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Friday OzTREKK Funny

Think studying arts and humanities is a joke? Why bother majoring in English or journalism (or paying attention in high school English class)?

Well, it turns out that a solid foundation in the basics of grammar is helpful for all professions. Doctors’ notes need to make sense, right?

Check out this hilarious list of misplaced and dangling modifiers and a host of other grammatical nonsense. Enjoy!
Discharge status: Alive but without permission.When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.The patient has no past history of suicides.By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.The patient expired on the floor uneventfully.Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.The patient’s past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.The patient refused an autopsy. She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate direct…

University of Melbourne forum discusses twins

Identical twins can have very different lives and health despite their shared genes, according to UK expert Professor Tim Spector from London’s King College, who spoke at a public forum at the University of Melbourne yesterday.

At the forum Twins: changing the future of genetics, hosted by the Australian Twin Registry, based at the University of Melbourne, Professor Spector  questioned how genes shape our personal characteristics, health and identity.

He says that even genetically identical twins can be very different, and we can learn much about diseases and our own health by understanding similarities and differences between twins.

“Today, as a result of twin research in Australia, we better understand environmental and genetic factors in conditions such as obesity, epilepsy, cancer, childhood learning and behaviour, osteoporosis and mental health,” said John Hopper, Director of the Australian Twin Registry and Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Spector says twi…

Bond University Law School Information Session in Toronto this Sunday

Bond University Law School Information Sessions
Just a reminder to anyone interested in studying law at Bond University Law School that Bond University International Regional Manager Mr Stuart Floyd and Dean of Law Professor Geraldine Mackenzie will be hosting a Bond University Law Information Session in Toronto this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

Find out more about Bond University Law School’s renowned Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws programs. What is life at Bond University really like? Why is the JD program so popular among Canadians? Attend one of the sessions being held across Canada and find out!

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) ProgramBond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a c…

UQ Pharmacy professor receives Bowl of Hygeia award

UQ Pharmacy’s Head of School, and a leading figure in pharmacy, Professor Nick Shaw, has been awarded this year’s prestigious Bowl of Hygeia Award which recognizes an exceptional individual service to the pharmacy profession.

The award was announced at the annual dinner of the Queensland Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) by Branch President Professor Lisa Nissen.

Professor Shaw was presented the award in recognition of his leadership in drawing the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) to successful completion, retaining its original concept of strong links to the profession, and utilizing those links to achieve a contemporary curriculum and a connected, engaged student cohort.

Professor Nissen said Professor Shaw was recognized for his contribution to education leadership, his advocacy for the profession as UQ Pharmacy Head of School at the University of Queensland, and also for his work as a member of a number of key professional committees.

“The …

Sydney Public Health School says chronic diseases taking up more of GPs’ time

GPs in Australia are working three hours less per week in direct clinical care; however they are dealing with more health problems per visit, research led by the University of Sydney shows.

Patients with Type 2 diabetes now account for 8 percent of a GP’s workload, and they spend almost twice as much time with the GP,” lead author Associate Professor Helena Britt from the Sydney Public Health School said.

Two reports published recently provide data on the activities of Australian GPs and the care of their patients. “General practice activity in Australia 2012–13,” from the Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney, features a report of GP management of diabetes.

A companion report “A decade of Australian general practice 2002-03 to 2012-13″ shows the changes over the last decade in our reasons for seeing a GP, and what happens during these visits.

The data comes from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program, which continuously collects informat…

JCU science study finds species turn refugees to escape climate extremes

JCU science researchers study refugee speciesSpecies threatened by climate change may turn into refugees and seek refuge from the heat in small habitats within rainforests.

A new study published in Global Change Biology shows that small habitats within rainforest vegetation should provide relief from extreme temperatures.

JCU science’s lead researcher Brett Scheffers from James Cook University Townsville campus said that while such habitats were small in size they provide big returns for the species that use them.

“These small habitats, known as microhabitats, include tree holes, logs, and plants that exist within the rainforest strata and they provide cooler temperatures within them than the air that surrounds them,” Mr Scheffers, from JCU’s Centre for Tropical Biology and Climate Change, said.

“In some ways these habitats serve as refuges for refugees. The refugees here are species that have to flee their normal habitats because the habitats are no longer livable.

“With climate chan…

Australian Law Schools: What is the difference between the LLB and the JD?

Australian Law Schools are a popular option for Canadian students wishing to attain qualifications to practice law.But how do you know which degree to take—the LLB or the JD? It’s a question we receive a lot here at the OzTREKK office. Just what is the difference between the Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor? Although we’ve covered the topic before, with so many new applicants, we felt it was important to have another look and answer some other common questions we receive.

What is the difference between the LLB and the JD?
The Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor are both professionally recognized degrees. Both LLB and JD programs educate students to practice law and allow them to apply for registration in Canada. The main difference is that the LLB is offered at the undergraduate level, and the JD is offered at the postgraduate level. LLB students can study the program directly from high school or after having completed post-secondary studies, while the JD or graduate-en…

UQ studies how zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection

UQ Science researchers have discovered that zinc can stop bacterial growth.Cold and flu season is upon us! We’ve all heard the saying “Starve a fever, feed a cold,” and we’ve all heard about echinacea, the popular herb used in the treatment of colds and flu—or more specifically, its usage at the onset of cold symptoms. But have you heard about the importance of zinc as a dietary supplement? Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.

In fact, Australian researchers have found that zinc can “starve” one of the world’s most deadly microbes by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.

The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the University of Adelaide and the University of Queensland (UQ), opens the way for further work to design antibacterial agents in the fight against Streptococcus pneumoniae. These bacteria are responsible for more than a million deaths a year, killing children, the elderly and other vulnerable pe…

Monash Industrial Design student wins 2013 Victorian Formula Ford Championship

Monash Industrial Design student and rising star Tom Grech has secured his first taste of championship glory, taking out the 2013 Victorian Formula Ford Championship honours recently.

Tom, who is currently in the third year of his Bachelor of Art & Design (Industrial Design) at Monash University’s Caulfield campus, closed the racing season in Phillip Island with a challenging yet promising performance.

Having entered the final round just a couple of points off the title lead, the young gun bounced back from an early upset to return to his place in the top 10, enough to see him take the title. The Monash Industrial Design student said taking the championship victory was an “awesome reward” for all of the hard work that his team has put forth this year.

“It’s been a huge season of learning, and I know that I still have a long way to go but that’s what I’m looking forward to. The goal this year was to focus on improving my driving and bank consistent points. We’ve achieved bot…

OzTREKK pre-departure online seminar tonight!

Don’t miss it! Tonight is the final OzTREKK Pre-departure webinar for all OzTREKK students heading to study in Australia for the Semester 1, 2014 intake.This is your chance to ask as many questions as you like (via chat) and to get all your ducks (platypuses? kangaroos?) in a row!

OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will be hosting a live, online seminar and will cover topics like
student visas, work rights and visa obligations;university orientation and enrollment;health coverage;your accommodation options (by far the most popular topic—don’t miss it!);banking in Australia and getting your money from Canada (save $$$);student loan information;what to pack (and what NOT to pack—you’d be surprised!);when to arrive;airport reception;travel options……and much more!

When? Wednesday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m. (Ontario time). Don’t miss it!

Not sure about registration? Contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to help you!

Sydney Medical School “talks with doctors”

At a free public talk hosted by the University of Sydney last week, Professor Stewart Dunn from the university’s Sydney Medical School presented “Talking with doctors – views from both sides.”

Professor Stewart Dunn has spent more than 30 years studying the relationships between doctors and their patients.
Particularly, how they communicate and share information, and how they manage the emotional trauma involved in serious illness.

“Medical knowledge is expanding faster than our ability to assimilate and apply it effectively,” he said.”Thanks to the internet, there is a significant expansion in the information that patients can bring to consultations with their doctors.

The Sydney Medical School professor added that considering these changes, it is important to study how patients and doctors can talk meaningfully to each other when the emotional stakes are often very high and information exchange becomes a minefield.

The lecture examined the research about how doctors deal with t…

Melbourne Public Health School holds Aboriginal Health Symposium

Improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders was the focus of the “Closing the Credibility Gap” Aboriginal Health Symposium held at the University of Melbourne Nov. 21 – 22.

The University of Melbourne Aboriginal Health Symposium on the Implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health plan provided an opportunity to learn more about health programs and services provided for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria and Australia-wide.

The symposium offered perspectives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership on key implementation requirements needed to close the gap in health disparities.

Symposium Co-Convenor and Chair of Indigenous Health and Director at the University of Melbourne’s Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, Professor Kerry Arabena said the event enabled participants to explore critical issues related to the health and well-being in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island…

UQ Writers' Club pens “50 Shades of Awkward”

A collective effort by a group of UQ Arts students to write a book of short, awkward love stories is quickly attracting international attention.

The UQ Writers Club50 Shades of Awkward project has been launched on the American crowd-funding website.

Club co-president and third-year UQ Arts student Cheyenne Langan said the idea for the book came about during a UQ Writers Club writing retreats.

“We set ourselves the task of each writing a really awkward love story, which is a lot harder to do properly than you’d think,” she said. “We had so much fun doing it, and the results were so hilarious, that we decided to try and make it a full-blown project.”

Crowd-funding involves seeking large or small donations or investments to support specific projects or programs.

The UQ Writers Club was one of the first in Australia to launch a project via the recently added Australian Kickstarter platform.

“Previously, it was almost impossible for Australians to host projects on Kickstarter…

UQ science students get new learning space

UQ Science students’ new Planning StudioUQ science students have just received a boost to their learning facilities. The University of Queensland School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management has created a new space to assist students to develop skills using innovative, collaborative technology.

The Planning Studio is a $1.5-million student space, which will foster collaboration through its design and facilities, allowing UQ science students to work together on projects that address real world problems.

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Head Professor James Shulmeister said planning was a profession that shaped urban places through a practical understanding of how they function.

“The Planning Studio is a practical space for students to apply their knowledge and create links between their current learning and future careers,” Professor Shulmeister said.

“A large number of students, as well as the local governments, development companies and c…

Monash University is now a White Ribbon Workplace

Monash University’s commitment to making workplaces safer for women has seen it achieve accreditation to become a White Ribbon Workplace.

The accreditation was announced last week after rigorous 16-month assessment as part of a pilot program that aims to support workplaces to prevent and respond to violence against women by adapting their culture, practices and procedures—just in time for White Ribbon Day, Nov. 25. Monash University was one of the first Australian tertiary institutions to join the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Pilot Project.

Executive Director of Monash University’s Campus Community Division, Vladimir Prpich, said the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Pilot Program has enabled Monash to effect meaningful and positive cultural change.

“The Pilot Program required an exhaustive sixteen-month evaluation of our policies, processes and procedures and has empowered us to ensure we implement a range of initiatives within the university to ensure that we are c…

Macquarie Business School professor named University Teacher of the Year

John Croucher, Professor of Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), received the Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year at a national ceremony recently.

The award, which has a value of $50,000, is the premier university teaching award in Australia. It is made to an academic with “an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to teaching and learning.”

For over 35 years Professor Croucher has been a leading statistician and educator. Embracing a philosophy of making statistics relevant and transformative, he is a national and international multi-award winner for his superior learning, innovation, teaching skills, community outreach and research.

Professor Croucher is also a prolific author and much of his work is directed to the improvement of learning and teaching at all levels. He was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from Macquarie University for bringing sci…

UQ Speech Pathology students seek volunteers to test their communication fitness

University of Queensland researchers are seeking volunteers from across Queensland willing to use a new form of pedometer to measure their verbal communications.

Participants will use a language pedometer to measure the amount of time they speak during the day (talk time) to determine the “fitness” of their verbal communications.

UQ Speech Pathology PhD student Caitlin Brandenburg said the pedometer was part of a new “CommFit” app.

“The app pairs with a headset to measure the verbal communication of people with and without language disorders such as aphasia,” Ms Brandenburg said, explaining that the first stage of the project is to test the usability of the app and collect data on how much people talk during the day to test their communicative fitness.”

The UQ Speech Pathology student said that they would then measure the differences in verbal communications between those with a language disorder and those without, to encourage people with aphasia to become more social and pract…

Monash University receives major grants from Diabetes Australia

Monash University gets boost from Diabetes Australia Research TrustAs global rates of diabetes escalate, Monash University research projects addressing this urgent health priority have been awarded major grants from Diabetes Australia.

Coinciding with World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, Diabetes Australia hosted an especial event to announce the largest-ever funding of Australian diabetes research projects.

Among 46 research projects granted funding nationally, totalling $3.5 million, five Monash University projects were awarded grants for Type 1 and 2 diabetes-focused research.

Dr Eliana Marino, from the School of Biomedical Sciences, received $150,000—the largest allocated funding in Victoria—for research focused on understanding the role of diet, gut microbiota and immune system in the development of Type 1 Diabetes.

With diet now a leading cause for the increased incidence of diabetes in Western countries, Dr Marino’s work may lead to new opportunities for the prevention and treatme…

Melbourne Law School celebrates research funding success

Melbourne Law School has recently received the most funding Australia-wide in Law for the second year in a row in the recent suite of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding schemes. The law school attracted two out of the three Future Fellowships awarded in Law across the country, and its first Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans said that the success with ARC grants again this year was evidence of the national and international importance of the research being carried out in the law school and the high level of respect for MLS researchers.

“These grants are highly competitive,” said Professor Evans, “and the colleagues who have been awarded research funding had to demonstrate to the ARC that their research would be at the cutting edge of the field.”

“The grants cover a wide range of legal sub-disciplines including private law, international law, consumer protection law and Chinese law. The breath of expertise in the l…

Sydney science researcher studies the importance of nature to urbanites

If you live in Sydney or Melbourne, the University of Sydney wants to know how much you think your well-being depends on nature being a part of your daily life.

“Does being able to see trees from your office window, or chat to neighbours in a local park make you feel better mentally, physically and socially?” asks Lucy Taylor, a PhD researcher from the university’s Faculty of Science who is working on the online survey, which is also inviting residents of Auckland and Wellington to take part.

“The answer to those questions can help local councils ensure they have the resources to maintain our cities to benefit human health and well-being.”

Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli, the leading researcher, from the University of Sydney's School of Biological Sciences, said, “These are not frivolous concerns. Given that over half the world’s population now live in urban areas and about 80 percent will by 2050, understanding how urban ecosystems work is vital to our sustainability and …

OzTREKK Funny Friday

You know you’re a speech pathologist when…

you speak entirely in abbreviationsyou use the term “quick and dirty” in a clinical settingSOAP has nothing to do with staying cleanyou casually drop the words “diadochokinetic rates” at parties to impress your friendsyou are the only adult you know who still plays with bubbles on a daily basisyou get annoyed by people’s impossible pragmatic skillsyou’ve been known to talk to yourself in your room in funny voices for hours on endyou carry earplugs around and worry about infant hearing loss at hockey gamesyou ask excitedly to look in someone’s ears if they say they’re sickyou could easily do language therapy with the items in your purseyou notice a friend is a little hoarse and you ask him if he knows his current S/Z ratioyou are often caught spending endless amounts of money in the dollar store and yelling, “WHAT?! It’s for my job, okay!”friends and family ask you to assess their children, too bad you already did it without them knowing./ju no…

University of Melbourne creates world’s most powerful X-ray machine

A new X-ray laboratory at the University of Melbourne houses the most powerful X-ray machine ever developed.

Professor Christopher Chantler and his team at the School of Physics have built a new rotating anode source that turns ordinary X-rays into super X-rays.

After the synchrotron, which is a different type of technology, this is one of the most powerful scientific tools to investigate atoms.

“This super X-ray machine gives us the capability of mapping the energies of the atom previously inaccessible and unseen by other apparatus,” said Professor Chantler.

The device is already of interest to chemical, biological and physical scientists as it can enhance investigations of chemical environments, the interaction of light with matter, and link to studies of complex mineral formation in the earth’s crust.

The research team tested the super X-rays on copper atoms and demonstrated unprecedented levels of accuracy at the atomic level that has never been seen before.

Professor Chantler a…

UQ Speech Pathology School changes semester intake

With few speech pathology programs offered by Canadian universities and since admission into these programs are increasingly competitive, graduate-entry speech pathology programs in Australia are a top choice for Canadians seeking to gain qualifications as a speech pathologist.

To ensure UQ Speech Pathology School students are at the forefront of speech pathology, the structure of the master program has recently been changed and students will now commence the Master of Speech Pathology Studies program in Semester 2 (July) of each year rather than in the summer semester (November).

The UQ Master of Speech Pathology Studies program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane…

Sydney Dental School professor appointed as president of Australian Dental Association

The Dean of the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry Professor Chris Peck and the members of the Sydney Dental School wish to extend congratulations to Associate Professor Deb Cockrell on being appointed the first female president of the Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch).

Professor Cockrell, an alumna and previous academic member of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry also completed her PhD with the University of Sydney. She is currently in private practice at Ourimbah and holds a conjoint appointment with University of Newcastle.

The Sydney Dental School associate professor continues as a tireless advocate for oral health in the Australian community as an active member of the Australasian Council of Dental Deans and as Deputy President of the Dental Council of NSW.

About the Sydney Dental SchoolCourse: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Duration: 4 years
Description: The Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to …

Nicole visits Bond University

This past October, OzTREKK Admissions Officer Nicole Bowes left the crisp air and fiery autumn colours of Canada for the balmy spring breezes and radiant sun of the Gold Coast, Australia. Located almost in the middle of the Australian east coast, Gold Coast is known for its stunning beaches and surfing lifestyle, so much so that it is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Australia.

So what else is so great about the Gold Coast? Well, that’s where Bond University is, of course!
Nicole set off to enjoy the Bond University 2013 Agent Partner Experience program which offers a comprehensive itinerary exploring Bond University’s world-class programs and on-campus facilities, not to mention the opportunity to meet current students, academics and the Bond International Team.

Along with a tour of the university, Nicole sat in on faculty presentations and tours, which further strengthened the partnership between OzTREKK and Bond University. Tours included t…