Friday, September 30, 2016

Monash University announces five-year strategy for Peninsula campus

Monash University has acknowledged the importance of the Monash Peninsula campus to the future of the university and its broader role in the social, cultural and economic growth of the Peninsula region with a new five-year plan for the campus.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said Monash Peninsula will become Australia’s leading centre of allied health and primary care education and research, building on the university’s existing strengths in emergency medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing.

Sydney Dental School
Monash Faculty of Education is located on the Peninsula campus
“Monash has committed more than $20 million towards new research, staffing and facilities at Peninsula to set a new standard of excellence in teaching, research and collaboration in allied health, primary care, education and business,” Professor Gardner said.

As part of the plan, Monash will establish an integrated health and education precinct in conjunction with Frankston Hospital, which includes funding for a new education centre with modern learning spaces. A new Chair of Medicine will also be jointly established at Frankston Hospital under the Monash Central Clinical School.

New centres for research at Peninsula will include a Centre for Addiction Science Research linking expertise in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Psychological Sciences with other faculties based at the Clayton campus, including arts and law.

Monash will establish an Integrated Rehabilitation Research Group in partnership with local health networks to explore opportunities for integrated rehabilitation for aged care, disability and injury.

Monash University is also investigating the feasibility of a new, cross-disciplinary Domestic Violence Research Unit to provide education and training for those working to curb the impact of domestic violence.

Education and Business students will soon have access to new, specialised areas of study, including the Bachelor of Business Administration, to be offered at Peninsula for the first time next year.

“The Faculty of Education and the Monash Business School have been instrumental to Peninsula’s success, and both faculties underpin the future of the campus,” Professor Gardner said.

Professor Gardner also said the university is developing a Peninsula master plan to revitalize services, facilities and the built environment of the campus.

“The master plan will form the basis for investment in the Peninsula campus, transforming the environment for students, staff and the local community.

“More broadly, the five-year strategy represents the start of a new era in the life of this dynamic campus and our engagement with the Peninsula community,” Professor Gardner said.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The truth about cats, dogs (and horses!)

Australia’s first national pet surveillance scheme VetCompass has been launched.

Initially set up in the United Kingdom by Sydney Veterinary School Professor Paul McGreevy, VetCompass has now launched in Australia—in a collaboration between all veterinary schools—to bring the benefits of big data and epidemiology expertise to pets, with potential impacts on human health and the environment.

The truth about cats, dogs (and horses!)
Cat at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Some of the most common ailments and causes of premature death in companion animals are easily preventable—that’s a key finding of VetCompass in the United Kingdom, which is now spawning its Australian counterpart.

The not-for-profit project is a collaboration including the Royal Veterinary College in the UK, the University of Sydney and now all veterinary schools in Australia, investigating companion animal health problems and identifying risk factors for common disorders in our favourite pets.

VetCompass is an innovative global collaborative project bringing big-data surveillance to provide a better understanding of disease risk factors for common disorders and enable the assessment of welfare impacts to prioritise disease-prevention strategies. VetCompass was launched overseas by University of Sydney Professor Paul McGreevy and colleagues from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2007.

Now Australians have a chance to compare their pets to their UK counterparts: “The Australian data may reveal different patterns of diseases and different breed predispositions because, to some extent, we have a separate gene pool to dogs and cats in the UK,” said Professor McGreevy.

Initially looking only at the most popular pets—cats and dogs—as well as horses for which little data exist, it is envisaged VetCompass will eventually expand to all companion animals in Australia.

The success of VetCompass in the UK has involved more than 450 clinics, with researchers being able to study more than 11 million episodes of care, representing four million unique animals.

Research projects in the UK have targeted numerous disorders that affect pets, including kidney disease, epilepsy, pyoderma (skin infection) and cancer.

VetCompass recently launched in Australia in partnership with all seven veterinary schools at the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Murdoch University, Charles Sturt University and James Cook University. The consortium of veterinary schools secured Australian Research Council funding to establish VetCompass and will oversee the development and management of the resource for the improvement of companion animal health, with potential impacts on human health and the environment.

“Funding for dog and cat research is notoriously scarce and that’s why the case for a sustainable system that monitors the welfare, health and treatment of the nation’s pets is truly compelling,” Professor McGreevy said.

“Vets are collecting this information level anyway and once VetCompass has its first one hundred Australian practice signatories, data from the system will be representative and provide researchers with access to a wealth of information.”

Professor McGreevy said VetCompass would enable non-invasive big-data analysis and epidemiology expertise to highlight what is happening in the companion animal population, when and where.

“It’s great news for pets, but we’re also excited about learning more about how our relationship with companion animals can affect and inform human health.”

Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney

The Sydney Veterinary School’s DVM program 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: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years

Be Remarkable at Griffith University

Griffith University has unveiled a Remarkable new brand position.

The bold and confident statement of Be Remarkable sums up a university on the move, ready and willing to take on some of the biggest challenges of modern life.

“Griffith is a relatively young university and yet in just four decades we are recognised as performing among the top three per cent of universities in the world,” Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor said.

Be Remarkable at Griffith University
Griffith graduate Samuel Canning created a remarkable 3D-printed dress with global connections – a Malaysian model working in Italy digitally connected to Samuel’s design in Australia (Photo credit: Griffith)

“This performance is underpinned by our commitment to make a real contribution to our local national and international communities.

“We produce remarkable graduates, armed with the skills and confidence to make their mark on the world.

“We conduct remarkable research that helps improve the lives of others near and far.

“And we are creating remarkable opportunities with our leading role as the Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

The Remarkable Griffith position ties together scholarship, research, teaching, student experience, industry partnership and community leadership and is “both representative and aspirational.” It launches with an initial awareness phase this year followed by a full campaign early 2017.

Professor O’Connor said while the brand remained distinctively “Griffith red,” the word Remarkable delivered an energy and vitality that represented one of Australia’s most dynamic universities.

The Remarkable position comes about after more than a year of work behind the scenes, including internal stakeholder workshops and a staff survey to inform the University leadership of the essence of the Griffith University story.

The Brand Institute was brought on board as a partner to help define and articulate the brand story; a process that included the appointment of Sydney-based creative agency Derringer to develop the look and feel of Remarkable, in conjunction with the university’s own marketing team.

“One of the key elements of this project has been keeping true to the powerful simplicity of the one-word statement. Defining and executing idea based creative that enhances this direction has been our goal,” Derringer creative director Reuben Crossman said.

“Our research uncovered an extraordinary number of interesting and exceptional facts,” The Brand Institute Executive Creative Director and CEO Karl Treacher said.

“The sheer diversity of talent of Griffith graduates from over the world, paired with amazing student experiences, incredible research and the large number of awards the university’s teachers were winning, directed us to the word ‘remarkable’.”

“We also found that Griffith has grown so fast in recent years that perception was lagging behind current reality and the university’s trajectory, so Remarkable acts also a call to the future,” Mr Treacher said.

The brand position, released to Griffith University staff first this week, will be supported by a marketing campaign across all channels and equally importantly, internally as well. The initial marketing calls on us to ‘Be Remarkable’ and breaks away from conventional university marketing.

A central pillar to the campaign is the Remarkable Griffith content hub that will be home to an increasing collection of Remarkable stories about Griffith people and partners.

“One of the many things I am proud of about this positioning and the associated campaign is that almost everyone featured in the advertising component has a direct or strong link to Griffith University,” Professor O’Connor said.

“It is indicative of how deep and broad Griffith’s connections are across the community.”

About Griffith University

Students at Griffith University learn from degrees informed by world-class research and industry connections. Students learn in and out of the classroom, with teaching methods tailored to suit the needs of each degree. Depending on your degree, you might learn through work placements, overseas field trips, industry projects for real clients, or laboratory studies in Griffith’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Griffith is a comprehensive university, offering more than 200 undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across all disciplines. Some of the most popular schools and study areas at Griffith for Canadian students:
  • Griffith Medical School
  • Griffith Dental School
  • Griffith Pharmacy School
  • Griffith Speech Pathology School
  • Griffith Environmental Sciences
  • Griffith Law School
  • Griffith Nursing School

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Meet JCU medical student Helena Xiang

Meet first-year JCU Medical School student Helena Xiang. OzTREKK first spoke with Helena in February 2014, when she inquired about studying medicine in Australia. Still in high school at the time, Helena was determined to stick to her plan of applying to an undergraduate medical degree and begin her studies.

And so she did.

Application process: The starting point
Application processes can get difficult and tedious when you don’t know what you’re doing. When I started my application, I didn’t really know where to begin. Not much information was available on Australian schools, and my high school counsellors sent me away to Google everything myself. If you’re a student who’s thinking of applying to JCU, the following might be worth a read:

Sydney Dental School
Study medicine at JCU

Apply through an agent
I applied to James Cook University through an agent. There are many agents out there that provide services to Canadian students, but the one I personally got in touch with was OzTREKK. These people were friendly, provided information sessions, and were quick to respond to conundrums and queries. They made the entire process that much easier for me. They saved me so much time and effort! I didn’t have to worry about sending my application all the way to Australia, or have to worry about the time zone differences when contacting for more information. Plus, all these services were free!

Check all requirements
I’m a high school grad who just entered university this year, so this was the first time I applied to a university. It was extremely confusing when I was looking at the course requirements. I kept thinking, “What in the world is Maths A, ATAR, OP?!”. Needless to say, I was looking at the wrong section. Make sure you check the requirements for your country. Don’t freak yourself out unnecessarily like I did. (This is where your agent comes in!)

Don’t be scared to apply
That was something I wished someone told me. I wasn’t confident when I was applying to my program at JCU. I didn’t think I would be able to get in as medicine is a very competitive program. But, you never know right? Don’t belittle yourself, and even if you lack that confidence, it never hurts to try.

First impressions
I actually knew very little about Australian universities before I applied to JCU Medical School. When I was looking at my options during university application season, the undergraduate program offered at JCU seemed really appealing to me. It was different from other universities. Not only was it because it was a program I could enter straight out of high school, but also because of its focus on rural, remote, and Indigenous health—these are the places and people that have inadequate access to health care.

I can’t compare really compare JCU’s teaching and facilities to other universities because I’ve never attended one, but it has everything we really need. The cohort size is smaller than other schools, and I really like how the university incorporates the clinical portion with the science. Right from first year, medical students get the opportunity to do short placements at different clinics with different doctors, and apply the science part in real-life practice. The amount of clinical exposure will gradually increase over the years as well. Years 4 to 6 are the “clinical years” where students are predominantly in the hospital, and attend the occasional lecture on the side.

Tips for future students
Things in Australia generally cost more—especially their imported goods. If you can buy medical equipment in Canada, I would recommend that you do. Stethoscopes are much cheaper back home and online. Get to know the people around you who are studying the same degree, both in your year and upper year levels as well. They can be a really good support network and great to study with to keep you on track. The library is also quite a nice place to study if you live somewhere with lots of noise.

I think the most difficult thing would probably be living so far away from home. This doesn’t just apply to med students, but to all students. The start of an adventure seems exciting at first, but feeling homesick will hit eventually. Bring some things that remind you of home, and be sure to call home when you start missing it!

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: Generally the end of August each year

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Heading to UQ? Here are some student accommodation options!

If you’re a future UQ student and getting ready to study this November (or January/February!), we know you’re wondering about your accommodation options!

It’s also handy to know where you should be looking, right? When considering suburb locations for off-campus accommodation, students tend to have different preferences. Some prefer to live in the heart of the city, while others prefer to live in other areas near specific attractions, like the beach or bay.

Below is a list of popular suburbs located in the city of Brisbane:

St Lucia: St Lucia is a great place to live if you want the convenience of being close to UQ, but the peace and quiet of the suburbs. It is located approximately 7 km from the centre of the city, in a bend of the Brisbane River. Most properties in St Lucia are within walking distance to the UQ campus. There is no train station located in St Lucia, but there are buses that connect to the train station in nearby Toowong. There is also a bike path that runs along the river between St Lucia and Brisbane city centre. It is the perfect location if study is your first priority; however, for shopping and entertainment, you will need to go to the neighbouring suburbs.

Toowong: Toowong is very popular with students. The university is only 10 minutes by bus in one direction, and the city centre 10 minutes in the other. There is also a bike path that runs along the river to the city centre. Toowong also has some very popular student bars, a shopping centre, and some great little restaurants.

Indooroopilly: Indooroopilly has everything a student needs, including a large shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, and a couple of bars. It is only 10 minutes to the St Lucia campus by bus, and a short train-ride takes you directly to Fortitude Valley, where most of Brisbane’s night-life happens. Alternatively, a little longer on the train, and you can spend a day on the beach at the Gold Coast.

Taringa: Taringa is a great place to live if you want the peace and quiet of the suburbs, without being too far from the action. A very short bus ride (10 minutes), or a slightly longer walk, will take you to shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants, and some popular student bars.

West End and Hill End: West End is located across the Brisbane river from the St Lucia campus. It is the most ethnically diverse suburb in Brisbane, and boasts s a lively inner-city lifestyle with a younger population and wide assortment of cafés, restaurants, and clubs. Hill End is essentially a small residential pocket between West End and Highgate Hill, with many of its streets and properties very close to the river. Travel to the St Lucia campus is mainly via the CityCat ferry service, from the West End terminal at the bottom of Hoogley Street – a 2-minute ferry-ride! It is also only a 10-minute bus ride from West End to the city centre and walk distance to the Southbank parklands.

Highgate Hill: Highgate Hill is a great mix of the old and the new. It is also an ethnically diverse suburb, with about a third of residents being overseas migrants. Note, though, that some properties in Highgate Hill are a 10-minute walk to the West End CityCat ferry terminal, and others a 30-minute walk over the hill. From the West End CityCat ferry terminal, it is only a 2-minute ferry ride to the St Lucia campus.

Dutton Park: Dutton Park is also located across the river but (compared to West End) is a quieter more suburban area. The Eleanor Schonell Bridge is a bus, bicycle and pedestrian link between Dutton Park and the St Lucia campus.

Fairfield: Fairfield is located 5km from the Brisbane CBD, and is across the river from the St Lucia campus. The suburb has a train station and plenty of bus routes heading to the city. As Fairfield has easy access to major arterial roads, schools, and shops, and has plenty of parklands, it is especially popular with families. There is a big shopping centre (Fairfield Garden Shopping Centre), and being near to West End gives the suburb a convenient restaurant-area close by.

Herston: Herston is located approximately 2km from the centre of Brisbane and about 8km from the main (St Lucia) campus. The University of Queensland operates within the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and Queensland Radium Institute. Herston is also the location of the Mayne Medical School. Suburbs surrounding Herston include Spring Hill, Kelvin Grove, Bowen Hills, and Wilston.

Heading to UQ? Here are some accommodation options!
Unilodge at UQ

There is a lot to think about before you start searching for your new home. Be sure to scour the UQ Accommodation website for handy tips!

Have you arranged your free transportation from airport?

The University of Queensland will arrange free transportation from the Brisbane Domestic or International Airport for new UQ international students. Please note some conditions apply.

To arrange airport pick-up you will need to provide the following:
  • 3 working days’ notice
  • Date of flight and flight number
  • Drop-off address (Please ensure that you have arranged your accommodation before applying for airport pick-up.)
  • Number of people accompanying you

Monday, September 26, 2016

Times Higher Education World University Rankings confirm Australia’s best

Australia has 35 universities in the Times’ world top 800, making it the number five nation.

Overall, the top 20 in this year’s THE list is very similar to 2015, with the top 20 mainly coming from the US, followed by the UK, with one European inclusion, ETH Zurich, in ninth place.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings confirm Australia's best
Meet Australian university representatives at the Study in Australia Fairs this week!

Key performance indicators for THE Rankings

THE rankings performance indicators are grouped into five areas:
  1. Teaching (30%) – includes a reputation survey, and measures staff-to-student ratio, doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio, doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio, and institutional income
  2. Research (30%) – includes a reputation survey, and measures research income and research productivity
  3. Research citations (30%)
  4. International outlook (7.5%) – measures international-to-domestic-student ratio, international-to-domestic-staff ratio, and international collaboration
  5. Industry income (2.5%) – measures how much research income an institution earns from industry against the number of academic staff it employs.

The university remains at number 33 in the world, marking the seventh straight year it has been among the top 40 universities globally and acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil celebrated the announcement.

“These results stem from the hard work of academic staff in producing outstanding research and providing a world-class education for our students.”

For the University of Sydney, the rankings validate the strength of the university’s research citations, particularly in the disciplines of Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Economics, Education and Social Work, and Agriculture and the Environment.

The University of Sydney has been ranked at #60, cementing their place as one of the world’s best research and teaching institutions.

Like Sydney, the University of Queensland has confirmed its status as one of the world’s top universities, also placing 60th internationally and 3rd in Australia in a prestigious global ranking.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s consistent high ranking reflected the hard work of the university’s researchers, professional staff, academics, students and industry partners.

“UQ continues to place well among the more than 10,000 universities worldwide, demonstrating our staff and student’s dedication to excellence,” he said. “It’s especially gratifying to see UQ maintain its placing at sixtieth for the second year running.”

With these rankings, it means that Melbourne, UQ and Sydney are well within the top one percent of higher education institutions in the world.

What is the Sydney University Law Society?

The Sydney University Law Society (SULS) is the primary association for students studying at Sydney Law School, and is officially associated with the Faculty of Law. The membership of the society comprises all students in the Faculty of Law proceeding to a degree or diploma (including undergraduate, postgraduate, and Juris Doctor students).

As the largest and most active society at Sydney, SULS aims to enrich the law student experience. SULS provides the law school community with a variety of social events, educational support, mooting and skills competitions, careers events, sporting functions, and initiatives that inspire students to use the law as an instrument for social change.

The great news? All law students at the University of Sydney are automatically members of SULS!

Student Support Services
Ensuring that your experience at law school is a rewarding, safe, and happy one is a major priority for SULS. Student welfare is at the core of their agenda.

The SULS also provides law students with an Equity Handbook, which gives an overview of support services on and around campus, information about transport and accommodation, academic and career support and advice about maintaining your health and well-being.

Sydney Law Revue
The Sydney Law Revue features comedy sketches, songs and videos written and performed by students, usually commenting satirically on current affairs, the supporting faculty and general student life.

Study law at the University of Sydney Law School

The Juris Doctor 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.

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

To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Law School JD, you must have the following:
  • Completed an undergraduate degree;
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of at least 3.0/4.0

Friday, September 23, 2016

Griffith University in top 50 under 50

Griffith University its place among the leading young institutions in the world with the release of the Top 50 Universities Under 50 rankings.

Griffith University in top 50 under 50
Study at Griffith University!
The QS Top 50 rankings place Griffith 34th in the world among universities less than 50 years old.

Griffith opened its doors in 1975 to 451 students at one campus. Today it hosts 50,000 students across five campuses in southeast Queensland as well as online.

The Top 50 announcement follows the QS World University Rankings last week which placed Griffith among the top 400 of all universities in the world, regardless of age.

“The impact that Griffith researchers, teachers, students and alumni are having across the globe is truly remarkable,” Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor said.

“We are proud of being recognised among the rising, young institutions globally.”

The QS Top 50 ranked Griffith 37th last year.

Griffith International Postgraduate Coursework Excellence Scholarships

For: Outstanding international students applying for postgraduate coursework studies at Griffith University.
Available to: New future students
Level of study: Postgraduate coursework
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $3,000 in total (Two tuition payments of $1,500)
Duration: Two semesters
Programs of study: All postgraduate (excluding online, non-award, offshore delivery and where students are given advanced standing or credit for previous studies)
Applications close: Semester 1 – Applications close November 29 (for January or February commencement). Outcome notified by end of December. Semester 2 – Applications close April 29 (for July commencement). Outcome notified by end of May.

About Griffith University

Students at Griffith University learn from degrees informed by world-class research and industry connections. Students learn in and out of the classroom, with teaching methods tailored to suit the needs of each degree. Depending on your degree, you might learn through work placements, overseas field trips, industry projects for real clients, or laboratory studies in Griffith’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Faculties at Griffith University

  • Arts, Education and Law
  • Griffith Business School
  • Griffith Health
  • Griffith Sciences
With more than $320 million worth of upgrades to Griffith’s campuses across Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast being rolled out over the next few years, students study in an exciting and progressive environment.

Newcastle visual communications student draws interest from Nickelodeon

A University of Newcastle animation student has been hand-picked from more than 900 international entries to produce an animated film for children’s television network Nickelodeon.

Dan Smith, a third-year Bachelor of Visual Communication Design student, will move to Melbourne to work with a prestigious animation studio to complete his short film, titled Blair and the Sea Pancake.

Newcastle visual communications student draws interest from Nickelodeon
Study at UON!
“I still can’t believe my work has been chosen. My film is about a pair of loose-cannon larrikins, one human and the other a stingray, who bumble through life together,” he said.

Mr Smith’s project is the result of his entry into the 2016 Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program earlier this year. Participants were invited to develop a storyboard aimed at a young audience and nominate a production studio they would like to work with to bring their idea to fruition.

Mr Smith’s Melbourne-based collaborators remain a secret to the outside world, but he revealed they are a company he had admired for some time.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring my idea to life with the help of a studio I really respect.

“I’ll be working alongside some of the leaders in the industry and will be able to learn from the best. The experience will be invaluable,” he said.

Dan Smith won the Newcastle International Animation Festival Animate Daniel Johns competition in 2015. His work was selected by musician Daniel Johns (former Silverchair frontman) as part of the official music video for his song “Going on 16.”

“Winning the Daniel Johns competition opened up some great new doors for me. As a result, I’ve had the opportunity to work on other awesome projects like Sesame Street,” he said.

Although Mr Smith’s time at University of Newcastle is coming to an end after graduation, he said he is thrilled to have started his career in Newcastle.

“The best thing about studying at UON is the work I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in. Newcastle is attracting hordes of creatives, which means I’ve been able to work on huge projects from a relatively small place.

“The bottom line is it doesn’t matter where you’re based, animation has the power to open up awesome doors and I’m so excited about where this path is leading me,” he said.

Dan Smith hopes his work with Nickelodeon will lead to assisting on further projects with the international company. Blair and the Sea Pancake will be produced by the end of 2016 to be released in 2017.

Visual communication design at the University of Newcastle

Visual communication design, incorporating graphic design, is an exciting, evolving, diverse and growing area of specialisation which brings together information from various sources into a visually dominant form. Advances in communication technology, such as those provided by the web and mobile devices, are increasing the opportunities for designers in order to keep up with the ever-growing demand for visual stimuli.

When you study visual communication design at the University of Newcastle, you engage with international designers and educators whose range of expertise cover recognisable specialist areas such as graphic design, advertising, animation, illustration and web design. While studying a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design you will develop a breadth of multi-platform skills that will allow you to provide visual solutions for all sorts of client requirements.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bond Law win at Australian Law Students’ Association conference

Bond Law students Lara Sveinsson and Marty Campbell made a stunning debut at the 2016 International Humanitarian Law moot when they defeated 14 universities from across Australia.

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Competition is a national mooting competition run jointly by the Australian Red Cross and the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) every year during the ASLA’s annual conference. This year’s event was held in Hobart.

The purpose of the IHL Moot is to assist Australian university students in understanding and appreciating the growing importance of international humanitarian law, its nature as a system of protection during times of armed conflict and its role as fundamental part of international law.

Bond Law win at Australian Law Students’ Association conference
Champion mooting team Lara Sveinsson and Marty Campbell (Photo credit: Bond University)

The talented Bondies went head to head with a team of very strong opponents from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the final but managed to secure victory, having gained a confidence boost early on in the competition when they progressed after a tough quarter-final moot.

Ms Sveinsson said the conference was brilliant and provided a fantastic opportunity to meet law students from across Australia, though the moot itself was initially quite a daunting prospect.

“Neither Marty nor I had studied International Humanitarian Law before, so for us it was a huge learning curve to get up to speed on new laws, rules and jurisdictions,” she said.

“It was a massive challenge to go from zero knowledge to arguing our case in front of humanitarian law experts in court, but it was absolutely worth it.

“War is something you usually only see on the news—you don’t appreciate or understand the legal framework behind it—so to learn about the law behind those kind of conflicts was fascinating.

“It was such an honour to moot before, and receive feedback from, a high-profile judging panel consisting of a Supreme Court Judge and Head of the Australian International Committee of the Red Cross.

“Marty and I were also deeply appreciative of the daily messages of support we received from Bond Law students and staff.

“There is nothing better than mooting to test your oral advocacy and problem solving skills, build your confidence and make sure you can perform under pressure.

“These skills—that have been developed and honed through our law and mooting experience here at Bond—are incredibly transferable into everyday life, and hopefully one day into careers as international legal professionals.”

Assistant Professor Louise Parsons, Bond’s Director of Mooting, said Lara and Marty both gained a lot of confidence in their own abilities as law students and as researchers through their participation in the moot.

“They were required to do the necessary research and get on top of the legal issues without formal classes in this subject area, and this research continued right up to the night before the final.

“Also, Lara and Marty’s time to prepare for this moot was substantially impacted by a trip they both undertook as part of the Bond Model United Nations group to Japan in the two weeks preceding the competition.

“Marty and Lara have done Bond proud. They overcame many obstacles, demonstrated great resilience and composure, and ultimately their hard work and sacrifices paid off.

“Their achievement evidences the fact that if you take on a challenge, and buckle down and do what is required, it can pay enormous dividends!”

As the winner of this competition, the team will now be the Australian representative in the International Red Cross International Humanitarian Moot Competition in Hong Kong next March. The IHL Moot was not Bond’s only success at the 2016 ALSA Conference in Hobart.

The University’s Law Students Association (LSA) was also recognised by ALSA as having the country’s Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

Bond Law student Bryan Parsons wrote the winning submission about the LSA’s creation of a new student position in the Faculty of Law—the LSA Special Interests Director.

The role of the LSA Special Interests Director is to promote the health and well-being of Bond Law students and create a more supportive environment for members of its LGBTIQ+ community.

The submission outlined a number of creative and innovative student services to be introduced at Bond including the creation of an LGBTIQ+ terminology sensitivity guide for staff and students.

Employment initiatives boost student experience and graduate outcomes at Griffith University

A new range of career-focused initiatives will give Griffith University graduates a sharp competitive edge to improve their job prospects.

Griffith aims to include real-life industry experiences in all its degrees and programs.

Its students also have access to an e-mentoring program, a high-quality ePortfolio platform. Griffith is the first Australian university to operate a franchise of Unitemps—a recruitment service providing paid work opportunities for students.

These employability enhancing services have proved invaluable for recent mechanical engineering graduate Sebastian Speak, who has been employed full-time by Scout Aerial to design a drone launcher for an anti-poaching device, which will be used in Africa.

“I designed one launcher as part of a twelve-week internship and now I’m making thirty ready to be used in Africa to specifically target the illegal poaching of rhinoceros and elephants,” he said.

“I moved to Australia to specifically study at Griffith because I had heard it focused on preparing you for working in industry and I couldn’t be happier with my outcome.”

Griffith University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Debra Henly said this year approximately 22,500 students were enrolled in courses that facilitate internships, work experience or work placements within industry professionals locally, nationally and globally.

She says there are almost 400 subject areas with a specific industry placement course option and that the University also assists with work experience and job placements outside of specific courses.

“Students across all study areas at Griffith will experience a range of opportunities to build their professional identity and career readiness throughout their degree,” she said.

“We are also moving to three 12-week trimesters in 2017, which will allow students greater flexibility to balance work and study, or to accelerate their study in some degrees.”

Griffith’s key employability initiatives

Employment initiatives and graduate outcomes at Griffith University
Learn more about Griffith Uni!

Industry experiences – Griffith University has internship opportunities in every study group. It also offers up to 250 exclusive internships with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games organising body (GOLDOC) through our official partnership.  Students completing internships with GOLDOC have the unique opportunity to earn 40 credit points, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the organisation and apply their knowledge throughout their placement. Each year hundreds of students also travel overseas to enhance their degrees through global learning experiences, which are available in 48 countries.

Griffith Unitemps is the first Australian franchise of Unitemps, a UK-based student employment service providing paid work opportunities for students on campus and in South East Queensland businesses while they study.  It offers a broad range of general and degree-related vacancies aimed at improving employability before and after graduation.

Mentoring – Griffith Global eMentoring focuses on global engagement. It aims to support career development learning, global citizenship and graduate outcomes for Griffith students by connecting them to industry professionals beyond Australia’s borders. GGEM mentors not only assist Griffith students to gain a deeper understanding of their disciplines, they connect them to a world of opportunity. Griffith also runs the Industry Mentoring Program, and Griffith Business School is piloting eCareerCoaching.

Supported ePortfolio platform – Employers are increasingly looking for quality online portfolios when hiring, and ePortfolios allow students to document their professional and academic development as their studies progress. All Griffith students have access to build a high quality ePortfolio during their degree.

Professional profiling on LinkedIn – Students are encouraged to build and optimise their LinkedIn profile and enhance their employability prospects by connecting with industry professionals, employers and alumni. Griffith’s LinkedIn eModule provides expert guidance on developing an exceptional professional profile, including selecting the right photo and addressing the headline, summary, experiences and more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

UQ Vet focuses on one health—for all creatures great and small

As the gatekeepers of the interface between humans and animals, veterinarians have many roles.

While the local “pet vet,” who vaccinates and treats beloved “Fido” may be the most recognisable, veterinary practice in Australia and Canada encompasses much more diverse fields, including small and large animal practice, emergency medicine, animal production, public health and disease control, quarantine and biosecurity, research and education, pharmaceuticals and commercialisation, animal welfare and therapeutic treatments, and wildlife conservation.

UQ One Health—for all creatures great and small
We are all connected: Fido’s health can affect yours! (Photo credit: UQ)
Over the last decade, the veterinary profession has progressively shifted its focus to a more holistic and integrated approach, which links animal, human and ecosystem health to promote all components through interdisciplinary cooperation.

Concepts of One Health have gathered momentum from an initial focus on understanding and controlling significant recent emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola, avian influenza, and Hendra viruses.

Many recent EIDs originate in animal populations and pose threats to human and environmental health. Veterinarians are playing vital roles in collaborative teams to combat these diseases.

The scope of One Health activities is now extending to embrace broader issues that span animal, human and environmental health, such as sustainable food systems, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare and many others. A truly integrated approach requires multidisciplinary expertise, including sociological, agricultural, ecological and non-technical knowledge and skills.

An example of such an approach being used to combat recent challenges is the work UQ School of Veterinary Science epidemiologist Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhaes has been conducting, which informs disease control policy by better understanding the link between geographical distribution of animal and human infections and their associated morbidity.

One of his recent projects has involved studying avian influenza—better known as bird flu—and rabies with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the China Animal Health Epidemiology Centre and the China Centres for Disease Control.

Dr Magalhaes is also currently using Big Data to map and develop rapid responses for the West African Ebola virus, with important applications to other emerging infections such as the South American Zika virus.

Researchers from the UQ Veterinary School are also investigating the prevalence and molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial drug resistance in pathogens and commensal organisms in food producing and companion animals in Australia and overseas (in Vietnam and the Philippines).
Beyond their human health impact, antimicrobial-resistant bacteria threaten the health and welfare of animals and people’s food security and livelihoods.

This research has already improved veterinary teaching methods.

Students in developing countries are now taught improved antimicrobial awareness and mitigation, and have increased awareness of usage of antimicrobial agents (such as antibiotics) and resistance in the pig industry and in avian species.

Studying veterinary science at the University of Queensland

Are you interested in veterinary science? Since its first intake of students in 1936, UQ’s School of Veterinary Science has been recognized for a sustained record of excellence in teaching and learning across the veterinary disciplines and the quality of its research.

The school is based at a purpose-built site with first-rate facilities for teaching and research and access to horses, cattle, pigs and poultry.

Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: General application deadline of November 30; however, late applications may be accepted. It is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

The UQ School of Veterinary Science has full accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and with both the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, enabling UQ graduates to also practice in North America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and most of Asia.

What are your study options? Find out at a Study in Australia Fair!

If you are considering studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, physiotherapy or other professional degrees, and aren’t sure how to make it all work for you, come to one of our upcoming Study in Australia Fairs! Beginning tomorrow at Simon Fraser University, OzTREKK and our Australian university partners will be travelling across Canada to help students learn more about their study options! Join us at an OzTREKK Fall Study in Australia Fair—and find out how you can make your career dreams come true!

See you at a Fall OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair!

Simon Fraser University
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: North Concourse

University of British Columbia
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Performance Theatre

University of Alberta
Date: Monday, September 26, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Student Union Building

University of Calgary
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: MacEwan Centre

Carleton University
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Venue: Grad Fair, University Centre, 4th floor

Queen’s University
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Athletics & Recreation Centre

University of Toronto
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Hart House

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about your program of interest offered at Australian universities. Staff will be available to speak to you about your program, the university, your accommodation options, the scholarships available, and so much more!

Everyone is welcome to attend! No fee and no RSVP! Find out what it’s like to view the world from Down Under.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tips to help with your accommodation search

Former OzTREKK students are da bomb. They are always willing to help out future students interested in studying in Australia. Of course, finding accommodation is always at the forefront of everyone’s mind, keenly perched there and peering acutely like an excitable budgie.

You will be travelling around to the other side of the planet, after all, so we know th
at finding accommodation is a big deal. We’ve complied a quick checklist to help you out!

Tips to help with your accommodation search
Doing your accomm research can get you some sweet digs!

Staying on campus?
Visit your uni’s accommodation website and read… and read so more. Get a feel for what the residence or college is about. Most have international houses for out-of-towners like you! Some also have “Party Central.” Wuh wuh. Don’t choose that one. You’re there to be brilliant, not to be bombed.

Connect with your future classmates and current students in the program as early as possible in advance to find potential roommates and discuss your options together, as this will give you more confidence with your living arrangements. Join student groups, and be sure to ask your admissions officer for more tips about how to meet fellow OzTREKKers!

Pick a location (or three)
Google maps, baby. Make sure you know which campus you will be attending before you start your search. Check out former OzTREKK students’ reviews about where they live on the “Accommodation” tab on the Boarding Pass. Here you’ll find dozens of reports from actual students studying in Australia. You’ll also find out which suburbs are closest to your uni and you’ll get a general idea of how much moola you’ll need.

Start searching
Look on or for ideas; however, these websites take their information from the actual real estate websites. Sometimes they don’t get updated as quickly as you would hope and a house might be gone. It is good to go to the real estate websites and see what they have.

Arrive a bit early
We always recommend this one! Former OzTREKK students—especially those in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane—advise students to arrive in Australia a minimum of two weeks early. Living off campus can offer more flexibility and value for your money! You can easily book temporary accommodation while in Canada, as many universities offer temporary accommodation on their campuses. This way you can spend a couple of weeks getting acquainted with your university, your city and its transit system before you decide on living quarters.

See it in person
Good. You’ve arrived early. Now go for a walkabout! Wander around the closest suburbs and go in personally to see if you can talk to someone about available rental properties. When viewing a property, take notes (and photos!) of any damage/weirdness you see before you sign a lease.

Be organized!
Landlords will ask for references. Ask your previous landlords for reference letters. Photocopy them. Even more important to them is your actual rental lease agreement. Make sure to get paper copies as well as scanned versions. A lot of the real estate agencies let you apply online, which is quite easy.

Money. Have some.
Before you leave for Australia, order some Aussie money from your bank. You’ll need it for taxi fares, food, and a bond, and “just in case.” All landlords will ask if you have a job or how you are going to finance your apartment. If you are going to work, that’s great and you can say where you are working. If you are in the “all study, no work” boat, get a letter showing how you have access to your funds. If you have a loan from your bank, ask your bank representative to say that you have a line of credit for your studies that can cover your tuition and your living situation.

Get ready to hit the ground running!
Be prepared to see a lot of places and keep your mind open to what area you want to live in. There are a lot of cool areas neighbouring the universities and you just need to find the right fit. Most open houses happen on Saturday and most people will have their applications ready to hand in after seeing the place! Come prepared with all your documents in hand or ready to send in on the internet when you get home.

Don’t get discouraged
Great news: not one OzTREKK student has wandered around homeless. You may have to apply to as many houses as possible. Most other people took about two to three weeks to get confirmation. It just depends on the area, how many people you are looking to live with, etc.

And obviously…
If you’re completely freaking, ask us for help. Ask your university for help. That’s why we are here!

Q&A with UQ School of Pharmacy lecturer Jacqueline Bond

If you’re planning to attend the Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours program at the University of Queensland, then you already know you’ll be studying with the industry’s best.

Meet UQ School of Pharmacy lecturer Jacqueline Bond, whose passionate and innovative approach to education has led to curricular reform that inspires students and prepares them for future roles as “medicines experts.”

You have been recognised as an excellent educator since joining UQ’s School of Pharmacy in 2001. Why did you decide to move into teaching after more than a decade working in government and industry in Australia, and at a university research centre overseas?

Q&A with UQ School of Pharmacy lecturer Jacqueline Bond
UQ School of Pharmacy lecturer Jacqueline Bond (Photo credit: UQ)
I have had a most non-linear career trajectory, beginning my professional life as an industrial chemist. Prior to graduating, I worked for two summers at an oil refinery and loved every minute of being on-site.

After graduating, I moved on to quality control, research and development (R&D) and formulation roles in other industries. I was content for a few years, before succumbing to an intense case of wanderlust.

I packed up and moved overseas to work at the Florida Center for Heterocyclic Compounds (University of Florida). During this period, I wanted a break from ‘the bench’, so I became an editorial assistant for a major chemistry journal called Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry; edited a book called Heterocycles in Life and Society (1st edition) by Pozharskii, Soldatenkov and Katritzky; and oversaw all of the research publications of
our centre. It was an incredible experience, and my first exposure to academia.

When it was time to come home, I moved to Canberra with little idea about what the next phase of my career would involve. Unexpectedly, I ended up working at Canberra Institute of Technology, teaching forensic chemistry to police! This led to my next position in a government forensic toxicology unit in Brisbane, analysing post-mortem samples for prescription and illicit drugs.

A chance encounter with one of my old chemistry classmates at a shopping centre led to the offer of a research role in UQ’s School of Pharmacy, as they were seeking someone with experience in drug analysis. Once at UQ, I began to give toxicology and medicinal chemistry lectures when colleagues went on leave. Over time, the lecture load increased, and so I eventually transitioned into a traditional academic role with teaching and research responsibilities. In the ultimate example of doing my career back-to-front, I started my PhD in pharmacy education just after my fortieth birthday.

What were your goals when you started teaching, and have they changed over time?
To be honest, it was terrifying to stand at the front of a cavernous auditorium in the early days. Initially, I was selfishly focused on myself and surviving the ordeal. As I relaxed into the role, I began to reflect more on the experience my students were having. I realised that preparing them to become health professionals was a very different proposition than training them to become scientists.

As I committed deeply to understanding the professional context in which my students would ultimately practice, I learned that beyond being knowledgeable about drugs, they would require skills as caregivers, decision-makers, communicators, lifelong learners and teachers in order to deliver pharmaceutical care to patients.

How do you hope to influence the student experience at UQ?
My teaching philosophy is reflected in a wonderful quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I want my students to feel that someone cares profoundly about who they are now, and the kind of health professionals they are in the process of becoming. It’s the little things, like learning names, initiating chats at the coffee cart, remembering past conversations and, most importantly, being real in the classroom, that allow for genuine connection.

What is your vision for UQ pharmacy students and graduates?
That they ‘pay forward’ our love, attention and investment in them by taking the very best care of their patients in the future. And that they find meaning through their professional lives.

How important are partnerships and industry collaborations to the pharmacy profession?
Critical. One of our obligations as academics is to drive the profession forward. We can’t do this from an ivory tower. Rather than ‘publish or perish’, I prefer the mantra ‘partner or perish’.

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2015; however, late applications may be accepted by UQ Pharmacy School.

Credit Transfers!

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

Gather course lists and course descriptions that best match the above courses. A short, one-paragraph description of the course won’t be enough. The university needs to determine if your studies match the UQ equivalent. The information should contain an overview of numbers of lectures, practicals, tutorials, etc. in the course, list of learning objectives if available, lecture titles and descriptions, practical titles, timetable to indicate the number of contact hours of the various types in the course, summary of assessment, etc. If you have questions about application for credit, please let us know—we’re here to help!

Monday, September 19, 2016

If OzTREKK staff members were to study in Australia…

You have all heard, “If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?”

We’d like to take it up a notch and query, “If you could study anything in the world, what would you study?” Since we represent such amazing Australian universities, our selection is almost endless! Here are the OzTREKK office results if we were to study in Australia!

If OzTREKK staff members were to study in Australia...
Study in Australia? Duh!


I would love to undertake a PhD in Mongolian studies at a great university like the University of Sydney. I’m basically obsessed with Genghis Khan, the social dynamics he emerged from, and misunderstandings about how his legacy shaped the world we live in.


I would like to study nutrition in a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics program at Griffith University. I feel Australia naturally focuses on healthy living and wellness, with nutrition and its awesome food culture playing a big role in people’s lives. I’d like to learn the science side of things—anatomy, endocrinology, chemistry etc., then apply a holistic focus once I graduated and began work. I would choose Griffith University because
  • the weather (Sydney/Melbourne are too cold in the winter!);
  • the smaller city lifestyle (not as many high-rises as Brisbane/Sydney);
  • new health centre! Multidisciplinary teams can work together (psych, nutrition, medicine);
  • it’s close to beaches and small coastal towns;
  • GC light rail—easy public transport; and
  • I’d have friends close by and lots of uni clubs to join!



I would choose the Doctor of Medicine program, because who doesn’t want be able to make boatloads of money after they are done school? I’d pick the UQ School of Medicine because they have a super-awesome student support system and all my students so far seem really excited to be going there!



My real answer is medicine because I spent my childhood watching TLC’s The Operation (knee replacement was the best) and dreaming of being a doctor. However, I went to university and did a major in being social—I don’t believe I ever missed out on any event. A+s in that. It was FOMO before FOMO was a thing. The old academics suffered as a result and med school became OzTREKK via a stint at a bank.

My not-so-real-but-still-kind-of-interested thing would include a degree with a focus on international conflict, like in an “I’m interested but I’m not so sure what I’d do with it” way.

I love the city of Melbourne but I think I might study medicine at UQ. I like myself a big school / class and I think I would really enjoy the size / scope of the program / uni. I would visit Melbourne often.


Must I choose? My interests are varied, but if I had to narrow it down, today I would choose from among the following: Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne so I would finally get down to business in a field I thoroughly enjoy; the Master of Media Practice from the University of Sydney because the science behind advertising fascinates me; the UQ Master of Information Technology, so I can geek out with coding while creating brilliant advertising; or the UQ Master of Speech Pathology Studies, because I love linguistics and the science of speech. On another day, I may choose animal, plant, or marine science at JCU!



I would choose the Professional Certificate in Global Wine Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Do I need to say more? Learning about how to pair two of my favourite things—wine and food—all while living in Melbourne. There is also a two-week “hands on”  field trip through France where you get to explore their ultra-premium wine regions where you experience the culture and traditions of the French wine and food industries firsthand.


I’d take a Master in Marketing Communications at the University of Melbourne, because I have keen interest in how technology has changed the way we market to different demographics. I want to study in Melbourne because of these lol!



I would study the Master of Nursing. Firstly, to keep Adam on his toes (JK don’t put that part) (Editor’s note: Too late! ha ha!). I would take it to further my education in nursing so I can be an NP! I would study at the UQ Nursing School, because I hear Brisbane is amazing.



If I had to choose my career path all over again, I would choose to study audiology because I am hard of hearing myself and I think it would be cool to learn more about hearing and hearing loss and have a chance to help people with this obstacle in their lives. I’ve always felt it would be a benefit to have an audiologist who can relate to a patient based on firsthand experience.

I would have to pick the University of Melbourne as a place to study. I have not had the opportunity to visit any Australian universities (yet!), but I did have a friend visit Melbourne and they fell in love with the city. They also raved about how nice the university was based on their short visit. May as well check it out firsthand for myself! The University of Melbourne also has quite a strong Master of Clinical Audiology program.


I would like to study communications to expand on my business undergraduate studies.  I would choose Bond University because it’s a small school—I am a small-town girl I don’t want to be just a number. I’d like that my profs and lecturers would know me by name because of the small class sizes.


I would study at the University of Melbourne (because I love it there) and at this stage in my life I would probably take the Master of Art Curatorship or Cultural Materials Conservation. What a perfectly artsy city to do either program in—you could find me sipping on a latte in an alley while I devour an art history textbook!


There are some amazing programs at our Australian universities and opportunities out there and from time to time I find myself scrolling through course descriptions wondering what it would be like to take that program. Here are my top three programs (in no particular order).
  1. Macquarie University’s Master of Environmental Education
  2. University of Melbourne’s Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
  3. University of Newcastle’s Bachelor of Natural History Illustration
So, there you have it! Our interests are as scattered and varied as spots on a Dalmatian.

UQ speech pathology researcher uses app to help stroke survivors

Dr Caitlin Brandenburg’s award-winning research is certainly something to get people talking.
The UQ speech pathology pioneer will soon begin testing a second version of CommFit, an app-connected device that encourages stroke survivors to speak more frequently.

UQ speech pathology researcher uses app to help stroke survivors
UQ speech pathology researcher Dr Caitlin Brandenburg (Photo: UQ)

“By measuring vibration through the collarbone using an accelerometer, we can tell how much the wearer has talked throughout the day,” Dr Brandenburg said.

“It’s essentially a language pedometer that is paired with personalised tasks to assist people to get better at conversation, and also more involved and engaged with their community.

“The idea is based on principles of neuroplasticity, being that as the brain repairs after damage you want to repeatedly practise the skills you want to improve.

“A lot of current speech rehabilitation methods revolve around naming pictures or singular tasks, which isn’t directly transferable to everyday conversation like CommFit is.”

CommFit, short for Communicative Fitness, is primarily targeted at people living with aphasia, an impairment of language production and comprehension that affects 80,000 Australian stroke survivors.

Dr Brandenburg said the refined CommFit pedometer, based on an earlier trial version, was more accurate, easier to wear, had longer battery life, and was more reliable and affordable.

“Our aim is to continue to develop it so it is as small as possible, as simple as possible and as affordable as it can be made.”

Early career researcher Dr Brandenburg, 26, has received encouragement on several fronts. She has won a $15,000 UQ Collaboration and Industry Engagement Fund grant; National Heart Foundation Vanguard and National Stroke Foundation Seed grants to develop the CommFit app; was a top-10 finalist for the Queensland Fresh Science competition; and her abstract on CommFit won the Stroke Society of Australasia Nursing and Allied Health Scientific Award.

UQ speech pathology researcher uses app to help stroke survivors
The second version of CommFit is being tested now (Photo: UQ)

UQ Collaborators on the CommFit project are Professor Linda Worrall and Professor Dave Copland.

Dr Emma Power of the University of Sydney and Dr Amy Rodriguez of the Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (USA) are also involved with CommFit.

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 intake: July 2017
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2017

Friday, September 16, 2016

Griffith Medical School scholarships are up for grabs!

Have you applied to Griffith Medical School?

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

Griffith Medical School scholarships are up for grabs!
Study medicine at Griffith University!
And, guess what? Griffith offers scholarships for both the Doctor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine programs!

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

For: High-achieving graduates applying for the Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith University
Available to: New students commencing in Trimester 1 2017
Level of study: Postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $20,000 in total (four tuition payments of $5000 each year for four years)
Duration: Up to 4 years of study
Program of study: Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 3, 2016


Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Undergraduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

For: High-achieving secondary high school leavers applying for the combined Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine programs at Griffith University
Available to: New students commencing in Trimester 1 2017
Level of study: Undergraduate progressing to postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $30,000 in total (six tuition payments of $5000 each year for six years)
Duration: Up to 6 years of study
Program of study: Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 3, 2016

Career opportunities for occupational therapy graduates

A degree in occupational therapy provides a breadth of employment opportunities: working with individuals, small groups, organisations or communities. Occupational therapists work in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, community health, early intervention, social services, schools, government agencies, industrial and commercial organisations, mental health services, homes, and supported housing. After gaining relevant workplace experience further career opportunities exist in education, management and research.

Career opportunities for occupational therapy graduates
Study occupational therapy at Monash!

The Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program at Monash University is a full-time course over two years from July to May (mid-year intake). It will operate over 72 weeks and include 1000 hours of fieldwork education commensurate with World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (2002).

Monash University strives to develop OT graduates who are
  • occupation-focused, socially responsible, culturally respectful, and globally aware;
  • critical, self-reflective, flexible and collaborative in their approach to their work;
  • effective communicators, team members and ambassadors of an occupational perspective of health;
  • able to critically appraise, apply and translate knowledge into practice;
  • able to innovate, create and facilitate professional practice / knowledge development; and
  • committed to lifelong learning and advancement of the occupational therapy profession.
Higher achieving students may be eligible to complete this as research to the equivalent of honours standard to be eligible to apply for a research masters or PhD program on completion.

Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Monash has a general application deadline of October 31 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Australian universities stay strong in world rankings

The latest university rankings are out!

QS World University Rankings 2016/17 has just released the latest world university rankings, and four of OzTREKK’s Australian universities were out to represent and held strong in the top 100. In fact, they are all within the top 470, and considering there are more than 10,000 universities around the world, this is a big deal!

Australian universities stay strong in world rankings
Meet Australian university representatives—join us for the Study in Australia Fairs this Fall!

  • University of Melbourne at #42
  • University of Sydney at #46
  • University of Queensland at #51
  • Monash University at #65
Once again, the University of Melbourne holds strong near the top of the list, closely followed by the Sydney and the UQ. In fact, all of our Australian university partners fared well, and we are proud to represent them.

The University of Sydney has again been named in the top 50 universities in the world, with a formal ranking of 46 in the latest QS World University Rankings. Sydney’s result confirms its place among the world’s leading research and educational institutions. It also underscores the university’s consistent strength among its peers over the past decade, despite the increasingly intense competition in the global higher education sector.

“We’re delighted that so many of our colleagues around the world think highly of our research and teaching,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj, while acknowledging that minor shifts in individual rankings of the world’s more than 10,000 universities would occur from year to year, said the result continues to demonstrate the hard work of UQ’s staff and students, and research achievements.

“Having globally recognised universities is incredibly important for Australia’s higher education exports,” he said. “It’s also a great result for Queensland, which is looking to diversify its economy through greater innovation and collaboration between top researchers and industry.”

Meet staff member  from these prestigious universities!

Would you like to meet faculty members from these top universities? Every fall, OzTREKK hosts Study in Australia fairs across Canada. Beginning Thursday, September 22 in Vancouver, all of OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be participating in the fairs, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise students (and their parents!) about their study options in Australia. These fairs are free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

UQ supports international students with new online job search platform

We’ve got an interesting tidbit for all of you intending to study at UQ.

The University of Queensland’s Advantage Office has launched Global Grad, a new online job vacancy platform for international students:

UQ Careers Service Manager Daniel Capper said the platform provides international students studying in Australia access to international job opportunities.

UQ supports international students with new online job search platform
The University of Queensland’s Advantage Office has launched Global Grad, a new online job vacancy platform for international students (Photo credit: UQ)

“Global Grad presents amazing employment opportunities to our international students while in Australia and allows them to place an application directly with the employer,” Mr Capper said.

“The resource addresses a gap that previously existed for international students who are away from their home country and may feel somewhat disconnected.

“The platform highlights graduate opportunities in their home country, provides direct links to applications and identifies international employers who are actively recruiting.”

Mr Capper said there was already considerable interest from employers to use the platform, despite its infancy.

“In the six weeks the platform has been available, 358 employers have listed vacancies available for international students,” he said.

“Some of the well-known companies advertising on the platform include Amazon, EY, Adidas, PayPal and Wells Fargo.

“The quantity of listed vacancies on Global Grad indicates that international students studying at UQ are well regarded by employers.”

Mr Capper said the platform is very user-friendly and takes a lot of the hassle out of conducting job searches.

“The platform is extremely easy to use, with the ability to undertake a general job search or to filter based on country of citizenship or work rights” he said.

International students studying at UQ can register and search for international job opportunities.

International employers are also encouraged to register for Global Grad and host graduate opportunities on the platform.