Showing posts from June, 2014

Surgery steps away from the cutting edge

No cuts, no wounds to heal, no blood loss and no extended hospital stay: that is the promise being extended by ultrasound surgery.

Monash University systems engineer Professor Sunita Chauhan, a specialist in medical robotics, says ultrasound is already used for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic purposes, but the potential of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) as a surgical technique is only just beginning to be realised.

HIFU techniques make surgery without a scalpel possible, reducing the potential for complications inherent in any procedure that cuts into the body. However, most HIFU treatments are still considered experimental.

“It is usually offered to patients who have no alternatives,” Professor Chauhan said. “Some people do not want to have surgery and others are poor candidates for various reasons…. Some people might require multiple surgeries and you can’t operate on the same place over and over again because of the scar tissue. Or they might be offered th…

UQ researcher joins superstar line-up at US oceans conference

The University of Queensland’s acclaimed marine biologist Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg has joined US President Barack Obama and actor Leonardo DiCaprio at an international conference on ways to protect the world’s oceans.

Director of the UQ Global Change Institute Professor Hoegh-Guldberg presented the opening address at the Our Ocean Conference hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington DC recently.

He outlined the potential impact of climate change on the world’s oceans to researchers, environmental advocates and government leaders from 80 countries.

“Given the importance of the ocean to humanity, understanding chemical changes in the ocean caused by human activity couldn’t be more important,” he said.

“There are three issues that concern biologists when it comes to these changes—the rate at which it’s occurring, the timeframe it will take to come back from this and the undeniable mountain of evidence that it will affect the health and distribution of organisms…

UQ Medical School offers are out!

Yep, it’s true! OzTREKK received a boatload of Doctor of Medicine offers from UQ Medical School overnight.

Waiting for your offer? Keep your eyes on your email inbox today! Congratulations!

Still wondering if you should apply? UQ Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. While it is recommended that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment, you are still permitted to apply as long as there are spots available!

Students who have completed their MCAT and have met the minimum MCAT requirements, and those who have completed their studies with a minimum 65% cumulative average are encouraged to apply.

Entry RequirementsCompleted degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scaleMCAT score (minimum of 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine
About the UQ Medical School ProgramProgram: Doctor of Me…

Sydney Health Sciences expands discussions for collaboration in Saudi Arabia

In April, the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences sent a delegation to Saudi Arabia to explore opportunities for student recruitment and research collaboration, following a previous delegation to the region in October 2013, led by FHS Dean Kathy Refshauge.

The objective of this trip was to attend the International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh to expand discussions undertaken in 2013 for collaborative research projects and sponsored PhD health sciences students with major Riyadh-based hospitals, universities and industry.

Potential collaborative research projects identified during the visit included optimising breast cancer screening, early mobility of stroke patients, rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, physical activity promotion in diabetic patients, lymphoedema management and mental and physical disability in children.

Professor Patrick Brennan, Associate Dean and Director International Research & De…

Upcoming medical licensing information sessions

Deciding to study medicine at an Australian Medical School is a huge decision, one that affects both the student and his or her family. OzTREKK wants to ensure our Canadian student applicants have the most up-to-date knowledge about their options to practice medicine following graduation from an Australian Medical School.

Whether you would like to return to Canada or remain in Australia, those who log in to our online seminars learn about the avenues to practice medicine. We did our research and broke down the process for you, our applicants, (and your families) so that you can make an informed decision whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing SeminarsWebinar #1
Date: Tuesday, August 12
Time: 6 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #2
Date: Tuesday, September 16
Time: 6 p.m. (Ontario time)

Webinar #3
Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 6 p.m. (Ontario time)

Important topics covered at the seminarsThe Australian Medical School systems and structureAust…

University of Melbourne entrepreneurial program ranked in top 25 in the world

The University of Melbourne’s in-house entrepreneur incubator, the Melbourne Accelerator Program, has been ranked 13th in the world by the leading Swedish-based UBI Index.

The Director of Research at the UBI Index, Dhruv Bhatli, described the MAP as an exceptional program.

“It performs really well on our global benchmark especially on access to network and competence development indicators,” he said. “Furthermore, MAP’s clients have a higher survival and growth rate and perform much better than the global average.”

MAP Manager Rohan Workman said there is a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship in Melbourne that is starting to be recognised globally.

“We’re exceptionally pleased that our hard work over the past two years has been validated by the UBI Index,” he said.

The UBI Index ranks more than 300 university-affiliated business incubators in 67 countries in three performance categories, including value to the ecosystem, value to startup clients and attractiveness of the incu…

Macquarie research determines that fish can feel pain

Do you still believe that fish are dumb and cannot feel pain? That we do not have to worry much about how they are cared for or caught? Think again, says Associate Professor Culum Brown of the Macquarie Department of Biological Sciences in a review article in Springer’s journal Animal Cognition. The research notes that fish cognition and their sensory perception are generally on par with that of other animals. Brown therefore argues that more consideration should be given to fish welfare and anti-cruelty issues.

Brown says that most people rarely think about fish other than as food, or as pets. However, they are second only to mice in terms of the numbers used in scientific research, and the more than 32,000 known species of fish far outweigh the diversity of all other vertebrates combined. Very little public concern—which is so important to inform policy—is ever noted about fish welfare issues. Brown believes this relates to incorrect perceptions about the intelligence of…

Global youth reshape the boundaries says Monash sociologist

Cultural diversity is the norm for young people today: this may not always translate into easy living but neither does research support the common view of big ethnic groups clashing with each other.

Monash University sociologist Associate Professor Anita Harris, who is studying how young people deal with cultural diversity and manage conflict and change, said those in culturally diverse communities were shrugging off efforts to categorise them.

Her research is part of a four-year international project that includes Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, as well as Johannesburg in South Africa, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Prato in Italy. All are rapidly changing areas of high cultural diversity.

“Typically young people in those environments are seen as a problem. There is a lot of worry about ethnic youth gangs, young people fighting, or failing to understand each other’s backgrounds or needs,” Associate Professor Harris said.

Many young people’s sense of identit…

Which Australian Medical Schools are still accepting applications for 2015?

Are you interested in studying medicine in Australia? While the application deadline for Melbourne Medical School has now passed (June 23, 2014), you still have the opportunity to apply to other Australian Medical Schools:

University of Queensland Medical SchoolProgram: Doctor of Medicine (MD) commencing 2015
Location: Brisbane or Ipswich, Queensland
Semester intake: January 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: University of Queensland Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.
University of Sydney Medical SchoolProgram: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: University of Sydney Medical School application deadline is Friday, July 4, 2014.

James Cook University Medical SchoolProgram: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelo…

New Dean heads UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT

Internationally renowned engineering academic Professor Simon Biggs has been appointed as the new Executive Dean of The University of Queensland Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.

Professor Biggs joins UQ from The University of Leeds in the UK, where he was Pro-Dean for Student Education for eight years.

He said he was looking forward to building on the faculty’s groundbreaking curriculum developments and outstanding research.

“The faculty is fortunate to have genuinely world-leading activities in both research and student education,” he said. “This is rare, and gives us a great opportunity to deliver a challenging research-led and problem-based curriculum.”

Professor Biggs takes over from Acting Executive Dean Professor Caroline Crosthwaite, who will return to her position as the Associate Dean (Academic).

Thefaculty’s Associate Dean (Research) is Professor Stuart Crozier, who co-invented and developed patented technology used in about 70 per cent…

Sydney Public Health School studies the road to poor health

As little as two hours a day behind the wheel is a potential risk factor for a range of poor health behaviours and outcomes, a University of Sydney study has shown.

Published in PLOS One journal, the study of nearly 40,000 Australians aged 47-75 years found that people who drive for two hours or more per day are more likely to smoke, to be obese, and to be less physically active.

Lead author Dr Ding Ding, from the University of Sydney School of Public Health, said that “The research also reveals that people who drive for two hours or more daily are more likely to be stressed, sleep-deprived, have poorer self-rated health and quality of life.

“We found a dose-response relationship between driving time and a clustering of health risk behaviours, particularly smoking, physical inactivity, and insufficient sleep. The more time people spent driving, the greater their odds of having poor health and risk factors for poor health.”

People who drive more than two hours a day had 78% e…

Melbourne studies extreme weather

Variations in high-altitude wind patterns expose particular parts of Europe, Asia and the US to different extreme weather conditions, a new study has shown.

Changes to air flow patterns around the Northern hemisphere are a major influence on prolonged bouts of unseasonal weather—whether it be hot, cold, wet or dry.

The high altitude winds normally blow from west to east around the planet, but do not follow a straight path. The flow meanders to the north and south, in a wave-like path. These wave patterns are responsible for sucking either warm air from the tropics, or cold air from the Arctic, to Europe, Asia, or the US. They can also influence rainfall by steering rain-laden storms.

Pioneering new research, carried out by the University of Exeter and the University of Melbourne, has shown that the development of these wave patterns leaves certain Northern Hemisphere regions more susceptible to different types of prolonged, extreme weather.

Dr Screen, a Research Fellow at th…

UQ School of Biological Sciences studies evolutionary success

Research into reef fish species diversity will provide conservationists with new information to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

University of Queensland researchers who looked at species diversity patterns through fish family trees for the past 100 million years have  found that parents who guarded their young were more likely to yield new species.

The study’s lead author, Dr Cynthia Riginos from the UQ School of Biological Sciences, said the discovery would help protect reefs as it provided an insight into ecosystem connections.

“We compared egg-guarding fish species with those that release eggs into the water column after fertilisation,” Dr Riginos said. “We found that fish hatched from guarded eggs settled closer to home than those from floating eggs, and were more likely to yield new species in the long term; however, egg-guarding fish species are more vulnerable to threats in the short term as they are less connected to other populations.”

Dr Riginos said identifying and…

James Cook University Dental Student Association

The JCU Dental School was established at the end of 2010. Situated on the Cairns campus it is one of only three Australian universities located outside an Australian capital city, and is the only one outside the metropolitan areas of south-east Queensland. JCU Dental School’s establishment, funded by a grant of $52.5m from the federal government, includes a new purpose-built building set up on the Smithfield Campus. Its state-of-the art facilities include an 80-seat dental simulation laboratory, prosthodontics and science laboratories, dental clinic and student home group rooms. Every OzTREKK student who begins his/her studies in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program raves about the incredible facilities!

If you’re interested in studying dentistry in Australia, and are especially interested in caring for people who live in rural, remote, and tropical places, consider JCU Dental School. Not only do they have an amazing program, but they also have a wonderful and supporti…

Monash pharmacy PhD student named Victorian Young Achiever

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD student, Lori Ferrins, has won the Science and Technology prize in the 2014 Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

Ms Ferrins won the award from a strong field of nominees and was one of seven category winners announced in front of 330 guests at the Medallion room at Etihad stadium.

Her PhD which focuses on the design of new drugs to treat human African trypanosomiasis, known as African sleeping sickness, clearly impressed the judges and it is an illness Lori believes flies under the radar.

“This parasitic disease is devastating to many isolated communities across Africa and once a village is affected by the disease it is very difficult to prevent cross-infection and this leads to the eventual destruction of the entire community.

“The overarching goal of the project is to uncover a novel, safe and potent compound that could be used in the treatment and it is this goal that drives us to complete the research,” she said.

While Lori is …

Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science rewards cats

The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science wants to do the best for all animals, but sometimes there are special furry friends who need a little extra. Thanks to some hard work, dedication and passion, five very important cats can now enjoy luxury day accommodation and a greatly improved quality of life.

Louise McGregor, a nurse at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney, wanted to enrich the lives of these cats, who are blood donors in our clinic. Blood donor cats play a vital role in saving the lives of seriously sick or injured feline patients at the clinic. The donor cats spend three years in residence at the clinic, after which they are given to specially selected homes to live the rest of their lives as pets. Louise saw that although these five boys were much loved and extremely well cared for by the staff, they were housed indoors. She could see that more could be done to enhance the lives of these beautiful cats; it just needed a little planning.

There were two sta…

Don’t miss the Bond Law School info sessions this week!

Are you curious about why so many Canadian students choose to study at Bond University Law School in Australia?

We’ve got the answers to your questions! Bond University will be in Canada this week to host their popular Bond University Law Information Sessions.

Come along to your nearest event to find out more about Bond University Law School’s renowned Juris Doctor (JD) program from International Regional Manager and Bond alumni Stuart Floyd, and take the opportunity to discover more about life at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Queensland!

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law progr…

Sydney Medical School application deadline is only two weeks away

Hey, future Australian medical school OzTREKKers! You’ve got two weeks left to submit all of your Sydney Medical School application documents, as the application deadline is Friday, July 4, 2014* in order to meet the Sydney application deadline of July 7.

Assessment Criteria Admission into the Sydney Medical program is offered based on three criteria:
Performance in an undergraduate degreePerformance in a medical admissions test (MCAT or GAMSAT)Performance in an interview1. Performance in an undergraduate degree
Students can apply to the University of Sydney Medical School if they have completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, and have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7 (or equivalent) from a recognized university. The grade requirement, according to the medical school, is equivalent to a GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0.

Students from a wide variety of undergraduate studies are welcome and encouraged to apply.

NEW: Sydney Medical School has decided to continue their …

Don’t forget the Sydney Dental School application deadline!

Only two weeks left! The application deadline for the the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program at the Sydney Dental School is Friday, July 4, 2014!
Application TimelineApplication deadline for the 2015 intake: July 7, 2014 (10 a.m. Sydney time; July 4, 2014 Canada time)
Interview invitations: July 16 – 19, 2014
Interviews held: July 28 – August 1, 2014 & August 4 – 5, 2014
Offers will begin to be sent: August 11, 2014
Late round interview invitations: September 29 – October 2, 2014
Late round interviews held: October 13 – 15, 2014
Late round offers: October 20, 2014

Monash clears the air for a smoke-free environment

As Monash University values the health of all staff, students and visitors, we are taking another step towards a healthier environment.

From July 28, 2014, smoking will be prohibited at any Monash campus or site, including Monash vehicles, except for the designated smoking points. This applies to all staff, students, contractors and visitors.

Under the smoke-free initiative, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes and electronic nicotine devices will be prohibited, along with any other implements that emit harmful or toxic smoke for the purpose of inhaling. Substances that contain tobacco leaf, including hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts and clove cigarettes, will also be banned.

All cigarette bins and ashtrays will be removed, except for those at the designated smoking points.

Transitioning to a smoke-free campus requires respect for others, both non-smokers and smokers. After July 28, 2014, you are free to respectfully and politely remin…

University of Melbourne to get new accommodation facilities

A 648-bed student accommodation facility will be built in Carlton under a new agreement between the University of Melbourne and Campus Living Villages (CLV) in a 38-year Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) contract.

The agreement with CLV will enable the University of Melbourne to substantially increase accommodation for its students and enhance the student experience on campus. The project is a key component of the University’s overall Student Accommodation Program.

It is the first time the University has opted into a BOOT scheme to provide new, high-quality, affordable student accommodation options to domestic and international students as part of its long-term strategy to provide at least 2,000 new student beds by 2020.

The new 14-storey student accommodation facility will be developed on the site located at 108-128 Leicester Street and is expected to be completed in late 2015 and opened in time for Semester 1, 2016.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Gl…

Enactus Bond takes its eco-friendly message to Robina Primary School

A group of socially and environmentally active Bond University students from Enactus Bond will be visiting Robina State Primary School this week for the third time to help educate the young students on how to be more eco-friendly.

The visit, which is part of Enactus’ Eco-kids project, will be the largest held at the school, with all the Year 6 classes participating —more than 100 children in total. The students will be involved in a range of interactive and practical activities that focus on re-using and recycling materials.

These activities are hugely beneficial for the children, as in addition to helping them to create a more environmentally friendly future, they also get to sharpen their teamwork and problem solving skills and are encouraged to become more responsible and proactive.

Earlier this year, the Eco-kids team visited a class of Year 2 students from the same school to help teach them the importance of saving water, all the ways we use water in our daily lives a…

University of Sydney Business School course challenges students to help the poor

Postgraduate students are being told to “radically rethink” many traditional business principles and focus on a five trillion dollar international market that has been all but ignored by the world’s investors.

The four billion people in the developing world who exist on less than five dollars a day, says Associate Professor Ranjit Voola, provide the private sector with an enormous opportunity to genuinely engage with them in alleviating poverty and making profits.

Dr Voola has developed a unit titled “Poverty alleviation and profitability” for approximately 50 students engaged in the CEMS Masters in International Management. CEMS in an elite global alliance of 29 business schools which includes the University of Sydney Business School.

“This unit is unique in its content in Australia and the University of Sydney Business School is among the first CEMS partner to introduce this into its curriculum,” he said.

“The unit is aimed at encouraging students to radically rethink the …

Australia placed to be world water management leader

Improved water productivity and increased export incomes are at the heart of a new National water management blueprint launched at the University of Melbourne recently.

The Blueprint for Regional Water Productivity launched by Minister for Environment, The Hon Greg Hunt will position Australia as a world leader in water resource management.

The Blueprint will provide an innovative and collaborative framework relevant from the farm scale to the national level and will guide efforts to tackle a range of water management issues.

The Blueprint was developed as part of the Carlton Connect Initiative led by Professor Peter Scales from the Melbourne School of Engineering.

“We have some major objectives in mind. We want to look at irrigated and rain-fed agriculture that takes maximum advantage of variable water availability. We need to move towards environmental water management that is underpinned by a strong evidence base,” he said.

“The project will also look at efficient water dis…

Australasian veterinary schools lead the future on welfare and ethics teaching

James Cook University’s School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences will share in a significant research grant designed to improve the teaching of animal welfare and ethics for future veterinarians.

The Federal Government recently approved a $378,000 Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) research grant to produce nationally shared curriculum resources for veterinary undergraduate learning in animal welfare and ethics.

All of Australia and New Zealand’s eight veterinary schools are involved, and the project is being led by the University of Sydney.

JCU’s team leader on the project, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics, Dr Janice Lloyd, said animal welfare involves the psychological and physical well-being of animals.

“Concern for animal welfare is based on knowing that animals are aware and can feel pain, and that consideration should be given to their well-being,” Dr Lloyd said.

“This project will improve Australia’s international standing on anim…