Friday, January 29, 2016

University of Melbourne “Rapid Feedback” app for student learning

A new app created by learning specialists from the University of Melbourne will enable teachers to assess and provide helpful feedback in real time as students deliver oral presentations.

University of Melbourne Engineering and Information Technology
Assessing and providing helpful feedback in real time (Image credit: University of Melbourne)

The Rapid Feedback app was developed by Professor David Shallcross from the Engineering Learning Unit and Antoinette Mendoza from Computing and Information Systems, to provide students with individual and immediate feedback on their work.

The app was originally developed to assess oral presentations but there are plans to repurpose it to provide feedback on dental, physiotherapy, nursing and music examinations.

“It will be adapted for a range of practical subjects,” Professor Shallcross said.
“We are also planning to translate this into other languages starting with Mandarin.”

Assessors are able to grade student presentations across different criteria. They can then select as many or as few pre-written comments as they like from an in-built library that addresses more than 160 common issues.

The selected comments then appear in a PDF document that can be e-mailed to the student as soon as their presentation is completed. Assessors also have the option to personalise the feedback by adding an audio file of spoken comments.

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne

Engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne has ranked number 1 in Australia across four engineering and technology discipline areas according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015. For Computer Science and Information Systems, the University of Melbourne has been ranked 1st in Australia and 13th in the world.

For Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Melbourne is ranked number 1 in Australia and 33rd in the world.

At a faculty level, the QS Rankings placed Melbourne Engineering and Information Technology at number 1 in Australia and 18th in the world.

University of Sydney scholars named among world’s most influential scientific minds

Six University of Sydney scholars have been named among the world’s most influential scientific minds in a new analysis of thousands of academic papers by Thomson Reuters.

The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 report is based on the number of cited research papers an academic published from 2003 to 2013.

University of Sydney Medical School
Learn more about studying at the University of Sydney

It identifies the best and most influential scholars from among the world’s estimated nine million researchers who publish upwards of two million papers each year.

The report also includes a ranking of the “hottest researchers” whose recently published papers were cited at extraordinarily high levels over a short period of time.

Highly cited scholars were assigned to one of 21 main specialty areas, based on a majority of the specific journals in which they published their highly cited papers between 2003 and 2013. The large, populous and active life-sciences fields of Clinical Medicine, Biology and Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology and Genetics were prolific in producing highly cited researchers.

By contrast, smaller fields such as Computer Science, Mathematics and Economics and Business, with comparatively lower numbers of researchers and journals, produced proportionally fewer highly cited scholars.

The six University of Sydney scholars named among the world’s most influential scientific minds:

Emeritus Professor Bruce Armstrong – Sydney School of Public Health, Sax Institute, Sydney Medical School. Citation field: social sciences.

Professor Adrian Bauman – Sydney School of Public Health, Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney Medical School. Citation field: social sciences.

Professor Manfred Lenzen – School of Physics, Faculty of Science. Citation field: economics and business.

Professor Stephen MacMahon – The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School. Citation field: clinical medicine.

Professor Bruce Neal – The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School. Citation field: clinical medicine.

Professor Mark Woodward – The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School. Citation field: clinical medicine.

Australia had 103 highly cited scholars, ranking fifth behind the US, UK, Germany and China. The USA’s University of California System was the leading university represented with 160 highly cited researchers, followed by Harvard University.

Bond International Student Scholarship

The Bond University International Student Scholarship applications for students wishing to commence September 2016 are currently open!

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

Bond Law School
Study law at Bond University on the Gold Coast

These scholarships will award up to 50% tuition remission. Please note that the deferral of a scholarship will only be granted in extenuating circumstances, such as illness, family bereavement or essential overseas travel. Scholarships will be awarded at the university’s discretion.

  • Available to all international students applying for a single or combined bachelor or master’s degree program (excluding Bond University’s Medical Program, Master of Psychology, and Doctor of Physiotherapy).
  • Scholarships are open to international students who are not Australian citizens or holders of permanent residency visas.
  • Applicants must have outstanding academic ability, demonstrated strong leadership skills and extensive involvement in extracurricular activities.
  • Students whose first language is not English must refer to and meet Bond University’s standard English entry requirements for undergraduate applicants and English entry requirements for postgraduate applicants.
  • Applicants will be asked to submit academic statements, a summary of achievements, and letters of reference from relevant individuals who can support their application. They will also be asked to submit a 500-word personal statement outlining key achievements  and attributes.

For September 2016 semester entry, applications will close on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Bond University Juris Doctor

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

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

Study applied linguistics at the University of Queensland

Linguistics—the scientific study of language—explores how humans communicate by examining the relationships between structure, meaning and context. By studying linguistics at the University of Queensland, you’ll discover how we learn language and use it, change it, share it. You’ll also analyse the social and historical contexts in which various languages are or have been spoken, to understand what distinguishes each language from another. These courses encourage you to develop a deeper understanding of how sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), signs (semiotics) and meaning (semantics) can create or confound communication success.

Study applied linguistics at UQ
Study applied linguistics at the University of Queensland

Why study Applied Linguistics?

Applied linguistics provides a strong understanding of concepts, current issues and research methods in the core areas of applied linguistics. Students will acquire specialised knowledge of theory and practice in targeted areas of language teaching, technology, and sociolinguistics/ intercultural issues. While studying applied linguistics, students will develop an ability to apply their knowledge to professional and practical tasks in teaching and other areas and an understanding of principal directions in current thinking and applications of the field.

What can you do with a degree in linguistics?

  • Writer
  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Lexicographer
  • Consultant
  • Copy writer
Program: Master of Applied Linguistics
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intakes: February and July
Application deadline: May 31 and November 30 each year

Entry requirements
  • Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 4.5; or
  • GCAppLing or GDipAppLing with a GPA of 4.5; or
  • Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 4.5 and a minimum of two years language teaching experience.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Water key to cooling Australian cities

A group that comprises Australia’s top water experts has welcomed a federal government plan to make cities greener and cooler.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), which includes researchers from universities across Australia and experts from local and state governments, and water utilities and private industry, welcomed the plan announced in Sydney by acting Cities Minister Mr Greg Hunt.

Australian Environmental Sciences
Water plays a key role in making cities and towns more livable

The Centre’s acting chief executive officer, Professor Jurg Keller from the University of Queensland, said water played a key role in making cities and towns more livable.

“Heat waves are an emerging urban health crisis, and greening our cities helps reduce the problem,” he said. “Trees and green parks need water. They save energy, improve our comfort and foster a social and active lifestyle, so greening our cities is critically important for our well-being.”

Professor Keller said the CRCWSC was a well-connected, national research centre, and was keen to work with the federal government on efforts to create to greener, healthier cities.

“Delivering green cities requires integrated and coordinated action by councils, urban water authorities, state governments and private industry, so it’s encouraging to hear that the federal government will develop a vision for greener Australian cities and work with the states to implement this vision.”

CRCWSC urban climate researcher Professor Nigel Tapper, from Monash University, said there was strong evidence that a green, leafy park, tree-lined street or urban waterway could drop the local temperatures by several degrees.

“This cooling is extremely important for reducing heat-related deaths, particularly during the very hot days of the year, which we’re seeing more often and for longer periods nowadays,” he said.

“Just as households and industries, the vegetation in our cities depends on water. We need to make the most of what is a limited resource, and the Centre is identifying novel solutions to keep our cities green using new water sources and efficient water usage.”

CRCWSC urban planning expert Professor Darryl Low Choy, from Griffith University, said it was important to incorporate water into all facets of planning from strategic regional and metropolitan scale plans, through to district and suburban plans, right down to subdivisional and site scale plans.
“This enables cities to maximise the benefits of all sources of water, including stormwater, groundwater and new water supplies such as desalination and water recycling,” he said.

“If water is added as an afterthought in the planning process, we miss major opportunities of the integrated approach.”

Jaime’s adventures in Oz: Sydney!

So, what’s new?

Sydney Dental School
Enjoying the OzTREKK Welcome Breakfast

I can’t remember exactly where I left off but Sydney has been great! The students are amazing. Everyone is very friendly and really keen. The breakfast was quite busy and everyone seemed really happy to be there.

My favourite part of the OzTREKK Orientation was as the University of Sydney's Chris Lawrance and I were greeting people in the Sancta Sophia lobby, a girl walked in with her parents. I told them to go ahead and they could grab some food. They didn’t want to bother her and I told her that some other parents were sitting at a “parents” table. She turns back to them and holds up her hands and says, “Dad, I think I need to do this alone.” It was so adorable!

Sydney Medical School
OzTREKK’s tour of the University of Sydney hosted by Sydney’s Chris Lawrance

I then walked out with two parents back to the street and they were both raving about Adam and Sarah (one dentistry and one medicine student) and all the support that OzTREKK provides to parents and families. So, thank you, both (and Nic, who works behind the scenes)!

A funny thing: Chris asked we start the tour early because he was driving to Adelaide afterwards and we talked about leaving at 10:30. When I introduced Chris at the breakfast, he clarified that everyone was to meet at the front door at precisely 9:50.

I chuckled.

Anyway, another student comes in about 9:45 and I said to him that he’s got a couple minutes to grab some food and then we’ll go out. It was funny because I assumed that 9:50 meant that we’d leave about 10  and Chris was giving time to coordinate 50+ people and fill up water bottles, etc. That was entirely incorrect and the tour started exactly at 9:50. I had to text to find out where they were (I was with the late-comer). I shouldn’t have been surprised!

Sydney Dental School
What a great pic of our OzTREKKers!

Anyway, Chris was really great and  encouraged students to join clubs, get out and meet other students, etc. The University of Sydney campus is giant (I forgot how big, actually, as it eclipses Melbourne) and so we didn’t go everywhere but it was OK. Chris had taken great lengths to get into MacLaurin Hall and the Great Hall on a Saturday, which was great. Suzanne (Semester in Australia) said those buildings are never open. I was actually getting a little bored waiting for the guy to unlock the room (we probably had to wait for 10 minutes, which Chris filled with history). I assumed the other students were, too. But every time I looked, they were totally engrossed in Chris’ story. Not to mention as soon as the rooms got opened, all cameras went up. It was a pano party!

We had a few students from last year and I noticed they came on the tour. I asked why they came and Mike says, “Are you kidding me? I’ve been here a year and I’ve never been able to get into this place. It’s kind of cool to see where we will graduate.” That was great. Oh and Chris was, obviously, the best tour guide of explaining interesting things about the room and the shields and the wood and the you-name-it.

Sydney Dental School
Time for the OzTREKK Shuttle!

After that it was OzTREKK Shuttle time. The shuttle in Sydney was very busy and there was lots of interest. I nearly lost my marbles after driving an hour to get to Costco (which is, like, 5 km away, but traffic was horrendous). I got over it, though. The 12-pack of croissants, chocolate protein powder and the roasted chickens seemed to be real hits at Costco. Anyway, I ran three full days of shuttle (starting around 8 on a couple of mornings and ending as late as 10 one night). I really liked that because I felt that this group made use of the shuttle the most! They were really great for me to get my feet wet, though. I now dream of the pathway between Abercrombie (a street where we’ve probably got 10+ students living) and IKEA or Costco. Oh yeah—IKEA was a very popular destination as well.

Sydney Dental School
The best chips in the world

Overall it’s going really well! All the students were really thankful for the help (without the van in Sydney, it virtually eliminates a Costco or IKEA visit) and, again, a lot of them made use of it, which was great!

Oh and I found the most delicious chips I’ve ever eaten in my life. They are “Red Rock Sweet Potato Crisps Green Chilli & Coriander.” That discovery made me quite happy and may impact my desire to be healthy on this trip. If I can manage to figure out a way, I’ll bring you guys some.

Seriously. Life changing.


Stay tuned for Jaime’s next blog: Brisbane!

UQ veterinary school looks after baby koala recovering from eagle attack

Baby koala “Bob” was only 8 months old when he was scooped up in the talons of a hungry wedge-tailed eagle and taken for a flight.

But the furry 500-gram fellow struggled and fell to the ground, where he was lucky to be spotted by two early-morning walkers who sought help at the University of Queensland Small Animal Hospital, at the UQ School of Veterinary Science.

UQ Veterinary School
Paris Tootell, one of the night staff in the intensive care unit, with Bob the baby koala (Photo: University of Queensland)
Associate Professor Dr Bob Doneley from the centre’s avian and exotics team said the koala was now recovering well in the hands of an experienced carer, who had named him “Bob.”

“The koala came to us very depressed and lethargic. He wasn’t eating and had several bleeding puncture wounds in his armpit, with a lot of bruising and swelling around them,” Dr Doneley said.

“X-rays of his chest showed that, while there was some swelling in there, his lungs were intact.

“We treated him with intravenous fluid, antibiotics and painkillers.”

After a long sleep, Bob woke more responsive and started to eat special critical care formula, and was discharged from hospital to live at the home of the carer.

“We’re told he’s doing very well now and eating by himself,” Mr Doneley said.

“He was very lucky he didn’t become the eagle’s breakfast.”

When the time is right, the volunteer will work with Australia Zoo to find a suitable release spot for little “Bob.”

Dr Doneley has been a practicing vet for 34 years and says this case was the first he’d seen like it.

“I’ve seen a lorikeet that has been rescued from a carpet snake, animals that have been attacked by predators and survived, but I’ve certainly not seen an animal that has been dropped from mid-air.”

The clinic sees about 1000 wildlife cases a year, offering a variety of cases for UQ veterinary students to learn about treating and caring for wildlife.

“I always get a buzz when someone tells me they have released something back into its habitat,” Dr Doneley said.

“This job is rewarding on so many levels. Teaching university students to look after these animals is the best part of this job.

“What they learn here, they won’t learn in a private practice where the focus is more on domestic animals.  This is a huge opportunity to learn about disease, medicine, surgery and general care of birds, reptiles, small animals and wildlife cases.

“The skills students learn now will help them to help these and similar species in future, which is particularly important if they become endangered.”

UQ Veterinary School doesn’t receive any no government funding for wildlife care so it relies on community support through the Wildlife Emergency Care Fund.

“We are always grateful for donations to care for our native animals,” Dr Doneley said.

Studying veterinary science at the University of Queensland

Are you interested in veterinary science? UQ’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally.

The UQ Veterinary School has full accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and with both the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, enabling UQ graduates to also practice in North America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and most of Asia. Graduates of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science program may sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination in order to be qualified to practice veterinary science in North America.

University of Melbourne academics receive Australia Day 2016 honours

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis has paid tribute to members of the University community named in this year’s Australia Day honours.

University of Melbourne Medical School
Study at the University of Melbourne

Nine academics have been recognised for their contributions to academia and the community across a broad range of fields, including molecular biology, psychiatry, osteoporosis research, genomics, pain management, history and social science.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis congratulated those who received Australia Day honours.

“The university community is always very proud of the achievements of our staff, students and alumni,” Prof Davis said.

“On behalf of the University of Melbourne, I congratulate all who received recognition in today’s awards. Such honours celebrate hard work and national contribution. This is a day to accept the accolades of a grateful community.”

Officer (AO) in the General Division
  • Professor Marilyn Anne Anderson, Honorary – BioSciences – Principle Fellow, School of Botany, since 1995. For distinguished service to science, and to higher education, particularly to biochemistry and molecular biology, as an academic and researcher, and to professional associations.
  • Professor David Copolov OAM, Honorary – Department of Psychiatry – Professorial Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, since 1992. For distinguished service to tertiary education administration, to medicine in the field of psychiatry, to mental health research, and to the community.
  • Professor Kate Leslie, Honorary – Melbourne Medical School – Professorial Fellow, Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain, Medicine Unit and Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, since 2013. For distinguished service to medicine in the field of anaesthesia and pain management as a clinician and researcher, to higher education, and to professional medical groups.
  • Professor Finlay Macrae, Principal Fellow – Faculty of Medicine, Health and Dentistry Sciences – and Deputy Director of the Genomic Disorders Research Centre. For distinguished service to medicine in the field of gastroenterology and genomic disorders as a clinician and academic, and to human health through the Human Variome Project.
  • Professor Leon Mann, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences – Professorial Fellow, School of Psychological Sciences, since 2003. For distinguished service to the humanities and social sciences, to tertiary education and professional organisations, and to Jewish history and culture.
Member (AM) in the General Division
  • Professor Ego Seeman, Department of Endocrinology, Austin Health – Professor of Medicine for more than 30 years. For significant service to medicine, as a researcher in the fields of osteoporosis and endocrinology, and as a clinician and academic.
  • Associate Professor Michael Woodward, Honorary – Austin Health – Principal investigator in excess of 90 research projects and trials. For significant service to medicine, particularly aged care, geriatric medical research, and Alzheimer’s disease, as an author, and to professional groups.
Medal (OAM) in the General Division
  • Associate Professor Don Garden, Honorary – Historical and Philosophical Sciences/Geography and Resource Management. Author of Droughts, floods and cyclones: El Ninos that shaped our colonial past. For service to community history and heritage preservation organisations.
  • Associate Professor Peter Greenberg, Honorary – School of Medicine – Principal Fellow, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Royal Melbourne Hospital. For service to medicine, and to population health.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

OzTREKK student featured in JCU Medical School video

One aspect of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program JCU Medical School is proud of is the large amount and quality of clinical experience students get both in classes and while working in health-care settings.

JCU Medical School
JCU MBBS student Reuben George
Former OzTREKK student and now current JCU MBBS student Reuben George is featured in a recent JCU video, and he agrees that the early clinical exposure is one of his favourite things about the program.

This begins with the Clinical Skills program from Year 1 when students start to learn the skills required by medical practitioners including medical history taking and physical examination, practical skills such as vital signs, injections and suturing and communication skills. Clinical Skills are taught in small-group sessions.

JCU Medical School is blessed with a wonderful and large group of highly trained volunteers who act as simulated patients and who are part of the fabric of the medical program. Students will learn both through examining each other, and the volunteers. They are also given the privilege of learning through the care of patients in hospital and health service settings.

JCU Medical School Medical Program

The 6-year, full-time Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Students attend the Townsville campus for the first half of the course with clinical experience from year one.

The James Cook University medical precinct is opposite the Townsville Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in regional or tropical Australia. In later years, students have a base at one of the James Cook University clinical schools that include Townsville, Cairns, Mackay or Darwin. MBBS graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was August 28, 2015.

Entry Requirements for the JCU Medical Program

  • Entry is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

UQ engineering student named Young Australian of the Year

Selfless work creating change for homeless people has propelled a University of Queensland student to be named Young Australian of the Year

Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce student Lucas Patchett and business partner Nic Marchesi established Orange Sky Laundry, a free mobile clothes-washing service for the homeless.
The pair jointly won the prestigious national award at the Australian of the Year Awards in Canberra on Jan. 25, where winners were announced in four categories.

UQ Engineering School
Lucas Patchett (left) and Nic Marchesi converted an old van into a mobile laundromat and now washing 200 loads a week (Photo: University of Queensland)

Mr Patchett and Mr Marchesi were announced as the Queensland Young Australians of the Year in November. At that time, Mr Patchett said he was shocked to receive the state awards.

“I’ve been blown away by the support we’ve been getting and seeing how generous people are,” Mr Patchett said.

Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 when the two best mates converted an old van into a mobile laundromat which they drove around Brisbane.

Last year they took their mobile laundry to North Queensland to wash clothes in cyclone-ravaged communities.

“We’re now washing more than 200 loads each week,” Mr Patchett said. “We also have to say thank you to our 250-plus volunteers, who are fantastic.”

The UQ engineering student said his work with Mr Marchesi was about more than just washing clothes.

“One of the first guys we helped actually studied engineering like me,” Mr Patchett said. “But after some bad luck in life he ended up on the street, and that really opened our eyes to the massive issue of how easily homelessness can happen.

“We really want to start a national conversation.”

In just over a year, services have expanded rapidly, with four vans now running in Brisbane as well as the Gold Coast and in Victoria.

The pair plans to expand across Australia and to introduce a training and employment model.

Another UQ student, Tasman Bain, was a finalist in the Queensland Young Australian of the Year awards.

Mr Bain has founded a youth-led women’s rights initiative in Papua New Guinea, served as a UNICEF youth ambassador and volunteered for many charitable organisations.

Macquarie Graduate School of Management ranked number one in Australia

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) has once again been ranked Australia’s top business school according to the Financial Times (FT). The School has also improved its global ranking, moving up 12 places to #56 worldwide.

MGSM is one of only three Australian business schools to make the prestigious top 100 along with the UNSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and Melbourne Business School (MBS). All three schools improved their positions in the rankings this year with AGSM moving up 9 places to #66 and MBS moving up 3 places to #87.

Professor Alex Frino, Dean MGSM, said, “Australian schools should be proud of their performance as a whole. Education continues to be an important export for Australia and results like this improve the country’s reputation overall.

Macquarie MBA
MGSM Dean Alex Frino (Photo: Macquarie University)

“Over the past year, MGSM has experienced the effects of this boost firsthand. Since entering the rankings, we’ve had 50% plus growth in international enrolments. Perhaps more importantly, is the quality of international students that have flooded MGSM with applications.”

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management also climbed the rankings for research performance and the international mobility of its graduates.

“In these areas we have made significant effort by increasing our number of global partnerships with leading institutions and hiring the best financial, business, management and leadership minds to produce world-first research,” said Professor Frino.

“These improvements have paid off. This year, MGSM improved 10 places in research performance, and we were the only school to improve our international mobility ranking—we are now ranked 40th globally, up 14 places,” he said.

In 2015, Professor Frino introduced a Macquarie Graduate School of Management Board of Advice consisting of Chitra Ramkrishna, CEO of the National Stock Exchange Group India; Maureen Jensen, Chief Administrative Officer of the Ontario Securities Commission; Kim McKay, AO, CEO of the Australian Museum; Sir James Mirrlees, Nobel Laureate and Professor at the Chinese University Hong Kong; Professor Yu Yongda of Tsinghua University; and the Hon Andrew Rogers QC, Former Supreme Court Judge.

“I have assembled this group of highly experienced and respected professionals to discuss big picture issues, including the school’s vision and goals, the opportunities I am considering, our plans to get there and any obstacles we may face. They will be playing a key role in mentoring the school’s future progress,” said Professor Frino.

“With such talented professionals at the helm and a truly great ranking, I think I have every reason to be proud of our School and look forward to the year ahead.”

Macquarie MBA

The Macquarie MBA program is designed to extend the knowledge, skills and experience of its students through the analysis of problems and challenges facing industries and organisations. Covering all key aspects of business management, the MGSM MBA curriculum is grounded in industry reality which, combined with a highly practical approach, bridges the gap between theory and ‘real world’ application. management subject areas available, students can tailor their program to focus on a particular management field of interest.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: January, March, June, September
Application deadline: While there is no official application deadline, it is recommended that you submit your complete application at least three months in advance of the program’s start date.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jaime’s adventures in Oz: Melbourne

Hi, everyone!

I have heard it’s crazy busy in the office but that you’re all staying afloat! I hope you’re doing well, though, and are able to share a little in the excitement of the 2016’ers!

Anyway, I wanted to provide a little update on the last few days for you. I kind of imagined that I was going to be able to write detailed emails about each day but a few days I’ve been absolutely pooped and just basically do emails and give up. In exciting news, though, I am sleeping like an absolute champion. I think I am probably awake for 90 seconds before I’m out. Then I wake up around 5:30 (which is pretty usual for me) feeling just grand. And, Julie knows very well that does not happen back at home. I’ve become a terrible sleeper. In any case….

So, where did I leave off?

Well, late Monday I arrived in Melbourne and basically went to bed (I think I got in around 11 p.m.). I woke up and wanted to drive around to make myself more comfy with the whole signal thing before I have a group of students staring at me. The first place I drove was to the Apple Store where the “Geniuses” happily swapped my iPhone with apologies and away I went. By “away I went” I really mean “I put my name in a queue and then waiting for TWO AND A HALF HOURS to get the text to return to the store. I did also get a bank account, too, which was quite painless. I pick up my card when I’m back in Melbourne in a couple of weeks. Then I drove around the CBD, kind of orienting myself. I think it’s because I love Melbourne so much that I find it pretty easy (also the fact that the town is a giant grid) and it didn’t take too long to become pretty comfortable with the suburbs and where I was.

University of Melbourne Dental School
OzTREKKers enjoying the classic OzTREKK Welcome meal!

Wednesday was the first “big” group. Nearly all of our Melbourne Dental School students seemed to be there (I didn’t get to do the sign-in sheet because staff thought they were garbage and pitched them while I wasn’t looking!). We also had four med students from last year; they were great! Even though the programs were not the same, the conversation flowed as people grilled them about Melbourne tips and tricks. It was great to see the Melbourne DPT students (there were about six there, I think), too. After breakfast we got a campus tour from two absolutely adorable Aussie students. The funniest part was when one of them was explaining what’s in the student centre. He mentions that you can get your hair cut for cheap in there. The irony is, I swear, that his haircut was nearly identical to this: I loved it!

I spoke with a few students who were glad to be able to get a card of an actual person (Aileen) and to speak with previous students so that was good. If schedules align next year, I’d love some DDS students. Because their program starts in a few weeks, the students I checked with weren’t in country yet. Aileen was really happy to see students that she had spoken with earlier. She invited them to come by her office for tea any time they wanted.

Oh, I also had Suzanne from Semester in Australia with me at this stop to help me navigate and offer assistance on housing. Most students had housing by this point but she was a great tour guide, giving everyone really great tips about things like a great library that’s nearly always free and has a great coffee shop at the top of a building with some the best views in Melbourne (which I noted!). Plus, it probably saved me from getting a ticket for phoning and driving. :-) She was also really great for those students who didn’t have places and were asking about certain buildings.

We shuttled people back and forth to IKEA and Kmart for the rest of the day, and did a few other stops to pick up other random items and that was about it. Pretty simple! Everyone was really great and everyone seemed in good spirits. It didn’t seem (to me at least) that anyone was concerned with anything. So, hats off to Sarah and Adam for that! We probably wrapped up around 7 p.m., give or take. All the dentistry students were going to Lygon Street for dinner together so they were excited and really buzzing. Oh, and one of the trips to IKEA I had a pretty full group in the car and I turned on the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal and they died. It started as a little rumbling and ended in full-on hysterics. It was so funny! It’s been a long time since I’ve been at the root of such mockery and it was quite amusing. I’m sure my face was red as I surely tried to play it cool.

Wednesday: no one needed the van so I took it back around noon. I emailed the Melbourne MD students and waited to hear if anyone needed it; everyone seemed to have their stuff, which was good (and DDS started that day). After taking back the van, I wandered over to the Australian Open (by wandered I mean that I looked at my watch and thought “I’m not in a rush; I’ll walk.” After an hour, I had visions of Adam’s walk home from Tullamarine and decided to hop on a tram). I just got a grounds ticket, which gets me access to all matches except for the ones in the big arenas. I don’t know anything about tennis so I just went over to a big venue that didn’t have a line. I watched some girls (a girl in pink and a girl in yellow) play tennis. I didn’t think they were that good. Their serves didn’t look strong (they were around 150 kph) and I kind of thought I could do that. So I left. Plus my flip flops were sticking to the floor and I was really concerned that they were going to break and that I’d have to walk around without shoes.

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OzTREKK students getting a tour from a current Melbourne student during orientation

So… then I wandered over to the Raonic match and literally happened to walk into an entry without a line. It was actually weird. I asked the lady “Like, can I go?” because all other gates had huge lines. It’s a one-in-one-out kind of deal. So I walk in and I see some seats. In the front row. Beside the Canadians with a flag draped over the railing. For reals. So I sat down with two guys from Vancouver and another guy with a Canadian tie but who spoke with a pretty good Aussie accent. I assumed he skied in Whistler. My new neighbour warned me, “We’re on TV back home so don’t pick your nose.” He kept getting calls and texts from friends in Vancouver saying that they saw him on TV. It was amazing! First of all, Milos’ serves were regularly over 220 kph. You could feel them, you know? It was pretty impressive. The game was quite long and I felt like they really earned every point. Milos won and was a fan favourite as he threw out all his gear into the audience—like sweat bands and arm covers. After four hours in the sweltering sun, you could not pay me to take them. The crowd loved it, though. I also found it comical that he teased the audience with each of his rackets (like he was going to toss them). They also loved it. I was on to his little tricks by racket #2. I think he used about four or five rackets through the game.

Now. The sun. So it’s pretty intense. When I started my walk from Thrifty it was cold and I was questioning my clothing attire (shorts and tee). By midway through the Raonic game, I was furiously applying and re-applying sunscreen. I felt that my skin was going to bake right off. I kept having to remind myself that the sunscreen will protect me (rather, hope that it would protect me). I was really questioning buying Life brand. At that moment, I wanted the expensive brand-name stuff. Immediately after the game, I found some shade and just sat. And re-applied (again). Classic Melbourne weather: four seasons in one day! I woke up today and was pleasantly surprised to see no burns. I was really terrified that I’d show up in Sydney like, well, a Canadian who just arrived in Australia.

Thankfully, I’m still as pasty-white as I was, but a week ago.

Phew. I write a lot.


Stay tuned for Jaime’s next blog: Sydney!

Bond Physiotherapy researchers seek heel pain sufferers for plantar fasciitis trial

A Bond Physiotherapy School research team is looking for Gold Coast locals suffering from heel pain to take part in an upcoming study into the effectiveness of strength training in treating plantar fasciitis.

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Bond Physiotherapy researchers seek heel pain sufferers for plantar fasciitis trial (Photo via Bond University)

Plantar fasciitis is characterised by sharp heel pain that most intense first thing in the morning.
This study, led by Bond University’s Head of Physiotherapy, Dr Wayne Hing, and prominent Gold Coast sports physiotherapist Richard Newton, was prompted after a recent review (Latey et al, 2014*) indicated a significant association between foot muscle weakness and painful foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

The team is looking to recruit participants who are suffering from heel pain to examine their intrinsic foot muscle (toe flexor) strength, pre- and post-six-week toe walking / toe running program.

As part of the study, research participants will receive a 15-minute initial assessment including intrinsic foot muscle strength measures and a detailed toe walking / toe running demonstration before commencing the intervention.

They will then complete a six-week program beginning with one minute per day for week one, two minutes per day in week two, up to six minutes per day in week six.

At the completion of the program, the participants’ intrinsic foot muscle strength will be re-measured by the same method as the initial assessment.

According to Dr Hing, severe plantar fasciitis can be quiet debilitating.

“Plantar fasciitis is a musculoskeletal disorder that physiotherapists and doctors often see affecting athletes and the elderly,” he said.

“It is also relatively common in a broad cross-section of the community and can be painful enough to restrict sufferers’ activity, mobility and general well-being.

“Traditionally, treatment of this condition has focused on stretching, rather than strength training.

“It is hoped the results of these studies will inform the future treatment of this condition by health professionals and help alleviate the pain and improve the quality of life for sufferers.”

Eligibility criteria for the study:
  • Men and women aged between 18 and 60 years of age, suffering from heel pain which
    • radiates from the heel into the arch of foot;
    • is most intense with the first steps of the day or after rest or warming up with activity;
    • reduces the person’s ability to weight bear on the foot.
  • Not currently receiving treatment for a lower limb condition
  • Without a neurological condition that may affect lower limb muscle strength (e.g., stroke, motor vehicle accident or polio)
  • Not diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (e.g.,) multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Able to walk 10 metres without an assistive device
*Reference: Latey, P. J., Burns, J., Hiller, C., & Nightingale, E. J. (2014). Relationship between intrinsic foot muscle weakness and pain: A systematic review. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 7(1), A51.

Wondering about Bond Physiotherapy School?

The Bond Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2016 intake, the application deadline was August 14, 2015.

Natural born killers: is warfare in our bones?

Skeletal remains of a group of hunter-gatherers massacred around 10,000 years ago are raising questions about humankind’s propensity for warfare.

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Skeleton of a man found lying prone in lagoon sediments. The skull has multiple lesions on the front and on the left side, consistent with wounds from a blunt implement. (Image: Dr Marta Mirazon Lahr)

The fossilised bones of the Stone Age victims were unearthed at Nataruk — 30km west of Kenya’s fossil-rich Lake Turkana – and are believed to be the earliest scientifically dated historical evidence of human conflict.

The new Director of Griffith University’s Research Centre of Human Evolution, Professor Rainer Grün, was part of the Nataruk research team led by the University of Cambridge’s Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies (LCHES).

The site was discovered on the western side of Lake Turkana in 2012 when researchers found the partial remains of 27 individuals, including at least eight women and six children.

Of these, 12 skeletons were relatively complete and 10 revealed clear signs of violent death, including extreme blunt-force trauma to crania and cheekbones; broken hands, knees and ribs; arrow lesions to the neck; and stone projectile tips lodged in the skull and thorax of two men.

Several skeletons were found face down, with four—including a woman in the final stages of pregnancy—in positions indicating their hands had probably been bound.

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A woman, found reclining on her left elbow, with fractures on the knees and possibly the left foot. The position of the hands suggests her wrists may have been bound.

While the bodies were not buried, some had fallen into a lagoon that has long since dried, with the bones preserved in sediment.

The research is published in the latest edition of the prestigious journal Nature.

“The findings are one of the earliest indications of humankind’s propensity for group violence,” said Professor Grün, who joined Griffith’s Environmental Futures Research Institute from the Australian National University in October. He used laser ablation technology to examine and date the fossils.

“Not only does this broaden our knowledge of early human behaviour, it raises questions about whether the capacity for organised violence is elemental to our nature or a product of circumstances and opportunity.”

One adult male skeleton was found with an obsidian bladelet still embedded in his skull. Another suffered two blows to the head, both crushing his skull at the point of impact.

Meanwhile, the remains of a 6- to 9-month-old fetus were recovered from within the abdominal cavity of its mother, who was discovered in an unusual sitting position.

A woman, found reclining on her left elbow, with fractures on the knees and possibly the left foot. The position of the hands suggests her wrists may have been bound.

Now scrubland, 10,000 years ago the area around Nataruk was a fertile lakeshore sustaining a substantial population of hunter-gatherers. It may also have been a location coveted by others.

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Professor Rainer Grün, from Griffith’s Environmental Futures Research Institute (Photo: Griffith University)

Project leader Dr Marta Mirazon Lahr, from LCHES, said the victims may have been members of an extended family who were attacked by a rival group of hunter-gatherers in an ancient precursor to what we call warfare.

“The deaths at Nataruk are testimony to the antiquity of inter-group violence and war,” she said.

“These remains record the intentional killing of a small band of foragers with no deliberate burial, and provide unique evidence that warfare was part of the repertoire of inter-group relations among some prehistoric hunter-gatherers.”

Professor Robert Foley, also from Cambridge’s LCHES, summarised the implications of the research by saying, “I’ve no doubt it is in our biology to be aggressive and lethal, just as it is to be deeply caring and loving.

“A lot of what we understand about human evolutionary biology suggests these are two sides of the same coin.”

About the Griffith University Environmental Futures Research Institute

The Environmental Futures Research Institute is a leading university research organisation that combines science, innovation and local Australian experience, to expand new knowledge through fundamental research and deliver effective solutions to significant global environmental problems.

Griffith University aims to be a national and international institute of excellence and a global leader in environmental research. Their vision is to be recognised as a leading research institute throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and ultimately, the world and to undertake excellent fundamental and multidisciplinary research to aid the understanding of critical environmental issues, and develop solutions that will facilitate clean, resilient and sustainable futures for Australian and global environments.

Celebrate Australia Day—in Canada

January 26 marks the national holiday, Australia Day. Yep, pretty much the same as Canada Day—but Australian (duh). Instead of our red and white, they use green and gold.

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Happy Australia Day, mate!
Australia Day marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honors list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.

For North America, Australia Day falls in the middle of winter. But never fear! There are plenty of celebrations and events to commemorate this national Australian holiday here on our home turf:

Australia Day events in Canada

  • January 26 – AWS of Toronto’s Australia Day Dinner – Toronto – $129.98
  • January 26 – Hemingway’s – Toronto – Free

OzTREKK wishes all of our Australian universities a very

Happy Australia Day!

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    Sydney architecture students give street vendor shelter a design makeover

    The humble street vendor cart and shelter that lines the streets of many Asian cities and is a key driver of local economies will get a design makeover by Australian and Indonesian architecture students this month.

    A group of students from the University of Sydney Architecture School and Bandung Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Bandung – ITB) in Indonesia are taking part in a two-week international exchange to redesign the imposing structures that are widely found on the streets of Indonesia.

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    Architecture students from the University of Sydney and Bandung Institute of Technology finalise their design concept Bunga Bandung (translation: flower). Photo: Sarah Rhodes via University of Sydney

    Indonesian native Dr Rizal Muslimin, one of the organisers of the exchange who lectures in architecture at the University of Sydney said, “While street vendors provide goods and services to the local community, their temporary carts and shelters often become permanent fixtures that cause major congestion and cleanliness problems. Yet street vendors are a vibrant part of the local culture and an important driver of local business,” said Dr Muslimin.

    Eight architecture students from Indonesia are spending one week in Sydney working with six students from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The group are using the university’s advanced digital fabrication labs to develop prototype designs for a deployable, lightweight shelter.

    “Students are asked to come up with portable, low-cost structure that is quick and simple to erect and dismantle. They must also consider materials that are widely available in Indonesia, which they will use to build their structure,” said Dr Muslimin.

    After developing the designs in Sydney, the student group will return to Bandung in Indonesia to spend a week building their prototypes and test driving the new shelters on the streets of Indonesia.

    “The students will be involved in seeing if their design holds up in the local environment and getting feedback from local vendors on whether it meets their needs.

    “They will also gain a greater understanding of the informal street economy, which is the livelihood of many people in developing countries,” he said.

    Muslimin believes that the prototype shelters may also have the potential for use in local community markets in Australia.

    “The needs of stallholders in Australia’s own community markets are not dissimilar to the Indonesians. They both need something that is easy to transport and set up and pull down in a short space of time,” said Dr Muslimin.

    The travelling studio is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.

    Monash Medical School student wins Young Australian of the Year award

    Monash Medical School congratulates Robert Gillies of Monash University’s Central Clinical School for being awarded Young Australian of the Year 2016.

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    Robert Gillies of Monash University’s Central Clinical School (Photo credit: Monash University)
    Undertaking three university degrees simultaneously, leading an orchestra and playing for a number of sporting clubs would leave most people exhausted, but not Robert Gillies. He’s also found the time to devote himself to social enterprises that make a difference to some of the most vulnerable citizens.

    When he’s not studying for his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, his Master of Public Health or Diploma in Philosophy, Robert can be found helping those experiencing homelessness. A co-founder of Conscious Creative Incorporated, Robert is determined to change negative attitudes towards homelessness through his charity clothing store ‘HoMie’.

    As Executive-Director of Yarra Swim Co, Robert is reviving the historic ‘Race to Princes Bridge’ and leading the push for a swimmable Yarra River. He’s worked as an HIV researcher and served as a director for charities preventing poverty overseas and in remote Indigenous communities. Enthusiastic and determined, Robert is a role model for young Australians wanting to make the world a better place.

    Monash University Medical School Program

    The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry 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. Students will predominantly spend the first year in the purpose-built Gippsland facility and undertake clinical rotations at hospitals, community health centres and general practices over the four years of the course.

    Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
    Semester intake: February 2017
    Duration: 4 years
    Application deadline: Round 1 – February 5, 2016; Round 2 – September 27, 2016

    Melbourne JD students prepare for Melbourne Law School Jessup Moot

    Melbourne Law School’s Jessup Moot team knows there is still much hard work to be done between now and the national championship to be held in Canberra in February next year.

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    Melbourne JD students are preparing for the Melbourne Law School Jessup Moot (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

    Without skipping a beat, the team consisting of Juris Doctor students Shane Chandra, Rachel Walters, Luke Chircop, Tess Kirkinis and Beau Paterson finished exams in November and immediately began preparing for the world’s largest mooting competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

    It involves long hours, six days a week, researching, consulting with academics and forming arguments to accompany their submission, which is due in January.

    Recently, the team was given the opportunity to have lunch with former Deputy President of Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Lord David Hope, who was at MLS to deliver a public lecture.

    Lord Hope examined a number of problematic UK legal cases with the students in a thought provoking and entertaining discussion, including cases involving assisted suicide and the introduction of closed material in court.

    Second-year Melbourne JD student Luke Chircop says the experience of having an open discussion with Lord Hope was invaluable in their preparation for competition.

    “We have heard from a range of amazing people such as Lord Hope, and to have their insight into the law and to hear of their knowledge and experience is so helpful,” he says.

    The 2016 Jessup Moot focuses on issues such as mass surveillance and cyber attacks, issues Luke says “will be at the forefront of international law for the next twenty years or so.”

    His teammate Tess Kirkinis says a highlight of the competition is having the opportunity to moot the most current and contentious areas of international law.

    “Getting exposure to high quality advocacy is such a valuable experience,” she says. “Also, there is that practical element of learning that can’t be done through reading library books.”

    The Australian championship is known as being one of the toughest qualifiers, with only two national teams progressing to the global competition in Washington.

    Melbourne Law School has produced three international rounds-winning teams (1988, 1993, 2000), putting it third behind the National University of Singapore and the University of Sydney (four apiece) as most-capped champions in the world.

    But the MLS team is not getting ahead of itself, with a focus firmly on its submission prior to mooting in February.

    “There is a lot of hard work to do before then,” Luke says.
    Story by Andy Walsh via University of Melbourne

    Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

    Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
    Location: Melbourne, Victoria
    Semester intake: February
    Duration: 3 years (2 or 2.5 years for accelerated program)
    Application deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year; however, late applications may be accepted.

    Entry Requirements
    Applicants must have
    • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
    • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
    The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:
    1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
    2. The LSAT score
    3. The applicant’s personal statement
    A University of Melbourne’s JD application must include a personal statement of up to 850 words. It should emphasize any aspect of your personal history that may enhance your application, including extracurricular activity, community involvement, work experience, caregiver responsibilities, relevant personal characteristics and any outstanding achievements. Statements should be typewritten; the pages should be numbered; and the applicant’s name and date of birth should appear on each page.

    Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Melbourne JD program.

    Friday, January 22, 2016

    Monash Department of Occupational Therapy

    Diversity is the hallmark of occupational therapy practice. Occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and groups to assist them to overcome the limitations and restrictions that are caused by illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of aging. They are employed in organisations and communities to address the barriers that prevent people’s participation in accessing their community in ways that impact on their health and well-being. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, so long as they have an occupational performance issues related to engagement in productive, self-care or leisure activities.

    Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

    Monash Department of Occupational Therapy
    Study occupational therapy at Monash University
    Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
    Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
    Semester intake: July
    Duration: 2 years

    Application deadline: Monash has a general application deadline of October 31 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

    Entry Requirements

    Successful completion of a bachelor degree in health, education, social, physical or biological sciences (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience). Applicants must have obtained a GPA of at least 65% credit average in their most recently completed university undergraduate degree.
    If students do not have a background in health, education, biomedical, sociological and/or psychological studies, prospective students must complete one of the following or equivalent prior to the commencement of the course:
    • Study BMA1901 Human Structure and Function as a single unit enrolment at Monash.
    • Complete a Human Biology short course via distance education at Monash or equivalent.
    Successful international applicants must be available for a Skype interview. All students must be available for an interview, either in mid-December or March.

    Why study veterinary science at the University of Queensland?

    Since the first intake of students in 1936, the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland has achieved a sustained record of excellence in teaching and research across the veterinary disciplines.

    As one of the largest veterinary science groups in the southern hemisphere,  its diverse group of academic and clinical staff contribute to animal science, health and welfare through innovative, practical research, advanced veterinary services and successful industry partnerships.

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    Study veterinary science at the University of Queensland
    It graduates self-reliant, independent and highly capable veterinarians who possess the initiative and problem-solving abilities required for success in the veterinary industry.

    The expertise and dedication of its staff contribute to the delivery of an internationally accredited degree utilising teaching and hospital facilities that exemplify the latest clinical technologies and evidence based practices.

    The five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree is globally accredited by three major accrediting bodies in Australia/NZ(AVBC), UQ (RCVS) and North America (AVMA). It is also ranked as the number 2 veterinary science degree in Australia and  number 22 in the world in the 2015 QS world subject ratings and provides students with world-class teaching and in-depth specialist expertise.

    With more than $140 million invested in purpose-built teaching and research facilities at UQ’s Gatton campus, students and research staff access an integrated site for animal production, health and welfare teaching and research activities set on 1000 hectares of rural land.

    The University of Queensland's clinical facilities provide specialist referral services for veterinarians and general services for owners of companion animals, horses, farm stock, exotic pets and native fauna. The on-site Veterinary Medical Centre includes equine and small-animal hospitals, while at Dayboro (North of Brisbane), students experience rural practice in a small-animal hospital and large-animal clinic. Through these clinics, students receive a diversity of experiences and clinical skills to prepare them for careers in companion or production animal veterinary practice, research, government, biosecurity or within industry.

    The UQ Veterinary School collaborates extensively with industry through focused research centres and services including the Animal Genetics Lab (AGL), Clinical Pathology and Necropsy Services, Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, Clinical Skills Centre and Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics laboratory.

    Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland

    Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science
    Location: Gatton, Queensland
    Semester intake: February
    Program duration: 5 years
    Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of November 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

    Sydney pharmacy researcher receives funding to develop therapeutic alternatives

    The Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates Professor Kim Chan and his research collaborators on being awarded funding for the project titled “Harnessing Bacteriophages as Natural Predators to Combat the Superbugs: A Pulmonary Drug Delivery Approach.”

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    Professor Kim Chan, Pharmaceutics (Advanced Drug Delivery) (Photo credit: University of Sydney)
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded approximately US$5 million in funding for 24 research projects including Professor Chan’s. The funding seeks to develop non-traditional therapeutics for bacterial infections to help address the growing health threat of antibiotic resistance.

    The award to Professor Chan and his team will provide support for two years’ research, with the possibility of three additional years of funding.

    “The discovery, development and deployment of antibiotics have transformed medicine; however, microbes continually evolve and become resistant to these lifesaving drugs,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

    “New strategies are desperately needed to treat patients with antibiotic-resistant infections that often are deadly. These new NIAID grants will provide funding to researchers developing unique, non-traditional therapies that could complement or even replace currently available antibiotics that are losing effectiveness.”

    University of Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

    Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
    Location: Sydney, New South Wales
    Semester intake: March
    Duration: 4 years
    Application deadline: January 31; however, it is recommended that Canadian students apply as early as possible to provide time for the pre-departure process.

    Entry Requirements

    • Applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma in order to be eligible for entry
    • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Physics. To study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy, you are expected to have knowledge of these subject areas. Grade 12 Physics is also recommended but not required.
    • 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 are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    A new approach to Indigenous Studies at the University of Sydney

    Students enrolled in education degrees at the University of Sydney now have the opportunity to enroll in new Indigenous Studies units of study offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

    The new Indigenous Studies major was launched at Info Day in 2016 and units of study offered within it will be of particular interest to students wishing to qualify as Aboriginal Studies teachers.

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    The University of Sydney has a proud history of engagement with Indigenous education and Indigenous Studies (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

    Demonstrating the university’s commitment to Indigenous participation, inter-disciplinary scholarship and cross-cultural dialogue, the new Indigenous Studies major marks a new era in Sydney’s decades-long commitment to Indigenous education and the emergence of Indigenous Studies as an internationally recognised discipline.

    The University of Sydney has a proud history of engagement with Indigenous education and Indigenous Studies.

    The new Indigenous Studies major has its roots in the Aboriginal Teacher Aides program that began in 1975 and led to the establishment of the Koori Centre in 1992.

    The Koori Centre was dedicated to training Indigenous pre-service teachers and over time became central to Education degree programs for Indigenous teachers, many of whom now teach in schools and communities across Australia.

    More recently, the Koori Centre developed an Aboriginal Studies Program and established an Indigenous Studies major in the Faculty of Arts in the late 1990s.

    “The new Indigenous Studies major is an exciting and significant development in the faculty’s historical commitment to Indigenous Studies,” says Dr Peter Minter, academic coordinator of Indigenous Studies and senior lecturer in the Department of English.

    “What sets this major apart is not only its cultural and philosophical integrity, but also how it consolidates Indigenous Studies as a discipline in the faculty.

    “It’s a demonstration of Sydney’s commitment to a cutting-edge discipline that has become increasingly visible and internationally consequential in recent years.”

    Driven by a new cross-faculty Indigenous Studies Governance Committee, the Indigenous Studies major draws on the experience and expertise of former Koori Centre academics and colleagues from across the university.

    Inspired by a commitment to prioritizing Indigenous content, scholarship and voices in a disciplinary framework that is broadly decolonizing, a June 2014 workshop established a set of guiding principles and discipline-led goals for the major, which included commitments to
    • Indigenous political, economic and cultural integrity and advancement;
    • Indigenous community integrity, health and well-being;
    • cultural and environmental sustainability in Indigenous country;
    • cross-disciplinarity and engagement with Indigenous Studies nationally and internationally;
    • Faculty and cross-faculty engagement that welcomes the perspectives, expertise and fellowship of non-Indigenous colleagues across the university;
    • Reconciliation and the enhancement of the cultural competence of students and staff across the University.
    Students in this major will learn about the diversity, strength and complexity of Indigenous societies, cultures, knowledges and histories.

    They will be taught by leading Indigenous and non-indigenous academics as well as members of the community, enjoying opportunities to engage with contemporary Indigenous life in ways that are culturally informed and respectful.

    The teaching program is exciting and innovative, offering students a mix of face-to-face lectures, seminars and hands-on tutorials alongside advanced online modes of teaching and collaboration, not to mention a range of excursions to, for instance, museums, art exhibitions and literary readings.

    “In the senior year students can take an advanced directed research project,” Dr Minter says.

    “We are encouraging students to think independently and reflect critically in a sphere that is culturally informed and respectful.

    “Our students will understand the implications their learning in terms of their own lives and issues that have deeper significance nationally and internationally.”

    Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)

    First offered in 1996, the University of Sydney’s Master of Teaching was the first of its kind in Australia, and remains one of the most successful teaching training programs in the nation. The Primary program is designed for those who wish to teach Kindergarten to Grade 6. The Secondary is designed for those who wish to teach grades 7 though 12.

    Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
    Location: Sydney, New South Wales
    Semester intake: March
    Duration: 2 years
    Application deadline: The University of Sydney has a general application deadline of January 31 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.