Friday, July 29, 2016

Can you teach a koala new tricks?

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.

Sydney Dental School
Can a koala learn new tricks? Studies say absolutely! (Photo credit: Griffith University)

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. Can you teach koalas new tricks? You can; that’s the point. I was the first skeptical person to say they’re not that smart.”

The team used a range of technologies that allowed them to not just generically monitor whether koalas passed through the crossing but pinpointed individual koalas and the exact time they entered and left the tunnel.

Using camera traps, audio radio transmitters, RFID tags (similar to microchips in pets) and WIDs (wireless ID tags)—which act like RFID tags but can be detected from a much greater distance—they gathered more information than any previous research.

The WIDs were developed by two Griffith graduates Rob Appleby and Jason Edgar who now run their own wildlife monitoring company, Wild Spy, and were a part of the research.

“This is all about trying to make absolutely sure that koalas are using some of the structures we’ve put out for them to get safely under roads,” Professor Jones said.

“Knowing how they do that is really difficult. You can get photos but you don’t know if it’s the same animal each time.

“The essence of this you can get really import information using a range of technologies at the same time. That’s a world first. Nobody has done that so comprehensively before.

“We really wanted to know what individual koalas were doing, whether they crossed at the same time each day. We wanted more information than most people ever need and we did that using this range of technologies.”

Professor Jones said most people living in suburban Brisbane or parts of the Gold Coast did not realise koalas lived all around them and that these structures were keeping them safe in their backyards and off the roads.

The research was supported by funding from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, which was responsible for the structures.

“The tunnels were an experiment,” Professor Jones said. “Nobody knew whether they would work or not. We really wanted to know what the local koala was doing so we got ridiculous amount of details of these animals.

“We needed to be clear on whether they were successful because the structures were so innovative and risky that we tried really hard to prove it. That’s why it was worth it.

“Although we don’t want the koalas to be disturbed, all over the place on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane there are special koala specific tunnels and ledges that are allowing them to cross. Those animals are not going to be hit anymore so that’s good news.

The crossings studied in Brisbane were within the jurisdictions of Brisbane City, Redland City and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Traffic volumes for this region are predicted to increase by 19 per cent, or 2.8 million trips per day between 2006 and 2031.

The paper states: “The continuous clearing of koala habitat for development has placed a great deal of pressure on local koala populations and the risk of vehicle strike is recognised as a key threatening process for ongoing koala persistence in this region.

“The focus must shift from studies that simply assess how many species pass through an eco-passage (i.e., presence), to those that assess the utilisation level by individuals.

“Such information will represent a powerful step forward in providing road authorities with recommendations in relation to the design and placement of crossing structures, and ensuring that the costs equal the ecological benefit.”

Griffith School of Environment

The Griffith School of Environment was thought of as revolutionary; today it is more important than ever. Over that time the environment and sustainable practice has evolved from a fringe issue to a mainstream challenge to government, industry and even individual households. Griffith is helping society to face those challenges.

The university has expanded on their initial programs to offer not only environmental and natural sciences but also urban planning and architecture with a focus on sustainable development. Griffith University’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs include
  • architecture;
  • ecology;
  • environmental sciences;
  • environmental management;
  • marine science; and
  • urban and environmental planning.
The school has the largest group of environmental professionals in any university in Australia, and among the largest in the world.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

JCU professor assumes medical leadership role

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

JCU professor assumes medical leadership role
Professor Leggat (Photo credit: JCU)

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 to be the President, as the College celebrates its 25th anniversary this year as the pre-eminent professional organisation in tropical medicine in the region,” Professor Leggat said.

The ACTM was established on May 29, 1991 at a meeting in Townsville, and the secretariat is based at the Australian Medical Association Headquarters in Brisbane. The College includes health professionals from various fields such as medicine, nursing, medical sciences and veterinary sciences from Australia, New Zealand and more than 30 countries.

“The role of President will be a challenging one in terms of engaging with members in many countries and promoting tropical medicine throughout this region,” Professor Leggat said.

Professor Leggat helped to found the popular Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene courses at JCU in 1992, which have emerged as key parts of one of the largest postgraduate public health programs in Australia.

Professor Leggat said that there were natural synergies between the missions of the ACTM and JCU and as President-Elect he was a strong supporter of the Inaugural International Day of the Tropics held on June 29, 2016.

Professor Leggat is a highly respected medical educator, who has been teaching medical and other health science students for over 30 years.

He was elected as a Foundation Fellow of the ACTM in 1991 and has previously served three terms as President. A former Fulbright Scholar, he was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant contributions to medicine, in particular tropical and travel medicine.

JCU Medical School MBBS

Located in Townsville, JCU Medical School offers the MBBS medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

UQ Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate aims to change the world

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.

Leaving UQ in the pursuit of peace
UQ Master of International Studies grad Nabi Sahak (Photo credit: UQ)
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 if I survived these wounds then I would commit my life to the work of peace,” he said.

“I believed then and I believe now that peace is everyone’s natural right, and it’s everyone’s moral obligation to defend and protect it.”

Nabi began his pursuit of peace by battling to help his entire family escape Afghanistan—where they were targeted by the Taliban—and join him in the US.

“It took over ten years but I finally managed to bring all twenty-seven of them to the States through refugee and humanitarian parole programs,” he said.

Nabi has worked in a range of challenging roles—from a BBC radio reporter to a senior cultural analyst supporting the US’s global war on terror—and returning to university as a mature-aged student after 20 years was not without its own challenges.

“It was intimidating at first, but the culture at UQ promotes students from every age group, every nationality and every background, so I felt very comfortable in the environment,” he said.

Nabi believes the world needs more peacekeepers and conflict study experts.

“I tell people that peace must be learned, must be spread, must be appreciated, otherwise the finite resources of the world are no match to the infinite greed of man, and conflicts are prone to happen,” he said.

“I want to be an agent of change. The person who provides some insight that could potentially lead to the end of the conflict.”

Nabi plans to complete a PhD, with an offer already in the wings from the King’s College London Department of War Studies.

His long-term goal is to work for the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees as a Case Protection Officer or to be a peace mediator between the US Government and Afghanistan, and to teach peace and conflict studies on part-time basis.

“Peace is beautiful and brings all the promises that humanity was destined to fulfill. In war, life becomes a burden, but in peace, life becomes a blessing,” Nabi said.

UQ School of Political Science & International Studies

The world is changing around us. This is demanding new tools for understanding world politics and new kinds of graduates who have the knowledge and creativity to be able to respond to this world of complex and dramatic challenges. The UQ School of Political Science and International Studies is one of the world’s leading centres for research and education in world politics.

In 2016, UQ created a new Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs which is at the cutting edge of research and teaching on contemporary issues in politics and governance at the national, regional and international levels. The Graduate Centre supports the Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

Bond Law seminar examines sexual ethics and consent

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.

Bond Law seminar examines sexual ethics and consent
Bond Law’s next seminar examines sexual ethics and consent

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 political, of consensual sex that is not mutually wanted, desired or welcomed by both or all partners.

“The seminar will look at why these harms, which may be widespread and are not readily subject to legal control or compensation, are so difficult to see within the political logic of liberal legalism, as well as both radical and liberal feminism,” she said.

Bond University Juris Doctor

Bond Law School is consistently ranked first in Australia in terms of overall quality of the student experience for very good reasons. Bond has some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country delivering innovative law programs using truly world-class teaching facilities. The school is committed to providing an exceptionally high-quality learning experience characterised by a professional and practical emphasis, a global focus, small classes and personal attention. National and international legal experts in a variety of fields contribute to the delivery of programs at the cutting edge of contemporary legal scholarship and practice.

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

Entry requirements

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bond physiotherapy application deadline is approaching!

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!

Bond University Physiotherapy School
Inside the Bond University Physiotherapy facilities

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 30 weeks of clinical experiences will be gained in both hospital and community settings and will include working in the clinical areas of
  • orthopaedics;
  • cardiorespiratory;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings);
  • neurological and orthogeriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings); and
  • an elective in paediatrics, women’s/men’s health or sports practice.

Application Timeline

Applications close: August 11, 2016
Interviews held for short-listed candidates: September – October 2016
Applicants notified of application outcome: Friday, October 14, 2016
All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Orientation: May 2 – 6 2017
Classes commence: Monday, May 8, 2017

UON receives million-dollar investment for regional incubator spaces

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.

UON receives million-dollar investment for regional incubator spaces
Image credit: University of Newcastle

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 delivered through collaboration between research, industry, business, community and government partners,” said Professor Hall.

UON receives million-dollar investment for regional incubator spaces
Image credit: University of Newcastle

UON will anchor its entrepreneurial activities at key regional locations through five sub-projects:

Three76 (Newcastle Innovation Hub)
An innovation hub will be developed at 376 Hunter Street to provide a dynamic, co-working space designed to support activity across the various phases of incubation, acceleration and potential commercialisation. The Innovation Hub is due to launch in September 2016 and will draw on UON’s proud history of world-class research and innovation to facilitate the creation of novel products and services that benefit business and the community. Programming will be developed in consultation with stakeholders including students, local businesses and industry partners.

Innovation Defence Hub
UON will occupy a fit-for-purpose space at the Williamtown Aerospace Centre from mid 2017. Aimed at innovating research technology applications in the commercial aerospace and defence markets, the hub builds on UON’s acknowledged strengths in cyberspace, control systems, autonomous vehicles, simulation modelling and propulsion and energy storage, all of which offer opportunities for engagement with industries nationally and locally positioned in defence.

Upper Hunter Innovation Hub
An Upper Hunter Hub will be established as a co-location of office, teaching and lab spaces aimed at supporting the diversification goals of the Upper Hunter and its potential to transition into an innovation intensive region. The Hub will help to foster an innovation ecosystem that adds capacity for existing industries and becomes an enabler for the new.

Dantia Smart Hub (DASH)
In collaboration with Dantia, UON will develop innovation and entrepreneurial programming at the Lake Macquarie DASH co-working space and provide opportunities for SMEs to scale up their existing products and services and help to drive start-up activity in the local government area.

Innovation Vouchers
An Innovation vouchers program will leverage UON’s existing tech transfer expertise and longstanding relationships with the local start-up and seed investor community to create partner-led projects to complement the above innovation spaces.

Monday, July 25, 2016

UQ is hearing what the community says about e-health

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.

UQ is hearing what the community has to say about e-health
Study audiology or speech pathology at UQ (Image credit: University of Queensland)
“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 organisations together for the first time.

Research by Dr Meyer and colleagues has found gaps in current practice could be addressed through modern technologies.

For example, technologies could be used to connect with family members during hearing rehabilitation.

“With increasing noise levels in everyday life, and an ageing population, the number of individuals with hearing loss is only expected to rise.

“Looking at new ways of addressing the hearing and communication needs of the community has to be prioritised.”

The researchers are recruiting volunteers with hearing loss or who have an adult family member or friend with hearing loss to participate in the study. Volunteers will be asked to complete a survey about their experiences with telecommunication technologies in healthcare and to provide ideas and feedback about areas of opportunity. Tasks can be done at a time and place suited to the volunteer and all participants will be in a draw to win a $100 gift card.

UQ Audiology School

UQ Audiology School has a strong international reputation for the quality of its graduates, the commitment of the teaching staff and its strong research focus. This program produces graduates with the conceptual base and skills necessary for entry level employment in the clinical practice of audiology.

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

UQ Speech Pathology School

The speech pathology program at UQ is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. This program is 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech pathology across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2017
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 28 each year

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

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.

Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management at the University of Sydney
Study pharmacy and management at the University of Sydney!
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 to the newly opened University of Sydney Business School, a state-of-the-art learning environment, as well as Faculty of Pharmacy’s cutting-edge facilities.

You will learn from some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world.

You will be exposed to a range of modern clinical settings to gain hands-on experience and learn how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body.

Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: Feb/March
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: Feb/March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Friday, July 22, 2016

UQ appoints new Head of Rural Clinical School

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.

UQ appoints new Head of Rural Clinical School
Professor Sarah Strasser is the new Head of Rural Clinical School (Photo credit: UQ)

“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 hospitals and health services.

“I am delighted to be returning to Australia to take up this important position with The University of Queensland,” Professor Strasser said.

“The UQ Rural Clinical School will have a major teaching and research role in the newly shaped UQ medical programs.

“This is an exciting opportunity for UQ to provide leadership in rural health nationally and internationally.”

The UQ Rural Clinical School aims to address health workforce shortages in rural and regional areas through providing the highest quality education, training, research and community service.

Professor Strasser will commence as Head of School in August.

UQ Rural Clinical School

UQ Rural Clinical School is funded through the Australian Government’s Rural Clinical Training Support (RCTS) Program to address health workforce shortages in rural and regional Queensland. To achieve this mandate, UQRCS aims to lead and direct the rural health agenda through the highest quality education, training, research and community service.

Now in its second decade of operation, UQRCS is able to demonstrate a positive impact on the medical workforce in the region and elsewhere.  Studies demonstrate that a student who has experienced the Rural Advantage with UQRCS is 2.5 times more likely to work in a rural area when compared with other UQ medical graduates.

About the UQ Medical School Program

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The School of Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and research in Australia, and with the country’s largest medical degree program, they are the major single contributor to Queensland’s junior medical workforce.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. This program can fill quickly!

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

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.

what can Pokémon Go tell us about augmented reality experiences
PhD candidate Kyle Moore outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Circular Quay. Augmented reality is changing gamers’ experience of public spaces, says the urban gaming researcher (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

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 were very peripheral to everyday mobile gaming and more common amongst experimental, artistic, or even gimmicky mobile games,” says Kyle.

Your PhD looks at the emerging technological phenomenon of urban mobile gaming. Is Pokémon Go a breakthrough or a fad?
“In terms of the technology, Pokémon Go is similar to a range of other games that have been released. These were often experimental, playing around with the capabilities and limits of the devices. Both Nintendo and Niantic labs have used these technologies before. Nintendo, with their Nintendo 3DS portable console, has a number of built-in and downloadable augmented reality games, while Niantic are best known for their successful alternate-reality game Ingress. Pokémon Go has certainly reached a viral status—whether or not this will fade away remains be seen. Without a doubt there will be numerous clone games pushing the limits of these emerging technologies.”

How are augmented reality games changing our public spaces?
“Numerous stories about the dangers of playing Pokémon Go rightly signal that refusing to acknowledge the space we are in can in fact have consequences,” says Kyle, “and that games should no longer be considered outside of these parameters.”

“The popularity of the game means we need to rethink our engagement with traditional spaces of play and leisure, such as parks and playgrounds, as well as spaces where play has traditionally been seen as subversive—city spaces in general. It’s also important to consider the implications this has for spaces outside the city, for those in rural or suburban spaces, who will have difficulty playing in these familiar spaces, and the impact traveling to play will have on these groups.”

Pokémon Go is essentially a toy. What makes it so popular with adults?
“It’s difficult to avoid putting it all down to nostalgia and 20 years of fan engagement,” says Kyle.

“But then again, I can’t deny that this would have had a huge impact on the widespread adoption of the game. Those who would have played Pokémon in the late 1990s now have increased mobility—they are able to freely move across and through city spaces, generally they are able afford mobile devices, and manage their free time.

“The game also appears to be hugely popular with children, whose parents may have never played a Pokémon game growing up. I’ve seen parents teaching their children how to effectively use their device to catch Pokémon, and vice-versa. There is a cross generational element to the game, which links towards shared ownership and literacies of mobile devices—that parents and children learn from these shared experiences.”

What are the developments to look out for in augmented reality?
“For augmented reality, we can probably hope to see more sophisticated modes of layering. Generally, this technology can read from codes, similar to a QR code, to give grounding to an image. This technology may feasibly be able to read buildings or landmarks in a similar way.”

Kyle adds: “In terms of developments for Pokémon Go, there is talk of using near field communication (NFC) as a means of trading between mobile devices. For augmented reality and location-based games in general, we may see more integration of location-awareness, in both mobile devices and potentially in portable gaming devices too. Alongside this, portable devices like the PlayStation Vita allow for 3G networks, which may be useful in real-time networked game play and location-awareness.”

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Canadian scholar addresses disorders and addictions at University of Melbourne workshop

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.

Study psychology at the University of Melbourne
Study at the University of Melbourne

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 powerful downward spiral where they’ve effectively lost control.

“It is new, alternate passions that can often reverse, block or divert the unhealthy ones,” he said.

Professor Charland hosted a free workshop,”Passions – Healthy or Unhealthy?”at the University of Melbourne on July 19, which explored the significance of “the passions” for contemporary psychology and psychiatry.

Attendees were invited to share their own examples of what they consider to be passions, and how these might be judged to be healthy or unhealthy.

A partner of the University of Melbourne, the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions is a world-leader in driving research and debate in the study of emotions and has links across the globe with leading thinkers and academics in this growing discipline.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Outstanding achievement by Sydney Law School student at Cambridge

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.

Outstanding achievement by Sydney Law School student at Cambridge
Sydney Law School student Mitchell Cleaver travelled to the UK to study at the University of Cambridge (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

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 encouraged to focus on what they consider to be fascinating, challenging or controversial. There is a lot of scope for independent research.”

Mitchell said that one of the most exciting aspects of his time at Cambridge was participating in college life.

“The college system means that one is living and working alongside students from a large number of disciplines, all of whom share a similar love of learning. The sense of community is very strong,” he said.

Outside of his studies, Mitchell played on the hockey team at Jesus College and served as a student representative to the law faculty.

“Cambridge is a fantastic place to study and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend a year here.”

The Pathways Program with Oxford and Cambridge allows high-achieving students to receive a Sydney LLB or a Sydney JD as well as an Oxford Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) or Master of Law and Finance (MLF), or a Cambridge Master of Laws (LLM) or Masters in Corporate Law (MCL).

Instead of completing the final semester of their degree in Sydney, students commence their studies in the UK in late September, after successful completion of their second-last semester in Sydney.
Admission is competitive and is assessed by the overseas law school.

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 also 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.

Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science experts help Indira the tiger

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 Veterinary Science, said the multi-specialist team ensured the exotic animal received the best possible treatment.

“This is the first time in more than a decade that we have had a tiger in our facility,” Professor Barrs said.

Zambi director Donna Wilson said the 15-year-old Bengal tiger had been born at the Bullen’s Animal World facility and as a cub underwent cataract surgery with good results.

“Indira is a very quiet, happy girl who is exceptionally well behaved and easy to handle, but unfortunately her eyesight has deteriorated over the years to the point that she now walks into objects, falls into open ditches and at times has trouble finding her food,” Ms Wilson said.

Veterinary Science

The Sydney DVM aims to produce career ready graduates with excellent fundamental knowledge and skills in managing animal health and disease; and in protecting and advancing animal, human and environmental health and welfare locally and globally.

The program encourages enrolment of students from diverse backgrounds and aims to help them achieve their goals to become veterinary medical professionals in the global community. Teaching is research-driven to ensure students learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health.

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

Wildlife Health

The Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management is an innovative program offered by the University of Sydney that provides holistic training in wildlife population management. Students will be taught by experts from academia, industry, and government in one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse settings in the world yet will only be a short distance from the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Sydney.

Program: Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: January 31 for the March intake; June 30 for the July intake. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible, as offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Macquarie chiropractic student balances study, work and fun

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!

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Bachelor of Chiropractic Science graduate, Kevin Fong!

Why did you choose to study chiropractic, and why did you choose to study in Australia?

I was first introduced to chiropractic by my uncle who now practices in Indonesia. While I was doing my first degree, I also played Ultimate Frisbee where I was injured quite often. I tried many different types of treatment but eventually found that chiropractic treatments worked the best for me. I was fortunate enough to be offered a job working for a chiropractor and was able to learn more about the profession. I loved the idea of being able to be actively part of a patient’s recovery without resorting to medication. I decided to pursue chiropractic studies.

I chose Macquarie University in Australia because it is a great country to visit and explore. My parents brought me to Australia many times when I was young as we have family here. Also, Australia was able to offer me the lifestyle and travel opportunities that other programs in Canada and the States did not. Spending time with family over here is also a great plus.

Are you enjoying the program?

I am loving my program, but I would be lying if I didn’t say it has become quite a challenge, especially in the Master’s program. The Bachelor’s program is a great way to build a solid foundation of scientific knowledge. One surprise was that at the very beginning, we went straight into “hands on” practical learning. It is a very sharp learning curve at first and can really shock you if unprepared. Having said that, if you love to learn, then you’re in for a treat. Another surprise was that by second semester, we were at the hospital labs working with cadavers to learn anatomy. Nothing is particularly easy, but if you are interested in what you are doing, then it never seems hard, but rather enjoyable.

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Enjoying the scenery at Bundeena Wedding Cake Rock, south of Sydney

One of the challenges that I have had to face is finding a good balance of study, work and fun. For myself, studying has always been the priority because that is what I am here to do. The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science is not an easy program but if you are focused, there is no reason why you cannot make it through. So while I have focused on class, I have still managed my share of fun.

How would you describe the facilities?

Macquarie is a large university and I can say that I don’t even know all of the buildings on campus. Some of the buildings are a bit old though and some lecture theaters could use a renovation as desks and chairs are needing repair; however, buildings are being upgraded and gets better each year.

Finding study space on campus is quite a challenge as space or power points are limited. The campus hub offers a large selection of food and if the options don’t suit you, Macquarie Food Court is a short walk. The campus has a gym, hospital and the campus bar, which makes the only thing you might really need to do off campus is grocery shop. On a nice day, enjoying the campus bar on the upper patio overlooking the lake is the best, especially after final exams.

What are you enjoying most about your time in Australia?

Probably the lifestyle that I’ve managed to maintain and the friends that I’ve made. There are always new mountain trails to hike, like the Blue Mountains, or other wineries to try, such as the Hunter valley. Most are reachable by train or by finding a Groupon deal for great prices. Flights are unbelievably cheap in Australia and you can almost go anywhere for $150–$200 round trip if you time it right. If I’m ever homesick, there are plenty of Canadians studying here, too, all the while working and studying the profession of my choice. I also manage to sneak in playing Ultimate Frisbee when I can and have even managed to play in the Australian Uni Games. And of course, having family here that I don’t see nearly enough makes Australia pretty great.

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Kevin’s Ultimate Frisbee team competed at the Australian University Games in 2014

“Nothing is particularly easy, but if you are interested in what you are doing, then it never seems hard, but rather enjoyable.”

How did you find accommodation?

When I first got here it was a nightmare. I have family here and so for the first while I stayed with them. Getting accommodation after that was a challenge. I was used to paying about $600 per month in Canada and that’s with all your utilities, internet and some furniture in a basement suite. That wasn’t the case here and the prices are all listed in per week rather than monthly. I originally lived in Carlingford ($130 per week), which turned sour when I realized it took over 40 minutes to bus even though it was a 15-minute drive to the university.

Since then I’ve moved from Epping, to Marsfield, to Epping again. I paid approximately $180 per week when I was renting from someone with everything included, but now pay $190 plus utilities per week because I rent with friends. Utilities are about $30 per month paid quarterly if you don’t go overboard and then another $45 for internet split between my roommates.

A month of living here can be about $765 if you’re interested in saving. This compared to the approximate $1100 if you live at the university housing. There are sacrifices, such as distance—it takes me 20 minutes to get to campus, and the social life. You can bring rent down dramatically if you’re willing to commute, but when you have an 8 a.m. class almost every day, location matters. If you’re looking for accommodations off campus, consider looking at Gumtree.

How can future students better prepare for moving to/studying in Australia?

Take advantage of all the services offered to you as an international student. OzTREKK makes the application process unbelievably easy and once you’re in Australia, utilize the international services as they know exactly how you’re feeling and can help sort out any administrative problems. Other than that, connecting with other international students who are studying in Australia as they are in the same boat you are in and should be able to help you with studying.

Make sure you make the most of your time. My program is five years in total and I can’t believe how fast it has gone by so far and there’s still tons I want to do!

Bachelor of Chiropractic

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. The sooner you apply the better.

Master of Chiropractic

Program: Master of Chiropractic
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent upon candidate’s background)
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. The sooner you apply the better.

Study at the Sydney School of Public Health

Public health is
  • Preventing disease
  • Promoting health
  • Prolonging 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 aimed at developing the essential knowledge and required skills of practitioners in the practice of public health, including the effective management of community health problems to improve conditions and outcomes. The programs are offered at a graduate diploma and master’s degree level with an emphasis on a modern approach to improving health outcomes within disadvantaged and developing communities.

With a large number of units of study to choose from, you can tailor the program to suit your individual needs. You may choose to take a variety of subjects or study subjects within one of five pathways:
  1. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Communicable Disease)
  2. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Injury)
  3. Public Health Research
  4. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Chronic Disease)
  5. Health Economics/Health Policy
Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: March and July
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Public Health program requires
  • a minimum four-year full time degree or equivalent qualification from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a shorter degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification, and non-degree professional qualifications and/or substantial relevant experience and/or other relevant qualifications.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Study dentistry in Australia, practice in Canada

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?

Australian Dental Schools in Australia
Study dentistry in Australia

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 applied clinical science knowledge and judgment.

For the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), clinical judgment and problem-solving skills are tested in a case-based examination. Patient data is presented in timed stations with extended match-type questions. Candidates may also be required to review patient information and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada.

Your Pathway to Certification

  1. Application
    Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
  2. Registration for the Examinations
    Register for available examinations through your online profile.
  3. Proof of Graduation
    Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
  4. Certification
    When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  5. Provincial Licensure
    Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.
For detailed information, be sure to visit NDEB website:

UQ’s online education for more than one million students

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.

UQ's online education for more than one million students
UQx offers 16 online courses (Image: UQ)

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 270,000 enrolments.

“Our English preparation course, which helps non-native English speakers around the world kick-start their university education, has attracted more than 200,000 learners in less than a year.

“We have many more courses planned, and look forward to sharing UQ’s academic and research excellence with the world.”

Mr Zornig said the MOOCs were not only benefitting online users.

“Every UQx MOOC is used in some way in UQ’s on-campus teaching, and the focus at UQx has increasingly turned to enhancing on-campus programs,” he said.

UQx’s MOOCs enrolments to date:

Enrolments to 02/07/16
The Science of Everyday Thinking
Introduction to Biomedical Imaging
Hypersonics – from Shock Waves to Scramjets
Tropical Coastal Ecosystems
Anthropology of Current World Issues
English Grammar and Style
The Psychology of Criminal Justice
Making Sense of Climate Science Denial
Philosophy and Critical Thinking
IELTS Academic Test Preparation
Unlocking Your Employability
Working in Teams: A Practical Guide
AbleX Series: Intellectual Disability Healthcare
Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation
Question Everything: Scientific Thinking in Real Life

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Which Australian Medical Schools are still accepting applications for 2017?

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:

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
Study medicine at an Australian Medical School

University of Queensland Medical School

Program: 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.


James Cook University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Duration: 6 years
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016


Monash University Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine (graduate entry)
Location: Gippsland, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 23, 2016

Program: Bachelor of Medical Science Doctor of Medicine (undergraduate entry)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 23, 2016


Griffith University Medical School

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: January 2017
Application deadline: September 29, 2016


What’s the Difference Between Undergraduate- and Graduate-entry Medical Programs?

Undergraduate Entry: Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school.

Graduate Entry: Some Australian medical schools offer a graduate-entry medical program where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, in order to apply to a four-year medical program.

UON Watt Space gallery wins best regional NSW project

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.

UON Watt Space gallery wins best regional NSW project
UON Watt Space gallery (Photo: UON)
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 able to provide a space for them to explore their ideas and embrace their creativity."

The Blacket prize was introduced in 1964 as a way to recognise outstanding construction projects outside of Sydney. University of Newcastle buildings have received the award four times in the past:

1967 – Shortland Union Building by Anchor Mortlock, Murray & Woolley
1969 – Staff House (Isabellas) by Anchor Mortlock, Murray & Woolley
1995 – Design Faculty Building by Stutchbury & Pape
2003 – Birabahn Centre – Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury & Sue Harper
2016 – Watt Space Gallery Refurbishment – Andrew Donaldson Architecture & Design

Watt Space re-opened its doors in November 2015 on the ground floor of Northumberland House, on the corner of Auckland and King Streets in Newcastle’s CBD after undergoing refurbishment. It was previously located at University House on Auckland Street.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

UQ MD offers released!

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

UQ MD offers released
Study medicine at UQ Medical School

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 Requirements

  • Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT 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 there are no prerequisites for admission into the Doctor of Medicine program, the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine recommends that students prepare themselves for the MD by undertaking undergraduate, second-year university-level courses in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Students with this level of knowledge will more easily transition into the clinical case-based model that forms the foundation of the UQ MD program in Years 1 and 2.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications close when the program is filled. The sooner you apply the better.

Boost for Bond Law with three new appointments

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.

Boost for Bond Law with three new appointments
Professor Rachael Field, Professor Jonathan Crowe and Assistant Professor Kate Galloway have all commenced teaching at Bond. (Photo credit: Bond 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-being has had an impact nationally, and is being taken up internationally, with her body of work contributing to her being awarded the 2013 Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year.

She was also instrumental in the development of the Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for law, central to Learning and Teaching Academic Standards (LTAS).

Professor Field is finalising a book she has co-authored on dispute resolution, and will be co-authoring another book with fellow Bond University recruit, Professor Crowe, on the new approach to ethics in mediation and dispute resolution.

“I am really passionate about student success and the student experience and was drawn to Bond because of its student focus and the fact it punches above its weight in terms of its performance in research,” said Professor Field.

“I want to contribute to building that success at Bond.”

Professor Crowe is recognised globally for his work on legal philosophy, ethical theory and public law, and has more than a decade experience teaching constitutional law, legal theory and public international law, particularly international humanitarian and human rights law.  He also has teaching interests in dispute resolution, family law and criminal law.

He is finalising a book on the natural law tradition in legal and ethical theory, exploring questions of the nature and purpose of law, particularly its connection to human well-being and the good life.

Professor Crowe is the President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy and serves on the Queensland International Humanitarian Law Committee of the Australian Red Cross.

“Bond was attractive to me given its profile as a young, dynamic and forward looking university,” said Professor Crowe.

“The university provides the scope to develop innovative solutions to the challenges of higher education, and I was inspired by its strong focus on the student experience.”

Assistant Professor Galloway is a prolific researcher and commentator in the fields of legal education and property law, and has a decade experience teaching land law, public law, public international law and Indigenous law.

She is Associate Editor of the Legal Education Review, serves on Queensland Law Society’s Equalising Opportunity in the Law committee and was a founder of the Australian Legal Education Associate Dean’s Network.

Assistant Professor Galloway is working on a number of research projects, including as a team member of ‘Smart Casual’, which involves the development of six self-paced, free professional modules for sessional law teachers covering topics including wellness, critical thinking, reading law, Indigenous inclusion and ethics.

“I’m principally interested in curriculum and have worked across diverse aspects of curriculum design—from the first-year experience, to aspects of wellness, internationalisation, sustainability and statutory interpretation,” said Assistant Professor Galloway.

“The aim of this research is to understand how we can promote graduates who will best serve society, the profession and their clients.

“I am keen to develop my work in legal education and Bond is the right environment for me to achieve this.”

Bond University Faculty of Law Executive Dean Professor Nick James said the appointments had further bolstered Bond’s highly regarded team of legal academics.

“Rachael, Jonathan and Kate are among the most respected legal minds in Australia,” he said.

“They each bring with them extensive experience in aspects of the law that are complementary to the expertise and skills we already have within the Bond Faculty of Law and, are therefore, a great asset to our team.

“It is also a coup to add two new legal networks to our stable, particularly given their focus on the topical issues of dispute resolution and wellness in law.

“I look forward to working closely with Rachael, Jonathan and Kate and warmly welcome them to the Bond team.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Monash Engineering ranked 41 in the world

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 Engineering ranked 41 in the world
Monash Engineering ranked 41 in the world (Photo credit: Monash University)

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 Master of Advanced Engineering, which commenced in 2015. Delivered at the Clayton campus, the Master of Advanced Engineering offers flexibility to complete your master degree in just one or two years depending on your previous study and work experience.

Specialisation options
  1. Chemical engineering
  2. Civil engineering (Water)
  3. Civil engineering (Transport)
  4. Civil engineering (Infrastructure Systems)
  5. Electrical engineering
  6. Energy and Sustainability (Malaysia campus only)
  7. Materials engineering
  8. Mechanical engineering

New campus plan connecting community and business at Macquarie

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.

New campus plan connecting community and business at Macquarie
An artist’s impression of 8 and 10 University Ave. (Image credit: Kannfinch and Sissons)

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 partners, and making it the heart of a sustainable centre in a rapidly changing neighbourhood.

“The buildings offer an enviable location, a few minutes’ walk to Macquarie University Train Station (part of the new North West Metro), a major bus interchange and Macquarie Shopping Centre. They will have vibrant atrium spaces and flexible floor plates, providing every opportunity to create and promote linkages between industry and the university, with cutting-edge technology being a key driver. The development will provide a dynamic, collaborative environment that will complement and enhance the Macquarie Park Innovation District being planned,” Mr Broomfield said.

The new facility is supported by a commitment from one of the university’s corporate business partners that already has close collaborative links with the university.

The project team (including a leading architectural collaboration between Kann Finch and Sissons Architects) has completed the concept design and is now focused on working up the detailed design in preparation for the lodgement of a development application in the second half of this year, with an anticipated completion date of late 2019.

“To optimise research, innovation and commercialisation, the university is focused on collaboration spaces enabled by design and technology. The development plans underpin this, creating the ecosystem needed to enhance engagement with industry, business and community,” Mr Broomfield said.

The Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan reinforce the intent of the original concept for the university. Founded in 1964, Macquarie University has always possessed a strong educational philosophy based on the concept of a university adjoining a technology park, closely following the Stanford University model. This model seeks to foster new technologies by encouraging a direct interface between industry and the university. It seeks to create an innovation nexus where Macquarie and its partners contribute to the world and develop long-lasting relationships through engagement, partnering and collaboration with leading global and local industry and business.

Don’t forget the Melbourne physiotherapy application deadline!

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

Don't forget the Melbourne physiotherapy school application deadline!
Study physio at the University of Melbourne

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 willing to help and it has been enjoyable so far. I would say that this has been a great opportunity to experience another part of the world and studying physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne is highly recommended. This program is challenging and intensive but there is also a positive environment which makes the workload more manageable. ”

“Like: the students – everyone very calm yet serious about the program. The lecturers: very serious in teaching and wish students to achieve high standards. Meet great people. Program is hard work but you go through it with awesome people.”

“I love how intensive and regulated the program is. Study lots, the material is very intensive but is taught in an exciting and interactive way.”


Melbourne DPT Timeline

Melbourne DPT Second Round Applications for the 2017 Intake
Deadline for second round applicants: July 28, 2016
Offers for second round Skype MMI Interviews released: August 12, 2016
Second round Skype MMI interviews conducted: August 22 – 26, 2016
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: September 2, 2016
Offers for second round released: October 14, 2016
Deadline for final results and other offer conditions to be met by applicants: December 15, 2016
Mandatory DPT Orientation: February 3, 2017
DPT Classes commence: February 6, 2017