

Please visit the Monash University Accommodation website at for more information!

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

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.

University of Newcastle Pharmacy School
Study pharmacy at the University of Newcastle

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 science.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the new precinct was a significant investment in the development of the region’s future health care workforce.

“The state-of-the-art facilities in the new Medical Sciences West building will be available for more than 3,500 students each year from 14 medical sciences degrees, including biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy, radiation therapy and speech therapy,” Professor McMillen said.

“Through this remarkable precinct, we will provide UON’s students with a next-generation learning experience that will return benefits to our graduates throughout their careers as health care professionals as they practice in our regions and beyond.”

Professor McMillen said the precinct would provide an important platform to build the University of Newcastle's strong performance and reputation in medical sciences research. “Researchers from UON and our regions are global leaders in the medical sciences fields, holding national and international reputations for driving world-class innovation.

“The medical sciences precinct offers access to cutting-edge laboratories for our world-class researchers, and UON will also work to open the facilities and make them available for colleagues in the region’s health care workforce.”

The Medical Sciences West building was developed by EJE Architecture and Cochram Constructions. The interior fit-out was designed by Scientific Interiors Australia.

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.

Melbourne Engineering xLabs: the power of gaze tracking

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.

Melbourne Engineering and Information Technology
OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering and IT Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady visiting the University of Melbourne
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 co-founder and computer science PhD Alan Zhang.

Traditionally, eye-tracking is known for its contribution to user-interaction studies, where marketers and web designers use gaze-tracking information to give their digital architecture a competitive edge. However, xLabs’ functionality extends far beyond this, stepping into the realm of video gaming and education.

“In gaming, eye-tracking has the potential to replace or augment existing controllers, giving computer gamers an edge. In Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), eye-tracking can monitor engagement and use active intervention when the user loses interest and disengages with the material.”

Looking toward the future, Alan envisions gaze tracking as a ubiquitous mode of user input, with close relations to voice and sound input.

“You could ask questions like, “Computer, what is that?” And the computer will be able to pull up information on the object you’re looking at. With this technology, we could build the Star Trek Computer.”

xLabs strongly believe that computers should be companions, not dumb droids. With eye-tracking, they hope to create a human place in the web, that’s easier to interact with.
Originally posted by Kristen Goodgame on The Melbourne Engineer

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. For Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 15th in the world.

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

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Business still booming at Monash

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.

Monash Business School
Learn more about Monash Business School

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 world. The EQUIS accreditation, adding to the recognition by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)and AMBA (Association of MBAs), places the school in the elite company of business education providers in the world with ‘triple crown’ accreditation.”

In 2006, Monash University became the first business school in Victoria to receive EQUIS accreditation and was reaccredited in 2011. EQUIS is awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development. Its accreditation framework takes an institutional approach to assessment and each business school needs to demonstrate an international dimension in most activities, a strong interface with the corporate world and an ethos of promoting responsible management. EQUIS evaluates all activities of the school including degree programs, research and executive education, as well as its approach to ethics, responsibility and sustainability.