Friday, February 27, 2015

Monash to attend regional World Health Summit in Japan

Monash University academics will join world leaders in addressing major health priorities at the Regional World Health Summit in Japan this April.

The regional summit will be held in Kyoto and is aimed at encouraging trans-disciplinary discussion with special emphasis on the social responsibility of medical academia. It will also focus on the challenges in a rapidly aging society, preparedness for and resilience after disasters, and fostering new leadership.

Monash Medical School
Study medicine at Monash University Medical School

Speakers from Monash University will include Professor Ben Canny, Professor John McNeil, Professor John Zalcberg and Associate Professor Anna Burke.

Their topics will cover health technology assessment, big data in healthcare, and fostering new leadership in medical academia.

Professor Canny said he would be talking about education strategies to develop leaders in medical research and academia.

“A huge challenge facing the health care sector on a global scale is the development of the next generation of leaders to advance knowledge and translate research into practice. At this meeting I will have the opportunity to share innovations we have piloted at Monash and at the same time learn about the most successful interventions elsewhere,” he said.

The summit is being hosted by Kyoto University, with the co-host being Fukushima Medical University.

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting Asia is being held from April 13 – 14 at the Kyoto International Conference Center.

Monash University Medicine Information Sessions for Prospective Students

Vancouver
Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Venue: University of British Columbia, 1866 Main Hall, Buchanan Building – Block B, Room 215
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/monashMEDVAN2015

Toronto
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Venue: Double Tree by Hilton, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/monashMEDTOR2015


Griffith School of Environment studies how coral tolerates climate change

Corals may be better equipped to tolerate climate change than previously believed, according to research led by Griffith University’s Dr Emma Kennedy.

Working with scientists from the University of Exeter in the UK, Dr Kennedy says the findings—published in the journal Coral Reefs—relate to an extensive study of Caribbean corals, but could influence future analysis of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Griffith School of Environment
Griffith studies the impact of climate change on coral reefs

Using a high-resolution molecular screening technique called Real Time-PCR, the researchers confirmed that the partnership between Symbiodinium D—a symbiotic algae associated with resistance to coral bleaching—and Caribbean corals is more common than had been supposed.

“Corals rely on a relationship with algae in order to get energy via photosynthesis,” says Dr Kennedy, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Griffith School of Environment’s Australian Rivers Institute.

“However, under stressful conditions such as increased temperatures, this relationship can be disrupted, resulting in a loss of the algae in an event known as bleaching. In an extreme event, this can lead to coral death.

“Our study focused on populations of the Mountain Star coral, Orbicella annularis, a widespread and prominent reef species in the Caribbean.

“Understanding its ability to weather the pressures of a changing climate, in particular rising sea temperatures, is a key question for conservationists.”

Symbiodinium D was found to be present in low abundances at almost every location the researchers tested, from Tobago to the Bahamas. As well as being geographically widespread, it was also more common in individuals, found on average in more than 30 per cent of the corals in each location.

Dr Kennedy says previous studies have shown that if Orbicella annularis contains just a small amount of Symbiodinium D it can sometimes respond better to stress events—such as heatwaves—and is more likely to avoid coral bleaching.

A 2007 research paper (Mieog et al. 2007, Coral Reefs) reported the presence of Symbiodinium D in 71 per cent of coral colonies tested on the Great Barrier Reef.

Having completed her PhD at the University of Exeter, Dr Kennedy’s latest research involves assessing the responses of coralline algae to ocean acidification and warming. It aims to determine whether coralline algae can be used to track the impacts of climate change in the Great Barrier Reef.

Griffith School of Environment

When Griffith University introduced the first environmental science degree in Australia, it was revolutionary. Griffith has expanded on their initial programs to offer not only environmental and natural sciences but urban planning and architecture with a focus on sustainable development.

Studying environmental sciences gives you an integrated understanding how the various sciences and the environment are related, and how to use this knowledge to solve and manage today and tomorrow’s environmental challenges. By studying environmental science at Griffith University, you will be able to make a difference to the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Master of Environment
The Griffith University Master of Environment program 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.

Program: Master of Environment
Location: Nathan Campus, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July
Duration: 2 years

JCU Pharmacy School facilities

JCU Pharmacy School boasts a modern integrated curriculum where students are exposed to various modes of teaching across the subject areas:  lectures, tutorials, workshops, practicals undertaken in modern teaching and laboratory facilities. Simulated patients are used in workshops and students are encouraged to develop as health practitioners by being trained in skills involving not only showing their knowledge in written examinations but orally in counselling and oral presentations and examinations.

JCU Pharmacy School
JCU Pharmacy School construction

Following much planning, JCU Pharmacy moved into a new purpose built facility in February 2009. The building houses two state-of-the-art facilities (each capable of holding 120 students) for teaching into the Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Pharmacy Practice Laboratory
A pharmacy practice laboratory is located within the Pharmacy & Medical Research building. This area is designed to hold 120 students during one session or can be divided to hold two groups of 60 students and also has video conferencing abilities. The unit consists of 33 computers, each connected to a thermal label printer. Each computer has full internet access and access to all appropriate pharmacy reference material. This facility is used extensively for workshops, clinical dispensing and tutorials.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory
A pharmaceutical sciences laboratory is located within the Pharmacy & Medical Research building. The facility has been designed as a multipurpose laboratory and compounding, pharmaceutical technology and aseptic dispensing are undertaken in this area, which is designed to hold 120 students during one session or can be divided to hold two groups of 60 students. Each bench will hold a maximum of 8 students. The laboratory is equipped with 30 computers, each connected to a thermal label printer. Each computer contains dispensing programs, internet access and access to pharmaceutical reference material.

Sterile Dispensing Facility
An aseptic suite is also available where the teaching of and research into sterile compounding and cytotoxic manufacturing may be undertaken.

Research Laboratories
JCU Pharmacy School has two research laboratories equipped with various research instruments that are available to the discipline’s staff and students.

Bachelor of Pharmacy at JCU Pharmacy School

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements
Applicants to the James Cook University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.


Newcastle Engineering knows what’s cool about math

The team behind the University of Newcastle's highly successful ‘What is Engineering?’ video has now created ‘The cool maths behind engineering’ to encourage higher participation in mathematics.

This short educational STEM video is targeted mainly at high school students—especially those who are looking to study engineering at university.

The animation brings to life the math and engineering behind: the New York Times Square fireworks display, a parachute jump from space and generating renewable energy in Denmark.

We get a glimpse of the equations and calculations involved in determining mass, launch velocity, terminal velocity, drag coefficient, wind resistance and power generation capacity.



In addition to mathematics, it touches on the applications of aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics engineering and software engineering.

This is the latest in a line of ‘explainer’ videos created by the Newcastle Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, available on their YouTube Channel.

About the University of Newcastle School of Engineering

The Newcastle School of Engineering is dedicated to research and training in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Surveying. The engineering school’s programs are underpinned by some of the most exciting research in Australia. In the Australian Research Council 2012 research excellence ratings, the school received a top rating of 5 (well above world standard) for Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy and Civil and Mechanical Engineering.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

OzTREKK will be at the SFU All-In-One Fair on Wednesday, March 4

OzTREKK will be at Simon Fraser University on Wednesday, March 4, 2015!

 

If you’re suffering from the winter blahs and thinking about sun and surf—and maybe about your future—OzTREKK welcomes you come and see us on March 4 at the All-In-One Fair at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus!

Australian universities in Australia
Study in Australia? Yes, please!

Event: SFU All-In-One Fair
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: SFU’s Burnaby campus – AQ North & East Concourse

Come and see OzTREKK at the SFU All-In-One Fair, and you will be able to find out more about the following graduate study opportunities in Australia:
  • Australian Medical Schools in Australia
  • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
  • Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Law 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 Teachers Colleges in Australia
  • Australian Optometry School in Australia
  • Australian Business Schools in Australia
  • Environmental Science Programs in Australia
and many more programs!

See you at the fair, SFU!



Students start at UQ with a helping hand

Starting university can be a daunting experience, but the University of Queensland provides a range of programs and assistance to help students ease their way in to a new lifestyle.

University of Queensland Australia
Learn more about the University of Queensland

Student Living and Life Skills Manager Ms Yonna Cowan said the Student Services division offered free services to all UQ students, covering areas including
  • learning advice;
  • international student advice;
  • disability support and advice;
  • confidential counselling;
  • transition support for new students;
  • student leadership programs;
  • accommodation, tenancy and life skills advice; and
  • multi-faith chaplaincy.
“We also organise events and offer one-on-one appointments, workshops and online resources,” she said.

“We recognise that university life is a time to develop resilience, independence and a range of skills, but we also understand that students might need help and support through this process,” Ms Cowan said.

UQ Graduate Nicole Garofano said she would have struggled to complete her Master of Development Practice degree without support from the Student Services team.

Ms Garofano, who started at UQ in 2012, said she had a reality check at a Student Services presentation in Orientation Week.

“I realised that my knowledge was going to require a ramping up to keep up with the demands of university submissions and the expectations of markers,” Ms Garofano said.

“Working my way through my program, I thankfully received some amazing advice from Student Services.

“Advice came in many forms, including a refresher on the terms of grammar, how to structure essays, and how to deal with exams, as well as the personal counsel provided by the caring counselling team.

“Perhaps you will reflect when you graduate, as I have, on the benefit of this great service available to all UQ students, while considering how valuable an investment a trip to 21D (Student Services) was from time to time as you journeyed through your UQ studies.”

Student Services offices are located at the St Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton campuses with staff also visiting the Herston campus, where they provide numerous, free services and programs.

Master of Nursing at the University of Sydney Nursing School

The Master of Nursing at the University of Sydney prepares students for their future role as a registered nurse in an increasingly complex health care environment.

In the first year of the program, students will develop fundamental nursing knowledge and clinical skills as well as an understanding of caring for the acutely ill person and for those with mental health conditions. You will learn about bioscience as it relates to health and disease and will study subjects related to pharmacology, the social contexts of health and the illness experience.

University of Sydney Nursing School
Find out how you can study at the University of Sydney

Your knowledge of nursing will be expanded in the second year of the program, and you will learn about caring for people with chronic conditions as well as those in high acuity and community settings. Areas of study will also include leadership, research and evidence, health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and health care in both the Australian and global contexts. In your last semester you will undertake a subject stream and clinical placement chosen from a range of options, including high acuity, mental health, paediatric and clinical nursing.

Sydney Nursing School combines hands-on learning with a strong theoretical basis:

Clinical simulation
Clinical simulation labs are home to full-body manikins installed with the latest simulation technology. They provide a safe environment in which to develop and practice clinical skills to increase your confidence and competence.

Case studies taken from real situations are programmed into the manikins allowing students to demonstrate your clinical and decision-making skills using realistic scenarios, and to respond to the needs of the patient. The manikin’s responses can be recorded, so students can review their performances.

Through simulated learning, you will become proficient, for example, at measuring blood pressure, monitoring a pulse, listening to breath, heart and bowel sounds, dressing wounds, preparing and administering medications, undertaking physical assessment and documenting patient information.

Clinical placements
The school offers more than 800 clinical practice hours in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requirements. Placement settings include emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, mental health facilities and community health centres.

The majority of clinical placements take place within the Sydney metropolitan area and we also encourage rural, interstate and international placements. NSW Ministry of Health offers rural placement grants to assist nursing students with travel and accommodation costs associated with rural placements.

Lectures and tutorials
Master of Nursing students will be inspired by guest speakers and expert academic staff who are active in their field, contributing to best practice and policy development in nursing. During tutorials you will have the opportunity to explore concepts in depth and to share experiences with other students.

Assessment
Your progress will be assessed through a variety of methods including exams, written assignments and projects, debates, ePortfolios, online activities, clinical assessments and performance appraisals.

Nursing at the University of Sydney

Program: Master of Nursing
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application Deadline: TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was October 3, 2014.

Entry Requirements
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing
  • will hold a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing; and
  • will perform satisfactorily in an interview; and
  • will perform satisfactorily on an admissions test.
Applicants who successfully meet the admission criteria will receive a conditional offer and an invitation to undertake an interview and literacy and numeracy tests. Literacy and numeracy tests for international students will be undertaken online and interviews will be held via Skype.

Griffith MBA director encourages students to participate in Sustainable Games initiative

The Director of the Griffith MBA has urged university students across Australia to embrace a global competition which challenges them to build responsible business models with a focus on purpose as much as profit.

Griffith Business School Associate Professor Nick Barter says the Sustainable Games initiative, spearheaded by Principles for Responsible Management Education, is an important opportunity to foster social entrepreneurship among the business leaders of tomorrow.

Griffith University Business School
Study business at Griffith University

“We are faced with an uncompromising economic landscape today, particularly in areas like infrastructure, income inequality, business ethics, finance, education and climate science,” he said.
“This competition asks students to come up with innovative business models that have the potential to drive global environmental, social, and governance progress well into the future.

“It is an opportunity for students to identify key issues confronting society and then to design a business model that addresses the issue with an effective, sustainable solution. They are encouraged to think creatively and collaborate globally.”

Sustainable Games: The Business Model Challenge is organised by PRME in association with Cornerstone Capital Group, RobecoSAM and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Student teams, made up of 3–5 members, have the chance to win a first prize of US $25,000 if their submission comes out on top when the winner is announced in New York in November.
The first step, however, is to register a team before March 27.

“I’m confident that Australian-based students can show the way with innovative, thoughtful, far-reaching entries,” the Griffith Business School Associate Professor, PRME chapter leader for the Australian and New Zealand region, said.

Business models will be based on a designated domain including banking/finance, collaboration, diversity/human capital, energy/power, planet/biodiversity/nature, security, urban innovation/infrastructure and data/tech/gaming.

A two-page submission detailing the business model must be entered by May 18. Eight finalists will be announced and will have access to exclusive networking and mentoring opportunities from July.

The winning team will be granted ownership of the domain that matches their business model, and will receive exposure in Cornerstone’s global thought-leading Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking.

Griffith Business School

Griffith Business School's new $38-million building on the Gold Coast campus is setting the standard for business education, research and industry collaboration in Australia.

Postgraduate business degrees at Griffith University, including the MBA, give you the opportunity to expand on your existing skills, knowledge and experience. You can deepen your knowledge of a certain area to become a specialist, or broaden your knowledge to take the next steps in your career. At the same time, you’ll gain a solid business foundation, responsible leadership skills and an understanding of sustainable business practices.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OzTREKK JCU Dental School Orientation

Things went well in Cairns for the 2015 OzTREKK Orientation activities for new JCU Dental School students. The weather was beautiful and typical for Cairns: downpour, sun, downpour, sun… even still, the students had a great time!

JCU Dental School
JCU dentistry students at the OzTREKK Orientation

All JCU Dentistry students turned out in full force. The bus stop location at Cairns campus was moved only one and a half weeks prior to the OzTREKK Welcome Breakfast, so finding the new bus stop might have posed a fun challenge upon arriving on campus (okay, so now where does the bus pick people up? Turns out, right in front of the dentistry building! No worries, mate!). Breakfast at Trinity Beach was gorgeous. All of our students participated in the OzTREKK Shuttle service, and the van was clocking up the kilometres, so it was great that everyone in Cairns took advantage of this service!

The OzTREKK 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! We are so happy we had a chance to be a part of this experience with you guys! Best wishes for your studies!

About the JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery Program

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was August 29, 2014.

JCU Dental School
OzTREKK Orientation on Trinity Beach!

Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 92% average, including prerequisite subjects grades: Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Biology is desirable. A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree
A high level of academic standard is required for entry. Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Bond Law School places third at Wilson Moot competition in Toronto

Bond Law School is proud to announce that they have placed third in the prestigious Wilson Moot competition in Toronto this past weekend. As this is usually a very competitive moot, placing third is a wonderful achievement! There is a trophy on its way to Bond on the Gold Coast!

Bond University Law School
The winning team: Kirsten Olden and Joseph Corriero (back) with (L-R) Lisa Bonin, Lisa Brass and Felicity Young seated

The winning team was the University of Toronto, with McGill University placing second. As with all Bond Law School moot teams, it is the support from the entire faculty that make the teams such excellent ambassadors for Bond University!

About The Wilson Moot
The Wilson Moot was founded in 1992 and cared for throughout the years by Melanie Aitken, the former Commissioner of Competition for Canada.  It was conceived to honour the outstanding contribution to Canadian law made by the late Honourable Bertha Wilson and, in the spirit of this contribution, to promote justice for those disempowered within the legal system.  The goal of The Wilson Moot is to explore legal issues concerning women and minorities, and thereby promote the education of students and the legal profession in these areas of pressing concern.  It is the hope that such a moot constitutes an appropriate tribute to an esteemed jurist and addresses issues not otherwise raised in the traditional mooting curriculum.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor (JD)

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. The Bond JD features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: May 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program.

Entry Requirements
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Bond JD program. In common with most other Australian universities, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply.

Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy features

The Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy course prepares students for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as chronic disease management, health promotion and prevention, emergency medicine, acute care and private practice. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice.

University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School
Study physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne

Graduates will be work-ready and immediately employable following registration having gained diverse clinical experience in major hospitals and increased their focus on primary healthcare and community engagement.

Graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in a range of health settings including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organisations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities to study and work overseas.

The Doctor of Physiotherapy offers a focus on professional commitment, responsibility and clinical leadership through
  • clinical placements in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals, primary care, rural and international settings;
  • innovative teaching methods and an extensive clinical program that offers advanced skills that will create work ready and highly employable graduates;
  • being part of one of the largest health sciences faculties in Australia;
  • an international focus to develop skills and attitudes enabling practice in both national and international environments;
  • being part of Australia’s strongest research university; and
  • opportunities to explore advanced practice (e.g., emergency medicine, sports physiotherapy).
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Next available intake: February 2016
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: TBC for the 2016 intake



University of Melbourne welcomes Parkville station commitment

Victoria State government plans to commence work on a new multi-billion-dollar underground rail line, with a stop in Parkville, have been warmly welcomed by the University of Melbourne.

Premier Daniel Andrews this week announced the establishment of the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, paving the way for construction of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel.

University of Melbourne, Parkville
Learn more about the University of Melbourne

The largest rail project in the state since the City Loop, the line would have five stations in total and run underneath Swanston Street. Parkville will be joined on the line by new underground stations at Arden, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.

University of Melbourne acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil congratulated the government on moving quickly to implement an election promise, which will provide a huge boost to the university and its partners.

“The university is at the heart of the largest biomedical precinct in the Southern Hemisphere that includes 10,000 staff in major teaching hospitals, medical research institutes and biotechnology companies.

“And with last year’s official opening of the Peter Doherty Institute, and the forthcoming completion of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the area is only growing in importance.

“We are looking forward to working with the State government to enhance access for students and the Victorian community to this growing precinct which is important to Melbourne’s future,” concluded Professor Sheil.

Parkville
Parkville is the University of Melbourne’s main campus. The Parkville campus offers a variety of unique cultural, architectural and landscape features which play an important part in the history of the City of Melbourne and the story of Victoria.



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monash Medical School Information Sessions in Canada this March

Monash Medical School and OzTREKK are delighted to invite you to MBBS information sessions being held in Vancouver and Toronto on March 9 and 11. Join us to find out more about
  • Monash University;
  • Monash Medical School
  • admissions requirements for the MBBS program;
  • MBBS program structure;
  • application deadlines;
  • interviews
  • accreditation;
  • and much more!
Monash University Medical School
Study at Monash University Medical School

Monash University is a large and successful university in Australia’s Group of Eight research-intensive universities, distinguished by its international focus and commitment to innovative research and high-quality teaching and learning.

Monash University Medicine Information Sessions for Prospective Students

Vancouver
Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Venue: University of British Columbia, 1866 Main Hall, Buchanan Building – Block B, Room 215
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/monashMEDVAN2015

Toronto
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Venue: Double Tree by Hilton, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/monashMEDTOR2015

About Monash University Medical School

Rather than having students earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. Monash University Medical School’s undergraduate-entry MBBS program provides a great pathway for students who are looking to gain entry into medical school directly from high school.

Monash University’s grad-entry MBBS program is designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science.


University of Newcastle alumnus establishes 20-year prize

Inspired by the ethical and socially responsible use of technology, University of Newcastle alumnus Professor Wanbil Lee and his wife are generously supporting UON students who demonstrate a commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The inaugural ‘Wanbil Lee and Becky Shiu Prize for Ethical and Socially Responsible Use of Technology’, to be presented this year, will support, recognise and encourage students to consider the socially responsible and ethical use of technology in their chosen field of study and practice.

University of Newcastle Business School
Study business at the University of Newcastle

“The prize recognises academic excellence in the area of ethical application of technology in professional practice—more simply it recognises people doing the right thing right,” Professor Lee said.

Professor Lee’s career in computing spans more than five decades across the government, business and academic sectors in various countries.

The chartered mathematician teaches, researches, consults, and sits on several government committees and boards in Hong Kong, as well as the editorial boards of two international journals on computer ethics.

Professor Lee holds professorial appointments at a number of universities including Hong Kong’s Lingnan University, where he was the founding Head of the Department of Computing Studies.

This year the UON 2008 Doctor of Business Administration graduate celebrates his 10-year association with the university, and the inaugural prize coincides with a milestone for UON—its 50th anniversary.

Director of Development Rebecca Hazell said receiving such a philanthropic gesture from an international alumnus was very special.

“We are fortunate to have the support of our alumni from across the globe,” Ms Hazell said. “Our alumni are an essential part of UON’s story and our future and we are grateful to Professor and Mrs Lee for supporting the future alumni of UON with their generous gift.”

The prize will alternate between courses within the Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Science and Information Technology over a 20-year period. This year, the inaugural prize will be presented to a Faculty of Business and Law student based on their performance in the course Business Strategy in 2014.


University of Sydney information sessions in Toronto and Vancouver

The Sydney Medical School Dean of Medicine Professor Bruce Gregory Robinson and the Sydney Dental School Dean Professor Chris Peck will be visiting Toronto and Vancouver at the end of this week: Thursday, Feb. 26 in Toronto and Friday, Feb. 27 in Vancouver!

Sydney Dental School
Learn more about Sydney Dental School

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;
  • the Sydney Medical School and the Sydney 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 Info Sessions

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!

 

Don’t forget to RSVP!

University of Melbourne aims to improve public health training and education in India

Training in public health policy and leadership, improving disability programs and lessons from Australian in tobacco plain packaging policies are some of the collaborative projects in a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of Melbourne and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

University of Melbourne Public Health School
Study public health at Melbourne Uni
University of Melbourne Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor (International)  Professor Sue Elliott said the agreement was a great opportunity for sharing of expertise between the institutions.

“This agreement builds on a history of effective public health collaborations between the university, through the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health including the Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Public Health Foundation of India. We can expect further great things to come of this agreement as we consolidate and renew ideas for the future,” she said.

The Public Health Foundation of India is an independent institution that aims to strengthen training, research and policy development in the area of public health.

Professor Elliot and Professor KS Srinath Reddy, the President of PHFI, signed the MoU and outlined the way forward at a showcase event on Feb. 16 in New Delhi. The Deputy High Commissioner from the Australian Consulate Mr Bernard Philip, was a chief guest.

The MoU will facilitate new collaborative agreements around particular public health projects that were be showcased at the event. The event celebrated the existing collaborations and strengthen the links between leading Australian and Indian educational institutions.

Current collaborations covered under the MoU:
  • A three-year Australian Aid program to help train the public health workforce in leadership. This will feed into establishing a State Institute of Health and Family Welfare in Uttarakhand and a flagship course on public health leadership.
  • Measuring disability in India. This tool was developed by the University of Melbourne and is being trialled by PHFI and the Community Health and Global Network (CHGN) Uttarakhand Cluster in India. It is hoped that this tool will inform the development and evaluation of disability programs and policies in India.
  • Collaborative research, academic exchange visits, collaborative teaching and seminars and collaborative association in regional and global forums.
  • US National Institutes of Health Training Program involving faculty and trainees from PHFI, mainly the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) to train researchers on global health.
  • Leveraging Australia’s experience to work towards plain packaging of tobacco products in India. This builds on a substantive three-year collaboration between experts in India and Australia.

Public Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health aims to strengthen the understanding, capacity and services of society to meet population health needs and to improve the quality and equity of health care. The population health approach recognizes that health is a capacity or resource rather than a state, a definition which corresponds more to the notion of being able to pursue one’s goals, to acquire skills and education, and to grow. This broader notion of health recognizes the range of social, economic and physical environmental factors that contribute to health (Public Health Agency of Canada).

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February/March
Duration: 1.5 – 2 years (depending on background of candidate)
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this program, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Griffith researchers tackle alphavirus infections

Griffith University and an international team of researchers have moved a step closer to identifying a broad spectrum treatment for the dreaded arthritogenic alphavirus infections.

The threat of a global alphavirus pandemic remains high, in particular from highly aggressive strains such as Chikungunya virus, and has emphasised the continued need for therapeutic strategies to combat these deadly viruses.

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These mosquito-transmitted viruses are responsible for thousands of hospitalisations and deaths throughout the world. Alphaviruses cause endemic disease and, occasionally, large epidemics; for instance, the 2004–2011 chikungunya epidemic resulted in 1.4-6.5 million cases, with imported cases reported in nearly 40 countries. Alphaviruses include about 30 pathogens spread by mosquitoes, also including Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus that cause persistent arthritis.

Professor Suresh Mahalingam, a Principal Research Leader at Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics, said research findings published in the international journal PLoS Pathogens demanded a total rethink of how these viruses work.

“Alphaviruses are transmitted to human after an infectious bite by the mosquitoes. These viruses infect the host cells and replicate rapidly, causing illness,” he said.

“The rising prevalence of arthritogenic alphavirus infections and the lack of treatments highlight the potential threat of a global alphavirus pandemic.”

“The team has for the first time shown that the protein pentraxin 3 (PTX3) plays a crucial role in promoting alphavirus infection and disease. These findings were quite unexpected because, until now, PTX3 was only known to protect against virus infection. This new discovery paves the way to improved vaccine and drug development. This would have a significant global impact.

“The end game is to have a number of drugs available that can tackle these viruses.”

Griffith University Graduate Science Degrees

Students studying science at Griffith University experience flexibility and choice from day one. With over 30 years’ experience delivering exceptional science, Griffith continues to lead the way with breakthrough degree programs that are preparing a new generation of leaders in the science disciplines. Throughout their degrees, students will develop a deep conceptual understanding of modern science, strong practical and analytical skills, and the intellectual agility essential for lifelong learning.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates

With an unrivalled reputation for excellence, the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy offers a world-class professional pharmacy program, taught by internationally renowned, award-winning academics that provides students with the ideal preparation for a career in pharmacy.

The Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy is a four-year, full-time professional degree combining advanced scientific investigation with training in clinical practice and optimum patient care. Specifically, it covers the study of the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession.

Students connect with and learn from academics who are experts in their fields, and have access to the latest technology, facilities and teaching laboratories.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) and allows graduates to progress towards registration as a pharmacist in Australia. On completion of this degree, and following the compulsory pre-registration training period required for all candidates (including an Intern Training Program), graduates will be eligible for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Once registered, graduates will be able to practice as a professional pharmacist. If you have questions about returning to Canada to practice, please contact Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.



Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at the University of Sydney

The Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC

UQ journalism students report live from Vietnam

UQ journalism students will be filing stories from more than 5,000 kilometres away this week, with 10 student journalists reporting from Vietnam.

The students, from the UQ School of Communication and Arts, are in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from Feb. 17 – 27.

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Journalism Lecturer and project manager Bruce Woolley said students would report on issues affecting Vietnamese people and learn skills required to be effective foreign correspondents.

“This is the third course held in Vietnam, and all of them are innovative work integrated learning projects designed to replicate real life as a foreign correspondent,” he said.

“That means students are involved in intensive, immersive experiences, all the while being supported and coached by industry trained professionals.

“I’m very pleased to have Liss Fenwick taking part as a tutor on this trip, given her track record as an award-winning photojournalist for organisations such as National Geographic.”

Student Zinzan Clements said he had applied for the trip because he wanted to operate as a journalist in a foreign country.

“I think many journalism students one day dream of travelling the world and working as journo,” he said.

“Here is my chance to experience it while still studying. So far it has been a challenge making contacts from Australia, but I look forward to getting there and nailing my first story.

“This trip has presented me with an exciting opportunity to combine study with travel in a way that is going to push me outside my comfort zone and better equip me to face the challenges of the workforce,” she said.

“My time spent in Vietnam will undoubtedly hone my practical skills and dramatically inform my view about what it actually means to be a journalist.”

The students’ stories, for television, radio, print and online, can be viewed at a dedicated website vietnamtoday.com.au, where they will be uploaded daily. All stories will also be freely available to media outlets around the world under a Creative Commons licence.

The students are participating in a 10-day full-credit course, JOUR3401, with funding  from the federal government’s now-defunct Short Term Mobility Program.

Mr Woolley has published an article on these courses in the Asia Pacific Media Educator journal.


Sydney Law School students are 2015 Jessup National Champions

Five students from the Sydney Law School have brought home a swag of awards from the Australian National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, the world’s most prestigious moot court competition.

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Crowned national champions for 2015, the team’s achievements also included best equal oralist in the High Court final (Sarah Bradbury), three places in the top 10 oralists for the competition (Alice Zhou, 2nd; Sarah Bradbury, 5th; Angus Nicholas, 6th) and awards for best written submissions.

After defeating Macquarie Law School in the semi-final, the team progressed to the final against the University of Western Australia (UWA) before a distinguished panel including Chief Justice Robert French AC.

The team will not have long until they pack their bags for Washington D.C., where they will contest the International Rounds during Easter in their quest to be International Champions.

Sydney Law School has a strong history of performing well at the International Rounds, winning the International Championship three times (1996, 2007, and 2011).

This is the ninth time a Sydney Law School team has been named Champions in the Australian National Rounds (1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2008 and 2013 and 2015).

About the University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March


See you tomorrow, Dalhousie!

Just a reminder that Chris Nolan of OzTREKK will be at Dalhousie University tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 24! Stop by the Student Union Building between and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to learn more about the following graduate study opportunities in Australia:

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See you soon, Dalhousie University!

  • Australian Medical Schools
  • Australian Dental Schools
  • Australian Physiotherapy Schools
  • Australian Law Schools
and many more programs!

Everyone is welcome to stop by to find out more about studying in Australia!


Event Details

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Dalhousie University – Student Union Building (SUB), Main Foyer

If you would like more information about about studying medicine, dentistry, law, or physiotherapy at an Australian university, come talk to OzTREKK tomorrow at Dalhousie University!



Friday, February 20, 2015

Sydney Dental School applications for the 2016 intake are open

Applications to Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program are now open for the February 2016 intake via OzTREKK!

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About the Sydney Dental School

The Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.




Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: July 6, 2015

Entry Requirements for the Sydney Dentistry Program

1. Performance in an Undergraduate Degree

Students can apply to Sydney Dental School if they have completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, and achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7.0 (or equivalent) from a recognized university. The grade requirement is generally equivalent to a GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0.

Program Prerequisite
All Sydney DMD applicants are required to have completed a human biological science degree or, as a minimum, completed one semester of a Biology subject equivalent to the University of Sydney units of study: “Concepts in Biology” BIOL1001 or “Human Biology” BIOL1003 or equivalent. This may be achieved as part of the undergraduate degree or may be studied on a non-degree basis through a winter or summer school program. A degree in medical science will be deemed equivalent.

2. Performance in an Admissions Test: Canadian DAT, U.S. DAT, MCAT, or GAMSAT

Students must achieve a minimum performance in one of the following admissions tests:
  • Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT;)
  • US Dental Admission Test (DAT); or
  • Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT);
  • Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT).
Most Canadian applicants choose to sit the DAT or the MCAT. All of the above tests are acceptable, and only one is required.

The minimum scores required to be considered for an interview:
  • CDAT or DAT: minimum score of 15 in each section (carving score will not be used)
  • MCAT: 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8 or a computerized numerical aggregate of 24 with a grade of M
  • GAMSAT: a minimum level of 50 in each of the three sections
Test results from January 2013 onward will be accepted for the 2016 intake.

3. Performance in an Online Interview

Those students whose applications are found to be competitive will be invited to participate in a multiple mini interview (MMI). The MMI aims to sample a candidate’s competencies in order to gain a more accurate picture of strengths, weaknesses and suitability for the Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program. International applicants’ interviews will be conducted via an online link using Skype.


Apply to Melbourne Dental School for the 2016 intake

Applications to the Melbourne Dental School are now open for the 2016 intake via OzTREKK! The Melbourne Dental School offers a four-year, graduate-entry, Doctor of Dental Surgery program, which leads to the professional designation of dentist upon the completion of the program.

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About University of Melbourne Dental School Doctor of Dental Surgery

The Melbourne Dental School offers the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program which incorporates all aspects related to the provision of advanced general dental care to patients as well as teaches students to prepare, develop, execute and write for publication a small research project.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was June 23, 2014.

 

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne Dentistry Program:

To be eligible to apply for the Melbourne DDS program, eligible applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized international university within the past 10 years;
  • completed prerequisite second-year subjects (one semester each) in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry (approved by Melbourne);
  • completed an entrance examination: either the Canadian DAT or US DAT. Please note that the carving portion of the Canadian DAT is not required for Melbourne Dental School; however, if you have completed the carving section of the test, this score will be considered. Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. There is no minimum cutoff GPA or DAT score for this program; however, a high level of academic standard is required for entry.


James Cook University Dental School applications are open

Thinking of applying to a dental school in Australia that specializes in rural and remote dentistry? Great news! The JCU Dental School applications for the 2016 intake are now open via OzTREKK!

JCU Dental School
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The Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at James Cook University is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

JCU Dental School accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

About the JCU Dental School Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was August 29, 2014.

Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 92% average, including prerequisite subjects grades: Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Biology is desirable. A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree
A high level of academic standard is required for entry. Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.


Griffith Dental School applications are open

Applications to the February 2016 intake at Griffith Dental School are now officially open via OzTREKK!

Students at Griffith Dental School have access to world-class facilities within the new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre on the Gold Coast Campus. These include a 96-chair dental clinic, commercial dental and clinical skills laboratories, high-level IT facilities, and research facilities.

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Learn more about Griffith Dental School

Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist.

The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where students will receive real clinical exposure from the first year of study, and will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester Intake: February
Program Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: September 30, 2015

 

Entry Requirements for the Griffith University Dentistry Program

To be eligible to apply to Griffith University Dental School’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have
  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.


UQ Dental School 2016 applications are open

Applications to the undergraduate dental program at the University of Queensland for the February 2016 intake are now officially open via OzTREKK!

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The UQ School of Dentistry is recognized nationally and internationally for providing leading-edge dental education and for its contributions to dental research, which have been independently rated as “above world class.”

UQ Dental School’s Bachelor of Dental Science program has been in operation for more 75 years, and is one of Australia’s longest-running dental programs and also its highest-ranked dental program.

Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester Intake: February
Program Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: October 31, 2015

Entry Requirements for the UQ Dentistry Program

There are two entry pathways in to the Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland:

1. High School
To be eligible to apply, you must have
  • completed a high school diploma;
  • completed prerequisite subjects Grade 12 English and Chemistry;
  • attained an average of 98% or higher in their top six Grade 12 classes; and
  • not have completed any post-secondary studies
2. University
To be eligible to apply, you must have
  • partially or fully completed an undergraduate degree;
  • completed prerequisite subjects including Grade 12 English and Chemistry as a minimum or equivalent subjects at university level; and
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.5 on a 7-point scale in university studies.
Additionally, all international applicants (those who have completed high school and/or university studies) will be required to sit the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT). For more information about the ISAT test, please visit the ACER ISAT website. There is no minimum ISAT score indicated by UQ Dentistry. Applicants should strive to achieve the highest score possible.


Australian Dental School applications are open for the 2016 intake!

Are you interested in studying dentistry? Applications to Australian Dental Schools in Australia for the 2016 intake are now open via OzTREKK!

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Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dental programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

Australian Dental Schools in Australia have traditionally offered professional degrees at the undergraduate level, and students enrol in these Bachelor of Dental Science or Oral Health degrees straight from secondary school. OzTREKK’s universities, the University of Queensland Dental School, James Cook University (JCU) Dental School, and Griffith University Dental School offer five-year dentistry programs at the undergraduate level.

The University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney recently introduced four-year, graduate-entry dental programs in Australia—the Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), respectively. Canadian applicants must complete an undergraduate degree, the MCAT or DAT, and undergraduate prerequisite subjects, to be eligible for admission to the Melbourne Dental School and Sydney Dental School.

Australian Dental Schools

  • Griffith University Dental School
  • James Cook University Dental School
  • University of Melbourne Dental School
  • University of Queensland Dental School
  • University of Sydney Dental School


UQ Occupational Therapy application deadline approaching

Are you thinking of applying to UQ Occupational Therapy School? The application deadline of Friday, February 27, 2015 is quickly approaching! Please be sure to have all of your documents in by Thursday, February 26 in order for your complete application to be submitted on time.

 

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UQ Occupational Therapy program

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

If you have a second program preference at the University of Queensland, particularly the Master of Speech Pathology Studies, Master of Physiotherapy Studies, or the Master of Audiology Studies program, please ensure that you list this as a second preference in the “Program of study” section of your UQ International Student Application for Graduate Coursework Studies application form. If you are not eligible for your first program preference or are not competitive, this will ensure that the university will automatically assess you for your second program preference!


UQ Medical School applications are open for 2016

Applications to the Doctor of Medicine program at the UQ Medical School for the January 2016 intake are now officially open via OzTREKK!

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About the UQ Medical School Program

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The UQ MD is a professional entry extended masters medical training program, which replaced the MBBS program in 2015.

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

1. Performance in a key degree within the last 10 years. The GPA will be based on the student’s most recently completed key degree. A key degree is a bachelor’s degree, honours degree, master’s degree (coursework or research) or a PhD. Applications must meet a minimum average to be eligible. For the 2016 intake, an applicant must have a minimum average of 5.0 on UQ's scale of 7.0 (65%) to apply.

2. Performance in the North American Medical College Admission Test (MCAT or GAMSAT). Applications must meet a minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8 on the MCAT to be eligible. UQ will accept MCAT scores with one ‘7’ score, as long as there’s no more than one ‘7’, nothing less than a ‘7’, and meets the total requirement of 24 or 24M.

No deadline has been set for the final MCAT sitting eligible for assessment; however, students must be aware that only completed applications (including MCAT results) will be assessed. By sitting the MCAT sooner, you are potentially increasing your chances of program spots being available when your application is complete.

3. Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine program director, in person, in Canada. Consultations will be one-on-one meetings with the UQ Medical School program director to determine your suitability for the program and motivations for practicing medicine. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the UQ medical program, clinicals, opportunities in Canada, licensing, internships in Australia, etc.

While are no prerequisites for admission into the UQ Doctor of Medicine program, the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine recommends that students prepare themselves for the MD by undertaking undergraduate, second-year university-level courses in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Students with this level of knowledge will more easily transition into the clinical case-based model that forms the foundation of the UQ MD program in Years 1 and 2.

The clinical focus in the MD curriculum incorporates a Case Based Learning (CBL) model. Using the CBL model, real life clinical case scenarios are used, and students are assumed to have a degree of prior knowledge (especially of the sciences underpinning the case). The UQ MD's CBL sessions are conducted by clinicians providing students with opportunities to engage with clinical reasoning and experiences early on in the program. This is why it is important for applicants to have a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry when entering their medical studies at UQ.



Sydney Medical School applications are open for the 2016 intake!

Applications to the Sydney Medical School Doctor of Medicine (MD) program for the February 2016 intake are now officially open via OzTREKK!

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Sydney Medical School’s Doctor of Medicine

Undertaken once students have already completed an undergraduate degree, the Sydney MD at the University of Sydney Medical School is a world-class, graduate-entry degree in medicine.

The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year professional postgraduate-entry course with three primary aims for graduates: excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice; experience in research; and experience and awareness of health in an international setting. It includes weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals from the very first weeks, regular PBL (problem-based learning) exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Main round: Monday, July 6, 2015; October round: Monday, September 7, 2015

Entry Requirements for the Sydney Medical Program

1. Performance in an undergraduate degree
Students can apply to the Sydney MD if they have completed a bachelor degree in any discipline, and have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7 (or equivalent) from a recognized university. The grade requirement according to Sydney Medical School is equivalent to a GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0.

Students from a wide variety of undergraduate studies are welcome and encouraged to apply. There are no specific prerequisite undergraduate subjects required for admission into the Sydney MD.

2. Performance in a medical admissions test – MCAT or GAMSAT
Students must achieve a minimum performance in a medical school admissions test:
Most North American-based applicants choose to sit the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), although international applicants can complete either the MCAT or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).

Applicants must meet a minimum level of achievement in the admissions test to be eligible. The minimum score required for the MCAT for the 2015 intake is 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8. Test results from January 2013 onward will be accepted for applications for the 2016 intake. American students applying to Sydney Medical School are required to sit the MCAT.

3. Performance in an online interview
The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) aims to sample a candidate’s competencies in order to gain a more accurate picture of strengths, weaknesses and suitability for the Sydney MD.