Friday, May 29, 2015

Occupational therapy at the University of Sydney

Occupational therapy is a profession that focuses on enabling people’s full participation and meaning in life. It assists people to achieve their goals by focusing on their strengths rather than their restrictions or barriers.

The Discipline of Occupational Therapy is committed to quality research and education which will contribute to a greater understanding of human occupations—their roles, performance and adaptation—in order to enhance the knowledge base of the profession.

Occupational therapists work with their clients to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life.

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.

University of Sydney’s Master of Occupational Therapy

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2015

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.

As the course leads to eligibility to practice, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in contemporary health.

Come meet Australian universities!

Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Maybe wondering about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia? We will be visiting the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia this weekend, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 for our annual spring Study in Australia information sessions, and you’re invited!

Australian universities in Australia
Who wouldn’t want to study in Australia?


We will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives as well as with OzTREKK staff members!

When and Where?

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!


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


Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Come meet with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at Australian universities. This is a free event! Learn more about their
  • universities;
  • programs;
  • entry requirements;
  • campus lifestyles;
  • accommodation options;
  • student loans and financing options;
  • accreditation – coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia;
  • …plus much more!

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars this weekend!

We’ll be seeing you soon!

This weekend, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, OzTREKK will be in Toronto and Vancouver for our annual Medical Licensing Seminars. 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.

Australian medical schools in Australia
Study medicine in Australia!

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.

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.

Monash industrial design students showcase at world-renowned fair

Two industrial design students from Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA) have exhibited their Exo Light Series at the iconic furniture fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano.

Rowan Turnham currently in Honours year, and Matthew Harding, who has now finished his Bachelor of Industrial Design, exhibited their light series at the fair in April. The fair is known as the global benchmark for the home furnishing sector and attracted more than 300,000 visitors.

Architecture and design at Monash University
Matthew Harding and Rowan Turnham

Rowan said exhibiting their Exo Light Series at the fair was remarkable experience, one that will help them to further their career in design and manufacturing.

“We didn’t know what to expect; it was our first time exhibiting overseas. Design in Europe was so much bigger than we thought. Meeting fellow designers from around the world was something you don’t get to do on a regular basis, especially when you’re from Australia.”

Rowan and Matthew created a prototype in their third-year materials and manufacturing class in 2013, and then approached Australia’s Rakumba Lighting who assisted in the refinement of the design and manufacturing process.

“Rakumba Lighting really refined our initial prototype, such as using a computer numerically controlled (CNC) jet stream of water with abrasive grains at the sheet of aluminum to smoothly cut the fixture’s multiple fins, instead of a laser cutter as we originally did,” Rowan said.

“It was important for us to think of the footprint of the product, which included the ability to flat pack it for shipping, as well as its assembly which we considered very carefully.

“Specially designed star-shaped joiners enable the fins to be snapped together. Using this process, fixtures can be produced quickly in multiple shapes and colours and then flat packed for shipping and delivery,” he said.

The Exo Series was designed to be reminiscent of engineered structures and uses light reflected from the fixture’s various surfaces and edges to create a distinctive look.

Judge’s visit inspires Griffith law students

Unless they’ve done something wrong, it’s not every day students get to talk to a judge.

But this past week Griffith Law School students had the opportunity to meet Her Honour Judge Fleur Kingham and gain insight into the complex world of the judiciary.

As part of the Judge in Residence program, Judge Kingham spent five days with the Griffith Law School at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

She participated in a range of activities including question and answer sessions and presented two guest lectures: “Reputation: Who Cares?” in the Ethics and Professional Responsibility class, and “How Flexible are the Rules’’, in the Civil Procedure class.

Griffith Law School Dean Professor Pene Mathew said the Judge in Residence program provided a unique opportunity for law students to learn firsthand about the law in practice.

“Being able to interact with Judge Kingham has no doubt inspired many of our students to think more deeply about the role of the legal profession in a just society.”

Students also had the opportunity to network at an alumni event at the Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland, where Judge Kingham joined Professor Mathew and colleagues to debate the topic “Refugees and the Rule of Law.”

Judge Kingham has been a District Court Judge in Queensland since 2006. As a student she was heavily involved in student politics and since that time has done much to advance social justice causes including co-founding the Women’s Legal Service, and working as an environmental lawyer.

She was awarded the Queensland Law Society Agnes McWhinney Award (2010) in recognition of her significant contribution to making justice more accessible to the community and bridging the gap between land and resources issues and Indigenous communities.

Griffith Law School

Griffith Law School one of the World’s top 100 Law Schools. Here, students gain all the legal skills to become an accomplished lawyer and have the opportunity to specialise the area of their choice.

The Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) at Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasise practical legal skills, insights and experience.

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bond University named partner for the 2015 Australian University Games

Bond University has been named the partner university of the 2015 Australian University Games, Australia’s largest multisport event for university student athletes.

The partnership was announced at the 2015 Australian University Sport (AUS) national conference in front of representatives from 39 of Australia’s tertiary education institutions.

Bond University Health Science degrees
Bond University sports facilities

The 2015 Australian University Games will be held from Sunday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, attracting more than 7,500 student athletes, team managers, staff and volunteers from across Australia to take part in 32 sports over five days of competition.

The event is known as a high standard multisport tourism event and managed by Australian University Sport, with support from the Queensland Government through its tourism and events agency, Tourism and Events Queensland.

With more than 100,000 student athletes having competed since its inception in 1993, the estimated economic impact of this year’s event is $12 million in direct expenditure and 44,000 visitor nights, with 6,000 student athletes attending from more than 35 interstate universities.

Garry Nucifora, Executive Director of Sport at Bond University, looks forward to hosting the 7,500 student athletes expected to compete.

“With the Games in our ‘backyard’ of the Gold Coast, Bond is very hopeful that an even greater number of student athletes will participate in the Games and make the most of the opportunities that enhance university life.”

Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp welcomed Bond University as the Australian University Game’s partner university.

“We are thrilled to announce Bond University as our partner university for this year’s Games,” said Mr Knapp.

“As Australia’s peak body for university sport, our membership is comprised of tertiary institutions. Partnerships with members are not just critical to event delivery, but vital in helping us to develop university sport as a relevant and important aspect of university life at both the university leadership and student athlete levels.”

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is confident the Gold Coast will have its best on offer for the student athletes.

“I look forward to welcoming student athletes and officials from across the country to our spectacular city, sharing our world class sporting facilities and all that our city has to offer with them,” Cr Tate said.

The Games relies on the participation of the local community to make up the strong volunteer contingent that assists organisers to run the Games. Students or local community members looking to volunteer are encouraged to visit for details.

Bond University Master of Sports Science

The Master of Sports Science is designed to produce high quality graduates who possess an excellent understanding of advanced sports science practice. The program provides you with advanced studies in biomechanics, physiology, sport psychology and the principles of high performance sciences that incorporate programming, athlete monitoring and emerging technology in sports.

The program is delivered through a select blend of on-campus coursework, applied research and industry internship units. A unique feature of this program is the opportunity to gain comprehensive professional experience through the completion of a 10-month internship with a sports organisation relevant to the research project to be undertaken.

The Master of Sports Science will culminate with the submission of a peer-reviewed manuscript that may be eligible for publication, providing an additional pathway for you to progress to further postgraduate research.

Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Monash University Public Health School

Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Study public health at Monash
With diverse leadership, across four campuses, the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is the faculty’s principal source of skills in epidemiology (including clinical epidemiology), biostatistics and large scale clinical data-management.

 The school emphasizes expertise in large epidemiological studies, multicentre clinical trials, clinical registries, evidence synthesis and health social science. Continued collaborative work with the major Monash-affiliated hospitals, research institutes and public health units within Victoria, ensures the school provides a key resource underpinning translational research within the faculty.

The Master of Public Health a 12-unit public health program provides students with the full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in the broad domain of public health. It especially focuses on developing skills in the quantitative methods of the population-based health sciences and their problem-solving application for primary care provision both in Australia and for developing countries.

Monash University Master of Public Health

Program: Master of Public Health  
Location: Melbourne, Victoria  
Semester intake: February  
Duration: 1.5 years  
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.  

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. With an application, students should also submit a 250-word statement of purpose outlining their area of interest and the reason why they would like to complete the course, and an updated curriculum vitae/resume outlining relevant work experience.

University of Sydney Deans visit Canada

This past February, the Dean of Medicine, Professor Bruce Robinson, and the Dean of Dentistry, Professor Chris Peck, visited Canada and met with research partners as well as hosted information seminars in Toronto and Vancouver. Each University of Sydney Dean spoke about his respective faculty and about the popular programs offered, the Sydney MD and the Sydney DMD. Both Deans were available for a question-and-answer period following the sessions.

OzTREKK is an official international agent for the University of Sydney, and helped arrange presentations in both cities. These were very well attended by prospective students, parents and alumni. The Toronto event, held downtown at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, saw students travelling from as far as London, Ontario. The Vancouver event at the Westin Bayshore also attracted a number of students from Vancouver and surrounding area. Students and parents were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet the Deans of both faculties, and the Deans were equally pleased to meet a number of excellent students on their visit and plan to return to Canada to host similar events in the near future.

The University of Sydney is always pleased that a number of students from North America apply for and enrol in the Sydney MD and the Sydney DMD degrees on a yearly basis. Both faculties have excellent teaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities which help to prepare Canadian students to excel in their professions.

A big thank you is sent out to both Professor Bruce Robinson and to Professor Chris Peck for coming to Canada to speak to prospective students. And, of course, thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the presentations!

Sydney Dental School
Sydney Medicine Dean Prof Bruce Robinson

Sydney Medical School’s Doctor of 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 14, 2015


Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine

Sydney Dental School
Sydney Dentistry Dean Prof Chris Peck

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

Scientists recognised for their work in improving disaster resilience

Three exceptional young scientists have been recognised for their work in improving disaster resilience in the Asia-Pacific region.

Environmental sciences at the University of NewcastleThe University of Newcastle’s Dr Hannah Power was one of three finalists in the national search to find an Australian nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (also known as the ASPIRE Prize).

The 2015 ASPIRE Prize theme is Disaster Risk Reduction, something that Dr Power, a lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at UON has as a focus. Dr Power’s research focuses on the processes and morphology of coastal environments—with a recent focus on project-modelling tsunami inundation in New South Wales waterways.

APEC is a valuable forum for engaging with the Asia-Pacific region, and the Aspire Prize highlights elite scientific talent.

One of three nominees, Dr Power was chosen from a highly competitive field and was runner up to Macquarie University’s Dr Katharine Haynes—who will be Australia’s successful nominee to the 2015 ASPIRE Prize. Dr Haynes was recognised for her work in community and youth-based disaster risk reduction and communication and for using science to improve policies and organisational procedures.

Her research has spanned the full gamut of natural disasters, including bushfires, heatwaves, cyclones, floods, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. She has also collaborated with academics and emergency management practitioners from other APEC economies including Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines and the US.

Macquarie environmental sciencesSince 2011, the annual ASPIRE Prize has recognised scientists under the age of 40 who are working in APEC economies and who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists across other APEC economies.

University of Newcastle School of Environmental and Life Sciences

The School of Environmental and Life Sciences within the Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle is made up of six disciplines which includes applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geography and environmental studies and environmental science and management. The school is highly research active in the above discipline areas, with a focus on developing research and teaching skills that encourage critical thinking and problem solving strategies across all of their degrees.

Macquarie University Graduate School of the Environment

The Graduate School of the Environment at Macquarie University offers a wide range of degrees and courses to choose from that combine the natural and social sciences and develop intellectual, professional and practical skills. Students can choose between papers that develop critical thinking skills through exposure to theory and philosophy; field-based papers that develop research skills; and practical papers that develop professional skills through accredited coursework and industry internships. Macquarie environmental science graduates pursue careers oriented toward ecologically sustainable development via institutional and social change.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

JCU to establish new centre to help close the gap

James Cook University has announced plans to establish a new centre that will improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and build on the university’s excellence in teaching and research related to Indigenous issues.

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Cocklin said the Centre has ambitious, but achievable, goals.

James Cook University
Learn more about James Cook University, Queensland

“The university is making a significant, new investment to improve the educational outcomes for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“What we are seeking to do through the proposed new centre is provide a better resourced and more integrated facility that works to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the entire university.”

“This staff in the centre will work in conjunction with staff employed in our student services and community engagement areas to value-add and offer cultural support and mentorship to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.”

The proposed Centre represents approximately a 50% increase in JCU’s current investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support, learning and teaching, research and community engagement.

Professor Cocklin said the centre will reflect JCU’s place, history and strategic direction.

“As well as improving educational outcomes for students, it will be a platform from which JCU can lead in scholarship and research relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and, ultimately, Indigenous people throughout the tropics.”

Through the centre, JCU expects to revitalise its curriculum relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and will look to more effectively imbed Indigenous cultural perspectives across the university’s programs.

Consultations conducted in recent years indicated that university employees are deeply committed to reconciliation and to closing the gap with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The centre will have a physical presence on the Townsville and Cairns campuses and be reflected in JCU’s other campuses and locations.

UQ scientists lauded among 21 of the nation’s best

The University of Queensland has confirmed its place as a leading institution for science and innovation, with the Australian Academy of Science welcoming five new UQ Fellows on May 25.

Professor Christine Beveridge, Professor Wendy Hoy, Professor Geoff McLachlan, Professor Linda Richards and Professor Mike Waters are among 21 new fellows announced nationally and join 29 other UQ academics who have been admitted to the Australian Academy of Science as Fellows since its inception in 1988.

University of Queensland Faculty of Science
Study at the University of Queensland
The prestigious fellowships are given to a select group of scientists each year, recognising leading and innovative research.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ had more 2015 Fellows than any other institution and more new women Fellows than in any other year.

“UQ’s latest addition of Fellows to the learned academies reflects our broad range of skills and research talent in the science fields,” Professor Høj said.

“I’m particularly pleased to see a diverse selection of outstanding researchers recognised this year, and delighted to see three women among our new Fellows. The Academy deserves credit for this pleasing and necessary development.

“Our new Fellows  are tackling a broad range of challenging issues, from understanding the mysteries of the human brain, to better crop development, to treating health issues in remote Indigenous communities.

“They are thought leaders in the scientific community and their work delivers results that benefit society.”

The Australian Academy of Science comprises Australia’s leading research scientists including several Nobel Prize winners. Fellows are elected by academy members.

Professor Christine Beveridge (School of Biological Sciences and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation) is a world leader on the hormonal control of plant development and shoot architecture which underpins the yield, productivity or ornamental value of crops, trees and shrubs. Her discovery of strigolactone as a novel plant hormone involved in shoot branching could assist in crop production and the propagation of endangered plant species.

Professor Wendy Hoy AO (UQ School of Medicine) is recognised internationally for her multidisciplinary research on kidney and related chronic disease in mainstream and high-risk populations. Her work has transformed Aboriginal health services in Australia, saved lives, reduced dialysis needs and supported development of intervention programs globally.

Professor Geoff McLachlan (School of Mathematics and Physics) is a pioneer in the field of mixture models, which play a central role in statistical science. His work can be applied to many fields, including medical statistics, allowing for better calculation of error rate and analysing gene expression data. He is one of the most cited researchers in the world.

Professor Linda Richards (Queensland Brain Institute) is a leading developmental neurobiologist whose discoveries have defined the fundamental mechanisms regulating how the brain correctly wires the neuronal connections between its hemispheres. Her work on development of the cerebral midline in animal models and the developing human brain has led to a new understanding of the causes of some of the most common defects in human brain wiring.

Professor Mike Waters (Institute of Molecular Bioscience) has an international reputation in growth hormone action. He was the first to purify and characterise the growth hormone receptor and, together with biotechnology company Genentech, to clone it. Recently he discovered the molecular movements caused by hormone binding to the receptor which initiate signalling to DNA. His discoveries are contributing to the development of new cancer therapies.

More than 160 University of Queensland academics and professors emeriti are fellows of Australia’s learned academies, which include the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the recently-created Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

UQ Business students launch MBA Business Symposium

University of Queensland MBA students and alumni launched the first MBA Business Symposium recently, the only one of its kind in Australia.

The UQ Business School MBA Business Symposium: Leadership Ahead of the Curve aims to build ties among current and future business leaders from a diverse range of sectors and backgrounds.

UQ Business School
Study business at the University of Queensland

The symposium provided a platform where current and past MBA students of UQ Business School and industry partners can come together and exchange ideas, stories and inspiration.

MBA student and symposium committee member Melissa Hardy said it was very exciting to see the symposium come to life.

“What started as a concept initially observed from peer MBA programs in the US, has become reality, with an impressive line-up of local and national business leaders,” she said.

“It’s a great example of collaboration between current students, alumni, UQ Business School and corporate sponsors; building towards creating opportunities through scholarships and the Social Economic and Engagement Program.”

The one-day event featured high-profile speakers such as TRI Foundation Board member Professor Ian Frazer, Victoria Cross for Australia recipient Ben Roberts Smith, and Managing Director of Tourism Australia John O’Sullivan.

The key themes of leadership, innovation, experiences and expectations, and finance were explored through keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive Q-and-A sessions.

All revenue generated from the MBA Symposium was allocated directly to the newly established MBA Foundation.

The foundation, established and governed by UQ Business School MBA alumni and faculty, aims to provide access to scholarships for admirable candidates otherwise unable to afford tuition, including women, not-for-profit managers, and indigenous candidates.

The foundation also supports the MBA Social Economic and Engagement Program and the school’s not-for-profit partners.

UQ Business School MBA Director Dr Sarah Kelly said the inaugural event join current talent, alumni and industry in an engaging and thought provoking forum.

“This will help ensure diversity of access to the top MBA program in Australia,” she said.

The UQ Business School MBA Business Symposium: Leadership Ahead of the Curve was held on May 3 at UQ St Lucia.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 year
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester Intake: January
Application Deadline: October 31 each year

Melbourne DDS learning outcomes

With state-of-the-art technologies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Melbourne Dental School uses new infrastructure, including a 100-seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic for advanced clinical teaching.

University of Melbourne Dental School
Inside the Melbourne Dental School

Highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry.

Learning Outcomes of the Melbourne DDS

  • acquire essential factual knowledge to become a general dentist and leader of the oral health team
  • disease processes and mechanisms together with their aetiologyclinical manifestations, prevention and treatment
  • professional skills and attitudes expected of a dental practitioner
  • the ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common oral problems
  • induce oral health changes in individual patients and their families
  • practice effectively in oral health promotion and education
  • achieve the competencies identified by the Dental Practice Boards of Australia necessary for practice as a registered general dentist
  • communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, also  with professional colleagues and members of other health professions

University of Melbourne Dental School

The Melbourne DDS 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. Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application Deadline for the 2016 Intake: June 30, 2015. Please note that all application documents must be received by Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12 noon in order for your complete application to be submitted to the university on time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

UQ School of Medicine welcomes new professor

The UQ School of Medicine is delighted to advise that Professor Nicholas Hawkins commenced on Monday, May 4 in the role of Professor of Innovative Technology in Medical Education.

UQ Medical School
UQ Professor Nick Hawkins

Professor Hawkins will provide leadership in innovation in medical education, with specific reference to the discipline of pathology, as well as build and maintain a vibrant research program in relation to these educational activities, and support research and teaching in the discipline of pathology.

Professor Hawkins obtained his PhD at the University of New South Wales (NSW) and holds specialist qualifications in Anatomical Pathology (FRCPA).  He has just completed a term as Head of School of Medical Sciences and Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of NSW.

Professor Hawkins has excellent track records in teaching and research and brings a broad range of skills to his appointment as Professor of Innovative Technology in Medical Education at SOM.

There is no doubt that Professor Hawkins’s qualifications, skills, experience and personal attributes will allow him to excel in this important role.

About the UQ Medical School Program

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

Entry Requirements

  • Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine

Griffith School of Education students set for science conference

Their share a passion for science and teaching and together, education students Shawtima McLoughlan and Natalie Lund will represent Griffith University at a national science teachers’ conference in July.

Sponsored by the Step Up program, Shawtima and Natalie will join four other winners from the Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University at CONASTA 2015 in Perth, Australia.

Griffith University Teacher Education
Study teacher education at Griffith University

Shawtima is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and is also part of the Benowa Teacher Education Centre of Excellence. She hopes to share her experiences and inspire students in her teaching areas of chemistry, biology, junior science and mathematics.

“I have always been enthusiastic about science and learning and I believe teaching is a wonderful opportunity to share that passion for lifelong learning,’’ she said.

“I’m really looking forward to meet with experienced teachers and learn about the different pedagogical approaches to science teaching.”

Step Up brings together science, maths and education experts from universities across Queensland with schools, government agencies and industry to develop a framework and initiatives that enhance maths and science teacher education across the state.

CONASTA is held each year by the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) in a different state. This year’s theme is “Science: A Kaleidoscope of Wonder and Opportunity.” The event attracts hundreds of leading science teachers, laboratory technicians, curriculum leaders and representatives non-profit and government organsiations.

Shawtima and Natalie will act as Step Up ambassadors at CONASTA, where they will network with science teachers and scientists and exchange current knowledge and advocate for pre-service science teacher education.

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies

The School of Education and Professional Studies is one of the largest teaching areas at Griffith University. The school is part of the Faculty of Faculty of Arts, Education & Law, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research for more than 3,500 students.

Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year

Apply for a Bond International Student Scholarship

The Bond University International Student Scholarship applications for students wishing to commence in September 2015 are closing soon!


Please be sure to have your complete application and scholarship documents in by Thursday, May 28, 2015 to ensure we have everything submitted for the May 29 scholarship deadline.


Bond University La School
Inside the Bond Law School Moot Court
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.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

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

Sydney Health Sciences receives Australia Awards Fellowship funding

Twelve research Australia Awards Fellows from South East Asia will come to the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences this October to learn how to apply physical activity, exercise and sports participation as a tool to improve health in their home countries.

Bringing the emerging career researchers to the faculty has been made possible due to the receipt of an Australia Awards Fellowships overseen by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

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This is the first time the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences has received a training grant from DFAT to train researchers in the university’s core values of physical activity promotion and sports participation for healthy ageing within the cultural context of Southeast Asia.

The award of just over $100,000 will be used to bring researchers to Sydney from four universities in Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. The research will focus on low physical activity uptake in those countries and the real barriers to adults in undertaking physical activity for better health.

The researchers will work with under the supervision of senior professors and alongside PhD students to help them focus their research and give them practical training to use when they return home. After their return, their faculty mentors will continue with the established collaborations is assisting their research activities at their SE Asian universities.

Professors Glen Davis and Patrick Brennan are the chief investigators of the research project.

The group will stay for two weeks of intensive training “to amplify their particular research interests when they go back to their home country” said Professor Davis.

“This is our way of building research bridges with emerging career researchers with their supervisors and mentors from the countries they’re coming from.”

University of Sydney Master of Exercise Physiology

The Master of Exercise Physiology is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice.

Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition and pharmacology, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.

Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.

Program: Master of Exercise Physiology
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Monash students bring The Handmaid’s Tale to life

A theatrical production of Margaret Atwood’s award winning novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, will premiere in Australia for the first time at Monash University this month.

Adapted by the Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST) (MSA), tickets are on sale now. Performances will take place on weekday and Saturday evenings, as well as Saturday matinee performances at the university’s Clayton campus, from May 28 – June 6.

Monash University Faculty of Arts
Imogen Walsh as Offred. Photo by Sarah Wallace

All of the cast and crew are students, and with 30 cast members and 20 crew. All Monash faculties are represented.

Published in 1985, the dystopian novel has previously been adapted for film, radio, opera and stage. Set in the near future, in what was once the United States of America, a dictatorship quickly takes control after the assassination of the president.

Under the pretext of restoring order, the new regime reorganises society into social classes, and quickly strips away women’s rights. Presented through the eyes of a female character called Offred, who describes her new life as a handmaid, the gripping story is a vivid portrayal of how life changes irrevocably.

Yvonne Virsik, Director of the Monash University adaption, said the decision to adapt Margaret Atwood’s book for the stage was unanimous amongst MUST.

“Margaret Atwood’s novel is compelling and raw, and this production intimately observes a society with frightening parallels to our own society. Through Offred we see the evil that can be done by denying individuals the freedom over their identity and even their life,” Yvonne said.

The Handmaid’s Tale offers incredible dynamic material for the stage and I would urge anyone, whether they have read the book or not, to come along and see the play. This production will showcase the talents of Melbourne’s future theatre generation,” she said.

Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST)
Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST) is a department of the Monash Student Association, run by professional theatre makers, that creates vibrant, innovative theatre by, with, and for Monash University students and the wider community. Their works are diverse, ranging from new text-based and devised works to bold takes on classics, adaptations, events and exhibitions.

Melbourne DPT application deadline is approaching

This is just a reminder for all students interested in studying physiotherapy at the Melbourne Physiotherapy School: the deadline for first round applicants is next Friday, June 5. All applicants who wish to be considered as a first-round applicant are encouraged to submit their complete application documents by Thursday, June 4 at noon in order for their application to be submitted to the university on time.

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Why is the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy 3 years in length?

The Melbourne DPT commenced in 2011 and is the first three-year physiotherapy graduate-entry master’s-level program, providing a benchmark for physiotherapy education in Australia. In addition to core hands-on practical physiotherapy skills, key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, radiology, leadership and management, sports physiotherapy and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference.

Students will be well prepared for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as acute care, chronic disease management, health promotion, emergency medicine, private practice and sports medicine. The course provides a vertically integrated community group health promotion project that culminates in a presentation and possible publication at the end of three years of study. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice. There is also the potential for an overseas clinical experience to add depth of understanding in global health care.

Blind UQ Psychology graduate leading the way

UQ Psychology graduate Jefferson Mac likes to joke that his orientation work with incoming students at the university is a case of “the blind leading the blind.”

But as much as the self-deprecating Mr Mac is quick to thank all who have helped him during his five years at UQ, he has undoubtedly been the one inspiring others.

UQ Psychology
Jefferson Mac and his guide dog “Ice”

Legally blind for the past 10 years, the Master of Clinical Psychology student has not only excelled in juggling a demanding academic schedule, he has also filled numerous support and volunteer roles on the side.

“When I was declared blind I had a stereotypical image of a bleak, limited outlook where not much was possible,” 2014 valedictorian Mr Mac said.

“Then I met a guy through Guide Dogs Queensland who had completed a Masters in Audio Engineering and was a qualified mechanic: there was no piece of technology he couldn’t fix.

“I resolved then that I would not be held back by circumstance.

“I wanted to do something with psychology, so I went for it, and was so thankful for the assistance I received along the way that I decided to help others.”

Beyond his coursework, Mr Mac has been a student leader, helped facilitate English-speaking classes for foreign students, provided information for first-years, and supported others with a disability.

Sydney Vet School uses livestock disease to understand human liver disease

A veterinary scientist from the University of Sydney has been instrumental in an international research effort that has discovered an animal model of a disease of the developing liver. This disease is the most common reason for liver transplantation in children.

The findings confirm the importance of documenting unusual disease episodes in animals as they may offer potentially valuable scientific discoveries, including models of poorly understood human diseases.

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“This is an excellent example of how field investigations of spontaneous livestock disease can uncover new mechanisms of human and animal disease,” said Emeritus Professor Peter Windsor, from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.

In 1990 the then Dr Windsor was a veterinarian working for the NSW Department of Agriculture and reported an outbreak of a disease that was killing lambs and calves.

Affected animals were from mothers that had been restricted to grazing the pigweed plant (Dysphania species) on the banks of the Burrinjuck Dam in NSW during drought.

“The Australian livestock outbreaks were always suggestive of a toxic cause and we were keen for a group of chemists and experimental pathologists to take an interest in and pursue this unique finding,” said Emeritus Professor Windsor.

Recurrence of the disease in 2007 enabled Dysphania to be collected by the district veterinarian Stephen Whittaker and colleagues and sent to a research team in the US. This resulted in an unlikely collaboration which has made several surprising discoveries.

The international team of gastroenterologists, pediatricians, natural products chemists, and veterinarians established that the chemical found in Dysphania provides insights into the cause of a debilitating disorder affecting newborns—biliary atresia—a failure of development of the ducts of the liver that excrete bile.

Their findings are published in Science Translational Medicine this month.

Biliary atresia (BA) is the most common indication for a liver transplant in children. The incidence of BA in humans is one in every 10,000 to 15,000 live births. It occurs worldwide and is one of the most rapidly progressive forms of liver cirrhosis and liver failure. While a life-saving surgical procedure is available to babies, most will later develop cirrhosis of the liver and ultimately liver failure, leading to the need for a transplant either in infancy, childhood or adolescence.

At the University of Pennsylvania the research team isolated a plant toxin with a previously uncharacterised chemical structure that causes BA in zebrafish and mammals.

Peter Windsor had joined the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science in 2002 and as Professor of Livestock Health and Production, he participated with the research group, advising on outbreak epidemiology, comparative pathology and the original livestock disease’s origin and development.

One of the perplexing qualities of the plant toxin is why it only acts on large bile ducts outside the liver. To better understand this the researchers examined various zebrafish mutants, with the hope of finding one that might be either more sensitive or resistant to bile duct injury.

Remarkably, the group was able to identify a mutant that was sensitised to the toxin, and this mutation mapped to a region in the zebrafish genome that is similar to an established human BA susceptibility region found previously. This provided further evidence that the Dysphania BA syndrome will be important for understanding human BA.

Taken together, these findings provide direct evidence that BA could be initiated by prenatal exposure to an environmental toxin.

While it is clear that humans do not consume the pigweed or related plants implicated in the livestock BA outbreaks, a non-toxic, structurally related compound is found in beets, chard and other consumable plants.

The team is currently studying whether gut bacteria can convert this inactive compound into the active toxin.

The research team is now attempting to synthesise a large enough quantity of the toxin to study its effects in mice, which have a liver and biliary system more closely related to humans than fish.

In addition it will work with the models that they have already established in their respective laboratories to determine the toxin’s mechanism of action and understand how this can be used to prevent and treat BA.

Research at the Sydney Veterinary School

Sydney Veterinary School’s internationally recognised and passionate staff include some of the world’s best veterinary and animal science researchers. The quality of the university’s research programs has been recognised by a top ranking of five out of five for veterinary sciences research in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia rankings. As a Sydney DVM student, you will be exposed to emerging discoveries in veterinary medicine and have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Join JCU in Toronto on June 2

James Cook University’s Division of Tropical Health and Medicine will be hosting a Welcome Evening in Toronto on Monday, June 8, 2015.


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James Cook University Dental School, Cairns

Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wronski  is hosting a social event in Toronto welcoming all students and parents interested in learning more about the faculty and JCU.

Venue: Pinnacle Room, Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, 123 Queen St. W.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Time: 6–8 p.m.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 2 at


The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the College of Medicine and Dentistry during the event.

Popular JCU schools and programs

  • JCU Medical School – Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
  • JCU Dental School – Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • JCU Pharmacy School – Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • JCU Health Sciences Programs – Master of Biomedical Sciences
  • JCU Nursing School – Bachelor of Nursing Science
  • JCU Public Health School – Master of Public Health
  • JCU Occupational Therapy School – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • JCU Physiotherapy School – Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • JCU Veterinary School – Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Bond Business scores high in student satisfaction

Bond Business School has earned top marks in the latest University Experience Survey (UES), scoring up to 35 per cent better than the Australian average for student satisfaction.

Bond Business School
Study business at Bond University
The survey, which measures the level of engagement and satisfaction of undergraduate students, revealed Bond Business had a 97 per cent satisfaction rate for learning resources, compared to the national average of 85 per cent, and 96 per cent for skills development and teaching quality, compared to 78 per cent for both nationally.

Bond also scored highly in the areas of learner engagement (93 per cent, compared to 58 per cent) and student support (82 per cent, compared to 71 per cent).

The UES is a national survey of first and later year undergraduate students in Australian universities. The research findings are used by universities and governments to continuously improve the student experience.

Bond Faculty of Business Dean Professor Mark Hirst said the results were a reflection of the faculty’s dedication to its students.

“Bond Business has performed exceptionally well in the UES, which is testament to our student-centric approach,” he said.

“It is encouraging to see that our students are experiencing great satisfaction throughout their studies as well as excellent academic outcomes.”

About Bond University Business School

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

The Bond Faculty of Business comprises dedicated professionals who have experience as consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, board members and executives. Through strong research credentials, industry experience and passion for teaching, their level of expertise allows them to provide a tailored and student-centred educational experience.

Popular programs include
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Finance

Applying to UQ Physiotherapy School?

This is a reminder to all those interested in applying to UQ Physiotherapy School that the application deadline is Sunday, May 31, 2015. In order for applications to be submitted to the university on time, you are strongly encouraged  to have your applications and supporting documents at the OzTREKK office before Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12 noon.

UQ Physiotherapy School
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Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland

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 title: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31 (Brisbane time). NOTE: All UQ Physio application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12 noon in order for your complete application to be submitted on time.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Get ready to study in Australia! OzTREKK pre-departure webinar

At OzTREKK, we are proud to assist our students in any way we can—including holding pre-departure seminars or webinars to help prepare you for your most-excellent journey! Held online, our OzTREKK Pre-departure webinars aim to guide students through the final steps as they prepare to live and study in Australia.

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Get ready to go! Get more info on the Boarding Pass!

This pre-departure seminar will hosted online. It is a structured seminar that will move through 8 topics. You will need to have a computer, laptop or tablet that is connected to the internet. It is recommended that you hardwire your internet connection, so use an Ethernet connection as opposed to a wireless connection.

Once you register for the pre-departure seminar, you will receive an email with a copy of the seminar presentation. It’s a great idea to print a copy of the seminar so you can take notes and refer to it throughout the seminar.

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Start time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)
Venue: Online

OzTREKK created the OzTREKK Boarding Pass site to give you the inside scoop on becoming an international student in Australia. Here you can find out more about your student visa, accommodation, travel arrangements, banking, health coverage, and a lot more. Our goal is to get you organized, save time and money, and get to Oz with a smile on your face!

You’ll get inside information about the following Australian universities:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

Melbourne MD application timeline

Have you applied to Melbourne Medical School for the 2016 intake? Don’t forget to check out the application timeline!


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Application Timeline for 2016 Intake


  • Application deadline: June 22, 2015 (Melbourne time). NOTE: All Melbourne MD application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, June 19, 2015 in order for your complete Melbourne Medical School application to be submitted on time.
  • Last date to sit MCAT for 2015 intake: May 22, 2015
  • Last date to submit MCAT results: July 6, 2015
  • Interview offers released: August 3, 2015
  • Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 9, 2015
  • Interviews (via Skype): August 17 – 21, 2015
  • Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: September 15 – 16, 2015
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 20, 2015
  • Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: November 4, 2015
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 11, 2015
  • Unsuccessful applicants advised of outcome: November 13 – 16, 2015
  • Enrollment deadline: January 14, 2016
  • First day of class: February 1, 2016

About the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Friday, June 19, 2015

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne MD Program

To apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;
  • completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT); and
  • received an invitation by the University of Melbourne to sit a multi-mini interview (MMI).
The selection of eligible international applicants, including Canadians, will be based on the following:
  • Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any discipline (with prerequisites met and studies completed within the last 10 years)
  • Test results in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2013 to May 2015 (inclusive) will be accepted for those applying for the 2016 intake. Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their application
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Teaching English as a second language

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.

Macquarie University Linguistics
Study linguistics at Macquarie University! (Image: FJ Gaylor)

Interested in teaching English as a second language? Check out these programs from Macquarie:

Graduate Certificate of TESOL

The Graduate Certificate of TESOL is a course designed for prospective teachers wishing to teach English to speakers of other languages. The course prepares students for a variety of language teaching contexts in Australia and overseas. It integrates current theory and practice of TESOL, including teaching methodologies, programming and planning, and linguistics for language teaching. A range of language learners is considered, varying by age, social and cultural backgrounds.

Key benefits
  • Qualified teachers obtain a recognised EAL specialisation.
  • New teachers are qualified to teach in a range of language learning institutions.
  • The program includes an integrated professional experience unit involving a teaching practicum in a school or simulated school setting.
  • All course units may be taken in on-campus blended mode and/or online mode.
  • The course provides a pathway to further study in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.
  • All teaching staff are qualified TESOL instructors with wide ranging teaching experience and are actively researching areas of TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL

The Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL covers theoretical and methodological issues relevant to practitioners in a variety of professions whose work is concerned with applied language study. It is internationally relevant and focuses on the development of analytic skills and understanding the complex relationship between language use and context, and research in these areas. The degree is designed to allow candidates to study a broad range of topics within the area of Applied Linguistics. In particular, the degree has been designed to provide a strong theoretical and practical foundation in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language. Much of the content of the program is also relevant to teachers of other languages.

Key benefits
  • Allows you the opportunity to study with one of the largest and most diverse Linguistics departments in Australia, which features four research centres
  • Offers flexible study options allowing you to study on-campus, distance (online), or mixed
  • Provides an internationally relevant and highly regarded qualification
This program is suitable if you are an experienced language professional, working or aiming to work in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, literacy education assessment and program evaluation, bilingualism, teacher education, policy development, management, or a community service where language and communication are critical issues.

“Shake It Off” – University of Newcastle style

What do you get when you combine Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” 49 University of Newcastle animation students, and rotoscoping*?

Combine all the above ingredients and you get a loving homage to Taylor Swift’s video, with 2,767 hand-drawn frames. These four minutes of animation took four weeks to make—and is now going viral on YouTube.

Students from Visual Communications and Natural History Illustration were each given 52 frames of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and using the rotoscoping animation technique—the students took the footage and subverted it.

“The students really got into the process,” said Jane Shadbolt, Lecturer in the School of Design, Communication and IT. “Some of them loved the song, and others hated it, but all of them were able to bring their own unique interpretation to it. It’s a great way to get a feel for how animation is put together from thousands of frames and get a feel for how movement happens on screen.”

Students from Animation 1: Design from Animation learn about the principles and theory of animation practice, but not many have the chance to go viral.

When Jane Shadbolt shared the student video on YouTube it was so they all had the chance to see each others’ work and share it with their friends; however, in no time, the views started skyrocketing with viewers from around the world enthralled by this creative interpretation.

“Everyone is super excited to see their work being seen by so many people all over the world,” said Jane. “They all worked so hard on their individual frames to create each look it seems like a fantastic payoff for all that hard work. We’re all hoping Taylor Swift might see it!”

Animation is a relatively new subject at the University of Newcastle, which has been enthusiastically embraced by the students and staff.

“There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from the students to apply their design and illustration skills to both motion graphic and filmed animation and I think this is the beginning of some really exciting work from our animation students,” Jane said.

*Rotoscoping is tracing over live action footage. It’s been around since the beginning of animation and Disney used it extensively on Snow White,” Jane said.  “It can be used to give a real-life motion to animation or it can be a style all of its own. Richard Linklater also used the technique in his 2006 feature A Scanner Darkly.”

Master of Digital Media at the University of Newcastle

The Master of Digital Media has been designed to develop the digital media skills and knowledge of professionals in almost any field, providing a stepping stone to a new career or to enhance your current one.

You will explore this field through a range of progressive subjects including digital video, computer games design, internet communications, software engineering and much more. You will learn the latest techniques and information in digital design and production. It will enhance your knowledge and encourage and embrace your creativity, whist providing you with the practical skills to translate ideas to reality.

UQ Law wins international mooting title for Australia

The UQ Law School mooting team has taken out another international title, winning the 6th International Air Law Moot Court Competition, held in China.

The University of Queensland represented Australia in the international air law moot competition held in Beijing between  April 9 – 12. Law students Georgina Morgan, Amina Karcic and Ella Rooney represented Australia in the competition. There were two days of semi-final rounds, in which the team competed against teams from China, Poland and Sri Lanka. The moot problem concerned unruly passengers and raised questions of international law to be decided before the International Court of Justice.

UQ Law School
Study law at the University of Queensland

The UQ Law team competed against the National University of Judicial Sciences, India, in the Grand Final and was announced as overall competition winners.

“Mooting before aviation experts was a privilege and a great experience for the students,” said Director of Mooting Associate Professor Peter Billings.

The team was coached by Joe Wheeler from Shine Lawyers and was supported by many members of academic staff, alumni and current students at UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law.

“The students represented the law school with distinction and continued UQ’s fine tradition and record of success in mooting competitions nationally and internationally,” Associate Professor Billings said.

In the past year, UQ Law School mooting teams have won the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition, and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, USA among other competition titles.

University of Queensland Law School Bachelor of Laws program

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Entry Requirements for UQ Law School

To be eligible to apply to the University of Queensland Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry), you must have the following:
  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 75%
It is recommended that you apply for the UQ Law School’s LLB program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA of 75%, as above. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the university. Each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

The University of Queensland Law School does not require the LSAT for entry.