Friday, January 30, 2015

UQ staff save cash and carbon with energy competition

University of Queensland staff have collectively prevented 77 tonnes of carbon emissions and saved $7600 in electricity costs during a three-week competition aimed at reducing energy consumption in laboratories.

The Shut Your Sash Competition, run by UQ’s Property and Facilities Division as part of the Green Labs program, required participating labs to better manage the use of fume cupboards, which are one of the most energy intensive types of equipment found in scientific laboratories.

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Sustainability Project Officer Christine McCallum, who coordinates the Green Labs program, said the competition provided a great opportunity for staff to improve their energy-saving habits in the lab.

“Ventilated fume cupboards provide a safety barrier for researchers working with chemicals that produce toxic fumes and vapours.

“Each cupboard has a moveable pane at the front called a sash that allows users to control the amount of air extracted from the cupboard to ensure a safe work environment.

“Keeping the fume cupboard sash low or closed is not only safer for users, but it also reduces the amount of conditioned air that is exhausted from the laboratory space, with considerable energy savings,” Ms McCallum said.

During the three-week trial, the five participating institutes reduced their total fume cupboard energy consumption by 40 per cent.

“If these labs were to keep this up over the entire year, they would save approximately $130,000 in energy costs while reducing emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent produced by roughly 130 average-sized homes,” Ms McCallum said.

Competition winners included the Translational Research Institute (TRI), which won an award for best ongoing operational practice, and the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), which won the most improved lab award.

University of Queensland Property and Facilities Division Deputy Director Mr Geoff Dennis said supporting staff to promote sustainable behaviours was a key objective of the Green Labs program.

“UQ staff are enthusiastic about improving the sustainability of their workplace and helping to reduce energy and resource consumption.

“The Green Labs program provides the resources for staff to improve their understanding of environmental issues specific to laboratories and empowers them to promote sustainable practices in their labs,” Mr Dennis said.

Established in 2012, the Green Labs program now has 31 representatives across 20 UQ laboratories promoting environmentally friendly practices in their labs.

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 Masters 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
What is Sustainable Development?
This plan is designed for students who wish to solve environmental problems. It emphasises the importance of a healthy environment as the basis of sustainable jobs and industries. Students gain the skills and knowledge to work towards sustainable development. Courses explore strategies ranging from cleaner production for individual industries, and better environment design, to regional and national environmental policies and plans.

Students acquire integrated knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including ecology, geography, economics, planning, law, environmental design and relevant social sciences. The final year focuses on environmental problem-solving and allows students to specialise in specific areas of sustainable environment management. Students also gain professional experience in applying social, economic, business and scientific principles to the management of natural, rural, and urban resources.

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: July 2015 and February 2016
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.


Griffith Film School graduate asks people to mimic his accent

They say laughter is the best medicine. While looking out the window often provides some relief from workday strain, the snow today isn’t cutting it. So we sent this video around the OzTREKK office, and from each desk came muffled chuckles to full-blown laughter. We’re used to the Aussie accent, but clearly other people around the globe are not so fortunate.

Griffith Film School graduate Kieran Murray has asked people all over the world to replicate the Aussie catchphrase “G’Day mate, how you going?” with hilarious results.

Since his graduate film The F Word screened in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the 24-year-old has spent six months travelling nine countries and documenting the often failed attempts at the classic Aussie accent.

His YouTube video has since attracted more than 136,000 hits. Kieran, who studied a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media, is currently settled in Los Angeles where he is pursuing his career.


Griffith Film School

The Griffith Film School prepares the next generation of filmmakers, animators and game designers for creative and exciting careers within the international business of film, television and digital screen media creation. Students will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most distinguished and notable experts, both industry practitioners and academics, visiting professors, fellows and tutors within the disciplines of drama, documentary, television, animation, games and interactive entertainment.

Master of Screen Production at Griffith University

In the Master of Screen Production, you will undertake practical work, integrated with screenings and discussions that will place your learning in a craft and creative context. The degree includes a strong collaborative component, which will help you develop a sound understanding of how your specialist role fits into the production process. You will learn through a problem-based curriculum, active learning in small groups and practical work placements that give you an opportunity to combine theory and practice.

As a graduate, you will be equipped to begin practice in a wide range of film production settings. You will develop research skills that will help you respond effectively to the changing nature of the industry.

Program: Master of Screen Production
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: March 30, 2015 for the July intake

 

Admission requirements

Applicants for this program must have
  • a bachelor degree in Screen Production (or equivalent) from a recognised university; or Graduate Certificate in Screen Production and
  • a portfolio of professional work, which may include documented professional experience or other evidence indicating the applicant’s capacity to undertake and benefit from the program, for example, screenwriting samples, films (submitted on DVD), production experiences.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

University of Sydney Public Health webinar

University of Sydney Public Health webinar on Wednesday, February 4

 

Professor Bob Cumming and Professor Tim Driscoll (Course Coordinators) will be hosting a Sydney Public Health School webinar to give prospective students the latest information about the Master of Public Health and Master of International Public Health.

University of Public Health School
Find out more about public health at Sydney Uni!

This is your chance to ask questions and get answers about
  • what’s new and different in these programs;
  • what you will learn;
  • how to plan your studies;
  • opportunities after you graduate;
  • and much more!

University of Sydney Public Health webinar details

 

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 8:30 p.m. (Ontario); 5:30 p.m. (BC)
Register: Be sure to register before Tuesday, Feb. 3. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information and to register.

 

Public Health at the University of Sydney

The public health program at the University of 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.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: March and July
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: January 31, 2015 for the March 2015 intake

Entry Requirements: A successful applicant for admission to the program requires
  • a minimum four-year full time degree or equivalent qualification from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a shorter degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification, and non-degree professional qualifications and/or substantial relevant experience and/or other relevant qualifications.

Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Scholarly Selective

In Scholarly Selective (SS), completed during the third and fourth year of the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine (MD) course, students have the opportunity to complete a research project in a field related to medicine. During this time students
  • explore an area of relevance to medicine in greater depth than is possible in the body of the curriculum;
  • broaden their experience of health care and research, often in off-campus settings;
  • learn the theory behind evidence and research, and experience it first hand and appreciate the challenges and limitations;
  • have the opportunity to interact with researchers and better appreciate the background work and processes involved in the advancement of medicine; and
  • develop skills in the acquisition, evaluation and application of information (evidence) by undertaking in-depth studies in an area of their choice related to medicine.
Scholarly Selective Timeline/Overview
Melbourne MD Scholarly Selective Timeline






What do students do during scholarly selective?

The primary purpose of SS is for students to obtain experience in conducting biomedical research. As part of this goal, the principal method of assessment is a journal style monograph. This subject is designed to
  • provide an introduction to the processes of research work in a field related to medicine, including critical appraisal of the literature;
  • enable development of skills in the ways in which knowledge (evidence) should be assembled and evaluated to provide a scientific rationale for updating medical practice and treatment;
  • develop skills in the use of simple statistical techniques when appraising health data;
  • foster an understanding of the benefits of research and the value of each health professional contributing to the advancement of knowledge;
  • encourage an understanding of the diversity and breadth of medicine;
  • encourage the development of autonomy and independence in defining areas for study, locating relevant resources and evaluating information;
  • enhance oral and written communication skills; and
  • encourage further learning in areas of relevance to medicine.

When do students undertake scholarly selective?

Students complete SS during the third and fourth year of the Melbourne MD. SS is actually divided into two parts:
  1. SS-1: this is undertaken during the third year of the MD course. Students spend the 1st semester of 3rd year selecting a research project of interest; during the 2nd semester, students complete a literature review, obtain ethics approval (where required) and become familiar with the requirements of their project.
  2. SS-2: this is undertaken during the 1st semester of fourth year of the MD course, and this when students undertake and write-up the results of their research project.

When and how do students select their project?

Students nominate a preferred research project during the first semester of third year. A web-based database of available projects will be made available to students from early in 1st semester of third year which will be continually updated during the semester.

What sort of research projects can students undertake?

Theoretically, Melbourne MD students can complete any type of research project related to the discipline of medicine. However, it is important to remember that students must undertake a project that can be completed and written up within a six-month period.

Therefore, ‘green-field’ or undefined pilot projects are generally considered unsuitable as are those where ethics approval has not yet been obtained or is likely to prove difficult. The ideal Scholarly Selective project is one, or more, of the following:
  • an ‘add-on’ to an existing project
  • utilises existing data or stored tissue samples
  • modest in size and scope
  • has clearly defined aims/objectives
  • has deliverable outcomes or end-point measurements
  • has established methods/protocols

Melbourne Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Next semester intake: February 2016
Duration: 4 years

Entry Requirements
To apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;
  • completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT); and
  • received an invitation by the University of Melbourne to sit a multi-mini interview (MMI).

UQ vets save tiny pony

Veterinarians at the University of Queensland Equine Hospital have saved the life of a tiny pony that weighed in at a mere 10 kilograms.

Miniature horse Philomena arrived at the hospital when she was only four days old, with sepsis and acute renal failure.

UQ Veterinary School
Study veterinary science at UQ

Equine Internal Medicine specialist Dr Joan Norton said Philomena had made a full recovery, thanks to early recognition of the problem and round-the-clock treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“Philomena was so tiny when she was brought in that we had to borrow a scale from the cat ward to weigh her,” Dr Norton said.

​“Unfortunately foals are susceptible to sepsis—a bacterial disease in the blood stream—as they don’t have a mature immune system when they’re born.

“Signs that your foal could be suffering from this condition include not nursing as well as they normally would and a lack of energy.

“We are very pleased that Philomena has made a full recovery and she is back with her owners running around the paddock.”

University of Queensland Equine Hospital

The University of Queensland’s 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.

UQ Veterinary School’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years

Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 30; however, it is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

University of Sydney information sessions in Canada

The Sydney Medical School Dean of Medicine Professor Bruce Gregory Robinson and the Sydney Dental School Dean Professor Chris Peck will be visiting Canada in late February 2015, and OzTREKK is excited to be a part of this event!

 

Everyone is welcome to attend these information sessions, where each University of Sydney Dean will speak about his respective faculty and about the popular programs offered, the Sydney MD and the Sydney DMD. Both Deans will be available for a question-and-answer period following the sessions. This is a great opportunity for future students to find out more about
  • the University of Sydney;
  • the Medical School and the Dental School;
  • admissions requirements;
  • program structure;
  • application deadlines;
  • accreditation;
  • life on campus;
  • and much more!
Wondering about what it’s like to study at Sydney Medical School or at Sydney Dental School? Don’t miss these information sessions!

University of Sydney Medicine and Dentistry Information Sessions

University of Sydney Australia
University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Toronto
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 6 – 7 p.m. followed Alumni Get-together from 7 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle Toronto, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario
Map: http://tiny.cc/westintoronto
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SYDMedDentStudentsFEB2015TOR

Vancouver
Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Time: 6 – 7 p.m. followed Alumni Get-together from 7 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC
Map: http://tiny.cc/westinvancouver
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SYDMedDentStudentsFEB2015VAN

University of Sydney Alumni Get-together

Following each University of Sydney information session in Toronto and Vancouver, you are invited to stay for the Sydney Alumni reception (from 7 – 9 p.m.) to speak to University of Sydney graduates. Chat with Sydney Uni alumni about their time in Australia, their experiences, and the accreditation and licensing processes. Get all your questions answered by speaking directly with the Deans and OzTREKK staff!

 

We look forward to seeing you! Don’t forget to RSVP!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monash receives Australia Day Honours

Monash University is proud to congratulate members of the Monash community recognised in the Australia Day (January 26) Honours.

Medical researchers Professor John Funder and Professor Brendan Crabb have both been awarded Companions of the Order of Australia (AC).  An AC is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large.

Monash University Medical School
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Professor Funder from the Department of Medicine was appointed an AC for eminent service to medicine, particularly to cardiovascular endocrinology, as a renowned researcher, author and educator, to the development of academic health science centres, and to mental illness, obesity, and Indigenous eye-health programs.

Professor Crabb from the Department of Immunology received his AC for eminent service to medical science as a prominent researcher of infectious diseases, particularly malaria, and their impact on population health in developing nations, as an advocate, mentor and administrator, and through fostering medical research nationally and internationally.

Fellow Monash community members Professor Peter Ebeling, Professor John Mills, David Buckingham, Professor Rosemary Calder, Professor Peter Fuller, Professor Milton Hearn, Adjunct Professor James Ogloff and the Honourable Neil Pope have also been recognised for their extraordinary contributions to Australian communities in the 2015 Honours List.

Professor Peter Ebeling, Head of the Department of Medicine was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to medicine in the field of bone health, through academic contributions and research initiatives in a range of administrative, executive and professional roles.

Professor John Mills from the Central and Eastern Clinical School received his AO for his distinguished service to medicine as a researcher and physician in the field of infectious diseases, particularly HIV-AIDS, to medical administration, and to the development of Australia’s biotechnology industry.

David Buckingham, Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Student Recruitment, has been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to public administration, particularly Australia-Britain relations, to business, and to tertiary education.

Professor Rosemary Calder, a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, was appointed an AM for her significant service to public administration, particularly in the areas of mental health and ageing, through academic roles, and to the community.

Associate Director of the MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research Professor Peter Fuller was awarded an AM for his for significant service to medicine as an endocrinologist, through contributions to medical research and professional organisations.

Professor Milton Hearn, Director of the Centre for Green Chemistry, was recognised with an AM for his significant service to science through major contributions to advances in chemical manufacturing.

Adjunct Professor James Ogloff from the School of Psychological Sciences received his AM for his significant service to education and to the law as a forensic psychologist, and as an academic, researcher and practitioner.

Former industrial relations and human resources advisor to Monash University, the Honourable Neil Pope, received his AM for his significant service to the community of Victoria, particularly through local and state government roles, and to the administration of Norfolk Island.

About Monash University

With selective entry and a strong tradition of excellence in traditional and emerging academic disciplines, Monash University is an entrepreneurial, world-class institution. The university’s research experience is outstanding, and it places a premium on quality undergraduate teaching. For the second year in a row, global CEOs and recruiters polled by The New York Times have voted Monash University the best university in Australia from which to hire graduates. The annual survey by the prestigious New York Times newspaper placed Monash 32nd in the world, up from 47th in 2011.

The leap of 15 places also makes Monash University the leader for the Oceania region and the only Victorian university to make the list of 100 higher education institutions.

University of Sydney announces new dean for Nursing and Midwifery

Professor Donna Waters has commenced her role as the University of Sydney’s new Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.

University of Sydney Nursing School
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University Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said he looked forward to working with Associate Professor Waters as she leads the faculty and joins the university’s Senior Executive Group.

“I am particularly pleased that, after conducting an international search, we have appointed an existing member of the faculty to the deanship. This is testament to the contribution Donna has made to the faculty, including as Associate Dean (Research), and underlines our commitment to promoting women leaders within the university.”

Professor Waters joined the University of Sydney in 2009, having previously worked at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead, the College of Nursing, and Justice Health NSW. She is a registered nurse with 25 years’ experience in the management of nursing, medical and health services research.

“In my first year as Dean, I am truly excited about continuing the excellent work of Sydney Nursing School in education, research and scholarship,” said Professor Waters.

“I also look forward to strengthening relationships with our clinical and professional partners, both within Australia and internationally.

“Our vision at Sydney Nursing School is to pursue teaching and research excellence in the practices and outcomes of nursing and midwifery, and to prepare graduates who are personally and professional aware.

“The future of health and healthcare relies on nurses and midwives who are competent to work with people in many and varied contexts—professionals who can deliver the most appropriate care, at the right time, in the right place.

“At the same time, I think it’s vital that the focus of our work remains aligned to the genuine needs of individuals, their families and their communities.”

Nursing at the University of Sydney

Program: Master of Nursing
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years

Entry Requirements: A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing will hold a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.


About Bond University Business School

The Bond University Business School is Australia’s first and most dynamic private business school, dedicated to grooming individuals for executive-level management careers in the global marketplace.

Bond University Business School
Learn more about Bond University Business School

With a clear charter to foster leadership skills and entrepreneurial vision, Bond University Business School's degree programs are distinguished by the application of the very latest academic theory to the complexities of real-life corporate case studies. The business school’s academic staff hold PhDs from top international universities and challenge students to learn the most forward-thinking business techniques.

The Faculty of Business at Bond University is separated into specialized departments:
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Actuarial Science
  • Department of Economics & Statistics
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Global Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Family Business
  • Department of Hotel & Tourism Management
  • Department of Informatics
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Marketing
Work experience placement is available to all students enrolled in the Bond University Business School in order to provide students without practical workplace experience, or with workplace experience in a field different from their studies.

As well, the business school offers internship placements to all students enrolled in the Faculty of Business in order to provide students with invaluable skills in their selected field which may lead directly to full-time employment opportunities.

Bond University's one-year, full-time MBA program, designed by internationally renowned educators, blends the most current industry-relevant research with actual business challenges. Students work in small groups with an international cohort of professors, lecturers, high-profile guest speakers and fellow students, and operate at board level, steering a management team through the ever-changing panorama of real-world business challenges that impact real-world businesses.


Monday, January 26, 2015

See you at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at UBC!

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at University of British Columbia

 

Great news for all of you on the west coast: we will be visiting the University of British Columbia on Thursday, February 5, 2015 for our annual winter OzTREKK Study in Australia information session, and you’re invited!

 

Australian universities
OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair is coming to UBC

This OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair will take place in the Student Union Building, and will give students the opportunity to learn about their program options at Australian universities, including Australian Medical Schools in Australia, Australian Law Schools in Australia, and Australian Dental Schools in Australia—just to name a few!

OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be participating in this free event, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise students (and their parents!) about their study options in Australia. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about your program options at the following Australian universities:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

Event Details

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Student Union Building (SUB), University of British Columbia

At the event, you will meet Australian university staff and learn more about the following:
  • Universities
  • Programs
  • Entry requirements
  • Campus lifestyles
  • Accommodation options
  • Student loans and financing options
  • Accreditation – Coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia
Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at SFU

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at Simon Fraser University

 

Heads up, SFU! OzTREKK and our Australian universities will be visiting Simon Fraser University in British Columbia on Thursday, February 5, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia Fair!

 

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
See you at the Study in Australia Fair, SFU!

Australian university staff members will be at the event to provide interested students and parents with information about their study opportunities in Australia. This is a casual, free event—just drop by to say hello!

Speak to faculty staff directly about your area of interest and learn about
  • your program options;
  • entry requirements;
  • admissions statistics;
  • how to apply;
  • scholarships & student loan options;
  • accreditation;
  • student housing…
…and much more!

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Academic Quad, Simon Fraser University

At the fair, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the following Australian universities:
  • Bond University, Gold Coast
  • Griffith University, Gold Coast/Brisbane
  • James Cook University, Townsville/Cairns
  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane
  • University of Sydney, Sydney
No RSVP necessary—just come to the event if you are interested!

Find out more about the following programs:
  • Arts/Humanities,  Audiology
  • Business
  • Counselling 
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering and Information Technology,  Environmental Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Law/Juris DoctorLinguistics/Languages
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy,   Optometry
  • Pharmacy,  Physiotherapy,  Public Health/EpidemiologyPsychology
  • Research Programs
  • Science Programs,   Speech Pathology
  • Teacher Education
  • Veterinary Medicine

See you at the fair, SFU!



Don’t miss the upcoming University of Queensland info session in Toronto

Wondering what it’s like to study in Australia? Here’s your chance!

If you live in the Toronto area, the University of Queensland will be hosting an information session on Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre in Toronto. This UQ info session will give you the opportunity to learn more about life at University of Queensland and the great programs they offer.

University of Queensland Australia
The University of Queensland’s beautiful campus

University of Queensland international representatives will travel to Canada from Brisbane, and will outline the qualities that make the University of Queensland one of the most respected universities in Australia and around the world.

At this info session, you will learn more about UQ, the programs offered, entry requirements for your program of interest, student loans, accommodation options, and much more!

Toronto

Event: UQ Info Session
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Venue: King Room, Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre, Toronto
Map: http://tiny.cc/TorontoMarriott

No RSVP necessary—just come along to the info session!

Know Before You Go!

The University of Queensland offers hundreds of programs! Read more about studying at UQ:
  • University of Queensland Medical School
  • University of Queensland Dental School
  • University of Queensland Veterinary School
  • University of Queensland Law School
  • University of Queensland Pharmacy School
  • University of Queensland Teachers College
  • University of Queensland Audiology School
  • University of Queensland Speech Pathology School
  • University of Queensland Physiotherapy School
  • University of Queensland Occupational Therapy School
  • University of Queensland Business School
  • University of Queensland Counselling Programs
  • University of Queensland Nursing School
  • University of Queensland Public Health School
  • University of Queensland Linguistics Programs
  • University of Queensland Research Programs

About the University of Queensland

UQ offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs informed by the latest research and delivered in state-of-the-art learning spaces. Its teachers have won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other Australian university. Today, UQ has more than 48,800 students across its four main campuses in southeast Queensland: St Lucia, Ipswich, Gatton and Herston. Staff and students from more than 134 nations are valued in its multicultural community, which celebrates excellence in all aspects of scholarship.


Melbourne School of Chemistry studies solar panels and printed electronics

New and improved solar panels could result from the discovery of a new liquid crystal material, making printable organic solar cells better performing.

Published recently in Nature CommunicationsUniversity of Melbourne researchers say their discovery of the highly sought-after ‘nematic liquid crystals’ can now lead to vastly improved organic solar cell performance.

University of Melbourne Science degrees
Study chemistry at the University of Melbourne
Lead author Dr David Jones of the Melbourne School of Chemistry and Bio 21 Institute, said these cells will be easier to manufacture, with the new crystals now able to work in cells that are double in thickness on the previous limit of 200 nanometers.

“We have improved the performance of this type of solar cell from around 8 per cent efficient to 9.3 per cent, finally approaching the international benchmark of 10 per cent.”

It means that consumers can look forward to more competitive pricing in the solar energy sector, and according to Dr Jones, the discovery is a shot-in-the-arm for the whole organic materials sector.  “The discovery is a step forward for the wider commercialization of printed organic solar cells.  But more than this, could aid in the development of new materials with improved performance such as LCD screens.”

Uptake of the current generation of organic solar cells has lagged behind more widespread silicon-based models, due to their comparative lack of performance even with a simplified construction via large printers.

This is despite the organic models providing an unparalleled degree of versatility in how they are used; they can be shaped to fit nearly any surface area, as opposed to the traditional ‘grid’ formation of silicon-based cells.

“It had been theorized that a certain group of nematic liquid crystals would provide excellent electronic properties—as well as being printable—and therefore they had been sought for a long time,” said Dr Jones.  “With this research, we have shown for the first time these high performing materials.”

“We’ve seen recently at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that printable electronics have an exciting future, as parts of phones and even cars.  This discovery could help improve the performance of these solar cells, and lead to even more innovation in the coming years,” concluded Dr Jones.

The research was conducted with international researchers in Singapore, China and Germany, and received funding from the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium, and the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics.

Melbourne School of Chemistry

Chemistry is the science describing matter and its transformations. It is the science that defines molecules, nanostructures, and extended solids, and their properties, reactions and applications. This empowering science is central to virtually all areas of modern science and technology, especially the new, exciting inter- and multi-disciplinary areas of molecular genetics, molecular biology, nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry, drug design and development, and green (environmentally sustainable) chemistry/industry.

Master of Science at the University of Melbourne

The Master of Science is run through the Melbourne Graduate School. A distinctive suite of programs designed to provide options in advanced research training, specialised coursework studies and professional skills development.

Designed in consultation with national and international educators, as well as government and industry employers, the Master of Science prepares students for a career in industry and research. It is also a foundation for entry into the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

As a pathway to PhD studies, the Master of Science has a key component in the form of a research project. This provides ideal preparation for potential research higher degree studies, or sufficient expertise for graduates to be considered experts in a scientific field.


OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at University of Calgary

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of Calgary

 

Australian universities
Learn more about Australian universities at the Study in Australia Fair

Calling all Dinos! Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Maybe wondering about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia? We will be visiting the University of Calgary on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session, and you’re invited!

 

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary

OzTREKK will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives to discuss the following:
  • programs
  • entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation
  • student loans and financing
  • Accreditation for your program of interest—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia
The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
See you at the fair, Calgary!

Friday, January 23, 2015

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at McMaster

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at McMaster University

If you’re wondering about what it’s like to study in Australia, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at McMaster University on Tuesday, February 3, 2015! Our Australian university representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give you the most information possible! This is the place to find out how you can further your studies and expand upon your degree—in one of the most beautiful places on the planet!

Australian universities
See you at the Study in Australia Fair!
Curious about medical schools in Australia? How about Australian Dental Schools? Come to the fair and speak directly to Australian university reps to get all the details regarding your program of interest, including programs available to international students, entry requirements, campus lifestyles, accommodation options, student loans and financing options, and the accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying in Australia!

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Rooms 206 & 207, MUSC, McMaster University

Who is coming?

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at McMaster University:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at UWaterloo

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at the University of Waterloo

The OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair is coming to the University of Waterloo, giving Canadian students the opportunity to learn about their program options at Australian universities, including Australian Medical Schools in Australia, Australian Law Schools in Australia, Australian Dental Schools in Australia and Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia—just to name a few!


Australian universities
Find out more about Australian universities!

OzTREKK will be visiting the University of Waterloo in Ontario of Tuesday, February 3, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session!

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Student Life Centre (SLC), University of Waterloo

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Come meet with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university. This is a free event!

What? We will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives as well as with OzTREKK’s Matt Miernik.

“Each winter we travel across Canada to meet with Canadian student interested in pursuing their career dreams in Australia,” says Matt. “We bring the information to them, making it easy to access the answers needed when considering studies in Australia.”

When? Tuesday, February 3, 2015, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where? University of Waterloo, Student Student Life Centre (SLC)

Who? The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
Why? This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their
  • Universities
  • Programs
  • Entry requirements
  • Campus lifestyles
  • Accommodation options
  • Student loans and financing options
  • Accreditation – Coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia

OzTREKK welcomes Griffith University!

It’s official! All of us at OzTREKK are thrilled to announce that we have joined forces with Griffith University!

Griffith University Australia
Learn more about Griffith University, Queensland!

Since opening its doors in 1975, Griffith has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative post-secondary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Located in one of Australia’s hotspots, Griffith University‘s five campuses span three cities between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, each with distinct areas of teaching and research strength and working closely with its local community.

Griffith University campus locations

Location, location, location… can you say Gold Coast beaches and exciting Brisbane city life?
  • Gold Coast campus (Gold Coast, Queensland)
  • Logan campus (suburb of Brisbane, Queensland)
  • Mt Gravatt campus (suburb of Brisbane, Queensland)
  • Nathan campus (suburb of Brisbane, Queensland)
  • South Bank campus (Brisbane, Queensland)

Griffith University Australia
Griffith University, Gold Coast campus

Griffith study areas

Canadians will now have more professional degree study options to choose from, especially for popular schools such as
  • Griffith Medical School
  • Griffith Dental School
  • Griffith Physiotherapy School
  • Griffith Pharmacy School
  • Griffith Speech Pathology School
  • Griffith Business School
  • Griffith Environmental Sciences
  • Griffith Engineering and IT
  • Griffith Law School
  • Griffith Architecture School
  • Griffith Sciences
  • Griffith Nursing School
  • Griffith Teachers College
  • Griffith Public Health School
  • Griffith Health Sciences

Ranked in the top 5% worldwide

With highly awarded teaching staff, expert researchers, a comprehensive suite of degrees spanning all disciplines, and outstanding campus facilities, Griffith University ranks alongside some of the best universities in the world. As a Griffith student, you’ll benefit from studying at a respected university, and graduate with qualifications that are well-regarded in Australia and overseas.

Australia’s fastest growing university precinct

With more than $320-million worth of upgrades to Griffith University‘s campuses across Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast being rolled out over the next few years, students study in an exciting and progressive environment. Students will learn in new teaching spaces that have been designed to inspire creativity, promote collaboration and encourage innovation. You’ll also enjoy a great campus lifestyle, with access to a range of new sporting facilities and student experiences.

Support to achieve your goals

Griffith University is an award-winning industry leader in services and support for international students, including offering such services as International Student Advisors, Griffith Mates, Student Administration, and Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association.

Welcome aboard, Griffith!


See you at the Study in Australia Fair at Wilfrid Laurier University

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at Wilfrid Laurier University

 

We are pleased to announce that the annual OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair will be at Wilfrid Laurier University on Monday, February 2, 2015.

 

Our Australian university representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to answer your questions face to face! This is the place to find out how you can further your studies and expand upon your degree!

OzTREKK
Hope to see you at the fair!

Event Details

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Concourse, Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University
Come meet reps from the following Australian universities:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their
  • universities
  • programs available
  • entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation options
  • student loans and financing options
  • accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia
Since Australian universities only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event.

JCU Pre-departure International Student Webinar

James Cook University is providing a pre-departure webinar for international students who will be commencing their studies at JCU Townsville or Cairns in Semester 1, 2015!

JCU Pre-Departure Webinar

Thursday, January 29, 2015
7 – 8 p.m. (Ontario); 4 – 5 p.m. (BC
)


This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the following:
  • Documentation to organise prior to arrival in Australia
  • What to bring to Australia
  • Organising transport from the airport
  • Organising accommodation in Townsville or Cairns
  • Organising enrollment at JCU
  • What to expect in the first few days
  • Meet the JCU International Student Support Team
  • Get tips and advice from current JCU students
The webinars also give students a chance to ask the International Student Support Team any questions they may have about studying and living in Australia. Students who participate will go in the draw to win prizes including $20 bookshop vouchers and free meals on campus! If you did not receive your webinar log-in information from JCU via email, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com.


JCU On-campus Welcome Information Sessions

If you’re headed to James Cook University for the semester 1, 2015 intake, is important that to arrive at the university in time to attend a Welcome Information Session.

Arriving early will allow more time to adjust to the culture and ensure the transition is a smooth experience. After arriving on campus either in Cairns or Townsville, please visit the Student Centre as soon as possible so that they can provide you with details of the JCU Orientation program.

JCU Dental School
New JCU Dental School students enjoying OzTREKK Orientation

Cairns – JCU Dental School

Compulsory Welcome Session
When: Friday, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. Morning tea and lunch will be provided
Where: Building A3.1 (Crowther Theatre, room 1), Cairns campus
What to bring: Passport, copy of your visa, JCU user name and password (if you have one)

Arrival service
Service dates: Monday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Booking deadline: Two weeks prior to your arrival.

Orientation Week
Make sure to attend your faculty welcome on Monday or Tuesday and participate in any of the other activities on offer: campus tours, workshops, student ID card sessions, timetable assistance, parties and much more. Get the most out of JCU O Week!
When: Monday, Feb. 16  – Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Townsville – JCU Medical School and JCU Pharmacy School

Compulsory Welcome Session
When: Friday, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. Morning tea and lunch will be provided
Where: Building 26 (Sir George Kneipp Auditorium), Townsville campus
What to bring: Passport, copy of your visa, JCU user name and password (if you have one).

Arrival service
Service dates: Monday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Booking deadline: Two weeks prior to your arrival. Book your arrival service now. Visit the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for all your airport arrival info.

Orientation Week
Make sure to attend your faculty welcome on Monday or Tuesday and participate in any of the other activities on offer: campus tours, workshops, student ID card sessions, timetable assistance, parties and much more.
When: Monday, Feb. 16  – Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

On-campus accommodation
You will need to submit your application through the JCU Accommodation Office. As accommodation on campus is limited you should list as many options as possible to ensure you have the best chance of being offered a place. A $55 non-refundable Accommodation Application Fee applies.

OzTREKK Orientations at James Cook University

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Orientations which are designed specifically for our students! We offer our OzTREKK Welcome breakfast and OzTREKK Shuttle service.



OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at Western

OzTREKK Study In Australia Fair at Western

What’s it like to study in Australia? Have you ever wondered about about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia?

Great news! Here’s your chance to find out more—OzTREKK and our Australian universities will be visiting Western University on Monday, February 2, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session!

 

Study in Australia
See you at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair!

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: University Community Centre (UCC), Western University
Our Australian representatives will  be flying to Canada to participate in this fair. OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

The following Australian universities will be at this OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
At the fair, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:
  • Australian Medical Schools in Australia
  • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
  • Australian Law Schools in Australia
  • Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Veterinary Schools in Australia
  • Australian Occupational Therapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Speech Pathology Schools in Australia
  • Australian Audiology Schools in Australia
  • Australian MBA Schools in Australia
  • Australian Teachers Colleges in Australia
See you at the fair, Western!

Find out more about Australian universities and how you can study in Australia!

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of Toronto

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of Toronto

Are you in the Toronto area? Thinking about how you can study in Australia? Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Are you curious about Australian Dental Schools or Australian Law Schools? What about their entry requirements and the accreditation process for  your program of interest?

Contact OzTREKK
Attend the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at Hart House

Get all your questions answered at the upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair in Toronto on Saturday, January 31, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session!

 

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Ditch the winter blahs and visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university. This is a free event!

What? OzTREKK will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives!
When? Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 2 – 5 p.m.
Where? Hart House, UoT, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, Ontario
Who? The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
Why? Since Australian universities only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event. These Study in Australia Fairs provide a great opportunity to find out what you can do with the degree you have (or will have). Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

See you at the fair, Toronto!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

University of Sydney opens doors for new students

The University of Sydney will this year open its doors to more than 10,300 new undergraduate students. This includes 6960 offers made yesterday evening and 3380 offers made in earlier rounds.

Sydney Dental School
Study at the popular University of Sydney!

The university has continued to see strong demand for top-tier courses in business, medicine and law, exemplifying the popularity of Sydney’s leading law school, ranked 13th in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

Arts and engineering courses also continue to be a very popular choice.

The University of Sydney received the highest number of first preferences and overall preferences among applicants in NSW once again this year, a trend that has been continuing for more than a decade.


About the Monash Juris Doctor

The Monash Juris Doctor is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Monash University Law School
Study law at Monash University, Melbourne
The JD is taught on a trimester basis. Each trimester runs for approximately 12 teaching weeks. Attendance is three years full-time. Students have the opportunity to choose up to eight elective units from an extensive range of options.

Classes are held in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct at the Monash University Law Chambers at 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Small classes, interactive learning and innovative teaching bring together passionate and dedicated individuals with diverse professional experiences in a stimulating and challenging environment.

If you complete a Monash Juris Doctor degree, you are eligible to apply to practice law in Canada. It is imperative that you understand the requirements and procedures associated with entering the legal profession in Canada. For more information, check out Australian Law Schools in Australia.

Monash Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis.

Starting semesters for the Monash University JD program:
  • May 2015
  • August 2015
  • January 2016

UQ speech pathology expert receives international award

A leading University of Queensland researcher has been awarded the prestigious Robin Tavistock Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of the language disorder aphasia.

Study speech pathology at the University of Queensland

UQ Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation Director Professor Linda Worrall was presented the award by Henrietta, the Dowager Duchess of Bedford, England, at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

The Duchess said the UQ Speech Pathology Professor had inspired and influenced practitioners through her teaching, research and example.

“It is not uncommon these days for science and research to lose touch with the human context, to ignore the impact of a condition on the patient and the family,” the Duchess said.

“Professor Worrall has done the opposite and has proved that this need not, and should not, be the case.

“Professor Worrall has developed and evaluated new integrated approaches to managing and improving not only the aphasic condition, but also its many associated consequences.

“She has been a pioneer in ensuring that the client is at the centre of all that is done. This has influenced the perception and work of others.”

The Duchess is the widow of Robin Tavistock, the 14th Duke of Bedford, who founded The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.

The trust presents the annual award to an inspirational person or group who has made a significant contribution to the field of aphasia.

Aphasia affects the spoken and written word, such as a person’s ability to talk, read, write and understand the spoken word, and can occur after stroke, traumatic brain injury or brain cancer.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Head Professor Louise Hickson congratulated Professor Worrall on her outstanding achievement.

“The Robin Tavistock Award is for an individual who is inspirational and has made a major difference in aphasia across the world, and Professor Worrall is certainly a worthy recipient,” Professor Hickson said.

UQ Speech Pathology School

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.

Applications close Friday, February 27, 2015 Australia time, so please have your complete application submitted before Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2015
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

University of Melbourne welcomes 2015 student cohort

The University of Melbourne has offered more than 7500 students a place in an undergraduate course for 2015.

According to VTAC data released Jan. 19, Melbourne is the only Victorian university to make more offers this year than the previous, with 7544 first-round offers sent out to students.

Melbourne Physiotherapy School
Study at the University of Melbourne!
The Bachelor of Science remains the largest and most popular undergraduate course in the state, with 2518 students offered a place at Melbourne for 2015.

The university’s Bachelor of Arts (1869 total offers) and Bachelor of Commerce (1150) also saw growth in offer numbers.

Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil, said the university welcomed the results.  “We’re proud that we received such large numbers of quality applications for all of our courses, and as a result, more of these students were offered a place at the university in 2015.”

“We’re particularly pleased with the increase in offers for science—the university is absolutely committed to furthering research and study in the discipline, and to have so many new students involved in the course is a fantastic development,” she said.

University of Melbourne offers to students outside Victoria are also on the rise across the board, the highest jump being in Queensland (up 27%).

Almost 900 students (892, up 274) with prior tertiary results also received an offer to continue their study at the university.


UQ occupational therapy program placements

At UQ Occupational Therapy School, students’ fieldwork experiences are integrated throughout the entire academic program. In the first semesters of the occupational therapy program, clinical experiences are undertaken within course frameworks. In the final semesters of the graduate-entry, master’s program, more intensive placements are provided, with students required to complete block placements across a range of clinical settings.

UQ Occupational Therapy School
Learn more about rehab sciences at UQ

Placement courses

UQ Occupational Therapy students are required to complete 1020 hours of supervised placement throughout the duration of their program. Some clinic placements are outside the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are expected to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses. Students submit their interest and preferred areas for placements. Accommodation may be at local nurses quarters for Queensland Health placements for a minimal cost. Full-time placements are of 5 or 10 weeks duration and occur in the summer and second year of the program. Allocation will be as equitable as possible and issues of hardship will be dealt with at the discretion of the Head of Division.

Students cannot undertake placements outside Australia and New Zealand except
  1. International students may be permitted to undertake a placement in their home country;
  2. Placements which are arranged by UQ staff in conjunction with another university as part of an established fieldwork exchange relationship;
  3. Placements in developing countries supervised by UQ staff (or staff of other approved universities in an established placement program). For all overseas placements, the student must have an acceptable prior level of performance and the Course Coordinator must approve the timing of the placement.

UQ Occupational Therapy program

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: November 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31, 2015


OzTREKK Orientation at the University of Sydney

On Sunday, January 18, we welcomed our OzTREKK students who just began their studies at Sydney Dental School or Sydney Medical School. As usual, the Aussie weather was phenomenal!

University of Sydney Medical School
OzTREKK students enjoying the OzTREKK Welcome Breakfast at St. John’s College

To start off the beautiful day, everyone enjoyed an OzTREKK welcome breakfast at St. John’s College on the University of Sydney campus, followed by a campus tour and the popular OzTREKK Shuttle. Need groceries? Need a cell phone? Need to look for an apartment? Need to find something? We are there to “shuttle” you around!

In 2009, OzTREKK began the popular and extremely helpful OzTREKK Orientations, which are held in Australia at your Australian university campus prior to the commencement of your studies, and your journey.

What are the OzTREKK Orientations, you may ask? Well, the Orientations are in place to make sure that you are well prepared, organized and ready to tackle your studies and get the most of your time in Australia and overseas.

Basic, right? Well, picture yourself arriving in a new country. You have just flown for 24 hours. You are jet-lagged. You are in an unfamiliar place, and you don’t know anyone! You become lonely and homesick. You check Facebook and see that all your friends back home are having a great time and you miss them and your family.

Sydney campus tour
It was a spectacular day for a Sydney Uni campus tour!
You would be amazed at how many students arrive in Australia, move in to their accommodations, and rarely leave their rooms. Why? Because they don’t know anyone.

Well, don’t worry. As part of the OzTREKK Orientations, we host a welcome breakfast, lunch or dinner—a great way to meet other new Canadian students, so that you can establish a network and friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes and share their experiences with you so that you know what to expect.

We wish all OzTREKK students the very best! We are so glad we had the opportunity to meet you!
After the OzTREKK Breakfast, students headed out to explore

Sydney campus tour
Where do you go? Find out on the campus tour!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

UQ engineers make robotic soccer ball for visually impaired

A robotic soccer ball is set to improve social ball game participation for people with visual impairment, thanks to a team of University of Queensland engineers and Vision Australia.

The Interactive-Ball  (I-Ball), created by UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Information Technology researchers, is a soccer ball that contains motion sensors, high-efficiency speakers and a small UQ-developed controller that can be programmed to suit the player.

UQ Engineering and IT School
UQ engineers make robotic soccer ball
It varies the sound based on motion and the environment, with the tone speeding or slowing depending on its movement.

Developed at the Robotics Design Laboratory by Dr Paul Pounds, Dr Surya Singh and Dr Hanna Kurniawati, it improves on existing technology to increase accessibility to sports.

“Traditionally, balls designed for people who are blind or have low vision have been very simple—they contain bells, or are even just a ball wrapped in a plastic bag to create some noise,” Dr Singh said.

“We wanted to create a ball that was socially desirable, that would be the ‘cool ball’, and would make game play fun and inclusive.”

Dr Singh said the I-Ball was more advanced than existing electronic soccer balls designed for the blind or low vision community.

“There are some that just make a buzzing noise, similar to an alarm,” he said. “Our ball can make a whole variety of sounds. We can play anything you want—from ‘Shake it Off’ to Rachmaninoff.”

The team is working with Vision Australia, who have  provided expertise on the social, physical and developmental aspects of vision, especially in regard to sport.

Vision Australia physiotherapist Louise Arvier said there had been positive feedback from trial games.

“Being included in physical activity, whether at school or as part of an adult sporting team, is important to a person’s health, confidence and social skills,” she said.

“It encourages movement and engagement with peers and builds self-esteem.

“The I-Ball is an exciting new technology that shows great potential in aiding people to participate on the field and court and to join in a wider range of sports.”

The work was supported by the Ian Potter Foundation and the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and IT advancement office.