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Macquarie Audiology expert calls attention to noise in the workplace

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During Hearing Awareness Week (August 20 – 26, 2017), researcher Associate Professor Catherine McMahon, Head of Audiology at Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub, wants companies and employers to be aware that even a moderately noisy working environment, such as an office, could be impacting their employees’ well-being.

“While excessive noise can cause hearing loss, moderate levels which may not be damaging to hearing can increase stress, decrease motivation and therefore reduce workplace productivity,” explains Associate Professor McMahon.

While excessive noise is a leading cause behind hearing loss, with a 2010 Access Economics Report attributing noise as the reason behind 37 per cent of hearing loss cases in Australia, the impact of moderate noise levels on well-being and physical health can also be quite severe.

“Stress increases cortisol levels which can affect our weight, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression and lead to lower life expectancy. Noise ca…

A Canadian coffee lover's experience in Australia

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“Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.” ~ Gertrude Stein

OzTREKK Director Chris Nolan loves coffee. In fact, every time he visits "headquarters" here in Perth, he juggles multiple cups throughout the day with grin in place, eyes crinkled, and music wafting from whichever area he's "working" in. We'll use the term working loosely here. Mostly he's chatting with all of us and encouraging us to stop what we're doing to enjoy a moment of hilarity. Always a bonus, working at OzTREKK.

So, as our coffee connoisseur, Chris has noted there are some not-so-subtle differences between Canuck coffee and Aussie coffee, and for everyone heading to Oz, you'll need to be up on your coffee vocab. We'll let Chris…

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

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Fifth-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery international student, Ryan Yue-Hin See (also a former OzTREKK student!), moved from his hometown of Toronto, Canada to come to Australia to study in the tropics with James Cook University in Cairns. See said James Cook University’s unique rural and remote placement program was an unmissable Australian opportunity.


“I had a couple of offers available and JCU just seemed much more appealing than the other offers. I just wanted to study in the tropics. The facilities were brand new facilities and there was a big focus on rural and remote and under-serviced populations. That really appealed to me and the kind of things that I am interested in. I knew there was a lot of work available, so I thought it would be a good experience,” he said.

He said the rural and remote placements that JCU Dentistry provide help to transition students into real-world practice and give them a chance to apply learned skills on real-life patients.

“A lot of personal develo…

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University of Western Australia moves up in world rankings

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The University of Western Australia has climbed five places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities to be placed 91st in the world. The result, announced this week by the independent ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, confirms UWA’s reputation as one of Australia’s—and the world’s—top tertiary education institutions.


UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said UWA’s rise from 96th to 91st was a great achievement.

“This is an incredible achievement for a university, which is relatively young by world standards and which was founded thanks to the determination and generosity of the people of Western Australia. UWA has grown and continues to be ranked as one of the world’s best universities,” Professor Freshwater said.

“These results demonstrate that we are an internationally reputed research-intensive university, which is delivering world-class outcomes not only for our students, but also for our broad range of stakeholders.

“This scale up the ranking aligns with our active stra…

Introducing the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine!

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Macquarie University has just announced the launch of its four-year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine program, the Macquarie MD, with the first cohort of students expected in 2018.


“Building on the success and great reputation of our hospital and clinics we felt the time was right to introduce a graduate medical program at Macquarie, the natural next step in our long-held commitment in advancing health. Alongside our Doctors In Training Program, this will enhance Macquarie’s suite of signature education and training programs in Australia’s only university-led academic health sciences centre. This is an important milestone for our long-held commitment to the advancement of healthcare, health education and research,” said Professor S Bruce Dowton, Vice-Chancellor Macquarie University.

The Macquarie MD aims to provide students with a high-quality and innovative learning experience. With a small annual intake of 60 (40 domestic and 20 international), students will have access to impressiv…

Griffith University to offer health sciences degrees in Brisbane in 2018

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Growing demand for allied health services has translated to growing opportunities for students seeking healthcare careers outside the traditional medicine and dentistry degrees. The sector is surging, with an ageing population and onset of chronic disease driving patient volumes, and a focus on prevention and new technologies improving outcomes.


Griffith University has responded by bringing three of its most-respected allied health programs—physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology—to Brisbane for the first time.

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski, Griffith’s School of Allied Health Services Head, says the new degrees are great news for Brisbane students.

“Griffith has offered these programs on the Gold Coast for many years—we’re certainly not new to the game. From 2018 Brisbane students will benefit directly from our faculty’s experience and industry connectivity,” says Andrea.

Just as allied health professionals collaborate to deliver care, Griffith allied health scienc…

Fast facts about Monash Pharmacy

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Did you know? Fast facts about studying at Monash Pharmacy School
Monash University is #2 in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017). That makes Monash the #1 pharmacy school in Australia. Monash's high ranking allows them to attract internationally influential academics to teach you and shape your curriculum. Attending Monash gives you a chance to learn from these academic leaders and see their research up close. 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.

Monash offers Australia's first combined Bachelor and Master of Pharmacy, from 2017. Since it's an undergraduate-entry program, you won’t have to sit separate examinations to apply for entry and there's no need for a separate application for the maste…

University of Melbourne veterinarians launch new pain management study for dogs

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Just like their owners, man’s best friend can also suffer from osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis that occurs when cartilage at the ends of bones wears down causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint.


A new pain management study for dogs, the first of its kind in Australia, has been launched by veterinarians at the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet clinic in Werribee to look at a new way to treat osteoarthritis in canines.

Dr Andrew Woodward and Dr Thierry Beths are leading the study and note that pain management for dogs is very similar to how humans are treated.

“When a dog has osteoarthritis we tend to see symptoms such as limited movement including limping,” says Dr Woodward from the Pain Management and Rehabilitation Clinic at the university’s U-Vet Clinic.

“Pets are part of the family, so it’s understandably very concerning for owners when their dog is in pain. With the condition osteoarthritis, dogs do experience mild discomfort to severe pain and lameness from joint s…

Heading to Australia? Be sure to check out the sports scene!

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Most of you may not know Matthew, so let us introduce you!


Matthew Moxley is a behind-the-scenes OzTREKK admissions officer who tackles a million Australian dental school applications every day. Okay, maybe not a million, but close. If a uni is dragging its feet on a student's application outcome, you can bet Matthew is the first one to find out what's going on! Are you missing any documents for your app? Did you forget to sign an acceptance? How many universities have you applied to, anyway? Matthew will know!

Besides the "usual" Great Ocean Road tour and Great Barrier Reef dive, what else can you do during your time in Australia? We asked Matthew what he would do if he were to visit Oz. Take it away, Matthew!

I thought I would share with you some of my ideas of things to check out when you first arrive to Australia. I am still relatively new to the OzTREKK team so I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Australia just yet, (but I'm headed there this fall!). You…

Bush dentistry attracts esteemed UQ School of Dentistry alumni

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What inspired two former presidents of the Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch (ADAQ) to take up leadership positions in rural dental clinics? For UQ School of Dentistry alumnus Dr Derek Lewis, the Supervising Dentist Team Leader at UQ’s St George Dental Clinic it was to encourage students to experience the joys of rural practice, as he did throughout his career.


“When I graduated, I was very much the ‘wet behind the ears’ city boy,” Dr Lewis said.

“Working for Queensland Health, I was appointed in Cloncurry as ‘Dentist in Charge’ and was the only dentist in the Cloncurry and Julia Creek clinics.

“Following that, I spent 18 months at the Collinsville Dental Clinic where I thoroughly enjoyed the exposure to rural and remote practice and very quickly became involved in the local community.

“Whilst I had found a passion for working in rural communities, it was when I was president of the ADAQ in 1999 that I was enlightened to the problem of access to dental services away fro…

University of Melbourne ranked third in the Asia-Pacific

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Once again, the University of Melbourne has proved its mettle in the world's university ranking forum. Just recently, the university was ranked third in the Asia-Pacific, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific Ranking 2017.



Australian universities performed exceptionally well in the new ranking, which was launched to reflect the region’s growing strength in the higher education sector.

The University of Melbourne was the only university outside Asia to appear in the top five, coming in third behind the National University of Singapore and Peking University.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Margaret Sheil said that the university was pleased by this validation, within a demanding global market.

“This is a strong endorsement of the university’s dedicated and talented staff and their research and teaching output, as well as the quality of our graduates."

The THE Asia-Pacific Ranking 2017 analysed universities across 38 nations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. …