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Inside the Melbourne Optometry EyeCare Clinic

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The Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences operates the University of Melbourne EyeCare practice, which offers patient care primarily for University of Melbourne staff and students, but is also open to the general public and for specialist referral by other practitioners. The practice is located on Swanston Street, Carlton.


The clinic runs eight consulting rooms, including specialist Pediatric and Keratoconus rooms. The range of consulting room equipment regularly found in private optometric practices is augmented by cutting-edge equipment not normally available. Images, plots and other data from diagnostic equipment is stored digitally. Wireless networked touch-screen notebook computers in each consulting room equipped with Sunix Vision practice management software link to this repository enabling a totally digital practice record system.

The clinic offers the following specialist diagnostic equipment:
Optos optomapCirrus HD-OCTVisucam Pro NM Fundus CameraAtlas 9000…

Newcastle student’s drone delivery video makes a real splash

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University of Newcastle student Matt Evans thought it’d be a laugh to deliver a few coffees and donuts to surfers on Crescent Heads. He didn’t realise it would become a social media sensation.

When Matt uploaded a one-minute video of a drone delivery of two coffees, two donuts and a caramel tart to a bunch of surfers hanging outside the swell to his Facebook page, Matt was stunned to see how quickly the views rose.


A little over 48 hours after he posted it, the video had racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.
“It’s gone crazy,” Matt said. “Because I do wedding videos I was expecting it to get around 2,000 – 3,000 views. Within the first hour it picked up a lot quicker than others had and it just kept climbing.”

The third-year Bachelor of Communication student only bought his drone in March so it’s impressive that he’s not only using it to capture glorious footage but to deliver a caffeine hit to surfers who are more used to catching waves than donuts.

A day that Matt had…

Sydney Nursing School celebrates International Nurses Day 2016

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International Nurses Day is celebrated each May 12—the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

This year’s theme was “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience” and was celebrated by staff at the university’s Mallett Street campus with a pledge for nurses to continue to be an impetus for change.


As the number one nursing school in Australia (QS Rankings by Subject, 2016) Sydney Nursing School expects their nursing graduates to contribute to improving health systems throughout their career.

Sydney Nursing School is a major force in securing the future of nursing and healthcare in Australia.

“Staff and students [at Sydney Nursing School] collaboratively engage in quality education and research that has impact on international policy and practice and aims to improve the health of all people and their communities” said Sydney Nursing School Dean Donna Waters.

This year, Sydney Nursing School awarded 30 scholarships to students fr…

Your Journey Starts Now at Bond University

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At Bond University, you will have access to experiences that will change your life, have the ability to accelerate your degree and graduate sooner, and benefit from high-quality teaching and learning environments.

Bond University has a distinguished reputation as Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university, offering a personalised academic environment that enables graduates to exceed the outer limits of their potential.

By undertaking three semesters per year instead of the usual two (modelled on a North American / Canadian schedule), graduates accelerate their study and finish a six-semester bachelor degree in two years. Bond also offers professional master’s programs which combine five months of practical industry placement qualifying students to apply for the two-year Post Study Work Visa after graduation.

Combine this advantage with Bond’s commitment to opening doors to blue chip employers and it becomes clear that students graduate with a clear competitive a…

JCU research leader wins top science honour

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One of James Cook University’s top researchers has received Australia’s most prestigious science honour, the fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science.


The Academy announced the election of Distinguished Professor David Bellwood as Fellow for his sustained and significant contributions to Australian science.

Professor Bellwood is the fifth JCU professor to be elected to the Academy. He said it’s an honour to join the elite, 500-strong Fellowship.

“It’s a wonderful feeling. I’m delighted to be part of a fellowship that includes so many people that I admire and respect. It’s an absolute treat!”

Professor Bellwood is a leading expert on the evolution and ecology of reef fishes. The central theme of his research is to understand the functional role that fishes play on coral reefs, and how reefs have changed through evolutionary time.

David Bellwood said he has always been fascinated by marine life.

“Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems in the world. In Aust…

Why study pharmacy at the University of Newcastle?

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University of Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours
Location: Callaghan, Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements
Applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma in order to be eligible for entry to the University of Newcastle’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, English Advanced, Chemistry and Physics. Applicants who have not studied these courses should consider taking relevant bridging courses before the commencement of the university year.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. Applicants …

Damages and Human Rights: new book by Melbourne Law School associate professor

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A new book by Melbourne Law School Associate Professor Jason N E Varuhas aims to fundamentally reshape thinking on how courts ought to approach the award of damages for breaches of basic rights.

Damages and Human Rights (Hart Publishing) is a major work on awards of damages for violations of human rights that will be of compelling interest to practitioners, judges and academics alike.


Damages for breaches of bills of rights is emerging as a field of great practical significance, yet the rules and principles governing such awards and their theoretical foundations remain under-explored, while courts continue to struggle to articulate a coherent law of human rights damages. One of the key reasons the subject has proven a difficult one for courts is that it lies at the intersection of public law, private law, and international law, not being capable of neat compartmentalisation within any one field.

Professor David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cam…

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA combined degree

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James Cook University has an illustrious record in public health education and research. The Public Health and Tropical Medicine discipline at  JCU represents one of the largest graduate public health training programs in Australia, and was one of a select group of academic institutions funded by the Australian Government to assist in training public health professionals.

Within the business discipline, leading-edge postgraduate study areas reflect global industry needs. Strong links to industry  and government agencies enhance opportunities for students within the program. Students develop leadership skills in the  management of people, organisations and change.

The joint Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration degree enables health professionals to gain advanced management skills while undertaking further study in the area of their specialisation.

The program aims to develop the following knowledge and skills:
Understanding current major health and manag…

Sydney vet students on exchange in Indonesia

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For the second year running, the University of Gadjah Mada has collaborated with the University of Sydney to develop a successful exchange program between the veterinary faculties of the two universities.

This program saw four students (Charis Hii, Weiling Koh, Magalani Tan Liang and Anita Trinh) travel to Yogyakarta as part of the university’s Public Practice rotation for the final year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science.


The four weeks encompassed sub-rotations involving visits to smallholder farmer collectives, Prof Soeparwi Hospital (the university’s small animal hospital), Balai Besar Veteriner Wates (the Central Disease Investigation Centre of Yo gyakarta), and the wet markets. The Sydney veterinary students quickly realised from their farm visits that “common things do [indeed] occur commonly,” with herd health problems similar to those of Australia—such as mastitis and parasitism and common small animal clinical presentations such as the “blocked cat” or the “itc…

Melbourne DPT application deadline next week

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Don’t forget! If you’re interested in studying physiotherapy at Melbourne Physiotherapy School, the first-round application deadline is next Thursday, June 2.

Why is the Melbourne DPT 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 pres…

University of Newcastle PhD candidate wins emerging researcher award

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The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has presented its 2016 Emerging Researcher Award to Li Keng Chai, who is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle.

Ms Chai received the award for her research examining the differences between the dietary intakes of young children aged 2 – 3 years and the Australian nutrition recommendations, for that age group, of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE).


The award, for the best research article from a first time author in DAA’s journal Nutrition & Dietetics, was announced at the Association’s National Conference in Melbourne.

Ms Chai’s research found that no child achieved all targets set by the AGHE, with the majority of children consuming only half of recommended servings for breads/cereals and for vegetables.

She also found young children were taking in around 50 per cent more dairy servings and 30 per cent more fruit servings than the AGHE recommends.

Despite dietary …

Bond University honours its founding fathers with bronze sculptures

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Statues of Bond University’s two visionary founders—Mr Alan Bond and Mr Harunori Takahashi—were unveiled recently to recognise and celebrate their contribution to the establishment of the university, ahead of the institution’s 27th Anniversary later this month.


The life-size bronze sculptures were officially commemorated by the families of Mr Bond and Mr Takahashi, with Mr Bond’s children—John Bond, Craig Bond and Jody Fewster—travelling from Perth and Mr Takahashi’s children—Ichiro Takahashi and  Makiko Komai—and his widow, Aki Takahashi flying in from Tokyo for the event.

Bond University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said it was important and timely to recognise the contribution made by the two founders.

“We are here today to pay tribute to the founding fathers of Bond University for their shared vision and entrepreneurial ethos,” Professor Brailsford said.

“Without the commitment and support of both of these men to the establishment of this…

Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrates top achievers

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The Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrated the outstanding achievements of staff and students at its annual Awards Evening on May 12.

A full house of guests gathered in the Kwong Lee Dow Building to cheer on this year’s 81 award winners from a broad range of areas and disciplines across research, teaching and engagement.


In his opening address Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Graduate School, congratulated all of the winners on their superb efforts.

“This is an important annual event and I’m delighted to celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding students and staff,” he said.

“You have all worked incredibly hard and we are proud of you.

“For the fifth year in a row we have been ranked number one in Australia and in the top 10 globally. This places us among the world’s best and is a credit to our exceptional staff, students and graduates, many of whom are here tonight.”

Master of Teaching (Primary) Graduate Anthony Curnow wowed the audience taking home fo…

University of Sydney research trial of Situational Judgement Tests

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Research trial of Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)s The University of Sydney is conducting a research pilot study of Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)s as part of the application process for admission to the MD and DMD programs in 2017.

The purpose of the research is to investigate ways to provide candidates with a broader opportunity to demonstrate their capacity and suitability for the Doctor of Medicine and/or Doctor of Dental Medicine programs. The study is in the process of obtaining Sydney University Research Ethics Committee approval.

Situational Judgement Tests are used to assess how candidates approach situations encountered in different settings. While there is some variation in how they are delivered, candidates will be presented with a written description of an academic or clinical scenario and asked to determine how appropriate several response options are, from a multiple choice list. SJTs are designed to test a student’s potential across a number of compete…

Melbourne Dentistry ranked number one in Australia in QS rankings

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Dentistry at Melbourne has once again been ranked number one in Australia and 27th globally in the 2016 QS World University Rankings.

Released recently, the QS World University Rankings by Subject tracks the performance of more than 4200 universities across 42 subject areas.


Professor Mike Morgan, Head of Melbourne Dental School said it was an excellent result.

“We have an incredibly dedicated team at Melbourne, and these rankings are testament to their hard work and outstanding research and teaching capabilities.”

In recent years, Melbourne Dental School has attracted more research funding than any other dental school in Australia and in 2003-4 established a Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health Science and the Victorian Centre for Oral Health Science. The school is at the forefront of graduate dental education and has Australia’s largest postgraduate program, the Doctor of Dental Surgery. It also offers a variety of exciting and valuable continuing professional devel…

Studying physiotherapy at UQ

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The Physiotherapy School at the University of Queensland 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.


So what’s the inside scoop? Here are a few things that make UQ physiotherapy stand out from the crowd:
Within the first few weeks of commencing in the program, UQ physiotherapy students will start to practice soft tissue mobilisation on one another.Students will continue to practice on their colleagues throughout the program, as this allows them to hone their techniques before going out on placement.The Physiotherapy Standardised Patients Program is embedded into the program to assist students with the transition from classroom to clinic. This program won a UQ award for Programs that Enhance Learni…

Menzies scholarship propels UQ medicine alumnus to Harvard

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A prestigious scholarship is helping University of Queensland alumnus Dr Nick Gattas pursue dreams of designing a prototype hi-tech hospital that specialises in chronic illness.

Dr Gattas has been awarded the RG Menzies Scholarship to Harvard, and plans to focus on digital innovation during his Master of Business Administration study there.


“Ultimately I hope the combination of digital innovation skills and medical knowledge will allow me to improve the quality, access and cost of healthcare in Australia,” said Dr Gattas, who graduated from UQ in 2013 with a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (Honours).

“I hope to use the MBA to enter a leadership role where I can directly change the model of care for patients with chronic disease, with a greater focus on data-enabled prevention, telehealth, and innovative funding.

“One way to do this would be to develop the model of care for a single hospital and then expand it across Australia.”

While at Harvard, Dr Gattas will look …

Griffith MBA backs endangered orangutans through carbon offset

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Indonesian orangutans, whose future existence was endangered by forest fires in 2015, are among the beneficiaries of a Griffith MBA decision to offset the effect of its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Griffith MBA was the first Australian MBA program to offset its carbon footprint, and has now completed two comprehensive assessments of its emissions over a 12-month period.


The latest report, produced by energy and carbon management consultancy Pangolin Associates, shows a total of 366 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e) attributed to the operations of the MBA program for the 2013-14 year, a 67-tonne reduction on the previous assessment.

The 366 total has been offset through the purchase of certified carbon credits from two innovative, Asian-based projects, following consultation with Griffith MBA students and alumni.

Gansu Zhangye Heihe Longhui Small Scale Hydropower Project in regional China and the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve on Borneo Island are the beneficiari…

Master of Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne

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Linguistics at the University of Melbourne is ranked No. 1 in Australia and No. 13 in the world in the 2016 QS World Rankings by Subject.

The Master of Applied Linguistics offers theoretical and practical training to give you the competitive edge to build your graduate career in language teaching, language assessment, language program evaluation and beyond. It is designed to boost your professional knowledge and sharpen your vocational skills in a wide range of areas.

Students may focus on one of 5 specialisations:
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)Technology and language learningLanguage testingEnglish languageModern languages
New Stream: Modern Languages The Master of Applied Linguistics now has a Modern Languages stream. This includes a range of subjects that focus specifically on developing language skills and cultural competency in modern languages at the graduate level. Languages include French, German, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese…

Griffith aiming to personalise treatment for cancer patients

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An aim to ‘personalise’ treatment for cancer patients, enabling them to get the most effective drug the first time, is the aim of cutting-edge research at Griffith University and the Gold Coast University Hospital.


In collaboration with a multidisciplinary health team, researchers from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, are establishing a new Personalised Cancer Treatment Program.

With an initial focus on head and neck cancer patients—for whom initial treatment has failed—the work will entail taking a small part of the malignant tumour and putting it into a mouse model. There it will grow and be monitored with ultrasound and live imaging, before being treated with varying drug therapies, in order to determine which is the most effective one to treat a particular patient.

Good cells often killed

“The current problem is that we have very general treatments that are not specific to an individual’s type of cancer and these drugs are killing the good cells as well as…

UQ School of Pharmacy’s Therapeutic Targeting

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The UQ School of Pharmacy is the longest established pharmacy school in Queensland, and celebrated 50 years in 2010. In January 2010, the school relocated from its previous premises within the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, to a brand new, purpose-built facility, The Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE).


The $100-million precinct was completed in December 2009. The PACE concept was jointly developed by the university and the whole profession in 2000, and creates a leading facility for pharmaceutical research, education and commercialization. The project has the support of the Queensland State Government, which has donated land for the project on a site adjoining the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Research within the Therapeutic Targeting area at the UQ School of Pharmacy can be grouped under two main headings, Physicochemical and Biological Sciences.

Physicochemical Sciences
Research applies physico-chemical principles, experimental and analytical technique…

Monash University nursing and health sciences scholarships

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The Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has established an international reputation for leadership in teaching, research and delivery of clinical and public health services. The faculty is one of the largest in Australia, delivering a variety of postgraduate programs in areas such as medicine, biomedical science, nursing, psychology, medical imaging and radiation sciences, forensic medicine, epidemiology and preventative medicine and social work.


The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences offers a once-off $4000AUD scholarship for every international student enrolling in one of the following courses:
Master of Biomedical and Health ScienceBachelor of Nursing (Peninsula Campus only)Master of Public HealthMaster of Health Services ManagementMaster of Occupational and Environmental HealthMaster of Social Work (Qualifying)

The world found Nemo, but can we save him?

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We all know the heart-warming tale of Finding Nemo, but clownfish populations on coral reefs have been declining since the film’s release, due to the popularity of a ‘Nemo’ in household aquariums.

Researchers from the University of Queensland and Flinders University have teamed up in an effort to ensure Nemo can be found exactly where he should be—in his sea anemone home on coral reefs.


The Saving Nemo Conservation Fund aims to provide education, awareness and captive breeding programs to protect popular marine ornamental species that are often captured on reefs for sale in pet shops.

UQ School of Biological Sciences PhD candidate and Saving Nemo Queensland Project Coordinator Carmen da Silva said the marine fish aquarium trade was a major cause of coral reef fish decline.

“What most people don’t realise is that about 90 per cent of marine fish found in aquarium shops come from the wild,” she said.

“Reef fish populations are already struggling due to warmer sea temperature…

Griffith Law student wins Law Without Walls event

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Griffith Law student Courtney Rickersey was in the winning team at the Law Without Walls ConPosium held in Florida, US last month.


With fellow students Carolina van der Mensbrugghe from Fordham Law School, New York and Aina Cordero from the University of St Gallen, Switzwerland, Courtney presented a multimedia app called Vide that will enable defendants to prepare for their sentencing hearings by creating a video biography.

“It’s a multimedia advocacy tool that can be use by defendants in New York City,” Courtney said.

“We aim to revolutionise and redistribute the power in the courtroom so that we can create change to sentences.

“Vide is the Latin word for ‘see’ and we want the defendant to be seen. We want their perspective to be in focus.”

Vide is streamlined and simple, taking the defendant step by step through the process and instead of being a statistic the defendant is humanised. It’s advocacy through storytelling.

Law Without Walls is a global, transdisciplinary think-tan…

Melbourne chemical engineering students claim Pratt Prize victory

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A team of chemical engineering and biomolecular engineering students from the Melbourne School of Engineering has taken out the 2016 Pratt Prize for the best Chemical Engineering Design Project in Victoria.

The winning team, Lachlan Henderson, Huixuan Yu, Rob Murray, Chen-Yu Tsai, Yonathan Christianto and Suya He, developed a method to produce biodiesel from microalgae through a detailed facility design of unit operations.


The award is presented in honour of Professor Henry Reginald Clive Pratt and his contributions to chemical engineering, recognising a Victorian student team presenting the best chemical engineering design project.

The three Victorian universities that offer a degree in Chemical Engineering, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT contest the award each year.

Team member Chen-Yu Tsai said that the team worked hard to develop their project and undertake research within the time constraints.

“We are very glad that out hard work was recognized” Ch…

University of Melbourne appoints new Dean of Medicine

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Professor Shitij Kapur was recently named the next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health) at the University of Melbourne.

Currently Executive Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Assistant Principal (Academic Performance) at King’s College London, Professor Kapur will take up the role in October.

Acting Vice-Chancellor & Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil said the university was looking forward to welcoming Professor Kapur to Melbourne.


“During his nine years in London Professor Kapur has led the highly successful Institute of Psychiatry, overseen the expansion of the Institute to incorporate Neurosciences and coordinated the response to the Research Excellence Framework for health and medical sciences across King’s,” said Professor Sheil.

“Over this period he has overseen a major expansion in the education portfolio of the Institute, has been a champion for equality and di…