Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Inside the Melbourne Optometry EyeCare Clinic

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

Inside the Melbourne Optometry School EyeCare Clinic
Study optometry at the University of Melbourne

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

The clinic offers the following specialist diagnostic equipment:
  • Optos optomap
  • Cirrus HD-OCT
  • Visucam Pro NM Fundus Camera
  • Atlas 9000 Corneal Topographer
  • Humphrey Field Analyzer II-i
  • Humphrey Matrix Perimeter
  • Nidek Tonoref II Auto Refractor/Keratometer/Tonometer
  • Nidek RT-5100 Auto Refractor Head
  • Designs For Vision Digital Photography Slit Lamp
  • Vistavision Computerised Chart

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The optometry program at Melbourne Optometry School is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Early round – July 28, 2016; Timely round – September 27, 2016

Entry Requirements
The Melbourne optometry program is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.
  1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects
  2. Write the OAT
  3. Submit a personal statement
The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews with short-listed candidates. The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences would conduct interviews with Canadian applicants via Skype or teleconference.

Newcastle student’s drone delivery video makes a real splash

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

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

Newcastle student’s drone delivery video makes a real splash
Matt Evans preparing the drone for delivery (Image credit: Matt Evans)

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

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

A day that Matt had set aside for working on his major project was dashed when media outlets saw the rapidly climbing views of his Facebook video.

A radio interview, TV interview and newspaper interview followed….

On March 1 Matt posted his first drone footage of beaches of his hometown at the Central Coast on his Facebook page. “I’d wanted to buy a drone for about a year, my first footage shot with the Phantom 3 made it all worthwhile.

Matt’s already had media success with his videos. Six months ago Matt’s short Before the Camera Goes Click a study of filmmaker and photographer Matthew Vandeputte was featured on ABC Open and broadcast to an international audience on the web.

And in case you’re wondering—the drone delivered a plastic bag to the surfers and then took away all the rubbish afterward.

Sydney Nursing School celebrates International Nurses Day 2016

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

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

Sydney Nursing School celebrates International Nurses Day 2016
Sydney Nursing School celebrates International Nurses Day 2016 (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

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

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

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

This year, Sydney Nursing School awarded 30 scholarships to students from a range of backgrounds, and celebrated this at an event in April. Twelve of these scholarships were made possible by a generous $10.8 million donation from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation.

More recently, the Wakil Foundation exceeded their generosity by giving the largest ever gift to the university—$35 million to enable construction of the Susan Wakil Health Building as Stage 1 of the new Health Precinct, due for completion in 2019.

Also this year, Sydney Nursing School extended its reach into Sydney’s growing western suburbs and welcomed a new cohort of graduate-entry masters students based at Westmead Hospital. Students studying at the Westmead Precinct are now experiencing learning in a new purpose-built clinical simulation lab on site.

Often at the forefront of health crises, nurses and the health systems they support respond, adapt and provide strength to individuals and communities when exposed to major shocks, including individual health threats through to outbreaks of disease, conflict or natural disasters. Sydney Nursing School continues to prepare nurses who able to adapt and respond to such health crises and is proud to celebrate International Nurses Day.

Study Nursing at the University of Sydney

Program: Master of Nursing
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years

Admissions Timeline

Round 1: May 26, 2016
Round 2: August 18, 2016
Round 3: October 6, 2016

Applicants who lodge an application and meet the academic requirements will be contacted directly by the faculty to attend an interview and sit a numeracy and literacy test. International applicants will be interviewed via Skype and conduct their test online with instructions given by the faculty.

Entry Requirements
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing
  • will hold a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing; and
  • will perform satisfactorily in an interview; and
  • will perform satisfactorily on an admissions test.
Applicants who successfully meet the admission criteria will receive a conditional offer and an invitation to undertake an interview and literacy and numeracy tests. Literacy and numeracy tests for international students will be undertaken online and interviews will be held via Skype.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Your Journey Starts Now at Bond University

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

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

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

Combine this advantage with Bond’s commitment to opening doors to blue chip employers and it becomes clear that students graduate with a clear competitive advantage over their public university peers.

Bond University has strong links with Canada, with a large number of Canadian students currently studying for law degrees at Bond and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association. There is also rapidly expanding group of alumni in Canada. Several Canadian law professors and academics have spent time at Bond as visiting staff.

Experience of a lifetime
Bond University offers international students a world-class campus with access to world renowned academics, state-of-the-art facilities and technology on Australia’s Gold Coast—one of the best places in the world to live and study.

Studying in Australia at Bond University offers an unique educational experience set against a dynamic international student community which means you will be fostering personal and business contacts across the globe.

JCU research leader wins top science honour

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

JCU research leader wins top science honour
Australian Academy of Science Fellow, Distinguished Professor David Bellwood (Photo: Richard Davis, JCU Media)

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

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

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

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

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

“Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems in the world. In Australia they’re worth billions of dollars to our economy, and around the world millions of people rely on coral reefs for a source of nutrition and income.

“For me, I like to look at fishes as machines. I like to see the way they operate and this gives us a new understanding of how reefs are working.”

He said one of the best parts of his job is to teach the next generation of scientists.

“The world is changing and we’ve got a lot of environmental problems and coral reefs are particularly vulnerable. What we need to be able to do is to give the next generation the tools that they’re going to need to be able to cope with these changes.

“One of my main goals is to give future students, future researchers, the confidence to question and to think for themselves because we’re going to need to be innovative, imaginative and bold if we’re going to address the problems that we currently face,” Professor Bellwood said.

JCU College of Marine and Environmental Sciences

As part of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of marine biology, environment, geography and sustainability, aquaculture and fisheries, and terrestrial ecosystems.

Marine science is the interdisciplinary study of the marine environment bringing together elements of marine biology, oceanography, marine geoscience and environmental management. Marine scientists explore the make-up and dynamics of the world’s oceans and use their skills to investigate and manage human impacts on the marine environment; understand and utilise ocean resources; and manage and protect our marine reserves.

JCU’s location in the tropics allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.

Why study pharmacy at the University of Newcastle?

University of Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy

Why study pharmacy at the University of Newcastle
Study pharmacy at the University of Newcastle

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

Entry requirements
  • Applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma in order to be eligible for entry to the University of Newcastle’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, English Advanced, Chemistry and Physics. Applicants who have not studied these courses should consider taking relevant bridging courses before the commencement of the university year.
  • If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The minimum average for admission for those who have completed university studies is a cumulative average of 65%; however, meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) students at Newcastle Pharmacy School will develop an extensive knowledge of the essential underpinning sciences, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmaceutical sciences that are required to practice as a pharmacist.

Pharmacy students will develop and practice the core competencies required to work in clinical, hospital and community pharmacy settings. These attributes include strong interpersonal and communication skills, clinical leadership and ability to provide health care to culturally diverse communities.

In particular, students will study
  • core biomedical sciences, including anatomy and physiology;
  • dosage formulations;
  • chemistry;
  • drug design and discovery;
  • pharmacotherapeutics;
  • mental health first aid;
  • epidemiology and pharmacoeconomics; and
  • clinical leadership and communication.
Throughout the Bachelor of Pharmacy, students also have the opportunity to develop outstanding research capabilities under the guidance of the university’s experienced academic staff who are world leaders in their respective fields.

Through research, students can further investigate drug design and discovery, formulation development, pharmacy practice, personalised health care and health technologies assessment, such as pharmacoeconomics. This foundation in research helps prepare graduates for a career in a rapidly evolving global environment.

Friday, May 27, 2016

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

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

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

Melbourne Law School Damages and Human Rights
Damages and Human Rights, a new book by Melbourne Law School Associate Professor Jason N E Varuhas (Image credit: University of Melbourne)

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

Professor David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge, in the foreword to the book, says Damages and Human Rights “will quickly become the standard point of reference in its field.

“It is a pleasure to congratulate Dr Varuhas on this sustained, intellectually powerful and practically important piece of legal scholarship, and to commend it to the many readers, in many parts of the world, where it will, I hope, stimulate new approaches to the practice and theory of the subject.”

The book’s focus is English law, but it draws heavily on comparative material from a range of common law jurisdictions, as well as the jurisprudence of international courts.

It argues that in awarding damages in human rights cases the courts should adopt a vindicatory approach, modelled on those rules and principles applied in tort cases when basic rights are violated, and eschew prevailing approaches which are generally characterised by open-ended judicial discretion and a paucity of concrete rules and principles.

Other approaches are considered in detail, including the current “mirror” approach which ties the domestic approach to damages to the European Court of Human Rights’ approach to monetary compensation—an interest-balancing approach where the damages are dependent on a judicial balancing of individual and public interests—and approaches drawn from the law of state liability in EU law and United States constitutional law.

The analysis has important implications for our understanding of fundamental issues including the interrelationship between public law and private law, the theoretical and conceptual foundations of human rights law and the law of torts, the nature and functions of the damages remedy, the connection between rights and remedies, the intersection of domestic and international law, and the impact of damages liability on public funds and public administration.

A number of events were organised in different common law jurisdictions to mark the publication of this significant work, including Canada: Book panel at Université of Montreal Faculté de Droit, May 27, 2016. Speakers included Professor Brice Dickson, (Queen’s University Belfast), Mr James Lee (King’s College London), and Dr Paul Daly (Montreal).

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.

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA combined degree

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

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA
Study at James Cook University
Within the business discipline, leading-edge postgraduate study areas reflect global industry needs. Strong links to industry  and government agencies enhance opportunities for students within the program. Students develop leadership skills in the  management of people, organisations and change.

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

The program aims to develop the following knowledge and skills:
  • Understanding current major health and management issues, managing information and human financial resources within health care delivery organisations
  • Critical analysis by health managers in the context of national and global economic and political environments
  • Identification and analysis of management issues in health care delivery organisations and the identification of appropriate solutions
Program: Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration
Campus: Townsville
Duration: 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Sydney vet students on exchange in Indonesia

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

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

Sydney vet students on exchange in Indonesia
Sydney vet students on exchange in Indonesia (Photo: University of Sydney)

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

The Sydney Veterinary School students were also very privileged to learn about notifiable diseases that present a public health risk in Indonesia, such as anthrax, brucellosis and avian influenza. These diseases were seen as a recurring issue on smallholder farms, within wet markets, on commercialised production systems and within the national disease investigation centres. Being able to discuss with the people affected on multiple platforms, gave the students a better perspective of public health as an integrated system of prevention, management and surveillance in Indonesia.

Throughout their stay, the students were graced with wonderful hospitality from the students and staff of the University of Gadjah Mada and have formed many friendships along the way. This program is highly recommended to any student willing to learn about veterinary medicine and public health in a developing country and are open to new and exciting cultural experiences.

This exchange program was led by Prof Aris Junaidi at the University of Gadjah Mada and A/Prof Jenny-Ann Toribio at the University of Sydney. Accommodation was kindly provided at the Faculty Guest House by UGM Dean Joko Prastowo.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney Veterinary School

The Sydney DVM is an exciting new graduate-entry veterinary program that is internationally recognised and accredited so graduates can work around the world.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 14, 2016

Entry requirements
Students can apply for a position into the Sydney DVM after completing any kind of bachelor degree at a recognized university, as long as program prerequisite units of study have been met.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite units of study at bachelor-degree level to be eligible for entry:
  • general chemistry (physical and inorganic)
  • organic chemistry
  • biology
  • biochemistry
The minimum GPA for entry is a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale; however, places are limited and there is a strict quota for this course. Entry is highly competitive so students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of receiving an offer.

Melbourne DPT application deadline next week

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

University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School
Learn more about studying physio at Melbourne
Why is the Melbourne DPT 3 years in length?

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

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

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: June 2, 2016 (first round); July 28, 2016 (second round)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

University of Newcastle PhD candidate wins emerging researcher award

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

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

UON PhD candidate wins emerging researcher award
Study health sciences at UON

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

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

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

Despite dietary intakes not meeting AGHE targets, Ms Chai’s analysis found a variety of dietary intakes still allowed children to meet recommendations for individual vitamins and minerals. Her research showed children also met requirements for carbohydrate, protein and fat, although nearly all exceeded recommendations for saturated fat intake.

“Healthy eating in childhood is essential to provide energy and nutrients for growth and development and to reduce the risk of chronic disease later in life. The AGHE outlines a dietary intake pattern that meets vitamin, mineral and macronutrient recommendations. But my research shows there are alternative dietary patterns that are also able to meet the requirements of this age group,” said Ms Chai.

“Nutrition recommendations are based on the best evidence currently available, providing a framework for healthy eating. Ms Chai’s research will help to build knowledge and potentially shape future nutrition guidelines,” said DAA President Liz Kellett.

According to Ms Kellett, Ms Chai was the standout applicant when assessed against the award criteria of research quality, clarity of communication, and potential contribution to health/advancing the evidence base in nutrition and dietetics.

“I am very delighted to receive this award from the DAA. This recognition would not have happened without the continuous support from my dedicated colleagues and supervisors. It’s a great pleasure for our research to be honoured by the peak organisation of dietetic and nutrition professionals. This award has given me a great deal of confidence to produce more high-quality research,” said Ms Chai.

DAA’s Emerging Researcher Award is proudly supported by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute. Ms Chai will receive a cheque for $1,000 and a complimentary pass to the DAA National Conference.

School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle excels in the teaching and learning of allied health professionals, and offers study with a strong clinical focus in the eleven health professions represented within the school.

The school has specialized teaching laboratories for programs at both the Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Students learn and refine their practical skills required for professional practice in these laboratories prior to undertaking clinical or other professional placements.

Bond University honours its founding fathers with bronze sculptures

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

Bond University honours its Founding Fathers
Bond University honours its Founding Fathers with bronze sculptures (Photo credit: Bond University)

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

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

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

“Without the commitment and support of both of these men to the establishment of this university back in the 1980s, it simply would not exist.

“Their dream of creating Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university became a reality in May 1987.

“Twenty-seven years, and almost 25,000 graduates later, Bond has established itself as a unique, independent presence on Australia’s higher education landscape.

“Their innovative spirit and determination to challenge, be different and continually strive for excellence is deeply entrenched in our culture, and it is important that the two founders have a permanent place on campus.

“Sadly, Mr Bond and Mr Takahashi are no longer with us, but we are delighted and honoured to have their families here today on campus to mark this auspicious occasion and preside over the official unveiling of Founders’ Corner.

“Founders’ Corner is located at the crossroads of the university near the lake in the campus’ main thoroughfare,” Professor Brailsford said.

“Founders’ Corner will become a new focal point of Bond; a meeting place for newcomers to the university and no doubt a popular photo opportunity on graduation days,” he said.

“The statues of Alan and Harunori are depicted welcoming students, staff, alumni and guests to the campus and face the direct centre of Bond’s iconic Arch.”

The Arch was designed by distinguished Japanese architect Arata Isozaki at the request of Mr Takahashi. It is based on Constantine’s Triumphal Arch in Rome which was built in 315 AD between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill.

Bond University was established and its development funded via a joint venture between Bond Corporation in Australia, of which Mr Bond was Chairman, and Electronics and Industrial Enterprises (EIE) of Japan, of which Mr Takahashi was president.

The life-size sculptures were created by Ballina bronze artist and sculptor, Mr David Mackay Harrison. He based the sculptures on photographs of the two men taken at the time of Bond’s founding in 1987.

In addition to the bronze statues, Founders’ Corner also features a commemorative plaque which features quotes from Alan Bond and Harunori Takahashi, on the opening of Bond University in May 1987.

Alan Bond, 1987
“The establishment of Bond University will herald innovation. It will be a practical university. Bond University will set new standards in excellence for other institutions to copy and follow.

“It will be bold and pioneering, resourceful and determined. Its graduates will have demonstrated they are hard workers and will be in demand around the world.

“Bond University will always look and plan for the future – a future where Australia is a partner in business ventures and joint developments throughout the global village.

“Bond University is now in place. Vision has become reality. The way is now—ahead.”

Harunori Takahashi, 1987
“We are able to join with Australia in the project of Bond University with the highest aspirations and motivation to set new standards of achievement.

“Bond University will offer education in a specialised way to Australia and to other countries, enabling its students to take their place in a world of rapid technological change and equip them to Take advantage of technology to reach out and achieve new goals and new horizons.

“We are honoured to be a partner in a venture which marks an historic new milestone in Japanese-Australian friendship and cooperation.”

Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrates top achievers

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

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

Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrates top achievers
Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Graduate School pictured with the Dean’s Honour List recipients (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

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

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

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

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

Master of Teaching (Primary) Graduate Anthony Curnow wowed the audience taking home four awards including
  • The Alice Taylor Scholarship for the most outstanding result in the Master of Teaching
  • The ACHPER Primary Award for the most outstanding result for the subject Health and Physical Education
  • The Valerie and Lawrence Kennedy Bursaries for students undertaking a two-week teaching placement in a remote or Indigenous area of Australia or overseas, and
  • The Dean’s Honours list for the top 2 per cent of students in each year level.
Dr Sophie Rudolph was the proud recipient of the Doctoral Research Prize for her research thesis titled, Diversity and inequality in education, while the Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES) Project Team took home the MGSE Engagement Excellence Award.

The evening also included a presentation by Dr Jason Lodge from the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education on University teaching and changing times. Dr Lodge was also awarded the MGSE Teaching Excellence Award.

The final award for the evening, the MGSE Distinguished Research Career Award, went to Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin.

Regarded as a true giant of education, Patrick reflected on his 40-plus years in education, saying he wouldn’t have received the award it wasn’t for his ongoing collaborations with other experts.

“This award sounds like it’s an individual award but in reality, I couldn’t have done this research without the help of others,” he said.

“To our graduate teachers in the audience I say, on your own you can achieve very little. But when you collaborate with other teachers and staff members, there’s no limit to what you can do.”

University of Melbourne Master of Teaching

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is one of 13 Graduate Schools established by the university as part of the Melbourne Model. Graduates enjoy diverse career outcomes in challenging and stimulating settings from education through to the corporate sector. Equipped with transferable skills, including excellent problem solving, communication and organizational skills, University of Melbourne’s graduates are able to move in and around a broad range of industries.

Programs: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Duration: 1.5 to 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

University of Sydney research trial of Situational Judgement Tests

Research trial of Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)s


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

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

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

A random sample of candidates for 2017 admission to the MD and/or MD programs will be invited to participate in the research, which will involve a 45-minute online activity. Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. Whether or not you choose to participate and, if you do participate, your responses will in no way affect your application for admission.

Randomly selected candidates will be sent an email invitation in late June asking them if they wish to participate in the SJT in mid-July.

The University of Sydney expects to hold two SJT “test” sessions on campus as well as trialling a proctored online system that you can access at home or wherever you wish. You will require a computer with a webcam to participate in the online proctored option.

The results from the SJT pilot study will not affect the outcome of your application in any way. They will be used for aggregated analyses only and the analyses will be conducted after the interview process. The SJT pilot study researcher has no role in decision making regarding the success or otherwise of applications for admission. Applicants are encouraged to participate in the research study.

Sydney Medical School’s Doctor of Medicine

The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year professional postgraduate-entry course with three primary aims for graduates: excellent clinical skills and preparedness for practice; experience in research; and experience and awareness of health in an international setting. It includes weekly clinical experience in leading hospitals from the very first weeks, regular PBL (problem-based learning) exercises in small groups, traditional lectures with expert practitioners, and ongoing opportunities to participate in research.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 21, 2016

Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine

The Sydney Dental School’s DMD is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 21, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Melbourne Dentistry ranked number one in Australia in QS rankings

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

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

University of Melbourne Dental School
Head of Melbourne Dental School Prof Mike Morgan (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

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

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

In recent years, Melbourne Dental School has attracted more research funding than any other dental school in Australia and in 2003-4 established a Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health Science and the Victorian Centre for Oral Health Science. The school is at the forefront of graduate dental education and has Australia’s largest postgraduate program, the Doctor of Dental Surgery. It also offers a variety of exciting and valuable continuing professional development programs for dental practitioners. The diverse range of Australian and international students from many social and ethnic backgrounds provides a stimulating intellectual environment which enhances the learning experience for all students at the school.

University of Melbourne – Doctor of Dental Surgery

The Melbourne Dental School offers the Doctor of Dental Surgery program which incorporates all aspects related to the provision of advanced general dental care to patients as well as teaches students to prepare, develop, execute and write for publication a small research project.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: July 29, 2016

Entry requirements
To be eligible to apply for the Melbourne DDS program, eligible applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized international university within the past 10 years;
  • completed prerequisite second-year subjects (one semester each) in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry (approved by Melbourne);
  • completed an entrance examination: either the Canadian DAT or US DAT. Please note that the carving portion of the Canadian DAT is not required for Melbourne Dental School; however, if you have completed the carving section of the test, this score will be considered. Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. There is no minimum cutoff GPA or DAT score for this program; however, a high level of academic standard is required for entry.

Studying physiotherapy at UQ

The Physiotherapy School at the University of Queensland offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester.

Studying physiotherapy at UQ
Study at the University of Queensland

So what’s the inside scoop? Here are a few things that make UQ physiotherapy stand out from the crowd:
  • Within the first few weeks of commencing in the program, UQ physiotherapy students will start to practice soft tissue mobilisation on one another.
  • Students will continue to practice on their colleagues throughout the program, as this allows them to hone their techniques before going out on placement.
  • The Physiotherapy Standardised Patients Program is embedded into the program to assist students with the transition from classroom to clinic. This program won a UQ award for Programs that Enhance Learning in 2014.
  • Students will complete 5-week placements at on-site clinics, as well as within the community. On-site clinics include Developmental Paediatric Clinic; Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic; Neurological, Ageing and Balance Clinic. One of UQ’s newest clinics, the Tele-rehabilitation clinic, is the first within Australia and one of the first of its kind in the world.
  • The Clinical Education team assists in the development and provision of student placement opportunities. Students are not required to find the placements themselves and the team provide support to the students throughout the placements.
  • Th school has exceptional academics who teach the Master of Physiotherapy Studies, including Dr Allison Mandrusiak, who won one of only two global Universitas 21 Teaching Excellence Awards in 2015.

Are you thinking of applying to UQ physiotherapy? Please note the application deadline is this Friday, May 27!


The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a graduate-entry two-year Master of Physiotherapy Studies designed for those students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as a physiotherapist.

The objectives of the program are
  • to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and clinical competencies required of an entry-level graduate in physiotherapy; and
  • to develop abilities to extend knowledge in physiotherapy practice and organizational management, and to provide skills in research for physiotherapy.
Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: November 2016
Program duration: 2 years

Menzies scholarship propels UQ medicine alumnus to Harvard

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

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

UQ School of Medicine
Dr Nick Gattas … planning to combine digital innovation skills with his medical knowledge (Photo credit: UQ)

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

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

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

While at Harvard, Dr Gattas will look at launching a start-up company to address a specific problem, such as delivering specialist diabetes care to patients in remote areas, while developing services that can be scaled up in Australia and abroad.

“The challenge facing all health systems is providing care to an ageing population burdened by chronic disease, in a world where more funding simply is not sustainable,” he said.

“How can we consistently provide high-quality care to those who need it, using the few resources we have available?”

As part of the UQ Medical Leadership Program, Dr Gattas worked on a project with global management and consulting firm McKinsey & Co in Sydney.

After graduating as valedictorian and dux of his year in 2013, he decided he could better influence health systems at a strategic rather than clinical level, and accepted an offer to work at McKinsey.

“Addressing the challenges around an ageing population and chronic disease is my passion in life,” he said.

The RG Menzies Scholarships, valued at $81,860 ($US60,000), are Australia’s leading national awards for postgraduate study in the United States and are jointly awarded by the Harvard Club of Australia, Australian National University and the Menzies Foundation.

Selection panel members said they were impressed by Dr Gattas’s vision for improving systems and using international knowledge not currently maximised in Australia.

About UQ’s Medical Leadership Program

For UQ Medicine students who are also considering leadership roles in their career futures, the UQ School of Medicine has partnered with the UQ Business School to provide an accredited Medical Leadership Program offered exclusively to UQ MD students. Interested applicants may apply at the end of their first year of study of their medical degree.

Key benefits
By participating in this program, students will be able to
  • discover the keys to building strategies to affect continued transformation in the medical profession;
  • develop their personal and professional capabilities in areas such as leadership and management, managing change, thinking strategically, managing people, thinking innovatively, developing teams and an action learning culture, to name just a few areas;
  • explore how they can create a longer-term focus and make a significant impact on their medical outcomes, aligning their professional development around the core capabilities central to the achievement of their professional strategies;
  • formulate practical ideas, models and tools of behaviour, which will help participants advance their own personal and professional development; and obtain a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership

Griffith MBA backs endangered orangutans through carbon offset

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

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

Griffith MBA backs endangered orangutans through carbon offset
By offsetting its carbon footprint, the Griffith MBA is supporting an endangered orangutan in Indonesia (Photo credit: Griffith University)

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

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

Gansu Zhangye Heihe Longhui Small Scale Hydropower Project in regional China and the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve on Borneo Island are the beneficiaries of the Griffith Business School initiative.

Core values
“We pride ourselves on the program’s core values, which includes a commitment to sustainable business practice,” Associate Professor Chris Fleming, Griffith MBA Director, said. “This offset is also consistent with the MBA’s Asia-Pacific focus.

“Sustainable business practice is not just about environmental sustainability. It is also about being socially sustainable and both of these projects speak to this principle.

“The continued viability of the Indonesian project, for example, is important as it means an economic boost for the local community whether it is money earned on the reserve that improves livelihoods, employment created or new levels of food security that improve health,” Associate Professor Fleming said.

“In addition, the training and educational benefits for the community are significant, not least through the confidence it generates.”

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project preserves carbon-dense tropical peat swamp by helping to prevent deforestation at a 47,000-hectare site earmarked for development into a palm oil plantation.

The site is also home to Indonesia’s largest private orangutan sanctuary. Raging fires in dense Borneo forest last October threatened one third of the world’s remaining wild orangutans, according to conservationists.

In the case of the China-based hydropower project, the water resources of the Heihe River are used to generate and supply the electricity, which would otherwise be produced by coal-fired plants. “Projects such as this one need to be supported to help level the playing field in the ongoing duel with coal production.”

Associate Professor Fleming says the offset initiative should engage current or aspiring MBA student aiming to progress their careers into business management leadership roles.

“Any MBA student looking for innovation, responsibility and progress will see the Griffith MBA is an MBA for the 21st century, not an MBA stuck in the eighties.

“There is an onus on the global business sector now to take and demonstrate responsibility. You won’t get away with activities that are less than responsible today.”

Griffith MBA

Like all MBAs, the Griffith MBA explores all the business disciplines you would expect—accounting and reporting, economics, finance, people management, marketing, strategy and innovation. However, what makes the Griffith MBA different is that it’s built on core values that are crucial to modern business: sustainable business practices; responsible leadership; and global orientation—particularly, the potential impacts of the Asian century.

Program: Master of Business Administration
Location: South Bank Campus, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Master of Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne

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

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

Students may focus on one of 5 specialisations:
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Technology and language learning
  • Language testing
  • English language
  • Modern languages

New Stream: Modern Languages

The Master of Applied Linguistics now has a Modern Languages stream. This includes a range of subjects that focus specifically on developing language skills and cultural competency in modern languages at the graduate level. Languages include French, German, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic! This exciting new addition to an innovative program welcomes professionals working with modern languages in education, translating, trade relations, diplomacy, the public service, international public relations and related areas.

Students of the Master of Applied Linguistics will have the opportunity to
  • acquire advanced level understanding of current issues, concepts and research methods in targeted areas of chosen discipline; and
  • complete the Minor Thesis elective to activate a pathway to a PhD.

Program: Master of Applied Linguistics
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 1–2 years (dependent upon candidate’s background)
Semester intake: March

Entry requirements
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent, with an average of 70% or above.

Griffith aiming to personalise treatment for cancer patients

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

Griffith aiming to personalise treatment for cancer patients
Prof Nigel McMillan (Photo credit: Griffith University)

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

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

Good cells often killed

“The current problem is that we have very general treatments that are not specific to an individual’s type of cancer and these drugs are killing the good cells as well as the bad. Most therapies unfortunately, have significant side effects says Professor Nigel McMillan.

“Although we have many new and interesting drugs, it is hard to know which are the correct ones for a particular patient.

“However, by looking at the responses to different drugs on the tumour when it is outside of the patient in a surrogate, we can investigate which cancers respond well to which drugs and provide useful feedback to the clinicians in order that they treat the patient in an individual way with the best outcome.”

Gold Coast Health Director of Oncology Dr Jasotha Sanmugarajah says the results of the research will prove invaluable for clinical staff and patients.

“This will eliminate the uncertainty we have in clinics determining which drug will work best with each patient’s particular cancer and avoid side effects and wasting time and money on incorrect drugs,” she says.

Professor McMillan says the research, which will take advantage of the proximity of the university and the hospital within the new Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, is aiming to work with 20 head and neck cancer patients by the end of the year.

“The expectation is that this will provide some meaningful results on which to start up a database of suitable treatments for specific human cancers allowing us in the future to more rapidly prescribe the right drug every time,” he says.

“Much is being done overseas with regards to establishing a consortium of organisations looking at this type of work and it is very exciting.

“To think that a patient will be assured of getting a drug that is able to kill their cancer is very compelling.”

Professor McMillan says that although the work is beginning with head and neck patients, the concept has potential to be applicable to many types of cancer in the future.

About Griffith School of Medicine

The Griffith School of Medicine is known for its innovation and excellence in medical research and education. Griffith medicine students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the brand new Gold Coast University Hospital.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: January each year
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 31, 2015.

UQ School of Pharmacy’s Therapeutic Targeting

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

UQ School of Pharmacy
Study at the UQ School of Pharmacy

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

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

Physicochemical Sciences
Research applies physico-chemical principles, experimental and analytical techniques to
  • generate sophisticated drug designs;
  • expedite the discovery of new therapeutic molecules from synthetic and natural resources;
  • improve drug delivery to specific sites at tissue and cellular level; and
  • enhance speed, sensitivity and reliability of chemical analysis.
Group members offer an impressive knowledge and skills base in
  • medicinal chemistry
  • synthetic organic chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • medicines formulation and
  • physicochemical analysis
Biological Sciences
Research applies to the study of biological pathways and mechanisms important in drug target identification and validation.

Group members have expertise and interest in a variety of areas including
  • pharmacology
  • cellular signalling
  • high throughput screening
  • pain
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • vision
  • vascular biology
  • cancer

Would you like to study pharmacy at the University of Queensland?

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program is a well-established, professionally accredited learning framework that is well received by both students and the profession. The program has evolved into one of the country’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15

Entry Requirements
Applicants to UQ Pharmacy are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites.

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

Friday, May 20, 2016

Monash University nursing and health sciences scholarships

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

Monash nursing and health sciences
Study nursing and health sciences at Monash University

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

The world found Nemo, but can we save him?

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

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

Associate Professor Karen Burke da Silva and Anita Nedosyko
Associate Professor Karen Burke da Silva and Anita Nedosyko (Photo credit: UQ)

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

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

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

“Reef fish populations are already struggling due to warmer sea temperatures and ocean acidification caused by global warming.

“The last thing they need is to be plucked off reefs.”

The team has started an ambitious campaign to raise a million fish kisses on social media with the hashtag #fishkiss4nemo.

They hope to capture the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who voices the loveable yet forgetful Dory in Finding Nemo and the upcoming sequel, Finding Dory.

Saving Nemo co-founders and Flinders University researchers Anita Nedosyko and Associate Professor Karen Burke da Silva said the release of the sequel in June could cause a resurgence of ornamental species being pilfered from reefs—this time Dory’s species, the blue tang.

Miss Nedosyko said people took the wrong message from the film.

“People fell in love with the adorable characters and wanted to keep them as pets, instead of understanding the film’s conservation message of keeping Nemo in the ocean where he belongs,” she said.

Professor Burke da Silva said the team has been running a clownfish breeding program for the past five years, selling sustainable clownfish to local aquariums.

“Clownfish are extremely easy to breed and females lay many eggs at a time so there is really no reason to collect them from the wild. Nursery-bred fish are also far happier and healthier in tanks than wild-caught fish,” she said.

The researchers are also examining how anemone venom can be used as a bio-active anti-cancer product.

You can give a #fishkiss4nemo on social media or go to www.savingnemo.org to get involved with the campaign.

Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland

The UQ School of Biological Sciences is situated on the St Lucia campus in Brisbane and is part of the Faculty of Science. Academic staff conduct research in evolution, global change biology, ecology, aquaculture, behaviour, physiology, entomology, zoology, botany, genomics, development and conservation biology. World-class infrastructure, proximity to stunning habitats and biodiversity, and UQ’s tropical-subtropical location contribute to its unique working environment.

Griffith Law student wins Law Without Walls event

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

Griffith Law School
Aina Cordero, Carolina van der Mensbrugghe and Courtney Rickersey celebrate their win with Professor John Flood, Director of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University (Photo credit: Griffith University)

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

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

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

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

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

Law Without Walls is a global, transdisciplinary think-tank around technology, innovation and law. The ConPosium showcases Law Without Walls skills and innovations for the law market.

About the Griffith Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)

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

You can also double your career options, without doubling your study time, by completing a double degree. You’ll study two Griffith degrees simultaneously, giving you the career advantage of a special combination of skills.
  • Laws/Arts
  • Laws/Business
  • Laws/Commerce
  • Laws/Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Laws/Government and International Relations
  • Laws/International Business
  • Laws/Psychological Science
  • Laws/Science (Environment)
Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Melbourne chemical engineering students claim Pratt Prize victory

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

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

Chemical Engineering Design Project
Left to right: Suya He, Huixuan Yu, Yonathan Christianto, Chen-Yu Tsai and Robert Pratt (son of Clive Pratt). Absent: Robert Murray and Lachlan Henderson (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

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

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

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

“We are very glad that out hard work was recognized” Chen-Yu said.

“The project was very challenging but the experience is valuable. The design project did not only provide me the chance to apply knowledge from my degree to a real life case, but I have also learnt to solve problems in general and to be a good team player.”

Yonathan Christianto also said that his experience of working on the project was very challenging, yet it was the “best experience” he has had at the university.

The team will now compete for the Australasian Design Project Prize at the Chemeca 2016 conference in September.

University of Melbourne appoints new Dean of Medicine

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

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

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

University of Melbourne Medical School
Professor Shitij Kapur will take up the role of Dean in October (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

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

“Over this period he has overseen a major expansion in the education portfolio of the Institute, has been a champion for equality and diversity initiatives, and in his recent role as Assistant Principal (Academic Performance), has been responsible for developing faculty development initiatives.

“His appointment follows an extensive national and international search and was the unanimous choice of our selection committee from an outstanding field of candidates.”

Professor Kapur said he was looking forward to taking up the position. “I am delighted to be offered this opportunity and thank the university for inviting me to join its academic community.

“As I have come to know the university, I have been most impressed with the breadth of academic excellence at the faculty, the brilliance of its students and its commitment to education, as well as the strength of its partnerships with world-class medical research institutes and hospitals.”

“I have been lucky to work in some world-leading centres of medicine and the University of Melbourne stands out in its scope, scale and potential. It will be a privilege to serve as the Dean and work with the so many talented colleagues and students to realize the next stage of the Faculty’s success.”

Professor Sheil concluded, “Professor Mark Hargreaves will continue as Dean of the Faculty until Professor Kapur commences his appointment.  We are indebted to Prof Hargreaves for his outstanding leadership in recent months and we are grateful he will remain at the helm in the interim.”

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine

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

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