Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thirty top Australian artists selected for UQ self-portrait prize

Thirty Australian artists will put their best selves forward in the University of Queensland’s biennial 2015 National Artist’s Self-Portrait Prize.

The selected artists will compete for a $50,000 prize and will create their portrait in response to the theme ‘becoming.’

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UQ Art Museum Director Dr Campbell Gray said the National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize was highly anticipated.

The competition will be curated by former Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra Michael Desmond, who said that ‘becoming’ was an interesting challenge for self-portraiture.

“In modern life our focus is constantly drawn to the future, but the self-portrait tends to preserve the present—a moment in time—seconds in the case of photography,” he said.

“For artists, linking the idea of ‘becoming’ with the process of self-portraiture can help summarise visually their own movement, change, aging and development, which can often be difficult to capture otherwise.”

The 2015 prize will be judged by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)’s Curatorial Manager of Australian Art, Jason Smith.

UQ Art Museum Director Dr Campbell Gray said the National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize was highly anticipated.

“We’re grateful to have colleagues of the calibre of Michael Desmond and Jason Smith involved,” Dr Gray said.

“The exhibition, which opens at the UQ Art Museum in November, will provide an outstanding opportunity to see diverse and innovative interpretations of the self-portrait by high-profile Australian artists and many exciting newcomers.”

The UQ Art Collection is one of Queensland’s most significant public art collections and, since 2004, the self-portrait has become an important focus area for both collection development and exhibitions.

Artists invited to participate in the 2015 UQ National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize include Khadim Ali, eX de Medici, Julia deVille, Fiona Foley, Julie Gough, Guan Wei, Marie Hagerty, Nicholas Harding, Patricia Piccinini, Andrew Sayers, Tyza Stewart, Christian Thompson, Philip Wolfhagen, and Judith Wright, among others.

The winner of the 2015 National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize will be announced on Friday 13 November at the official opening of the exhibition, which runs from 14 November until 13 March 2016.

Previous winners of the Prize include Ben Quilty, Julie Rrap, Domenico de Clario and Nell.


Griffith Business School graduate secures the role of brand manager

Marketing professional Brooke Santurini secured the role of Brand Manager with the Gold Coast Suns within five years of completing a double major in business management and marketing.

She recalls how she had one eye on her future career while studying for her degree at Griffith University.

“From an early stage I started thinking about how I could make the most of my university experience, ensuring I gained as much work experience as possible,” she says.

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From an early stage Brooke Santurini started thinking about how she could make the most of her university experience. (Photo credit: Griffith University)
The Griffith Business School industry mentoring program led Brooke to an internship at Gold Coast Tourism, where she took up the position of Executive – Australia Marketing for Gold Coast Tourism within a year of graduating.

Brooke has stayed connected with Griffith Business School where she is now a mentor to final-year students of marketing, tourism and event management.

“I encourage them to be proactive and to get out there and get work experience. Don’t expect it to come to you.

“It’s important to embrace opportunity, whether it’s your dream role or not, because one role very often leads to another.

“Taking part in work experience opportunities, studying hard for high marks and using the amazing careers guidance available at Griffith all assisted in building my knowledge and confidence and helped set up my life and career.

“I’m prepared to take advice on board at all times. We are continually learning and trying new things. Don’t pretend to know everything as you are not expected to.”

Department of Marketing at Griffith Business School

The Department of Marketing is renowned for its innovative nature, and is continuously evolving to provide the highest calibre of marketing programs. Marketing provides an interesting, intellectually challenging and exciting career to graduates in the business world. It’s about analysing markets, competitors, customers and your own organisation to understand why they behave the way they do under differing and constantly changing market conditions; and what action is necessary in those markets to achieve success.

Griffith Business School Master of Marketing

The Master of Marketing program builds on this foundation, where you will learn advanced marketing principles, best practice and new approaches to build customer relationships. Your studies will enable you to think strategically about value, positioning and competitive advantage in a global context through branding and digital marketing applications.

Program: Master of Marketing
Location: Nathan Campus, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February, July, Summer (Nov/Dec)
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years

To be eligible for admission, a student must hold a related bachelor degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale).

Popular Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program calling for community volunteers

When students return to campus for second semester, Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy Health and Wellbeing Collaboration Program (HAWC)  is calling for new staff and adult community participants for its August-November session.

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As the university’s increasingly popular Macquarie DPT course grows, the community is being encouraged to get involved and partner with the healthcare professionals of the future.

“The Health And Wellbeing Collaboration is an innovative approach to the education of Australia’s future health care workforce,” says Clinical Educator Jacque North. “The HAWC volunteers are community members of all ages, with any current medical problems, who volunteer to allow Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy students to visit them periodically.”

“The program involves the interaction of physiotherapy students and volunteers (HAWCs) meeting regularly to discuss their condition, how it affects them and how they interact with the health care system.”

Although no direct treatment is given to HAWC volunteers, students will, over time, perform assessments of mobility and balance which may provide valuable information to the volunteer, their family and caregivers.

Macquarie DPT students may also use assessment findings to suggest exercise and physical activity programs which will be tailored to the volunteer’s health goals and needs.

Students will start visiting their HAWC volunteers from the end of August until the end of November.

About Macquarie’s DPT Program

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie is an extended master’s level, professional-entry degree and will produce physiotherapists with advanced clinical decision-making abilities to practice person-centred health care in contemporary health-care environments. Students will learn the skills of the physiotherapist based on the best available evidence to effectively assess, diagnose, treat and educate people across all ages with disorders of movement resulting from a range of conditions. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills as well as business, management and leadership training and will be ready to launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist across a broad range of health-care setting.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next semester intake: July 2016

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monash helps re-design mosquito-based malaria vaccine

A promising type of vaccine designed to eradicate malaria by blocking parasite transmission could be a step closer, as a result of experts uncovering new information about the targeted protein.

The international team of researchers co-led by Dr Natalie Borg from the Department Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University, and Dr Rhoel Dinglasan from the Malaria Research Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA, focused on a protein in the Anopheles mosquito midgut called AnAPN1.

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Study science at Monash (Photo credit: Monash University)
The research, published in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, provides for the first time, detailed information on the shape of AnAPN1 and where antibodies against AnAPN1 that can and can’t block parasite development, bind to the protein.

Malaria is transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the Plasmodium parasite. Malaria transmission-blocking vaccines are designed to prevent the spread of malaria by interrupting parasite transmission.

Vaccinated individuals in malaria-endemic countries produce antibodies to AnAPN1. During routine disease transmission, when these same immunised individuals become infected with malaria parasites, both antibodies and parasites are ingested by a mosquito during blood feeding. The antibodies block parasite development in the mosquito, breaking the cycle of transmission.

The AnAPN1 protein is a leading candidate for a mosquito-based malaria transmission-blocking vaccine that is being developed by Dr Dinglasan.

“This type of vaccine won’t boost people’s immunity to malaria, but instead it will provide a delayed benefit to the individual by protecting the entire community from parasite transmission,” Dr Dinglasan said.

“Ultimately it could lead to a reduced number of infected mosquitoes and the eventual elimination and eradication of the disease,” he said.

AnAPN1 is found on the mosquito gut and is potentially a receptor for the parasite. Dr Dinglasan said as a vaccine antigen, AnAPN1 prompts people to make antibodies; however only some of these antibodies block parasite transmission, while others do not.

“This dilution of the overall antibody response to AnAPN1 is problematic. To further improve vaccine immunogenicity at the preclinical stage, we need to immuno-focus the antibody response to only the critical, ‘transmission-blocking’ regions of the protein,” he said.

An understanding of how AnAPN1 antibodies that are generated can block parasite transmission to mosquitoes and their binding region on AnAPN1 has remained elusive until now. Using the Australian Synchrotron, Dr Borg’s team at Monash University were able to visualise the crystal structure of the AnAPN1 protein for the first time, providing valuable insights. Dr Dinglasan’s team then provided the critical functional data to support the hypotheses generated by the AnAPN1 structure.

“The Australian Synchrotron was critical in providing detailed imaging of the structure of AnAPN1. In combination with other experimental data, the structure enabled us to pinpoint the binding site of AnAPN1 antibodies that can and can’t block parasite development,” Dr Borg said.

“We now know much more about which parts of the AnAPN1 protein are involved in generating transmission-blocking antibodies and have a new hypothesis as to how they might work,” she said.

This discovery will fuel further work to understand what critical interaction the AnAPN1 transmission-blocking antibodies are blocking. It will also prompt the redesign of the AnAPN1 antigen to make it more effective.

Monash Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is one of six departments in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Biochemistry and molecular biology are closely-related disciplines which study the chemical components of living cells, including the genetic material, in order to understand biological processes and how these are altered in disease.

Research and teaching in the department encompasses six broad themes: cell biology, signal transduction, host/pathogen interaction, structural biology, immunology and developmental biology. Monash’s research is highly relevant to major human diseases and pathological processes, including infection, inflammation, diabetes and obesity, developmental and degenerative disorders, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

The Department has been ranked as the premier Department in its discipline since the inception of ARC benchmarking of Australian Departments in 1998.


Griffith supports summit to meet numeracy challenges

The major challenges facing educators and the community was explored at the inaugural Queensland Numeracy Summit at the Pullman Hotel, Brisbane held June 16.

Supported by Griffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies, the Queensland College of Teachers and the Queensland Deans of Education Forum, the summit discussed ways to equip teachers with numerate practices in 21st Century classrooms.

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Study teacher education at Griffith University

Griffith School of Education Dean Professor Donna Pendergast said numeracy was not to be confused with mathematics.

“It’s an essential life skill that cuts across all disciplines: music, arts, science, health and education,’’ she said.

“We want all students to have the confidence to deal with mathematical concepts in everyday situations, whether it’s planning a budget, or just working out a mobile phone plan.”

Emceed by media personality, Adam Spencer, the summit follows the Queensland College of Teachers Numeracy Forum held the day prior. Outcomes from the forum were discussed at the summit.

“The summit will identify proactive strategies, construct a shared philosophy and develop strategies to enhance student outcomes,’’ Professor Pendergast said.

“Working with the Queensland Deans of Education Forum and the Queensland College of Teachers, we want numeracy to be incorporated across all our initial teacher education and postgraduate education courses.”

Griffith University Teacher Education Programs

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


A day in the life of women in architecture

Parlour Inc, a fast-growing, not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equity in the architecture industry, will hold its first Sydney event at the University of Sydney next month.

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning’s Tin Sheds Gallery will stage a photographic exhibition by Parlour, which captures women architects and the architectural workplaces of three major Sydney practices over a single day. A second series of images playfully reveals the demographic makeup of the architectural community and challenges typecasts of an architect’s identity.

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Study architecture and design at the University of Sydney

For more than two decades now, the proportion of female students graduating in architecture has been over 40%*. Yet women represent only 21%* of registered architects, suggesting that greater industry support for women architects is long overdue.

The University of Sydney's Associate Professor Lee Stickells said, “We see many talented female graduates coming out of our faculty. While I also see many of our alumni enjoying continued success, career pathways for women architects could be substantially improved. So this is an important initiative to support University of Sydney graduates and the industry for the long term.”

Parlour developed from the ARC-funded research project Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership (2011–2014), led by University of Queensland's Dr Naomi Stead, to investigate the low number of women progressing through the industry.

“Following our research, we saw the need to provide a space for women to speak, network and celebrate their work in architecture. We need to encourage all those working in the profession to exchange experiences and share constructive ideas for best work practices. This will support women coming through the industry, as well as make it a better work experience for men in architecture,” said Dr Naomi Stead.

Parlour co-founder and editor, Justine Clark, says that they have created strong online networks across Australia and internationally and are now delighted to be holding their first Sydney event.

“There is a thriving, online community of activists who are working towards greater equity for women in the Australian architecture profession. The exhibition is an important contribution to this, and provides a different view of the research that will help develop networks in Sydney.”

The photographic exhibition Portraits of Practice: At Work in Architecture features around 300 images of women in the Sydney offices of Bates Smart, BVN Architecture and PTW Architects.

“It creates an interesting picture of women at work in architecture, working to increase their visibility, celebrate their achievements, and shift industry thinking to greater support of career pathways for women in practice,” said Justine Clark.

Naomi Stead added “It gives visitors, including future architects, a better sense of what architectural work entails and offers a more realistic portrait of everyday life in an architectural office. It also shows positive female role models in the industry today.”

The exhibition includes a second series of photographs that captured almost 100 delegates at the 2010 national conference of the Australian Institute of Architects. The series shows that practitioners are more diverse than the popular perception of a male-dominated industry, challenging stereotypes and clichés about who can be an architect.

Portraits of Practice: At Work in Architecture opens at Tin Sheds Gallery at the University of Sydney on July 10 and runs until September 11. A series of talks and forums will be held during the exhibition’s Sydney show. Visit http://archiparlour.org/ for further event information.


UQ Medical School pathologist receives award

Senior University of Queensland researcher and Director in Anatomical Pathology, Pathology Queensland, Professor Sunil Lakhani, has been recognised for his significant contribution to the field of pathology. Professor Lakhani, from the UQ School of Medicine and the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, received the Distinguished Pathologist Award at the Asia Pacific International Academy of Pathology Congress (APIAP) in Brisbane.

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Professor Sunil Lakhani has received a Distinguished Pathologist Award.
He said he was honoured to receive the award.
“This is the highest award given for surgical pathology in this country and in New Zealand,” Professor Lakhani said.

“It’s such a huge honour as it recognises the work done clinically as a surgical pathologist as well as teaching and research.”

Professor Lakhani is the third Queenslander to receive the award.

APIAP brought together a global gathering of world-renowned pathologists and scientists who are acknowledged leaders in their own fields.

It provided attendees with updates, recent research results and knowledge to enable them to tackle challenges ahead.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Melbourne dentistry application timeline for 2016 intake

If you’ve been thinking about applying to the Melbourne Dental School, please note that the application deadline for the Melbourne DDS program is July 31, 2015; however, in order for your application and supporting documents to be submitted to the university on time, you are encouraged to submit your documents before noon Thursday, July 30, 2015.

 

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Inside the Melbourne Dental Clinic

Application Timeline for 2016 Intake

  • Application deadline: July 31, 2015. All application documents must be received by Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12 noon.*
  • Last date to submit DAT results: July 30, 2015
  • Last date to submit university transcripts (final results): July 30, 2015
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 19 – 20, 2015
  • Deadline to accept (unconditional) offer of admission and pay deposit: November 17, 2015
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 17, 2015
  • Enrollment deadline: January 14, 2016
  • Mandatory DDS Orientation: January 21, 2016 (TBC)
  • First day of class: January 25, 2016 (TBC)
Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

Griffith Aviation flying high with new simulator

Griffith Aviation’s new flight simulator has been officially launched and the first “student” to hop into the pilot’s seat and take the controls was none other than university Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor.

The CAZ-80 simulator, created by Queensland company GeoSim Technologies, replicates the flight deck of a twin-engine Baron B58 aircraft. It is based at Griffith University’s Nathan campus.

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Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor in the pilot’s seat of the new CAZ-80 flight simulator, alongside GeoSim Technologies’ technician-designer Mr Chris du Plessis (Photo credit: Griffith University)

With six degrees of freedom motion providing a realistic experience of flight factors such as pitching, rolling, yawing, heaving and swaying, the simulator recreates sounds, motion, visual scenes and instrument presentations.

The flight environment also enables training for landing, take-off, night flight and cockpit familiarisation in normal, adverse and emergency situations.

Certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, hours spent in the simulator will count towards Aviation students receiving their pilot’s licence.

The new Head of Griffith University, Professor Tim Ryley, said the CAZ-80 would be an asset to students as they progressed through their degrees.

“We have around 400 students involved in the programs within Griffith Aviation and resources such as the new flight simulator will ensure their learning experience is enhanced via invaluable access to state-of-the-art technology,” he said.

Having safely “landed” the B58, Professor O’Connor emerged from the simulator to say the Aviation group typified Griffith University’s committed to innovation and finding positive outcomes.

“Aviation students are deeply passionate and we are determined to continue providing the facilities and resources to harness that passion,” he said.

The CAZ-80 also reflects Griffith’s ongoing engagement with industry.

The managing director of GeoSim Technologies, Mr Charles du Plessis, said his company was dedicated to helping young people achieve their dream of a career in aviation.

“In that context, from pilots to ground crew, cabin crew and other areas of the industry, it is such a positive to work with like-minded organisations such as Griffith University,” he said.

Griffith Aviation

Griffith has Australia’s most highly recognised aviation program. Over the past 20 years, the university has built an international reputation for graduates who are industry ready through their innovative approach to aviation education. Recent Aviation graduate students have been employed in the Australian and Singapore defence forces, as well as in aviation organisations such as Qantas, United Airlines, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates.

Sydney veterinary researchers study bovine brucellosis

Animals have been used as sentinels for human diseases for a long time—think canary in a coalmine—but it is probably time for humans to pay back! A project being conducted by Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science researchers Dr Navneet Dhand and Prof Michael Ward is exploring if animal health workers can be used as sentinels of bovine brucellosis.

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Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science researchers are exploring if animal health workers can be used as sentinels of bovine brucellosis

Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease that spreads from animals to humans by direct and indirect contact. Infected dairy animals shed huge amounts of organisms at abortion or at subsequent normal calvings and often for long periods after parturition. Veterinarians and other animal health workers who regularly come in contact with infected materials such as aborted foetuses, genital discharge, placenta, urine etc. contract infection through cuts and abrasions on their skin, via conjunctiva or inhalation of infectious aerosols.

The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science researchers in collaboration with their research partners—Dr BB Singh, Prof JPS Gill and Dr Vishal Proch from India—are investigating if disease prevalence in animal health workers can predict the disease prevalence in animals. Thus instead of conducting expensive animal disease surveillance, the disease prevalence in animals can be extrapolated from that in animal health workers in the region who can be easily contacted and tested at a substantially lower cost than animals.

Siloed approaches to controlling brucellosis independently in animals or humans have failed in most resource limited developing countries where the disease is endemic. Brucellosis has been controlled or eradicated in many developed countries using vaccination and test-and-cull programs in conjunction with extensive disease surveillance in animals; however, such an approach is very expensive (for example, about US $150 million were spent each year in the US during the 1990s) and therefore, cannot be implemented successfully in developing countries. Moreover, this approach ignores the enormous differences in farmer perceptions, attitudes, culture, religion and social norms in these countries. For example, a test and cull approach for cattle cannot work in India because cows are considered sacred by Hindus and therefore society and the law do not permit slaughter. Similarly, in the absence of any government compensation, most animal surveillance programs have a paradoxical effect because farmers simply sell test positive animals to another farmer at an animal market, actually resulting in spread rather than control of the disease.

Dr Dhand and Prof Ward are using an entirely different plan to control brucellosis: a plan that suits the culture, norms and the economic situation of developing countries and abandons direct animal surveillance and test-and-cull as the key approaches.

They are investigating whether the disease can be detected using a clever One Health approach with humans as surrogate indicators of the disease in animals. Testing veterinarians will not only allow early detection of infection in them but will also enable detection of hotspots of the disease in animals allowing the animal health authorities to direct their limited disease control resources to that area. Control of infection in animals will eventually lead to control of disease in humans.

Dr Navneet Dhand commenced field activities of this One Health project early this month after organising a workshop for training researchers in designing field epidemiologic studies at the School of Public Health, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). He also represented the University of Sydney at the signing of a memorandum of understanding with GADVASU for collaborative research and training activities.

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.

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.

Winners of UQ #SpottheKoala Photo Contest!

UQ North America is excited to announce their winners for this year’s “Can You #SpottheKoala Photo Contest”!

UQ North America loved seeing the photo entries from University of Queensland Alumni, friends, and UQ exchange students. Spot had the opportunity to travel all over the world and everyone was so happy to see you take him on your adventures. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and submitted their photos on Instagram.

All photo entries were judged by the UQ North America Office based on the following categories: Best Overall Photo (first place); Best Photography (second place); Best Caption (third place); People’s Choice (fourth place).

Below you can view the winners and a few other notable entries—including two Canadian winners!

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for participating!

First Place: Best Overall Photo

1ST PLACE - Best Overall
@travelbug09 – Ms Leanna Gruendel UQ Alumna, Exchange (2014)

Second Place: Best Photography

2ND PLACE - Best Photography
@deutsch92 – Mr Lukas Hahn UQ Alumnus, Exchange (2014)

Third Place: Best Caption

3RD PLACE - Best Caption
@abroadintheworld – Ms Ann Mooney UQ Alumna, Master of Science in Conservation Biology (2008)

Fourth Place: People’s Choice

Hon Mention 3
@234mio – Ms Mio Nakatsuji-Mather UQ Alumna, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering / Bachelor of Arts (2013)

Honorable Mentions

Hon Mention 1
@chanc – Mr Christopher Chan UQ Alumnus, Bachelor of Commerce (1996)/ Bachelor of Laws (1997)

Hon Mention 2
@omcsurley – Mr Oliver McSurley UQ Alumnus, Study Abroad (2013)
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Cervical cancer vaccine hero wins international award

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ian Frazer, co-creator of the cervical cancer vaccine, has won a 2015 European Inventor Award.

Professor Frazer won the Popular Prize section, which was decided by public vote and announced at a ceremony in Paris on 11 June.

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Professor Frazer accepts the Popular Prize award with Xiao Yi Sun, widow of Gardasil co-inventor Dr Zhou

The awards acknowledge inventions that have made major contributions towards social, technological and economic progress.

“It’s a great honour to win this award and to have this research acknowledged on a global stage,” he said.

“Events such as this highlight the exciting and innovative research coming from institutes all over the world, and show the importance of turning that research into practical solutions.

“It’s inspiring to have our team’s research celebrated by such a highly respected group.”

Professor Frazer co-created the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine with Dr Jian Zhou, and accepted the Popular Prize award with Xiao Yi Sun, Dr Zhou’s widow.

Professor Frazer has won more than 20 significant awards for his contributions to science, including being named an Australian National Living Treasure and Australian of the Year.

He was the founding CEO of Brisbane’s Translational Research Institute (TRI) and chairs the TRI Foundation, and is working on a vaccine for genital herpes, a virus that affects hundreds of thousands of people, threatens newborn babies and is believed to contribute to the development of HIV.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj, who attended the European Inventor Awards ceremony during a business trip to Europe, congratulated Professor Frazer, on behalf of UQ.

“Ian is changing lives not only through outstanding science and innovation, but also through exceptional philanthropy,” Professor Høj said.

“Ian and his wife, Caroline, are incredibly generous not only to research and education, but also to artistic and cultural causes.

“As a terrific communicator, mentor and ambassador for research, Ian fosters community-wide understanding of the social value of research, and encourages young and aspiring researchers to aim high and persevere with their ambitions to change and improve lives.”

Sydney Dentistry application deadline reminder

The Sydney Dental School application deadline is Monday, July 6, 2015 (Sydney time). 

 

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Application deadline: Monday, July 6, 2015 (Sydney time)*
Interview dates: from Thursday, July 30, 2015
Offer made: from Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2014 Intake Reviews
“The dental faculty at the University of Sydney is a bit unorganized and are not getting enough recognition from the med faculty. I am enoying the clinical sessions and working outside the classroom setting. It is great if you want to get hands on expeirience at an early stage and want a change of scenery.”

“I like the skills I’m learning, and a lot of the beautiful facilities. I dislike the disorganization. It has a good reputation, and I’m enjoying it, but it is expensive and you have to be very self-motivated to do well. Exams are cumulative and spread out, so you have to be organized to not become overwhelmed.”

“It is a friendly environment. Almost half of my class is made up of Canadians which makes the transition over seas a little easier. I have so far been impressed with my school/program, although I have no other professional school experience so it is hard to compare my experiences. The University of Sydney has a beautiful campus and it is in a great location. As a first year dentistry student, I am taking a lot of lectures with first year medical students and I feel that the medicine lectures can be disorganized or not well presented. It is a relatively easy transition to make. Overseas experiences can be very valuable.”

“Love the fact that we get into a clinical setting early in our program. Dislike the organization of the program, could definitely be improved. I would say that it is wonderful, takes time to get used to but all in all great University and better program.”

“Like: Clean and beautiful campus Easy and reliable program website to access lecture slides, learning resources, and news. Loving every moment of it. You are able to meet many new people and make life-long friends. There is a strong Canadian representation at USyd, so you’ll never feel alone and rarely homesick. DMD at USyd has been a great experience so far. I’ve had the chance to meet many locals and our class is a tight-knit group.”


Monash Medical School hepatitis C treatment research

In a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia, a Monash University-led team is asking for hepatitis C virus patients to gain improved access to drugs to prevent liver-related deaths.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health burden in Australia, with estimates of 230,000 people chronically infected.

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The research team are calling for the government to subsidise a new therapy which has high cure rates, known as direct acting antiviral (DAA) therapy.

Monash University Professor William Sievert said a delay in access to DAA treatment means that thousands of HCV infected patients could die or develop advanced liver disease.

“If we delay just one year, there will be an extra 900 liver related deaths, 800 new cases of cirrhosis and 500 new cases of liver cancer. These staggering numbers double if we wait for two years,” he said.

“During this decade, the therapy should become the norm for the HCV-infected population; however, the high cost of DAA regimens and competing public health priorities may limit the potential impact of new HCV therapies.”

Currently, the cost of DAA treatment is out of reach for most HCV patients.

“The large number of liver-related deaths every year caused by HCV places an enormous burden on our health system,” said Professor Sievert, Department of Medicine at Monash Medical Centre.

“Our research team modelled how the HCV disease burden and associated health care costs in Australia will increase as the infected population ages.”

The team demonstrated that increasing the efficacy of antiviral therapy and the number of patients treated could avert the expected increase in HCV liver related deaths and end stage liver disease.

Professor Sievert’s team examined the impact of delayed access to DAA treatment by modelling one and two year delays.

“We estimate that if the current treatment regimens continue in Australia, there will be approximately 22,200 liver-related deaths between 2014 and 2030,” said Professor Sievert.

“However, if DAA treatment is made widely available and accessible through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), that number of deaths will decrease to 13,500 in the same time period.”

“We believe it is critical to provide patients with access to highly effective treatment to cure HCV infection without delay in order to diminish future HCV-related morbidity and mortality,” added Professor Sievert.

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.

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)


University of Sydney launches high-performance computer

The University of Sydney celebrated the launch of its first high-performance computer (HPC) service, which will allow researchers to leverage big data for research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Study IT at the University of Sydney
Available at no cost to University of Sydney researchers across all disciplines, Artemis has been developed by the university in partnership with Dell Australia.

NHMRC Australia Fellow Professor Edward Holmes from the Charles Perkins Centre said the partnership between the university and Dell will greatly benefit Australian science.

“Artemis will enable researchers from diverse fields to perform state-of-the-art computational analysis and improve collaboration between research groups by providing a common set of tools and capabilities with consistent access mechanisms,” Professor Holmes said.

Dell customised the new HPC service specifically for the University of Sydney, using a technical design to meet its performance and capacity requirements.

“The HPC solution designed for Artemis is a wonderful example of how Dell can customise solutions to handle different environments and workloads,” said John McCloskey, Enterprise General Manager at Dell ANZ.

“The HPC solutions will enable researchers to perform complex calculations to provide fast and broad data analysis. HPC is a highly effective way to help analyse complex data and it’s exciting to see it used in research that could potentially impact the world we live in.”

Artemis is a key tool to assist researchers in areas as diverse as molecular biology, economics, mechanical engineering and physical oceanography.

The system has incorporated 1512 cores of compute capacity and consists of 56 standard compute nodes, two high-memory compute nodes and five GPU compute nodes.


Griffith Law School joins the Queensland Legal Walk

Griffith Law School staff and students joined Brisbane’s legal community to walk for justice during ‘Law Week’ last month.

Griffith Law School
Study law at Griffith University

The Queensland Legal Walk, held annually, delivers vital funds to the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), and involves a five kilometre loop starting at The Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law.

Participants from around Queensland raised more than $16,000 to ensure QPILCH continues to provide free legal assistance to the most vulnerable people in our community.

Griffith Law School Professor Jeff Giddings says Griffith’s long standing relationship with QPILCH made it an easy decision to participate in the fundraiser.

“Griffith Law School was closely involved in the establishment of QPILCH back in 2001 and we’ve had students on placement there each year since 2002,” says Jeff.

He says community legal centres like QPILCH play a critical role in raising awareness of issues such as a lack of access to justice and the delivery of legal services.

“I’ve been involved in a wide range of community legal centres as a volunteer, salaried lawyer and management committee member over the past 30 years and I value their work very highly,” Professor Jeff Giddings says.

Griffith Law School’s Director of Legal Clinics Zoe Rathus says community legal centres also play an important role in developing the skills of young lawyers.

Ms Rathus spent 15 years working for the Women’s Legal Service before moving into academia and she credits that time with shaping who she is as a lawyer.

“It’s not just the work community legal centres do that’s so important, but they also give lawyers a chance to contribute to their community and to work with committed and extraordinary colleagues,” Zoe says.

Several local law firms turned out to support the fundraiser, giving Griffith staff the opportunity to catch up with past students and colleagues.

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, June 18, 2015

JCU Professor Ian Wronski talks about the Australia-Canada connection

Do you stand out from the crowd?

James Cook University certainly does, and while it may not be the largest university, or the most well-known, JCU has something the others don’t: their riveted focus on Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and the needs of under-served populations.

JCU Medical School
Prof Wronski, Ms Hurlock, and Chris Nolan at the JCU Medial School interviews in Toronto on June 8.

James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine Professor Ian Wronski and Associate Faculty Registrar Ms Sandra Hurlock were recently in Canada to meet with students interested in studying medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health sciences at JCU.

When speaking with OzTREKK Director and Marketing Manager Chris Nolan, Prof Wronski explained why JCU concentrates on rural, remote and tropical health care.

“JCU was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and so we focus on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world,” Prof Wronski said.

“In the medicine, health, molecular science part of the university—that includes all the health professions and molecular biology and biomedicine, and the research institutes we have—we’ve particularly targeted issues relating to under-served populations, especially rural, remote, indigenous and tropical peoples.”

Tropical peoples? How does that relate to Canada? When speaking about Canada, most people think snow, not tropics.

But the connection between Australia and Canada is stronger than you may think.

In fact, in 2013, JCU Medical School Dean and Head of School Richard Murray travelled to Canada as a member of an Australian government delegation at a Canadian-Australian roundtable on recognition of professional credentials between the two countries.

Dean Murray made a case for why Canada and Australia should collaborate our shared interest in health care innovation to meet the needs of our geographically dispersed populations. Prof Murray said that the opportunities this creates for Australian and Canadian practitioners to gain experience in each other’s countries could only benefit the quality and depth of rural medical services.

“In medicine for rural areas, there are opportunities for movement and exchange for students, doctors in training as well as specialists in rural general practice and other generalist specialties. Innovation in areas such as telemedicine and socially accountable health professional education are shared interests,” Prof Murray wrote in an article he published in the JCU Medical School’s journal, A Taste of our own Medicine.

Prof Wronski said there are many countries in a similar position to Australia, including Canada. Like Australia, our population is concentrated on the fringes of the country, where the climate is most ideal and the land most usable. But where people live in rural and Northern Canada, away from the general population, finding health care can be more challenging—just like the people in remote and tropical locations of Australia.

So what kind of student does James Cook University wish to attract?

When asked why JCU likes Canadian students, Professor Wronski narrowed it down: “Our experience with Canadian students has been almost entirely positive.

“Canada has a good education system, and students come to us well educated and broad-minded. Also, many of them have that fire in their belly to put something toward the health services side of making life better for under-served populations. Canada, like Australia, has large areas, large rural and indigenous populations,” the JCU professor replied.

“We like Canadian students because we see ourselves as a global hub, and we want to attract students who are interested the tropical world and the health of under-served peoples.”

Does this sound like you? If you’re passionate about helping people, particularly those who live in rural or remote areas, JCU wants to talk to you!

JCU Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski
Professor Ian Wronski of JCU

About Professor Ian Wronski 
Professor Ian Wronski was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia at the Queen’s Birthday Awards on June 9, 2014, and received the award “For distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly through leadership and research roles in Indigenous, rural and remote health, and to medicine in the field of tropical health.”

Over the two decades he has worked at JCU, Ian has led the development of degrees such as medicine, veterinary science, tropical agriculture, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and tropical medicine, the rehabilitation sciences and more recently the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM).

About the JCU Medical School Medical Program

The 6-year, full-time MBBS degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015

About the JCU Dental School Dentistry Program

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

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015

Master of Speech Pathology at Griffith University

Confirming its commitment to the delivery of contemporary, relevant programs Griffith Health has introduced two-year a Master of Speech Pathology program at the university’s Gold Coast campus.

Griffith University Speech Pathology School
Study speech pathology at Griffith Health Centre

The speech pathology program is now located in the $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, adjacent to the new Gold Coast University Hospital.

The Master of Speech Pathology will equip you to begin practice as a fully-accredited, highly-competent and work-ready speech pathologist in a wide range of health, community and education settings.

It encourages personal and professional development through
  • a problem-based learning curriculum;
  • active learning in small groups; and
  • clinical placements that facilitate the integration of theory and practice.
The Master of Speech Pathology program will foster research literacy—enhancing your ability to respond effectively to the changing nature of professional knowledge and practice, and ensuring you have the skills to provide quality services throughout your professional life.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 30, 2015

Entry Requirements
To be eligible to apply to the Master of Speech Pathology, applicants must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree (not in speech pathology) with a minimum GPA of 5.0. While there are no prerequisite study areas for admission, desirable areas include psychology, health science, public health, medical science, human services, education, and linguistics; and
  • a satisfactory performance in an interview with the Program Convenor.
As the number of applicants may exceed the places available, selection for admission is competitive and will be based upon (1) academic merit and (2) interview.

What’s it like to be a JCU Pharmacy student?

James Cook University is the second oldest university in Queensland, and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.

In response to a critical pharmacy workforce shortage in the north, James Cook University developed a Bachelor of Pharmacy program in close consultation with local pharmacists. JCU Pharmacy has built a reputation in north Queensland and nationally for the program based on the quality of its graduates. Staff and students continue to raise the profile of JCU Pharmacy at both state and national levels.

So what’s it like to study pharmacy at James Cook University? Former OzTREKK student, Matthew, chatted with us recently about his experiences at JCU Pharmacy School and offered to be featured in a student profile. 
 
JCU Pharmacy School
Inside the JCU School of Pharmacy

Take it away, Matthew…

To me, studying pharmacy at JCU was a decision I had made a bit later in my life. I had completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree prior to moving to Townsville, where I realized that I had a keen interest in not just science, but its application to a health profession. Moving to Australia was a decision I made based on family, which turned out to be the best decision I have personally ever made.

Thus far, the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at James Cook University has well exceeded any expectations I had, which were high to begin with. The faculty and students encourage student involvement right from the first day of classes, and are really focused on getting everyone involved and making everyone feel welcome. I am enjoying the course PC1004 – “Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences,” as students are quickly introduced to various concepts applicable to the pharmacy profession. The course allows the students to feel connected to the pharmacy community right away in their first year of study, which is something I look for and appreciate in a health degree program.

Life in Australia is very different from Canada when you consider its climate, but very much similar when you compare the atmosphere and kind-hearted nature of the people. The students will find that Australians are widely multicultural, much like Canada, as thus far I have learned a lot about different cultures, especially the Australian people themselves. Townsville is a small city, and having been born and raised in a small Canadian city myself, I enjoy the parallels between them, as they have helped me to adapt tremendously. A major difference, as one would suspect, is the beaches and wildlife, which I have been fascinated with since moving to Townsville.

James Cook University Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

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

Entry Requirements

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

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UQ psychology researchers study why cocky guys get the girl

University of Queensland research suggests overconfidence may help people win romantic partners.

Doctoral student Sean Murphy and Professor Bill von Hippel from the UQ School of Psychology, and colleagues, have been examining the links between overconfidence and romantic desirability in men and women.

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UQ psychology researchers study why cocky guys get the girl (Photo credit: UQ)

“People tend to think of overconfidence as an unappealing quality,” Mr Murphy said. “But our work indicates that confidence is such a powerful signal that a little overconfidence can actually be helpful.”

Mr Murphy and Professor von Hippel conducted a series of online experiments with more than 3,000 male and female participants.

“After their confidence was measured, participants wrote dating profiles, which were rated by members of the opposite sex,” Mr Murphy said.

“We found that, on average, overconfident people came across as a blend of highly desirable confidence and highly undesirable arrogance.”

A key issue appeared to be whether there was competition for their romantic target.

Women didn’t necessarily find the cocky men more attractive initially; however, when men were given the opportunity to pit their profile against someone else’s, they were less willing to compete against cocky guys, while cocky guys were more willing to compete against others.

Computer simulations based on the findings revealed that cocky men were more likely to succeed with women in a competitive environment like a crowded bar or club, because they were less likely to back down when competing for her attention and more likely to drive away the competition.

The UQ School of Psychology researchers also found that it wasn’t just men who benefited from being cocky—cockiness in women was equally as effective at deterring other women.

“Our study might provide insight to that age-old question: ‘What on Earth is she doing with him?’,” Mr Murphy said.

This research is published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

About studying psychology at an Australian university

In Australia, psychology is taught at the university level. To be able to register to work as a psychologist in Australia, graduates must complete a four-year/honours degree, followed by two years of either study in a specialist area or supervised practice.

Don’t forget the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships!

Thinking of applying to an Australian university but on a tight budget? Applications for the 2016 Endeavour Awards will close June 30, 2015.

The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards aim to enable high achieving international students to undertake a postgraduate qualification either by coursework or research in their chosen fields of study in Australia.

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.

Griffith’s Logan campus wins sustainability award

Griffith University has been named the most Sustainable School in the Logan Eco Awards for its commitment to environmental initiatives at the Logan campus, located at Meadowbrook.

The Slacks Creek Restoration Project, a new landscaping strategy and the GrowsAtGriffith app are all part of the university’s commitment to biodiversity, community engagement and education.

As part of the Slack Creek Restoration Project more than 7,000 trees have been planted. They will help increase the koala habitat, contribute to connecting a wildlife habitat along the Slacks Creek corridor and create shade for the mid- and understorey species which will be planted next year.

Trees for rare Glossy Black cockatoos and a vine scrub thicket for Richmond Birdwing butterflies have also been planted.

The award was accepted at the Logan Eco Action Festival on May 31, held at the Logan campus. The festival promotes eco-living tips in a free, fun family environment.

Griffith University’s Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Ned Pankhurst said Griffith was proud to be the largest project site for the Slacks Creek Restoration Project, which received Australian Government funding of almost $1.6 million over five years.

He said the project’s activities included improving water quality in Slacks Creek, restoring adjoining habitat, weed management, collecting data and undertaking activities to engage and build the capacity and skills of Indigenous people and the broader community in natural resource management.



“The award highlights our longstanding commitment to environmental science and education programs,” he said.

“The Restoration project, new landscaping strategy and GrowsAtGriffith App all complement each other and generate valuable knowledge and community resources that will enhance the Logan community. They could be used as an example of best practice anywhere.”

As part of the new landscaping strategy, Griffith University has worked with Logan City Council to select species to expand the native arboretum.

Sustainability Project Officer Kay Ollett said a new proposal to include a glade of bottle trees representing the different species found in the local region will provide a visual link between the campus buildings and the arboretum.

“We will also be looking at establishing ‘knowledge fig trees’ using local species of Ficus in the centre of the courtyards on campus to act as places for reflection and renewal,” she said.

“Our GrowsAtGriffth App for smart phones and tablets has also been very successful with more than 900 stunning images and information on species in South East Queensland.”

The world needs people with the commitment, knowledge and skills to take on the ecological and environmental challenges at local, national and global levels. Sustainability is in Griffith’s DNA; they have a long and proud history of gathering knowledge and providing solutions for our ecosystems. Their integrated approach to ecosystem management ensures students have a solid foundation of knowledge combined with practical skills to start a career as an ecologist or engage in further higher level study.

Master of Environment at Griffith University

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

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

JCU taking care of business

James Cook University and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce have announced a partnership agreement that will kick-start the careers of JCU’s business and law graduates.

JCU Business School
Study business at James Cook University

Under the agreement, graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance will be given assistance to make the transition from the end of their formal education to the beginning of their professional career.

The Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance, Professor David Low said all business and law graduates from JCU Townsville will also receive a complimentary 12 months membership of the Young Chamber of Commerce (YCC).

“I am delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to our students. It will allow them to further develop their networking skills and facilitate their entry into the business environment where they will be commencing their career,” Professor Low said.

Professor Low said the agreement will allow the College of Business, Law and Governance to support the Young Chamber of Commerce in Townsville to grow, with the college to organise and host two events every year.

“The partnership with the Young Chamber is one I have been keen to formalise, as the major local educator in Townsville, I see it is a natural fit for our college to support the Young Chamber in this manner.

“By supporting a number of events throughout the year we can assist in the further development of the already active program of the Young Chamber,” Professor Low said.

The YCC will support graduating students during their last semester of formal education and the first six months of their professional life.

There will be activities held on campus and off campus, which will be integrated with existing Chamber events. The activities will help develop networking skills and assist students to start developing their own professional networks.

The Chair of the YCC, Chris Rockemer said the agreement is a fantastic opportunity for the Chamber to boost networking and connections between business leaders and the future leaders of Townsville—graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance.

“We’re very proud to formalise the agreement. It’s testament to how important the Chamber sees partnerships with the College.

“It is a true win-win scenario, where students receive support transitioning to their professional careers and the Chamber can deliver to future leaders its charter of economic growth, job opportunities and development for the Townsville region,” Mr Rockemer said.

The Executive Officer of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Marie-Claude Brown said the Young Chamber is there to engage the next generation of Chamber members and the next generation of Townsville’s business leaders.

“It is important to support the transition of graduating students into professional life so they can become those leaders and be a voice for local businesses,” she said.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne

The primary aim of the Melbourne DVM curriculum is to graduate highly capable veterinary scientists whose abilities to solve problems, to draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, to interpret evidence, and to make decisions and act upon them within a clear ethical and professional framework embody all of the graduate attributes to which the faculty aspires.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Learn more about the Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Become a flexible, knowledgeable and highly capable veterinary scientist, who can easily work overseas
  • Four-year graduate entry program, including a final year of lecture-free practical training in our Veterinary Hospital and at other approved sites
  • International recognition through accreditation by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, American Veterinary Medicine Association and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • An interesting range of study areas taught in a stimulating way—tapping into the wealth of experience of Melbourne’s expert veterinarians


Course Description

  • Internationally recognised and trained staff with extensive experience in veterinary education, advanced practice and research
  • Accessibility for local, rural and international students
  • Opportunities to pursue scientific investigations in a dynamic research environment
  • A positive cohort experience for our local and international students, with active mentorship by our dedicated teaching staff
  • Excellent networking, placement and employment opportunities, arising from our strong national and international links with the veterinary profession, agricultural and animal health industries and research agencies
The Melbourne DVM curriculum embraces the latest clinical technologies and evidenced-based practices. It has been developed around five learning domains, which infuse every subject and are based around the attributes of a veterinary scientist:
  • The scientific basis of clinical practice
  • Ethics and animal welfare
  • Biosecurity and population health
  • Clinical skills
  • Personal and professional development
Graduates of the Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine are internationally accredited to work overseas. Graduates have the ability to solve problems, draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, interpret evidence, and to make decisions within a solid professional and ethical framework.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 18, 2015; however, as this program can fill quickly, applicants are encouraged to submit their completed applications as soon as possible.

Global interest in JCU’s revolutionary IT course

Global tech experts are looking to Cairns, with strong international interest in JCU’s revolutionary new engineering course, the Internet of Things.

JCU is the first Australian university to establish a new program in “Electronic Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)”, as part of its Bachelor of Engineering. It’s believed that James Cook University is only the second university in the world to offer such a course.


JCU IT School
Study IT and engineering at JCU  (image credit: JCU)

The Internet of Things is expected to lead to the next revolution in computer technology. It will allow everyday objects to have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data, creating radical shifts in the way we apply technologies in our daily lives.

More than 50 people from 14 countries have applied for two senior academic positions with the course at JCU’s Cairns campus.

Applications have been received from countries as diverse as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Norway, Malaysia and Portugal.

The Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Engineering, Professor Paul Dirks said he’s delighted by the strong interest in the course.

“It confirms the global significance of the Internet of Things and vindicates JCU’s decision to establish such an innovative course.”

“The Internet of Things will create the conditions for a new industrial revolution over the next decade, and JCU is leading the charge on educating the next generation of computer engineers,” Prof Dirks said.

The four-year degree will be offered at JCU’s Cairns campus from 2016. It will combine the study of electrical engineering, wireless communication, software engineering and industrial design.

There will be an emphasis on sensor devices, internet technologies, data mining and cloud computing.

It’s the first time a full engineering degree has been offered at the Cairns campus.

James Cook University will work with industry partners, linking advancements in the Internet of Things to entrepreneurial opportunities. New commercial opportunities focused on the potential of northern Australia and the tropical world will be a special focus.


UQ School of Public Health says ageing population in bad shape

Aging of the world’s population is leading to a substantial increase in the numbers of individuals suffering from chronic after-effects of diseases and injuries, according to a new study from the Global Burden of Disease Project that was co-authored by researchers from the UQ School of Public Health.

UQ Public Health School
Study public health at the University of Queensland

The study, Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, is the first to examine the extent, pattern, and trends of non-fatal health loss across countries.

UQ School of Public Health’s Professor Harvey Whiteford and his Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) co-authored the study and undertook modelling for all mental and substance use disorders.

“Mental and substance use disorders contribute 21.2 per cent of global disability and are the leading cause of disability followed by musculoskeletal disorders (when combined with fractures and soft tissue injuries) at 20.8 per cent,” Professor Whiteford said.

The study shows that people across Australia are living longer but spending more time in ill health with non-fatal diseases and injuries such as major depressive disorder and low back pain.

The study was published in The Lancet online on 7 June 2015.

UQ School of Public Health

The UQ School of Public Health’s postgraduate programs give health professionals the knowledge and skills they need to define, critically assess and resolve public health problems in a changing world.

The Master of Public Health program prepares health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds, with knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, to define, critically assess and resolve public health and nutrition problems.

Students can undertake this program in the following fields:
  • Standard
  • Indigenous Health
  • Nutrition
  • Health Promotion
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs
Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: November 30 for the February 2016 intake

Monday, June 15, 2015

#seemore at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus

Staff, students and the wider community can now know more, do more and #seemore with Griffith University’s new digital video wall which went live on June 11.

Griffith University
The new digital wall on the Gold Coast campus (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The six-by-four-meter, high-resolution weatherproof LED digital screen and audio system will bring together achievements and activities through a single digital platform on the Gold Coast campus.

To be known as #seemore (“Seymour”), it will act as a dynamic visual communication channel to celebrate student and staff achievements and welcome visitors, VIPs as well as engaging with current students and staff through images, video and messages.

Griffith University Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of the Gold Coast campus Professor Ned Pankhurst encouraged staff and students to contribute to #seemore.

“It will feature video, announcements, news and weather, slideshows and photos, animation and even social media posts using the hashtag #seemore,” he said.

“Students and staff can submit their own creations and content for the wall, as well as be involved in real-time social engagement and conversations happening on-screen, furthering our reputation as a world-class university.

“We foresee the G11 video wall becoming an important tool for the Griffith community to stay up-to-date with events, announcements and initiatives, as well as keeping abreast with what’s ‘trending’—not just within our university but breaking news and events in general.”

#seemore is located in the undercroft of the Gold Coast Learning Commons, adjacent to G11.