Friday, December 23, 2016

A few of our favourite things at Christmas

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!

OzTREKK Christmas party... ax-throwing
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at OzTREKK!

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:

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 family tradition of sitting down together and watching a classic movie. Last year was Clueless. This year Mean Girls is queued up. Also the stuffing.

Nicole: I love… family time. Tobogganing with my family on our own personal toboggan hill at my parents’ house is the best, and this year there is snow!

Amanda: My favourite part of Christmas is watching the kiddies and my family open gifts! I love when my surprises are a success! Also, I can never get enough of “Claaark is your house on fire?” – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And… All. The. Food.

Shannon: I love hanging with family, stuffing my face with yummy food and all that jazz. Deep down I am still a kid when it comes to Christmas though and really look forward to all the Christmas specials on TV:
  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (never gets old)
  2. Elf
  3. A Christmas Story (You’ll shoot your eye out!)
  4. The stop-motion classic Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman—I put them together, because they usually air one right after the other.
Julie: Old-fashioned Christmas lights (frosted), old-fashioned Christmas music (Bing! Nat! Andy! Lawrence Welk! Johnny!), old-fashioned Christmas movies, an old-fashioned drink….

Krista: Mine would have to be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at my nose, yuletide carols being sung by a choir, and folks dressed up like Eskimos. JK JK!! Staying in my pjs ’til noon sipping on Baileys and coffee… then spending time with family, watching their faces when they open gifts. And then switching to rum and eggnog in the afternoon.

A few of our favourite things
Med School Admissions Officer Courtney Frank’s “Bo” is all ready for Christmas!

Lindsay: Spending time with family and friends and of course a couple glasses of wine.

Courtney: My favourite things at Christmas time include wrapping presents (surprisingly), all of the yummy food, and family time for sure. Usually at one of my family dinners my uncle will break out the guitar once everyone is tipsy and we sit around and sing old country songs haha! I also enjoy my tradition of dressing my dog up in his Christmas sweaters! He has a much larger one now though!

Matthew: Here are my favourite things for Christmas:
  • Beer
  • Mom’s cookies
  • Falling into Christmas trees and gracefully crushing gifts
  • World Junior Hockey Championship
  • Sweatpants
Meghan: I love all the food and drinks, and hanging out with my friends and family, but I have to say getting that “OMG” reaction to the perfect gift is probably my favourite thing about Christmas!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful, Happy New Year! The OzTREKK office will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 to  Friday, Dec. 31, 2016 and will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017!

Melbourne Business School enters top 10 world rankings

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.

Melbourne Business School enters top 10 world rankings
Professor Zeger Degraeve (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

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 The Financial 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 of our candidates, boosting our faculty and research and overhauling our internal processes,” Professor Degraeve said.

“For example the average GMAT score for our full-time MBA students has increased from 635 to 705; we’re placing students into careers at leading firms such as McKinsey, Uber, Microsoft, E&Y, Intel and Bain & Company; we have grown enrolments across all our programs and increased the size of our faculty by 28 per cent.

“Our students are at the heart of this approach. We want every Melbourne Business School student to have an excellent experience that helps them achieve career success—and our Bloomberg ranking is one measure that shows we are doing this.”

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Experience a personalised learning environment in the Newcastle JD program

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.

Experience a personalised learning environment in the Newcastle JD program
Study law at UON

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 teaching and learning and ensures that you will get to know the academic staff at the school.

University of Newcastle Legal Centre

While completing the Newcastle JD, you will also contribute to the work of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, developing your legal skills by working on real cases under the supervision of experienced lawyers, while providing an important service to the community and increasing access to justice in the Hunter region.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD) / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: It is recommended that candidates apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Former OzTREKK student practicing physiotherapy in Australia

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.

Former OzTREKK student practicing physiotherapy in Australia
Bond DPT graduate (and former OzTREKKer!) Kyle Mitchell (Photo: Bond University)
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 arranged a variety of placements so I was exposed to all areas of specialisation. This really broadened my perspective on the profession and I nearly switched my pathway from sports to paediatrics, which I would never have considered if it hadn’t been for a great placement that allowed me to see into that domain.

For me, the most satisfying part of being a physiotherapist is developing a plan and successfully implementing a program for patients who have struggled with an injury for an extended period. In some instances, you have quite literally changed the course of their life.

As a physiotherapist in a private practice, I see patients presenting with a wide variety of conditions, from post-operative orthopaedic issues through to vertigo, vestibular and musculoskeletal disorders. I also have a special interest in sports physiotherapy so I work with athletes and teams—mainly AFL and baseball.

On a typical day, I’ll see 10 to 15 patients. With new patients, I’ll do a clinical history and objective assessment so I can develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan. As treatment progresses, I monitor and support their progress while providing education about their condition.

A number of my patients come through the Department of Veteran Affairs and WorkCover. I’ve learned over time that my interactions have a significant impact on their progress so I spend a lot of time educating patients to help them understand their condition. What you say can be as important as the physical treatment.

I’ve also learned that having a business perspective is essential when you’re working in health. You need to understand the financial implications of your treatment, not only for yourself and the practice, but for patients whose financial situation may impact on their access to your service.

For me, the most satisfying part of being a physiotherapist is developing a plan and successfully implementing a program for patients who have struggled with an injury for an extended period. In some instances, you have quite literally changed the course of their life.

My final internship led to my current position working at Pindara Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine. The internship gave me the opportunity to develop a rapport with the team so that practical element of Bond’s physiotherapy program is invaluable in terms of finding employment. In fact, I have yet to meet a graduate who hasn’t been able to find a job in the field of their choice.

Want to get into Physiotherapy? My advice…
Find your passion and follow it. There are plenty of jobs available in private practice but you need to make sure that whatever you’re interested in will be encouraged or is already promoted at the clinic you choose. That way, you’ll always find the right job.

Also, know that people love to teach and educate others. Use that to become a better clinician by asking questions and seeking out further learning that will allow you to progress in your career!

About Bond Physiotherapy Work Experience and Internships

Bond physiotherapy students complete a clinical internship with an embedded research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce. The first 30 weeks of clinical experiences will be gained in both hospital and community settings and will include working in the clinical areas of
  • orthopaedics;
  • cardiorespiratory;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings);
  • neurological and orthogeriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings); and
  • an elective in paediatrics, women’s/men’s health or sports practice.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Griffith University 2017 orientation for international students

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 interactive features to enhance their university experience.

The App is available on Apple iOS and Android devices, as well as a web-based smart phone version that is accessible to all smart phones with internet connectivity.

Griffith University 2017 Orientation
Enjoy your international orientation at Griffith!

Latest Update
The app was last updated in July 2015. Version 4.5 of the app brings you the following features and a new look!
  • Updated Maps – including new information for a number of buildings and Places.
  • Updated Events – see more of what’s on!
  • CareerBoard – prepare for your career! Book an appointment with a guidance counsellor, search for your dream job, and more via the Griffith CareerBoard.
  • Textbooks – the Griffith Textbook Exchange and the Co-op Bookshop Textbook search are now both in one place for all your textbook searching needs.
  • Accommodation – get information about living on and off campus, search for off campus accommodation, apply to live on campus and more via Griffith Accommodation.

Friday, December 16, 2016

UQ Medical School congratulates the Class of 2016

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.

UQ Medical School congratulates the Class of 2016
There are some OzTREKKers in this pic! (Photo: UQ)

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 of blood cancer.

He graduated Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at UQ Centre, St Lucia Campus.

John said it was on the day of his engineering graduation he learned the test results of his biopsy for a lump that surgeons had told him was ‘likely to be nothing.’

“I was at the Regatta Hotel having a beer with my friends and family before the ceremony and I got the call,” John said. “My doctor told me the pathology results from my tests actually showed I had blood cancer and I was to see an oncologist immediately.

“I can’t really explain how I felt after this, I returned to my table where lunch had arrived, told my parents and cried.”

After the initial shock of the news, John had another decision to make upon finding out he had successfully earned a spot in medical school.

“Throughout my engineering degree I was never satisfied that would be my career, I had always toyed with the idea of studying medicine so I ended up sitting the GAMSAT test before I graduated,” John said.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but I got in.

“The thing about medicine is you can’t defer your place for six months and you can’t take on half loads of work, which makes it difficult when you’re facing chemotherapy.”

Not wanting to delay his career any further, John decided to accept his place in the medical course while fighting cancer and undergoing intensive treatments.

“I had intensive chemo for six months, which was also the first semester of my medical studies.

“I’d have chemo every Friday, be wrecked all weekend, then have to front up for class on Monday.”

John’s inspirational commitment means he has now completed his medical degree and has secured a placement at Nambour Hospital on the Sunshine Coast next year.

In addition to full-time study and treatment John has been an active fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation, raising more than $100,000 dollars for the charity through events like World’s Greatest Shave.

“I’m so grateful to my friends, family, doctor and the community who helped me over the last few years,” John said.

John is now in remission but requires six-monthly check-ups. He still has some words of wisdom for students going through rough times.

“It’s important to remember if you’re struggling or don’t know what to do, to ask for help.

“There are people around you who know more than you and you should always seek their knowledge whether the issue is big or small, know that it’s okay to talk to someone.”

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Students make $750 drug cheaply with Open Source Malaria team

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.

Students make $750 drug cheaply with Open Source Malaria team
(L-R) University of Sydney researchers Associate Professor Matthew Todd and Dr Alice Williamson with Sydney Grammar School students and teachers Erin Sheridan and Dr Malcolm Binns (Photo via University of Sydney)

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 and raised 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 school students in Sydney have been working with the Open Source Malaria consortium to make Daraprim in the laboratory using inexpensive starting materials, as part of the Breaking good – Open Source Malaria Schools and Undergraduate Program.

Scientists anywhere in the world were able to view all the data generated and mentor the students to accelerate the science under the coordination from the University of Sydney’s Dr Alice Williamson and Associate Professor Matthew Todd.

Dr Williamson from the Sydney School of Chemistry said the scientific community could provide advice and guidance to the students online in real time.

“The enthusiasm of the students and their teachers Malcolm Binns and Erin Sheridan was translated into a complete route in the public domain by the use of the Open Source Malaria platform,” Dr Williamson said.

“Anyone could take part and all data and ideas are shared in real time.”

Associate Professor Matthew Todd said the innovative open-source approach lowered the barrier to participation by researchers outside traditional institutions, such as universities and pharmaceutical companies, allowing students to work on real research problems of importance to human health.

“Daraprim may be quickly and simply made, bringing into question the need for such a high price for this important medicine,” Associate Professor Todd said.

Open Source Malaria is supported by the Medicines for Malaria Venture and the Australian Government.

Research at the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy

Postgraduate study allows interested students to gain experience and skills in research. The Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy has a rich research track record and students have the opportunity to work with world leaders in several research fields. Pharmacy qualifications offer unique career options and flexibility, combining a professional degree with research experience. Graduates may seek employment in full-time research work or choose to pursue a research-based higher degree.

Sydney Pharmacy School graduates with research experience are sought after candidates for senior roles in the pharmaceutical industry.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

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.

New policy to steer Monash University’s attack on climate change
Monash has set infrastructure goals to monitor its transition to a net zero carbon emissions organisation

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 McKeon said.

“Very few organisations in Australia have anywhere near Monash’s breadth of capability. The implementation of the new policy will see Monash use that capability to help combat the effects of global warming.

“We’ll seek to influence the transition to a net zero carbon economy by engaging with governments and businesses and utilising the technologies developed from Monash’s world-class research programs.” Mr McKeon said.

The President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University, Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the new policy would also see Monash set five year infrastructure goals to measure and monitor its transition to a net zero carbon emissions organisation.

“Monash will commit itself to achieve net zero emissions and we will announce that target date for its achievement early next year,” Professor Gardner said.

“Under the new policy announced [today], the university will review every year the environmental, social and governance factors relating to our direct and indirect investment portfolios.

“Already, Monash has no direct investments in companies whose primary ongoing business is production of fossil fuels. Further, Monash has been successful in excluding companies whose primary activity is coal production from more than 90 percent of our indirect investment portfolio.
The university will be working with fund managers to exclude all companies whose primary activity is coal production from our indirect investments,” Professor Gardner said.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Generous donation supports recovery of UQ veterinary hospital patients

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.

Generous donation supports recovery of UQ veterinary hospital patients
The monitor enabled the close observation of Sailor’s vital signs while moving him to and from receiving CT Scans (Photo credit: UQ)

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 School of Veterinary Science’s commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care to meet the needs of the patient, client and referring veterinarian while providing quality learning experiences for clinical veterinary students.

Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland

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

Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years

Monday, December 12, 2016

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

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.

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

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.

Based on the feedback from last year, I wanted to take a quick moment to give you my top five tips—a survival guide if you will:
  1. Come! It’s a free meal and you will meet a bunch of people. We have focused on various meet-ups this year and they’ve been fairly regional. This will be the first time you see the whole class and you won’t regret it!
  2. Bring your Costco card. Yes, there are Costcos. Yes, your card works. No, I can’t lend you mine 🙂
  3. Save up. If you need to get to IKEA and you’re there a week ahead of me, just hold tight and I will not only drive you to IKEA, but I’ll also pick you up with your Billy bookcase and any other Swedish-named furniture you can muster. Last year we even wrangled a king-sized bed in the van. (It may have involved a winch and a lot of muscle but it got to its destination!)
  4. Bring some patience. At some of these events there may be a lot of students so everyone might not get into the shuttle on the first day, but we’ll coordinate it so you get all your stuff. Logistics is fun for me and I will do my best to make it work with your schedule.
  5. Bring the beats! Last year I heard “Love yourself” by the Biebs approximately 47 times in one day.
Don't forget to RSVP for your OzTREKK Orientation in Australia!
A few OzTREKKers enjoying their welcome get-together in 2016

Finally, I will give you my number: If you ever text me if you could start with a “It’s First-Name Last-Name from UQ Med” it will be a big help. “Hi, it’s John” is sometimes hard for me to decipher. 🙂

I will explain the “how” of the shuttle when we meet at the breakfast.

I will be landing in Australia on the 15th of January and will happily chat locally any time after then. Please let me know if you have any troubles, questions or other.

I’m super excited to see you all—in flip flops thongs.

Happy day!

Friday, December 09, 2016

Sydney Nursing School hosts mass casualty simulation

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.

Sydney Nursing School hosts mass casualty simulation
Sydney Nursing School during its mass casualty simulation (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

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, and fractured bones.

Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) student Casey Baldock spoke about how the experience will be greatly beneficial when working as a registered nurse. “You can only learn so much in the clinical labs. Being really immersed in the scenario and working with real people with real symptoms reiterates what we’ve learnt and consolidates our clinical skills.”

The unit aims to provide student nurses with the skills and knowledge for them to participate in the care of patients in the out of hospital environment.

“The idea of it is to both embed and consolidate clinical skills and non-clinical skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication,” said Ms Currie.

Coming together to share their knowledge with the students were a team of paramedics, medical practitioners, nurses and second-year medical students. “This is the best possible practice the nursing students can do before they go into the workplace,” said Ms Currie.

Four doctors from Bankstown Hospital also joined in the simulation to facilitate and provide support and guidance to the nursing students.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for nursing students to be involved in these type of disaster scenarios so that they are prepared in how to manage real-life emergency situations,” said Dr Lai Heng Foong, Emergency Department Staff Specialist from Bankstown Hospital.

This is the third year the simulation has been running at Sydney Nursing School, growing from 57 students in 2014.

Sydney Nursing School

Sydney Nursing School  has been ranked number one in Australia for research and educational excellence in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. Globally, a ranking of 13th was achieved, ahead of Yale and Columbia universities.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.
Entry requirements: Applicants must satisfy the university’s English language requirements for admission and have a high school diploma with at least a 66% average.

Significant ranking boost for Monash Pharmacy

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.

Monash Pharmacy gets significant ranking boost
Study at Monash University—the number 1 pharmacy school in Australia!
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 Pharmacy; and Social Sciences.

Professor Christina Mitchell, Academic Vice-President and Dean, Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences said it was an outstanding result for staff and students.

“Medicine and Pharmacy now rank second in Australia and 34th in the world, representing an increase of 42 places. This exceptional result highlights our commitment to international collaboration and research excellence. Importantly, the ranking demonstrates the contributions, commitment and quality of our staff.”

Professor Bill Charman, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said “This significant improvement reflects the capacity of our life science and pharmaceutical researchers to undertake high quality basic research, as well as pursuing translational opportunities in partnership with industry and government in an increasingly cross-disciplinary manner. Such outcomes have also been reflected in the increasing number of our staff recognised as Highly Cited Researchers.”

ARWU has been presenting the world top 500 universities annually since 2003, based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Learning and teaching methods within the Master of Chiropractic

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).

Learning and teaching methods within the Master of Chiropractic
Macquarie chiropractic students (Image: Macquarie University)

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. Equal importance is given to the theoretical and practical components in the course so that students may become proficient at operating in a clinical environment.

A large component of the final year, and a culmination of much of what students have learned in the program, is the clinical internship. Final-year students will serve as a chiropractic intern at one of the three Macquarie University Chiropractic Outpatient Clinics and Research centres. The structure of this internship is designed to hone clinical capacity in a safe and fully supervised clinical environment. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with, diagnose, and formulate management plans for the patients. Clinical placements are also arranged so that students will be exposed to a variety of patient profiles and healthcare settings. Students are encouraged to co-manage patients with other healthcare professionals, which will foster interpersonal and professional communication skills.

In order to develop an evidence-based approach to the profession, there is an emphasis on research methodology and research development, culminating in a fifth-year research project. Exposure to the appraisal of research papers throughout this program develops the skills necessary for students to comprehend and appraise clinical research and incorporate this into  clinical practice.

Macquarie University Master of Chiropractic

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

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

About the Bond Canadian Law Students Association

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 Canadian Law Students Association
If you study law at Bond, you will be among friends!

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 Canadians wishing to stay in Australia. But, it’s not all business—they also show Australians how to celebrate Halloween in Week 7!

Other initiatives include the mail-out to Canadian law firms, “going home” and “staying in Australia” seminars led by the Career Development Centre, welcome back barbecues, a Canadian Mooting Competition, awesome parties every semester and much more.

When you study at Bond Law, you’re among a group of very supportive friends!

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

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

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

JCU Cairns expands with on-campus accommodation

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.

JCU Cairns expands with on-campus accommodation
An artist’s impression of student accommodation to be built on JCU’s Cairns campus (Image: JCU)

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 provide a tremendous boost to JCU’s expansion in Cairns.

“The Cairns campus has been growing and on-campus accommodation will make it an even more attractive destination for students. It will also provide a significant boost to the local economy.”

The accommodation will offer residential support and pastoral care, a wide range of social events and programs, a safe living environment, amenities including residential parking, ‘end of ride’ cycling facilities, gym, kitchen and laundry facilities, and high-speed Wi-Fi.

JCU Deputy Vice Chancellor Global Strategy & Engagement and Head of the Cairns Campus, Professor Robyn McGuiggan said the accommodation would help JCU attract more regional, interstate and international students.

The Chairman of Advance Cairns, Trent Twomey said the construction of on-campus accommodation at the Smithfield campus is a key priority for the city.

“JCU is planning exciting projects for the campus, such as the Cairns Innovation Centre, and on-campus accommodation is an integral part of the continued growth of JCU in Cairns.

“This will enable our regional students to live on campus and receive a full service university experience without having to travel south,” Mr Twomey said.

Work has commenced at the site with the accommodation planned to be available to students from first semester, 2018. It is expected that a total of 400 jobs will be created throughout the project and that at peak periods during construction, a maximum of 180 workers will be on site at any one time.

The accommodation is being designed by Wilson Architects and built by ADCO Constructions.
The project will also have a high degree of local participation. ADCO’s Local Industry Participation charter mandates that a majority of subcontractors be locally sourced.

This not only provides ADCO with local knowledge and experience on its projects but also provides significant economic stimulus to the community.

What’s at JCU Cairns?

JCU Dental School of course! The dental school was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of northern Australia, and its foundation is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences’ strong commitment to the provision of professional health education in the area.

The dental school is one of only three dental schools in Australia located outside a capital city. The school’s establishment was funded by a grant of $52.5m from the Federal Government. The new, purpose-built building on the Smithfield campus of the university opened at the beginning of 2011. A new building to house JCU Dental, next door to the Discipline of Dentistry School Building, opened in February 2012.

Cape Otway

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!

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 getting ready to welcome you!
Don’t miss your Griffith University Orientation

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 dedicated International Student Advisors offer personal support, advice and information on issues that can affect your life in Australia, and your studies at the uni.

Griffith Mates
The Griffith Mates are a team of Australian and international students dedicated to welcoming new students and enhancing your university experience. Mates come from a range of nationalities, speak more than 30 languages, and are there to support you throughout your Griffith journey.

Monday, December 05, 2016

A Bond University graduate’s passion for paediatric physiotherapy

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

A Bond University graduate's passion for paediatric physiotherapy
Clare MacFarlane says Bond’s clinical placements helped her decide to pursue paediatric physiotherapy ( Photo: Bond University)

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 CEO of world-renowned US-based Neurological and Physical Abilitation Centre to serve as Director of Rehabilitation for NAPA Centre in Sydney.

“As Director, I am responsible for the overall management of the clinic. This includes supervising a range of other therapists—physios, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists—and devising therapy plans for our patients.”

Clare is also soon to complete her PhD at Bond University.

Wondering about Bond Physiotherapy School?

The Bond Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years

JCU Business students gaining valuable work-ready experience

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.

JCU Business students gaining valuable experience to be work-ready
Study business at JCU!

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 very beneficial when it came to having real life examples with which to connect and helped with greater understanding.”

For the past three years, the refreshed Bachelor of Business degree has included a work integrated learning (WIL) program where students complete one of three capstone WIL subjects in the final year of their degree.

One of the capstone subjects on offer is a professional internship, which involves 100 hours of workplace experience.

Three years later, many students are finding work, either in their place of internship or through contacts they’ve made during their internship.

As of November 7, 121 students have participated in the WIL program in Townsville in 2016.
JCU Lecturer in the WIL Program Dr Alf Kuilboer said WIL was a crucial link between graduates and employment as it takes theory into practice, enhancing learning and employability prospects of students.

“It’s helping them prepare for the workplace,” he said. “As part of their assessment, students collect evidence to develop individual ePortfolios to demonstrate their skills and proficiency.

“It’s a tight employment market and you are going to have to have a competitive edge, or advantage over others looking for work. We are wanting students to achieve a certain standard, to be continually thinking about their potential future employer.”

More than 300 businesses across North Queensland and beyond are registered as either having already hosted students or have expressed interest in hosting students through the WIL program.

JCU Business School

James Cook University’s School of Business is located across two campuses in the tropical north of the state of Queensland. The school offers a broad, leading-edge range of business-related disciplines and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Driving in Australia is easier than you think

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:

Look left! Driving in Australia is easier than you think
You will get used to driving on the left. You will!

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’ve been driving for fewer than three years, but more than 12 months, you’ll be issued a Provisional P2 driver’s licence. However, with both, driving and knowledge tests may be required. Also keep in mind that you cannot, by law, hold more than one licence at a time in Australia. Once you’ve been issued with a NSW licence, including a learner licence, it becomes the authority under which you can drive or ride on NSW roads. Your overseas licence is not recognised and has no authority while you hold a NSW licence.

Queensland You can drive in Queensland if you have a valid overseas licence; however, it is important to understand the state’s rules. Be sure to contact the Queensland Government for restrictions and other important info.

Victoria You must be at least 18 years of age to get a driver’s licence in Victoria. You will be issued a P1 probationary driver licence if you are under 21 years of age and have held an overseas driver licence for less than 12 months from your 18th birthday. You will be issued a P2 probationary driver licence if you are under 21 years of age and have held your overseas driver licence for more than 12 months, or are 21 years of age or older and have held your overseas probationary driver licence for less than three years. You will be issued with a full Victorian driver licence if you are 21 years of age or older and have held your overseas  probationary driver licence for at least three years, or hold or have held an overseas full driver licence.

Driving tips

Here are some tips on navigating your vehicle in Australian traffic and knowing what to look for as a pedestrian.

Look left! Driving in Australia is easier than you think
An Aussie reminder for those on a one way… seems natural for the Canadian though!

In the driver’s seat
When driving on the left, you’re going to be tempted to inch away from the right-hand side in an effort to stay clear of the oncoming traffic. While it’s good to be cautious, you may find yourself inching too far to the left, either on the shoulder or a neighbouring lane. To ground yourself, place your right foot straight. This will help you understand where your right tire is located, thus giving you a better idea about spacing.

Merry go round
We’ve got a quite few in Canada now, and we’re getting more every year! Roundabouts are extremely common in Australia and Europe. If you don’t understand how roundabouts work, you will! Roundabouts keep the flow of traffic going and don’t depend on lights to navigate traffic.
  • Traffic in a roundabout flows in a clockwise direction in Australia.
  • In a two-lane roundabout, you keep to the left lane if you’re turning left or going straight ahead.
  • You keep to the right lane if you’re turning right. You can also use the right lane in a two-lane roundabout if you’re going straight ahead.
  • You use your left-turn signal for a left turn, the right-turn signal for a right turn. If you’re turning right and are on the right lane, switch on your left-turn signal when exiting. It has become law in New South Wales that motorists must signal left, in every instance, whenever exiting from a roundabout.
Walk this way
When crossing the street in Canada, we look left then right. You have to change your mind set for life Down Under. You must look right, as the cars will be coming from this direction. International visitors often look left and inch out onto the road without realizing the traffic is coming from the opposite direction. Before you get confident crossing the road, get into the habit of looking both ways.

Easy-peasy We know it seems intimidating, but before long, you’ll be whizzing around like a local and forget that traffic is opposite in the Great White North. Just ask OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman. She only turned her wipers on 56 times before she remembered the indicator switch was on the right.

University of Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy alumna discusses her career highlights

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.

Discover a pharmacy career with alumna Anne Nguyen
Anne Nguyen, Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate (Photo: 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 clients, team brainstorms and reviewing presentation decks and analyses.

2. What’s the best opportunity that has come from your current role?

Boston Consultancy Group has exposed me to a wide variety of opportunities. While my focus has mainly been on healthcare, I have been lucky enough as a project leader to manage the design of our new flagship New York office of 600+ people at Hudson Yards.

3. What do you love most about working in pharmacy and healthcare?

A career in pharmacy allows you to work with great people solving interesting problems across a wide variety of industries. I have had the privilege to work with many healthcare clients (e.g., biopharma companies, pharmacies, health insurers and global health foundation), as well as retailers, a media company and even an art school.

Being a project leader in pharmacy is a diverse role and no two days are the same, which keeps things interesting and exciting.

4. Tell us 3 career highlights since graduating pharmacy at Sydney

One of the many great aspects of studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy is the wide variety of career opportunities in healthcare available to you after graduation. After working in some great roles across a range of industries within pharmacy, these have been some of my highlights.
  • I started out my career as an intern at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Pharmacy. Managing the cardiology ward was one of my great career highlights and where I learnt a lot about what makes a good team and customer service.
  • As a Boston Consultancy Group Associate, I worked on a strategy project with a leading pharmacy to drive significant growth. But even more so, I helped to design and test the solution in 85 stores before it was rolled out to the rest of their stores.
  • As a Boston Consultancy Group consultant, I worked with the global heads of manufacturing and quality at a large biopharma company to improve their organisational structure.

5. Why did you decide to study a degree in pharmacy?

A love of science and a passion to help people were two of the main things that guided me to undertake a career in pharmacy. The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree allowed me to combine and explore both.

6. What did you enjoy most about the Faculty of Pharmacy?

The people! I learnt so much from my peers, the faculty staff and academics. Studying at the University of Sydney allowed me to learn from leaders in the pharmacy industry, who were always willing to pass on their knowledge and lessons learned.

7. Why did studying at the University of Sydney appeal to you?

I was able to study at a top-tiered pharmacy program in unmatched beautiful grounds. Every time I see a Jacaranda tree, it brings back wonderful memories.

University of Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy

The Bachelor of Pharmacy program provides students with the core skills and knowledge required for the effective delivery of pharmaceutical care and the ability to proceed to research. Students will study the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The Faculty of Pharmacy has an enviable national and international reputation that means students will study and interact with world-renowned academics and enjoy access to best practice teaching laboratories and cutting-edge technology.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: It is recommended that candidates apply as early as possible to provide time for the pre-departure process.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study

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).

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study
Griffith dentistry researcher Karan Gulati (Photo credit: Griffith University)
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 setting in.

Nanotechnology is science, engineering and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.

“The technology I am using enables me to nano-engineer the surface of commercially established implants with nanotubes, which can later be loaded with drugs such as antibiotics or proteins for maximised therapeutic effect.”

“When these are inserted into the patient’s jaw, they improve soft- (gingiva) and hard-tissue (bone) integration and therefore dramatically decrease the likelihood of oral microbes being able to enter the tissue,” says Dr Gulati.

“Based on the initial results, we expect to achieve early implant stability and long-term success of such therapeutic dental implants.

“In addition, the overall costs to the patient are expected to be reduced, considering that there will be no expenses associated with follow up drug treatment, cleaning of possible bacterial attachment or correction of implant failure.”

The groundbreaking work is still in the very early stages; however, clinical trials are planned to commence in 2017.

Dr Gulati says this implant technology can easily be extended to orthopaedic implants.

About Griffith Dentistry


The new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, established in 2013, features state-of-the-art special-purpose dental facilities to assist Griffith dentistry students’ professional learning. Modern laboratories, including a commercial dental laboratory, will help them develop key skills in a fully supervised environment.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years

Entry requirements
To be eligible to apply to Griffith University’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have
  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy career pathways

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 Master of Occupational Therapy pathways
Study occupational therapy at Bond University
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 individual research project that may be eligible for publication. This pathway prepares you for entry into higher research degrees and careers in research and academia, as well as bolstering research networks.
  • Business-focused Research Pathway – Enables you to undertake business electives that will allow you to undertake management roles, and better prepare you to work in the growing private sector. The pathway culminates in an industry research project where you will apply both research and business skills.

Students are taught by academics and industry staff who are current practicing clinicians with up-to-date industry knowledge.

Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)
Application deadline: No set deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.