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UQ School of Public Health studies Australia’s antibiotic overload

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A pilot study led by researchers from the University of Queensland aims to reduce antibiotic resistance in Australia by decreasing the amount of antibiotics prescribed by general practitioners.

The study, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control Initiatives in General Practice, aims to decrease antibiotic-resistance across Australia.


Study co-author Professor Charles Gilks from the UQ School of Public Health is leading a team of researchers from UQ, Bond University and Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Gilks said most antibiotics were prescribed in a general practice setting, where they were the most common class of medicine prescribed; therefore, GPs were best placed to address the problem.

“Prescribers are well-placed to convey to patients that they are twice as likely to carry resistant bacteria after a course of antibiotics as someone who has not taken them,” Professor Gilks said.

“These resistant bacteria can persist for up to twelve months…

JCU medicine and dentistry application deadline in one month

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Are you interested in studying medicine or dentistry at James Cook University? The application deadline for the 2016 intake is coming up soon—August 31 (Australia time). Your complete application must be received by Friday, Aug. 28 in order for it to be submitted to JCU on time.

About the JCU Medical School Medical Program The 6-year, full-time MBBS degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015(Note: early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants. It is recommended that students apply as early as possible and well before the August 31 deadline.)

About the JCU Dental School Dentistry Progra…

Sydney Veterinary School study risks of transporting horses

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A new study into horse transportation issues and practices in Australia has been announced.

As part of her PhD on the topic of equine transportation, Barbara Paladino and her supervisors from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science (Dr Gary Muscatello, Dr Pietro Celi, Professor Sharanne Raidal and Professor Leo Jeffcott) are distributing a survey to collect data on horse transportation practices and transport-related illnesses in Australia.


Most of the existing research on equine transportation has been conducted in countries outside of Australia and Barbara believes that the problems arising in Australia could be different to those in Europe.

Australian horse owners, trainers, breeders and organisations are invited to complete an online, 10-minute survey if they have transported horses within the past two years.

“We are particularly interested in any diseases that have occurred to your horses in order to document and investigate underlying potential reasons behind these ev…

Bond professors awarded for their role as ambassadors to the city

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Bond University’s Professor Keitha Dunstan and Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton have been recognised for their role in helping inject millions into the Gold Coast economy by working to secure conferences and meetings for the City.

Professor Dunstan and Assistant Professor Stapleton were formally honoured for their participation in the Gold Coast Business Events Ambassador Program at an awards ceremony at Gold Coast City Council presided over by Mayor Tom Tate.


The Gold Coast Business Events Ambassador Program has resulted in $20 million in conferences, meetings and events booked for the Gold Coast, with a further $15 million in potential business events still pending.

Business events are a major contributor to the city’s economy and social capital with the industry contributing $306 million to the local economy in 2014.

“I applaud all involved in this ambassador program and thank them for their tireless work to promote our city and its attractions,’’ Mayor Tom Tate sai…

Get ready for your Sydney dentistry interview

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Starting today, Thursday, July 30, 2015, Sydney Dental School applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews for admission into the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program for the 2016 intake.


As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students. Like a job interview, it is best to exhibit a professional, competent, and likable personality—like we needed to tell you that! But, to help you out, OzTREKK has compiled some interview tips!

Prepare your equipment On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will likely last at least 45 minutes; however, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter. Internet and computer glitches often come at the most inopportune time!

You should use the most reliable method of connection available for y…

Closing the eye health gap may be in sight

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Three years after the launch of the roadmap to close the gap for vision, progress has been made but “much remains to be done,” according to the authors of a Perspective published online recently by the Medical Journal of Australia.


Dr Marian Abouzeid, Mitchell Anjou and Professor Hugh Taylor from the University of Melbourne said that progress has been made to increase services, improve efficiencies and support better Indigenous patient engagement with the eye care system.

Launched in 2012, the roadmap comprises 42 recommendations spanning a whole-of-system approach to eliminating disparities in Indigenous eye health.

The recommendations aim to
increase accessibility and uptake of eye care services by Indigenous Australians;improve coordination between eye care providers, primary care and hospital services;improve awareness of eye health among patients and clinicians; andensure culturally appropriate health services. “Demonstrable gains are being made and there is growing momentu…

University of Newcastle receives funding to boost the learning experience

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The University of Newcastle has been successful in the latest round of Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funding for diverse educational projects.


Associate Professor Kathleen Butler has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship on “Sociology technology and Indigenous issues.” This fellowship seeks to formally extend critical conversations on Indigenisation of curriculum to the discipline of sociology. The fellowship will employ focus groups in three states to gather data, culminating in a symposium highlighting models of best practice. These models will be disseminated through a range of means including an ongoing website hosted by the University of Newcastle.

Associate Professor Seamus Fagan is leading a project “(Re)claiming social capital: improving language and cultural pathways for refugee students into Australian higher education.”

In association with Curtin University and Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle will identify the pathways taken by Huma…

Studying physiotherapy at the University of Sydney

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The Master of Physiotherapy course at the University of Sydney prepares graduates for professional practice as physiotherapists.


Physiotherapists use highly developed clinical reasoning skills to assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle, nerve and metabolic disorders.

They use a range of drug-free techniques to treat and prevent injuries, and assist their clients to maintain fit and healthy bodies. The focus of physiotherapy is upon patient-centred care.
The core areas of the Sydney MPT course are introductory and advanced musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, applied to patients across the lifespan.

Biomechanics, occupational health and community health are incorporated in various units of study, and evidence-based practice and professional practice are embedded throughout the curriculum. Students will also undertake university-organised clinical practice placements in the second year of …

International experts speak at Global Order and Disorder conference

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Australian and international law and policy experts will discuss ‘Global Order and Disorder’ at an interdisciplinary conference being held at Bond University in August.

The conference will consider aspects of governance and regulation in the 21st century in what is an increasingly interconnected world.


The conference has been organised by Bond’s Transnational, International and Comparative Law and Policy (TICLP) Network, comprised of lawyers, political scientists and professionals engaged in legal and policy research.

The TICLP Network, founded by a number of Bond academics and co-convened by Bond Law School Associate Professors Leon Wolff and Danielle Ireland-Piper, is an interdisciplinary hub for research on law and policy issues of global importance.

Associate Professor  Ireland-Piper said the conference would include presentations by Australian and international experts on a number of contemporary issues.

“The conference will investigate international, transnational and…

Monash medical students secure funding for their innovations

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After wowing the crowds at a Victorian competition with their entreprenurial ideas, two teams comprising Monash Medical School students and alumni will receive $20,000 to put their ideas into practice.

Five finalists were selected at the Medtech’s Got Talent finals, with four of the 17 semi-finalists affiliated with Monash. The unique program is run by STC, an organisation that promotes commercialisation and entrepreneurship around next-generation medical technologies. Part pitch competition, part accelerator, it offers critical resources, skills development and seed funding to high-potential early-stage medical technology start-ups.


Designed to support early-stage medtech business and product concepts including devices, diagnostics and ehealth, Victorian students, post-docs and recently graduated alumni were invited to apply and take part. Seventeen semi-finalist teams were selected and were mentored by leading business experts for a month to help prepare them for the comp…

Al Gore presents at the University of Melbourne

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Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore delivered a presentation on the impacts of and solutions to the climate crisis at the University of Melbourne on Monday, July 27.

A special update to his powerful 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth, this presentation comes as the world considers the challenges and opportunities for climate change in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris in December, where a new global climate change agreement will be negotiated. In addition, his talk to staff and students provided an update on the latest climate modeling and the current state of international climate policies.

Mr Gore served as the 45th Vice President of the United States and served under President Bill Clinton. He is a global champion for climate protection and is the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project. In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

Mr Gor…

UQ works on mobile health app

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The cough is the single most common reason for a trip to the doctor, placing enormous strain on Australia’s healthcare system, but a new mobile health tool being developed by the University of Queensland could ease pressure on doctors and lower consumers’ health bills.


UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering’s Associate Professor Udantha Abeyratne said the mobile application was based on an automated algorithm that could use sound alone to diagnose respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and asthma, without the need for additional hardware.

“The technology is based on the premise that cough and breathing sounds carry vital information on the state of the respiratory tract,” Dr Abeyrante said.

Recently commercialised by spin-off company ResApp, the new diagnostic tool will allow doctors to diagnose and monitor respiratory diseases via a smartphone application.

ResApp has already secured more than $4 million to develop the technology and launch it into …

Newcastle graduates’ earning power ahead of the rest

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University of Newcastle (UON) bachelor degree graduates continue to earn more than the national average for their first full-time job, according to the latest findings of the Australian Graduate Survey.


The 2014 survey of graduates found that the median starting salary for UON bachelor graduates was $55,000, ahead of the national average for Australian graduates of $52,500.

Broken down by fields of education, UON graduates in engineering earned an average starting salary of $63,500, and in education, $60,000. UON graduates in computer science and law started on $58,000; humanities $51,100; and architecture and building at $50,000. All were above the national median salary for graduates in these disciplines.

UON also outperformed the nation for graduate employment across 10 disciplines, with 100% full-time employment rates recorded for UON medical and electrical engineering graduates. Other fields of education that had excellent employment outcomes included civil engineer…

JCU researchers creating a buzz in bee research

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James Cook University researchers are creating a buzz in bee research, gluing tiny transmitters to the backs of the insects for the first time.

Lead researcher, JCU’s Dr Lori Lach, said the team glued radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips to the backs of 960 bees, providing new insights into how disease affects the threatened insects.


“We just had to hold them in our hands and hope the glue dried quickly. It was actually quite a process—they had to be individually painted, then individually fed, then the tag glued on. Then individually scanned so we knew which tag was on what color and treatment bee and which hive it was going into. It all had to happen within about eight hours of emergence because as the day goes on they start learning how to fly and they get better at stinging.”

It was a unique use of the technology and allowed the bees to be monitored individually for the first time.

“No one had looked at bees at this level before, to see what individual bees do when…

Melbourne JD student in pursuit of justice

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A family trip to South Africa as a child sparked what has been an ongoing interest in human rights and social justice issues for second-year Melbourne JD student Claire Poyser.

The 22-year-old says the eye-opening experience was the catalyst in participating in model United Nations and public speaking competitions in high school, before undertaking a law degree combined with internships and work experience with organisations such as the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).


“To see some of the issues at play, even at aged four—for example, my brother just by virtue of being raised in Australia was substantially more nourished than the babies we met in South Africa—was staggering,” Ms Poyser says.

Now, Ms Poyser is using her professional experience and education to help those facing a number of issues, particularly women and immigrants enduring domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.

Her growing list of organisations at which she has interned or volunteered …

Become a speech pathologist

What is a speech pathologist? A speech pathologist is a professional who is qualified to assess and treat communication and swallowing impairments. Typical clients of speech pathologists include children who have difficulty with speech or language, children with developmental impairments (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy), adults who have suffered brain injuries (e.g., from a stroke), and adults with dementia. Speech pathologists collaborate with clients and their families to determine the nature of communication and swallowing impairments, and devise ways of addressing them.

Where do speech pathologists work? Speech pathologists work in a variety of health, educational, and community settings. For example, they work in hospitals, community health centres, schools, non-government organisations, and private practices. Speech pathologists are in demand from employers across Canada and Australia.

What course should I study to become a speech pathologist? The Master of Speech and…

International honour for Griffith nursing professor

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Griffith University’s reputation as a world-leading authority in nursing has been firmly cemented, following news that Professor Wendy Chaboyer is being inaugurated into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Professor Chaboyer has travelled to the awards in Puerto Rico for the ceremony July 25.


Operated by Sigma Theta Tau International, the awards recognise members who are nurse researchers and who have achieved significant and sustained broad national and/or international recognition for their work and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

Professor Chaboyer from the Centre for Health Practice Innovation, a part of Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, has been acclaimed following a 13-year successful track record of research leadership both at Griffith and in nursing.

Her research focuses on patient participation in patient safest activities such as clinical handover and pressure injury prevention. This work aims to pro…

UQ Veterinary Students Association

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If you’re considering studying at an Australian Veterinary School, or specifically at the UQ Veterinary School, you should know that there is a University of Queensland Veterinary Students Association (UQVSA) available to support you during your studies! The UQVSA is elected each year from within the upcoming fourth-year class, by the veterinary science student body, to act as their representative.


The role of the UQVSA is to support the veterinary science student body by
representation within the university and the animal health care industry as a whole;providing educational resources, equipment and recreational amenities;acting as a central coordination and approval system for negotiating funding and sponsorship from UQ, corporate sectors, government sectors and other external sources; and byorganizing professional seminars, social events and the special interest groups (SIGs). The UQVSA aims to provide a professional voice of representation for the UQ Veterinary School stude…

Monash welcomes veski international fellows

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The secrets to the human brain and chronic inflammatory diseases could be uncovered with the arrival of two international researchers to Monash University.


Associate Professor Roger Pocock from Denmark and Professor Colby Zaph from Canada, are two of the three Victorian veski innovation fellows named this week (July 19–25).

Since 2004, veski innovation fellowships have brought outstanding international scientists and researchers, typically in the top five per cent of their respective fields, to Victoria.

Along with their innovative research programs and strong industry contacts, the fellows bring outstanding young researchers from their previous laboratories to continue their research in their new labs.

Studying the brains of tiny worms at Monash University using an injection of a fluorescent jelly fish protein, Associate Professor Pocock is focused on better understanding degenerative brain diseases.

He is in the trenches building a foundation, which he hopes will one day …

The Sydney Pharmacy advantage

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The University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy is consistently ranked amongst the world’s best educators in pharmacy.  In the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 – Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Sydney was ranked as the #2 pharmacy school in Australia.

A class above The Faculty of Pharmacy has more than 100 years of experience in delivering world-class professional pharmacy education.


To gain the competitive edge as a future pharmacist, it’s crucial that students learn from the best and most experienced in the industry. At the University of Sydney, Bachelor of Pharmacy students will learn from and engage directly with the faculty’s team of internationally renowned academics. The wealth of expertise and experience at the faculty is unrivalled. Students will be taught by leading experts, several of whom are still active professionals in community pharmacies, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and government bodies.

The faculty prides itself on the quality of its …

Who killed Janine Jenker?

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A free online course that explores the effectiveness of the law and justice system from a psychological perspective is running for a second time.


The University of Queensland’s CRIME101x: The Psychology of Criminal Justice follows a fictional murder, investigation and trial played out as a drama purpose-built for the course.

The weekly episodes of the drama are accompanied by video lectures and other resources from UQ School of Psychology instructors Associate Professor Blake McKimmie, Associate Professor Barbara Masser, and Associate Professor Mark Horswill.

Course Coordinator Blake McKimmie said that the course is designed to challenge some common misconceptions about what results in a fair criminal justice system.

“We’re hoping that people who take CRIME101x will be better equipped to take part in the debate about justice by learning about what research says leads to fairer or more reliable outcomes in the criminal justice system.”



The eight-week UQx course opens August 25 a…

UQ Business School welcomes China’s largest property developer

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UQ Business School was privileged to host influential businessman and sustainable housing pioneer, Chairman of Vanke and the Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation (SFIEC) Mr Wang Shi, who inspired a passionate audience with his journey to success.

Chairman Wang Shi from Shenzhen in China is internationally recognised as an advocate for green practices, and sustainable outcomes for environmental protection.


Over 400 students gathered in the UQ Centre to attend the exclusive event where Chairman Wang Shi and UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths, discussed the topics of sustainability, city innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The panel discussion, which was facilitated by the Executive Director of UQ Business School Executive Education Richard Kennerley, captivated the audience which was comprised predominantly of international commerce students and business school academics.

During the panel discussion, enthusiastic students were given th…

Sydney research shows public appetite for healthier vending machines

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Health conscious Australians are hungry for more nutritious options in fast food vending machines according to new research by the University of Sydney and University of Wollongong.

The study, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, reveals an appetite for healthy food options such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and yoghurt in vending machines in public places like hospitals and universities.


Eighty seven percent of the 240 people surveyed thought the current range of vending machine snacks are “too unhealthy,” with 80 percent willing to pay the same or even extra dollars for healthier alternatives.

The lead researcher and accredited practising dietitian, Professor Vicki Flood from the University of Sydney, said vending machines are part of an unhealthy environment which is contributing to a rise in diabetes and obesity through the availability of energy-dense snacks and sugary drinks.

“We know that around one third of our daily calorie intake co…

Melbourne dentistry applications close in one week

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Heads up, OzTREKKers! The application deadline for Melbourne Dental School is in one week! In order for your application and supporting documents to be submitted to the dental school on time, all Melbourne dentistry applicants are encouraged to submit their documents before noon on Thursday, July 30.


Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: July 31, 2015. Please note that all application documents must be received by Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12 noon in order for your complete application to be submitted to the university on time.


Griffith degrees deliver higher earning careers

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It started 25 years ago as a single building among bushland on the edge of town.
But today Griffith University has a thriving Gold Coast campus in possibly the most exciting university precinct in the world.


Serviced by the new light rail system and across the road from one of Australia’s most modern hospitals and the site for the 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes’ village, Griffith is a mini-metropolis born of humble origins.

And according to a study released recently, a Griffith University degree today could improve earning potential by more than 40 per cent.

The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, funded by the Australian Government, reveals Griffith delivers better career earning potential to its graduates than most universities.

Griffith is a member of the Innovative Research Universities group, which according to the HILDA survey means students at Griffith showed an “earnings premium” of 15 per cent higher than traditional universitie…

Macquarie Psychology professor awarded Australian Laureate Fellowship

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Distinguished Professor Ron Rapee, Director of the Centre for Emotional Health and a member of the Psychology Department at Macquarie University has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship.

The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme, administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC), gives outstanding research leaders the opportunity to tackle some of the most urgent and complex research issues facing Australia and the world.

With just over $3 million in funding from this ARC Laureate fellowship, Professor Rapee’s project will aim to understand factors that increase risk and provide protection from the development of emotional distress during the adolescent years.

Adolescence is a critical stage in the development of emotional functioning, and behaviours developed at this time can influence the entire life course. Professor Rapee’s research study plans to follow a large group of teenagers over many years and will focus on risk and protective factors that are open …