Showing posts from August, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines, and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He explains, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and vice versa.”

Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.”

This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the Earth to the moon?”

The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5 bill and hands it to the lawyer.
“Okay,” says the lawyer, “your turn.”

She asks the lawyer, “What North American mammal goes …

JCU Study Abroad student shares his experience with OzTREKK

Many students opt for university in Canada. For some, this is just fine and dandy, thank you. Other students pursue their bachelor degree in Canada, then lift their gaze up and over huge land masses and bodies of water—and zero in on Australia.

For students, Australia pretty much has it all, which is why it hosts more than 250,000 international students, making it one of world’s most popular foreign study destinations.

Besides being a great experience, studying at an Australian university is a great way to gain an edge in an increasingly globalized economy. No matter which university or program you choose, international study in Australia will give you access to unique academic, professional and personal opportunities.

OzTREKK Study Abroad student Stephen Paterson left the ordinary and experienced the extraordinary at James Cook University. As just one of JCU’s 229 Study Abroad students, Stephen enrolled in two semesters of biology programs and began in semester 1, 2013. The Win…

OzTREKK wishes Kristyn, our summer student, the very best

Well, the summer is pretty much over. The end of August usually marks the end of summer, even though we technically have three weeks left for all you September equinox purists. But the day after Labour Day is nigh, and that means back to school!

OzTREKK has employed a university student since 2007 to help out with various tasks during the summer months. Summer at OzTREKK is beautiful: gorgeous sunshine, tropical heat waves, vacation days…and many application deadlines! Without our summer student, we would have a tough time keeping up with all of our Australian Medical School and Australian Dental School applicants.

For the past two years, Kristyn Chaplin has been OzTREKK’s summer student. Hailing from Perth, Ontario, Kristyn began her studies at Queen’s University, but has recently transferred to the University of Ottawa to study her third year of human kinetics—a future Australian Physiotherapy Schools applicant!

Joking aside, all of us at OzTREKK are always thrilled to see Kris…

University of Sydney Business School students profit from overseas business experience

The University of Sydney Business School is offering master’s students the chance to gain international business experience with multinational companies in some of the world’s most important emerging markets.

Sandra Seno-Alday, an international business lecturer, is coordinating a program that gives students the opportunity to work overseas on a consulting project for an Australian company.

In most cases the project includes a two-week overseas visit, giving students an opportunity to network with industry experts and undertake on-the-ground research.

Students have just finished working with partners in Vietnam, including specialty coffee company Gloria Jean’s, following earlier projects in Brazil and India. The next planned visits are to Brazil and India in January 2014.

“This is a way to internationalize Australian higher education and help our students become world-ready,” said Dr Seno-Alday.

“They are given a real-life consulting project, usually with an Australian company that…

New head of UQ Medical School announced

The University of Queensland has recently announced the appointment of Professor Darrell Crawford as the new Head of the School of Medicine.

Professor Crawford will formally take up post on  September 1, 2013.

A leading researcher, clinician and educator, Professor Crawford has made major contributions to the UQ Medical School over recent years, both in his current role as Acting Head of the School of Medicine and in previous roles as Head of the Clinical School at Greenslopes Private Hospital and Head of the Discipline of Medicine at UQ.

Professor Crawford is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and his research is focused in the fields of iron metabolism and liver disease, and he has received multiple National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

Professor Crawford is currently the President of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver.

His previous leadership roles include being President of The Gastroenterology Society of Australia, Chairman of the The Aust…

Bond University Physiotherapy School applications are closing in one month

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy? Applications for the 2014 intake of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Bond University are closing on Friday, September 27, 2013. Also know as physical therapy, the physical therapy program at Bond University Physiotherapy School embraces a holistic approach, with a strong emphasis on communication skills, ethics and preventative management. Extensive clinical training ensures graduates will be able to effectively relate to and treat physiotherapy patients and clients on every level.

Bond University Doctor of Physiotherapy TimelineApplications close for Round 1 of interviews: Friday, September 27, 2013
Interviews held for short-listed candidates: Mid-October 2013
Applicants notified of application outcome: Mid-November 2013
All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Orientation: May 7 and 8, 2014
Classes commence: May 12, 2014

Applications will be held until the application deadline has passed. The university will first assess…

Monash University achieves environmental sustainability milestone

Bright July skies and the month’s hottest day on record have helped take Monash University to a remarkable milestone in the production of renewable energy. Don’t forget: June through August is winter in Australia, so having a “hot day” in July is considered an event!

The Monash Environmental Sustainability (ES) department is responsible for the implementation of the university’s environmental programs and initiatives. ES brings together expertise in environmental planning, engineering, compliance and behavioural change. It focuses on improving the built environment in combination with extensive behavioural change programs to engage the Monash community to work and study in a more sustainable manner.

The Environmental Sustainability program at Monash is implemented through Environmental Sustainability Department with the assistance of
Green Representatives and Environmental Officers;the Monash Sustainability Institute;School of Geography & Environmental Science; andthe Monash …

Anne Wexler Master’s Scholarships in Public Policy

If you are an American student looking to study in Australia, we’ve got great news!

Applications are now open for the Anne Wexler Master’s Scholarships in Public Policy at the University of Queensland. If you lodge your UQ Public Policy application via OzTREKK, you can apply for this generous scholarship.

The Anne Wexler Scholarships are now open for postgraduate students with strong academic credentials and leadership potential to undertake a master’s degree in Australia, or the United States, in the field of public policy. Key areas include health, sustainability, energy, climate change, regional security, political science, history or governmental relations.

Two Wexler Scholarships will be awarded annually:
One for an Australian citizen to complete a U.S. master’s degree in public policyOne for a U.S. citizen to complete an Australian master’s degree in public policy The generous scholarship package is valued at up to AUD $140,000 and will be awarded for a maximum two-year period.


Sydney Law School professor focuses on ability not disability

Sydney Law School's Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum has been teaching law for more than 41 years. One of the most important lessons he taught had nothing to do with legal textbooks.

“After a year in class, my students never think of a person with a disability in the same way again. When you get to know people you no longer think of them as being different,” says Professor McCallum, the first totally blind person to be appointed the dean of a law school in Australia.

His students have gone on to be become prominent judges, politicians and lawyers. One of his former students, federal minister Bill Shorten, has become a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, helping to lay the foundations of the National Disability Insurance Scheme when he was Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities between 2007 and 2011.

It’s a theme that Professor McCallum has seen throughout his career. People who know someone with a disability are more likely to be attuned to the issues they…

UQ Pharmacy School online seminar for OzTREKK students

If you’ve applied to the pharmacy program at the University of  Queensland, we’ve got great news!UQ Pharmacy School Prof. Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar specifically for OzTREKK students! This webinar will be designed to give you more detailed information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy program, the UQ Pharmacy School and it’s state-of-the-art facilities, and possible graduate outcomes.Event DetailsDate: Monday, September 9, 2013
Time: 8 p.m. (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time)

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For registration details, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

About Professor Greg MonteithAfter completing his pharmacy studies in Australia and working in Baltimore (USA), Greg took an academic appointment at the University of Queensland School of Pharmacy, and is known for his interactive lectures. Greg’s research team wi…

JCU Nursing School professor presents lecture about polio pioneer

A nurse who pioneered polio treatment in North Queensland was the subject of a James Cook University lecture this past Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Professor Linda Shields, from the JCU School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, presented her Professorial Inaugural Lecture Sister Kenny’s Legacy in the Tropics in Townsville.

Professor Shields said Sister Elizabeth Kenny set up the first nursing research unit in Australia in Townsville in 1934.

“Sister Kenny’s work is a wonderful example of how nursing led the world in research and treatment that had huge benefits for the health of people and nations,” Professor Shields said.

“I have been inspired by Sister Kenny to develop a program of research which is translatable to the health and well-being of children and their families across the world.”

Professor Shields’ presentation showed why Kenny was such a leader, and how she came to Townsville. It also explained the JCU Nursing School professor’s research, about the care of children and families…

University of Queensland Medical School students help service medical centre

Medical students from the University of Queensland Medical School helped service a pop-up medical centre for 9,000 scouts and 3,000 adults at the 2013 Australian Jamboree. The annual jamboree is a gathering of Scouts from across Australia—similar to Scouts Canada. Dr Michael Rice, Australian Jamboree Director of Health Services said the fourth-year students, Matthew Wagner and Nathan Dickenson’s medical knowledge and skills were invaluable.

“Jamborees run on volunteers, many within Scouting, but in the case of the medical centre, we needed some special skills and knowledge not available within the organization in sufficient numbers.”

The students bridged the medical skills gap and received valuable teaching from numerous doctors from around Australia. Matthew Wagner said this was a unique medical elective with many challenges and rewarding experiences, adding that he received encouragement from watching University of Queensland Medical School professors in action.

Once establ…

University of Newcastle gains OHS accreditation

The University of Newcastle has been awarded a five-year accreditation with the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board for its Master of Workplace Health and Safety program. As one of only five universities to meet the strict accreditation criteria, the University of Newcastle is helping to set the benchmark for occupational health and safety (OHS) education in Australia.

“Through accreditation, the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board recognizes those programs meeting high standards across a range of areas including information management, problem solving, communication skills and application skills,” said Program Convenor, Dr Carole James.

The accreditation will ensure students are well-equipped to navigate the diverse challenges of the workplace upon completion of their studies.

“The accreditation program aims to ensure our students develop advanced knowledge, critical understanding and problem solving approaches to the complex ranges …

OzTREKK Orientation at Bond University this weekend

We are happy to announce that we are gearing up to meet and greet all of our Semester 3 Bondies this weekend!First, we meet you on campus and give you the initial tour. Then, we hold a welcome barbecue to help everyone feel at ease. It’s amazing how many friends you will make at this one event! Finally, we taxi you around in the OzTREKK Shuttle.

In 2009, OzTREKK began the popular and extremely helpful OzTREKK Orientation, which are held in Australia at your Australian university campus prior to the commencement of your studies, and your journey. As part of the OzTREKK Orientation, we host a welcome breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a great way to meet other new Canadian students, so that you can establish a network and friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes and share their experiences with you so that you know what to expect.

We also run a very handy OzTREKK Shuttle. Need groceries? Need a cell phone? Need to look for an…
Putter around with OzTREKKEach August, the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce hosts the Dorothy Griffith Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is a huge attraction for the business community. As part of our OzTREKK philosophy, which includes offering support to our community, OzTREKK jumped at the chance to spend the day golfing for a good cause!

The day included 18 holes of golf with fun games streamed throughout the links, and upon completion, the participants then headed back to the clubhouse for a great dinner packed with auction items and door prizes!

This year marked the 7th Annual Dorothy Griffith Memorial Tournament, which was renamed to honour the esteemed chamber member who was one if its most active members and volunteers during her lifetime. The tournament helps remind the chamber members and the Perth community about the importance of supporting the community and the essence of volunteerism.

The day began with a minor concern that the unseasonably cool bree…

Sydney Pharmacy School academic takes nanomedicine research global

University of Sydney Pharmacy School researcher, Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski, has gained international attention for his ground-breaking work on biomaterial technologies, an area that seeks to enhance the integration between human cells and surgical implants.

Dr Chrzanowski’s research into a microscopic biochemical “braille” concept netted him first prize in the poster presentation category at the inaugural International Translational Nanomedicine Conference at Northeastern University in Boston in July this year.

Meanwhile, Dr Chrzanowski was also recently named a recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitational Fellowships for Foreign Researchers 2013—an extremely competitive and prestigious appointment promoting international scientific cooperation.

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School researcher will travel to Japan in November to collaborate with world-leading biomaterial scientists Professor Tadashi Kokubo (Chubu University) and Professor B…

New large-animal veterinary surgery at UQ Veterinary School

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Dr John McVeigh officially opened the University of Queensland's new $2.4 million large animal veterinary surgery at Dayboro recently.

“The new medical and surgical facilities expand UQ's veterinary services which have been part of the Dayboro community for twenty-five years,” Mr McVeigh he said.

“The LNP Government welcomes UQ's commitment to vet services for Dayboro and adjacent communities.

“These facilities provide vital training and experience for vet graduates who will go on to work in all areas of large animal practice contributing to our beef, dairy and horse industries.”

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the new facilities would help students move to commercial practice—learning rural veterinary skills and techniques to treat horses, cattle, sheep and other farm animals, as well as dogs and cats.

“Students live on site, giving them excellent opportunities for hands-on involvement in production a…

University of Melbourne studies preschoolers’ stuttering

Stuttering may be more common than previously thought, but preschool stutterers fair better than first thought, a study by the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Sydney has found.

A study of  more than 1,600 children, which followed the children from infancy to 4 years old, found the cumulative incidence of stuttering by 4 years old was 11 per cent, more than twice what has previously been reported; however, the study refutes the long held view that suggests developmental stuttering is associated with a range of poorer outcomes in the preschool period.  Interestingly, the study found the reverse was true, with stuttering associated with better language development, non-verbal skills with no identifiable effect on the child’s mental health or temperament at 4 years.

Surprisingly, researchers found that recovery from stuttering was low, 6.3 per cent, 12 months after onset.  Rates of recovery were higher in boys than girls, and in…

JCU Veterinary School applications close this Friday

If you have applied to the JCU Veterinary School, please be advised that the application deadline is Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by this date.

James Cook University’s veterinary science program offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities in a new veterinary emergency and referral clinic on the Townsville campus and a specialist large-animal treatment facility on the tablelands, which provide clinical experience and training for final-year students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a secondary school diploma and have fulfilled Grade 12 prerequisites of English, Math and Chemistry (Biological Science is highly recommended) for admission into this program. Generally, a B average is required for admission for those who have completed an undergraduate degree, or a 92% in your top six Grade 12 subjects for applicants who have completed only a high school diploma. Please note that the MCAT is not required for entry.

The JCU Veter…

Australian prime minister visits Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University

Recently, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the first new Australian Innovation Partnership—the Medical Technologies Innovation Partnership—which will be headquartered in Macquarie Park.

Mr Rudd, Senator Kim Carr and local candidate Jason Yat-sen Li made the announcement during a visit to the Australian Hearing Hub on Macquarie University's campus.

The group toured the Australian Hearing Hub's key facilities, including the anechoic chamber, Magnetoencephalography (MEG)labs and liquid helium recovery system.

The Medical Technologies Innovation Partnership was established following an expression of interest by a large consortium of industry, academic institutions and government, including core partners Cochlear Limited, Macquarie University, the Bionics Institute, Flinders University, STC, ATP Innovations and the Westmead Research Hub.

The new Australian Innovation Partnerships will build national networks of partners from different sectors, with the aim of helping business…

OzTREKK UQ rehab sciences pre-departure online seminar is tomorrow!

Are you attending the University of Queensland this November? Don’t forget to tune in to the OzTREKK UQ rehab sciences pre-departure online seminar tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will be hosting the webinar for all UQ Physiotherapy School, UQ Occupational Therapy School, and UQ Speech Pathology School students! Event DetailsDate: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. (Ontario time)
Travelling to Australia is pretty exciting, but beginning this new phase in your life can bring about many questions and the need for organization. During the seminar, you will learn about
how to accept your offer;how to apply for an Australian student visa;what to pack;your accommodation options;your banking options;Internet and mobile phones;enrollment and registration;and much more….The pre-departure seminar is hosted online. It is a structured seminar that moves through eight topics. You will need to have a computer, laptop or tablet that is connected to the internet. It i…

James Cook University Dental School applications closing soon

Applied to JCU Dental School?

Here’s the latest 411: the application deadline for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program is this Friday, Aug. 30, 2013! All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by this date in order for your JCU Dental School application to be submitted on time.

JCU Medical School applications are closing in one week!

Here’s your one-week-left reminder, OzTREKKers! If you’ve applied to JCU Medical School, or are thinking of applying, please note that the application deadline for the 2014 intake of the MBBS program is next Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. All application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by this date in order for your JCU Medical School application to be submitted on time.

James Cook University’s medical school offers a six-year, full-time undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). This medical program aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards, who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties.

The course places special emphasis on rural and Indigenous health and tropical medicine. If you are interested in global health, and the health people in rural and remote places, JCU medicine may be a great fit for you.

High school students experience Bond Law School

Recently, 93 students and teachers from six Gold Coast schools enjoyed a unique day at Bond University Law School in the Faculty of Law’s Moot Court.

The students attended “Court Discovery” to gain valuable insight into a courtroom environment and proceedings, and the workings of the Australian Criminal Court System. All participants watched the mock trial unfold, with commentary and help from Course Convenor Libby Taylor to determine if the accused was innocent or guilty.

Clinical Associate Professor Libby Taylor has run Court Discovery twice this year, with the other successful session held in February, and is glad to continue running the popular event for high schools who may not have access to a court room otherwise. Libby is also glad to use current Bond Professional Legal Training (PLT) students in the mock trial so they are able to gain additional practical experience in the court room.

The three-hour program consisted of
an overview of the Australian Criminal Court Syste…

University of Sydney speech pathology professor studies communications disorders

Unwittingly, carers of people living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can overcompensate and speak too slowly or ask questions like a school teacher, states Professor Leanne Togher, a communications disorder specialist at the University of Sydney Speech Pathology School.

“Seventy percent of severe TBI cases are due to road traffic crashes with most victims being young men,” states Professor Togher.

Given these statistics it is not uncommon to find that the primary carer of a person with a TBI is their wife or mother, she says. Often relationships after the traumatic event can be stressful with poor communication underlying family break-ups and a feeling of isolation for the person living with a TBI.

Professor Togher says: “Sometimes carers do not give the injured individual an opportunity to communicate or fail to develop or continue with topics introduced by the person with TBI.”

Results of a three-year controlled trial led by Professor Togher, published this month in the Jo…