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Introducing the UWA Doctor of Medicine program

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Every year, OzTREKK helps hundreds of Canadian students apply to Australian medical schools. And now we are pleased to say we now have another med school option: the University of Western Australia.


Program Overview – Doctor of Medicine (MD) The UWA Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Western Australia is a highly integrated and contextualised course with many innovative features to equip graduates with the capabilities to work as a doctor in Australian and around the world.

The overall aim of the MD program is to prepare students to become accountable, scholarly, capable and caring doctors, committed to the well-being of the patient, of the community and of society. This includes teaching in professionalism, leadership, advocacy, education and scholarly practice.

The Doctor of Medicine is structured around six core themes: Professional, Leader, Advocate, Clinician, Educator, and Scholar (PLACES). The PLACES curriculum structure encourages students to lear…

Sydney Undergraduate Experience has officially launched

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The University of Sydney is pleased to announce it has officially launched the Sydney Undergraduate Experience.


The Sydney Undergraduate Experience is a new approach to undergraduate education, combining academic rigour with real world application. It reinforces the university’s commitment of creating an unparalleled learning community where students are given the best academic environment and opportunities that allow them to excel. Through multi-disciplinary learning and real-world experience, every student will gain an understanding of how to think critically, collaborate effectively and apply influence anywhere in the world.

The Sydney Undergraduate Experience has been designed to create resilient graduates with the foundations for leadership and a global perspective.

Specifically, the curriculum changes will reinforce the university’s positioning as a leading university in the Asia Pacific region and will see the university deliver
a wider range of subject choice;interdi…

Bond Law talks about professional admission to practice law in Canada

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Many Canadians are deciding to study law at an Australian university. And why not? Many Australian law schools are among the top 50 in the world! But what comes after you’ve received your law degree?


To practice law in Canada, you will need to complete articles and a bar admission course. To be eligible for articles and a bar admission course in any of the common law provinces, a graduate of an Australian law program will need a Certificate of Qualification (CQ) from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The NCA issues a CQ to international qualified applicants confirming that the applicant has an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law and knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of a Canadian common law program.

Application for a CQ is made to the NCA at the end of your Bond Law degree. Once a Canadian law student receives a final graduation certificate and applies to the NCA, it currently takes about three mont…

University of Melbourne paces Australia in latest rankings

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The University of Melbourne has 40 subject areas ranked in the top 50 in the world, more than any other Australian university, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Melbourne also received a top five global ranking for education, moving up two spots on its 2016 ranking.

The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects.

“As a university community, we are delighted with this recognition for our academics, a recognition that does much to highlight not just their hard work across multiple specialist fields but the quality of their research and teaching output as well,” commented Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis.

“This is not just about the institution but the work of a fine academy, and we congratulate them today for their contribution to this result.”

Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Professor Field Ric…

Griffith Bachelor of Pharmacy scholarships available for trimester 2 intake

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Wouldn’t it be nice to put $4,000 toward your tuition costs? Griffith University is offering just that with their Bachelor of Pharmacy Scholarships, and they’ve just announced a trimester 2 round! Here are the details:


Available to: High-achieving students applying for the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at Griffith University in July 2017.
Level of study: Undergraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $4,000 in total (2 tuition payments of $2,000 each over 2 trimesters)
Duration: 2 trimesters
Programs of study: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Applications close: May 12, 2017
Scholarship application outcome: May 26, 2017

Griffith Bachelor of Pharmacy Students learn through hands-on experience in formulation, pharmacology and analytical laboratories, and during professional practice placements at the new Gold Coast University Hospital and other clinical settings. They will take also specialist courses in areas such as pharmacy management,…

UQ medicine flagship research program to deliver health outcomes

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Projects tackling key health challenges of antimicrobial use and skin cancer are the first to be funded under a flagship initiative by the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine.


Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean of Research, Professor Melissa Brown, said the faculty is committed to progressing worthy world-class research by providing operational support over five years to deliver health outcomes.

“Our Health Outcomes Programs, or HOPs, represent a strategic approach to faculty research, in collaboration with our hospital and health partners,” Professor Brown said.

“These are very specific and targeted programs of research that address an identified health problem and will produce a specific and visible benefit.”

The first project selected will address high rates of infection in critically ill patients by optimising antimicrobial therapy.

The research team will use whole genome sequencing to rapidly determine which bacteria are causing infection so the most suit…

Study law at the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space

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The University of Newcastle $95-million landmark education precinct NeW Space in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD is set to be completed this spring. The first classes are due to be held in second semester, and it is estimated that approximately 3,500 students will study at the facility each day.



The new precinct is a significant revitalisation project for the City of Newcastle and will host a range of university-supported activities including
business and law programs;digital library services and information commons;collaborative learning and research spaces;facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community;social learning spaces.
Newcastle Law School will be moving to 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…

JCU Dentistry engaging rural communities in oral health

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James Cook University was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and therefore focuses on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world. JCU Dentistry was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of rural and remote northern Australia.

JCU Dentistry students are connected to the community JCU researchers say children in rural Queensland are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for dental problems than in other parts of the state. To help improve oral health education, JCU partners with communities in research to try to make services work better for people living and working in rural and remote areas.



The university sends its health professional students, including JCU Dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, and to do outreach in schools, and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation.

Apply to JCU Dentistry directl…

OzTREKK welcomes two more Australian universities!

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Because we like to offer our students as many study options as possible, we now have two more Australian universities offering popular programs like medicine, dentistry, and law! All of us at OzTREKK are pleased to announce that we are now an official Canadian representative of two additional Australian universities: Charles Sturt University, and the University of Western Australia.

Charles Sturt University First, meet Charles Sturt University! Established in 1989, it was named in honour of Captain Charles Sturt, a British explorer who made expeditions into regional New South Wales and South Australia.

While CSU has many campuses located in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, most students will be headed to Orange, New South Wales, for their Bachelor of Dental Science program. Nestled in the Central Tablelands of NSW, 260 km west of Sydney, Orange is a progressive city with a friendly country atmosphere. The city’s 38,000 residents en…

UQ School of Veterinary Science supports international students

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Moving to a new country can be daunting. So can starting at a new university, and doing both at once can be a real challenge! The UQ School of Veterinary Science helps international students make a smooth and successful transition to life and studying on Gatton Campus.


International student representatives In each year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) program, two international year representatives are elected. They provide a collective voice for international students in a single year and are the first contact for international student issues. The international year representatives also discuss international student issues with the veterinary school international student mentor, organise international students’ events and provide mentoring services to international students.

Email addresses for international year representatives will also be provided to international students of each year.

International student representatives
communicate any international students…

Sydney Architecture students learn “real life” lessons from affordable housing project

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The Indigenous community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland was the focus of architecture who were given the unique opportunity to work with community leaders on an affordable housing project.

Known as the Burri Gummin (‘one fire’) Affordable Housing Project, the students were contributing to an ongoing housing project led by a working party of Yarrabah Traditional Owners and local residents.



The project was facilitated by two Cairns-based, non-profit organisations: Worklink, an employment support group, and the Centre for Appropriate Technology, servicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities living in remote areas of Australia.

Sixteen Master of Architecture students were invited onto Gunggandji country in far north Queensland to consult with community leaders on environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive housing designs suited to the hot and humid tropics.

The University of Sydney’s Michael Mossman, one of the senior lecturers in the School of Archi…

Monash Pharmacy offers Australia’s first combined pharmacy degree

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The work of pharmacists changes people’s lives for the better. And it has done so for centuries.


But the pharmacy profession is facing a combination of challenges it has never seen before: an ageing global population, increasingly complex and personalised medicines, as well as a move towards team-based integrated healthcare.

With those challenges comes the need for new thinking—from the next generation of practitioners and from those who teach them.

In response to these challenges, Monash University is preparing the students of today for tomorrow’s world of medicine, demography and healthcare by offering a new combined degree. From 2017, Monash Pharmacy will replace the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) with the new Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy combined degree, Australia’s first integrated BPharm (Hons)/ MPharm degree, with the fifth year of the course offering an internship, so students will get valuable work experience—and get paid for it!

Did you know M…

Australian medical school rankings 2017

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Why do so many Canadians consider studying at an Australian medical school?


Because Australian and Canada share similar medical systems, similar medical education, and similar medical issues.

Medical schools in Australia offer high-quality education and clinical training in an amazing setting. Studying medicine in Australia is a great experience and really helps students appreciate the worldwide aspect of health, since many clinical placements are offered around the globe.

Another great reason to study in Australia is because of their high world rankings! The QS World University Rankings has recently released its 2017 rankings by subject, and here are the basics regarding how our Australian medical schools stacked up:

World Medical School Rankings 2017Australian Medical Schools Canadian Medical Schools 15th University of Sydney 11th University of Toronto 19th University of Melbourne 22nd McGill University 29th Monash University 27th University of British Columbia 42nd University …

UQ physiotherapy aims to improve mobility of multiple sclerosis sufferers

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An international team of researchers is trialing specially designed shoe insoles aimed at improving the mobility of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The study, led by UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences physiotherapy lecturer Dr Anna Hatton, is seeking 176 people affected by MS to take part in a three month trial of the insoles.







“Many people with MS experience problems with walking which can make day-to-day activities difficult and often leads to falls, so improving walking ability is of primary importance in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life,” Dr Hatton said.

“Evidence suggests that wearing textured shoe insoles, which are designed to stimulate receptors on the soles of the feet, may be one possible option to help improve gait.

“We now need people with MS to help us investigate whether the novel insoles influence the way the leg and trunk muscles work while walking on both even and uneven surfaces.”

The study will also look for changes in …

Bond Law mooting team competes in state and national pre-moots

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The 2017 Bond University Vis (East) Moot team competed in the Queensland round of the CIArb Australia Vis Pre-Moot in Brisbane on 16 February 2017, and as winners of that round progressed to the national round of the CIArb Australia Vis Pre-Moot in Melbourne held on March 1, 2017.


Although Australian pre-moots have been held for a number of years, it is the first time that the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators have become involved in the pre-moot competition. It is also the first time that Bond University participated. Pre-moots are an important part of the Vis moot competition, and pre-moots are held all over the world.

The Vis moot competition is the second largest moot competition in the world, and has two ‘sister’ moots—the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held in Vienna, and the Willem C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held in Hong Kong. In 2016, more than 350 teams from all over the world participat…

JCU researchers say rural children’s oral health in question

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James Cook University researchers say children in rural Queensland are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for dental problems than in other parts of the state.

The team from JCU’s Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, looked at three rural communities within 400 kilometres of Townsville. The names of the towns have not been publicly released.

Dr Karen Carlisle said although these communities were better served than those in more remote locations, access to services was still an issue for many community members.

“Children under 14 were three times more likely to be hospitalised for dental conditions when compared to residents of the rest of Queensland,” she said.

Dr Carlisle said JCU researchers had been working in the communities for a number of years and suspected overall oral health was poor, but now they had the hard data to back this up.

She said they had some unexpecte…

Applying to Australian medical schools: when do you need to sit the MCAT?

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Are you considering applying to Australian Medical Schools? Then you’ll probably want to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world.


The following graduate-entry medical programs require applicants to sit a medical admission test such as the MCAT:
Griffith University – Doctor of MedicineUniversity of Melbourne – Doctor of MedicineUQ – Doctor of MedicineSydney – Doctor of Medicine Keep the score release dates in mind when you are registering, as you will need to have your MCAT score at the time of application.

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM ET on the day of the deadline.

Test dateScore release dateMarch 31May 2April 22May 23April 28May 30May 13June 13May 18June 20May 19June 20June 1July 6June 16July 18June 17July 18June 29Aug. 1June 30Aug. 1July 21Aug. 22July 22Aug. 22July 27Aug. 29July 28Aug. 29August 3Sept.…

Sydney Health Sciences asks, which sport and fitness course is right for you?

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Are you interested in health sciences? You’ve got a wonderful selection of study areas to choose from: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology…. But have you considered exercise and sports science?



Sydney Health Sciences is known for world-leading health sciences education and research. The discipline of exercise and sport science focuses on the integration of exercise and physical activity into health care, sports performance, disease prevention and rehabilitation.

Graduates have the opportunity to utilise principles such as biomechanics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and gait analysis to evaluate and improve the performance of a diverse range of athletes.

The career paths followed by graduates are many and varied and depend mostly on the specific interests and aspirations of the individual. Broadly defined, the areas of employment entered by recent graduates include the sport industry, fitness industry, health industry, occupational health and safety, pub…

The University of Melbourne would like to meet you at their virtual fair!

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Are you wondering what it’s like to study at the prestigious University of Melbourne?


Prospective international students and their parents are invited to join the university for an exciting online event to learn more about the University of Melbourne and their programs. If you haven’t applied to the university yet, and are just starting to consider your study options, this “virtual fair” is for you!

Event DetailsUniversity of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. (EDT)
Register: http://tiny.cc/melb_virtual_fair_2017

Chat with staff from Melbourne’s faculties and graduate schools to explore your study options and find out what makes the university consistently ranked one of the top 35 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016), located in the world’s most livable city (The Economist 2016). You’ll have the chance to chat online with Melbourne’s friendly staff and students and f…

Features of the University of Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine

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As Australia’s first dental school, the Sydney Dental School has been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years.

Sydney graduates are caring, clear thinking, clinically outstanding and research capable. They are engaged and globally aware and have the capability to become leaders in oral health, dentistry and research.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is based on a full recognition of the greater level of academic maturity and higher level analytical, clinical and communication skills of postgraduate students. This allows for higher order learning with a greater emphasis on independent, self-directed learning. Consequently it is expected that students will achieve quantitatively and qualitatively greater clinical (i.e., patient-based) experience.
Important features of the DMD include
focusing on the relevance of medical sciences to oral health and to dental practice;earlier patient-based clinical experience and increased clinical experience to be obtained in clinics i…

5 reasons to study marine biology at James Cook University

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Here’s a James Cook University Student Blog about studying marine biology, and why JCU is such a fantastic choice!

Before I came to university, I had a hard time deciding which university to choose. Making a list and weighing all the advantages and disadvantages helped me to make my decision and I surely do not regret it now. Coming to JCU was the best decision I made. Here is a small list of why I think JCU is the best place in the world to study marine biology.


1. So close to the iconic Great Barrier Reef I come from an island found in the tropics and my country is surrounded by fringing reefs. I wanted to study somewhere where I could learn about corals and reef fishes and where best to do it than right on the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef on the planet and a world heritage. The location of the GBR was the main reason why I chose JCU. With the reef right at their doorstep, researchers and students at JCU can work very closely on coral reefs.

Being in the tropics al…

What are University of Sydney physiotherapy placements like?

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University of Sydney Physiotherapy Placements The physiotherapy placement program allows Sydney physiotherapy students the opportunity to apply and develop their skills with “real life” clients. The placements can be undertaken in a hospital, private or community setting in Sydney or regional/rural NSW.

Placements are in a variety of areas. Some of these areas may include rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory/outpatients, aged care, community health, paediatrics, orthopaedics and hand therapy. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the specific clinical skills for each area as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. These skills are assessed using the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) form. During placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. All students are required to undertake at least one placement outside of Sydney or in a rural location.


How are placements arranged? Placements are …

Monash University leads vaccination trial against heart disease and stroke

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Melburnians are taking part in a world-first trial led by Monash University that could see a simple one-off vaccination protect against heart attack and stroke.

The trial, which started late last year, aims to determine whether the pneumococcal vaccine can reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to 20 per cent. Observational studies indicate the injection can lead to a 17 per cent protection against cardiovascular disease, but this is the first large scale study to be conducted.


The Australian Study for the Prevention through Immunisation of Cardiovascular Events (AUSPICE) trial is being coordinated by the Centre for Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics (CCRET) within the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM). The trial is led by Principal Investigator Professor Andrew Tonkin and assisted by Dr Ingrid Hopper and will be based at Caulfield Hospital.

AUSPICE is recruiting up to 3,000 men and women aged 55 to 60 yea…

University of Sydney offering $10 million in new scholarships for international postgraduate students

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International students will have even more reason to choose the University of Sydney for their postgraduate research degrees, with the announcement of 40 new fully funded PhD scholarships available from 2017.

“We want to attract the best students from anywhere in the world and these new scholarships—growing to an investment of $10 million per year—will help us do that,” said Associate Professor Ross Coleman, the university’s Director of Graduate Research.


“The university was founded on a principle of meritocratic admission and we are pleased to build on this foundation with these new PhD scholarships,” said Associate Professor Coleman.

“Graduate students are future researchers and high-level thinkers who will help solve the problems facing the world, as well as making new knowledge available to everyone. These new scholarships will help more of the cleverest people do their PhD studies with us.”

The new scholarships will be available to all international postgraduate research…