Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Explore Bond University from anywhere in the world!

This goes out to everyone heading to Bond Law School in September!

Explore Bond University from anywhere in the world!
Beautiful Bond University!
Did you know you are headed to one of the most immaculately kept campuses in Australia? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a campus tour before you land in Australia?

You can!

The Bond Now application ( allows you to immerse yourself in the Bond campus and the state-of-the-art facilities in a 360-degree tour. Watch as the bustling activity of university life unfolds around you and take in every aspect of the Bond’s amazing learning spaces.
There is so much to explore and visit from the Anatomy Labs, to watching AFL training on the sports fields or witnessing a mock trial in the Moot Court—where you will be spending just a little bit of your time! Here’s a brief rundown of some of the uni’s features and facilities.

Outdoor learning spaces
Tired of squinting at a professor pacing back and forth at the bottom of an auditorium?

You won’t get that at Bond University. Bond prides itself on its small class sizes. Students and professors work together to make learning enjoyable and dynamic. Taking learning outside the traditional four walls of the classroom has been shown to measurably improve the personal, social and cognitive aspect of the student learning experience. Outdoor activities and lessons can encourage academic skill development, creative and critical thinking, teamwork and communication and problem-solving; reinforcing the graduate attributes that underpin a Bond University education. Plus, students and academic staff have given it positive reviews as way of complementing Bond’s highly personalised and innovative approach to learning and teaching!

Chill out at the Sports Centre
Bond University Sports Centre is open seven days a week and membership is included in your Student Activity Fee. In addition to the weights and boxing circuit rooms, they offer a weekly timetable of aerobics, TRX, pilates and yoga classes or you can soothe away the study stress with a spa, sauna and swim in the 50m pool.

Be entertained
There’s always something happening somewhere on campus. Free concerts, crazy fundraisers, lakeside barbecues, community campaigns, the weekly Res Wars between resident students. On a more studious note, Bond also regularly hosts guest lectures and presentations by high-profile guest speakers, as well as important opportunities like networking nights and annual Careers Fair.

Catch up over coffee
With cafes, a full service restaurant and Bond’s very own watering hole, there are plenty of places to catch up for a coffee, meal, or drink after class.

Bond Faculty of Law
Bond Law 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. They are 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.

A Griffith Speech Pathology School student’s story

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.

Did you garble that one? So did we.

When most people think about speech pathology, they probably think of the study of helping people who stutter or have a lisp. While it’s true that speech pathologists do help with those issues, their scope of practice is a whole lot broader, including speech delays, fluency, voice and resonance, swallowing and feeding, cognitive-communication, literacy… and much more!

OzTREKK recently spoke with Ritoo Bhardwaj, a current Griffith Speech Pathology student. Originally from Vancouver, Ritoo first earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology with a focus on child language development at Simon Fraser University. Here’s her story!

Griffith University Speech Pathology
Ready for a day at the races at the Gold Coast Turf Club

Why speech pathology at Griffith University?

I became interested in speech pathology when I watched my grandmother go through speech therapy to help her communication after her stroke. I’ve always had an interest in child language development and working with children with special needs, in particular children on the ASD (Autism spectrum disorder); Therefore, I decided to do something that meshed both of these interests together, which happened to be speech pathology! Stroke patients and children with special needs are just two populations of many that require support for their speech and language skills, which is why this career is so appealing. There are so many different paths you can take, making a difference in each one!

After applying into the Canadian system for four consecutive years to no avail, I chose to try my luck applying abroad. Griffith University stood out as a program that I wanted to go to because of the way the program was laid out: It is only two years in length, uses problem-based learning (PBL) for all topics, and provides clinical experience right away, starting in the first week of classes. Hands-on learning has always been of importance to me, and this program allows you to apply everything you learn to real environments. I would really recommend this program to anyone considering it!

Griffith University Speech Pathology
A graffiti artwork display in Hozier Lane, downtown Melbourne!

What’s not to love?

I absolutely love the program! Every day we get to learn about amazing topics which are delivered in interesting ways, be it through a problem-based learning session, a clinical skills tutorial, or a specialist lecture in which a renowned professional delivers a lecture to us incorporating firsthand experience. Every topic we cover in PBL is supported by lectures and clinical practice, which consolidates your knowledge on that topic. It really is amazing how Griffith has structured this program to best teach their students.

Tough love

I knew coming into the program that is was going to be a tough one, but I have to say, it was even harder than expected! Since it is a condensed two-year program (others are two-and-a-half years), you have a lot on your plate at any given time in the semester, which leaves you with little spare time. That being said, you have a wonderful supportive cohort and professors to guide you and keep you on the right track. Also, the first-year speechies are linked up with the second-year speechies in a mentorship program, which provides the first years with all the tips and tricks to do well on assignments and exams.

Griffith University Speech Pathology
The famous Brisbane sign in Southbank, Brisbane

Accreditation process

I plan to come back to Canada to work post-uni. I will need to write the Canadian board exam which will allow me to transfer my credentials from Australia to Canada. Since I will be graduating in October, I will have to wait until the following March to write my exam and start the process of transferring my courses over. Although this is a tedious and lengthy process, the director of the program ensures that the Canadian students meet all the required hours and coursework criteria prior to the last semester of courses, so we know we are in good standing when we finish.

Griffith University Speech Pathology
Ritoo’s favourite place, Burleigh Heads!

Where to live?

I signed up for accommodation with the Griffith University Village while I was still in Canada because I wanted the comfort of being close to campus for my first semester while I got oriented with the new location. This was a mistake! The village is not cut out for people studying in a program as intense as the speech path masters. It is a very young crowd, and there is lots of partying at all hours of the day (and night). It is also very pricey for what you get, about $275/week for a five-bedroom apartment. So if you are looking for a quiet place to stay I would not recommend GUV.

I am now living about 20 minutes away from campus in Surfer’s Paradise and paying only $210 a week for a two-bedroom apartment only a couple minutes’ walk to the beach!  You can find lots of options on Flatmates, and some other suburbs to look for include Southport, Ashmore, Labrador and Main Beach. I love the beaches! It is so beautiful on the Gold Coast; any free minute I get, I head to the beach to soak in the sun! The people here are so great, very friendly and always happy to help.

Advice for newbies?

Do it! It’s such a great experience! The university is great, with relatively new facilities and lots of places to study and eat. The tram line stops at Griffith University station and the Gold Coast University Hospital station, so it’s pretty easy to take transit to and from. There are a few shopping areas nearby the uni to get groceries: Australia Fair and Harbour Town; however, beware, all the shops close early every day except for Thursdays, which is “late-night shopping day.” I’ve found most of the products I would shop for back home, and the prices are relatively the same for most things. However, coffee and makeup are really expensive, so bring your own!

Master of Speech Pathology at Griffith University

The speech pathology program at Griffith is located in their $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, which is part of an exciting Health and Knowledge Precinct which also incorporates the new $1.76-billion Gold Coast University Hospital.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Trimester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements
To be eligible to apply, applicants must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree (not in speech pathology) with a minimum GPA of 5.0. While there are no prerequisite study areas for admission, desirable areas include psychology, health science, public health, medical science, human services, education, and linguistics; and
  • a satisfactory performance in an interview with the Program Convenor.
As the number of applicants may exceed the places available, selection for admission is competitive and will be based upon (1) academic merit and (2) interview.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Don’t miss the Newcastle JD webinar Sept. 1!

Summer is winding down, but we have an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School. The webinar will be hosted by OzTREKK and will feature former OzTREKK students and a Canadian professor!

Don't miss the Newcastle JD webinar September 1!
Meena, Amber, and Taija at the Newcastle Law Ball

During this webinar, you will discover more about living and studying in Australia, the ins and outs of the Newcastle JD program and its embedded Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a few more pearls—all from a Canadian perspective!

Date: Thursday, Sept. 1
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario)

To join this webinar, email!

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline; however, it is recommended that candidates apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Key features of the program

1. Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon completion of the program.
2. Students will be able to get in-depth, hands-on experience participating in customized Legal Clinics exploring the following areas:
  • Consumer credit
  • Criminal law
  • Natural resources law
  • Public interest law
  • Refugee/migration law
3. Students will study in a tight-knit, interactive learning community with highly qualified academic staff dedicated to their success.

Entry Requirements
Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution; or other post-secondary qualification from a recognized institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to be equivalent. Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the university.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Newcastle Business School receives international recognition

OzTREKK is proud to represent the best of the best in Australian universities. Top medical schools, top dentistry schools, top law schools—the list goes on. Australian universities offer an abundance of exceptional learning experiences and uphold world-recognised standards. Once again, we’ve received news that another business school we represent has just been awarded accreditation.

The Newcastle Business School has received international acclaim for its programs through accreditation from USA-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Newcastle Business School receives international recognition
AACSB Accreditation
AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by fewer than five per cent of the world’s business programs. The accreditation places Newcastle Business School in the leading institutions internationally.

Professor Richard Dunford, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law, said the accreditation is an exciting step in ensuring international recognition for the University of Newcastle’s programs.

“Accreditation reflects not just the quality of our business programs but also the determination and commitment of our academic and professional staff.

“We are proud to be joining the very select group of international universities that have achieved the accreditation,” Professor Dunford said.

The accreditation will provide exciting opportunities for the university, including advanced employment prospects for graduates, as well as new partnerships with other internationally acclaimed universities.

Professor Dunford said the advantages go well beyond giving students, staff and our regional communities assurance that University of Newcastle’s teaching and curricula meet high international standards.

“Accreditation opens doors. Most of the world’s top business schools restrict their relationships to those with AACSB accreditation. Even if they don’t know much about a particular business school or university, they know the quality required to achieve AACSB accreditation.”

AACSB is the premier, and longest-standing, international accrediting body for business programs and is the international benchmark for excellence in business education.

Robert D. Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB, congratulated UON on its achievement.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn AACSB accreditation and I commend the University of Newcastle for its dedication to management education, as well as its leadership in the community,” he said.

The accreditation will build on NBS’ success in the Federal Government’s 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results, which concluded that the school was above world standard in management and marketing.

“AACSB accreditation coupled with our ERA results can give the people of the Hunter and Central Coast, our Sydney and Singapore students and our various international partners even greater confidence that the University of Newcastle delivers business programs and business research of a world-class standard,” Professor Dunford said.

About the Newcastle Business School

The Newcastle Business School has full-time multicultural academic staff who have wide-ranging professional teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as through supervision of higher research degree students. They also have strong research records and have compiled an impressive output of research books, textbooks, journal articles and professional publications.

Popular programs

  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Marketing

Macquarie chiropractic graduate practicing in Canada

Here’s a story from an Australian university graduate who agrees with us wholeheartedly about the value of international study. He is living proof that you can study in Australia, and practice in Canada!

Meet Dr Ryan Coster, a licensed chiropractor working in New Brunswick. Dr Coster chose to pursue his chiropractic degree at Macquarie in New South Wales. His praise of the university, its world-class chiropractic education, and his success of coming back to Canada to practice is encouraging for future students considering studying in Australia. Here is his story:

Macquarie chiropractic graduate practicing in Canada
Macquarie chiropractic graduate Dr Ryan Coster, DC MChir BSc BSBA
When deciding to pursue a career in chiropractic, there were many decisions to be made regarding which university to attend. In the end, I decided to accept an international student position at Macquarie University’s Department of Chiropractic, where I would spend four years attaining a postgraduate chiropractic degree.

The main reason I chose to study at Macquarie University, besides for the amazing international experience, was because studying at a publicly funded university with access to world-class cadaver dissection labs was of utmost importance. I wanted to be trained at the highest possible level regarding anatomy training and coursework. The program was fabulous, staffed with experienced clinicians and knowledgeable professors.
Facilities were state-of-the-art and housed new equipment for proper training. The entire experience was extremely positive and I highly recommend the program.

If you intend to return to Canada after graduation, you must write and pass the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board exams to obtain licensure in any Canadian province to practice chiropractic. My advice is to write Parts A and B as quickly as possible, while still studying as a student, then Part C once returning to Canada. This way avoids unnecessary wait times and procrastination for registration in Canada. Once you pass the board exams, you can then obtain your chiropractic license and insurance in any Canadian province or territory.

At this time, I am now practicing full time in New Brunswick and often find myself reflecting on the positive student experience I had at Macquarie University. Anyone fortunate enough to study at this fabulous institution will not only receive an excellent education, but also an amazing cultural experience of living in Australia.

Macquarie University Chiropractic Degrees

Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada must undertake a recognised program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees taken over five years are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at other institutions. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of the university’s three chiropractic clinics prior to graduation.

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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Five questions with a Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate

Dina Kayali studied with the Faculty of Pharmacy and is as passionate about the industry as they come. After graduating with the Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Sydney in 2005, Dina has experienced firsthand the various career opportunities that a degree in pharmacy can lead you.

Five questions with a Bachelor of Pharmacy alumna
Sydney pharmacy graduate Dina Kayali (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Starting her career in retail and community pharmacy, Dina moved into corporate pharmacy, working for seven years at global pharmaceutical company Hospira in roles across medical affairs, and product and business development. Earlier this year, Dina accepted a highly sought after position with Pfizer Australia as their Business Development Manager.

The university caught up with Dina to find out how she’s settling in at Pfizer, what she thinks of the new Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management course and why she chose a career in pharmacy.

1. Tell us about where you work and what your role involves?

I currently work at Pfizer Australia as the Business Development Manager. This involves company strategy planning and development, and negotiation and relationship building with other pharmaceutical companies and partners for in-licensing, acquisitions, product development, and other joint ventures and partnerships.

2. Why did you decided to study a degree in pharmacy?

I decided to do a pharmacy degree because I had aspirations to work within the pharmaceutical industry.

I felt that studying pharmacy would give me a well-rounded understanding of the pharmaceutical world and place me in a good position to pursue an industry career.

3. In 2017, the Faculty of Pharmacy is introducing the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management. As a pharmaceutical industry professional and Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate, what do you think of this new degree?

Having worked within the pharmaceutical industry for a while now, I can say that the new combination of a pharmacy and management degree is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain a breadth of understanding of both science, as well as essential business and management concepts.

This is a unique offering that will be of particular relevance for those hoping for a career in the
pharmaceutical industry—a career path that requires both scientific proficiency as well as business acumen.

4. What did you enjoy about the Faculty of Pharmacy?

I thoroughly enjoyed the four years I spent at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney from both an academic and personal development perspective.

The course was very well structured and provided depth of content across a range of subjects from pharmacology and dispensing, through to pharmacy practice and novel therapeutics. The structure allows you to develop close networks and peer connections over the four years spent studying together. As a result, I value the lifelong bonds and connections I have taken with me throughout my career and also in my personal life.

5. What did you enjoy most about studying at the University of Sydney?

I lived on campus at Sancta Sophia College for the four years that I spent studying at the University of Sydney. These years were some of the best of my life. Living on campus made my experience that much richer due to the connections I made and the people I met from many parts of the world studying a range of courses.

University of Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy covers the study of the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The first year is a foundation year in which students study biology, chemistry and basic pharmaceutical sciences, and are introduced to pharmacy. The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, together with specialized clinical pharmacy studies. During third and fourth years, considerable time is spent in clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacies, where valuable practical experience is gained.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Why settle for ordinary?

Creating change: UQ Vet School sets up students for success

Did you know that the UQ School of Veterinary Science is ranked #3 in Australia according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016?

Creating change: UQ Vet School sets up students for success
Study veterinary science at UQ!
This ranking places UQ among the world’s best veterinary schools and near the very top of Australia’s best!

UQ Vet is determined to have their students succeed, and encourage the idea that lifelong learning really is the key to being a successful veterinarian in today’s world.

To keep up in an ever-changing industry environment, veterinary education increasingly focuses on self-sufficiency.

UQ Veterinary School’s Professor Paul Mills has worked across many sectors of the industry in the last three decades, including government, emergency medicine, and education, and knows firsthand that students need more than just scientific or practical skills to succeed.

“Setting up our students for success means teaching them not only the vital skills they need to hit the ground running from day one, but also how to learn for themselves so they can continue to develop as veterinarians, but also more broadly as scientists, for their whole careers,” says Professor Mills.

We are trying to make sure they’ve got that ability to change, to think for themselves, to work for whatever job they can do, so they are not pigeon-holed. – Professor Paul Mills


Part of this process involves regular training throughout the five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science program in skills that are vital to success after graduation.

“From the beginning of their degree, students must participate in activities that prepare them for day-to-day life as a practitioner,” says Professor Malcolm Jones, a parasitologist who works closely with students in the veterinary science program, and has visited Canada to deliver informative information sessions to future UQ vet students.

“This includes a boot camp called Vets for Life at the beginning of their degree that establishes their expectations and provides them with support mechanisms for their studies.

“Later in their coursework, they conduct mock interviews to prepare them for dealing with difficult clients; take courses that develop their business-management, client-management and people skills; and learn techniques to help them manage their feelings and actions in a high-stress environment.

“We are really keen to support our students’ development as resilient, critical thinkers.”

Student Sarah Babington is completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and says UQ has prepared her well for a career after graduation.

“Studying veterinary science at UQ has not only taught me the importance of practical skills, such as client communication and business management, but also the essential role veterinarians play in today’s world of human public health on an international scale.”

To learn more about the Vets for Life program, visit

Bachelor of Veterinary Science Honours at UQ

The vet program at the UQ Veterinary School is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally. The university’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.

Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 30; however, late applications may be accepted. Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

James Cook University Private Hospital powers ahead

We’ve got great news for future JCU MBBS students!

James Cook University is taking the next big step towards the construction of a private hospital on its Townsville campus. This develop means that students beginning the JCU medical program in 2017 will be able to do clinical training in brand new facilities!

JCU has shortlisted to three the number of proponents who would build and operate the University Private Hospital in the JCU and Townsville Health and Hospital Service medical precinct in Townsville.

James Cook University Private Hospital powers ahead
Study medicine at JCU

The three shortlisted proponents have now been invited to make a Request For Proposal (RFP) to build and operate the facility.

The proponents will prepare detailed plans for the development, including concept designs, and information about clinical training, research and the range of medical services to be provided by the private hospital.

Details of construction will be finalised with the successful proponent, but Stage 1 of the development is expected to offer about 100 beds, which would cost about $113 M to build.

It’s estimated Stage 1 would create more than 300 full-time construction jobs and more than 350 operations jobs.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Services and Resources Tricia Brand said it’s another exciting announcement for the project and another step towards bringing the project to fruition.

“We warmly welcome the strong interest we have received for the university private hospital, and we look forward to seeing the detail of the proposals.

“JCU is dedicated to improving the health of people in the Tropics. The private hospital will offer world-class medical facilities and improve the healthcare options for Townsville and beyond.

“It will be co-located with existing JCU world-class medical teaching and research infrastructure and the public hospital, providing a tremendous boost to medical services, clinical training and research.

“It will ensure the Douglas medical precinct is the regional epicentre of health services in northern Australia,” Ms Brand said.

The RFP closes in November with construction of the university private hospital expected to be completed in 2019.

JCU Medical School MBBS program

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.

The James Cook University medical precinct is opposite the Townsville Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in regional or tropical Australia. In later years, students have a base at one of the James Cook University clinical schools that include Townsville, Cairns, Mackay or Darwin.

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

OzTREKK Bond physiotherapy students leading the way

Happy Tuesday! We are pleased to announce that five former OzTREKK students have received awards for academic achievement in the Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy program!

We love happy stories about our former students… and we love to share them with you!

Scott Willis Chan – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining a semester percentage of greater or equal to 85%) / *First in class
OzTREKK Bond physiotherapy students leading the way
Former OzTREKK student and current Bond DPT student Maichel Ghobrial enjoying his time in Australia!

Gabrielle Christine Van Der Woerd – Executive Dean’s List for Academic Excellence (semester percentage average between 82% and 84% inclusive)

Whitney Mills – Executive Dean’s List for Academic Excellence (semester percentage average between 82% and 84% inclusive)

Maichel Ghobrial – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining a semester percentage of greater or equal to 85%). Mike has done a student blog with OzTREKK! Check out his story:

Darren Corea – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining a semester percentage of greater or equal to 85%)

Congratulations to all of you! All of us at OzTREKK are very proud of your achievements!

Wondering about Bond Physiotherapy?

The physiotherapy program at Bond Physiotherapy School embraces a holistic approach, with a strong emphasis on communication skills, ethics and preventative management. Extensive clinical training ensures graduates will be able to effectively relate to and treat physical therapy patients and clients on every level. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2017 intake, the application deadline was August 11, 2016.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bond law students take on domestic violence

A new initiative designed to prepare aspiring lawyers to handle domestic violence cases has been established in a joint partnership between Bond University and the Domestic Violence Court in Southport, Queensland’s first and only dedicated domestic and family violence court.

Bond law students take on domestic violence
(L-R) Katrina Ukmar, The Hon Magistrate Colin Strofield, Paula Bould, and Tess Lehn (Photo: Bond University)

The program aims to give five law students supervised exposure to the complex legal field of domestic violence, shadowing Magistrate Colin Strofield in his role as one of the presiding magistrates of the Domestic Violence Court and working with the dedicated Domestic Violence Registry.

Bond University’s Assistant Professor of Law, Jodie O’Leary, who coordinates the Domestic Violence Court Clinic program alongside Assistant Professor Elizabeth Greene, said the initiative was a response to the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report into domestic and family violence, headed by Dame Quentin Bryce.

“One of the issues highlighted in the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report was the need for universities to identify suitable ways to incorporate education and training around domestic violence prevention into undergraduate courses,” said Assistant Professor O’Leary.

“We see the Domestic Violence Court Clinic as a way we can implement those findings, while also giving our students valuable real-world experience to prepare them for legal practice.

“Magistrate Strofield and the Registry staff are highly experienced in this field and their investment in our students is truly invaluable.”

Magistrate Strofield said eliminating domestic and family violence required a coordinated response over an extensive period of time.

“Partnerships between universities and key stakeholders will prove invaluable as the commitment to change continues,” said Magistrate Strofield.

“The definition of domestic violence is varied and often misunderstood.

“Educating students in the definition of domestic and family violence and best practices is a key component for change in the future.

“I’m optimistic that this opportunity to observe the practical application of legal studies together with gaining the perspective of aggrieved and responding parties of domestic violence will assist and inspire students in their future careers in legal practice.”

Domestic Violence Court deputy registrar Paula Bould said the program would provide the students with the unique opportunity to observe and participate in the process of trialing a specialist domestic and family violence court, the first of its kind in Queensland.

“Students will observe firsthand the daily operations of court proceedings both of a civil and criminal nature varying from the initial application stage, to contested trials to criminal charges arising from a contravention of an order,” said Mrs Bould.

The students—Nakisa Djamshidi, Tess Lehn, Katrina Ukmar, Chelsea McClatchy and Melissa Bate—will each spend one day per week in the Court with Magistrate Strofield, as well as working in the Registry.

Final-year Juris Doctor student Tess Lehn, 24, said it had been eye opening to be part of such an important program.

“I have learnt so much seeing what the Magistrate deals with on a daily basis,” she said.

“Magistrate Strofield takes a real interest in the people that come before the court and making sure they realise the seriousness of domestic violence and the importance of not reoffending.

“Spending time in the registry has also been an invaluable experience and it has been great to work alongside the staff who are specially trained and passionate about what they do.”

Tess is planning to work in family law when she graduates from Bond Law School this year.

Third-year Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science student Katrina Ukmar, 21, said she and her fellow students were very fortunate to have such access to the courtroom and its workings.

“These cases are often heard in a closed court, so to be able to have access to the courtroom and the Magistrate is something you would never usually get to experience as a law student,” she said.

“I don’t think the community understands just how widespread domestic violence is in today’s society. It’s been amazing to see the great work that is happening, and steps that are being taken to address this important issue.”

Katrina would like to work in criminal law when she graduates from Bond at the end of 2017.

“Having a dual degree in Law and Psychological Sciences will help me to better understand people, and why they do what they do, so that ultimately I can devise better rehabilitative strategies and holistic solutions to address criminal law issues,” she said.

Assistant Professor O’Leary said the students would be able to see, in practice, legal practitioners dedicated to confronting the issue and amending procedure to make it easier for the system to better protect victims of domestic violence.

“In preparation for the five-week program, the students have been briefed by clinical and forensic psychologist Dr Deborah Wilmoth, Director of the Bond University Psychology Clinic, about the confronting nature of some of the matters they will be exposed to,” said Assistant Professor O’Leary.

“Elizabeth Greene and I have also taken the students through a legal briefing that specifically addressed the Domestic Violence Court and the law to which they would be exposed.

“The five students were selected from a strong field of applicants, and the early feedback from the Deputy Registrar is that they are exceptional young ladies.”

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

The Bond JD was constructed to enable graduates to take leading positions in the public and private sectors. Bond graduates are now employed in top law firms throughout Australia and across 38 countries, including the United States, U.K., Canada, Malaysia and Singapore, as solicitors in private practice, barristers, government lawyers, in-house counsel and academics. Students are encouraged to emphasize specific areas of study that they feel will best serve their proposed career paths.

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.

Listen up! It’s Australian Hearing Awareness Week

Now hear this! Aug. 21–27, 2016 is Australian Hearing Awareness week.

Listen up! Australian Hearing Awareness Week
You can study audiology in Australia! (Image credit: Hearing Awareness Week)

Audiology is a growing discipline in the health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. As a clinical profession, audiology uses applied science to develop and perform precision tests that locate the specific range and frequency of hearing loss, information necessary for implementing an effective recovery strategy. Additionally, audiology identifies and treats dysfunctions of the vestibular system, which can affect one’s balance and spatial orientation.

There are very few Canadian universities that offer a Master of Audiology, and only three audiology schools are taught solely as an English-language program. Consequently, competitive admissions arising from so few spots have made Australian Audiology Schools an attractive option for Canadian students who wish to learn the requisite clinical skills to practice audiology.

A master’s degree in audiology is the minimum requirement for an audiologist to practice in Canada.

Australian audiology schools offering graduate-entry study in audiology design their programs to operate along two fronts: On the first, students are taught the scientific and theoretical knowledge of audiology as a branch of the health sciences; on the second front, students develop the fundamental skills and techniques dedicated to the practice of audiology as a clinical profession. Australian universities are internationally recognized, and graduates of an Australian audiology program are eligible to apply for certification in Canada.

Popular audiology schools in Australia:

  • Macquarie University Audiology School
  • University of Melbourne Audiology School
  • University of Queensland Audiology School

Friday, August 19, 2016

UQ YOLO program: live with purpose

Living a YOLO (you only live once) lifestyle doesn’t mean abandoning any sense of consequence, but it does mean seizing opportunities for self-improvement.

UQ School of Psychology researcher Shelley Viskovich is eager to highlight this message with the YOLO program, an online course which encourages students to pursue living fully and with purpose.

UQ YOLO program: live with purpose
YOLO, so make the most of it! (Photo credit: UQ)

“Yes, you do only live once—so make it count,” Mrs Viskovich said.

“The YOLO program at UQ is all about gaining the skills to handle the challenges life throws at you, now and in the future.

“It teaches skills for managing stress so you can invest energy in pursuing your passions and live life in a purposeful, value-driven and fulfilling way.

“Our pilot study saw very impressive improvements in a range of facets, including depression, anxiety, stress, self-compassion, mindfulness and satisfaction with life.”

Supervised by Professor Kenneth Pakenham, the YOLO program consists of four free online modules that can be completed over four weeks.

Each 40-minute module can be broken down into segments of less than 15 minutes, allowing participants to pause to do other activities and resume where they left off.

A practicing therapist for 10 years before undertaking her PhD at the University of Queensland, Mrs Viskovich said the YOLO program had a similar number of student participants at the higher research and the undergraduate levels.

“The skills we encourage are useful for managing life at any stage,” Mrs Viskovich said.

“I do think this current generation is a lot more understanding of the importance of living a well-rounded lifestyle, whereas some of us in the past lived by the detrimental ‘suck it up’ mentality.

“Modern life is so demanding and our schedules so busy that it’s easy to feel like you’re not on top of things and not feel so great.

“Studying at university is a great opportunity to balance academic development with personal growth, and the YOLO program provides this.”

The YOLO program is open to all English-speaking UQ students aged 18 or older and is designed for self-improvement, rather than mental health conditions requiring specialised therapy.

Mrs Viskovich said the current average age for participants is 26.

“It seems that young people appreciate that building a career entails both academic and personal development,” she said.

Studying a Juris Doctor at Newcastle Law School

In 2017 Newcastle Law School will be moving to its new home at the university’s landmark education precinct, NeW Space, in the Newcastle CBD. Juris Doctor students will enjoy the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Studying a Juris Doctor at Newcastle Law School
Study law at UoN
Newcastle Law is Australia’s leading clinical law school and was the first in the country to offer an integrated learning experience. Your degree integrates experiential learning and skills training with the conventional legal curriculum, including a wide range of elective courses.The Juris Doctor and the embedded Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice is designed to equip students with the knowledge, clinical experience and qualification for admission into legal practice in Australia. Students will study the JD concurrently with the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, allowing them to develop both high-level academic and legal skills, while also providing practical and real-world experience.

Gain experience through national competitions

University of Newcastle law students have a competitive reputation and frequently excel in national law competitions.
  • Winner of the best online initiative at a national level – Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA)
  • Second in the ALSA annual national paper presentation competition.
  • Quarter finalist in the ALSA national client interviewing competition.
  • UoN highly commended Club of the year
  • Quarter finalist in the ALSA national witness examination competition
  • Quarter finalist in the ALSA national client interviewing competition
  •  Quarter finalist, Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot
  • Winner, UNSW Intervarsity Client Interviewing Competition
  • Winner, UNSW Intervarsity Negotiation Competition
  • Quarter finalist, Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot
  • Best oralist in Ashurst Private Law Moot general rounds
Studying a Juris Doctor at Newcastle Law School
OzTREKK UON Law students Taija, Amber, and Meena—also JD International Scholarship winners!

University of Newcastle Law School

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements
Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Watch the Sydney DMD information session for new students

Have you applied to the Sydney DMD? Had your interview? Patiently waiting to see if you’ve received an offer? It’s no secret that the Sydney DMD is one of the most popular dentistry programs for Canadian students who wish to study in Australia.

Check out this “Doctor of Dental Medicine Information Session” video for the inside scoop about Sydney dentistry!

The Sydney DMD will allow students to
  • understand how to make treatment decisions most appropriate for patients as individuals;
  • gain confidence in treating patients through simulation and practice-based experience;
  • develop leadership skills to enable contribution to the dental community—as an ambassador of health;
  • crystallise professional values and ethics, social conscious and cultural awareness;
  • make informed decisions by critiquing research and evidence; and
  • instill a passion for lifelong learning, self-development and self-evaluation.

Sydney DMD information for new students
Sydney DMD students hard at work

Graduates are eligible for immediate registration with the Dental Board of Australia, allowing them to go straight in to practice. Canadian students can undertake the examination of the National Examining Board of Canada, allowing registration and practice in their home country.

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Australian universities climb in world rankings

If you’re looking for another reason to consider studying in Australia, we’ve got one.

Australian universities climb in world rankings
Find out how you can study in Australia

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has just released their rankings for 2016.
More than 1,200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published. Here’s how our Australian universities stacked up—against more than 20,000 universities in the world we might add!

University of Melbourne – ranked #40 in the world and #1 in Australia
University of Queensland – ranked #55 in the world #2 in Australia
Monash University – ranked #79 in the world and #4 in Australia
University of Sydney – ranked #82 in the world #5 in Australia
James Cook University – ranked #200–301 in the world and #9–14 in Australia
Macquarie University – ranked #200–301 in the world and #9–14 in Australia
Griffith University – ranked #301–400 in the world and #15–21 in Australia
University of Newcastle – ranked #301–400 in the world and #15–21 in Australia

This places OzTREKK Australian universities among Canada’s best universities, including the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, and McMaster University. There are more than 200 universities, colleges, and institutes in Australia, and OzTREKK is proud to say that our partners are in the top 25!

The ARWU was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU), Graduate School of Education (formerly the Institute of Higher Education) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and updated on an annual basis. The ranking is based on objective indicators, including quality of education, quality of faculty, research output, and per capita performance.

Finding Nemo with new app

Visitors and residents along Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef can play a starring role as citizen scientists to build a brighter future for ‘Nemo’ clownfish and their anemone homes.

The IC-ANEMONE (or ‘I See Anemone’) app launch for National Science Week (Aug. 13–21) invites holiday-seekers and Queenslanders to get involved in saving Nemo by recording sightings in the wild via a new mobile phone app.

Help scientists find Nemo in Queensland with new app
Help scientists find Nemo (Photo: UQ)

This monitoring will help marine biologists from the University of Queensland and Flinders University to expand their conservation efforts.

UQ School of Biological Sciences PhD candidate and Saving Nemo Queensland Project Coordinator Carmen da Silva said she couldn’t wait to show reef visitors how to use the app and get involved.

“This is a really exciting way to gain an understanding of the numbers and the health of anemones and clown fish in the region,” she said.

“If we can get more people excited about reef conservation, hopefully more people will want to help save the reef.”

Her mother, and program director Karen Burke da Silva, is also Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at Flinders University in South Australia.

“We know that numbers are declining at some coral reefs both in Australia and overseas,” she says.

“We would love citizen scientists to use the new IC-ANEMONE app and learn how they can identify species while snorkelling and diving during their holiday.

“The information collected will be combined with other publicly available data, such as weather and collection statistics, to build a better understanding for clownfish conservation.”

Data collected with the app will enable scientists to monitor density, diversity, health and interspecies relationships of clownfish and anemones in protected and exploited sites across the Great Barrier Reef.

From Aug. 13, scientists from both universities will demonstrate the new app at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority’s Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville, Cairns and Lizard Island.

IC-ANEMONE will help to create the first global database to better understand where clownfish and anemones occur and what threatens their survival in the wild.

Climate change, anemone bleaching, land use practices and over-collection are all potential threats to the species’ survival now and into the future, Associate Professor Burke da Silva says.

Up-to-date visualisations of data, for example maps of where particular clownfish are most frequently reported, will be available for people to compare their sightings to others in their region and beyond.

Using Australia as a baseline, the program will be expanded to include other popular tourism and high vulnerability in Southeast Asia where sustainable fishing practices have not been well enforced resulting in local extinctions.

The National Science Week initiative borrows from the conservation theme of the Disney movies Finding Nemo and sequel Finding Dory, urging the aquaria trade and pet owners to leave wild fish on coral reefs and protect marine sanctuaries from destructive exploitation.

For more information, please go to or follow on Twitter @savenemo.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UQ poised to make pivotal changes to the university experience

The University of Queensland is making pivotal changes to the way higher education is imagined and experienced.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj recently announced a five-year program of initiatives “at the forefront of the learning revolution” designed to equip UQ graduates to be enterprising and to excel in the new-world workplace.

UQ poised to make pivotal changes to the university experience
UQ aims to enhance the student experience (Photo credit: UQ)

“The program is designed to deliver innovations and new initiatives in graduate employability, student facilities as well as integrated digital learning technologies, more flexible study options, and broader support for students and graduates including for those who wish to start their own business,” Professor Høj said.

He said the university needed to adapt and innovate to equip students with the skills to compete in fluid, globalised and highly technological work environments.

“Like other sectors, the higher education sector is being transformed and we want to ensure we are at the forefront of the learning revolution required to ensure we deliver enterprising graduates who are geared for the new-world international workplace,” Professor Høj said.

“Enhancing the student experience is one of the most significant ways the university can support our students to create change in themselves and in the world around them.

“We want students to have more control over what, when and how they study, with more advice, technologies and opportunities at their fingertips than ever before to support their priorities and career ambitions.

“They will have access to a blend of on-campus and online learning, greater international opportunities and mentoring, and a dynamic curriculum created in partnership with industry and students to ensure they graduate with the confidence and insight to turn their career aspirations into reality.

“UQ already holds a place among the world’s top fifty universities. One hundred per cent of UQ’s research has been ranked at world standard or above in Australia’s national assessment of research quality, and our dedicated staff have won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university.  Our aim is to combine these strengths with this significant investment, to create a truly transformational student experience.”

The initiatives have been bundled into four categories:

Game-changing graduates
  • Initiatives include expanded programs and support to enhance workplace integration and employability, on-campus idea accelerators, multi-disciplinary courses for creating change, and extended opportunities for global experiences and network building.
Student-centred flexibility
  • Initiatives include more flexible study options, new course options to complement advanced digital learning resources, personalised online learning tracking to provide real-time data and analytics on learning progress, and a move to a trimester system for some programs.
Dynamic people and partnerships
  • Initiatives include a partnership with students in learning and decision-making, a mentor program, a move toward increasing the engagement of students in world-class research, a comprehensive professional development program for staff, investment in academic support through digital delivery tools and contemporary content design, and increased partnerships with industry.
An integrated learning environment
  • Initiatives include the development of the campus precinct—most notably the $251-million, 1300-bed student housing project; increased and enhanced student spaces for individual and group learning, rest and socialising; renewed IT infrastructure; an on-campus support hub; and an online support hub that offers 24/7 access.
The UQ Student Strategy was developed with input from more than 7,000 students, as well as from UQ staff, teachers, industry representatives and employers.

It will be rolled out between now and 2020, with planning for the new 1300-bed student precinct at the St Lucia campus already underway.

The plan underpins UQ’s commitment to provide graduates with the best possible opportunities and experiences to create change not only in their own lives, but also in the world around them.

Professor Høj said every aspect of the strategy had been designed to help students prepare for an ever-changing working landscape by developing richer perspectives and more critical ways of thinking to challenge the status quo.

“Students are preparing for careers that either don’t exist yet or at least will change dramatically,” Professor Høj said.

“By putting these changes into place now, we are ensuring the UQ student experience is designed to inspire the next generation of lateral thinkers and creative problem-solvers who can evolve, innovate and adapt.

“Graduate employability is our number-one priority, and we want to ensure UQ graduates maintain a competitive advantage in the workplace at graduation and beyond.”

Monday, August 15, 2016

Why choose Sydney Medical School?

Have you applied to Sydney Medical School for the 2017 intake? Aced your interview? Waiting for your offer?

Why choose Sydney Medical School?
Learn more about the University of Sydney!

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you might be interested to know that Sydney Medical School welcomes students from all over the world to study in their MD program. The school is committed to maintaining a strong international focus in its education programs and in research, and the faculty and university as a whole strive to provide strong support to ensure that international students get the most out of their university experience at Sydney.

Facts and figures for the 2016 intake

  • Male: 52%
  • Female: 48%
  • Average age at enrolment: 24 years
Of the international cohort, 50% are Canadian students!

The medical school is ranked
  • 17th in the medicine category of the 2016 QS World University Rankings (number 1 in Australia!);
  • 33rd in the clinical, pre-clinical and health category of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016;
  • at 5 (highest ranking) in Excellence in Research for Australia ratings for public health and health services.
The University of Sydney recently recorded a Sydney MD information evening for everyone interested in learning more about their program. Hear from current students and professors and discover why the Sydney Medical School is the number 1 medical school in Australia! If you’ve applied, but wish to know a little more and get the inside info, this is for you!

Sydney Medical School – Doctor of Medicine (MD)

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

Sydney Medical School aims to produce medical graduates who are committed to rational, compassionate health care and medical research of the highest quality. The Doctor of Medicine program encourages enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds—you don’t need to have a Bachelor of Science! Here’s a breakdown of the Sydney MD students’ first degrees:

Arts/Social Science 5%
Biological Science 28%
Commerce/Economics 3%
Engineering 4%
Health 3%
Human Biosciences 28%
Law 1%
Math Science 1%
Medicine 4%
Music Studies 2%
Nursing 3%
Pharmacy 3%
Physical Science 6%
Physiotherapy 1%
Psychology 4%
Other 4%

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years

Friday, August 12, 2016

As a Melbourne JD student…

As a Melbourne JD student, you will be studying at the number one law school in Australia (eighth in the world).*

As a Melbourne JD student
Are you ready to be a Melbourne JD student?

As a Melbourne JD student, you have the flexibility to pursue particular areas of interest through elective subject selection. Offering more than 45 electives each year, the JD program continually evolves to reflect current developments in law and legal practice.

As a Melbourne JD you will
  • join other engaged and enthusiastic students in discussion-based classes and enrich each other’s education;
  • build employment skills by collaborating and interacting with other students in group work and through the practical learning opportunities in the elective program;
  • have the opportunity to study overseas, and the chance to learn from a curriculum that tracks and responds to global legal developments;
  • be part of a tight-knit community of graduates and learn alongside your supportive classmates;
  • have the opportunity to join societies, edit journals, attend public lectures and participate in cultural events, moots and competitions; and
  • build a network for life through connections with your student peers, Law School alumni, mentors and university staff.
As a Melbourne JD student, there are a number of opportunities open for anyone wishing to study abroad or to focus on global legal practice.

Melbourne Law School offers exciting subjects abroad, with opportunities to meet and network with international practitioners.

You can immerse yourself in another culture while studying for a semester abroad, and explore student life in a different environment. Melbourne Law School provides exchange opportunities with institutions across the world, including in the US, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, the UK, Israel and Singapore. Students may earn a dual degree with one of the following degree partners: the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, New York University, the University of British Columbia’s Peter A Allard School of Law and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 – Law

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

From Canada to Brisbane: a UQ Speech Pathology student offers advice

Former OzTREKK student Mackenzie Gunn will soon be in her second year in the Master of Speech Pathology Studies program at the University of Queensland. Many Canadian students are in the midst of exploring their study options: Study in Canada, or study abroad? How do you know which option is right for you?

Even though she’s swamped with coursework and clinical practice, the Orono, Ontario native has kindly offered to describe her program and her time at UQ in order to help future students who are interested in studying speech pathology in Australia!

University of Queensland speech pathology student
Mackenzie’s new koala friend at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane

The reason behind my choices

I have always had a passion to work with children and towards the area of teaching and helping others. I was drawn to speech pathology because you get to work one on one with patients to treat their specific needs and aid them with vital life skills.

Initially, I chose the University of Queensland because of its strong affiliation with Canadian certifications; however, after researching, what I really liked about the university is the design of their program, as it is five semesters opposed to four. This allows students to have a summer break and recharge in between semesters, which is lovely.

Incredible program, incredible university

I absolutely love the program so far! From second semester onward the courses are specific and job related with aids for future reference. The staff aims to prepare you for the workplace in the various areas of speech pathology.

I was surprised by the amount of real clinical expertise integrated into the learning environment. Not only does the course offer clinics each semester for the students, but the teachers also use their real clinical experience and expertise to promote learning and to allow students to think through clinical situations they may experience one day.

University of Queensland speech pathology student
Smile for the camera!

The campus is absolutely gorgeous! It has maintained an older charm, but classrooms are up to date and functional for the teachers’ and students’ needs. All of your lectures are recorded and available online to re-watch in case you missed anything in class. Additionally, all of the classroom sizes are true to the number of students; thus for the program they are relatively small, which is ideal for learning.

After graduation… and clinical hours

Eventually, I plan to return to Canada. The UQ Speech Pathology School is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian students meet the hour requirements for Canada, as they are higher than Australian requirements. It is easy to get fully accredited in Canada: you just have to write and pass an exam. It is very important that you keep track of these hours throughout your program as the Canadian hours (or provincial hours) differ from Australian hours!

Sydney Dental School
Port Stephens, New South Wales

Time to settle in and explore

During my first year, I lived just off campus at Unilodge@St.Lucia and paid $360 a week. This was all-inclusive (i.e., internet, hydro, social events) and less than two minutes to the main building for speech pathology students. OzTREKK was very helpful in finding me this apartment, as it was one of their suggestions and I would recommend it or one similar for the first six months to a year for pure convenience and ease while you get to know the city. This was very convenient and a lovely apartment.

I have recently moved to the suburb of Milton and pay $230 a week plus utilities. Milton is close to the city, has many restaurants, stores, and bus options. It is a great location between school and downtown. and are both excellent sites to use if you are looking for an apartment.

Australia is very diverse and different from Canada in so many ways, but similar at the same time, and it still feels homey. Brisbane always has festivals, markets, and various restaurants around the city to explore each weekend. My favourite part about my experience, besides my program, is that I am experiencing so many new things I never thought I would. Whether it is traveling somewhere new, visiting a new restaurant, taking the City Cat (ferry) or being able to go to the beach regularly—it is a different way of life from Canada and a great experience!

Visiting Nitmiluk National Park in Darwin, QLD

My advice for anyone considering studying in Australia

The best advice is to go in with an open mind! It will be a great adventure—make sure you are well prepared for it. Give yourself lots of time: get your visa in order, research an area you would like to live in, update yourself on Canadian requirements and research the city for fun things to do. You’re there to study, but you also have to make it a home for the time you’re there, so get to know the people in your cohort and the city.

Make sure you have a balance between school and other things such as friends, sports, or even television. At first it is strange being away from your friends and family, but there are many other Canadians, along with other international students, who are doing the same thing. It is very easy to bond and support one another because of this. Build a support network in Australia that you can count on and do fun things with so you can immerse yourself and make a home in Australia while you are there.

Everyone enters into this experience very differently, but make the most of it! Australia is amazing and Brisbane is a great city to live in. It is a big city, but small enough that it still feels homey. You won’t be disappointed that you made the choice to study at the University of Queensland.

About the UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path 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 27, 2017

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Industry experts join Bond University Occupational Therapy program

The Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy (OT) program has added new members to its ranks, with the appointment of several key staff members: Assistant Professor Tawanda Machingura, Assistant Professor Sally Fields and Assistant Professor Michelle Fair.

Industry experts join Bond University Occupational Therapy program
(L-R) Sally Fields, Susan Brandis, Kieran Broome, Michelle Fair, Tawanda Machingura (Photo credit: Bond University)

Bond’s Head of Program, Professor Susan Brandis, warmly welcomed the new additions.

“I am incredibly grateful that these impressive individuals, who make significant contributions to specialised areas of OT, are joining us at Bond,” she said.

“Occupational therapy is in growing demand over recent years. This is not only in response to the ageing population, but increasing demands for a health workforce who can deliver specialised health services.

“I look forward to our team sharing their unique gifts and talents with the next generation of occupational therapists.”

Prior to Bond University, Assistant Professor Tawanda Machingura was the Assistant Director Occupational Therapist, Mental Health, for Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.  A highly experienced OT, Tawanda has extensive skills in assessments, modifications, medico-legal services, mental health and rehabilitation.

“I’m excited to bring Tawanda onto the staff, his specific expertise in mental health is of valuable contribution to the program,” Professor Brandis said.

“Tawanda is also completing a PhD topic on the effectiveness of sensory modulation therapy in people with schizophrenia, and we look forward to him sharing his experiences with our new OT students.”

Assistant Professor Sally Fields comes to Bond as an Advanced Occupational Therapist, working with the Transition Care program at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.  Sally holds a Masters degree in Clinical Rehabilitation, and is focused on the area of aged care and rehabilitation.  She is also an active researcher, currently undertaking a PhD in ‘Driver Assessment Competencies’ using a mixed method approach.

Assistant Professor Michelle Fair has more than 20 years’ experience in occupational therapy and runs a successful private practice providing services in workplace rehabilitation, environmental modification and organisational health.

“Michelle has also worked in senior leadership roles, and her MBA majoring in Occupational Health and Safety provides her with a unique view for occupational therapy in the workplace,” said Professor Brandis.

“Her approach considers both organisational needs and those of the injured or ill worker, and providing sustainable outcomes to restrict or prevent the cycle of injury and illness.  This area of expertise is incredibly important in OT, as a lot of insurance companies and organisations place significant focus on return to work outcomes.”

The new team joins existing staff member, Associate Professor Kieran Broome who has a PhD in community access and currently works in chronic disease.

The Master of Occupational Therapy program is graduate-entry and commences in September 2016.  It is headed by the highly-experienced Professor Susan Brandis, who joined Bond after 15 years in senior management at Queensland Health including as the inaugural Director of Research for Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy

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

Entry requirements
The minimum academic entry requirement is an undergraduate degree in health sciences or other related degree with
  • one semester of anatomy,
  • one semester of physiology, and
  • two semesters of psychology or sociology or behavioural science.