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Centre named after education visionary, Wayne Goss

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Griffith University Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor officially opened the Wayne Goss Centre in memory of the former Queensland premier at Logan campus last week.

Mr Goss, Queensland Premier from 1989–1996, was instrumental in the development of the Logan campus which opened in 1998.


“Wayne personally led the charge to have the Logan campus built when the whole higher education sector in Australia was going through a period of tumultuous change, and he convinced the Commonwealth Government to join with the State in funding it,’’ Professor O’Connor said.

“At the time, there was a high level of unmet demand for university places in the Logan and Gold Coast regions, and he was a champion for opening up educational opportunities and increasing University attainment rates for Logan residents and surrounding districts in the fast growing Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor.”

Wayne’s wife Roisin was in attendance and thanked the university of behalf of the Goss family for ‘this tre…

The Hon. Michael Kirby appointed to high-level UN panel on access to medicines

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Former High Court Justice and Sydney Law School alumnus the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG has been appointed by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to a high-level panel on health technology, innovation and access.

The new panel comprises 16 eminent individuals from around the world with expertise in trade, public health, human rights, and legal issues associated with access to treatment.
It will be co-chaired by the former presidents of Switzerland and of Botswana.


The panel’s task is to make recommendations to the Secretary-General about how to improve the affordability and accessibility of essential medicines and how to improve incentives for the development of new vaccines, medicines and diagnostics.

The work of the panel will provide fresh thinking as governments begin to work towards the ambitious set of health-related targets that fall under Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

These include the target of achieving universal access to “quality esse…

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine launched

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The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), at James Cook University has been officially launched by the Federal Education Minister, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.


The ceremony marks a special milestone for the emergence of AITHM, with James Cook University Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding stating that the official launch of AITHM demonstrates Australia’s position as a global leader in tropical health and medicine.

“Northern Australia’s proximity to the fast growing Southeast Asian and Pacific nations, both as part of the growing tropics presents extraordinary opportunities for Australian tropical medicine.”

“AITHM and JCU have developed a highly technical and advanced medical research capability and are well poised to respond to the scale of opportunity emerging from our near neighbours in the Asia Pacific,” Professor Harding said.

The official launch featured presentations demonstrating AITHM’s…

Monash recognised for international excellence

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Monash University, along with two of its students, have been celebrated at the 2015 Victorian International Education Awards for contributions to Victoria’s international education sector.


The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, and Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills, announced the awards, with Monash recognised for Excellence in International Education.

Students from Monash were presented with International Student of the Year awards in two of the five categories: Internationalisation, Research, Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training and English Language Training.

Monash student Joslyn Ma was the winner of the new ‘Victorian Student of the Year – Internationalisation’ category, for her ongoing focus on enhancing cultural integration between domestic and international students.

Jirayut Prompen from the Monash University English Language Centre in Thailand was presented with the International Student of the Year award for English Lan…

@UQ_News counts down to Christmas

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Move over partridge. It’s the brush turkey’s time to shine. The University of Queensland is counting down to Christmas with its very own “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol.

The UQ version, reflecting aspects of life at UQ’s campuses, has begun releasing its daily installments on their news page and via @UQ_news on Twitter.


Renowned UQ historian and classical scholar Professor Alastair Blanshard (@AlastairBlan) said he was eagerly anticipating UQ’s re-creation of the carol.

“Few carols capture the spirit of the festive season like ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’,” he said.

“Each day brings new surprises. As the excitement builds, it is a carol that leaves you asking ‘What next?’ or ‘How could you top that?’

‘It is also a very inclusive carol. It embraces the whole community.

“It doesn’t let you forget that while the ten lords may be ‘a-leaping’ and the nine ladies dancing that someone still has to do the farm work.

“I always feel slightly sorry for the eight maids ‘a-milking.’ Ever…

JCU Vet School embraces animal welfare

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James Cook University’s discipline of veterinary science has helped launch a new tool for vets looking to care for animals in an ethical way.

The One Welfare portal will provide vets and veterinary students with essays and scenarios that confront them with dilemmas and help sharpen their approach to the ethics underlying animal care.


JCU Veterinary School’s Dr Janice Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics, said the portal has been developed in conjunction with seven other veterinary schools in Australia and New Zealand and with the help of a $378,000 grant from the Office for Learning and Teaching.

“The project aims to keep veterinarians well informed about animal welfare issues so they can apply sound critical thinking skills to solve the ethical dilemmas they will encounter in practice,” she said.

Dr Lloyd said there was an international movement towards better treatment of animals. “There is growing public concern and the Australian community lo…

New treatment potential for heart attack sufferers

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New hope in the fight against cardiovascular disease has arrived, following breakthrough research identifying a pigment in our bile which could protect us.

A fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, bile’s function is to aid the digestion process.


Now Dr Andrew Bulmer from Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) has found that mildly elevated levels of a bile pigment called bilirubin may provide natural protection from heart attacks and help to stave off cardiovascular disease.

Published recently in the International Journal of Cardiology, the study shows that when hearts are infused with bilirubin following a heart attack, the pigment reduces damage and improves heart function during recovery.

“This is a very important finding as very few drugs are able to be administered following a heart attack to improve heart function,” says Dr Bulmer. “Generally, if it is a small heart attack people can survive; however there is a 20 per cen…

Chiropractic laboratories at Macquarie University

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Chiropractic is one of the largest primary health professions today. Chiropractors recognise the importance of body structures and how they affect our health. They use a range of diagnostic tools including patient interviews, physical examination and X-rays. Using spinal adjustments, manipulation and other physical means, chiropractors aim to improve neuromusculoskeletal function and reduce associated pain.

In 1990, Macquarie University became the first university to formally conduct professional chiropractic education when a Centre for Chiropractic was established within the School of Biological Sciences.

The Macquarie Department of Chiropractic has a commitment to excellence in teaching and research, as well as service to the profession and the community. All members of academic staff are expected to make a contribution to the diverse functions within the department and university. Teaching, administration, community service, clinical supervision and research are fundam…

Bond launches Australian-first MLA

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Bond University has launched an Australian-first Master of Legal Administration (MLA), aimed at business executives who want to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the law.

The new program, which can be completed in one year full time, has a similar structure to a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with students undertaking advanced law subjects that will support or progress their existing career.


Bond University Executive Dean of Law, Professor Nick James, said while other law schools offered masters programs for non-lawyers, the ability to undertake advanced subjects from the popular Juris Doctor, a postgraduate qualification for those wanting to become solicitors, was unique.

“We have developed the program to suit a niche group of professionals who are not looking for a career change, but realise they need to know more about the law in their position or to move up the corporate ladder,” he said.

“They may be business leaders who engage regularly with lawyers a…

New chip technology inspired by student laser projector

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University of Sydney electrical and information engineering researchers have developed a new silicon alignment and packaging system that could improve the manufacturing efficiency of biomedical and measurement sensors.

The system was developed using silicon CMOS technologies, and designers, Professor Xiaoke Yi and research honours student Keith Powell believe it will improve the speed and repeatability of packaging.


The pair’s invention provides a new closed loop system to perform the silicon photonic alignment and packaging process autonomously, significantly reducing the time, cost and manpower needed.

It has also increased the efficiency, consistency and scalability for massive packaging of photonic inter circuit (PIC) chips. The primary applications for PICs are in the areas of fibre-optic communication, biomedical and photonic computing.

The new technology can also be used in radar, antenna, optical interconnect, nanophotonic packaging and recently the technology was …

Audiology Studies at the University of Queensland

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Why study the Master of Audiology Studies at the University of Queensland?
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is a leading educator in audiology and the only provider of this qualification in Queensland. Staff have expertise across a wide range of clinical and academic disciplines within the field.

The school has a strong international reputation for the quality of its graduates, the commitment of the teaching staff and its strong research focus. This program produces graduates with the conceptual base and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the clinical practice of audiology.

The University of Queensland is privileged to offer a Master of Audiology Studies program to equip students with the knowledge and skills to become an audiologist. Students are taught by academic and professional staff, who are international leaders in their field of expertise.”

Students at UQ will be able to use technologically cutting edge clinical laboratories and student…

James Cook University’s world-class research report card

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James Cook University has strengthened its research credentials, more than doubling the number of research fields that receive the highest possible rating for research excellence.

A definitive report card of Australian university research quality has been published, rating JCU “world class or better” in 35 areas of research.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluates the quality of research in each field at every Australian university.

Universities are rated on a scale of one to five for each research field, with a rating of three representing “at world standard,” a rating of four is considered “above world standard,” and a rating of five represents “well above world standard.”

Of the 35 fields of research in which James Cook University is rated world class or above, the university received the highest possible rating (“well above standard”) in eight research areas—more than double the number it received when the ERA assessment was last published in 2012 (thr…

No-drill dentistry stops tooth decay, says research

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A University of Sydney study has revealed that tooth decay (dental caries) can be stopped, reversed, and prevented without the need for the traditional “fill and drill” approach that has dominated dental care for decades.

The results of the seven year study, published recently in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, found that the need for fillings was reduced by 30 to 50 per cent through preventative oral care.

“It’s unnecessary for patients to have fillings because they’re not required in many cases of dental decay,” said the study’s lead author, Associate Professor Wendell Evans of the University of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry.

“This research signals the need for a major shift in the way tooth decay is managed by dentists—dental practice in Australia needs to change. Our study shows that a preventative approach has major benefits compared to current practice.

“For a long time it was believed that tooth decay was a rapidly progressive phenomenon and the best way to ma…

Bond University Master of Counselling

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The field of social sciences at Bond University has a strong focus on the provision of specialist knowledge and skill to meet industry needs, accreditation requirements, and workplace standards in their courses.


Within the Bond Faculty of Society & Design and in the division of Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling, the Master of Counselling is designed to provide graduates with expertise in delivery of individualised assessment and therapy procedures suited to the presenting problems which occur in the counselling context.

The Master of Counselling degree extends teaching content across the lifespan and range of presenting issues which impact adversely on the capacity of individuals to function effectively in their day-to-day lives. This degree incorporates coursework, practical experience gained in class and during practicum placement, and research. The teaching curriculum emphasises development of personal competencies, broad-based knowledge, and applied skill…

Telemedicine focus to prevent diabetes-related amputations in remote Australia

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A James Cook University scientist will be using an advanced 3D camera and software to fight extreme levels of diabetes complications found in remote areas of Australia.

JCU Medical School Associate Professor Usman Malabu, who is also a diabetes specialist at the Townsville Hospital, said people living with diabetes in rural and remote areas have up to three times higher rates of amputations due to complications than other Australians.

Dr Malabu said many Indigenous people lived in remote areas, far from health centres.

“Indigenous people have a higher rate of diabetes than the general population and by the time they are seen by a doctor it’s almost too late,” he said. “In addition, people are often reluctant to be transferred for treatment to major centres far from their home and family.”

He said a late-stage diagnosis of a person in a remote area meant treatment could be extremely expensive, with high-level specialists involved and transfer and accommodation costs for su…

New halls of residence honour past Monash leaders

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A new state-of-the-art student living precinct spanning four residential buildings has been officially opened at Monash University by the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria. Each of the four new halls of residence has been named in honour of an academic who made a significant contribution to the university and the field in which they worked.


The multi-level buildings will accommodate 1,000 students in self-contained studio apartments, providing affordable and stylish home-away-from-home accommodation in the heart of the Clayton campus. A number of apartments have been designed to accommodate mobility-impaired residents.

The apartments measure approximately 20 square metres and feature impressive kitchen and bathroom facilities and fully furnished living spaces, VOIP telephone handsets and high-speed internet access.

Surrounding landscape, communal spaces, an outdoor cinema, shops, cafes and walkways will be developed in conjunction with the buildings to creat…

Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates NHMRC and ARC recipients

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The Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy recently offered congratulations to Professor Kim Chan, Professor Mary Collins, Professor Deborah Schofield and Dr Fanfan Zhou for their recent National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) grant success and on their outstanding research achievement.

Professor Hak-Kim Chan, named as CIA, and Professor Warren Finlay were awarded an ARC Discovery Grant in the amount of $374,000 for their project “The role of electrostatic charge in airway deposition of aerosols.” This project aims to develop a validated mathematical model for accurately predicting deposition behaviour of charged aerosol particles in human airways.


Professor Mary Collins, named as CIB, along with Professor Iain McGregor as CIA, Professor Inga Neumann as CIC, Dr Michael Bowen as CID, and Dr Andrew Clarkson as CIE, were awarded an NHMRC Project Grant in the amount of $739,105 for their project “Oxytocin as a novel antagonist of the into…

UQ landmark to undergo dramatic refurbishment

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Queensland judicial leaders tried their hands as graffiti artists at the University of Queensland’s landmark Forgan Smith building recently to mark the beginning of a new chapter in the building’s history.

The building houses the TC Beirne School of Law, which is set for a dramatic refurbishment to begin in January.

The graffiti—recording fun and fond memories of the school’s alumni and students—was a symbolic farewell to the walls that have contained the hopes and dreams of about 10,000 law students over the past 66 years.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the 12-month refurbishment would be an exciting rejuvenation of the historic building to bring it into line with the world’s best contemporary education facilities.

“The aim is to improve the student experience by creating a place of light, learning and collaboration, incorporating the latest technology and facilities,” he said.

“The rejuvenation will not affect the beautiful and historic sandstone …

Study vet medicine at the #1 vet school in Australia

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According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015, the University of Sydney is ranked 11th in the world and number one in Australia for veterinary science!

The University of Sydney strives to provide the very best education in veterinary medicine and animal science through bachelor’s degrees, postgraduate coursework, continuing education and research training. Sydney alumni have shaped professions locally, nationally and globally. Their sustained, stellar achievements in practice, public service, research, academia and the media provide the best advertisement for the success of the university’s programs.

All Sydney Uni students are supported to develop their leadership skills and veterinary interests through academic and co-curricular activities. Campus life in both Sydney and Camden provides unique opportunities for personal growth, networking and exploration of career directions. Students are always supported and guided as they learn and help them to meet the …

Forming planet observed for first time

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An international team of scientists has captured the first-ever images of a planet in the making. The accumulation of dust and gas particles onto a new planet—the process by which the planet continues to form and grow—has been directly observed for the first time.

None of the nearly 1,900 planets previously discovered and confirmed outside our solar system (called exoplanets) are in the process of formation.

The findings of the scientists, led by University of Arizona graduates Steph Sallum and Kate Follette and including the University of Sydney’s Professor Peter Tuthill, were published recently in Nature.

A star known as LkCa 15, located 450 light years from Earth, has been observed exhibiting all the trappings of an expectant parent: it is surrounded by a vast disc of dust and gas, making an ideal environment for planets to grow from; the dust shows distinct signs of disturbance—something within has eaten away part of the disc.



Co-author of the paper Professor Tuthill said…

JCU scientist finds marine debris travels far

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Rubbish dumped at sea off Townsville will end up on the popular Mission Beach holiday spot, while Cairns’ marine trash goes straight to the exclusive Port Douglas resort—according to new computer modelling by a James Cook University scientist.


JCU’s Kay Critchell fed local wind and tide data into the state-of-the-art SLIM modelling system. She then tracked drift patterns for an average-sized plastic water bottle that found its way into Townsville’s Ross River or Cairns’ Trinity Inlet, or was dumped at sea along the Great Barrier Reef.

Rubbish from the Ross River washed ashore in the northern beachside suburb of Pallarenda, while plastic from Trinity Inlet headed for Port Douglas. The model showed plastic debris from a shipping lane off Townsville’s Magnetic Island would land on the popular Mission Beach, about halfway between Cairns and Townsville.

Ms Critchell said the findings were consistent: “For floating plastic the big driver was the wind. The main collection points …

MCAT 2016 schedule

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Thinking of applying to Australian Medical Schools for the 2017 intake? Then you’ll probably need to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).


The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Keep in mind that test centres have limited capacity and seats are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

*All MCAT exams will begin at 8 a.m.

Test Date – Score Release Date

January 22 – February 23
January 23 – February 23
April 1 – May 3
April 23 – May 24
May 6 – June 7
May 14 – June 14
May 20 – June 21
June 2 – July 6
June 18 – July 19
July 8 – August 9
July 9 – August 9
July 22 – August 23
August 4 – September 7
August 5 – September 7
August 19 – September 20
August 20 – September 20
August 25 – September 27
September 1 – October 4
September 9 – October 12
September 10 – October 12

The first three sections organized around 10 foundational concepts in th…

University of Melbourne scientists recognised with awards

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A scientist working to develop a one-shot-for-life flu vaccine and a renowned environmental scientist have been awarded prestigious Australian Academy of Science medals.


University of Melbourne immunologist Associate Professor Katherine Kedzierska, from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, won the 2016 Jacques Miller Medal for experimental biomedicine.

Associate Professor Kedzierska researches immune responses to virus outbreaks, including influenza, with a particular focus on how best to protect vulnerable and high-risk groups.

Her cutting-edge work could lead to the development of a one-shot flu jab for life.

Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of the Doherty Institute, said Associate Professor Kedzierska’s outstanding translational research was integral to the work of the organisation.

“Katherine is such a deserving recipient of the Jacques Miller Medal and I congratulate her on this outstanding achievement. …

Master of Environment at Griffith University

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The Master of Environment at Griffith University provides training for people who wish to help to make society more sustainable. It also provides opportunities for those who want to move into more senior management positions. You will develop the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, to contribute to policy-making processes and to run environmental management systems.


The following specialisations are available and prepare graduates who are focused on creating a more sustainable society through their work in and across business, government and industry.

SpecialisationsClimate Change AdaptationEconomics and PolicyEducation for SustainabilityEnvironmental PlanningEnvironmental ProtectionSustainable BusinessWater Resources Career opportunitiesClimate Change Adaptation: You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the areas of environmental climate change and policy-making. You may find work in the public sector, business or community organisations …

University of Sydney leads Australia in QS Employability Rankings

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University of Sydney graduates have been rated the most sought-after in Australia in the first comprehensive global rankings into employability.

The University of Sydney topped the list of Australian universities in the inaugural QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016, and was also rated in the top 15 globally with a rank of 14.


The rankings mapped more than 30,000 people to identify the educational background of the world’s most employable people.

“These rankings confirm what we’ve known for years about our graduates and the unique Sydney qualities they bring to the workplace,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

“It’s no secret that the University of Sydney attracts the brightest minds to some of the most competitive and rigorous courses on offer nationally. And so it follows that these students then go on to incredible careers in the most coveted graduate roles.

“For more than 160 years, we’ve helped shape the minds of graduates who go on to change the wor…

Monash engineering researchers co-discover ultralight magnesium alloy

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Professor Nick Birbilis, Head of Materials Science and Engineering Department at Monash Engineering School, said that the new magnesium-lithium alloy weighs about half as much as already lightweight aluminum, and could potentially be used across a broad range of manufacturing to reduce the weight of motor vehicles and other items such as laptops by up to 40 per cent.


Professor Birbilis, who is part of a research team that includes Professor Michael Ferry and key researcher Dr Wanqiang Xu from University of New South Wales, came across the discovery by chance when they noticed that a piece of the magnesium alloy had been resting in a beaker of water for quite some time without corroding.

“Normally for magnesium alloys, you walk away and a day later you come back and there’s very little left. This particular alloy stunned everyone in that it looked pristine after very lengthy periods of exposure in saltwater conditions,” he said.

The findings, published in the current editio…

Bond alumni honoured as 2016 Monash scholars

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Two Bond University alumni have been honoured among the elite list of 2016 John Monash Scholars announced in Sydney.

Law/International Relations alumna Katherine Mansted and Law/International Business alumnus Stephen Dietz were chosen from a record number of applications for the prestigious scholarships which enable the recipients to pursue postgraduate studies at their choice of the world’s best universities.


Widely regarded as one of the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia, the John Monash Scholarships are awarded to outstanding Australians with demonstrated leadership skills who are studying or working in areas of potential benefit to Australia.

The 2016 Scholarship offering attracted a record number of applications from all over Australia, with the winners presented at a gala Sydney Opera House event where Bond University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Brailsford was among the attendees that included His Excellency General The Honou…