Thursday, April 30, 2015

Application deadline approaching for UQ Physiotherapy School

Have you applied to or are you thinking of applying to the UQ Physiotherapy School? We just wanted to remind you that the application deadline is in one month, Friday, May 29, 2015.


UQ Physiotherapy School
Learn more about UQ Physiotherapy School

UQ Physiotherapy School

The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November 2015
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31, 2015 (Complete applications must be received by Friday, May 29 in order for your application to be submitted to UQ on time.)

Entry Requirements
To be eligible to apply to UQ’s Master of Physiotherapy Studies program, you must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of human kinetics/kinesiology or physical or biological sciences);
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
  • completed the Master of Physiotherapy Studies prerequisite subjects as follows:
– one full year, or two semesters, of human anatomy (including systems and musculoskeletal anatomy); and
– one full year, or two semesters, of human physiology (including systems and integrative physiology); and
– one semester of psychology;
– and one semester of statistics.

Griffith University’s world rankings receive boost

Griffith University has recorded its highest performance ever in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Griffith is now ranked in the top 100 in the world for five separate study areas: Architecture/Built Environment, Art & Design (for the first time), Politics & International Studies, Law and Education.

Griffith Medical School
Study medicine at Griffith University, Queensland

Another 10 subject areas were ranked globally, including Medicine for the first time, indicating Griffith’s trajectory of international recognition and reputation.

Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor, said there were thousands of universities in the world, and to remain among the top echelons of the widely referenced rankings was a strong achievement.

“Griffith is in the top 100 in the world in five subject areas,” Professor O’Connor said.

“This underlines the university’s rapidly-rising reputation for research with real impact. The results are a credit to our academic staff and to the university as a whole.

“Nationally, the ability of some Australian universities to improve their positions says a lot for the quality that underpins Australian higher education.”

“Rankings generally have an influence on Australia’s fourth largest export industry—education—and our attractiveness to top staff, collaborators, philanthropists, industry partners and investors.”

Griffith University results for the 2015 QS Rankings by Subject:

Top 100
  • Architecture/Built Environment
  • Art & Design
  • Education
  • Law and Legal studies
  • Politics and International Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Business and Management
  • Environmental Sciences
  • History
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Medicine (ranked for the first time)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
The 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks universities across the world, as determined by surveys of leading academic experts and employers who recruit graduates they regard as being outstanding in their field.

A full list of 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject can be found at

Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars

This May, OzTREKK will be hosting medical licensing seminars!


Deciding to study medicine at an Australian Medical School is a huge decision, one that affects both the student and his or her family. OzTREKK wants to ensure our Canadian student applicants have the most up-to-date knowledge about their options to practice medicine following graduation from an Australian Medical School.

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
Don’t miss the OzTREKK medical licensing seminars

Whether you would like to come back to Canada or the U.S. to practice medicine or remain in Australia, those who attend our OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars learn about the avenues to practice medicine. As you may know, it can be difficult to gain straightforward information about your licensing options following graduation. OzTREKK is an expert in medical licensing and accreditation, and we are proud to provide you with all the latest information, data, and statistics so you can make an informed decision about whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you.

Important topics covered at the seminars

  • The Australian Medical School systems and structure
  • Australian Medical School rankings
  • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS
  • Medical school rotations in Canada
  • Coming back to Canada to practice medicine
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2
  • The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
  • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • The Australian Internship and Residency Program

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars Schedule

City: Toronto
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

City: Vancouver
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

How can I attend?

Attendance is via invitation only. Only those students who submit an Australian Medical School application via OzTREKK are invited to the Annual OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars. Family members of the medical school applicants are also welcome to attend the seminars.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to ask questions about studying medicine in Australia and about obtaining a residency after their program completion. These seminars help parents and students walk away with all the necessary information to help them make a decision about studying at an Australian Medical School.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

UQ researchers find Botox makes unnerving journey into nervous system

New research might bring a frown to even the most heavily botoxed faces, with scientists finding how some of the potent toxin used for cosmetic surgery escapes into the central nervous system.

Researchers at the University of Queensland have shown how Botox—also known as Botulinum neurotoxin serotype A—is transported via our nerves back to the central nervous system.

Botox, best known for its ability to smooth wrinkles, has been extremely useful for the treatment of over-active muscles and spasticity as it promotes local and long-term paralysis.

UQ Queensland Brain Institute laboratory leader Professor Frederic Meunier said people had used the deadliest known neurotoxin, Botox, for decades to treat various conditions and for cosmetic purposes.

“The discovery that some of the injected toxin can travel through our nerves is worrying, considering the extreme potency of the toxin,” Professor Meunier said.

“However, to this day no unwanted effect attributed to such transport has been reported, suggesting that Botox is safe to use,” he said.

“While no side effects of using Botox medically have been found yet, finding out how this highly active toxin travels to the central nervous system is vital because this pathway is also hijacked by other pathogens such as West Nile or rabies viruses.

“A detailed understanding of this pathway is likely to lead to new treatments for some of these diseases.”

Professor Frederic Meunier from The University of Queensland on Vimeo.

Dr Tong Wang, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Professor Meunier’s laboratory, discovered that most of the toxin is transported to a cellular dump where it is meant to be degraded upon reaching the central nervous system.

“For the first time, we’ve been able to visualise single molecules of Botulinum toxin travelling at high speed through our nerves,” Dr Wang said.

“We found that some of the active toxins manage to escape this route and intoxicate neighbouring cells, so we need to investigate this further and find out how.”

Botox is derived from naturally-occurring sources in the environment.

The study was a collaboration between scientists at the Queensland Brain Institute, UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the UQ School of Chemical Engineering, the CSIRO and teams from the United States of America, France and the United Kingdom.

The discovery was made possible through cutting-edge microscopy equipment introduced to Queensland by Professor Meunier through a Queensland International Fellowship award and a Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant from the Australian Research Council.

Findings of the research are published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

UQ subjects among global best

The University of Queensland has cemented its position as a global top 100 university, performing strongly in a league table of subjects released April 29.

The university has 19 subjects ranked among the top 50 worldwide in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and three subjects in the top 20.

UQ Veterinary School
UQ veterinary science is ranked 22nd in the world!

QS evaluated more than 3,000 universities and ranked the 854 that met its strict criteria.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s strong position reflected the outstanding teaching and staff at the university.

“In line with top ten placings in other global rankings, UQ has placed eleventh in the global rankings and is the top in Australia in Environmental Sciences, an area that teaches the next generation how to tackle the world’s environmental challenges in practical ways,” he said.

“This is a great achievement in a globally-relevant field.

“UQ continues to be a world leader in Agriculture & Forestry, moving from 18th position in 2014 to 15th position this year.

“Additionally, UQ ranked 22nd for Veterinary Science, a subject newly recognised by the QS rankings.”

“These two courses are run from our Gatton campus, and their high ranking reflects the excellent hands-on experience and world-class facilities on offer.”

The university also performed strongly in Psychology, placing 18th in the rankings.

Changes to the QS World University Rankings by Subject methodology has been a factor in Australian universities’ downward trend in this ranking; however, the University of Queensland continues to perform strongly with the university ranked in the top 100 for 31 of the 36 subjects QS evaluates.

“Notwithstanding changes to QS methodology, UQ continues to perform strongly in these rankings,” Professor Høj said.

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

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours), offered at the UQ Gatton Campus, is one of the most sought after programs in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand both in Australia and around the world.

The UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Science  (Honours) has full accreditation with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council,Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and the American Veterinary Medical Association ensuring that the program is quality assured to world’s best practice in veterinary education. This also means that UQ graduates are able to practice in most countries including Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and most countries in Asia. In addition, UQ veterinary science graduates are eligible to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam without a credentialing process.

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

Melbourne architecture students build shelter with remote Indigenous communities

A team of twelve University of Melbourne architecture students, with the support of the MacDonnell Regional Council, have travelled to the remote Indigenous communities of Areyonga and Amoonguna in the Northern Territory to build much-needed sheltering structures alongside the local communities.

Students participating in the Bower Studio—named after ‘bower shelter’, a structure traditionally used by Indigenous Australians meeting together to shelter from sun, rain or wind—have constructed a bus stop and taxi shelter, a multi-purpose shade structure, and furniture such as benches and seats tailored to community needs.

Since 2008, Bower Studio participants have designed and constructed buildings such as a neonatal centre, an early childhood learning centre, houses, computer labs, and community centres, in cooperation with 12 partner communities.

Project leader Dr David O’Brien, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Melbourne, said that structures such as these are vital for community health and well-being.

“In the central desert of Australia, a shelter will provide much relief from the heat for residents,” Dr O’Brien said.

“Currently, in order to access public transport there is no protection from the elements. What we’re doing is creating sheltered pavilions which work with the climate to create cool and shaded protection from the sun and shelter from rain” he said.

The Bower Studio is a project offered to Master of Architecture students at the University of Melbourne, and involves a select group of participants travelling to remote areas to create environmentally sustainable and culturally relevant community and housing infrastructure.

“The aim of these studios is to develop systems and training for local communities that other building teams can replicate, providing a benefit to the community that continues long after we’ve left,” Dr O’Brien said.

Upon their return, the students will use the experience to develop their catalogue of designs, refine construction processes and outline ways to empower communities to realise their own community infrastructures.

Melbourne School of Design

The University of Melbourne’s newest building, Melbourne School of Design, to house the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning was launched Dec. 11, 2014.

The building has been constructed with the latest design innovations and cutting edge technology, with features including a structural timber roof supporting three levels of suspended studios, a Japanese Room and Garden on the top level, a rainwater collection system and flexible teaching spaces.

University of Melbourne Master of Architecture

In the Master of Architecture you will gain
  • cutting-edge skills to help advance built environment design
  • grounding in architectural history, theory and technology so you create innovative architecture, relevant to time and place, people and culture
  • highly developed skills to manage an architectural practice and lead or work within cross-discipline project teams
  • a sustainable outlook with the ability to use new materials and technologies to create environmentally sustainable buildings
Program title: Master of Architecture
Location: Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: July and March
Program duration: 2 years

Macquarie subjects in world’s top 100

Macquarie University is among the world’s elite institutions in 21 of the 36 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today. Nine of these subject areas at Macquarie were considered to be in the world’s top 100:

Macquarie University Linguistics School
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  • English language and literature
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Earth and marine sciences
  • Geography
  • Accounting and finance
  • Communication and media studies
  • Education
For this fifth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, QS evaluated 3,551 universities, qualifed 2,186, and ranked 894 institutions in total. More than 100 million citations attributions were analysed and QS verified the provision of over 14,000 programs.

The methodology combines analysis from QS Global Employer and Academic Surveys with bibliometric data from Elsevier’s Scopus database.

About Macquarie University’s Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is the largest of its kind in Australia, which includes substantial postgraduate programs, a full undergraduate program, more than 900 postgraduate coursework students, nearly 100 research students and four research centres of international standing.

The strength of the department lies in its breadth of coverage of linguistics sub-disciplines, and it has particular strengths in the areas of systemic functional linguistics, speech and hearing and language teaching. It has long been recognized for its research and teaching in areas such as lexicography and corpus linguistics, in phonetics and phonology (especially as applied to computer-based research in speech technology and speech perception), and in communication disorders. The department has a strong interest in the description of modern English language, especially work in systemic-functional grammar, in discourse analysis and pragmatics and in Australian English.

Monash University namesake honoured with statue

A three-metre bronze sculpture of Sir John Monash was unveiled at the Clayton campus last week to honour the Monash University’s namesake, Sir John Monash, and celebrate his life and legacy.

The statue was officially unveiled by Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, together with President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO.

Renowned Australian sculptor Peter Corlett OAM was commissioned to produce the sculpture, which depicts Sir John’s traits as a thinker, leader and visionary. He is standing on a concrete bridge, symbolic of his engineering career, and wearing a coat lapel to represent the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League badge.

Monash University Australia
The Sir John Monash statue has been unveiled at the Clayton campus
A group of the Monash graduates and staff from the university’s early years—The Monash Pioneers—have worked to fund the project. The group formed in 2011, with the express purpose of providing philanthropic funding for projects that would enhance the heritage value of the university.

Sir John Monash’s contribution to Australia spanned many fields apart from his remarkable military achievements – an example for University students to aspire to.

Chair of the Monash Pioneers Sculpture Project, Mr Michael Headberry said, “the sculpture celebrates Sir John’s significant contribution to Australia as a scholar, engineer, lawyer, soldier, educator, businessman, patron of the arts, Rotarian and visionary.”

“We want to celebrate the university and honour the first students and staff of Monash University. What better way than to recognise the life and work of Sir John Monash whose life and accomplishments stand a an inspiration to all members of the Monash University family,” Mr Headberry said.

Professor Gardner said it was fitting to have a statue of Sir John Monash on campus so that students and visitors to the university could appreciate that it was named after a man who had an enormous impact on Australian life.

“I would like to acknowledge the generosity of the organisations and individuals who donated to this project and to the Monash Pioneers for their significant efforts to establish a statue of our namesake Sir John Monash on the Clayton campus,” Professor Gardner said.

The installation is situated in the lawn area between the iconic Menzies Building and Campus Centre at the Clayton campus.

More than 220 alumni, friends and organisations have made a donation to the project.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bond Law School offering free course for Canadian JD students

OzTREKK has just received an update about an exciting development with the Bond University Juris Doctor program: They are now offering a short course in Canadian Professional Responsibility to their law students at no additional cost!


Bond Law School
Study law at Bond University, Queensland

The course will be delivered by a Bond Canadian academic, Semester Assistant Professor Mariette Brennan, an alumna from the University of Ottawa (JD) and Osgoode Hall Law School (PhD).  The course will involve online seminars, reading lists and sample fact scenarios that will introduce students to issues of lawyers’ ethics and professional responsibility, and specifically ethical reasoning in legal practice in the Canadian context. Students will cover selected topics including the Federation of Canadian Law Societies, Federation Model Code of Professional, case law arising from this material and to the application of the law of fiduciary obligations to lawyer-client relationships.

The course does not include assigned assessment, but is designed aid students in understanding Canadian Professional Responsibility and assist with preparations for the NCA exams.

Bond Law School also offers four Canadian Law subjects in Foundations of Canadian Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Constitutional Law and Canadian Administrative Law. These courses can assist Canadian graduates in preparation for their NCA examinations in these areas.

The faculty will also be packaging their Canadian subjects as a “Graduate Certificate in Canadian Law” able to be taken by Canadian students, whether from Bond or elsewhere, to assist them in preparing for the NCA exams.

Furthermore, if you plan to apply for the September 2015 intake, Bond University is accepting applications for their Bond University International Student Scholarship!


Bond International Student Scholarships

The Bond University International Student Scholarship applications for students wishing to commence in September 2015 are currently open! Application deadline is May 29, 2015.

Bond aims to offer the best and brightest students from around the globe, with tuition remission scholarships based on academic merit, as well as community, leadership and sporting achievements. The International Student Scholarships are a testament to Bond University’s commitment to quality and outstanding international students. These scholarships are available to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, as well as community, leadership and sporting achievements.

All applicants of the International Student Scholarships will be notified on the outcome of their scholarship application by the end of July.

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

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. This law program 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
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

UQ course to “myth bust” climate change fallacies

Researchers from around the world have contributed to a new University of Queensland course that uncovers why the topic of climate change is so controversial, exploding a number of climate myths along the way.

The free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) includes renowned researchers from universities in Canada, USA and the UK—and even Sir David Attenborough lends his support.

UQ Global Change Institute Climate Communication Fellow and MOOC coordinator John Cook said the course tackled climate myths and exposed techniques used to mislead the public.

“Ninety-seven per cent of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming; however, less than half of Australians are aware of humanity’s role in climate change, while half of the US Senate has voted that humans weren’t causing global warming,” he said.

“This free course explains why there is such a huge gap between the scientific community and the public.”

He said removing this gap was an important step in ensuring science supported policy development, leading to maximum benefit for communities, economies and the environment.

The course, Making Sense of Climate Science Denial, is a seven-week program featuring interviews with 75 notable scientific experts.

“The key to understanding the controversy is the science of science denial,” Mr Cook said.

“Our course looks at what’s driving climate science denial and the most common myths about climate change.

“We’ll also examine what the science says about how to respond to science denial, equipping participants with the tools they need to see through the fog of denialism.”

Mr Cook interviewed leading scientists and researchers in England, the USA, Canada and Australia, with Sir David Attenborough a stand-out star.

Other scientists interviewed for the MOOC include Merchants of Doubt author Naomi Oreskes, and Katharine Hayhoe, who has been named one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people.”

The course incorporates climate science and the psychology of climate change to explain the most common climate myths and to detail how to respond to them.

“This isn’t just a climate MOOC. It’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change,” Mr Cook said.

The seven-week course begins on April 28.

The UQx course is offered via the edX not-for-profit online learning platform. Enrollments can be made at

Thousands of students from more than 130 countries have already enrolled.

About the Global Change Institute

The Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia, is an independent source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. The Global Change Institute advances discovery, creates solutions and advocates responses that meet the challenges presented by climate change, technological innovation and population change.

Upcoming UQ Pharmacy School webinar

Are you interested in studying pharmacy at UQ Pharmacy School?


UQ Pharmacy School’s Professor Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar specifically for OzTREKK students who are interested in the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of Queensland!

University of Queensland Pharmacy School
Apply to the UQ Pharmacy School!

UQ Pharmacy School Online Seminar Details

This webinar will be designed to give students more detailed information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy program, the UQ Pharmacy School and its state-of-the-art facilities, placements, graduate outcomes, and credit transfers.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time)

For registration details, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at

Credit Transfers

Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If credit is awarded students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in 3 years.

About Professor Greg Monteith

After completing his pharmacy studies in Australia and working in Baltimore (USA), Greg took an academic appointment at the UQ School of Pharmacy, and is known for his interactive lectures. Greg’s research team withing the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) at UQ seeks to identify and characterize novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of cancer. A particular focus of his research group is the identification of new drug targets for breast cancer subtypes for which there are few effective therapies and the prognosis is poor.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program at UQ

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program is a well-established, professionally accredited learning framework that is well received by both students and the profession. The program has evolved into one of the country’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally.

This undergraduate program runs over 4 years, full time, after which graduates are eligible to complete a 48-week paid internship in either community or hospital pharmacy.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2015

Entry Requirements
Applicants to UQ Pharmacy 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.

Sydney School of Biological Sciences helps create killer bee genetic testing

A genetic test that can prevent the entry of ‘killer’ bees into Australia and worldwide spread has been created by researchers at the University of Sydney and their collaborators at York University in Canada.

The news is of critical importance to Australia, which produces an estimated $4 to $6 billion of farm and garden crops that rely on honeybee pollination.

Australia faces the paradoxical problem of needing to import bees resistant to a pest that threatens to devastate Australia’s bee population but being unable to do so while the risk of introducing ‘killer’ bees still exists.

University of Sydney Sciences
Study biological sciences at the University of Sydney

“Having a tool that can identify desirable and undesirable bee subspecies will be of value to breeding and conservation programs throughout the world,” said Dr Nadine Chapman from the Sydney School of Biological Sciences.

She is lead author of an article on the research published in Molecular Ecology Resources on April 21.

“Pollination of crops by honeybees adds many billions of dollars to the world economy, so any strategy that can prevent losses is an important contribution to food security.”

Before publication the work won Dr Chapman a CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship Award.

The looming threat to Australian honeybees comes from the Varroa mite, present in all beekeeping countries except Australia. It devastates colonies by sucking bees’ blood and spreading blood-borne diseases.

Sydney School of Biological Sciences researchers, working with the United States Department of Agriculture, have previously found that Australian honeybees do not have resistance to the mite and it could destroy bee stocks within a couple of years.

“The answer is to import Varroa-resistant bee semen and queen bees so we can breed resistance into our bee stocks as a form of ‘inoculation’ that could protect our bees,” said Dr Chapman.

“Until now this option has been restricted because Australian beekeepers are only able to import bees from the small number of countries that are free of ‘killer bees,’ which originated in Africa.

“As the name implies, killer bees (as Africanised bees are commonly called), are highly aggressive and are considered unacceptable for beekeeping. It is assumed that they would replace our current honeybee populations in the key beekeeping regions.”

Dr Chapman worked with Professor Ben Oldroyd from the Sydney School of Biological Sciences and with researchers at York University in Canada, the US Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Research Council in South Africa.

The researchers developed a test that identifies how much of three main ancestral lineages—Eastern European, Western European and African—are present. To lower the risk of killer bees coming to Australia, those with high African ancestry will be denied entry.

“Using this test Australia will be able to import honeybees, including Varroa-resistant bees, from countries where killer bees are present, including the United States,” Dr Chapman said.

Associate Professor Amro Zayed, a researcher from York University said, “Our genetic test is highly accurate, which is considerably better than the old tests that have a high tendency to misclassify hybrid bees.”

Dr Chapman is now working on making the genetic test more affordable and plans to work with the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a protocol for the importation of Varroa-resistant bees.

Australia’s bee importation regulations are currently being reviewed by the Department of Agriculture.

Australia’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation supported this research.

About the Sydney School of Biological Sciences

The Sydney School of Biological Sciences has more than 30 academic staff members who are active in teaching, research, and have outstanding international reputations. The interests of the academic staff span molecular biology; genetics; cell biology; physiology; behaviour; biodiversity; ecology and evolution of Australian plants and animals; and student-learning in biology. The practical applications of this expertise include conservation and management of natural resources; biotechnology; bioinformatics; disease control; and teaching and learning procedures and resources.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Melbourne DVM applications are open for the 2016 intake

Applications for Melbourne Veterinary School in Australia for the 2016 intake are officially open!


University of Melbourne Veterinary School
Study veterinary medicine at Melbourne Uni!

The Melbourne DVM program commenced in 2011 in Australia. Prior to this, the University of Melbourne offered a veterinary science professional degree at the undergraduate level. The DVM is a four-year, master’s level course that enables entry into the veterinary profession.

The four-year, graduate-entry Melbourne DVM degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first century careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. Students can expect to learn the latest theory and practice, with plenty of practical hands-on experience, taught by a team of leading veterinarians.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was December 23, 2014.

Entry Requirements
Eligible applicants must have completed
  • an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree with majors in Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Physiology or Zoology); and
  • prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
Selection into the University of Melbourne's DVM program will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average or above should apply.

The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews in order to clarify aspects of an applicant’s application, and students may be asked to provide references or evidence to demonstrate their interest in a veterinary career.

Apply to Sydney Veterinary School for the 2016 intake!

Applications for the Sydney Veterinary School in Australia for the 2016 intake are officially open!

University of Sydney Veterinary School
Study vet medicine at the University of Sydney

The Sydney DVM is an exciting new graduate-entry veterinary program that commenced this year. The DVM replaces the school’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and is open to applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree who wish to study veterinary medicine in a postgraduate learning environment. The program is internationally recognised and accredited so graduates can work around the world.

The program encourages enrolment of students from diverse backgrounds and aims to help them achieve their goals to become veterinary medical professionals in the global community. Teaching is research-driven to ensure Sydney Veterinary School students will learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health.

Sydney Veterinary School Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March 2015
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: January 4, 2016; however it is recommended that students apply as soon as possible as this program can fill quickly.

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
Students can apply for a position into the Sydney DVM after completing any kind of bachelor degree at a recognized university, as long as program prerequisite units of study have been met.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite units of study at bachelor-degree level to be eligible for entry:
  • general chemistry (physical and inorganic)
  • organic chemistry
  • biology
  • biochemistry
The minimum GPA for entry is a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale; however, places are limited and there is a strict quota for this course. Entry is highly competitive so students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of receiving an offer.

UQ Veterinary School applications are open

Applications for the UQ Veterinary School in Australia for the 2016 intake are officially open via OzTREKK!

UQ Veterinary School
Study veterinary science at UQ

The veterinary science program at the UQ Veterinary School is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally. The University of Queensland‘s vet program provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of November 30; however, late applications may be accepted. It is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements
UQ Veterinary School applicants must have a secondary school diploma and have fulfilled Grade 12 prerequisites of Chemistry, Physics or Biology, Mathematics, and English for admission into this program. Generally, a B average is required for admission.

JCU Veterinary School applications are open for the 2016 intake

The  JCU Veterinary School has offered the Bachelor of Veterinary Science program since 2006. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent disease in a wide range of animals including companion animals, farm animals, aquatic species and native fauna. In addition, students will acquire a thorough knowledge of animal production systems, particularly tropical animal husbandry and aquaculture.

JCU Veterinary School
Learn more about JCU Veterinary School

Applications for JCU Veterinary School in Australia for the 2016 intake are officially open!

James Cook University’s veterinary science program offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities in a new veterinary emergency and referral clinic on the Townsville campus and a specialist large-animal treatment facility on the tablelands, which provide clinical experience and training for final-year students.

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 30, 2015

Entry Requirements
Applicants must have a secondary school diploma and have fulfilled Grade 12 prerequisites of English, Math and Chemistry (Biological Science is highly recommended) for admission into this program. Generally, a B average is required for admission for those who have completed an undergraduate degree, or a 92% in your top six Grade 12 subjects for applicants who have completed only a high school diploma.

The JCU Veterinary School’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program is five years in length. Regardless of whether an applicant has completed only high school studies, some post-secondary subjects, or a undergraduate degree, the entry pathway is the same for all applicants.

Apply to Australian Veterinary Schools for the 2016 intake

Do you love animals? Are you interested in becoming a vet? Applications for Australian Veterinary Schools for the 2016 intake are officially open!


Australian Veterinary Schools in Australia
OzTREKK student Ashley is studying vet medicine in Australia!

Veterinary science programs at Australian Veterinary Schools are suitable for students who wish to gain entry into a veterinary professional program directly from high school or after having completed undergraduate studies. Canadian students wishing to become a veterinarian have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program directly from high school or after having completed Bachelor of Science courses or a degree.

For professional degrees which train students to become veterinarians, students can study veterinary medicine/veterinary science in Australia as either
  • a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree; or
  • a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
The DVM program is offered only to students who have already obtained an undergraduate science degree.

The following Australian universities offer veterinary medicine/veterinary science programs:
  • James Cook University Veterinary School
  • University of Melbourne Veterinary School
  • University of Queensland Veterinary School
  • University of Sydney Veterinary School

Study public health at Griffith University

The discipline of public health at Griffith University falls under the School of Medicine. It is the study and management of human health in the greater community and environment.

Griffith University Public Health School
Study public health at Griffith University

The Master of Public Health is a multi-disciplinary program that provides the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of public health professions. The program integrates knowledge and practice from fields such as environmental health, health promotion, nutrition, public health and epidemiology. It focuses on the systems and practices that shape the health of nations, communities and individuals and the environments in which they live, work and take their leisure.

Public health students at Griffith University investigate issues that help determine quality of life, such as globalisation, technology, environmental degradation and population trends, lifestyle and nutrition, control of existing and emerging communicable diseases, workplace health, and food and drug safety.

The Master of Public Health (incorporating the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma) allows students to develop and further their careers in public health practice, research and/or management. Students can focus their work in health on disease prevention and health promotion.

Griffith University Master of Public Health

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Come meet Australian universities this spring!

It’s spring, and that means our Australian universities will be joining us in Canada for our OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs! These hold these fairs in order to showcase the exceptional programs and schools in Australia that are available to Canadian students.

This year, we will be visiting Toronto on Sunday, Saturday, May 30; and Vancouver on Sunday, May 31 to give Canadian students the opportunity to learn more about their program options at Australian universities.

Australian universities in Australia
Don’t miss the spring OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs

All nine of OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be participating in the fairs, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise hundreds of students and their parents of their study options in Australia. In Toronto, you will meet with OzTREKK Admissions Officers who specialize in medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy… and many other programs!

Event Details

Toronto, Ontario
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto

Vancouver, British Columbia
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, Plaza Lounge, 800 Robson St., Vancouver

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

These fairs provide a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university representatives and to learn more about their Australian universities, programs, campus lifestyle, entry requirements, accommodation and more. The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney


At the fairs, students will discover heaps of information about the following study opportunities in Australia:
  • Australian Medical Schools in Australia
  • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
  • Australian Teachers Colleges in Australia
  • Australian Veterinary Schools in Australia
  • Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Law Schools in Australia
  • Australian Speech Pathology Schools in Australia
  • Australian Audiology Schools in Australia
  • Australian Occupational Therapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Public Health Schools in Australia
  • Australian Environmental Sciences Programs
  • Australian Nursing Schools in Australia
  • Australian MBA Programs in Australia
…plus many more programs.

Why go to university in Australia?

Because Australia has some of the world’s best universities, that’s why! Innovative programs, some available nowhere else. A wonderful climate. A reasonable cost of living. Exotic travel experiences. Incredibly friendly people….

For students, Australia pretty much has it all, which is why it has more than 250,000 international students, making it one of world’s most popular foreign study destinations.

Besides being a great experience, studying at an Australian university is a great way to gain an edge in an increasingly globalized economy. No matter which university or program you choose, international study in Australia will give you access to unique academic, professional and personal opportunities.

Please join us on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Toronto; and on Sunday, May 31, 2015 in Vancouver for these exciting events! We can’t wait to see you there!

Macquarie student wins silver in snowboarding at the Canadian Nationals

Josh Miller, Macquarie University Sport Scholar, won silver in snowboarding at the Canadian Nationals earlier this month at the Big White Ski Resort, BC Canada.

Having just returned from the USA Nationals where he placed 18th, Josh made an amazing come back in the Canadian competition, beating seven World Cup riders and the current X Games champion.

Macquarie University
Who knew Australia had a snowboarding team? (Image credit: Jodie Chadbourn)

Both races formed part of the Nor-Am circuit (a series of races a level below World Cup) and the Canadian Nationals was the pinnacle of this—Josh finished 9th overall in the season and is the third-highest achieving Australian.

Josh prepared for the Nor-Am circuit in off-season training camps (focusing greatly on improving his technique) in New Zealand, Chile and Austria throughout August, September and November 2014.

He then trained in Whistler, Canada prior to the 2015 season in order to practice his freeriding skills.

During March last year, the Macquarie University student took a break from competing and used this time to attend a special training camp in Colorado, USA. Josh trained alongside the Australian Snowboarding team consisting of world number eight, Jarryd Hughes, as well as world number two and two time world champion, Alex Pullin. Josh describes this training as a turning point which led to the belief and confidence to gain the first podium of his career.

Josh’s next race is scheduled in August this year, in which he will compete in the Australian National Championships.

“I have clear goals in this race: to obtain podiums on both days which should earn myself a spot on the World Cup Tour for the next season as I start to prepare for qualifying for the 2018 Olympics,” said Josh. In the meantime, Josh will be training in NSWIS, Homebush and Narrabeen.

Josh is now ranked 67th in the world in snowboarding and describes his achievements as “the highlight of my career so far.”

The 20-year-old from Woolloomooloo is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Macquarie University.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Australian Pharmacy School applications are open for the 2016 intake

Applications for the 2016 intake at Australian Pharmacy Schools are officially open!


Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia
Study pharmacy in Australia
Pharmacy programs in Australia are structured quite similarly to many other professional programs offered at Australian universities. Students can enter a pharmacy program directly from high school. Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may also apply for entry into Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy programs.

Some Australian Pharmacy Schools offer credit transfers if you’ve already completed particular undergraduate studies. This means that you may be able to transfer directly into Year 2 of the program, making the program length three years, instead of four.

In Canada, the Australian Master of Pharmacy program format is not currently recognized by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). The PEBC prefers that students complete an Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy program instead, as this course format is recognized and can be assessed by the PEBC. OzTREKK recommends that students who wish to return to Canada to gain pharmacy certification study one of our Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy programs.

Bachelor of Pharmacy

This is an undergraduate degree that leads to a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and is designed to equip students for a career in the pharmacy profession. Australian students, like those from virtually all other Commonwealth countries except Canada, can enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy program directly from high school.

The following Australian universities offer Bachelor of Pharmacy programs:
  • Griffith University Pharmacy School
  • James Cook University Pharmacy School
  • Monash University Pharmacy School
  • University of Newcastle Pharmacy School
  • University of Queensland Pharmacy School
  • University of Sydney Pharmacy School

Australian Endeavour Scholarships

Did you know that Canadian students about to study in Australia are eligible to apply for the 2015 round of the Australian Endeavour Awards?

Established in 2009, the Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship awards are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides up to $272,500 AUD for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world. The program build Australia’s reputation for excellence in education, supports the internationalization of the Australian higher education and research sectors, and offers high-achieving individuals opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field.

Australian universities in Australia
Welcome to Sydney, Australia!

All recipients will receive
  • travel allowance: $3,000 (provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances);
  • establishment allowance: $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships);
  • monthly stipend: $3,000 (paid up to the maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis);
  • health insurance for the full category duration (OSHC for international recipients);
  • travel insurance (excluding during programme for international recipients).
Endeavour scholarship recipients will also receive tuition fees paid up to the maximum
study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees.

As a scholarship or fellowship recipient, you will gain invaluable international experience in study, research or professional development. The Department of Education has engaged a contractor to provide post-selection support services to all recipients including a dedicated case manager; pre-departure briefings; provision of advice on health; travel insurance; accommodation; security; payment of allowances; and reporting to the department on the recipient’s progress.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

Degree: Australian Master’s or PhD
Duration: Up to 2 years for a Master’s; up to 4 years for a PhD
Total per semester: $15,000
Total: Up to $272,500 (PhD) and $140,500 (Master’s)
Application deadline: June 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (AEST)

Applications for the 2016 Endeavour Awards are now open and will close June 30, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to commence their applications early and submit their application as early as possible due to the large volume of users on the system on the final opening days of submission.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Apply to the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Melbourne Doctor of Optometry is a 4-year full-time program that offers intensive training in the area of optometry. The course covers the basic and applied vision sciences that underpin optometry, and delivers comprehensive clinical training starting in the first year of study. During the course, students will undertake a research project, in an area relevant to the discipline, and will have the opportunity for clinical training at an overseas site as part of the final year of study.

University of Melbourne Optometry School
Study optometry at the University of Melbourne

Admissions Timeline for 2016 Intake

Applicants with a completed degree and GAMSAT/MCAT are eligible to apply in the Early Round.

Early Round Applications
Applications open – April 30, 2015
Applications close – July 31, 2015

Timely Round Applications
Applications open – April 30, 2015
Applications close – September 30, 2015

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD)

The optometry program at Melbourne Optometry School is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years

Entry Requirements
The Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must comply with the following:

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects
Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes
  • one university second-year or third-year subject in anatomy or cell biology; and
  • two university second-year or third-year subjects from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.
2. Write the OAT
Applicants will be required to complete an admissions test, either the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). OAT test result is valid for two years.

3. Submit a personal statement
Applicants must provide a written statement (maximum 500 words) in support of the application explaining your motivation to study optometry.

There is no minimum GPA or GAMSAT/MCAT/OAT requirement to apply for the program; however, as there are limited places available, selection is expected to be highly competitive.

The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews with short-listed candidates. The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences would conduct interviews with Canadian applicants via Skype or teleconference.

Monash medicine application timeline update

Have you applied to Monash University Medical School? OzTREKK has received an update from Monash University concerning their round 2 interviews for the MBBS program:

Monash Medical School
Study medicine at Monash Medical School

Round 2 for Canadian Applicants
Application deadline for Round 2: September 11, 2015; please note MCAT/ISAT results must be submitted by the September 11, 2015 application deadline date. (Last date to sit MCAT: August 6, 2015)

Interview Dates for Canadian applicants:
October 12, 2015 (Vancouver)
October 14, 2015 (Toronto)

Monash University Medical School MBBS

The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry MBBS degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals. With a focus on rural health, all student teaching and clinical placements take place throughout Gippsland.

Have you just completed high school? Will you be finishing high school soon? Check out Monash University Medical School’s undergraduate medical program!

Program: Undergraduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Clayton Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Next semester intake: February 2016
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 11, 2015 (Round 2)

Have you already completed an undergraduate degree? Then Monash University Medical School’s graduate medical program is for you!

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Next semester intake: February 2016
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 11, 2015 (Round 2)

Continental mooting success for Sydney Law School students

It’s a great start for the Sydney Law School Vis Moot Team, winning the Brussels Pre-Moot Competition.

Consisting of Nicola Bevitt, Phoebe Winch, Sarah Ienna, and Will Hanna, the team defeated the University of Osnabrück (Germany) in the final.

University of Sydney Law School
University of Sydney Law School
It progressed in the competition after wins against the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland) and the National University of Singapore in the general rounds before advancing to the final after moots against UNSW (in the octo-finals), the University of Liege (quarterfinals), and the University of Auckland (semifinal).

“The team’s victory here is a great reward for their hard work over the past six months, and much credit is also due to the team’s co-coaches, Domenic Cucinotta, Reuben Ray, and Louise Dargan, for their excellent guidance of the team,” said Professor Chester Brown, Sydney Law School's Professor of International Law and International Arbitration.

The team now moves to Vienna, with a short stop in Cologne for a practice moot against the University of Cologne, before the start of the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot or Vis Moot.

The final was held at the offices of the “Federation of Enterprises in Belgium,” and the earlier moots were hosted by Brussels law firms including Stibbe, Linklaters, and Strelia.

Would you like to study law at the University of Sydney Law School?

Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.

The Sydney JD comprises the core legal subjects required throughout the world for professional accreditation coupled with the study of a wide range of elective subjects which allows advanced learning in both specialized fields and law in general. Teaching and learning methodology includes a wide range of formats to allow individual choice, a deep understanding of the law, independent research and the development of the skills and ethics inherent in modern professional practice.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March
To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Law School JD, you must have the following:
  • Completed an undergraduate degree;
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of at least 3.0/4.0

Introducing the Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program at Monash University is a two-year, accelerated learning program that enables students with a first degree other than occupational therapy (but in a related field) to obtain a professional, entry-level qualification at a postgraduate level of study to practice as an occupational therapist.

Monash University Occupational Therapy School
Monash University Peninsula Campus

The course is an integrated curriculum centred on Scenario-Based Learning (SBL). The two years of the SBL curriculum will be organised into the following units:
  • Foundations of Occupational Therapy
  • Humans as Occupational Beings
  • Occupational Performance
  • Enabling Change in Human Occupation
  • Transition to Practice
  • Advanced Professional Practice
Students complete an extensive practice based project. Higher achieving students are eligible to complete this as research to the equivalent of honours standard to be eligible to apply for a research masters or PhD program on completion.

Career Opportunities
A degree in occupational therapy provides a breadth of employment opportunities; working with individuals, small groups, organisations or communities. Occupational therapists work in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, community health, early intervention, social services, schools, government agencies, industrial and commercial organisations, mental health services, homes, and supported housing. After gaining relevant workplace experience further career opportunities exist in education, management and research.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2015

Entry Requirements
Successful completion of a bachelor degree in health, education, social, physical or biological sciences (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience). Applicants must have obtained a GPA of at least 65% credit average in their most recently completed university undergraduate degree.

If students do not have a background in health, education, biomedical, sociological and/or psychological studies, prospective students must complete one of the following or equivalent prior to the commencement of the course:
  • Study BMA1901 Human Structure and Function as a single unit enrolment at Monash.
  • Complete a Human Biology short course via distance education at Monash or equivalent.
Successful international applicants must be available for a Skype interview. All students must be available for an interview, either in mid-December or March.

Friday, April 17, 2015

UQ Business School Professor talks recycled water

Trendy California is going for it, but recycled water still won’t wash in Queensland, and a University of Queensland researcher is warning that we need to stop being squeamish about drinking treated water.

Research by UQ Business School Professor Sara Dolnicar shows that Queenslanders are happy to spend millions of dollars on bottled water, but the idea of drinking recycled water is still too hard to swallow.

UQ environmental sciences
UQ trying to rid the “yuck” factor from recycled water
“Recycled water has an image problem that we need to change if Queensland is to thrive,” Professor Dolnicar said.

“Campaigners exploiting the ‘yuck’ factor put a stop to recycled water in Toowoomba many years ago, but they offered no alternative to support water security.”

Professor Dolnicar’s research investigates why Australians views some water sources, such as bottled water or rainwater, favourably but don’t like others, such as recycled water.

“Most of the state is in the grip of drought, and now is the time for a new and honest debate about alternative water sources,” the UQ Business School professor said.

“Using recycled water won’t break the drought but it will make our scarce resources go further.

“For example, Mackay is converting ninety per cent of the city’s waste into irrigation-quality water for cane farmers and California has just invested one billion dollars into water recycling plants.”

The United Nations has warned that only 60 per cent of the world’s water needs will be met by 2030.

About Professor Dolnicar
One of Professor Dolnicar’s research interests includes studying water from alternative sources. The use of alternative water sources is inevitable for Australia’s sustainable water future; however, previous experience has shown that public resistance represents the biggest hurdle in the successful implementation of alternative water schemes. Professor Dolnicar’s research with colleagues aims to understand the mechanisms leading to public acceptance of alternative water sources, in particular the role of knowledge and information. This research contributes to public acceptance research by determining whether knowledge reduces fears about alternative water sources and by developing and testing alternative formats of public information campaigns.

Master of Integrated Water Management

The Master of Integrated Water Management program aims to build future leaders in water management with an emphasis on working either in rural international development, in urban water policy and management, or across stakeholders in the context of integrating water resource management for water, food, energy and environment.

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 30, 2015

Bond Law information session in Halifax

Don’t forget! On Monday, April 20, OzTREKK will be hosting an information session featuring Bond University alumnus Donald Grant, who currently practices law in Halifax. Come hear about his experience at Bond Law School in Australia and returning to Canada to practice law! Curious about the Bond JD? Want a firsthand account from someone who studied at Bond and came back to practice law in Canada? Join us April 20 for this free event. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Bond Law School
Learn more about studying at Bond Law School!

Event Details

Venue: New Halifax Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd., Room 203, 2nd level
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. start

About the Bond Law School Juris Doctor (JD) program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor 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.

Why study dentistry at Griffith Dental School?

Griffith Dental School offers a comprehensive range of dentistry and oral health degrees which are known for their innovation and practical relevance.

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

Griffith Dental School
Inside the Griffith University Dental School

Hands-on experience

Griffith dentistry students will gain extensive practical experience as you work under and alongside qualified oral health professionals in the university’s modern dental clinic and commercial laboratory. From the first year of study, students will have the opportunity to undertake placements in a range of settings including state schools, rural and remote areas, Indigenous communities and aged care facilities, allowing them to apply learned skills and develop valuable contacts.

You can make a difference to the health of individuals and the community. Working in an oral health team with your fellow students (dental, oral health therapy and dental technology students), you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project that identifies an oral health issue and identify solutions. Previous students have undertaken projects which have taken them to far North Queensland and Vanuatu, where their research and identified solutions are improving the oral health of these communities.

Cutting-edge facilities

The new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre on the Gold Coast campus co-located with the new Gold Coast Hospital. The Griffith Health Centre provides a world-class clinical laboratory, and associated teaching and research facilities.

The new health centre also houses Medicine, Oral Health and Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medical Science.

Studying dentistry at 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.