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Preparing for your University of Sydney interview

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From August 1 – 10, 2016 Sydney Dental School and Sydney Medical School applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews via Skype for admission into the DMD and MD programs for the 2017 intake.


To help you out, we have compiled some interview tips—from former OzTREKK students, and from our own experiences! As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students. Like a job interview, it is best to exhibit a professional, competent, and likable personality—like we needed to tell you that!

Get ready On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will likely last at least 45 minutes; however, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter. Internet and computer glitches often come at the most inopportune time!

You should use the most reliabl…

James Cook University: Born for the Tropics

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One of the world’s leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia’s James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rain forests of the wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. The university’s unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.



Born for the tropics
Ranked in the top 2 percent of the world’s tertiary institutions by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, James Cook University is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

Dedicated to research
The university conducts nationally significant and internationally recognised research in areas such as marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tourism, and tropical medicine an…

Nurse of the Year a UQ Nursing School alumnus

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Nurse of the Year recipient, health care ambassador, clinic owner and mother of four—University of Queensland School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work alumnus Sherene Devlin is wearing several prestigious hats as her career trajectory continues upwards.

“It is certainly exciting and I would like to thank many of the people I encountered at UQ for their guidance and encouragement,” Ms Devlin said.


“To be named the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) Nurse of the Year is something I am extremely grateful for.

“I love what I do and still feel as passionate about providing first-class health services to the public as when I first started out.

“The award was partly judged upon the ability to advocate for the wider nursing population and local communities, and this is an area where I wish to remain active.”

Ms Devlin completed her Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies at UQ and specialises in skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and vitilig…

Bond Law students retain world champion crown at international IP Moot

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Both OzTREKK and Bond Law School have great reason to be very proud!

Bond Law students Justina Sebastiampillai (also a former OzTREKK student!) and Jeremy Butcher have cemented Bond’s position as world champions of the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) Wanhuida Cup Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition with a victory at the 2016 event. This is the fifth time Bond has won the moot.

The BFSU Wanhuida Cup Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition, which is held annually in Beijing, is an English-language moot competition. The moot focuses on real-life intellectual property issues similar to some that have arisen in the Chinese business sector.


The competition is judged by high-profile judges and internationally renowned intellectual property lawyers and experts.

Bond defeated 15 teams to become the 2016 winners; 11 from leading Chinese universities, one from Taiwan and the others from the US and Australia. The legal problem that was the subject of this year’s m…

Clinical education in the Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

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The Sydney Master of Physiotherapy is a two-year, graduate-entry program, intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.


The clinical education/work integrated learning experiences are generally highly regarded by students within the program. Provision of appropriate placements for students within the Faculty of Health Sciences is a significant aspect and is coordinated by the Work Integrated Learning unit within the faculty. All placements are provided to students with the view to meet the program objectives, unit of study objectives, Australian professional accreditation requirements and (where appropriate) Australian professional registration requirements.

Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. These placements further the opportunities to develop an understanding of the practice of physiotherapy, and its place in the contemporary health syste…

Why study medicine at Monash?

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Did you know that Monash University Medical School is currently ranked 39th in the world for medicine according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject: Medicine, 2016?

It’s true. There are a lot of reasons why studying medicine or health sciences at Monash is a great choice!

Monash has announced that the combined Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine degree will replace the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) MBBS program as of 2017 entry. The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) is an internationally recognised, higher level qualification and has been accredited by the Australian Medical Association.

Monash will continue to offer the 5-year direct-entry medical program (from high school), as well as the 4-year graduate-entry program, with the same number of places available in both courses.



Program: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melb…

Bond University opens The Hub

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Bond University has officially opened the doors to The Hub—its new 24-7 dedicated coworking space for entrepreneurs and startups—on level 3 of the Bond Business School.

The Hub, which is centrally located at the heart of campus, is a funky, open-plan office kitted out with high-speed WiFi, a 79 inch ultra HD screen, comfy soft furnishings, soft warm lighting, and of course—as any good startup space has—the ubiquitous ping pong table.


Bond Architecture alumni, Rory Spence and Joel Hutchines of Studio Workshop Design Group, designed the stunning bespoke timber furniture for The Hub. The high benchtop tables are made of natural timber and can be morphed into more than 20 different configurations, ensuring maximum movability and flexibility of use.

The Director of the Bond Business Commercialisation Centre, Assistant Professor Baden U’Ren, said The Hub is the ideal meeting place, and learning space, to facilitate cross-faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration.

“The Hub will be Bo…

Melbourne DVM student wins Veterinary Cattle Medicine Award

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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate Dr Lucy Collins has been awarded the Don Kerr Veterinary Student Award at the Australian Veterinary Association.


Dr Collins was presented with the award at the 2016 Australian Veterinary Association Conference in Adelaide.

The award is conferred to a final-year veterinary student from one of the veterinary schools in Australia for academic achievement and outstanding commitment to cattle medicine.

Dr Collins studied agriculture at the University of Melbourne prior to starting her Melbourne DVM degree and she has worked on several beef and dairy operations in Victoria.

She currently works as an associate veterinarian at Kyabram Veterinary Clinic where she has gained a wealth of experience in cattle medicine and surgery cases.

The award commemorates the work of the late Don Kerr who passed away in November 1992 while serving as President of the Australian Veterinary Association. Don was an enthusiastic cattle practitioner and dedicated educa…

Barrier Reef rodent is first mammal declared extinct due to climate change

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University of Queensland and Queensland Government researchers have confirmed that the Bramble Cay melomys—the only mammal species endemic to the Great Barrier Reef—is the first mammal to go extinct due to human-induced climate change.

In a newly published report, the scientists conducted a comprehensive survey in 2014 but failed to find any trace of the rodent.


The rodent was known only to live on a small (4 ha) coral cay, just 340m long and 150m wide in the Torres Strait, between Queensland in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“Because a limited survey in March 2014 failed to detect the species, Bramble Cay was revisited from August to September 2014, with the explicit aims of establishing whether the Bramble Cay melomys still persisted on the island and to enact emergency measures to conserve any remaining individuals,” Dr Luke Leung of the UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences said.

“A thorough survey effort involving 900 small animal trap-nights, 60 camera trap-night…

Medical licensing webinar June 22

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Curious about your options when you return to Canada after completing a medical degree at an Australian Medical School? Then don’t miss the next Medical Licensing webinar Wednesday, June 22!

We will be hosting an online medical licensing webinar for anyone unable to attend the in-person seminars. Even if you participated in the in-person event, but feel you need some more information or a refresher, please feel free to register for the webinars. These webinars also provide a great opportunity for you to ask us as many any questions you may have!


Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing WebinarsWednesday, June 22, 2016Wednesday, July 20, 2016Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Whether you would like to come back to Canada or the U.S. to practice medicine or remain in Australia, those who attend our OzTREKK Medical Licensing seminars and webinars learn about the avenues to practice medicine.

As you may know, it can be difficult to gain straightforward information about your licensing options f…

Sydney Public health researchers awarded top grant

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Public health researchers at the University of Sydney tackled one of the biggest issues facing modern healthcare: turning healthy people into sick patients due to over-diagnosis and over-treatment made possible by new, highly sensitive screening and diagnostic tests.


A panel of seven experts explored the hotly debated topics at a public forum from on May 30 at the university.

“We will consider a radical idea that sometimes wiser healthcare means less healthcare. Or at least, less healthcare for people who don’t need it, so we can give more healthcare to people who need it,” said Professor Alexandra Barratt, from the Sydney School of Public Health.

The research team was recently awarded a $2.5-million National Health and Medical Research Council grant to establish a Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) to develop strategies to mitigate the over-diagnosis and over-treatment issues.

“Recently, we have witnessed an explosion of new diagnostic and screening technologies availabl…

Awards for top Melbourne dental students

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On May 11, the Melbourne Dental School held an award ceremony for Doctor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health students at the University of Melbourne.


Hosted by the Head of School Professor Mike Morgan, the event was attended by students and award recipients, their families, donors, partner organisations and school staff.

“We congratulate you on your important academic achievements and wish you continued success in the future,” Professor Morgan said.

He also thanked the generosity of donors who sponsored 33 student prizes, and for their investment in dentistry and oral health.

Dr John Rogers, a specialist in public health dentistry and Principal Oral health Advisor from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, gave the occasional address.

Several DDS students achieved outstanding results, winning multiple awards: David Zhang scored 4 prizes; Madeleine Duff, Daniel Beteramia and Sheryl Chew were awarded 3 prizes; and Julian He and Brett Borger won 2 priz…

What are credit transfers at the UQ School of Pharmacy?

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Okay, you’ve got a Bachelor of Science. Now what?

If you’re applying to the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of Queensland, a lot, actually!

The UQ School of Pharmacy does not expect students to repeat learning that has been successfully completed at a similar level and standard elsewhere, where that work is substantially the same in content and standard as that required for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

Study pharmacy at UQ This means that many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).  If credit is awarded for all courses below students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrolment and complete the program in three years instead of four!

Credit is most commonly awarded for the following UQ courses:

BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms
The course covers the fundamental concepts that allow complex organisms to…

Technical know-how a first for Melbourne Law School

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Melbourne Law School students are leading the way in providing innovative solutions to complex law issues through the use of new technologies. They have designed and built a range of legal help websites to provide the public with fast, accurate and cost-effective information about common legal problems including inaccurate credit reports, handling and managing fines, and assessing employment rights. The students compete for the right to have their ideas developed in the annual presentation called “The Bake-off.”


While the competition can be valuable in generating new ideas, the real learning comes from students better understanding the interface between law and technology. MLS is the only university offering practical work in technology and the law. The legal expertise websites are designed to replicate the thought processes and actions of a lawyer and provide tailored legal information to non-lawyers and the not-for-profit sector as part of the Melbourne Law School’s Ju…

Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery raises funds for sick children

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The Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery has again raised additional funds for the Fairy Garden project at Lampang Hospital in Thailand, a project they helped open in 2012.

The Fairy Garden is a haven for sick children and their families as they cope with the stress of illness. Initially installed at John Hunter Hospital in one of the hospital’s courtyards, it proved so popular that planning began for one in Thailand.

A group of Australian volunteers, including Associate Professor Pamela van der Riet, began planning in 2010 with the garden officially opening in April 2012. Delegations from UON have visited Lampang Hospital every year since, and are part of an increasingly international focus for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

With the latest group of 12 students departing in the second week of June for a two-week study tour, their visit coincides with fundraising efforts at Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie as part of recent International Nurses Day celebra…

University of Sydney Dental School application deadline

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Thinking of applying to dental school? Don’t forget that the Sydney Dental School application deadline is Tuesday, June 21, 2016.


Application deadline: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Deadline to submit all documents: Monday, June 27, 2016
Situational Judgement Test (research trial): from early- to mid-July 2016
Skype interviews: August 1 – 10, 2016
Offers made: from late August 2016 (and may continue to be made until January 2017)
NSW Ministry of Health compliance checks: TBA
Sydney Student online enrolment: TBA
Classes start: Monday, January 30, 2017

University of Sydney Dental School Sydney’s dental school is about comprehensive learning, and embracing all the aspects of becoming a successful dentist. Sub-units integrate academic disciplines such as endodontics and orthodontics with the requisite training needed to evolve dental health knowledge into the highly specialized skills of a dental health professional.

Students studying dentistry in the Doctor of Dental Medicine program can rest assu…

Prof Brandis appointed head of new Bond occupational therapy program

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Bond University has expanded its health and medicine faculty, with the launch of a Master of Occupational Therapy aimed at filling the shortage for one of Australia’s fastest-growing health professions.

The new occupational therapy program will be headed by highly experienced health administrator, practitioner and researcher, Professor Susan Brandis.


Bond University will accept its first intake of students in September 2016, with the master’s taking just two years full time to complete, through its unique accelerated three-semesters-a-year program.

The private Gold Coast university becomes just the second university in Queensland to offer occupational therapy as a postgraduate qualification, with the new program to focus on practical on-the-job skills, together with business acumen and research.

Prof Brandis joins Bond University after 15 years in senior management at Queensland Health, including as the inaugural Director of Research for Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Climate change likely to turn up heat on koalas

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A changing climate means that by 2070 koalas may no longer call large parts of inland Australia home, researchers have found.

Using a detailed ecological model, the University of Melbourne study shows hotter temperatures and altered rainfall patterns will make it much more difficult for koalas to get the water they need—making inland populations vulnerable to heat-stress.

The researchers mapped potential koala habitats in 2070 by using information about koala behaviour, physiology, body size, and fur to predict how much energy and water koalas need to survive under the climate at a particular location.

They found that the climatically suitable area dramatically reduced by 2070, particularly in Queensland. The koala’s range across Australia was limited by water requirements for keeping cool, with the timing of rainfall and heat waves being crucial in limiting the koala in the warmer parts of its range.

Lead author of the study Dr Natalie Briscoe from the Melbourne School of B…

Indigenous Sydney veterinary student helping animals in the outback

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“A connection with animals and land is deeply ingrained in my personality and who I am,” University of Sydney student Simone Armstrong explained. “As a child, we had a rottweiler. Animals were my family.”

Now in the second year of a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology /Doctor of Veterinary Medicine double degree, Armstrong’s passion is set to become her profession—although she’s in no hurry to leave the university, just yet.

The big discovery of veterinary science and Armstrong’s decision to make animals the focus of her career began in year 10.

“During subject selections I was flicking through a booklet and thinking what can I do,” she said.

It was her career adviser who urged her to pursue her animal aspirations.

“I still remember exactly where I was sitting when I was talking with my career adviser. He was amazing. He knew every single student by their first name. He was hugely influential. I’ll never forget him.”

Looking back, Armstrong says it was an impulsive but instinctive deci…

Upcoming Sydney Medical School application deadline

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Are you interested in studying at Sydney Medical School? Have you already applied to the Sydney MD, or are you thinking of applying? Please note the application deadline is Tuesday, June 21!

Last day to sit MCAT: Friday, May 20, 2016
Application deadline: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Situational Judgement Test (research trial): from early- to mid-July 2016
Skype interviews: August 1 – 10, 2016
Offers made: from late August 2016 (and may continue to be made until January 2017)
NSW Ministry of Health compliance checks: TBA
Sydney Student online enrolment: TBA
Classes start: Monday, January 30, 2017
Successful Sydney Medical School applicants will have approximately six weeks from the date of offer to accept and pay a deposit.

Sydney Medical School – Doctor of Medicine (MD) Undertaken once students have already completed an undergraduate degree, the Sydney MD is a world-class, graduate-entry degree in medicine.

Sydney Medical School aims to produce medical graduates who are committed to rational, c…

Why choose UQ audiology?

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Study audiology at the University of Queensland and you will learn from international leaders in the field with course content based on the latest research and developments in audiology.


Students gain practical experience experience in on-site clinics that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. UQ is the only Queensland university to offer a Master of Audiology Studies degree, and is one of only five in Australia.

The UQ Audiology program integrates the theoretical foundations of audiology with practical clinical skills in preparation for a career as a clinical audiologist. Students also gain the ability to contribute to the development of clinical audiology through research and scholarship.

UQ is known worldwide for the quality of its audiology graduates, commitment of teaching staff and strong research focus in this field. As a graduate of audiology, you will be in high demand with employers due to your in-depth knowledge and hands-on, practical ski…

Sydney leading legal expert named Harvard Chair in Australian Studies

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The University of Sydney and Harvard University have announced the appointment of Professor Ben Saul to the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies for the 2017–2018 academic year.

Professor Saul is a practising barrister and leading global legal expert in public international law, with a special focus on fields including terrorism, human rights, armed conflict, and the United Nations. Professor Saul was recently appointed Challis Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney, Australia’s – and one of the world’s – oldest professorships in international law.

“I am honoured that Harvard has invited me to spend a year researching and teaching on terrorism, human rights and international law. Harvard is the world’s preeminent university, with a rich tradition of legal scholarship addressing the common global challenges faced by Australia and the United States,” said Professor Saul.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for me to work alongside Har…

Melbourne MD application deadline in two weeks

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Have you finished your Melbourne Medical School application for the 2017 intake? This is just a reminder to all Melbourne MD candidates that the application deadline is June 23, 2016!

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 23, 2016

Entry requirements To apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have
successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis; andcompleted the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT). The selection of eligible international applicants is based on the following:
Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any dis…

Central bank symposium a first for Griffith Business School

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Griffith Business School is bringing together a group of senior South Pacific central bankers in an inaugural symposium that will explore the opportunities and challenges facing the region in the 21st Century.

The event, the first of its kind convened by an Australian tertiary institution, is being hosted in Brisbane by Griffith Business School and is a major step in enhancing the collaborative framework of engagement established by Griffith Asia Institute’s South Pacific Studies Group (SPSG) in 2012.

The symposium, to be held in Brisbane on June 10, will feature the Deputy Governors from the Reserve Bank of Fiji, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu and the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, and a senior representative from the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Symposium Convenor Dr Pamendra Sharma, who in his capacity as head of SPSG has worked with central banks in the Pacific over the past four years, said the symposium was a critical step in enhancing the resources available to centra…