Thursday, June 23, 2016

Preparing for your University of Sydney interview

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

Sydney Dental School
Best of luck with your interview!

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

Get ready

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

You should use the most reliable method of connection available for your interview (e.g., a wired computer connection, where possible.)  Wireless connection can be used, provided that it is sufficiently reliable to complete the interview process. Imagine beginning your interview with shady internet connection—yikes!

Can’t attend your interview at the specified time? You must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes. It is designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the University of Sydney considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There will be 5 stations of 7 minutes each, with a turnaround time of 2 minutes.  Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. Say hello to him or her. Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via ‘Instant Message’ on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

Former OzTREKK students’ tips… and things to get you thinking!

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips from former OzTREKK students, and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask to help get you prepared:

  • Don’t have Skype? Get it. Learn about it. Be prepared to know how it works. Especially learn the instant messaging button as this is where you will read the interview questions.
  • Read and discuss. Read about what is happening around you and find someone to discuss what is happening around you. Present your views and listen to their views. This is a great way to actually hear different sides of the same story. Practice formulating a position, practice speaking, and practice expressing your opinion! Avoid confrontation.
  • Familiarise yourself with the school. Find out who is in charge and understand the faculty structure. What is the  school known for? Why is that a good fit for you?
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry and medicine.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? Are you working on them?
  • Know the profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?
  • Be prepared to talk about your undergrad degree.
  • What makes you stand out from other applicants? (But don’t brag!)
  • Lastly, there is a wealth of MMI resources out there on the internet! Do your homework!
During the interview
  • Take a deep breath. The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.
  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff. If an interviewer has a bad first impression about you, the other aspects of that particular station will likely be graded poorly. Remember, the interviewers are people too, and they are likely volunteering in the MMI process. This is especially important if you consider an interviewer may not even be listening to a word you are saying. At the end of the station, the interviewer may look back at the past 7 or so minutes, and depending on how much verbal diarrhea you may have spewed out, they may only remember how calm, collected, and eloquently spoken you are.
  • Dress appropriately. No one wants to see you just out of bed, in a T-shirt, or wearing exercise gear. You are interviewing for a professional degree!
  • Turn. Your. Cellphone. Off.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • No note-taking permitted!
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine or dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality.
  • Stations can be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc.
  • Figure out what kind of general situation you are in and then present not only how you view the situation, but also from the viewpoint of bystanders and/or the opposing party. Think outside the box, but tread lightly!
  • If an interviewer interrupts at any point, stop and listen carefully to what he/she has to say. They are doing this in your favour, as you are likely veering off course in your discussion.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.

Best of luck!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

James Cook University: Born for the Tropics

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

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

Dedicated to research
The university conducts nationally significant and internationally recognised research in areas such as marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tourism, and tropical medicine and public health care in underserved populations.

A comprehensive university
Since its establishment in 1970, JCU has expanded into a multi-campus institution with its main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, with smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay. JCU also has a campus in Brisbane, operated by Russo Higher Education.

JCU students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Creative Media, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Healthcare Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Planning, Psychological Science, Science, Social Work, Sustainability and Veterinary Science. The university aims to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce.

Relevant to the region
JCU also recognises their special obligation to be relevant to their region and have forged close linkages into the economy and social fabric of the northern Queensland. JCU is dedicated to ensuring that its teaching, learning and research is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

Nurse of the Year a UQ Nursing School alumnus

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

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

Nurse of the Year a UQ alumnus
UQ alumnus Sherene is Nurse of the Year (Photo credit:UQ)

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

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

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

Ms Devlin completed her Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies at UQ and specialises in skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and vitiligo at her Ipswich clinic.

Georgie Waugh was another UQ Nursing School postgraduate nominated for the APNA Nurse of the Year.

The coming year will see Ms Devlin act as an official APNA ambassador for fellow nurses and health care professionals.

“I want others to see that nursing is an amazing career path and there are so many opportunities for nurses to achieve their goals,” Ms Devlin said.

“Educating the community and other health professionals about how the role of nursing practitioner fits into our healthcare system is another goal of mine.”

University of Queensland Nursing School

The Master of Nursing Studies at the University of Queensland has been specifically designed to prepare you to apply to work as a registered nurse within two years of study. Students complete 32 courses, 16 of which are clinical, or two days clinical practice per week for the first year, three days a week in the third semester, and five days per week in the final semester. There are 1,010 hours of clinical practice throughout the program.

Program: Master of Nursing Studies
Location: St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bond Law students retain world champion crown at international IP Moot

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

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

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

Bond Law students win international IP Moot
Proud moot victors, Jeremy Butcher and former OzTREKK student Justina Sebastiampillai (Photo credit: Bond University)

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

Bond defeated 15 teams to become the 2016 winners; 11 from leading Chinese universities, one from Taiwan and the others from the US and Australia. The legal problem that was the subject of this year’s moot concerned employees claiming compensation for an invention created during their term of employment.

In addition to taking out the top honour, Justina also received the ‘Best Oralist’ award and was asked to deliver the prestigious ‘thank you’ speech to the Judges, on behalf of all the teams in the competition.

Bond Law School’s Professor William van Caenegem, who coached the team on the ground in Beijing, said they performed strongly from the start of the competition.

“From the outset, Justina’s and Jeremy’s style and oral advocacy skills were outstanding,” he said. “It was a tough moot but they performed flawlessly.”

“An amazing amount out of hard work went into both their preparation in the six weeks leading up to the event, and from the moment they touched down in Beijing.

“The team worked tirelessly, day and night, and in the end this certainly paid off.”

Justina Sebastiampillai, who is graduating with a Juris Doctor degree later this month, said the BFSU IP moot was a complex challenge on many levels.

“Although the moot was in English, the case itself was Chinese, so research was a major challenge,” she said.

“Not only did we have to very quickly get to grips with Chinese Law and the foundations of the Chinese legal system, but the sources of information at our disposal about the case were very limited, and largely in the Chinese language.

“Thankfully, Bond’s Faculty of Law provided a huge level of support: our academics shared their expertise, feedback and perspectives; we had after-hours access to the moot courts and case study rooms; we received a constant barrage of messages of support from staff and students when we were in Beijing; and we even had alumni who were living and working in Beijing come forward to offer their support.

“It was hard work, preparing without background, but we were determined and committed to continuously improving ourselves throughout the competition process. When we saw how the bench responded to our first moot we knew whether or not we won, we were good enough to win, which gave us an enormous sense of pride and confidence.

“I felt very fortunate to have such a bright and talented teammate as Jeremy, and a coach that was as incredibly experienced and knowledgeable as William.

“It was exciting to see that Bond University has a degree of fame in this competition. The Bond name was instantly recognised and respected thanks to our success and high-quality performances in previous years’ events.

“I was very lucky to have a couple of days in Beijing after the competition when the Chinese students took me under their wing and together we went to see the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and visited some of the best restaurants in the city.

“We were overwhelmed by the hospitality of the students and competition organisers. They were so friendly and welcoming that true friendships were forged and we can’t wait for them to come to Australia and visit Bond.”

Justina has participated in four moots during her time at Bond: the Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot; the Wilson Moot in Canada; the Universite Paris 13 Sports Law Moot; and the BFSU Wanhuida Cup Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition.

“Although the topics change, the skills required—and acquired—are the same: hard work, dedication, a desire to solve legal problems and a commitment to never stop learning,” Justina said.

“Being part of Bond Law moots has made me realise the importance of understanding law in different jurisdictions and how fundamental relationships with students and academics in other countries are as a future global law professional.

“I am very thankful to Bond for these incredible learning opportunities. The moots have been my favourite experiences so far and are a fantastic way to end my time at Bond.

“I now understand firsthand why Bond has the reputation of having the best mooting program in the world.”

All of us at OzTREKK are very proud of you, Justina! Way to go!

Clinical education in the Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

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

Clinical education in the Sydney Master of Physiotherapy
Study physiotherapy at the University of Sydney

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

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

As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the FHS Abroad program, which involves academic study and a 4- to 6-week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and Southeast Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide. All students should expect to complete at least one placement outside of Sydney during the course of their program.

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:
1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65-74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
It is recommended that you apply for the Master of Physiotherapy program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply. Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Sydney MPT program.

Why study medicine at Monash?

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bond University opens The Hub

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

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

Bond University opens The Hub
The Hub will be Bond’s HQ for innovative students, academics, alumni and visiting entrepreneurs (Photo credit: Bond University)

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

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

The Hub will be Bond’s HQ for innovative students, academics, alumni and visiting entrepreneurs and will provide the perfect working space for startups to form, storm, norm and perform.”

“A lot of effort has gone in to the design of The Hub to ensure it caters for the different outcomes required: there are engaged active spaces; more relaxed collaborative spaces; structured workplaces and a low-lit ‘hideaway’ space which serves as a place to decompress or simply chill out.

“We’ve visited, and drew inspiration from, some of the world’s most innovative and successful startup spaces – Stanford’s, Rocketspace, the Cambridge Innovation Centre—they’ve all influenced the design of the space.

“Over the past few years, Bond has established itself as a major centre of innovation on the Gold Coast, and with the launch of The Hub, we now also have a best-in-breed co-working space.”

Bond University was recently named the Gold Coast’s regional ‘Hot DesQ Host’ as part of an $8 million Advance Queensland government initiative to encourage startups from across the country, and the globe, to relocate to Queensland.

The Hub will become ‘Hot DesQ HQ’ for those startups who choose to base themselves on the Gold Coast.

Dr U’ren said Bond was the perfect choice of ‘Hot DesQHost’ for the Gold Coast region.

“We are an international university with a strong focus on global commerce and have one of the most active commercialisation centres in the region, backed by our own accelerator program—the Bond Business Accelerator.

“Bond is a breeding ground for young entrepreneurs, not just through the Bond Business School’s Entrepreneurship subjects and our Accelerator program but also through our strong ties to the South-east Queensland startup community.

“Additionally, we are highly engaged in a number of regional entrepreneurial initiatives including Gold Coast Demo Day, Ideas Camp, the Silicon Valley Study Tour and the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards.

“Beyond The Hub, the university has incredible resources and facilities at startups’ disposal including the Macquarie Trading Centre, the Global Links Room for international networking, videoconferencing and collaboration, and a fully functioning film and television studio.

“These startups will have access to cutting-edge entrepreneurs from Bond and beyond, plus staff who can connect them to academics, researchers and students who are experts in their relative fields, be that health tech, e-commerce, tourism or law—to name just a few.

“Our students will also benefit from having a direct connection to cutting-edge business and thought leaders from all over the world, and the opportunity to gain insight, work experience and internships with these aspirational new businesses.”

The Hot DesQ program is modelled on successful international programs such as Startup Chile which has been running since 2010 and the French Tech Ticket launched just last year.

Applications for international and interstate startups to participate in the program are now open on

Melbourne DVM student wins Veterinary Cattle Medicine Award

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

Melbourne Student wins Veterinary Cattle Medicine Award
Dr Lucy Collins (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

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

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

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

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

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

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 19, 2016. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements
Eligible Melbourne DVM applicants must
  • have completed an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
  • have completed prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
  • submit a personal statement (i.e., description of their interest in veterinary science and related experiences with animals).
Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology or zoology.

Selection into the Melbourne DVM will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average and above should apply.

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

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

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

Barrier Reef rodent is first mammal declared extinct due to climate change
The Bramble Cay melomys (Photo: UQ)

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

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

“A thorough survey effort involving 900 small animal trap-nights, 60 camera trap-nights and two hours of active daytime searches produced no records of the species, confirming that the only known population of this rodent is now extinct.

“Anecdotal information obtained from a professional fisherman who visited Bramble Cay annually for the past 10 years suggested that the last known sighting of the Bramble Cay melomys was made in late 2009.”

Dr Leung said the key factor responsible for the destruction of this population was almost certainly ocean inundation of the low-lying cay, very likely on multiple occasions, during the past decade, causing dramatic habitat loss and perhaps also direct mortality of individuals. The cay sits at most 3m above sea level.

“Available information about sea-level rise and the increased frequency and intensity of weather events producing extreme high water levels and damaging storm surges in the Torres Strait region over this period point to human-induced climate change being the root cause of the loss of the Bramble Cay melomys,” he said.

Dr Leung said the fact that exhaustive efforts had failed to record the rodent at its only known location and extensive surveys had not found it on any other Torres Strait or Great Barrier Reef island gave him confidence in the assertion that Australia had lost another mammal species.

“Significantly, this probably represents the first recorded mammalian extinction due to anthropogenic climate change.

“However, new information is provided in support of a previously presented hypothesis that the Fly River delta of Papua New Guinea is a possible source of the original melomys population on Bramble Cay, so the Bramble Cay melomys or a closely related species might occur there."

Dr Leung said it could be premature to declare the Bramble Cay melomys extinct on a global scale.

The study was led by Ian Gynther from Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and in partnership with UQ researchers Natalie Waller and Luke Leung.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Medical licensing webinar June 22

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

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

Medical licensing webinar June 22
Find out more about Australian Medical Schools

Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Whether you would like to come back to Canada or the U.S. to practice medicine or remain in Australia, those who attend our OzTREKK Medical Licensing seminars and webinars learn about the avenues to practice medicine.

As you may know, it can be difficult to gain straightforward information about your licensing options following graduation. During the webinars, you will receive the latest information, data, and statistics so you can make an informed decision about whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you. Find out more about
  • the Australian Medical School systems and structure;
  • Australian Medical School rankings;
  • medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS;
  • medical school rotations in Canada;
  • coming back to Canada to practice medicine;
  • the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2;
  • the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates;
  • provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates;
  • the Australian Internship and Residency Program
…and much more!

Sydney Public health researchers awarded top grant

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

Sydney Public health researchers awarded top NHMRC grant
Learn more about Sydney Public Health School

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

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

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

“Recently, we have witnessed an explosion of new diagnostic and screening technologies available including advanced imaging, biomarkers and genomic tests. Some of these tests are even marketed directly to the public,” added Professor Barratt, CRE Chief Investigator.

“Ideally these tests improve health by identifying diseases or risks that need to be treated; however, sometimes these tests lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment which not only harms patients but wastes health resources through unnecessary procedures.

“The CRE will focus on cancer and cardiovascular disease. New diagnostics are already appearing in clinical use in these areas, and these diseases account for a large burden of death, disease and health care spending in Australia.

Public health researcher and ethicist Associate Professor Stacy Carter said, “Most importantly, this research is about improving health outcomes for patients, in Australia and internationally.

“Our findings will assist patients, citizens, healthcare funders and health professionals to adopt helpful new technologies and avoid harmful new technologies to get the best possible outcomes from our healthcare system.”

Health psychologist Professor Kirsten McCaffery said “We are an internationally leading, multidisciplinary team and Australia is at the forefront of this new area of research. This funding puts us in a unique position to continue and expand the world class work we are doing.”

Public Health at the University of Sydney

The public health program at the University of Sydney focuses on the prevention of illness and the promotion of health, with practitioners playing a proactive rather than a reactive role, especially with regard to the coordination of relevant community resources. The program provides the opportunity to develop skills and acquire knowledge essential for the effective practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: March and July
Duration: 1 year

Awards for top Melbourne dental students

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

Awards for top Melbourne dental students
Bachelor of Oral Health student Jenny Lam with Jenny Morgan, Colgate Oral Care, and Professor Mike Morgan, Head of Melbourne Dental School. (Image: Brenda Master)

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

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

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

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

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

University of Melbourne Dental School

The Melbourne DDS 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. Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

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

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What are credit transfers at the UQ School of Pharmacy?

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

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

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

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

Credit is most commonly awarded for the following UQ courses:

BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms
The course covers the fundamental concepts that allow complex organisms to function, with some focus on the human body and other higher organisms. Key concepts include basic cellular transport and signalling mechanisms, neuronal structure and function, motor mechanisms and locomotion, circulation and gas exchange, and the endocrine system. Of key importance is the integration of different concepts as they apply to the structure and function of different regions of the entire organism.

BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution
Students undertaking this course will examine the fundamental building blocks of life: cells and genes. Students will explore the connections between physical processes at the molecular level and whole organism phenotype and identify how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

BIOM1052 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Pharmacy
Students will be introduced to the structural features of major tissues and organs as a basis to an understanding of their physiological function. Systems to be examined include central, peripheral and sensory nervous systems, structure and function of skin, pulmonary structure and function, the circulation and lymphatics, gastrointestinal function, renal maintenance of the internal environment and reproduction.

CHEM1100 Chemistry 1
This course provides the foundation in concepts underpinning inorganic, physical and organic chemistry necessary for advancement to the higher levels of study in chemistry and engineering courses. Core topics include atomic structure, bonding and hybridisation, molecular shape, an introduction to organic chemistry, states of matter and intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, aqueous solution equilibria, thermodynamics, and redox chemistry.

CHEM1222 Chemistry for Pharmacy and Dentistry
This course develops the knowledge and understanding across inorganic, physical and organic chemistry necessary for advancement to the higher levels of study in pharmacy and dentistry courses. Core topics include organic structure, function and reactions, polymers and biopolymer, kinetics, self-assembly, metals, alloys and ceramics, solutions, osmosis, acid and base equilibria and biological redox chemistry.

PHRM1020 Pharmacy – Data Analysis and Professional Practice
This course is designed to provide the foundation skills in numeracy for pharmaceutical calculations and data analysis required to progress and develop these skills within the pharmacy program and for future practice as pharmacy professionals.

Sound like material you’ve already covered in your previous degree?

What do you need to do?

In order to be eligible for credit transfer consideration, candidates must first submit a complete application. If you receive an offer to the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program, you may then begin the application for credit process.

Gather course lists and course descriptions that best match the above courses. A short, one-paragraph description of the course won’t be enough. The university needs to determine if your studies match the UQ equivalent. The information should contain an overview of numbers of lectures, practicals, tutorials, etc. in the course, list of learning objectives if available, lecture titles and descriptions, practical titles, timetable to indicate the number of contact hours of the various types in the course, summary of assessment, etc.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years (3 years, depending on candidate’s background)
Application deadline: November 15, 2016

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.

Technical know-how a first for Melbourne Law School

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

Technical know-how a first for Melbourne Law School
MLS students providing innovative solutions to complex legal issues (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

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

Students will compete for the title of ‘The Slater and Gordon Award for Law Apps” before a panel of judges, where their projects will be assessed on their usefulness, completeness, ambition and creativity, design and presentation. One of the sites from last year, designed to assist not-for-profits, is now live and will be demonstrated at the annual event.

Dean of Melbourne Law School Professor Carolyn Evans said that new technologies were providing innovative solutions in the law.

“The MLS is the leader in Australia in regards to technology in legal education. Melbourne is claiming the space of technology in legal education,” she said.

“MLS is producing law graduates of the future. The legal landscape is changing with much of it is moving to digital and online. Law graduates with these technology skills are more employable and more in a position to help clients.”

Subject teacher, Mr Gary Cazalet, said the subject offered at Melbourne Law School received support from Georgetown University, law firm Slater and Gordon and technology platform Neota Logic—a platform providing non-programmers with the tools to efficiently build, test, maintain, and deploy expert applications.

“During the development of their websites, students receive substantial and ongoing advice from Neota Logic’s experts both in Australia and the US, enabling students to create applications of the highest quality,” Mr Cazalet said.

“This results in the creation of fast, accurate and cost-effective answers to common legal problems.”

Julian Uebergang, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Neota Logic, added “Neota Logic is proud to collaborate with MLS and Justice Connect to develop applications that perform important functions for not-for-profit organisations, particularly organisations that promote access-to-justice.”

Slater and Gordon Victorian General Manager of Personal Injury Dina Tutungi, who is one of the judges for the event, said it was important to encourage and support the next generation of lawyers to become innovators.

“Slater and Gordon is proud to be involved in an event that allows us to help future lawyers develop new and better ways to improve access to legal information, services and justice.”

Neota Logic is a global provider of intelligent software for the legal and compliance industries.

Combining rules, reasoning, decision management and document automation, the company’s easy-to-develop smart applications enable business solutions that deliver process improvements, reduce risk and ensure compliance. Neota Logic applications are mobile-ready, can be embedded within portals and websites and integrate easily with other systems.

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.

Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery raises funds for sick children

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

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

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

With the latest group of 12 students departing in the second week of June for a two-week study tour, their visit coincides with fundraising efforts at Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie as part of recent International Nurses Day celebrations, with almost $2,000 raised.

While the student trip is covered by the Federal government’s New Colombo Mobility Program Plan, the Fairy Garden relies on community funding to sustain operations, which staff and students have continued to do since its opening.

Dr Van der Riet says that trips like these immerse students in the Thai system to teach the sorts of cultural sensitivities that help nurses in a multicultural nation such as Australia. Researchers are also discovering that these types of “healing environments” are having a tangible impact on the health of patients.

Dr Van der Riet has been lead author on two recent nursing journal articles written with her Thai colleagues on the experiences of families using the Lampang garden, with visible improvement to the quality of life for sick children. With many of the children suffering chronic diseases such as leukemia and other life-threatening illnesses at the hospital, having the only green space that exists in Lampang hospital available for children helps alleviate the stress of long-term stays.

University of Newcastle Nursing School

The University of Newcastle Nursing School has an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and enjoys close collaboration with local area health services in providing clinical learning experiences for students, in the provision of graduate programs and in the conduct of clinical research. The school strives to prepare and develop nurses to function in a wide range of clinical settings, occupational health facilities and rehabilitation services.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline candidates are encouraged to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

University of Sydney Dental School application deadline

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

Sydney Dental School
Learn more about Sydney Dental School

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

University of Sydney Dental School

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

Students studying dentistry in the Doctor of Dental Medicine program can rest assured that they are receiving a world-class education, and upon graduation, will have gained competitive credentials that will allow them to pursue their career goals back home in Canada with the addition of having the great experiences only found while studying abroad.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Next available intake: February 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 21, 2016

Prof Brandis appointed head of new Bond occupational therapy program

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

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

Prof Brandis appointed head of new Bond occupational therapy program
Professor Susan Brandis (Photo credit: Bond University)

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

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

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

During a 37-year career, she has held high-profile positions including Manager of the National Falls Prevention Project for the Commonwealth and Executive Director of Allied Health at Gold Coast Health.

She has also worked in various roles in both the public and non-government sectors including Director of Occupational Therapy; Director of Allied Health, Geriatric and Rehabilitation Services; and Executive Officer Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme, and has been an adjunct lecturer at various universities in Queensland over almost two decades.

Her clinical interests include aged care, rehabilitation and palliative care, and she is involved in research projects looking at patient safety and quality, organisational culture and patient outcomes.

Professor Brandis said occupational therapy was a fast-growing area and the need for the profession would only continue to grow.

“There is increasing demand in the community for quality of care and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has further bolstered the need for occupational therapists,” she said.

“The future is really bright for occupational therapy as a profession and there is huge potential in terms of research and how we better promote the independence of people living in the community.

“It is also a career for life.  It is a profession where you can make a real difference to people’s lives and there are so many different careers you can pursue, with the broad nature of the program ensuring opportunities to diversify into a range of management and leadership roles.”

Professor Brandis said Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy was structured to meet both World Federation and National Occupational Therapy standards, meeting the requirements for direct registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

“The new program will include more than 1,000 clinical hours, ensuring our graduates have extensive hands-on experience upon graduation, which goes hand-in-hand with the intensive one-on-one support and mentorship they receive through Bond’s small class sizes,” she said.

Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine Dean, Professor Helen Chenery, said the introduction of the Master of Occupational Therapy would add to the university’s existing extensive health and medical offering.

Bond University already boasts a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including medicine, biomedical science, physiotherapy, health science, nutrition and dietetics and a number of programs in sport and exercise science and sports management.

“The new program complements the suite of health and medical programs already on offer at Bond University and offers more opportunities for interdisciplinary education and interprofessional practice,” said Professor Chenery.

“To provide occupational therapy alongside our very reputable medicine, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics and psychology programs, to name just a few, is of real benefit for students and provides a strong foundation for the new program.

“We welcome Professor Brandis to our expanding health and medical team and are confident her extensive and diverse experience will ensure we deliver a world-class occupational therapy program at Bond University.”

Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: September 2016
Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)
Application deadline: No set deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Climate change likely to turn up heat on koalas

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

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

Climate change likely to turn up heat on koalas
Koalas will not be able to find all the water they need to survive under climate change, research suggests
The researchers mapped potential koala habitats in 2070 by using information about koala behaviour, physiology, body size, and fur to predict how much energy and water koalas need to survive under the climate at a particular location.

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

Lead author of the study Dr Natalie Briscoe from the Melbourne School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne says that the findings could help our ability to forecast future impacts of climate change on biodiversity.

“Studies of climate change impacts on wildlife have often focused on how changes in average temperature or rainfall will affect species, but our research highlights the importance of thinking about the extreme conditions that will be most stressful for the animals—such as hot, dry periods—and how these may change in the future.

“By developing a better understanding of what controls species distributions now, we are much better placed to forecast how these may shift in the future” says Dr Briscoe.

Dr Brendan Wintle, Deputy Director of the National Environmental Science Programme’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub, and a co-author of the study, says describing where koalas and other threatened species find refuge from changing climate and other threats such as cats and foxes allows efficient focus of conservation efforts and limited conservation funding.

To build the ecological model the team compiled data on how koalas behave under different weather conditions, measured characteristics such as fur depth and body size from across the koala’s range, and collated detailed data on koala physiology. They could then predict the koalas’ habitat from a climatic point of view based only on their water and energy requirements, assuming that eucalyptus trees were available everywhere.

The team also used models that correlate known koala locations with the climatic conditions of the recent past—the approach most commonly used to predict climate change impacts on wildlife, but one which could be misleading when projected to the future.

They found that both kinds of models made accurate predictions of the koala’s current range and agreed that koalas will disappear from much of the drier, hotter parts of their range.

“There is a lot of uncertainty when predicting the impacts of climate change on species, particularly when climate change leads to novel weather patterns. Comparing predictions from different models allows us to more confidently predict the location of havens where koalas could survive in the future,” says Dr Briscoe.

The Threatened Species Recovery Hub brings together Australia’s leading conservation scientists to help develop better management and policy for conserving Australia’s threatened species.

It is supported by the Australian Government ’s National Environmental Science Programme, a long-term commitment to support environmental and climate research.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Indigenous Sydney veterinary student helping animals in the outback

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

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

Indigenous Sydney veterinary student helping animals in the outback
Simone took the time out of the busy program to recharge with regular puppy cuddles (Photo credit: University of Sydney)
The big discovery of veterinary science and Armstrong’s decision to make animals the focus of her career began in year 10.

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

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

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

Looking back, Armstrong says it was an impulsive but instinctive decision that has helped shape her future ever since.

“I took really strategic steps from there to ensure it was a good decision, and I’ve not ever regretted it.

“I feel like I’ve really tasted it [veterinary sciences] and discovered so many avenues of where this could potentially go.”

One of those avenues involved a trip to the Northern Territory in February this year.

With the support of her academic adviser and mentor, Associate Professor and Sub Dean of Indigenous Education at the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science Jaime Gongora, Armstrong participated in an animal management program with the group Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC). The program stretched across three outback communities: Nyirripi, Yuelamu and Yuendumu.

AMRRIC is a not-for-profit charity that coordinates veterinary and education programs in Indigenous communities.

The organisation’s approach recognises the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental health and well-being.

The group’s team of staff, partners and volunteers made more than 250 visits to communities and numerous outstations over the past year, desexing more than 3,440 dogs, treating 12,150 dogs for parasites, and visiting more than 1,720 homes to consult with pet owners.

“Unlike previous animal management protocols, these programs respectfully treat animals,” Armstrong explained.

“They build trust and strong connections, which is far more efficient in creating a healthier and happier environment for members of the community and the animals themselves.

“I was able to treat a large number of pets and pests while on my trip, and make some meaningful relationships which changed my life.”

Armstrong says it was both challenging and rewarding.

“I learned so much during this trip. Being accepted and invited into such a rich cultural community is inexpiable and something I will deeply miss—until next time.”

Back on campus, ‘intensely competitive’ are the words Armstrong used to describe getting into veterinary sciences at Sydney, a course which is ranked number one in Australia and nine globally in the 2016 QS Subject Rankings.

Indigenous student realises dreams helping animals in outback
Vet student Simone Armstrong desexes a dog in Northern Territory rural aboriginal community (Photo credit: University of Sydney)
Outside of the classroom, Armstrong makes time each week for one shift at Sydney Animal Hospitals.

“It’s really good for me because if I have anything tricky at uni, I can rack the vets’ brains.”

Armstrong says she finds working with fellow student nurses and talented vets immensely rewarding and inspiring.

So what’s the most surprising thing about uni?
“Maybe the fact that I’m happy to stay here for ages,” Armstrong candidly shared. “I want to stay at uni forever! Uni provides a platform where I can explore all my interests and passions.”

Aside from furry friends, Armstrong’s passions include rural Australia and indigenous education—which she has been able to explore at the university through both the AMRRIC program and in her role as a Student Ambassador.

The infectious animal lover has set her sights high and aims on studying a PhD after her double degree, doing “some sort of research.”

Eventually Armstrong wants a career in which she can combine her research aspirations with a clinical veterinary doctor position, but for now she’s quite comfortable right where she is.

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology /Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a 6-year program and allows students to enter into the veterinary program directly from high school. As it encompasses the biological sciences aspect of studies prior to the DVM portion, it is perfectly designed for recently graduated high school students who are high achieving and ready to become knowledgeable and successful veterinarians.

Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Biology /Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 6 years
Application deadline: It is recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Upcoming Sydney Medical School application deadline

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

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

Sydney Medical School – Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Undertaken once students have already completed an undergraduate degree, the Sydney MD is a world-class, graduate-entry degree in medicine.

Sydney Medical School aims to produce medical graduates who are committed to rational, compassionate health care and medical research of the highest quality. The Doctor of Medicine program encourages enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds and aims to help them to become graduates responsive to the health needs of individuals, families and communities and committed to improving the health care system at all levels.

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

Monday, June 13, 2016

Why choose UQ audiology?

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

Why choose UQ audiology?
Study audiology at beautiful the University of Queensland

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

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

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

Audiologists can work organisations such as government, public and private hospitals, private practice, community organisations and in research.

Program: Master of Audiology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2016

Sydney leading legal expert named Harvard Chair in Australian Studies

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

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

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

“This is an outstanding opportunity for me to work alongside Harvard’s renowned legal scholars and learn from Harvard’s close links to US government lawmaking.

“It is also a privilege to follow in the footsteps of my Sydney colleague Professor Helen Irving, as the second legal academic to ever hold the Chair in 40 years.”

First legal scholar named Chair since 2006
At Harvard Law School, Professor Saul will research how international law can more effectively suppress terrorism and control excessive counter-terrorism. He will also give a series of public lectures and work on a forthcoming book about terrorist groups’ attitudes to basic humanitarian rules in war, based on field interviews with armed groups in numerous countries.

“It has been a decade since a legal scholar has been appointed to the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies,” said Professor Nicholas Jose, Chair of the Australian Advisory Committee.

“Ben Saul is one of Australia’s most distinguished thinkers in the field of international law. His work engages with some of the most challenging issues of our time. We are delighted to see him appointed to this prestigious position.

“He will bring an Australian perspective to his teaching at Harvard, including a case study of Australia’s counter-terrorism laws, considered in a comparative and global context,” said Professor Jose.

Sydney’s Harvard Chair history
The visiting professorship was established at Harvard in 1976, as a result of a gift from the Australian government to mark the bicentennial of the United States. Professor Saul is the sixth University of Sydney academic to hold the annual Chair in its 40-year history.

Previously, the former chancellor of the University of Sydney, the late Dame Leonie Kramer AC DBE, sociologist Professor Raewyn Connell, the now Cambridge-based historian Professor Alison Bashford, and constitutional law expert Professor Helen Irving have held the visiting professorship.

Professor Penny Russell, the university’s Bicentennial Professor of Australian History, is joint Chair for the 2016-2017 academic year, with Professor John Gascoigne, Scientia Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales.

University of Sydney Law School

The Sydney JD program has a strong global focus on international, comparative and transnational aspects of law. Students are required to study Public International Law and Private International Law as part of their program. The Sydney Law School equips students with the skills to work in a competitive legal environment of the 21st century, so that they can move with confidence across national boundaries when providing legal advice.

Sydney Law School has a number of university-wide and faculty-specific exchange agreements with universities here in Canada. University-wide agreements have been made with the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, while faculty-specific exchanges have been set up with Queen’s University and the University of Victoria.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: It is recommended that candidates apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Melbourne MD application deadline in two weeks

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

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

Entry requirements

To apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;
  • completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).
The selection of eligible international applicants is based on the following:
  • Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any discipline (with prerequisites met and studies completed within the last 10 years)
  • Test results in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2014 to May 2016 (inclusive) will be accepted for those applying for the 2017 intake. Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their application
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Central bank symposium a first for Griffith Business School

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

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

Central bank symposium a first for Griffith Business School
Dr Pamendra Sharma, Head of the Griffith Asia Institute’s South Pacific Studies group (Photo credit: Griffith University)
The symposium, to be held in Brisbane on June 10, will feature the Deputy Governors from the Reserve Bank of Fiji, the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu and the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, and a senior representative from the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Symposium Convenor Dr Pamendra Sharma, who in his capacity as head of SPSG has worked with central banks in the Pacific over the past four years, said the symposium was a critical step in enhancing the resources available to central banks to develop relevant financial sector and economic growth policies for the region.

Dr Sharma said intensive engagement and collaboration had already been undertaken by Griffith Business School in this field, particularly with the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF).

“We have four joint working papers with the RBF and we are planning to draft at least two with Reserve Bank of Vanuatu later this year,” said Dr Sharma.

“Central Bank of Solomon Islands is also keen to collaborate with us and we have identified some topics of interest.”

The symposium will attract delegates from the Reserve Bank of Australia, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Representatives from major Australian banks also will be in attendance.

“This is an area of importance, particularly in view of the 2016 Defence White Paper which encourages Australian engagement with the region to enhance regional economic and political stability,” said Dr Sharma.

“Part of the process is formally training regional central banks in research skills and to enhance professional development. In the case of RBF, we have been able to successfully apply for an Australia Awards Fellowship through DFAT.

“Through the Fellowship, we were able to bring six colleagues from RBF to Griffith University last year and were able to provide some formal training in research.

“A lack of resources is the biggest challenge confronting these central banks, so we are trying to enhance their experience, qualifications and skills.

“They would like their research departments to function at the level of the RBA. This research work is critical for policy formation and it becomes a credible basis for developing policy.”

Griffith Business School Pro Vice Chancellor David Grant said the symposium represented a significant opportunity to coordinate research and share experiences among key banking and finance representatives from the South Pacific region.

“It is an important initiative for the region. We are delighted to be able to host this signature event and to be part of something that leverages Griffith Business School’s highly regarded expertise in the government finance sector,” said Professor Grant.

The success of this inaugural symposium could lead to an expansion of the event in future years. Dr Sharma said he would like to see a two-day conference hosted annually to assist in the development of financial sector and economic growth policies across the South Pacific region.

The symposium will be held at the Ship Inn on Brisbane’s South Bank on June 10 from 10:30 a.m.