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University of Sydney speech pathology academics honoured

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The Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences is known for world-leading education and research, and recently, three University of Sydney Health Sciences academics received prestigious awards at the annual Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Dr Elise Baker and Dr Belinda Kenny have received the Speech Pathology Australia fellowship. This is the highest public professional honour that the Association awards to members who demonstrate outstanding and significant and sustained contribution to the speech pathology profession.

Dr Baker's fellowship reflects more than 20 years' experience teaching at university level in which she has consistently contributed to the profession of speech pathology and the care of people with communication disorders. She has provided high-quality submissions to parliament, numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. She has been the lead investigator on five competitive research grants number of successful grant applicat…

From high school to law school: choosing the right Bachelor of Laws degree

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Throughout Australia, more than 30 universities offer professional law degrees that are open to international students. These include undergraduate and graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws degrees as well as postgraduate Juris Doctor (JD) degrees.


Typically, Australian students complete either a general Bachelor of Laws program in four years or a combined/dual degree in five years. In these four- and five-year programs, students complete classes in other areas, in addition to their law subjects. In Australia, most Bachelor of Laws students graduate at approximately 23 years of age.

As a Canadian seeking to become qualified to practice law, you have a range of study options abroad. As Commonwealth nations, the Australian and Canadian systems are based on English common law, and Australian law schools provide a solid foundation for students planning to practice law in Canada (with the exception of Quebec). Which Australian law school is best for you?
Bond UniversityProgram: Bachelor of Laws

Scholarships for Master of Integrated Water Management are available

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Master of Integrated Water Management Scholarships Are you interested in joining a global community of leaders that is changing the way we tackle complex water management challenges? The International WaterCentre (IWC) provides education and training, applied research and knowledge services to implement a whole-of-water cycle approach and develop capacity in integrated water resource management.


The International WaterCentre (IWC) is offering a full scholarships for high-calibre candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2018. Up to two full tuition and full living costs scholarships (Type A - each valued at AUD 92,645* including tuition fees and living costs); and one full tuition scholarship (valued at AUD $52,500*). *Scholarships values are subject to change and are relevant for the 2017 intake.
July 31, 2017: Applications closeAugust 23, 2017: Shortlisted applicants will be notified (via email)November 1, 2017: Scholarshi…

New hub for biomedical engineering research named after inventor of cochlear implant

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A new institute that brings together biomedical engineers, clinical researchers and industry partners to develop real-world solutions for public health has been launched.

Located in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GCI) will be a hub for University of Melbourne researchers and industry partners to collaborate on developing new bionic devices, implants, drug treatments and assistive technologies like prosthetics, as well as diagnostics.

The institute is named after Professor Graeme Clark AC who invented the bionic ear along with his University of Melbourne colleagues, the first prototype multiple electrode implant device that successfully improved the ability of deaf people to understand speech.

The inaugural Director of the Graeme Clark Institute, Professor Mark Cook, says the Institute will link clinical and engineering fields in the pursuit of new solutions to public health.

“It’s fair to say that no biomedical engineering ins…

UQ Dentistry graduate: from childhood refugee to award-winning dentist

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A decade after fleeing his native Iran, Dr Hooman Baghaie, knows the importance of being able to smile. This is why the University of Queensland Bachelor of Dental Science graduate and childhood refugee gives back to those in disadvantaged communities.



“I arrived in Australia at the age of 12,” Dr Baghaie said. “My parents, my younger sisters and I were forced to leave Iran because we belonged to the Baha’i faith.

“Part of my development as a dentist has been to give something back to the community.

“I have been fortunate enough to be involved in numerous research projects with refugees, rural Australians and those suffering from mental illnesses.

“UQ has supported me to provide volunteer dental care in East Timor and Cambodia, and in Australia with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”

Head of the UQ School of Dentistry Professor Pauline Ford said Dr Baghaie had achieved the highest clinical marks in both his third and fourth years of a Bachelor of Dental Science and described him as an…

What do your music preferences say about your study habits?

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It’s well known that certain human behaviours such as eating, having sex or shared social moments lead to a release of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

“Dopamine is a very common neurotransmitter, sometimes called a feel-good neurochemical. More accurately, it is released in response to a rewarding activity, and its presence helps drive our motivation and reinforces the activity that led to its release,” says University of Sydney Professor Alais.



Now music can be added to the list, since it’s been found that listening to emotionally engaging melodies also results in the release of dopamine—one of few intangible practices to do this.

Prof Alais discussed a behavioural study on rats to demonstrate the relationship between dopamine and motivation.

“Given two pathways to find a food reward, rats with high dopamine levels took the effortful path to receive twice the amount of food, while those with low levels took the easy path and received less food,” he says.

So, how does this relate to st…

Uni Reviews ranks JCU medicine as #1 in Australia

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James Cook University is Australia's Tropical University, and JCU medical graduates are be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.



Recently, Uni Reviews ranked the top Australian universities for medicine using a formula combining
medical school size (student numbers)student and graduate satisfaction with medicine courses (% satisfied)indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates). Medicine includes General Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Anaesthesiology, Pathology, Radiology, Internal Medicine and General Practice.

Uni Reviews presents independent reviews, ratings and rankings of Australian universities. Site content is published by UniCurve for the benefit of students. As listed by Uni Reviews, the top universities for medicine in Australia for 2017 are
James Cook UniversityUniversity of Western AustraliaMonash University James Cook University JCU Medici…

Monash University offers $4000 relocation grant for international pharmacy students

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Studying pharmacy at Monash University not only offers you the chance to experience life in another country, but it also gives you the opportunity to qualify as a pharmacist much more quickly than you would in Canada and begin your career earlier. Australian universities offer pharmacy degrees at an undergraduate level, which means you can enter straight from high school without needing to complete a university degree first.


Monash University is the No.1 pharmacy school in Australia, top 2 in the world In the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, only Harvard University ranked higher than Monash for Pharmacy and Pharmacology. At Monash you’ll have access to some of the country’s best-equipped facilities, alongside innovative teaching technologies such as MyDispense—a web-based program that combines more than 300 virtual patients and 1,500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice. You will also undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies, …

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

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If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?



Absolutely! Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.
Your Pathway to CertificationApplication - Create an online application through the NDEB portal.Registration for the Examinations - Register for available examinations through your online profile.Proof of Graduation - Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.Certification - When you have passed bo…

Fighting fires with Bond physiotherapy students

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The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University is an innovative, problem-based learning curriculum based on small-group facilitated tutorials, resource sessions and learning in a clinical environment.


Students undertake studies in Bond University's $20-million, state-of-the-art building. Features include clinical skills laboratories designed to simulate real medical environments, and modern teaching and research laboratories with the latest scientific equipment. The purpose-built tutorial rooms cater to small-group learning and lecture theatres are equipped with video streaming, wireless, and an audience-response system, and also features a dedicated computer laboratory for students.

Sounds great, but let's not forget their amazing clinic

Bond Physiotherapy students have the unique opportunity to be placed in tactical environments for rehabilitation training during their degree. Here, Bond DPT student Adam Walker takes part in measuring rehydration levels in firefighters as th…

University of Queensland cements global top-tier status with rise in QS table

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The University of Queensland has moved higher in the influential QS World University Rankings, coming in at 47th globally, placing it well inside the top one per cent of the world’s 26,000 universities.


UQ’s placing in the annual QS ranking announced June 8 follows the university’s impressive performance in the prestigious Leiden ranking last month and a “massive result” in Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project funding announced earlier.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ had continued to excel, securing $22.6 million in ARC funding for 17 projects, with funding for more research projects than any other university nationally.

“UQ sits comfortably within the world’s top 50 universities across a number of measures,” Professor Høj said.

“This latest QS result is an extremely gratifying endorsement of our efforts to provide our students with a world-class education in a global top-tier research university.

“Every UQ staff member has contributed in some w…

Sydney Medical School boosting economies and rural medical education

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Sydney Medical School’s long history of training students in rural NSW is boosting local economies and the number of graduates who want to work as rural doctors.

“Rural training experience increases the likelihood that doctors will commit to working in rural locations long term,” said Professor Conigrave. "This is why we have had a longstanding commitment to the training of rural doctors for more than 20 years.”


The University of Sydney has a School of Rural Health in Dubbo and Orange and Departments of Rural Health in Broken Hill and Lismore.

“By the end of 2017, almost 1,000 of our medical students will have undertaken extended training placements in these four centres,” said Professor Conigrave.

“At graduation, these students are telling us that they would prefer to work in rural areas. The government’s new funding for the rural doctor training ‘pipeline’ will help these students to achieve their ambitions and their talents for rural health and medicine.”

However, Professor Co…

Griffith University international scholarships up for grabs!

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Each year, Griffith University and its partners provide more than $40 million to support new and continuing students successfully complete their degrees through direct financial support. Griffith scholarships recognise remarkable students with outstanding academic achievements and the potential to make a positive contribution to the university and to the community.



Griffith University International Postgraduate Coursework Excellence ScholarshipsFor: Outstanding international students applying for postgraduate coursework studies at Griffith University.
Available to: New future students
Level of study: Postgraduate coursework
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $6,000 in total (Two tuition payments of $3,000)
Duration: Two semesters
Programs of study: All postgraduate (excluding online, non-award, offshore delivery)
Applications close: Semester 1 – Applications close September 7 (for trimester 3 commencement). Outcome notified by Sept…

Bond Law School offers free workshop for Canadian JD students

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Did you know Bond Law School offers a short course in Canadian Professional Responsibility to their law students at no additional cost?


In order to help prepare their Canadian students for the NCA exam, Bond Law offers an extracurricular workshop each semester—Canadian Professional Responsibility.

The course includes online seminars, reading lists and sample fact scenarios that introduce students to issues of lawyers’ ethics and professional responsibility, and specifically ethical reasoning in legal practice in the Canadian context. Students cover selected topics including the Federation of Canadian Law Societies, Federation Model Code of Professional, case law arising from this material and to the application of the law of fiduciary obligations to lawyer-client relationships.

The course does not include assigned assessment, but is designed aid students in understanding Canadian Professional Responsibility and assist with preparations for the NCA exams. Bond Law School also offers f…

What is the University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Tracks program?

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The University of Melbourne’s four-year, graduate-entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first-century careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. Students can expect to learn the latest theory and practice, with plenty of practical hands-on experience, taught by a team of leading veterinarians.


New Melbourne DVM students will take part in the university's unique Tracks program. Tracks help prepare students for their chosen career path by concentrating their studies on a particular area of clinical interest and gaining complementary industry-ready skills and knowledge. This represents the latest international education models and enables you to stand out from the crowd upon graduation!
Melbourne’s Tracks program Commence your practical clinical training with an introduction to the principles of clinical practice and to species-based medicine and surgery. In addition to your general trainin…

Macquarie University offers a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

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Did you know that Macquarie University is the oldest university-based chiropractic department in Australia?

Macquarie's Bachelor of Chiropractic Science offers students the opportunity to attain knowledge and develop a broad range of skills in the health science domain. This three-year, full-time degree program comprises the first stage of training required for professional chiropractic practice and provides students with a strong scientific foundation, leading to comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body, the dynamics of biological change and variability, and the exploration of human interaction with the environment in states of both health and disease.



Students study the basic sciences, anatomy, histology, physiology, bio-mechanics, microbiology, pathology, psychology, radio-graphic physics and research methodology, in addition to chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills.

By the conclusion of this degree, graduates will be a…

University of Queensland sweeps $22.6m in research funding

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The University of Queensland has moved higher in the influential QS World University Rankings, coming in at 47th globally, placing it well inside the top one per cent of the world’s 26,000 universities.



UQ’s placing in the annual QS ranking announced June 8 follows the university’s impressive performance in the prestigious Leiden ranking last month and a “massive result” in Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project funding announced earlier.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ had continued to excel, securing $22.6 million in ARC funding for 17 projects, with funding for more research projects than any other university nationally.

“UQ sits comfortably within the world’s top 50 universities across a number of measures,” Professor Høj said.

“This latest QS result is an extremely gratifying endorsement of our efforts to provide our students with a world-class education in a global top-tier research university.

“Every UQ staff member has contributed in some w…

Sydney School of Public wants to know if dogs make people happier

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The effect of dog ownership on adult human health is the focus of a new pilot study by the University of Sydney.


Led by Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney School of Public Health, the research team is seeking 100 non-dog owners to participate in the trial—people who are considering owning a dog as well as those who have no interest in doing so.

“Dog ownership is very popular in Australia with over 40 percent of households owning at least one dog,” Associate Professor Stamatakis said. “While anecdotal evidence suggests dog ownership is beneficial for human health, there is currently scant scientific evidence to back up this perception.

"Our research will provide valuable insight into the health benefits of dog ownership which could support programs promoting and enabling dog ownership as a means to increase physical activity, improve general health and prevent cardiovascular and mental illness."

Differences in physical activity,…

Understanding UQ School of Pharmacy placements: Part 1

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The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is one of Australia’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally, and offers intensive pharmacy placements so students can get fully prepared for their career in pharmacy. UQ School of Pharmacy students undertake more than 350 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings, including hospital and community pharmacies. The school has partnerships with more than 500 pharmacies throughout rural and metropolitan Australia and overseas.

During their placements, students have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real-life settings, and will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing two 4-week block placements in year four.


Do you go to placement every year? Placement is such a key part of the UQ program that it starts fr…

Admissions test no longer required for UQ dentistry program

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More options for anyone interested in studying dentistry in Australia!

Effectively immediately, the UQ dentistry program will no longer require international applicants to write the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT).

So, what does that mean for our Canadian students?

This is great news, as the program increased its number of spots for international students for the 2018 intake from 12 to 40. UQ is among the most prestigious universities in Australia and the feedback we have received from the few OzTREKK students who started in the program in February this year has been glowing.
How will I be assessed? If you have not undertaken any post-secondary studies, you will be assessed based on your top Grade 12 marks. You must have a 90% in your top subjects to apply (top 6 in Ontario, top 5 in BC/Alberta).

If you have taken one or more years of university, your GPA will be calculated based on your university studies. You must have a  cumulative GPA of 6.5/7.0. This varies …

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy student talks about her placement in Vietnam

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In November 2016, Master of Physiotherapy student Rachel Haines travelled to Vietnam for a four-week student placement with the Học Mãi foundation, along with 20 other medicine and allied health students from the University of Sydney.

On her return, Rachel wrote about her adventures in and around the Bach Mai Hospital. Here’s what she has to say about her student placement.

My heart is pounding as I make my way from Hanoi Airport to my hotel in the front passenger seat of a car that is speeding along a highway and darting haphazardly through traffic, at times centimetres away from a collision. Looking into the distance through the hazy air I can see the bright lights of Hanoi city looming closer and the reality of living and working in a foreign country for a month slowly begins to dawn on me….


Rachel’s #USydonTour experience
Xin chao! My name is Rachel Haines and I am a second-year Master of Physiotherapy student at the University of Sydney. I recently completed a four-we…

Monash University medical student joins Antarctica expedition to inspire environmental change

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A desire to drive sustainable energy use, and love of solving challenging problems has won a Monash University student a prestigious Boston Consulting Group (BCG) scholarship. One of only two scholarships awarded annually in Australia and New Zealand, Daniel D’Hotman will now embark on a trip to Antarctica early next year.

Daniel’s $15,000 scholarship means he joins the last 60 miles (96.6 km) of the 600-mile (966 km) South Pole Energy Challenge (SPEC). Conducted on foot, it’s the first polar expedition to rely completely on renewable energy, and is renowned explorer Robert Swan’s last South Pole voyage.


A fourth-year Monash University Medical School student, Daniel said the South Pole expedition was an amazing opportunity to inspire change in the way we use energy.

“I believe the risk of catastrophic climate change poses a major existential threat to current and future generations—no matter what field you’re in—and I wanted to be part of something that would have a global i…

New accommodation for JCU dentistry students coming right up!

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If you’re hoping to attend JCU Dental School, we’ve got great news! JCU is adding an on-campus student accommodation option.

James Cook University is looking forward to welcoming the first students to occupy their brand new on-campus accommodation in Cairns for semester 1, 2018. The first stage of this purpose-built residence will house 300 students and there are plans to expand its capacity to 1,000 students in the future.


The seven-storey octagonal building offers a variety of apartment-style living options including en-suite studio apartments, six-bedroom apartments with individual en-suites, or six-bedroom apartments with shared bathroom facilities. All apartments are self-catering and are equipped with modern cooking facilities including cook-top, oven, microwave, and refrigerator. Each individual bedroom is lockable and includes air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

The 42m-long internal grass courtyard features shared barbecue facilities and is the perfect place to relax. The …