Showing posts from October, 2013

Bond Law School’s Canadian students celebrate Halloween

Halloween in Australia? Yep! What was once a fairly uncommon “celebration” has now become more popular.

The version of Halloween that we are used to in North America is spreading globally, particularly in Australia. As we reported last week, there has been a hefty increase in candy sales—and thus candy consumption in Australia.

Australians have participated in Halloween activities for years now, but not as we do here in North America. Generally, children dress up for school or go to parties in their costumes, but trick-or-treating is still not as common as it is here in Canada.

Bond Law School is notoriously popular for Canadian students. So what do Canadian students do? They bring their traditions to Oz, of course! Tim Hortons, hockey… and now, Halloween! The Bond Law School’s Canadian Law Students’ Association recently held a “Thriller”-themed costume party, encouraging students to get “zombified” for Halloween.

Sounds like it was spooktacular.

Happy Halloween, OzTREKKers!

UQ Pharmacy School senior lecturer receives award

Dr Neil Cottrell, Senior Lecturer at the UQ School of Pharmacy, has been recognized at the University of Queensland's 2013 UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Internationalisation ceremony on Oct. 28.

A 180-strong crowd including the State Minister for Education, Training and Employment, the Honourable John-Paul Langbroek, attended the event at Customs House.

UQ President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the annual teaching awards acknowledged dedicated and inspirational teachers and teaching programs. Among the honourees, Dr Neil Cottreel of the UQ Pharmacy School received a citation for teaching excellence. The UQ Pharmacy School and the university extends congratulations to the School of Pharmacy Chair of Teaching and Learning for being recognized for his contribution and devotion to teaching.

About the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program at UQProgram: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February

Monash University and China’s Southeast University open Joint Graduate School

On Oct. 24, 2013, Monash University and China’s Southeast University officially opened the building that is home to their Joint Graduate School in Suzhou near Shanghai.

The Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Mr Andrew Robb and Victorian Premier, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine, joined Monash University President Professor Ed Byrne and Professor Yi Hong from China’s Southeast University for the ceremony.

Monash is the first Australian university to be granted a licence to operate in China and the first foreign university granted a licence for the establishment of a graduate school in China.

The Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) was established in 2012 and the first students will graduate early next year with master’s degrees from both parent institutions.

The school has already enrolled almost 200 students and will progressively build to a capacity of approximately 1,400 students. It is accepting applications for master’s course…

University of Sydney staff honoured with Women of Influence awards

University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson and Professor of Employment Relations Marian Baird were recently named among Australia’s most influential women, winning their categories in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence awards.

The awards, selected by an eminent judging panel from more than 500 entrants, recognize the depth of female leadership talent across Australia in 10 categories: Board/Management, Innovation, Public Policy, Business Entrepreneur, Diversity, Young Leader, Global, Social Enterprise, Not-for-profit/Philanthropy and Local/Regional.

Ms Hutchinson was named the most influential woman in the Board/Management category, while Professor Baird won in the Public Policy category.

The awards were announced by Westpac Chief Executive Gail Kelly and Fairfax Media Chief Greg Hywood at a gala dinner in Sydney.

Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney said the recognition of two members of the u…

Melbourne Speech Pathology and Audiology Q and A

Audiologists and speech pathologists are in high demand. According to Service Canada, “job opportunities will arise primarily through employment increase, but also from the need to replace people retiring. There is little turnover in this occupation. Some audiologists and speech-language pathologists are turning to university teaching positions or to management. In general, university graduates usually find work soon after completing their studies and remain employed throughout their career.”

If you’ve applied to the University of Melbourne’s Master of Clinical Audiology or the Master of Speech Pathology, or are considering applying for the 2015 intake, you may have some questions regarding the entry requirements about your program of interest. OzTREKK has gathered a quick FYI about audiology and speech pathology programs at the University of Melbourne.

Master of Clinical Audiology and the Master of Speech Pathology FAQsHow many applicants are accepted into each program?

X Factor crown for UQ music graduate

Dami Im, a talented music graduate of the University of Queensland, has been crowned the winner of Australian TV talent show, X Factor.

An audience favourite from the first live show, Dami went on to win the live grand final decider on Oct. 28, after 24 hours of public voting.

Dami graduated from UQ’s School of Music in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music, earning first-class Honours in Music Performance.

Her former piano teacher at UQ School of Music Max Olding says the show had helped an already talented student blossom further.

“At UQ, she was a model student and very dedicated to improving her work and performances,” Mr Olding said. “She had some success in minor competition events locally, although I couldn’t convince her to go in for major competitions. She didn’t think she was up to that. She’s a very modest girl.”

The University of Queensland music teacher went on to say that he felt that she could win the competition because her classical background stood her in good stead wit…

TropEco Awards recognize sustainability achievements at JCU

James Cook University recently held the third annual TropEco Sustainability Awards in Cairns and Townsville to acknowledge the sustainability achievements of students and staff in 2013.

Sixty-nine nominations were received across the five award categories.

“The response this year was phenomenal and the calibre of nominations was very high, which made judging extremely difficult,” said Adam Connell, JCU Environment Manager.

This year, student involvement was highly evident with students or student-led initiatives taking out four out of the five awards and another 10 receiving recognition as a highly commended.

“It’s great to see the students coming on board and championing sustainability initiatives on campus and in the community,” Adam commented. “These are our future leaders and it gives hope to see we are producing well-rounded graduates who understand and can tackle the global challenges we’re facing now and into the future.”

This year saw five awards presented, along with highl…

Macquarie University receives 5 QS Stars

Macquarie University has achieved a rating of 5 QS Stars, including the maximum rating in all of the eight major sub-categories.

Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement) called the rating “an outstanding outcome.”

“This rating is only attained by truly world‐class institutions,” he said. “It is particularly pleasing that Macquarie attained a five-star rating in each of the eight major sub-categories. Of the eighteen Australian universities currently rated by the QS Stars system, only the ANU, UNSW, Queensland and Monash have received five stars in all categories.”

About QS Stars
QS World University Rankings are annual university rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which provides overall rankings as well as ranking for individual subjects. In addition to their regional and global rankings, they also appoint a star system.

Universities must apply for Stars, which provide an overall rating and also highlight areas of excellenc…

New technologies shaping medical and health training at Melbourne Medical School

Leading Australian medical faculties including the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences unveiled a world-first model for health-care education, utilizing next-generation technology to train health professionals of the 21st century.

The $4.5 million Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network, the BEST Network, was officially launched at the University of Melbourne on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Future of Medical Education symposium.

Professor of Medical Education and Training and Director of the Medical Education Unit in the Melbourne Medical School, at the University of Melbourne, Professor Geoff McColl said the university was delighted to be a co-foundation partner in this innovative educational network.

“The BEST Network will provide an unparalleled opportunity for universities to share the best e-resources to assist in the training of health professional students fit for a twenty-first-century health system,” he said.

The Network’s foundin…

UQ Medical School student’s clinical rotation at Queen’s

The University of Queensland School of Medicine is considered Australia’s Global Medical School, offering a variety of clinical training opportunities within Australia and around the world. Working in partnership with a dedicated community of scholars, clinicians and stakeholder groups both domestically and internationally, the UQ Medical School promotes excellence in medical education by providing integrated case-based/problem-based training for student doctors.

The MBBS program is 4-year full-time intensive program, and the 4 years are split into Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2), the foundation knowledge and skills years; and Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4), the clinical rotations years.

Recently, OzTREKK had the opportunity to speak with UQ Medical School student Daniel Beamish, who has just completed a clinical rotation at Queen’s University in Ontario. Dan is the International Subcommittee Chair of the University of Queensland Medical Society, and did his clinical rotation elective at t…

High Court judge speaks at Monash Law School

Monash staff were invited to hear the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia deliver the Monash Law School’s 19th Lucinda Lecture on Oct. 23.

The Lucinda Lecture series is named after the paddle steamer SSLucinda, which occupies a sentimental place in Australian constitutional history. It was aboard the Lucinda, in 1891, that the drafting committee of the National Australasian convention made important revisions to the earliest drafts of the Constitution.

The annual lecture seeks to explore fundamental issues in Australian constitutional law.

Justice Bell discussed Section 80 – The Great Constitutional Tautology, and Supreme Court of Victoria Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC delivered the introduction.

Virginia Bell AC was appointed to the High Court in February 2009. At the time of her appointment she was a judge of the NSW Court of Appeal. She graduated from the University of Sydney as a Bachelor of Laws in 1976. After seven years as a solicitor with the…

University of Melbourne 3-Minute Thesis winner

How zoo animals respond to the presence of visitors has won the University of Melbourne 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Grand Final.

Competing against nine other grand finalists, PhD candidate Sally Sherwen of the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Melbourne, won first place and 3RRR People’s Choice Award for her presentation “Who’s looking at who in the zoo?”

Ms Sherwen researched the impact of the regular presence of zoo visitors on a range of zoo animals, an area which remains poorly understood.

Ms Sherwen said winning 3MT was exciting because it meant raising awareness about animal welfare and how the presence of visitors affects zoo animals.

“I’m so excited to win the University of Melbourne 3MT competition and even more excited that it means people enjoyed hearing about my research on zoo animals.

“Understanding these visitor effects may provide opportunities to improve animal welfare, and in turn enhance the support for zoos and their role in ed…

Sydney Physiotherapy School launches simulated hospital environment

A six-bed hospital ward and a rehabilitation outpatient gymnasium to serve as a clinical simulation facility for Sydney Physiotherapy School students at the Faculty of Health Science was officially opened recently.

The facility provides students with hands-on experience before undertaking traditional clinical placement in the acute cardiopulmonary area or the rehabilitation/neurological area of practice.

“The development of the clinical simulation facility is very exciting as it will provide authentic clinical learning experiences under the guidance of expert clinical educators and is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between academic and clinical teaching” said Jennifer Alison, professor of Respiratory Physiotherapy and project coordinator.

Within the environment of the facility, students are able to assess and treat “patients” who portray a range of conditions based on real patient cases, including cystic fibrosis, post-operative coronary artery bypass graft surgery, chron…

OzTREKK hosts Australian university representatives (and tries kopi luwak coffee)

Australian universities have student offices, like OzTREKK's, right around the world to provide personalized assistance and country-specific info. OzTREKK is funded by our eight Australian universities, and our services are free to students across Canada.

The select Australian universities we work with pay us because OzTREKK makes the application process easy and efficient for you, and for the universities. They’ve chosen us as their Canadian representative because they know that we’re experts in matching what you need to what they offer.

The relationship we forge with our university partners is extremely important. We use these meetings to maintain our close working relationships as well as to improve our services for our students.

Every year, our Australian university partners fly to Canada in order to participate in our Study in Australia Fairs. These fairs always provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to meet Australian university staff members and to learn more …

Bond University goes global with multimedia classroom

Bond University has recently launched a new multimedia learning space, the Global Links Room, which will provide its students and staff with international connectivity and the ability to study, discuss and debate issues with other students and academics across the world in real time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Located in The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre, the Global Links Room has been specifically designed to support Bond’s blended learning model and the university’s commitment to being globally connected.

The focal point of the Global Links Room is its leading-edge, dual-screen web and video conferencing facilities (C40 Tandberg video conferencing codec) that will enable Bond University staff and students to learn, collaborate, and share with students, academics and corporates worldwide, in class and at any other time they desire.

Bond University’s Vice Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the facility would provide a much riche…

University of Newcastle launches marine smartphone app

A free smartphone application which allows fishers and divers to easily report sightings of unusual fish and marine species has been developed by marine biologists from the University of Newcastle and the University of Tasmania, was launched at the “Under the Sea Film Festival” at Avoca Beach, NSW recently. The application is designed to boost science literacy and “citizen science” participation while capturing valuable insights into the changing behaviours of sea life.

As they are warming at three to four times the global average, some seas along the coast of Australia are impacting marine ecosystems and species, affecting fish growth, reproduction and behaviour. Fish may respond by searching for their preferred water temperatures, often heading southwards to cooler waters in Australian oceans. The new smartphone application, “Redmap” (Range Extension Database and Mapping project), uses crowd sourcing and community data to track such changes in species distribution along A…

University of Sydney Veterinary School attends Paws in the Park

On October 20, a team of University of Sydney Veterinary School staff and students took to the great outdoors to promote the University of Sydney’s veterinary services at the annual “Paws in the Park” event. Run by the Camden Council, the event provides several benefits to the local population, including free health checks to hundreds of dogs and advice to their owners about responsible pet ownership. The event also provides a great opportunity for University of Sydney Veterinary School students to practice their communication and examination skills, and promote the veterinary school’s Small Animal Unit.

The event began with either a 3 km or 5 km dog walk around the venue, the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park. Other events included
entertainment;animal-related stalls;animal rescue groups;demonstrations;obedience classes;free vet checks;micro-chipping and desexing vouchers;pet registration;best-dressed dog, best trick, look-a-like competitions and more; and aflyball dog competi…

Looking for accommodation in St Lucia?

It’s getting down to crunch time, OzTREKKers! And that means getting all your ducks in a row before you head off to study in Australia. One of those ducks is called “Accommodation.”

Are you a future UQ Medical School student? For our OzTREKK students going to study at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, we’ve got great news! We’ve just posted an advertisement on our OzTREKK Boarding Pass site. If you’re looking for a place to stay in, make sure you check out the “Varia” tab!

Acquiring a place to live in Australia is often the most stress-inducing process for our OzTREKK students, but we’re here to help. Finding a great place to live at or near your Australian university campus can really enhance your experience as an international student. We always recommend that you do your research and plan well, and this will assist you in finding a great place. The Accommodation section on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass will help!

We ask our students to complete surveys about their experie…

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Teacher: Billy, your essay on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy it?
Billy: No, Mrs. White. It’s the same dog!

Teacher: Billy, why are you doing your multiplication on the floor?
Billy: You said we had to do it without tables!

Teacher: Why are the Middle Ages sometimes called the Dark Ages?
Billy: Because there were so many knights.

Teacher: I wish you’d pay a little attention, Billy.
Billy: I’m paying as little as I can, Teacher.

Teacher: You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
Billy: Not very much.

Teacher: I hope I didn’t see you looking at Maria’s exam.
Billy: I sure hope you didn’t, either!

Teacher: Billy, what do you call a fish with no eyes?
Billy: Fsh.

Teacher: Where’s your text book?
Billy: At home.
Teacher: What’s it doing there?
Billy: Having a better day than I am.

Oh, Billy.

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer teacher education programs:
James Cook University Teachers CollegeMacquarie University Teachers Co…

Sydney Pharmacy students take third at national business competition

A team of students from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Pharmacy took out third place in this year’s National Student Business Plan Competition, run by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

The competition, which commenced in 2006, was designed to encourage innovation among pharmacy students by asking them to create competitive business plans using their ideas, talents and creative business concepts.

Elizabeth Kim (Captain), Adam Shanahan, Connie Arronis and Anthony Ayoub represented the Sydney Pharmacy School, led by mentor and former competition team captain Daniel Rifkin.

The team travelled to Canberra after sweeping through the quarter- and semi-finals to present a live investors’ pitch to a panel of judges and delegates at the Pharmacy Business Network conference.

The team’s business plan addressed childhood obesity with a pharmacist-monitored program that covered diet, exercise and education. As a highly differentiated program, it was designed to provide daily lunches, regular…

Australia is looking for rural doctors

Did you know that Canadian and New Zealand doctors are now being sought to work in regional and rural Australia? It’s true.

A new agreement will let some Canadian and New Zealand doctors work in Australia without supervision if they have relevant qualifications and rural and remote medical experience. Normally, an overseas-trained doctor would require to undergo one year of supervised work, but this new pathway will eliminate this requirement.

This is a reflection on the need for doctors in Australia with expertise in Aboriginal health.

President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)—and JCU Medical School Dean and Head of School—Richard Murray has signed a mutual recognition agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

“The engagement between rural doctors in Canada and Australia is warm and continues to strengthen,” he said.

The agreement will give its fellowship qualification reciprocal recognition in Canada. According to ACRRM, the draft Mo…

Australia is looking for rural doctors

Did you know that Canadian and New Zealand doctors are now being sought to work in regional and rural Australia? It’s true.

A new agreement will let some Canadian and New Zealand doctors work in Australia without supervision if they have relevant qualifications and rural and remote medical experience. Normally, an overseas-trained doctor would require to undergo one year of supervised work, but this new pathway will eliminate this requirement.

This is a reflection on the need for doctors in Australia with expertise in Aboriginal health.

President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)—and JCU Medical School Dean and Head of School—Richard Murray has signed a mutual recognition agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

“The engagement between rural doctors in Canada and Australia is warm and continues to strengthen,” he said.

The agreement will give its fellowship qualification reciprocal recognition in Canada. According to ACRRM, the draft Mo…

University of Queensland Law School adds second mooting title of 2013

The University of Queensland Law School has added another title to its impressive mooting record, winning the 2013 Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot at the High Court of Australia in Canberra.

The TC Beirne School of Law team—Kate Thorogood (St Lucia), Martin Rustam (Southbank) and Henry Meehan (Albion)—defeated the University of Melbourne Law School in the competition grand final held before High Court of Australia Chief Justice The Honourable Robert French on Oct. 13.

Mr Rustam described the grand final as an intense but memorable experience.

“To be grilled by the Chief Justice of Australia on a precise matter of constitutional law is an experience that very few law students have had, and to emerge as the competition winners is incredible,” Mr Rustam said.

The result was particularly significant for second-year UQ Law School student Ms Thorogood, competing in her first mooting competition.

“It’s pretty exciting to beat one of Australia’s highest ranked law schools in thi…

Bond University’s new architecture school welcomes its first students

The doors of Bond University’s new world-class architecture school, the Abedian School of Architecture (ASA) were officially opened on Oct. 14, following a “sneak preview” tour of the premises by the building’s internationally renowned architects the week prior.

The $16.2-million architecture school is the result of a generous gift from Bond University alumnus parent and long-time supporter, Soheil Abedian.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford said the university values its extensive network of alumni and their families and is very grateful for the continued support they provide to progress the university.

“It is through our relationship with our alumni and the generous financial support from our benefactors that Bond University continues to grow as a leader in education, offering students state-of-the-art facilities and global learning experiences,” Professor Brailsford said, adding that the the architecture school puts Australia and the university on the…

Melbourne DVM prerequisites

The University of Melbourne Veterinary School's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is always a popular choice among our OzTREKK students. As with many graduate degrees, it has prerequisites that are required in order for students to be eligible for entry into the program.

Eligible applicants must have completed
an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); andprerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.The specific prerequisites for graduates are at least one semester of study in each of biology (cellular or general) and biochemistry. A list of approved biochemistry subjects offered by other institutions which are deemed equivalent to Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne is available at Just scroll down to “Have you already assessed my Subjects?” and click on “International.”

Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universitie…

Increase of Halloween candy sales worries Monash Public Health specialist

Trick or treat, or just trick?

While all of us here in the OzTREKK office love our Halloween candy (everything in moderation, of course!), we acknowledge that there is a “candy crisis” in North America: too much of a good thing can cause health risks.

According to an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia, Halloween may constitute a serious public health risk to Australian children.

Public health specialist Dr Nathan Grills, from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, said Halloween was an imported American celebration that was being exploited by confectionery companies both in the US and in Australia.
The Monash University Public Health School specialist noted that in the US each year, US$8 billion is spent on Halloween-related items, including US$2.4 billion on confectionery—a number that exceeds sales at Easter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

“In 2012, leading Australian supermarkets recorded increases of up to thirty per cent in…