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OzTREKK holiday hours

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It’s that time of year again! It’s dark by 4 p.m. and we’ve been stuffing our faces with Christmas goodies since mid-December.

Okay, since early December.

All of us at OzTREKK would like to that you—all of our OzTREKKers—for making 2014 such a great year! We are so excited for the OzTREKK Orientations in Australia. We will be there to meet you on Aussie soil, to help you get settled and to introduce you to fellow students. The orientations at our Australian universities are one of our favourite things, so be sure to fit in the OzTREKK Welcome events before you attend your university’s official orientation.


Here are few more of our favourite things (not counting bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens)….

Adam: Hot drinks with booze in them, and turkey dinner and holiday smorgasbords.

Beth: My favourite things at Christmas include singing Christmas carols, opening my stocking on Christmas morning, and remembering having my Aunt Penny stay overnight every Christmas Eve, and she …

About the UQ Master of Counselling

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The Master of Counselling at the University of Queensland provides graduate students with an in-depth knowledge base, and practice skills in professional counselling. The program is one of the largest in Australia and has a strong focus on counselling and applied psychotherapy strategies to enhance outcomes for clients struggling with a wide range of challenges. These challenges may vary from intra-personal issues to inter-personal (relationship) and systemic problems. A wide variety of theoretical models are taught with special emphasis on cutting edge brain-based therapies.


This program is intended for students who desire to develop knowledge, skills and competencies for professional practice in counselling. Graduates will develop the skills to competently serve individuals, couples, families, and groups in the community. This program also promotes the professional status, identity and visibility of counsellors within our community and seeks to extend students’ abilities…

Sydney School of Biological Sciences studies rapid bird evolution

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The most ambitious genetic study ever undertaken on bird evolution has found that almost all modern birds diversified after the dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago.

“The popular view until now has been that the extraordinary diversity of birds began during the dinosaur age but we found little support for this,” said Associate Professor Simon Ho, from the University of Sydney who led a major component of the research looking at evolutionary timescale.

An international collaboration of scientists worked for four years to sequence, assemble and compare the full genomes of 48 bird species representing all major branches of modern birds. It is the largest whole genomic study across a single vertebrate class ever undertaken.

Their results appear in a special edition of Science on Dec. 12 (with simultaneous publications of related articles in other high-profile journals).

Associate Professor Ho, from the Sydney School of Biological Sciences, is an author on a Science paper a…

University of Melbourne climate change researchers say 2014 will be Europe’s hottest year on record

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There is evidence that human-induced climate change has played a significant role in Europe’s hottest year on record.

The data comes from three teams of scientists across the world that each used different methodologies to come to this conclusion.

Scientists from the University of Melbourne and Australian National University joined with those at University of Oxford and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) to conduct independent assessments of the data, using different approaches involving statistical analyses of the historical temperature record and the results of thousands of simulations with state-of-the-art climate models.“It is clear that human influences on climate have been the dominant factor in breaking of the previous record temperature averaged across Europe,” said Professor David Karoly, Research Director at the University of Melbourne’s European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges.

“This is further evidence that climate change is affec…

Macquarie University Professional and Community Engagement program

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As an Australian leader in international work-integrated and community-based service learning opportunities, Macquarie University will develop a new curriculum for its outbound international placement students, working with its international partners.


In this significant new project, with Office of Learning and Teaching funding announced by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, the initiative will see new curriculum resources embedded into the university’s ambitious PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program.

This project is led by Associate Professor Greg Downey in Anthropology and a unique cross faculty PACE team, including senior and early career researchers: Associate Professor Kate Lloyd, Dr Rebecca Bilous, Dr Michaela Baker, Dr Felicity Rawlings-Sanaei, Laura Hammersley and Eryn Coffey.

More than 160 students take part in PACE International programs annually. Macquarie University’s PACE program offers thorough pre-departure training in conjunction with Australian Volun…

Social connections keep workers on board says Monash University Business School

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Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that some employees adapt well to pressures caused by changes in the workplace.

Pay cuts, reduced working hours, fewer training and promotion opportunities are just a few of the measures organisations employ to combat economic downturn and industry competition. Where previous research has suggested cutbacks result in a demotivated and unhappy workforce, experts from Monash University and The University of Iowa say this might not necessarily be the case.


A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, shows some employees can respond positively to change in the workplace—but only if they are well connected and are a good fit for the organisation.

Dr Kohyar Kiazad from Monash University and Professor Scott Seibert and Professor Maria Kraimer from the University of Iowa used an online survey to find out worker’s responses to “psychological contract breach”—a term experts use to describe what …

Sydney Master of Public Health

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Public health aims to improve the health of populations through knowledge (collecting data to develop and test explanations and hypotheses), values (combining ethics with knowledge to assist in decision-making), action (making decisions to translate research into policy and practice and advocate for change) and outcomes (understanding research and practice to systematically evaluate public health programs).

About Sydney Public Health School The public health program at the Sydney Public Health School focuses on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health, with practitioners playing a proactive rather than a reactive role, especially with regard to the coordination of relevant community resources. The program provides the opportunity to develop skills and acquire knowledge essential for the effective practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems.

Students in the public health program at the University of Sydney will be e…

UQ Master of Energy Studies

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The Master of Energy Studies is a new and innovative program developed by the International Energy Centre (IEC)—a network of three leading Australian universities (The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia and The University of Newcastle) and industry collaborators.

The Master of Energy Studies program equips the next generation of energy leaders, managers and decision makers with the skills and knowledge to address the challenges at the nexus of energy, climate change and sustainability. It pursues a multi-disciplinary approach in order to expose students to science and technology, business management, policy and economics in the context of clean energy generation and carbon management.

The program is aimed at young and mid-level professionals looking to obtain a unique qualification that prepares them to strategically address the challenges posed by a carbon-constrained economy, positioning them to take on management and leadership roles in a fiel…

JCU archaeology researcher says rare tree carvings may not last

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James Cook University archaeologists believe Aboriginal tree carvings in Far North Queensland are as rare as the Giant Panda—and just as endangered.

A project led by JCU postgraduate researcher Alice Buhrich, with the support of the Jirrbal and Mamu Traditional Owners, is investigating the preservation of tree markings, called dendroglyphs.


Worldwide, there are fewer than 15 recorded sites containing Indigenous dendroglyphs in rainforest, and all are within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Ms Buhrich says the carvings are impossible to date exactly, but all are certainly more than 100 years old. “We don’t know exactly what they represent, other than they are of decorative rather than practical use,” she said.

Mamu people, in the Innisfail region, have located a number of dendroglyphs that hadn’t been seen since logging ended in 1988.

Ms Buhrich is working with both groups of Traditional Owners to understand how resilient the trees are to extreme weather events such as cy…

Monash researcher honoured as leader in sustainability

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Environmental business magazine WME has announced its Leaders List for 2014, with the Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI), Professor Dave Griggs, taking out the X-Factor category.


The annual WME Leaders List awards, running since 2008, honour individuals who have provided extraordinary environment leadership in business, the environmental services sector, government and non-government organisations.

This year’s program attracted more than 1500 votes by readers to determine ‘leaders’ in the categories of Corporate Sustainability, Energy and Carbon, Resources and Waste, Urban and Industrial Water, and the X-Factor.

Managing Editor at WME, Richard Collins, said the awards were about recognising leadership qualities and the industry electing those that stand out above the rest.

“Now is a critical time in environmental leadership in Australia,” Mr Collins said.

“It’s important to identify those outstanding individuals who are working towards a truly sustainable fu…

UQ School of Medicine celebrates outstanding clinical teachers

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So, you’ll be attending  UQ Medical School in 2015. Wondering about who will be teaching you?

Part of the Doctor of Medicine program is clinical training, and recently the UQ School of Medicine and UQMS was proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and the Clinical School Teaching Awards. These awards are student nominated and below are comments from those students about the award recipients.


The Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching This year the Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching was not given to an individual but to the RBWH Critical Care team for their simulation-based training program, which forms one component of the Critical Care course. The simulations are designed to create an appropriate level of anxiety in performance to increase learning from the various situations of being on call or responding to patients arriving to the emergency department.

Each simulation is accompanied with an appropriate debrief designe…

Bond University receives actuaries accreditation

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Bond University has become the first in Queensland, and just the seventh university Australia-wide, to receive accreditation from the Actuaries Institute to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the growing sector of Actuarial Science.


The accreditation was received this week and applies immediately to the programs that commence next year (2015).

Bond University Head of Actuarial Science, Professor Terry O’Neill, said the launch of the degrees had been well received by the industry in Queensland, which had previously had to hire students from the southern states.

To date, actuarial science programs have only been available in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, with actuaries experiencing very low unemployment rates and high graduate starting salaries.

“This accreditation is a significant milestone for Bond University and for the industry in Queensland,” said Professor O’Neill.

“The demand for actuaries is rising across Queensland and particularly in Brisbane,…

Monash takes top spot with most employable graduates

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Monash University has been voted the best university in Victoria and second in Australia from which to hire graduates by Global recruiters.

The annual 2014 Global Employability University Ranking, polled by the French Human Resources consultancy Emerging, and German polling institute Trendence, placed Monash 33rd in the world.


The survey canvassed the views of 4,500 major company managers and recruiters in 20 countries on what they are looking for in university systems around the world. It found that employability was the number one criterion recruiters looked at when choosing a university according to 37.1 per cent of respondents.

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the achievement reflected the university’s focus on providing students with the skills and mindset they need to not only secure a ‘job’, but to build a long-term career.

“We aim to equip our graduates not just for the world as it is now, but as it will be in five, ten or twenty…

UQ launches new postgraduate program for the resources industry

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To help meet the changing professional training and development needs of the extractive resources sector, the University of Queensland has launched a new postgraduate coursework program for 2015.

The Master of Responsible Resource Development program is offered by UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, the largest and most diverse education and research group in the world for sustainability in the extractive resources industry.


Sustainable Minerals Institute Deputy Director Professor David Brereton said the new program was for both industry professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge base, as well as graduates planning on exploring future career opportunities within the sector.

“This initiative is being launched at a time when the mining industry faces the critical challenge of continuing to improve its sustainability performance while operating under significant financial constraints,” Professor Brereton said.

“This unique program will provide graduates with in-depth unde…

Study occupational therapy at the University of Sydney

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Occupational therapy is a profession that focuses on enabling people’s full participation and meaning in life. It assists people to achieve their goals by focusing on their strengths rather than their restrictions or barriers.


The occupational therapy program comprises an applied science award at bachelor’s level, and a professional, graduate entry master’s degree. Graduates of these courses are eligible for membership with Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Sydney OT graduates work in many different settings and roles, and the breath of the field allows them to change careers a number of times while remaining in the same profession. Some practitioners work with clients in hospitals, the home, school, work and/or other community settings. Other occupational therapists are researchers, policy makers or advocates.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: Feb…

Newcastle Pharmacy students benefit from theoretical and clinical training

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Throughout the Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours program at Newcastle Pharmacy School, students will develop an extensive knowledge of the essential underpinning sciences, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmaceutical sciences that are required to practice as a pharmacist.


Pharmacy students will develop and practice the core competencies required to work in clinical, hospital and community pharmacy settings. These attributes include strong interpersonal and communication skills, clinical leadership and ability to provide health care to culturally diverse communities.

In particular, students will study
core biomedical sciences, including anatomy and physiology;dosage formulations;chemistry;drug design and discovery;pharmacotherapeutics;mental health first aid;epidemiology and pharmacoeconomics; andclinical leadership and communication. Throughout the Bachelor of Pharmacy, students also have the opportunity to develop outstanding research capabilities under the guidance of the university’s…

Melbourne Law School’s top 10 for 2014

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The approach of the New Year and festive season is a time to reflect on the achievements of the year. Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans has expressed her gratitude for a year of great accomplishments:


“I am so pleased to say that 2014 has been another successful year for the Law School, with significant milestones achieved. Thank you for the commitment and passion that has been shown by our staff, students and alumni, as well as the confidence in us shown by our donors.”

Here are some of the things that made Melbourne Law School proud from the past 12 months:
Melbourne Law School entered new partnership with CambridgeMelbourne retains its position as number one in Australia for lawProfessor Ian Malkin awarded for outstanding teachingMelbourne takes the common law to ChinaLife-changing student experiences in GenevaNew alumni Breakfast Series sees top speakers share their insightsMelbourne Law School students help make community policing fairJohn Tobin wins LIV Paul Ba…

Apply for a Monash International Merit Scholarship!

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About the Monash International Merit Scholarship The Monash International Merit Scholarship is intended for all international students 31 scholarships will be available in 2015.


Total average value of up to $50,000 (based on a 5-year degree)
$10,000 for a full time study load (48 credit points) paid per year until the minimum number of points for your degree are completedRecipients may be asked to participate or be profiled in relevant Monash marketing, recruitment and promotional materials and/or eventsSelection
Based on academic achievementStudents will also be assessed on their scholarship application statement (1000 words), and their potential to be an ambassador for Monash UniversityPreference will be given to commencing students, particularly commencing students who are not enrolled in a Monash pathway courseEligibility
All conditions must be met
International studentCommencing students with a full Monash course offer or continuing students, andUndertaking a full time undergr…

First graduates of JCU Nursing School

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The first ever students have graduated from James Cook University’s Mackay-based Bachelor of Nursing Science (Pre-Registration) course, in a boon for healthcare in the region.


Five of the seven JCU Nursing School graduates were the first entrants in the program in 2012, part of an initiative designed to help fill the gaps in healthcare services in regional, rural and remote locations.

Lecturer and site coordinator Jane O’Shannessy said six of the seven graduates will be commencing employment in Mackay and Emerald with one heading to Townsville for her graduate year. She said this secures 100% of the graduates in the North Queensland workforce.

She said that nine other nursing students have completed their second year of training, with 27 completing their first year. She expects between 30 and 35 people will start the course in 2015.

“Interest is strong for the degree here in Mackay and JCU is looking to build on the successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing Science over…

Bond University moves lectures outdoors

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Bond University academics have taken ‘thinking outside the square’ to a whole new level with selected lectures and tutorials now being held outdoors instead of in lecture theatres—and the feedback from students has been very positive.

Spearheaded by the Office of Learning and Teaching’s Dr Sarah Long, the outdoor classes have seen a return to basics in many instances, with electronic whiteboards and LCD screens replaced by butcher’s paper and handheld mini whiteboards.


“It’s about continually re-visioning and re-thinking what learning and teaching looks like and how we can  give our students the best possible learning experience and educational outcomes,” said Dr Long.

“The campaign to expand our learning activities and teaching pedagogy to outdoor spaces has been overwhelmingly successful in its pilot phase this semester. It’s not necessarily about replacing indoor learning, but looking for opportunities to enhance and extend that learning into alternate places and space…

University of Melbourne talks green urban planning

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Australian councils are being urged to take up new guidelines in green urban planning to create cooler cites with greener landscapes to reduce the risk of heat stress.

Australia is experiencing a trend of hotter temperatures and as a result heat stress is now a serious health problem for Australians who live in urban areas.


Research published in the Landscape and Urban Planning journal, led by the University of Melbourne suggest interventions to cool our urban hot spots using features like green facades.

Guideline author Dr Nick Williams from Resource Management and Geography said, “Our research has developed a framework for better urban green infrastructure that can reduce urban air and surface temperatures.”

“During the day buildings and streets absorb solar radiation and release the heat at night keeping urban areas warmer than the surrounding countryside. But this can be tempered with a range of effective urban green designs. This includes greater use of trees, green roof…

Monash has malaria under the microscope

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The battle against malaria takes place on many fronts: from finding new drugs to finding new targets for drugs, to finding better ways to diagnose the infection.

In an article published in the October issue of Monash: Delivering Impact magazine, some of the university’s key researchers talk about their work with malaria, and the promise for breakthroughs against this devastating disease.


Many of the anti-malaria drugs being optimised for clinical use pass through the lab of Professor Susan Charman, director of the Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In work that has earned Monash University Professor Charman five Project of the Year awards from the World Health Organisation’s Medicines for Malaria Venture, her lab has been pivotal in the development of some of the most advanced new antimalarial drugs so far, including the potential for a single-dose cure.

Professor Charman’s expertise in phamarcokinetics—optimising the …

Macquarie museum holds ancient spell book and other magical mysteries

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An Ancient Egyptian codex from Macquarie University’s Museum of Ancient Cultures has been deciphered for the first time, revealing an invocation including both Christian and Gnostic elements, ritual instructions, and a list of 27 spells to cure demonic possession, various ailments, the effects of magic, or to bring success in love and business.


The new book translating this codex, A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power, was edited by Associate Professor Malcolm Choat, Department of Ancient History  and Director, Macquarie Ancient Cultures Research Centre; and Professor Iain Gardner, Chair of the Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney.

“Magic is a subject of enduring interest, both to researchers and the general public,” said Choat.

“Magic in the ancient world is the subject of a number of research projects in our department, and in 2016 we will be introducing a new unit on the history of magic.”

After a long invocation, the codex outlines 27 spells, or prescript…

UQ vet alumna recognised for research with global impact

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The livelihoods and well-being of farmers and their livestock in Africa have been improved thanks to UQ veterinary science graduate, Tarni Cooper.

Ms Cooper was one of five Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients for 2014 for her work in smallholder farming systems in developing countries.


She said she felt very humbled and honoured to receive the award.

“I accepted the award in recognition of the contribution veterinarians are making internationally, in pursuit of one health for animals, humans and the environment,” she said.

Since graduating as a veterinarian in 2010, Ms Cooper has worked in Kenya, Vietnam, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, serving as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD) with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

She is now based in Australia and works for ILRI as a consultant, with a focus on agriculture for nutrition and health.

Ms Cooper works within a research team that looks at creating a food secure future with proje…

Melbourne Medical School's Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School

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The Melbourne Medical School Doctor of Medicine (MD) has been designed to train doctors who have the skills, attributes, passion and competency to make a positive and immediate contribution to health locally and internationally. Integral to students’ study is the teaching and clinical training they will experience at the University of Melbourne’s clinical schools located in affiliated teaching hospitals.


Each of Melbourne’s clinical schools offers students a unique experience, whilst delivering the same MD curriculum to provide a first-class medical education.

Melbourne Medical School Clinical School Zone Preferences Applicants invited to a multi-mini interview (MMI) for a place in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program will be asked to identify their preference for a particular Clinical School region and whether they are interested in being selected to a particular rural cohort.

Students are allocated to one of these clinical schools for the final three years of the course. Acce…