Monday, October 31, 2016

Pharmacy Credentialing Process webinar November 1

Are you interested in studying pharmacy? One of the most common questions we receive is, “If I receive my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Australia, am I still permitted to practice in Canada?”

Pharmacy Credentialing Process webinar November 1
You can study pharmacy in Australia and practice in Canada! (Photo credit: Monash University)

In short, the answer is yes! 

Graduate qualifications in pharmacy from Australian universities are recognized internationally, but there is a process graduates must follow. To better explain the steps required, Manager of Gateway Operations (Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada) Theresa Schopf will be co-hosting a webinar tomorrow evening to answer all your questions about the credentialing process.

Pharmacy Credentialing Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
Time:  8 p.m. EDT

The Gateway was developed by The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) in collaboration with the provincial and territorial Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities, and the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. The Gateway provides the most up-to-date and accurate information about Canadian licensure.

NAPRA developed Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada to help pharmacists from other countries who want to become licensed in Canada.

This Gateway was designed to present the information about the Canadian licensing process and requirements in a way that is easy to understand. It also provides useful and up-to-date information about pharmacy practice in Canada. It is meant to help international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) make an informed decision before starting the process to become licensed as a pharmacist in Canada.

Study pharmacy in Australia

The following Australian pharmacy schools offer Bachelor of Pharmacy programs:
  • Griffith University Pharmacy School
  • James Cook University Pharmacy School
  • Monash University Pharmacy School
  • University of Newcastle Pharmacy School
  • University of Queensland Pharmacy School
  • University of Sydney Pharmacy School

UQ Science International Scholarships are available!

Are you considering applying to a UQ Science program? There are international scholarships for that!

UQ Science International Scholarships are available for outstanding international students in undergraduate or postgraduate coursework programs.

UQ Science International Scholarships
Apply for a UQ Science International Scholarship

Award value: AU$3,000 or AU$10,000 depending on the award
Applications close: December 1, 2016

To be eligible for a UQ Science International Scholarship, you must
  • be classified as an international student in Australia
  • have an unconditional or a conditional offer (with all conditions met by the scholarship closing date) from UQ
  • for undergraduate programs, have completed senior high school and obtained an entry score that equates to a Queensland Tertiary Education rank of 96 or higher
  • for postgraduate programs, have completed an undergraduate degree and obtained a GPA (Grade Point Average) of 6 or higher on a 7-point scale
  • not have already commenced your studies at UQ, even if you seek a change of program
  • not simultaneously hold another scholarship
  • for the Full Degree Scholarships: be an international student enrolling in year one of a UQ Faculty of Science full degree program
  • for the Advanced Standing Scholarships: be an international student enrolling in a UQ Faculty of Science program with advanced standing (credit articulation)

About the award

Two different scholarships are available:
  • The Full Degree Scholarship is awarded to students enrolling in year one of a UQ Faculty of Science full degree program and is a single payment of AU$10,000
  • The Advanced Standing Scholarship is awarded to students enrolling in a UQ Faculty of Science program with advanced standing (credit articulation), for example on the basis of previous study at a Polytechnic, and is a single payment of AU$3,000.

Selection criteria

Following the closing date, UQ will select winners based on a competitive, merit-based process, based on
  • candidate’s academic performance as demonstrated by their Grade Point Averages (GPA)
  • Candidate’s potential to contribute to science, assessed on the basis of their personal statements

Friday, October 28, 2016

UQ School of Medicine consultations… and other adventures

I just returned from a mini whirlwind with one of my favorite people in international education: Dr. Jenny Schafer, Director of Student Affairs at the UQ School of Medicine.

Dr. Schafer was recently in Canada for the second of her twice-annual visits and, as is becoming very usual, we all had a blast—students included.

UQ School of Medicine consultations... and other adventures
Dr Schafer about to enjoy… a cricket

First up was a stop in Vancouver where she met with a few dozen students at Simon Fraser University. I can’t lie; I wasn’t there but I have heard that it was a great time and questions needed to be cut off after two solid hours. I think that’s a good sign!

I picked Dr. Schafer up in Toronto where we were hosting the University of Toronto Pre-Med Society for a Q&A about studying medicine abroad. Before that event though, we needed some grub.

Dr. Schafer is a foodie and likes some good eats. In a city with some of the best restaurants, I’m always on the hunt for something a little different. With a surprising 22-degree October evening, I was banking on a patio, so we headed to El Catrin in the Distillery District. Looking for different, nestled among the tacos, charred corn and smoke-infused avocado sauce were… crickets. Like, crickets. How could we not, right? Well, we did, and while they didn’t taste like chicken, I’d argue they didn’t taste like much. Totally worth the few bucks to now know that I don’t necessary need to eat crickets again.

Following dinner—and the Jays’ ultimate demise—the weather took a turn and we got back into the regular October weather we’d expect forcing the switch out of flip flops. Neither of us had the appropriate clothing for the weather.

UQ School of Medicine consultations... and other adventures
OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman and her not-chicken nacho topping

The following evening the UofT Pre-Med Society hosted about 50 students where we to learned more about the UQ School of Medicine, about Dr. Schafer’s field of study, and her suggestions for success. Dr. Iqbal Jaffer (UQ MBBS ’09) joined her for a student-focused Q&A, which was incredible. Currently doing his residency in cardiac surgery at McMaster, Dr. Jaffer had the students peppering him with questions about his experience in Australia, his return to Canada, and his current practice. I should also say he’s currently in the final throes of completing his PhD, which is being defended early in 2017! We had to cull the questions just before 9 p.m. as the cleaning staff was waiting to get home.

I am obviously biased, but it was really great to have such an interactive experience for our future students. Hearing what it’s really like is so invaluable and I’m sure that everyone in attendance felt similarly. We had some students who are leaving in a few short weeks and most in their final (some in their first!) year all eager to understand if this experience is for them. I’m very excited to see their decision!  I’d love to hear if any students found it as interesting as I did!

After UofT it was a quick trip to meet with the Queen’s Medicine team (UQ and Queen’s have a long-standing and exiting partnership if you didn’t know!) where the goodbyes took place and Dr. Schafer headed back to the Brisbane springtime.

Jaime Notman, OzTREKK Director / Operations Manager

Thursday, October 27, 2016

University of Sydney commits $60 million as first phase of $500M investment

The brightest minds will be brought together as part of a historic partnership agreement between the University of Sydney and Westmead precinct partners announced recently.

The partnership includes an initial commitment by the University of Sydney to contribute more than $60 million of funding for new education facilities, upgrades to existing spaces, and a suite of new academic programs and initiatives, in addition to its existing staffing contribution of $35 million per year at Westmead.

This increased contribution to the partnership will help ensure that clinicians, students and researchers at Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the Children’s Medical Research Institute will be able to continue to meet the needs of the expanding population and increasing health needs of Western Sydney, New South Wales and beyond.

The new facilities and programs will support the expanded expertise and educational opportunities available on the precinct in areas like data sciences, engineering, physics, business management, the social sciences and others.

NSW Health Minister the Hon Jillian Skinner was present at the announcement and welcomed the partnership agreement.

University of Sydney commits $60 million as first phase of $500-million investment
Sydney students to receive a boost in facilities and programs (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

“I congratulate the University of Sydney and all the Westmead precinct partners on this great partnership.  Students all across Westmead—who are our clinicians and researchers of the future—will enjoy the contemporary, flexible technology-enabled teaching, learning and working spaces that are being built as part of this partnership,” Jillian Skinner said.

The University of Sydney investment includes capital funding for
  • 5,000m2 across two floors of the Westmead Redevelopment’s new acute services building, to become the central location of the University of Sydney’s Westmead Campus;
  • an upgrade and expansion of the current Westmead Education and Conference Centre, within Westmead Hospital, to provide innovative and versatile learning environments;
  • refurbishment of student facilities, to improve the student experience at Westmead; and
  • a new simulation ward, which provides facilities for educating students in nursing, medicine and allied health, and training staff at Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
The university spaces will also be available for use by other precinct partners, giving them access to contemporary education facilities that are not currently available at Westmead.

The university is also working with the Westmead precinct partners to develop the proposal for the Westmead Innovation Centre. The Innovation Centre will be collecting and generating ideas and new solutions from patients, clinicians, researchers and other innovators and will be fostering a culture of innovation and knowledge sharing.

“This is such an important part of the university’s work in Western Sydney. A key focus of the next era of strategic growth for the University of Sydney will be in—and for—Western Sydney, and this is the early phase of what we anticipate will be a $500m investment over the next 15 years. Importantly, this investment will help us build on the university’s areas of strength with its partners at Westmead,” University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said.

Welcoming the investment and the university’s role in helping address the healthcare challenges of the future, WSLHD Chief Executive Danny O’Connor said, “Westmead Hospital and the University of Sydney have had a long-standing partnership, dating back to the official opening of the hospital in 1978. This expanded commitment from the university means a greater opportunity to collect and generate ideas and new solutions from students in different disciplines as well as clinicians, researchers, patients and other innovators.”

“Co-locating the education and research activity with the clinical services space means Westmead will extend the quality of its education and research capability for the benefit of our patients and families in Western Sydney and beyond,” said Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Chief Executive Dr Michael Brydon.

The strength of the precinct partnerships has helped deliver on Westmead’s strong track record as a successful innovator in the delivery of healthcare, research and education and helped attract a talent pool that is now the largest concentration of biomedical, scientific and healthcare focused minds in Australia.

The investment is just one part of the $3.4 billion earmarked by government, universities and the private sector for investment at Westmead over the next decade, including new commercial and residential facilities and development of the Parramatta Light Rail.

Don’t miss the Monash Medical School seminars in Canada

If you’ve been considering studying medicine, you know how competitive getting into a Canadian medical school can be. But have you considered undertaking a medical degree at an Australian Medical School? Did you know that Australian medical schools rank comparatively to Canadian medical schools?

Monash Medical School Information Sessions

Discover more about your study options! Monash Medical School and OzTREKK are pleased invite you to the medicine info sessions being held in Toronto and Vancouver, Nov. 1 and 3.

Don't miss the Monash Medical School seminars in Canada!
You CAN study medicine at one of the best medical schools in the world!

Join us to find out more about
  • Monash University
  • Monash Medical School
  • the new Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine program
  • admissions requirements
  • applying from high school
  • applying from university
  • application deadlines
  • interviews
  • accreditation process
  • and much more!
Experience world-class education taught by one of the best medical schools in the world. Find out how by attending a Monash Medical School seminar this November. Be sure to RSVP!

University of Toronto
Date: Nov. 1, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.

University of British Columbia
Date: Nov. 3, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OzTREKK student gives us the inside scoop about the Melbourne physiotherapy program

We’ve got lots of program spoilers in this OzTREKK student blog! So if you’re a future Melbourne DPT student, heads up!

Meet current Melbourne Physiotherapy School student, Eric Leckie. He began his studies in semester 1, 2016, and he has a ton of helpful tips for everyone getting ready to study the Doctor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne. What should you know before you start your program? Is there a learning curve? How intense is the program?

If you’d like the answers to the above questions—and a whole lot more—read on!

Why physio?

My decision to study physiotherapy came from a couple of directions. I think that the main reason for me choosing physiotherapy came from my experiences with my dad. When I was in Grade 8 my dad was diagnosed with a pretty serious disease that caused him to deteriorate over three years and then spend an additional 80 days in the hospital to receive an organ transplant. As you can imagine, after spending 80 days in the hospital, his body deteriorated quickly.

OzTREKK student gives us the inside scoop about the Melbourne physiotherapy program
First day of clinics at the Royal Melbourne Hospital

After the transplant I was able to watch the physiotherapists work with my dad to help him get his strength back, restore his confidence, and basically teach him how to walk again. It was truly incredible! It was a long rehabilitation journey but they never gave up on my dad and that resulted in a very successful rehabilitation. Furthermore, the impact that these health professionals had on me can’t even be put into words.

All I knew from that point on was that I want to impact patients and patients’ families in the same way that the team of healthcare professionals impacted me and my family. I was truly inspired and I immediately started choosing my classes in high school to meet the prerequisites to apply to the Bachelor of Human Kinetics program at the University of Windsor, to start the process of studying to become a physiotherapist.

Choosing where to study

I chose the University of Melbourne for multiple reasons. Firstly, I did a lot of research into Australian physiotherapy schools and the University of Melbourne definitely had one of the best reputations for their Doctor of Physiotherapy degree compared to other universities in Australia. Not only is the university consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world (33rd), it is also ranked the #1 university in Australia.

Considering the fact that I’m studying here in Australia for three years, I wanted to make sure that I was moving to a cool city that has lots going on socially. After living here for the past eight months, it’s easy to see why Melbourne has won the “world’s most livable city award” six years in a row. There are plenty of events and festivals going on year round, the city is extremely easy to find your way around using public transport, and it’s very culturally diverse. This city has a huge professional sporting scene, thousands of amazing restaurants and bars, multiple beaches… the list goes on. Melbourne truly has something for everyone and aside from the unpredictable weather, I absolutely love living here!

A warm welcome

I am really enjoying my program. Since the start of classes this past year, the entire faculty has worked really hard to make sure that everyone feels welcome and at home. There is a good mix of international students in the physiotherapy cohort which is nice because we’re all in the same boat together. I can honestly say that every professor I have encountered in my first year of study here has made it their top priority to make sure that everyone is on the same page. This is important because I, along with other international students, found the teaching and marking styles here in Australia to be completely different compared to those in Canada which made for quite the learning curve in first semester. Furthermore, professors here at Melbourne Uni all have open-door policies and encourage you to go and see them for any issues you might have. They also understand that it’s a tough transition for international students who have just left home and moved across the world to study here in their country, and will offer plenty of tips and advice to ensure everyone has a smooth transition.

OzTREKK student gives us the inside scoop about the Melbourne physiotherapy program
Royal Exhibition building in Melbourne

The learning curve

Coming into the Doctor of Physiotherapy, I knew it was going to be pretty full on, as expected of any post-grad degree. For myself, first semester was very much a learning curve and adjustment semester. It was tough because first semester is also very intense academically. In this program, professors waste no time in diving right into material. But like anything new that you’re faced with in life, you adapt and it eventually gets easier.

The classes are very challenging and the professors do expect a lot out of you. I find this to be a good thing though because you’re not in undergrad anymore. In the physiotherapy post-grad program, professors work you really hard because they want to produce the best physiotherapists possible, and for that I actually really appreciate all the work they make you do. You can expect full days of classes and then an extra of 1–2 hours of extra studying each night so that you don’t fall behind. Readings for each class are expected to be completed before each practical and each lecture for the following day.

Making friends

To be honest, don’t expect to have much of a social life if you enrol in this program. If you’re used to hanging out with your friends most nights, going to bars every weekend, and watching Netflix instead of studying every night, you’re going to be in for a big change! This all comes with the transition and you’ll find that you adapt really fast. For myself, I didn’t mind the change in my social life because I knew I was paying a lot of money to study here and learn at a reputable university.

Making friends is very easy in this program. Everyone has the same classes together each day so it’s quite easy to become acquainted with everyone if you make the effort! OzTREKK puts together a Facebook group with all the international students enrolled in the same course at each university and this made it really easy to make friends with other Canadians and Americans as soon as I arrived here in Melbourne.

OzTREKK student gives us the inside scoop about the Melbourne physiotherapy program
Eric and good friend Justin at a North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Western Bulldogs AFL game

Study preparations

Honestly, there’s not a whole lot you can do to prepare yourself for studying here in Australia. Professors recognize that everyone is coming from different academic backgrounds and they do a really good job in the first couple of months making sure that everyone is up to speed and meeting their academic expectations and level of knowledge. I myself wish I would have reviewed my anatomy more before coming into this course because first-semester foundations was just a killer. In my undergrad I competed two anatomy courses and multiple physiology courses (as most of you have in order to meet the prerequisites requirements to apply to this school), but this was by no means enough to prepare me for foundations class.

Coming into the first week of classes, professors expect you to know your anatomy like the back of your hand. I’m talking about every single bone, every muscle and its origin, insertion, and action. Of course they brush over these anatomy concepts in lectures, but they definitely expect you to know your stuff well. I thought I was prepared going in—I wasn’t. I had to spend hours each night reviewing my anatomy just so that I didn’t fall behind in lectures and, most importantly, in practical classes where you learn physiotherapy techniques first semester.

Advice? Know your anatomy

In the first week of class you’ll start practicals and you can expect to be singled out in your practical class to name the origins and insertions of specific muscles as this is the time in the semester where professors go over muscle palpation. Let me tell you, there is nothing more embarrassing than not knowing your anatomy and drawing a blank when getting singled out in front of your fellow classmates that you literally just met.

My advice for anyone starting the Melbourne physiotherapy program would be to immediately check the university’s website to see which anatomy textbook they recommend, go and buy it at the book store and start studying it every night before you begin classes. Like I said above, although the course is very intense right from the beginning, you’ll come to appreciate this because it forces you to know your anatomy concepts very well, and since you’re in physiotherapy, you’re going to need to know them like the back of your hand anyways.

Lastly, at the end of each semester you will have objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE). These are practical exams where you perform palpations, and various other tests and techniques you learned in practical classes, in front of professors who grade you. The best advice I can give to prepare for these OSC exams would be to practice all the practical skills you learn in pracs at least once a week. Yes, you’re going to be bogged down with your other classes, but you’ll be glad you practiced regularly once exam time comes around.

OzTREKK student gives us the inside scoop about the Melbourne physiotherapy program
Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Other than that, my advice to you would be to go into each lecture focused and ready to learn. Looking back, the amount you learn in first semester is truly incredible. Find a good group to study with right from the beginning, make it a habit to study and review every night, and you’ll be just fine.

A peek inside the school

At the University of Melbourne, both nursing students and physiotherapy students share a building. The building has three floors and it’s quite nice. It’s equipped with one large lecture theatre with enough seats to sit everyone in your cohort with double projector screens. There are multiple practical rooms on the middle and top levels of the building that are used for your pracs. These rooms are always kept really clean and have lots of physiotherapy beds for you to practice on. The Melbourne physiotherapy department leaves these rooms unlocked until 8 or 9 every night, which is nice because it allows you to to practice after class in preparation for OSC exams.

In this program you will have classes in different buildings across campus. The nice thing about the University of Melbourne is that all university buildings are located in one central campus. It takes maybe 10 to 15 minutes to walk from the physiotherapy building across campus to different lecture theatres.

The university has a large workout facility on campus with plenty of equipment (an entire level for cardio machines, at least 7 power racks on the main floor, a pool, full size track, tennis courts, footy field, futsal and soccer fields, etc. Unfortunately, you have to pay to use this facility but compared to the gym membership prices at other facilities in Melbourne, it’s quite cheap! There are also plenty of libraries, computer centres, and cafes on campus for you to study in as well.


Stay tuned for Eric’s next blog installment where he discusses moving to Melbourne, how he found accommodation, and how he prepared for his big move!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

University of Melbourne Audiology application deadline

Don’t miss the Melbourne Audiology School application deadline! Applications for the Master of Clinical Audiology program close this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.


Melbourne Audiology application deadline
Study audiology at the University of Melbourne

How are applications assessed?
The Selection Committee will consider applications from individuals with a science, biomedical science, health-related or other relevant degree that is equivalent to a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Australian university. The selection process will involve consideration of
  • the applicant’s complete academic record, with emphasis on the final year/s of the undergraduate degree;
  • any postgraduate study; and
  • the relevance of previous studies to the field of audiology.
The University of Melbourne is committed to attracting students of the highest calibre. Entry into the audiology program is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process.

What is considered a “relevant” degree?
While preference is given to students from a science/health/linguistics/psychology background, Melbourne has accepted students from engineering, music, and some arts and education programs.

Can you improve your chances of getting into the program?

Basically, the higher your marks, the better your chances. If you don’t have the marks to be shortlisted you may wish to consider taking further studies to boost your weighted average mark, such as a postgraduate certificate or diploma in a relevant area. The university does not make recommendations on a study plan or provide advice on courses, but any science or human health-related area is relevant (including psychology and linguistics).

University of Melbourne Audiology program

The Master of Clinical Audiology at the Melbourne Audiology School focuses on developing professional skills through a large program component of comprehensive clinical training. Clinical skills are supplemented by coursework and lectures that introduce students to graduate-level research methods, while maintaining a strong level of scientific acumen expected of students in the health sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 28, 2016

Bond Law research helping “highly stressed” lawyers find their Zen

Lawyers and law students need support to deal with the high-pressured nature of their chosen career, or the future of the profession could be in jeopardy, according to the country’s leading academics.

Bond Faculty of Law Professor Rachael Field said that Australian empirical research indicates that one third of Australian solicitors and one fifth of Australian barristers reported elevated levels of psychological distress.

Bond Law research helping highly stressed lawyers find their Zen
Bond Law Prof Rachel Field has strategies for law students to cope with stress! (Photo: Bond University)

She said one third of law students also reported increased levels of stress after their first year of study, a statistic first reported in 2009 and consistently reinforced by various studies since then.

“Research indicates that for many law students, symptoms of psychological distress begin early and continue throughout their study and into their working lives,” she said.

“The legal profession has an ethical imperative to respond to the high levels of psychological distress experienced by lawyers and law students.

“A failure to act on this imperative will impact the future sustainability and success of the profession.”

Professor Field and Assistant Professor Jackson Walkden-Brown presented a seminar titled ‘Psychological Wellbeing in Law: A Snapshot of Evidence and Strategies’ as part of Bond University’s Research Week.

Research Week features free public lectures, seminars and debates showcasing the array of research underway at Bond University from 10 to 14 October.

Professor Field said the legal seminar provided an overview of the latest academic research into psychological well-being within the practice of law, and explored some key strategies for coping with stress and building resilience.

“Resilience is more than just the capacity to cope well under pressure, resilience enables people to ‘respond and endure’ or ‘develop and master’ in spite of life’s stressors and adversity,” she said.

“In the field of law, it is crucial we develop a deeper understanding of the onset and cause of psychological distress and take a practical approach to managing the stressors of legal education and practice.

“Whilst it is important for individuals to learn coping mechanisms to avoid psychological distress, institutions and workplaces have a duty of care to provide access to information and support,” she said.

“The law profession needs to acknowledge that psychological distress is a problem for our professional community, not for individuals to manage alone.

“We need to focus on establishing supportive environments and maintaining connectedness in order to ensure the physical and mental health of our lawyers and students, and the longevity of the legal profession.”

Studying at Bond Law School

So how does Bond University support its “stressed” law students?

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.

The Bond JD’s combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Our OzTREKK scholarships applications are incredible!

Holy smokes. I just spent hours immersed in some pretty incredible scholarship applications—and I am humbled.

First: the response was wonderful, overwhelming, really. We received more than 150 scholarship applications, and while we’ve not yet read / watched all of them, at first pass, they are truly amazing.

Our OzTREKK scholarships applications are incredible!
Stay tuned: winners announced Dec. 16, 2016

It was nearly awe-inspiring how accomplished our students are already. These are students who are not going to make an impact, but who have already made an impact on their communities. I say “communities” with intention as these students are making a positive impact on a variety of individual people, groups and organizations around them. We have students who have touched individuals, underserved citizens, church groups, towns and the global community in the truest sense of the words.

So where are we at this point? Well, the scholarships are inventoried. Over the next six weeks, our OzTREKK Scholarship Committee will review and rank each scholarship application and video leading up to the announcement in December.

I can see ahead already: this process is bittersweet as there are dozens and dozens of deserving students, but few OzTREKK scholarships. There are so many exceptional students! I feel honoured to be invited into their lives through this process, and it’s going to be fun to get to know each one of them a little more.

When we started the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarships, I simply had no idea that we’d see students who are doing such incredible things before beginning their dream career. I am so keen to see what happens with the soon-to-be doctor in five years or the soon-to-be pharmacist in a decade.

Lives are truly being changed, and I know all of us at OzTREKK are grateful for the privilege to play even the tiniest role in that story.

Jaime Notman
OzTREKK Director / Operations Manager

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. Please note applications are now closed and the winners will be announced December 16, 2016 via our Facebook page:


Sydney veterinary research: Is your dog happy?

Dogs aren’t as easy to read as you might think.

Dogs generally seem to be cheerful, happy-go-lucky characters, so you might expect that most would have an optimistic outlook on life. In fact some dogs are distinctly more pessimistic than others.

Sydney vet research: Is your dog happy?
Who’s a happy boy?
“This research is exciting because it measures positive and negative emotional states in dogs objectively and non-invasively. It offers researchers and dog owners an insight into the outlook of dogs and how that changes,” said Dr Melissa Starling, from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.

“Finding out as accurately as possible whether a particular dog is optimistic or pessimistic is particularly helpful in the context of working and service dogs and has important implications for animal welfare.”

Dogs were taught to associate two different sounds (two octaves apart) with whether they would get the preferred reward of milk or instead get the same amount of water. Once the dogs have learnt the discrimination task, they are presented with ambiguous tones.

If dogs respond after ambiguous tones, it shows that they expect good things will happen to them, and they are called optimistic. They can show how optimistic they are by which tones they respond to. A very optimistic dog may even respond to tones that sound more like those played before water is offered.

However, it does mean that both individuals and institutions (kennels, dog minders) can have a much more accurate insight into the emotional make-up of their dogs.

According to the research a dog with an optimistic personality expects more good things to happen, and fewer bad things. She will take risks and gain access to rewards. She is a dog that picks herself up when things don’t go her way, and tries again. Minor setbacks don’t bother her.

If your dog has a pessimistic personality, he expects fewer good things to happen and more bad things. This may make him cautious and risk averse. He may readily give up when things don’t go his way, because minor setbacks distress him. He may not be unhappy per se, but he is likely to be most content with the status quo and need some encouragement to try new things.

“Pessimistic dogs appeared to be much more stressed by failing a task than optimistic dogs. They would whine and pace and avoid repeating the task while the optimistic dogs would appear unfazed and continue,” said Dr Starling.

“This research could help working dog trainers select dogs best suited to working roles. If we knew how optimistic or pessimistic the best candidates for a working role are, we could test dogs’ optimism early and identify good candidates for training for that role. A pessimistic dog that avoids risks would be better as a guide dog while an optimistic, persistent dog would be more suited to detecting drugs or explosives.”

Dr Starling has been working with Assistance Dogs Australia, a charity organisation that provides service and companion dogs to people with disabilities, to investigate whether an optimism measure could aid in selecting suitable candidates for training.

The research not only suggests how personality may affect the way dogs see the world and how they behave but how positive or negative their current mood is.

“If we know how optimistic or pessimistic an animal usually is, it’s possible to track changes in that optimism that will indicate when it is in a more positive or negative emotional state than usual,” said Dr Starling.

“The remarkable power of this is the opportunity to essentially ask a dog ‘How are you feeling?’ and get an answer. It could be used to monitor their welfare in any environment, to assess how effective enrichment activities might be in improving welfare, and pinpoint exactly what a dog finds emotionally distressing.”

Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The Sydney Veterinary School’s DVM 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 Sydney veterinary students will 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: February
Program duration: 4 years

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sydney occupational therapy student advocates children’s rights to free play

“I chose the field of occupational therapy because I have always loved working with children with disabilities or physical ailments in orphanages and I could use play as an effective means and end goal in therapy,” said Mandi Mills, an international occupational therapy student from Colorado State University, speaking at a presentation earlier this month to staff and students from her home university, as well as those that hosted her at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences.

Sydney occupational therapy student advocates children's rights to free play
Sydney OT student Mandi Mills (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Mandi’s presentation focused on a child’s right to play that practitioners can use within any environment. She drew on her international experiences, including her involvement on the University of Sydney’s Playground Project, to working as a pediatric occupational therapist in Colorado, and a recent visit to Indonesia at an inclusive school for children with disabilities.

Working on the Sydney Playground Project as part of a 12-week rotation, Mandi says play is difficult to define and a difficult concept to study. “Researchers of all disciplines have come together on this team because they believe children have great potential to play.”

The Sydney Playground Project, begun in 2009, is a multidisciplinary research project that adheres to the principle that play should be an integral part of children’s daily activities and the value of the many benefits associated with outdoor, non-structured play.

“The project aims to increase children’s physical activity, social skills and resilience through a simple, low-cost intervention that is carried out on the school playground,” said Senior Research Associate Jo Ragen. “Rather than adults scaffolding and structuring interventions for children to play, we wanted to find out how much children can do on their own without adult interaction.”

The research has found that children became more imaginative, creative, and social in their play adults stepped back and they were given loose-part play material, including items such as car and bike tires, wooden planks, cardboard boxes, hay bales and long tubes.

“The items are delivered to the playgrounds of participating primary schools located throughout the greater Sydney region and children (both typically developing and those with disabilities such as autism) are able to make their own decisions on what, where, or how they want to engage with each other and the materials,” said Jo Ragen.

Mandi says the Sydney Playground Project has shifted her thinking into working with a community or entire population, versus solely an individual client in a clinical setting. “Here, I am out on the playgrounds or at parks watching children interact with materials or each other, and constantly thinking about environmental influences.”

“I cannot thank the research team enough for this opportunity. I have had an amazing twelve weeks exploring the city of Sydney through my involvement with the Sydney Playground Project.”

Melbourne Optometry application deadline is approaching

Are you thinking about studying at Melbourne Optometry School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is coming up on Friday, Oct. 28!


Melbourne Optometry application deadline is approaching
Study optometry at Melbourne

Why Canadians Like the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the Melbourne Optometry School is one of the world’s leading schools of optometry. It enjoys a fine reputation for its teaching and research. The department has a large clinic, providing excellent practical experience along with personal tuition for its students. The Victorian College of Optometry cooperates with the university in the training of optometry students and the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is located within the premises of the college. The National Vision Research Institute and the Clinical Vision Research Australia are affiliated with the college and access its facilities.

Program at a Glance

  • 4-year program (full-time study)
  • Mix of coursework and clinical practice
  • Access to the university’s state-of-the-art optometry practice as well as the university’s strong links to hospitals, community and professional bodies in Australia and worldwide
  • Eligible to register to practice as a therapeutically endorsed optometrist in Australia, and to register to practice in several overseas countries
  • 64 places available
Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Application deadline: October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy admissions webinar Oct. 25

Transcripts, prerequisites, application for credit, application documents? Are you interested in studying pharmacy but not sure where to begin?

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy admissions webinar Oct. 25
OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh will be answering your questions!
Great news! OzTREKK Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh will be holding a UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy admissions webinar to answer all your questions.

Join Krista on Oct. 25 to find out more about the program and how to get your application ready. Learn about the new process for UQ’s Application for Credit and get tips about how to prepare the best application possible!

Webinar: UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy Admissions

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. EDT
Host: Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh
Register: Contact Krista at

About the UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours

The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice.

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

James Cook University helps see horror disease defeated

James Cook University scientists have played a part in a program that has seen lymphatic filariasis (LF)—also known as elephantiasis—eliminated from four countries.

After more than two decades of effort, Cambodia, The Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu have eliminated LF as a public health problem.

Two decades of work sees horror disease defeated
Elephantiasis sufferer, Papua New Guinea (Photo credit: Tom Burkot)

LF can lead to lymphoedema, elephantiasis and hydrocoele—huge swelling of the limbs and genitals of sufferers. It’s caused by parasitic worms transmitted between humans by mosquitoes, a process that has now been effectively interrupted.

Approximately 40 million people suffer from the disease, including 15 million who have full-blown lymphoedema (elephantiasis) and 25 million men who have urogenital swelling.

JCU scientists developed an efficient diagnostic test for the disease, enabling effective targeting and supported ongoing training and surveillance to prevent new infections.

JCU’s Professor Peter Leggat said LF is one of the most debilitating of the neglected tropical diseases.

“Elimination of LF is the result of the sustained efforts of many groups including the countries involved and international agencies including the WHO Collaborating Centre at James Cook University, established in 1996. These efforts provide inspiration to eliminate this disease from the world,” he said.

The four countries that have eliminated the disease join China and the Republic of Korea as the only countries in the WHO Western Pacific Region to eliminate LF as a public health problem.

During 2000–2012, more than 4.45 billion doses of medicine were delivered worldwide. It’s estimated that 96.71 million LF cases were prevented or cured during this period.

The overall economic benefit of the programme during 2000–2007 is conservatively estimated at US$ 24 billion.

WHO Collaborating Centre

James Cook University has been involved with supporting control of neglected tropical diseases since the initial designation of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) in 1996. It has through various re-designations and broadened its outreach from lymphatic filariasis alone to include soil-transmitted helminthiasis and then other neglected tropical diseases. It has been supported by the Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine until 2012 and then by the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences. In 2014, it was formally incorporated in the new College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at JCU.

Studying medicine at JCU

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree at JCU Medical School produces graduates who will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine. The JCU MBBS degree aspires to what is described by the World Health Organization as “socially accountable medical education—a medical school accepting its obligation to direct education, research and service to priority health concerns of communities that it has a mandate to serve.”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Global rankings confirm Monash as leader in engineering and technology

Monash University has been named Australia’s leading university in engineering and technology by an authoritative global rankings institution.

The Times Higher Education world university subject rankings 2016/17 announced has placed Monash 45th across the globe for engineering and technology—the highest ranking of any Australian university. Monash’s 45th ranking was eight places up on its rating for engineering and technology in last year’s rankings.

Global subject rankings confirm Monash as leader in engineering and technology
Monash is #1 in Australia for engineering and technology!
Monash’s high ranking in engineering and technology was underpinned by strong outcomes in teaching, international outlook, research, citations and industry income.

Further, Monash was ranked 41st in the world by Times Higher Education in clinical, pre-clinical and health and 63rd in business and economics. A total of 980 universities were included in the rankings.

President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the results were further evidence of the university’s growing international reputation for outstanding research.

“Monash offers students the opportunity to study at a world-class university that produces research with global impact, collaborates with industry to drive innovation and attracts and retains the highest calibre of research and teaching staff,” Professor Gardner said.

“It’s wonderful to see the quality of our academics recognised. I particularly congratulate Monash staff in the fields of Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, Engineering and Technology, Business and Economics and the Physical Sciences, all of which ranked among the top 100 this year.”

The Times Higher Education subject rankings follow the recent release of a number of global university rankings, each of which placed Monash in the top 100 universities in the world.

These rankings saw Monash placed 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 74th in the Times Higher Education rankings and 79th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Monash was also placed 32nd in the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities.

Griffith Education Internship framework a model for success

There is more to internships than simply immersing yourself in your chosen industry.

Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies academics Professor Glenn Finger and Dr Paula Jervis-Tracey recently published research in a book titled Teacher Education: Innovation, Intervention and Impact, about the importance of internships in the education industry by designing a conceptual framework that can be adopted by other universities looking to introduce internships.

Griffith Education Internship framework a model for success
Griffith teaching graduate Danielle Nash now works at Springwood Central State School following a successful internship. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Their research is based on Griffith’s Employability Framework and reinforces Griffith’s position as a leading university for graduate teacher success and employability.

Each year more than 200 Griffith University teaching students take part in an internship, with approximately 90 per cent of students gaining work in schools after graduating.

This particular research is focused on the Education Internship and strengthening the connections between university and professional learning in schools.

Professor Finger said improving the capability of teachers was crucial to lifting student outcomes and public confidence in teachers.

The Education Internship model at Griffith develops those capabilities needed to be ready to enter the workforce after graduating.

“The Griffith Education Internship, which had its genesis more than 21 years ago, has been scaled up over time to become a mandatory, capstone, advanced professional experience course for all students undertaking the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Griffith,” Professor Finger said.

Danielle Nash, who graduated in June 2016 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) took part in her internship at Springwood Central State School and is now employed there.

“The internship was phenomenal and was invaluable especially given I now have full time work straight after graduating,” she said.

Dr Jervis-Tracey said education students developed their professional point of difference during an internship.

“It enables them to make the shift from being a ‘prac student’ to a ‘co-teacher’,” she said.

“Initial teacher education sets the foundation for a high-quality teaching workforce and the education internship is crucial to this.”

For Professor Finger and Dr Jervis-Tracey, it is the strong respectful, professional university partnerships with schools and the co-design of the internship that is the key to the success of internships.

“We have superb relationships with school principals, deputy principals, school coordinators, and mentor teachers, all of whom contribute to the ongoing development and success of our pre-service teachers,” concluded Professor Finger.

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies

Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Mount Gravatt, suburb of Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February and October 2017
Duration: 1.5 years

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How to tell your family you want to study in Australia

You may already be a university graduate, but that doesn’t mean your parents won’t mind if you move, say, to the other side of the planet, and this is especially true for anyone who has just graduated high school!

You’d like to study in Australia, but knowing how to communicate this desire with your parents and family members may prove to be a bit tricky, especially if you’ve never been abroad for long periods of time. While some parents may be completely supportive of your adventures, others may be hesitant to wave at you from the tarmac. Whether you’re on either side of the spectrum, or fall somewhere in between, OzTREKK has some advice when it comes to approaching your parents and family members about the idea of studying in Australia.

How to tell your family you want to study in Australia
Some former OzTREKK students now studying dentistry at JCU

Determine the why

Yes, Australia is a beautiful country with lots of beaches, kangaroos, koalas, and a casual lifestyle. What else does it have to offer? For students, Australia pretty much has it all, which is why it currently hosts more than 490,000 international students, making it one of world’s most popular foreign study destinations.

Besides being a great experience, studying at an Australian university is a great way to gain an edge in an increasingly globalized economy. No matter which university or program you choose, international study in Australia will give you access to unique academic, professional and personal opportunities.

This is all fine and dandy, but what’s your reason? Once you determine that, you’re ahead of the game!

Research, research, research

What do you plan to study? Which Australian universities do you have in mind? Why is that? What makes this university better than that university? Simply slurring a “So I was thinking of going to Australia for school” while you’re visiting probably will result in a barrage of questions. Have your arsenal fully stocked, and make sure they’re not duds. Be sure to research the university and program, your accommodation and financial options, and all the pros and cons. Check university rankings, student reviews, graduate reviews, etc. Providing a plan to your parents will allow them to take your idea more seriously.

Listen to your parents/family

This is a two-way street. Though it may be tempting to dismiss any parental concerns, listening to their point of view will earn respect between both parties. If they know you’re listening to their opinion and considering their feedback, they’ll be more likely to reciprocate by lending an ear.

Outline expectations

If you intend to complete a four-year degree medical degree in Brisbane, how will you pay for it? How often would you come home to visit? Where will you live following graduation? Having these discussions before filling out application forms will put your parents at ease as they’ll know what to expect should you go down this avenue.

Attend OzTREKK events

OzTREKK provides multiple opportunities throughout the application and pre-departure phases to call, email, and meet with us in person so we can answer any questions you, or your parents, may have. Our pre-departure sessions are held across Canada and via webinar, giving you and your family an outline of how to best plan for your time in Australia.

After all, your family is your roots, and your education is your wings. Up, up, and away!

New Master of Public Health offered at Macquarie University

OzTREKK is pleased to announce that Macquarie University has introduced a Master of Public Health!

New Master of Public Health offered at Macquarie University
Study public health at Macquarie University

The Department of Health Systems and Populations within the faculty of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will offer a Master of Public Health from 2017. Inter-disciplinary public health specialisations will be available in health law, ethics, and policy; health leadership; environmental health; global health; and research.

This is the perfect professional degree to engage in for a 21st-century approach to education and practice aimed at preventing disease, promoting health, and supporting healthy lives in a globalised world.

Career Opportunities

Studies in public health prepare you for careers in
  • health education
  • health promotion
  • research and policy development
  • project management
  • public health
  • health and community administration
  • advocacy and non-government organisations
  • international health and development
  • Public Health Clinical Practice

Examples of titles held by Master of Public Health graduates include (but are not limited to):
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Public Health Intelligence Officer
  • Health Partnership Program Manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Project Coordinator
  • Senior Legal Policy Advisor (Health)
  • Public Health Advisor

Potential employers include government, non-governmental organisations, business, public health clinical or community settings, multilateral aid organisations, or other groups concerned with health, human rights, indigenous issues, environmental health, health leadership, and/or development.
Graduates of the Master of Public Health research specialisation interested in pursuing further higher degree research would also be well-equipped to do so, and to move further into a research career.

Master of Public Health Specialisations

Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Master of Public Health specialisations:
  • Environmental Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Law, Ethics and Policy
  • Health Leadership

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 – 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Monday, October 17, 2016

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Believe it or not, Canada and Australia have a lot more in common that you think: friendly, relaxed people; small population  relative to land area; cities and towns relatively far apart; population concentrated along borders; a need for rural and remote health care; and weather extremes. While Australia boasts lofty, soaring temperatures, Canada lifts its chin with an icy stare and subzero grin. Aussies are proud of their ability to roast in the heat, and Canadians are keenly aware of their defence of hockey, Tim Hortons, and ability to frolic outside in the bitter cold sans heavy-duty winter gear.

Yes, we Canadians can endure chilly winters, but compared to say, the real Great White North, how cold are we?

Meet Lorynn. She’s from Yellowknife. Lorynn decided to swap Canadian snow for Australian surf and just a little bit of dentistry at the University of Sydney, New South Wales. Here’s her story!

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf
Enjoying  a NWT plane ride

My name is Lorynn Westad. I’m from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories in Canada. Even some Canadians are uncertain where Yellowknife is, but most know that it is far, far north. This is true, and Yellowknife is actually the last capital city in the northern direction before you leave Canada and head over the North Pole.

Some people know Yellowknife from the TV shows Ice Road Truckers, or Ice Pilots, both of which are filmed out of Yellowknife. It’s no coincidence that both of these shows include Ice in their titles. As you can gather by the location, we experience weather extremes unlike anything encountered in the southern Canadian provinces. People think it’s absolutely crazy that I would choose to live in such a remote area where you are in a constant battle with the weather, but the truth is, Yellowknife is a very special place, too.

There are three questions that I am commonly asked by people once they find out where I live:

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf
Ice Palace for the community

1. Wow, it must be cold up there! How cold does it get and is it cold year-round?
Yes, it gets extremely cold sometimes. From October to the end of March each year, you get everything from 5° Celsius, all the way down to -50° Celsius—and that doesn’t include the windchill factor. Head-to-toe Canada Goose down-wear is a necessity, unless of course you want to freeze.

In addition to the cold, our days are extremely short during the winter, with some days only having a small sliver of sunlight for a few hours before the darkness returns. Fortunately, we come together as a community in those months to play indoor sports, have community social functions, and the notorious Ice King builds a breathtaking ice palace for the entire community to enjoy.

During the summer months (June to August), the Yellowknife area is the most beautiful place to be. You have sun all day long, temperatures ranging from the low 20s to the high 30s, and beautiful expansive lakes with unrivalled fishing. In fact, it is so nice we even have a beach, a popular hangout for the entire community, with weekly beach volleyball games and paddleboarding if you should choose.

2. Have you ever seen the Northern Lights?
This is one of the most amazing parts about where I live. I see the Northern lights at least once a week if not more often. Pinks, greens, blues, purples—there’s a reason people travel from far and wide to see our phenomenal aurora borealis!

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf
Current Sydney DMD student, Lorynn Westad
3. What do you do for fun there?
During the summer there’s limitless opportunity and possibility for outdoor sports. Some of the best fishing in Canada can be found in the numerous massive lakes surrounding Yellowknife with lake trouts weighing up to an impressive 80lbs being yielded from the lake.

In the summer, you can go camping at the nearby Fred Henne Campground, go for a hike through the numerous trails, or go down to the sand dunes with a four-wheeler with your friends. Every July, Yellowknife also hosts the “Folk on the Rocks” music festival where people come from far and wide come to enjoy great music, wonderful company, and good food.

During the winter, there is no shortage of recreational sports teams that you can join. With a multiplex housing with indoor soccer fields, a Racquet Club, and open gymnasiums at the numerous schools in the community (for basketball, badminton, and volleyball), you can always find a way to keep active with your neighbours and friends. Since Yellowknife is so isolated, everyone in the town depends on each other and there is a very strong sense of community—you certainly don’t have to go very far to find a familiar smiling face.

Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine

The Sydney Dental School’s DMD is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.

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


Stay tuned for Lorynn’s next blog: why she chose to study dentistry so far away from home—the University of Sydney, Australia!

Friday, October 14, 2016

University of Queensland’s research excellence on the rise

The University of Queensland has risen two places in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, placing 43rd in the world and third in Australia.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Joanne Wright said the rankings, compiled by National Taiwan University, showed UQ’s continued upward trajectory—UQ rose 11 places in the same rankings last year.

University of Queensland’s research excellence on the rise
University of Queensland’s ranks highly for its research excellence

“Earlier this year UQ jumped 22 places up the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, to rank 55th globally and second in Australia,” she said.

“UQ’s continued success in international rankings such as this demonstrates that we are a high-quality university, especially when viewed against the increasingly strong competition of the world’s more than 10,000 universities.

“This achievement recognises the efforts and excellence of our researchers, staff, alumni and students, who all play a role in ensuring UQ continues to be a world-recognised leader in higher education.”

The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities measures university performance based on scientific papers, research productivity and scholarly impact, and also ranks universities across six fields.

“I’m pleased to see UQ place first in Australia in Agriculture and in Social Sciences, a reflection of our outstanding work in these across a range of institutes, schools and faculties,” Professor Wright said.

The University of Queensland placed seventh globally for Agriculture, and 25th for Social Sciences.
UQ’s results in other field rankings:
  • Third nationally and 64th globally for Engineering
  • Second nationally and 41st globally for Life Sciences
  • Sixth nationally and 141st globally for Natural Sciences
  • Fourth nationally and 79th globally for Clinical Medicine

Earlier this year, UQ placed number one in Australia in the Nature Index Top Academic Institutions, 51st globally in the QS World Rankings and 52nd in the US News Best Global University Rankings.

Sydney Law School hosting info sessions in Canada

Why consider studying at one of the world’s best law schools?

Join us October 17 – 20 to find out why so many Canadians are choosing to receive a world-class legal education at Sydney Law School. Meet and speak with the Dean of Law Prof Joellen Riley, and learn more about the accreditation process and how you can take your law degree back home with you after graduation!

Sydney Law School hosting info sessions in Canada
Register for an upcoming Sydney Law information session!

Sydney Law School information sessions

seminar and refreshments
Date: October 17
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hatch Gallery, AMS Student Nest, UBC

seminar and refreshments
Date: October 18
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: AQ, Room 5025, SFU

seminar and refreshments
Date: October 19
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: University College, Room 152, University of Toronto

seminar and refreshments
Date: October 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Maple Room, Westin Ottawa

An international leader in legal education

The Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, with a global ranking of 11 in the QS World Universities Rankings for the discipline of law.

Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. The Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) is the University of Sydney’s graduate-entry law degree. It provides a world-class legal education that prepares students for the global and international environment in which they will provide legal advice. Sydney’s law students receive an education that equips them for the practice of law in a global, transnational and international marketplace for legal services.

I chose Sydney Law School mainly due to its international focus and specialization in Maritime (Admiralty) Law. The school is also ranked very highly around the world and is one of the top law schools internationally! The Sydney JD is a tough program; however, the structure gives you the skills and discipline you need to succeed in the profession. The professors often draw on cases from other jurisdictions for comparison and to provide a global education.  OzTREKK student Kate Reagh, Sydney Juris Doctor (JD).

Sydney Juris Doctor Scholarships

The University of Sydney offers two international scholarships available for future Sydney JD students:
  1. C.A Coghlan and A.N Littlejohn Scholarship for the Juris Doctor
  2. The Wigram Allen Scholarship for the Juris Doctor
Application deadline for both scholarships is Thursday, November 29, 2016. When you apply to one scholarship, you will automatically be assessed for the other!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Providing healthcare in Laos prepares Griffith nursing student

Providing healthcare in a developing country wasn’t something Rachael Ovington expected to be doing while studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University.

But it was an experience she will never forget and will take with her when she seeks employment as a full-time nurse next year.

Providing healthcare in Laos prepares Griffith nursing student
Bachelor of Nursing student Rachael Ovington spent time in Laos helping provide healthcare. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Rachael is one of almost 50 third-year Griffith Nursing students to travel to Laos this year as part of work integrated learning placement within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Griffith University was the first university health team to administer healthcare in in this rural district of Laos Laos, commencing work with this community Development Project in 2010.

“Being able to provide healthcare to people that have nothing and no access to health services because they live rurally really made me appreciate the healthcare we have in Australia and made me want to do so much more for them,” Rachael said.

“The community were really excited and happy to see us and so grateful and appreciative that we were there to help.

“This experience helped build my nursing skills in general as you have to do everything manually so your assessment skills need to be strong.  It also made me more aware of cultural sensitivities, which I will take with me well into my career.”

Rachael said her group, who were supervised by two Griffith staff members and two volunteer nurses, found many people to be suffering from colds and flus and physical injuries caused from manual labour.

She said they also provided a lot of health education to the children such as oral hygiene and hand washing, as well as teaching correct methods for lifting large objects safely.

“We took a bag of donated clothes to every village we went to, which we fundraised before we left,” she said.

“It was quite cold when we were there and to see some kids walking around with no shoes and in clothes that were too small was heartbreaking.

“We couldn’t do everything but we did the best we could.”

Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery International Programs Director Hazel Rands said students who travelled to Laos were in a unique position and would be looked upon favourably by future employers.

“This experience is unique because it is recognised as clinical hours by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority and it enables student to be challenged by the extremes of poverty, poor communication and working with limited resources,” she said.

“Griffith seeks to prepare our students to become global citizens and this three-week experience allows them to see another healthcare system, live in a challenging environment, learn about themselves and acknowledge the unique set of skills that they have to offer as health professions upon graduation.”

Rachael is due to graduate at the end of 2016.

Nursing at Griffith University

The Griffith Nursing is committed to the development of nursing practice, theory and research in positive and visionary ways. The school is also committed to the development of graduates imbued with a solution-focused philosophy who will make a positive difference in nursing, midwifery and health care. Through developing research, consultancy and continuing education opportunities, Griffith seeks to serve the nursing and midwifery professions, the health care system and the broader community.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Logan, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 3 years

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Newcastle Juris Doctor scholarships available

Are you planning to begin to the Newcastle Juris Doctor program in 2017?

University of Newcastle Law School
Former OzTREKK students and Newcastle JD International Scholarship winners Taija, Amber, and Meena

We are happy to announce that Canadians are eligible to apply for the Juris Doctor (JD) Scholarship for International Students. Established in 2013, this scholarship will provide two international students with $2,000 for the coursework Juris Doctor program and will be payable in two lump sums following the census date of each semester.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be an international student
  • Be enrolled full time
  • Be enrolled in the Newcastle Juris Doctor program in the Faculty of Business and Law
Required documentation
If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.
  • A copy of your undergraduate transcript
Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of academic merit; applicants will need to provide full academic transcripts with GPA or equivalent.

The application deadline for this scholarship is Friday, January 27, 2017!