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A few of our favourite things at Christmas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Ladies, have you got all your shopping done? Guys, it’s almost Christmas Eve—better get your lists ready and head out early tomorrow morning!


All of us at OzTREKK would like to thank all of our OzTREKKers for making 2016 such a great year! We are so excited for the OzTREKK Orientations in Australia. We will be there to meet you on Aussie soil, to help you get settled and to introduce you to fellow students. The orientations at our Australian universities are one of our favourite things, so be sure to fit in the OzTREKK Welcome events before you attend your university’s official orientation. Don’t forget to RSVP: http://study.oztrekk.com/oztrekk-orientation/

We did a little office survey this morning and here are few more of our favourite things (not counting warm woolen mittens and whiskers on kittens)….

Adam: Hot drinks with booze in them, and turkey dinner and holiday smorgasbords. And of course, my wonderful family.

Jaime: Our new fa…

Melbourne Business School enters top 10 world rankings

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Melbourne Business School’s full-time MBA program has been ranked ninth in the 2016 Bloomberg Business Week International MBA ranking, up 14 places on the previous year.


Professor Zeger Degraeve, Dean of Melbourne Business School, said the school is the only Australian institution to be included on the prestigious list.

“We’re delighted to be ranked by Bloomberg among the top ten international full-time MBA programs, with this result following improvements in the School’s performance in both TheFinancial Times and The Economist rankings earlier this year,” Professor Degraeve said.

The 2016 Bloomberg Business Week International MBA ranking measures the experiences of students from the school’s most recent graduating class, of alumni who graduated in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and of employers who hire the school’s graduates.

“Since 2012, we have transformed our school, adopting a one-year MBA program, enhancing our careers service to better support graduates, increasing the quality…

Experience a personalised learning environment in the Newcastle JD program

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


Students will study the Newcastle JD concurrently with the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, allowing them to develop both high level academic and legal skills, while also providing practical and real-world experience.

You will study in a collegial, interactive learning community with highly qualified and award-winning academic staff dedicated to your success. Because of the small cohort size of Newcastle Law School’s JD program, you will experience a friendly and supportive study environment. You will also benefit from a balanced student-teacher ratio, which creates a personalised approach to teachi…

Former OzTREKK student practicing physiotherapy in Australia

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Former OzTREKKer Kyle Mitchell’s pathway to physiotherapy started with a baseball scholarship to study at the New Mexico Military Institute in the US. He went on to study a Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia before relocating to Australia and enrolling in Bond’s Doctor of Physiotherapy.

While he originally planned to return home to practice in Canada, he’s created a new life for himself on the Gold Coast, working in private practice at Pindara Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine, and in the community as physiotherapist for Bond University’s AFL Club and the Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program. He has also travelled with the Australian National under 15 baseball team to the World Championships.

So what’s it like to study physio at Bond?
My favourite aspects of studying at Bond were the small classes, intensive learning and the large amount of practical clinical experience which made up more than 42 weeks of the course.

The faculty staff arra…

Griffith University 2017 orientation for international students

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Griffith University 2017 Orientation February  20 – 24 Griffith University’s Orientation Week includes everything undergraduate and postgraduate students need to get ready to study! Packed with information about living in Australia, skills workshops and tours, Orientation Week is your chance to meet staff and students, explore campuses and find out what to expect as a Griffith student. Make sure you say hello to Griffith Mates and attend some of their social events, as it is a great way to meet new people and make friends.



You must attend the compulsory International Welcome and Orientation session and your school orientation session.

Student Administration Griffith University Student Administration centres can assist with program information and the enrollment process, as well as fees and charges details.

Download the Griffith App The free Griffith App has been developed in partnership with Blackboard inc. to provide students, staff and visitors with a diverse suite of in…

UQ Medical School congratulates the Class of 2016

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On Dec. 14, more than 450 UQ Medical School students became doctors as they graduated as the Class of 2016. Among them were approximately 43 OzTREKK students!

The cohort included a myriad of remarkable medical practitioners including Rachel Colbran, this year’s valedictorian.

With a GPA of 6.93, Rachel was recognised as an exemplary student who had been decorated with awards such as the UQ Excellence scholarship and published photos in the Medical Journal of Australia.


In addition to the class’s valedictorian, you didn’t have to look too far around the room to be inspired, and once such inspiration was graduand John Maunder who has a story from which each of us can take inspiration….

The last time John Maunder graduated from the University of Queensland, it was the same day he become one of the 120,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia each year.

This time around, he’s qualifying as a doctor and survivor of nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form …

Students make $750 drug cheaply with Open Source Malaria team

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Sydney Grammar School students, under the supervision of the University of Sydney and global members of the Open Source Malaria consortium, have reproduced an essential medicine in their high school laboratories. The drug, Daraprim, had been the subject of controversy when the price was hiked from US$13.50 to US$750 a dose last year.


Daraprim—originally used as an antimalarial after its synthesis by Nobel Prize winner Gertrude Elion—is now more widely used as an anti-parasitic treatment for toxoplasmosis, which can be a dangerous disease for pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems, such as those living with HIV or AIDS.

Daraprim is listed by the World Health Organization as an essential medicine.

In September 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the market rights to Daraprim andraised the price of a dose more than 5000 percent overnight. CEO at the time, Martin Shkreli, stuck by the price, despite criticism.

To highlight the inequity of the monopoly, high sc…

New policy to steer Monash University’s attack on climate change

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The Monash University Environmental, Social and Governance statement (ESG) will tackle climate change through its teaching, research, engagement, investments and campus operations.

The new policy statement commits Monash, Australia’s largest and most global university, to heightened levels of environmental and social sustainability.


Monash University has an annual operating revenue of more than $2 billion and generates $3.9 billion worth of economic activity each year. It has more than $3.75 billion in assets.

The Chancellor of Monash University, Simon McKeon AO said the commitments contained in the environmental, social and governance policy statement applied across the full scope of the university’s operations.

“The time for action to fight climate change is now. Our new policy statement will influence our research, teaching, investments and how we engage with our industry and government partners and the broad community. It will also impact on our campus facilities,” Mr Mc…

Generous donation supports recovery of UQ veterinary hospital patients

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Sailor the Great Dane was the first patient to benefit from a generous donation to the University of Queensland Veterinary Medical Centre for the purchase of a portable patient monitor.


The monitor enabled the close observation of Sailor’s vital signs while moving him to and from receiving CT Scans.

Sailor was suspected of having lesions in the cervical area of the spine, and this condition would have predisposed him to a drop in heart rate or respiratory arrest. The portable patient monitor enabled the staff to easily check for these complications if they occurred.

Head of UQ School of Veterinary Science Professor Glen Coleman said the donation enhances patient care and was very appreciated by the staff and veterinary students who benefit from hands-on exposure to the monitor during their anaesthesia rotations.

The UQ Veterinary Medical Centre opened in August 2010 and hosts the latest in veterinary medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment options which underlie the Sc…

Don’t forget to RSVP for your OzTREKK Orientation in Australia!

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It’s a Monday in the OzTREKK office and I’m excited: my flight has been booked!

I am really excited to meet you all in Australia. The venues are booked, the van has been reserved and I’m mentally preparing for my attempts to not hit the windshield wiper when I mean the signal. Last year it took me about two weeks to get over it. Then another two weeks when I came back.

It’s orientation time! Alrighty… we have organized three Welcome Breakfasts for you and any family or friends travelling with you. These are scheduled just prior to your Australian university orientation so I’m hoping you can all join us.


So how will this work: On the first day we’ll get together and have breakfast where you will have the opportunity to meet upper-year students, and then we’ll do a campus tour. There will be days (and, in some instances days and days and days) of OzTREKK Shuttle service where I’ll pick you up, take you for groceries or whatever item you’ve found on Gumtree, and drop you off.

B…

Sydney Nursing School hosts mass casualty simulation

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One hundred thirty-six Bachelor of Nursing students took part in a mass casualty simulation event recently.

Held at Sydney Nursing School’s Mallett Street Campus, the simulation is an interprofessional event that’s the culmination of the First-Line Interventions unit of study compulsory for all Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) students.


Playing the role of both nurse and patient, students took part in two scenarios: a fire that has broken out in a hospital ward in which patients and staff members have been injured, and a 21st birthday party where the roof of the hall has collapsed and injured the party-goers.

Jane Currie, Unit Coordinator and Lecturer in Nursing at Sydney Nursing School, said students are completely immersed in the experience. “Students not only perform the role of nurse on the day, but also experience what it’s like to be a casualty.”

Some of the many symptoms students have to treat include seizures, burns, smoke inhalation, traumatic head injuries, a…

Significant ranking boost for Monash Pharmacy

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OzTREKK represents the best in Australian education.

Monash University has welcomed the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) release, which ranks Monash’s Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy as 34th in the world and second in Australia. This is up from an estimated rank of 76th in the world and third in Australia in 2015.

This result follows Monash’s inclusion on the Reuters international rankings as Australia’s second most innovative university across Asia. It also follows Monash moving from an estimated rank of 114th to 79th globally in the overall Academic Ranking of World Universities in August, and being ranked 4th in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the 2016 QS World University rankings by Subject.

Monash continues to be ranked in the top 200 in all five of the ARWU field rankings, including Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ranked second in Australia); Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences; Life and Agriculture Sciences; Clinical Medicine and …

Learning and teaching methods within the Master of Chiropractic

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Students undertaking the Master of Chiropractic degree at Macquarie University will find their learning and development facilitated by a number of different teaching methods.

The variety of teaching methods are intended to meet the various learning styles students have, and in this way enable them to master the requirements of this discipline. The acquisition of knowledge and skills is discipline specific and is determined by the independent accrediting body, the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA).


The content in the Master of Chiropractic builds upon the framework that is developed in prior undergraduate studies. Lectures, tutorials and practical sessions are used to help students gain the clinical knowledge and high-level technical-skills necessary for a chiropractic practitioner. These are further enhanced through readings and online presentations. There is an emphasis on case-based scenarios which prepare students for real life clinical encounters. E…

About the Bond Canadian Law Students Association

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Did you know that more Canadians study law at Bond than any other Australian university? Yes, it’s true! Bond Law School has been training over 1,000 Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. In fact, the 1,000th Canadian law student at Bond was OzTREKK’s Gareth Green!


Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates, and as such, they have developed a secure framework to support you!

Bond Canadian Law Students Association You may be far from home, but the Bond Canadian Law Students Association (CLSA) is there to make your transition as smooth as possible. Their friendly executive will represent you to the rest of the student body, to the administration, and to the staff.

The main function of the CLSA is to make life easier for Canadian students at Bond University and to facilitate the process of returning home. They provide information sessions on the National Committee of Accreditation process as well as information for Canadi…

JCU Cairns expands with on-campus accommodation

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Accommodation for hundreds of students is to be built on James Cook University’s Cairns campus, ensuring the city is an even more attractive destination for domestic and international students to learn and live.

JCU will invest $40m to develop the 300-bed accommodation on its Smithfield campus.
The seven-storey, 9,450m2 complex will offer a mix of accommodation options including studio apartments with en-suite bathrooms.


The development will also include a ground floor retail space, which could include a coffee shop.

There are plans to expand the accommodation to 1,000 beds over the longer term.

JCU’s Chancellor, Bill Tweddell said the announcement is great news for the city, and the accommodation will help grow JCU’s Cairns campus.

“We are delighted to be announcing the construction of accommodation on the Cairns campus. We know that on-campus accommodation is essential for the growth of our campus.”

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the accommodation will provi…

Cape Otway

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This is Cape Otway, Victoria, one of the scenic stops on the Great Ocean Road tour—which you will do when you get to Australia! #traveltuesday 



Griffith University is getting ready to welcome you!

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Griffith University is ready to welcome you!

Attending orientation is the best way to start your studies at Griffith University and to meet the people who will become your friends.



Attend your school orientation session and international welcome session and register for workshops that will help you prepare for study. You can also register for Griffith Mates events that will help you meet fellow Australian and international students like yourself!

When is your Griffith Orientation? Heading to Griffith Medical School or Griffith Dental School? Your orientation will be held January 16, 2017!  If your classes are held during the regular trimester 1 schedule, your orientation will be held the week of February 20, 2017.

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at Griffith
Griffith University is an award-winning industry leader in services and support for international students. Here are some of the services available to international students:

International Student Advisors
Griffith’s team of de…

A Bond University graduate’s passion for paediatric physiotherapy

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Clare MacFarlane dreamed of working in sports physio when she enrolled in Bond University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program.


That was until she discovered a passion for paediatrics during the extensive clinical placements organised by the faculty throughout the program.

“This personalised approach continued right throughout the course. The faculty staff were amazing and took time to get to know all of us. I really admired the way they helped us discover our individual learning styles, which not only helped me as a student but is an approach I’ve embraced in my therapy practice.”

A few years after graduating, Clare secured a part-time role as a specialist paediatric physiotherapist in private practice and, at the same time, established her own mobile paediatric physiotherapy clinic on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

“It demands a lot of clinical experience, coupled with exposure to many types of disabilities and appropriate therapy management.”

In 2015, Clare was headhunted by the …

JCU Business students gaining valuable work-ready experience

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Finding a job in a tight employment market can be difficult, but JCU Business students are getting a head start by completing work experience as part of their studies.

During her studies, mature-aged student Kerry Orro said she had a concentrated introduction to her goal of becoming an accountant with local firm Concord Tax Kirwan.


Ms Orro undertook one of her subjects in block mode at the business, where training was more concise and the practical skills were easier to acquire with intense application, as opposed to sporadic, once-a-week contact.

“I was able to work in a very hands-on role from the start, which gave me an honest reflection of the tasks and workload that I would encounter as an accountant in a smaller practice,” she said.

“As I started employment at Concord throughout the third year of my degree, there were so many relevant and direct correlations between my work and studies.

“At work, I was learning the ‘how’ and at JCU, I was learning the ‘why.’ This was v…

Driving in Australia is easier than you think

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As an international student studying in Australia, understanding the country’s traffic system is essential. When OzTREKK staff and students head to Australia for the first time, getting used to looking right then left can become a bit tricky, but everyone gets the hang of it!

With Australians driving on the left side of the road, it can be a challenging adjustment for Canucks who are used to driving cars on the right side. In most Australian states and territories (the exception is the Northern Territory), you are able to drive on a overseas licence as long as it is current. You can only drive vehicles which your overseas licence authorises you to drive and you must drive according to any conditions on your overseas licence. Here’s a breakdown by state:


New South Wales
As you will be in NSW for more than three months, you can be issued with a Temporary Overseas Visitor licence. If you’ve been driving for more than three years, you’ll be issued an unrestricted licence. If you…

University of Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy alumna discusses her career highlights

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Anne Nguyen graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2008 from the University of Sydney. Since then her career in pharmacy has taken her to various roles and locations—from hospital pharmacy in Sydney to international management roles in the pharmaceutical industry.

Today, Anne works as a Project Leader for Boston Consultancy Group, a global management-consulting firm, based out of the company’s flagship office in New York City.

With such a diverse career in pharmacy, the university chatted with Anne to find out about her career highlights so far and how she found her experience studying pharmacy at the University of Sydney.


1. In a snapshot, what does your day-to-day role involve? My role is to manage a team of several consultants and work side-by-side with clients to solve problems.

There is no typical day as a project leader in the pharmaceutical industry; things vary depending on the project and the week. However, it is often a combination of travelling, working with cli…

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study

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Our outstanding Australian dental schools are at it again.

The complications and high costs associated with dental implants could be a thing of the past as Griffith dentistry research aims to reduce the associated risks of infection using cutting-edge nanotechnology.

The study is being led by post-doctoral researcher Dr Karan Gulati from the Griffith School of Dentistry and Oral Health/Menzies Health Institute Queensland, who is presenting his research at this week’s Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise (Dec. 1–2).

Hundreds of thousands of Australians need dental implants each year but the risks of infection and poor stability can be high, particularly if the patient has a condition such as osteoporosis or diabetes, which may compromise the dental healing process.

However early stage nanotechnology techniques in animal studies are now showing promise in allowing faster integration of an implant in order to prevent bacteria from s…

Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy career pathways

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The beauty of undertaking a graduate degree is the opportunity to truly specialise in your field of interest. No longer are you required to register in seemingly pointless classes. Instead, graduate school can really sharpen the focus on what you are passionate about, offering research projects and elective pathways aimed at producing competent and work-ready professionals.

Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is designed to produce highly competitive graduates with comprehensive clinical skills as well as possessing a solid business acumen and research experience.

It is the first Master of Occupational Therapy in Australia to offer you the opportunity to complete a clinical research project or undertake business electives in preparation for a career in private practice. You will engage in research training before specialising in one of two elective pathways:
Clinically focused Research Pathway – The clinically focused research pathway culminates in an …