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Can you teach a koala new tricks?

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Griffith University researchers have found that koalas are more clever than they thought them to be in a world-first study that tracked the Australian animal more comprehensively than ever before in suburban Brisbane.

The Griffith Environmental Futures Research Institute team, made up of Cathryn Dexter, Justin Scott and Professor Darryl Jones, verified 130 crossings by koalas involving a retrofitted structure or eco-passage over a 30-month period.


The findings were released in a paper titled Using complementary remote detection methods for retrofitted eco-passages: a case study for monitoring individual koalas in south-east Queensland published by the CSIRO July 26.

Professor Darryl Jones of the Griffith School of Environment said nobody knew whether the structures would actually keep koalas safe from being hit by cars or if they would work.

“We expected the animals to take a while to get used to them,” he said.

“To our great surprise they were using them three weeks into it. …

JCU professor assumes medical leadership role

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James Cook University academic Professor Peter Leggat recently assumed the role of the 12th President of The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM).


The ACTM is responsible for the development of the multidisciplinary specialty of tropical medicine in Australia and New Zealand. The ACTM also hosts Faculties of Travel Medicine and Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.

Tropical medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with health problems that occur uniquely, are more widespread, or prove more difficult to control in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

The President of the ACTM provides leadership for the Council and members of the College, as well as fostering relations with other professional organisations. It is a two-year term of office.

Professor Leggat, who has worked in tropical medicine for nearly 30 years, is Professor and Deputy Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at JCU.

“It is a particularly auspicious time t…

UQ Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate aims to change the world

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War survivor Nabi Sahak has a burning desire to change the world for the better, and he’s well on the way to doing so as he graduates with a University of Queensland Master of International Studies (Peace and Conflict Resolution) this week.

Nabi is no stranger to conflict. He was born and raised in Kabul in Afghanistan, and lived with the terrors of war for 23 years before migrating to the United States in 2002.

The fact that he had borne witness to refugee crises, human rights violations, abuse of children and the full gamut or war horrors meant he had much to offer as a Rotary Peace Fellow Scholarship postgraduate student at the University of Queensland’s Rotary Peace Centre.

Nabi’s commitment to peace was forged while serving in the Afghan Armed Forces during the civil war. He spent two months in hospital recovering from gunshot wounds, where he saw hundreds of wounded men, women and children.

“Waiting in line for surgery, bleeding in my neck and chest, I promised myself…

Bond Law seminar examines sexual ethics and consent

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Professor Robin West of Georgetown University, Washington DC, will present Bond University’s next Twilight Seminar, July 28, examining the issue of sexual ethics and consent.

The Bond Faculty of Law’s Twilight Seminar Series celebrates and disseminates the world-class expertise of its academics and visiting scholars by providing the opportunity to present their latest work in a public forum.


Professor West is the Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University, and has taught at the University of Maryland Law School, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Stanford law schools.

She has written extensively on gender issues and feminist legal theory, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, legal philosophy and law and literature.

Professor West says her presentation on sexual ethics and consent will explore some of the harms, both psychological and poli…

Bond physiotherapy application deadline is approaching!

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If you’re interested in studying physio at an Australian university, we’d like to remind you that Bond Physiotherapy School’s application deadline is coming up soon—Thursday, August 11, 2016!


About Bond Physiotherapy School Students undertake studies in Bond Physiotherapy School’s $20-million, state-of-the-art building. Features include clinical skills laboratories designed to simulate real medical environments, and modern teaching and research laboratories with the latest scientific equipment. The purpose-built tutorial rooms cater to small-group learning and lecture theatres are equipped with video streaming, wireless, and an audience-response system. The building also features a dedicated computer laboratory for students.

Work Experience and Internships
Bond physiotherapy students complete a clinical internship with an embedded research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce. The first 3…

UON receives million-dollar investment for regional incubator spaces

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The University of Newcastle (UON) has received $1 million in New South Wales state funding to support the development of an Integrated Innovation Network across the Hunter regions.


Announced recently by The Hon John Barilaro MP, the Boosting Business Innovation grant will help UON to create enabling environments where researchers, start-ups and SMEs can undertake multi-disciplinary collaboration and produce the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Kevin Hall said the grant would help kick start a networked innovation ecosystem across the region.

“This Boosting Business Innovation grant allows us to fast-track our plans for an Integrated Innovation Network in the Hunter, providing some of the key physical pieces of the enabling infrastructure our region needs to support and nurture an ideas boom,” said Professor Hall.

“Around the globe we are seeing that the best innovation ecosystems are those where new industries and opportunities are delivere…

UQ is hearing what the community says about e-health

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One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss, and that figure rises to 70 per cent for older people. UQ Speech Pathology researcher Dr Carly Meyer is leading a study to see if telecommunications devices can help those affected.

“The prospect of using modern technology can be daunting to some, but the internet, mobile phones and tablets have the potential to provide individualised healthcare,” Dr Meyer said.

“We are trying to find out how adults with hearing loss currently use telecommunications to support their general health and whether there are avenues to improve that.

“The study will look at all aspects of e-health and the use of technologies such as phones, email, internet, apps and videoconferencing.

“Ultimately the aim is to reduce the impact of hearing loss on individuals, their family and friends.”

UQ researchers are working in collaboration with the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre on the project.

The centre brings 21 Australian hearing healthcare organisation…

Introducing the new Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management at the University of Sydney

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New in 2017, the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management is an innovative five year full-time degree that teaches a unique combination of pharmacy skills and business knowledge. Students will develop an understanding of sound business practices integrated with sustainable healthcare models, and also develop the commercial, clinical and communication skills to thrive in a changing and competitive healthcare landscape.

Whether you decide to register as a pharmacist, run your own business, enter the pharmaceutical industry, work for government agencies, or contribute to research and academia, one thing is for sure, you will be in demand!

You will study a unique combination of pharmacy and management subjects to ensure you stand out from your peers.

You will receive blended learning opportunities through a mix of lectures, tutorials, labs, small group work, problem-based learning and clinical placements, which develop valuable practical skills and experience.

You will have access …

UQ appoints new Head of Rural Clinical School

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The University of Queensland has appointed Professor Sarah Strasser as Head of Rural Clinical School with the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The appointment has been announced by Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty, Professor Robyn Ward.


“Professor Strasser is an academic rural general practitioner with significant experience in leading and managing rural clinical programs within Australia and Canada,” Professor Ward said.

“She has held several leadership roles and has been instrumental in expanding rural medical schools, including in the Northern Territory for Flinders University.

“Professor Strasser is recognised nationally and internationally for developing successful innovative medical education programs which have improved the rural health workforce.”

Professor Strasser will be responsible for leading the faculty’s Rural Clinical School, developing the rural medical workforce and fostering the faculty’s relationships with the state’s rural and regional hosp…

Sydney PhD candidate explains what Pokémon Go can tell us about augmented reality experiences

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From university campuses to public parks and suburban spaces, Pokémon Go is seemingly everywhere—including the OzTREKK office: yesterday we caught Zubat and Kakuna!
Kyle Moore, a doctoral candidate in the University of Sydney’s Department of Media and Communications, is researching urban mobile gaming.


The research has focused largely on players of Ingress, a massively multiplayer augmented reality game developed by Niantic, and has in recent months included field and beta testers of Pokémon Go. Kyle’s thesis explores how gaming can influence players’ understandings of urban environments.

What does Pokémon Go reveal about augmented reality and the future of gaming?
“We’ve seen this happen with the success of mobile games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush, which both became hugely successful and symbolic of a new gaming audience. Similarly, Pokémon Go reveals gamers’ willingness to adopt new forms of technology, like augmented reality and location-awareness, which previously we…

Canadian scholar addresses disorders and addictions at University of Melbourne workshop

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Disorders and addictions such as anorexia nervosa, problem gambling and substance abuse should be viewed as “passions” in order to be properly treated, according to a Canadian scholar visiting the University of Melbourne this month.


Philosopher and health care ethicist, Professor Louis Charland from Western University, Ontario, said a grand scale of reform was needed to better understand and treat sufferers of such conditions.

“Disorders such as anorexia nervosa can’t be easily cured with cognitive-based therapies,” said Professor Charland, a partner investigator with Australia’s renowned Centre for the History of Emotions of which the University of Melbourne is a node.

“The difference between the historical concept of passions and the newer idea of emotions could be crucial in improving clinical treatments,” he said.

“Passions can begin innocently enough, providing a person with meaningful activity and purpose, but when they become extreme they can suck a person into a pow…

Outstanding achievement by Sydney Law School student at Cambridge

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Mitchell Cleaver is the first Sydney Law School student to receive a dual degree from one of the UK’s most prestigious law schools.

Final year Arts/Law student Mitchell has achieved First Class Honours and Fourth in the order of merit for the Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Cambridge.


Mitchell is the first Sydney Law School student to join the Cambridge Pathways Program.
“It is wonderful that our first Cambridge Pathways student has returned home with such an outstanding result,” said Sydney Law School Dean Professor Joellen Riley.

“His achievement sets the bar very high for our future students in the program.”

Commenting on his achievement, Mitchell said that while the Pathways Program may seem daunting, this should not dissuade students from applying.

“If anything, having been in full-time education immediately prior to commencing the course can be a real advantage,” he said.

“Although the courses are demanding, they are also incredibly rewarding. Students are encou…

Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science experts help Indira the tiger

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A team of experts at the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital were recently visited by “Indira” the famous tiger to prepare for an operation to arrest her deteriorating eyesight.

“Indira,” who has appeared in numerous movies and TV series such as George of the Jungle and Anaconda, is in the care of Zambi Wildlife Retreat, which among other things provides a home for retired animals from the entertainment industry.

Anaesthesia specialist Dr Alastair Mair and radiologist Dr Mariano Makara at the University of Sydney’s veterinary teaching hospital collaborated with Taronga Zoo chief veterinarian Dr Larry Vogelnest and affiliate veterinary ophthalmologist Dr Cameron Whittaker to anaesthetise the tiger. Diagnostic imaging work including ultrasound, MRI and computerised tomographic CT/CAT scan took longer than exptected, so Indira will return for surgery in a few weeks’ time.



The hospital’s veterinary director, Professor Vanessa Barrs from the Sydney Faculty of Veter…

Macquarie chiropractic student balances study, work and fun

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Like Canada, few post-secondary institutions in Australia offer chiropractic programs. Macquarie University is the only OzTREKK university that offers a program in this area. The Macquarie Bachelor of Chiropractic Science—the longest-running in Australia—will prepare students for a rewarding career in one of the largest primary health professions. When combined with the Master of Chiropractic, graduates will be equipped to work in private practice, chiropractic sports-medicine, allied health areas, health insurance assessment, medico-legal advising, work health and safety, rehabilitation and research.

Former OzTREKK student Kevin Fong began his Australian education journey in 2013 when he decided to undertake the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at Macquarie University. He is now in his first year of the Master of Chiropractic program. This is his story!


Why did you choose to study chiropractic, and why did you choose to study in Australia? I was first introduced to chiropr…

Study at the Sydney School of Public Health

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Public health is
Preventing diseasePromoting healthProlonging life How do we encourage a more physically active population? How can we campaign to reduce tobacco use? How do we influence health policy?

Public health analyses and acts upon the problems that prevent us from enjoying a good healthy life. Achieving these goals comes in many forms: generating knowledge of the public health problem, advocating for change and solutions, and helping implement those changes. Above all, public health is about people – often the most vulnerable in our communities – giving them the power of education and programs which will improve their health, prevent diseases and prolong their lives.

Every day, graduates from the Sydney School of Public Health are making a difference to the lives of people in Australia and across the globe.

Sydney public health students and alumni talk about what drew them to the field, and where their postgraduate studies are taking them.



Learning opportunities are a…

Study dentistry in Australia, practice in Canada

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If you’ve been considering studying dentistry, you know that there are 10 Canadian dental schools. But what if you’d like to study internationally? If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian Dental School, is it valid in Canada?


Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates.

To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada's (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

The written examination consists of two 2.5-hour examination papers. Each examination paper contains 150 multiple-choice type items. The examination tests foundation science knowledge and a…

UQ’s online education for more than one million students

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More than one million people are eager to learn from University of Queensland experts, with UQ’s Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) program accepting its one millionth enrolment recently.

UQ runs 16 MOOCs through its UQx program, a service that offers free online university courses to anyone with access to the internet.


UQx Director John Zornig said UQx released its first MOOC, The Science of Everyday Thinking, in March 2014.

“To grow at this rate—reaching more than one million students in less than two and half years—demonstrates the quality of our courses and the desire our international audience has to learn,” he said.

“We’ve gone from one course to sixteen, covering off on topics such as hypersonics, critical thinking, climate science and anthropology.

“UQx is also responsible for the world’s first online course designed to improve healthcare for people with an intellectual disability, as well as our incredibly popular grammar and style course, which has attracted more than 2…

Which Australian Medical Schools are still accepting applications for 2017?

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Are you interested in studying medicine in Australia?

While the application deadlines for Melbourne Medical School and Sydney Medical School have now passed, you still have the opportunity to apply to other Australian Medical Schools:


University of Queensland Medical SchoolProgram: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: January 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that candidates apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.

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James Cook University Medical SchoolProgram: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Duration: 6 years
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

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Monash University Medical SchoolProgram: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine (graduate entry)
Location: Gippsland, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester in…

UON Watt Space gallery wins best regional NSW project

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The University of Newcastle (UON)’s Watt Space gallery has taken out the prestigious Blacket prize, which recognises the best architectural projects in regional New South Wales.

The win was announced at the 2016 Architecture Awards in Sydney, where the Watt Space gallery also received an award in the small project architecture category and was officially shortlisted for the public architecture category.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt, said the win was a testament to the role Watt Space gallery would play in the revitalisation of Newcastle CBD, as well as the impact the space would have on the city’s creatives.

“Watt Space gallery is a vital space within our city, as it provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their works in a new and innovative environment which has had a profound impact on the city centre,” he said.

“Our students and alumni are some of our greatest assets, and the University of Newcastle is proud to be abl…

UQ MD offers released!

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We’ve been busy the last few days: we’ve received a boatload of UQ MD offers! Congratulations!


If you’ve received an offer, please note the lapse date on your offer letter. Waiting for your offer? Keep your eyes on your email inbox!

Still wondering if you should apply? UQ MD applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. While it is recommended that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment, you are still permitted to apply as long as there are spots available!

Students who have completed their MCAT and have met the minimum MCAT requirements, and those who have completed their studies with a minimum 65% cumulative average are encouraged to apply.

Entry RequirementsCompleted degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scaleMCAT score (minimum of 8/8/8) or an overall score of 499; or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine While t…

Boost for Bond Law with three new appointments

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Bond University's renowned Faculty of Law has been given a boost, with the appointment of three highly respected academics—covering diverse fields including family law, legal philosophy and legal education—adding to its team of national and international legal experts.

Professor Rachael Field, Professor Jonathan Crowe and Assistant Professor Kate Galloway have all commenced teaching at the Gold Coast private university.


Professor Field—a national leader in legal education, dispute resolution, family law and women in law—will bring to Bond University the National Wellness Network for Law, which she founded and coordinates.

She is an advocate for access to justice for vulnerable women and their children, particularly those in circumstances of domestic and family violence, a cause she has supported since commencing as a volunteer with the Women’s Legal Service in 1993.

Her research into mediation and domestic violence, legal education and law student success, and well-be…

Monash Engineering ranked 41 in the world

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Monash University has ranked 41 in the world in Civil Engineering, and placed in the top 100 and 200 universities across five further categories, according to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).


Monash ranked in the top 100 universities for Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Materials Engineering, and placed in the top 200 for Energy Science Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

Monash Provost and Senior Vice-President Professor Edwina Cornish commended staff and graduates on the latest world rankings.

“This outstanding result is a reflection of Monash Engineering’s world leading research which is focused on bringing real benefits to Australia into the future.”

ARWU ranks more than 1200 tertiary institutions each year and the best 500 are published.

Monash Engineering School Did you know that Monash Engineering School offers the widest choice of engineering courses than any other Australian university?

Monash Engineering School offers a …

New campus plan connecting community and business at Macquarie

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Macquarie University is developing two new commercial buildings as part of its long-term vision to expand and enhance its 126-hectare campus, focusing on creating spaces that optimise collaboration and establishing an innovation nexus in one of Australia’s largest business parks.

The proposed new development at 8 and 10 University Ave. forms the next phase of development under the university’s Campus Master Plan. Designed to a minimum of 5-Star Green Star and 5-Star NABERS, the buildings will be part of its southern commercial precinct. Sited adjacent to the academic core of the campus, the new Library, Cochlear Headquarters and the Australian Hearing Hub, it comprises two office towers, each with a net lettable area of approximately 25,000 sqm.


Mark Broomfield, Director of Property at Macquarie University, said the focus driving the design of the Campus Master Plan is a vision surrounding place-making, creating an innovation nexus between the university and its industry p…

Don’t forget the Melbourne physiotherapy application deadline!

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Have you applied to Melbourne Physiotherapy School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is coming up soon, Thursday, July 28!


Did you know? There are approximately 15–20 places for international students. For the 2016 intake, 19 international student offers were awarded to OzTREKK students!

Student Reviews “All of the teaching staff are amazing and very encouraging. They truly do want every student to succeed. As well this program is not one that is offered in Canada. The university of melboune is the top ranked school in Australia. It also ranks very high internationally. The faculty of medical dental and health sciences also ranks very high. The school has a beautiful campus as well. The program is very good and is the first of its kind in Australia.”

“Melbourne University has a beautiful campus and there is a lot of activities going on. My program is very intensive and I have learned an incredible amount of information this past semester. Everyone in the program is…