Showing posts from October, 2015

University of Queensland physiotherapy lecturer receives award

The acclaim of University of Queensland physiotherapy lecturer Dr Allison Mandrusiak will span the globe following a Universitas 21 Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr Mandrusiak, from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was announced as one of two global recipients of the award in Santiago, Chile.

“I’m so thrilled. It’s a wonderful accolade to be recognised at this international level,” Dr Mandrusiak said.

“The Teaching Excellence Award allows me to travel to the UK for the Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group annual meeting in September, 2016.

“There I will present a workshop in collaboration with the other award recipient, Dr Hong Gao of China.”

Mount Gravatt resident Dr Mandrusiak was recognised for her outstanding work advancing inter-professional and international teaching and learning.

Her impact ranges from paving inroads for simulated learning in China, to teaching cardiorespiratory physiotherapists in Kuwait, and fostering clinical placements in Vietnam.

“It r…

UQ PhD student receives top honours for sustainable energy solutions

A University of Queensland PhD student who is investigating sustainable energy solutions for developing communities has secured a prestigious fellowship from the American Australian Association.

Matthew Herington from UQ’s Energy Initiative will collaborate with researchers at Washington University in St Louis (WUSTL) to look at ways of overcoming energy poverty.

Mr Herington said 1.1 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity and a further 2.9 billion people continue to use traditional fuels for light, and heating and cooking such as wood, animal dung, coal and crop residue.

“Using these traditional means to attain the most basic of human needs results in a number of significant problems—contributing to four million premature deaths each year, lifelong disabilities, deforestation, gender inequality and income poverty,” he said.

“Furthermore, time spent gathering wood for fuel means less time is available for more productive activities such as education or income …

MCAT 2016 registration deadlines

Are you considering applying to Australian Medical Schools for the 2017 intake? Then you’ll probably want to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

OzTREKK recommends that you visit the official MCAT website ( for all of the important details regarding the test, including registration deadlines, testing dates, and locations.

MCAT 2016 Registration Deadlines *GOLD Zone registration deadline: Last date to reschedule at the lower rate and last date to receive a partial refund for cancelling an exam.

**SILVER Zone registr…

Take off with Griffith University exchange program

Win 1 of 5 $10,000 international study experiences Broaden your business horizons with an international study experience. Absorb and encounter a different life and culture in a new learning environment. Spend from one week to one year overseas with opportunities including student exchanges, study tours, international internships and community programs. And you’ll receive credit towards your degree.

International exchange Griffith’s Exchange Program allows you to study overseas with a partner institution for one or two semesters, or during the semester break. With a choice of almost 200 institutions across 41 countries, discover where your Griffith degree can take you.

International internships Griffith Business School offers Global Mobility Business Internships to destinations such as Bali, Germany, Korea and China. You’ll learn how to operate in an international business environment giving you valuable skills in the employment market.

International study tours The touris…

Canadian student featured in UQ Pharmacy video

We love it when our Australian universities show OzTREKK students in their news stories and educational videos.

UQ School of Pharmacy recently released this informative video regarding their popular Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program, and former OzTREKKer, Sunita, is one of the students they decided to feature! What better way to discover more about studying pharmacy at UQ—hear about the program and the university straight from international students themselves:

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program at UQ The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program is a well-established, professionally accredited learning framework that is well received by both students and the profession. The program has evolved into one of the country’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2015

Entry Requ…

Melbourne law students compete to create best legal help website

Melbourne Law School students have designed and built a range of legal help websites to provide the public with fast, accurate and cost-effective information about common legal problems including inaccurate credit reports, handling and managing fines, and assessing employment rights.

The legal expertise websites are designed to replicate the thought processes and actions of a lawyer and provide tailored legal information to non-lawyers and the not-for-profit sector as part of the Melbourne Law School’s Juris Doctor degree.

Students competed for the title of ‘The Slater and Gordon Award for Law Apps’ before a panel of judges, where their projects were assessed on their usefulness, completeness, ambition and creativity, design and presentation.

Dean of Melbourne Law School Professor Carolyn Evans said that new technologies were providing innovative solutions in the law.

“Legal expert systems are a growing part of the legal landscape, assisting Australian and international law…

Monash University provides $1 million to genomics in neuroscience program

In recognition of the importance of genomics to the translation of brain sciences from the laboratory to the clinic, Monash University has provided a $1-million kick-start to the Monash Institute for Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN).

At the recent launch of the MICCN, Professor Edwina Cornish, Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University announced the funding. According to Professor Cornish, the application of “genomics” to human diseases, disorders and traits including brain structure and function is a rapidly developing area of science, spurred on in large part by technical advances that now allow us to interrogate the human genome at an unprecedented level of precision to interrogate large human databases.

“Monash University is extremely pleased to provide support of $1 million in recognition that the establishment of MICCN will respond to the critical need for industry and clinically relevant research that will improve the health and well-being of…

UQ Veterinary School information sessions in Canada next week

The University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science and OzTREKK are pleased to present the UQ Veterinary School Information Sessions to be held in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver next week! At the information sessions, UQ Associate Professor Malcolm Jones will speak about the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) program offered at the UQ School of Veterinary Science.

Find out more about the University of Queenslandthe UQ School of Veterinary Sciencethe Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) programprogram structureadmissions requirementsBVSc application processaccreditationlife on campusand much more! Everyone is welcome to attend these free information sessions. Find out why UQ Veterinary School is ranked #22 in the world and #2 in Australia*!

University of Calgary
Date: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: MacEwan Student Centre, Bianca Room 226

University of Alberta
Date: Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Agriculture Forestry Centre, Room 1-13

University of Br…

Sydney Arts and Humanities ranked number one in Australia

The University of Sydney has performed strongly in the 2015/16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for specific subject areas, with outstanding results in Arts and Humanities and Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health.

Subject rankings for other areas will be published over the next month.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings were founded in 2004. The rankings measure universities across the core areas of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

“We are delighted with yet another strong showing for the University of Sydney in these subject rankings. Our Arts and Humanities disciplines have been ranked among the best in the world over the past five years making us the clear leader in Australia,” said Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research.

“The performance of our health disciplines is also impressive. Our ambition is to be the leading research and education institution in Australia and among the best in the w…

Griffith professor one of Australia’s top 10 most influential women

Griffith University’s Professor Lesley Chenoweth AO has been named in the top 10 of Australia’s most influential women.

The Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Logan Campus won the local/regional category at the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015 Gala Dinner at Sydney Town Hall. Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry won the overall honour.

Professor Chenoweth said she was honoured to be acknowledged as “influential,” especially alongside McGrath Foundation CEO Petra Buchanan, former Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia Pip Marlow, Australian Army pilot Captain Jennifer Roberts and publisher Louise Adler.

“I believe that all women have the potential to influence, and you don’t have to be in a leadership role to do so,” she said.

“I have met so many wonderful women who have influence in their own way in their own spheres.

“I think the key is to seize opportunities and understand the nature of leadershi…

Macquarie Graduate School of Management moves up to 28th in the world

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) has moved to 28th in the world in rankings produced by The Economist, putting it in the top three business schools in the Asian timezone.

Dean Professor Alex Frino said the rankings reflected significant improvements made to the MGSM offering over the past two years.

“We have been focused heavily on our flagship Women in MBAs program, which has seen a significant increase in women participating in our degrees as well as $2.4 million in new scholarships,” he said. “We have also increased our staff-to-student ratios, implemented a strong alumni program and relaunched our career advisory service linking graduates with a wide range of professional opportunities.”

MGSM has seen more than 200% growth in international student applications over the past year, a result Professor Frino links to the improved ranking.

“Rankings are extremely important to international applicants, and we have seen a steady increase as we have incrementall…

Don’t forget to register to write the DAT!

Planning to apply to a dental school in Australia? Two of OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools require the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) as part of their application—Melbourne Dental School and Sydney Dental School.

If you’re considering writing the DAT, it is important to know that there are only two sittings per year. If you’ve missed the registration deadline of September 15, 2015 for the November 7 sitting, then you still have time to register for the February 20, 2016 DAT.

As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, it is recommended that applicants register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline. Seats fill up very quickly at certain test centres and Canadian Dental Association cannot guarantee that seats will still be available at the end of the registration period.

Registration for the DAT exams on February 20, 2016 and November 5, 2016 are open!

Upcoming test …

University of Newcastle students win community engagement award

The outstanding contributions made by NSW international students was recognised at the 2015 NSW International Student Awards recently.

Announced in a ceremony at Sydney Opera House, the University of Newcastle took out the International Student Community Engagement Award officiated by Stuart Ayres, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events.

“The benefits will continue long after tonight’s winners and finalists have returned home; their presence here has strengthened our links with the international community and have no doubt created connections that will thrive over time,” Mr Ayres said.

The University of Newcastle International Students has been awarded for a great local initiative—Cheap Chewsday.

Once a month, on a Tuesday, international students gather at the Jesmond Park Uniting Church for a dinner to welcome international students and expand their friendships in the local community.

PVC International and Advancement Winnie Eley was delighted with the award for the pr…

Lambert donation puts Australia at forefront of medicinal cannabinoid research

A $33.7-million gift to the University of Sydney places Australia at the forefront of medicinal cannabinoid research.

“Our vision is to make Australia a world-leader in researching how to realise the powerful medicinal potential of the cannabis plant,” said Barry Lambert, who together with his wife Joy, has funded the Lambert Initiative.

“The experience of our granddaughter, who suffers debilitating epilepsy, has opened our eyes to the extraordinary possibility of cannabinoids treating not only her condition but a range of chronic illnesses that often don’t respond to conventional treatments.

“We believe this investment in the future of Australian science and medicine will provide the much-needed evidence to rapidly advance the use of medicinal cannabinoids in the treatment of childhood epilepsy and other serious illnesses.”

The donation is the largest gift ever made to research at the University of Sydney.

“The Lamberts’ unprecedented gift holds the promise of achieving inn…

Monash University appoints new chancellor for new era

Distinguished businessman and social entrepreneur Simon McKeon AO has been appointed by Monash University Council as the new Chancellor of Monash University.

Mr McKeon succeeds Dr Alan Finkel AO, who has served as Chancellor since January 2008.
Monash University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO said she is looking forward to working with Mr McKeon.

“I am delighted Simon is joining Monash. His leadership and vision will be instrumental in continuing Monash’s outstanding success in an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving sector and supporting its goals to enhance its students’ success, extend its research impact and expand its engagement internationally and with industry,” Professor Gardner said.

Mr McKeon said he was “humbled and delighted” on hearing the news of his appointment.
“In an era when education is widely regarded as one of Australia’s key sectors, both in terms of societal development as well as economically, it is truly an hono…

Getting ready to go: cell phones

There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to planning your time in Australia. Have you found accommodation? Did you open an Aussie bank account? Did you pack your sunscreen?

We live in a lightning-speed, technologically enhanced age. If you’re heading to Oz soon, another item on your to-do list is probably “find out more about cell phones in Australia.”

You’ve got a selection of Australian mobile phone and plan providers.
TelstraOptusVodafoneVirginamaysim Brands are actually similar to North America’s:
AppleSonyHTCHuaweiLGNokiaSamsung Which one is best? Which one will work for you? Best to check out You Compare, a website that gives you a list of providers and phones and does the math for you

SIM cards What’s a SIM card (aka subscriber identity module or subscriber identification module)? Basically, it’s the tiny removable plastic card inside your phone—the phone’s “brain.” The SIM card can be transferred between different mobile devices.


Loss of ocean predators impacts climate change

Continued unsustainable harvesting of large predatory fish, including the culling of sharks, can have far-reaching consequences for the way we tackle climate change.

Professor Rod Connolly, a marine scientist from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute, is the co-author of new research that says keeping populations of larger fish intact is critical to carbon accumulation and long-term storage in vegetated coastal habitats such as saltmarsh, mangroves and seagrass.

A paper, Predators help protect carbon stocks in blue carbon ecosystems, is published in the journal Nature Climate Change and identifies the urgent need for further research on the influence of predators on carbon cycling, and improved policy and management with regard to blue carbon reserves.

The research comes as Australia in particular, in response to a recent spate of shark attacks—some fatal—engages in fierce public debate over shark culling.

Professor Connolly warns the loss of top order predator…

Upcoming Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy webinar

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy?

Great news! In order to the make the Doctor of Physiotherapy program more accessible to Canadian students, Macquarie University has increased the number of international seats from 5 to 20 and now does rolling admissions (no official deadline: first come, first served)!

We are also pleased to announce that Macquarie Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager Ms Angel Stark will be hosting a webinar for anyone interested in learning more about the Macquarie DPT program, the physio facilities and placements. Find out what makes a “happy Ange!”

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy WebinarDate: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST)
RSVP:For registration details, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at 1-866-698-7355 FREE or email

About Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager Angel Stark
Expertise in physiotherapy clinical…

Australian audiology schools: application deadlines are approaching

If you’re thinking of applying to an Australian Audiology school, please note that applications for the 2016 intake will be closing next Friday, October 30 at noon.

Australian Audiology Schools still Accepting Applications Melbourne Audiology School’s audiology program focuses on developing professional skills through a large program component of comprehensive clinical training. Clinical skills are supplemented by coursework and lectures that introduce students to graduate-level research methods, while maintaining a strong level of scientific acumen expected of students in the health sciences at the university.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2015

The Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. Macquarie University’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hon…

Melbourne Endeavour Engineering & IT Exhibition 2015

An e-tool that allows visually impaired people to detect hazards and obstacles is just one of the student inventions that will be launched at the Endeavour Engineering & IT Exhibition 2015, the University of Melbourne’s showcase of design projects.

This year, projects include designing robotic arms and emergency cooking methods for refugees.

The Exhibition is hosted annually to showcase the engineering and IT technology of tomorrow, as designed by final-year students.

Endeavour’s Academic coordinator Professor Andrew Western said Engineering and IT is everywhere, and generates new knowledge through diverse research projects.

“Clever engineering can help unlock the future and allows for exciting initiatives to come to light and ultimately improve our lives and the world we live in,” Professor Western said.

“In the case of the e-tool for visually impaired people, students are working on canes with obstacle-detecting capabilities to help avoid risky situations.

“The automate…

University of Sydney Law School Information Sessions in Canada

Sydney Law School and OzTREKK are please to present the University of Sydney Law School Information Sessions to be held in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa this November.

Everyone is welcome to attend these free information sessions. Find out more about Sydney Law School and the Juris Doctor program.

At the information sessions, Dean Riley will speak about the Juris Doctor program offered at Sydney Law School. This is a great opportunity for future students to meet University of Sydney alumni and to find out more about
University of SydneySydney Law SchoolJuris Doctor programProgram structureAdmissions requirementsJD application processAccreditationLife on campusAnd much more! Wondering about what it’s like to study law in Australia at the University of Sydney? Don’t miss these information sessions!

Date: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Venue: Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Dr. Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Venue: Westin Harbour…

Melbourne dentistry offers are out!

Great news, OzTREKKers!

Melbourne Dental School has released offers for its popular Doctor of Dental Surgery program for the 2016 intake!

Once again, OzTREKK students have received most of the international spots in the Melbourne DDS program! Way to go, everyone—this is a testament to the amazing academic quality of our applicants! Here’s what you need to know:

Melbourne Dental School TimelineDeadline for all applicants to accept an offer of admission and pay a deposit: November 17, 2015 (Australian time). In order to meet this deadline, you will need to submit your acceptance documents and payment information by 4pm EST on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.
Enrollment deadline: January 14, 2016
Orientation: January 21, 2016 (TBC)
First day of class: January 25, 2016

Moving to Melbourne? Be sure to get there a minimum of two weeks prior to your orientation (usually held the week before classes start). Why? Melbourne is a very busy city with lots of students! Many former OzTREKK students repor…

UQ Pharmacy School Pharmacometrics

Pharmacometrics at the UQ School of Pharmacy The Pharmacometrics group at the UQ School of Pharmacy includes internationally recognised researchers that have a diverse range of interests in the area of pharmacometrics.

Pharmacometrics refers to the analysis of experiments and clinical studies, in particular pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies (PKPD) for the purposes of quantitation of drug clearance in the body, drug effects and side effects, disease progression, the optimisation of study designs, and Pharmacometric research focuses on nonlinear mixed effects (“population”) models.

Such models describe data, generally is the response-time profiles observed in a clinical trial, by a basic model, accounting for the general structure of the underlying system, and a set of hierarchical variability components, accounting for variability between subjects, within subjects over time and remaining between observation variability.

Research at the Pharmacometrics group can be d…

Making Melbourne resilient

The University of Melbourne and City of Melbourne are joining together to strengthen Melbourne’s resilience in the face of sustainability challenges including global warming.

In an announcement made Oct. 20, The City of Melbourne Chair in Resilient Cities is being established to provide a key point of leadership to align the resilience activities of both the City and the university.

Located within the Melbourne Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning and working closely with the Melbourne Sustainable Society’s Institute, (MSSI) the Chair will work to enhance and support the many initiatives supporting resilience in the City, the university, their partners and communities.

The Chair will lead this alignment of resilience across the full scope of the university’s faculties and interests.

Professor Brendan Gleeson, Director of MSSI said the Chair will look at urban resilience and identify and seek new partnerships including enhancing student opportunities to build world-…

JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory

James Cook University is Australia’s leading tropical research university and among the top five tropical universities of the world for research in the university’s areas of research excellence (viz. ecology/environment, plant and animal science, geosciences, coral reef science and tourism). JCU was the only university in Australia that received the highest ranking of 5 (well above world standard) in the category Environmental Science and Management in the Australian government’s Excellence in Research Assessment exercise in 2010.

The JCU Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainable Science (TESS) represents a cluster of world-class researchers and research students with common interests in the environment and sustainability, with emphasis on the tropics. There are many opportunities to learn with TESS researchers at undergraduate level and study for post-graduate coursework and research degrees at Masters and PhD levels as part of TESS. Students come from all over t…

It’s 2015, so where’s my flying car?

Today, October 21, 2015, marks the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive in the fictional future of the iconic film Back to the Future II.

While we aren’t expecting the time-travelling duo, played by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to arrive from the past—what about the film’s other predictions of the year 2015?

According to UQ researchers, it seems the filmmakers were both spot on and way off.

According to University of Queensland mechatronics lecturer Dr Paul Pounds flying cars do in fact exist and have been around for almost 100 years.

“The first flying car, the Curtis Autoplane, was actually built and patented in 1917,” said Dr Pounds.“But unfortunately it was both a bad car and bad plane.

“The problem with flying cars is they need enormous amounts of energy to fly, particularly if they have a vertical take-off and landing feature like in the film.”

While there are currently flying cars on the market, Dr Pounds said these are more or less just small planes which can “t…

Monash University public health researchers suggest stroke prevention guideline outdated

Associate Professor Dr Anne Abbott, from the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM), has led a team of 16 experts in a systematic review of international stroke prevention guidelines and found that recommendations for surgical procedures to prevent stroke are outdated and over-utilised.

Dr Abbott’s findings, published this month in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, have significant implications for improved stroke prevention in all patients with narrowing of the main brain artery, known as carotid stenosis, as well as others at risk.

“This research tells us that there is a great opportunity to improve best practice standards for stroke prevention for the benefit of many Australians and people overseas, as arterial disease continues to be the single leading cause of death and disability in westernised countries,” Dr Abbott said.

The study analysed 34 current guidelines from 23 regions in six languages and found that guidelines…