Showing posts from April, 2015

Application deadline approaching for UQ Physiotherapy School

Have you applied to or are you thinking of applying to the UQ Physiotherapy School? We just wanted to remind you that the application deadline is in one month, Friday, May 29, 2015.
UQ Physiotherapy School The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November 2015
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31, 2015 (Complete applications must be received by Friday, May 29 in order for your application to be submitted to UQ on time.)

Entry Requirements
To be eligible to apply to UQ’s Master of Physiotherapy Studies program, you must have
completed an undergraduate degree (preferabl…

Griffith University’s world rankings receive boost

Griffith University has recorded its highest performance ever in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Griffith is now ranked in the top 100 in the world for five separate study areas: Architecture/Built Environment, Art & Design (for the first time), Politics & International Studies, Law and Education.

Another 10 subject areas were ranked globally, including Medicine for the first time, indicating Griffith’s trajectory of international recognition and reputation.

Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor, said there were thousands of universities in the world, and to remain among the top echelons of the widely referenced rankings was a strong achievement.

“Griffith is in the top 100 in the world in five subject areas,” Professor O’Connor said.

“This underlines the university’s rapidly-rising reputation for research with real impact. The results are a credit to our academic s…

Upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars

This May, OzTREKK will be hosting medical licensing seminars! 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 come back to Canada or the U.S. to practice medicine or remain in Australia, those who attend our OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars learn about the avenues to practice medicine. As you may know, it can be difficult to gain straightforward information about your licensing options following graduation. OzTREKK is an expert in medical licensing and accreditation, and we are proud to provide you with all the latest information, data, and statistics so you can make an informed decision about whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you.

Important topic…

UQ researchers find Botox makes unnerving journey into nervous system

New research might bring a frown to even the most heavily botoxed faces, with scientists finding how some of the potent toxin used for cosmetic surgery escapes into the central nervous system.

Researchers at the University of Queensland have shown how Botox—also known as Botulinum neurotoxin serotype A—is transported via our nerves back to the central nervous system.

Botox, best known for its ability to smooth wrinkles, has been extremely useful for the treatment of over-active muscles and spasticity as it promotes local and long-term paralysis.

UQ Queensland Brain Institute laboratory leader Professor Frederic Meunier said people had used the deadliest known neurotoxin, Botox, for decades to treat various conditions and for cosmetic purposes.

“The discovery that some of the injected toxin can travel through our nerves is worrying, considering the extreme potency of the toxin,” Professor Meunier said.

“However, to this day no unwanted effect attributed to such transport has…

UQ subjects among global best

The University of Queensland has cemented its position as a global top 100 university, performing strongly in a league table of subjects released April 29.

The university has 19 subjects ranked among the top 50 worldwide in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and three subjects in the top 20.

QS evaluated more than 3,000 universities and ranked the 854 that met its strict criteria.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s strong position reflected the outstanding teaching and staff at the university.

“In line with top ten placings in other global rankings, UQ has placed eleventh in the global rankings and is the top in Australia in Environmental Sciences, an area that teaches the next generation how to tackle the world’s environmental challenges in practical ways,” he said.

“This is a great achievement in a globally-relevant field.

“UQ continues to be a world leader in Agriculture & Forestry, moving from 18th position in 2014 to 15th positio…

Melbourne architecture students build shelter with remote Indigenous communities

A team of twelve University of Melbourne architecture students, with the support of the MacDonnell Regional Council, have travelled to the remote Indigenous communities of Areyonga and Amoonguna in the Northern Territory to build much-needed sheltering structures alongside the local communities.

Students participating in the Bower Studio—named after ‘bower shelter’, a structure traditionally used by Indigenous Australians meeting together to shelter from sun, rain or wind—have constructed a bus stop and taxi shelter, a multi-purpose shade structure, and furniture such as benches and seats tailored to community needs.

Since 2008, Bower Studio participants have designed and constructed buildings such as a neonatal centre, an early childhood learning centre, houses, computer labs, and community centres, in cooperation with 12 partner communities.

Project leader Dr David O’Brien, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Melbourne, said that structures such as these …

Macquarie subjects in world’s top 100

Macquarie University is among the world’s elite institutions in 21 of the 36 subjects featured in this year’s QSWorld University Rankings by Subject, published today. Nine of these subject areas at Macquarie were considered to be in the world’s top 100:

English language and literatureLinguisticsPhilosophyPsychologyEarth and marine sciencesGeographyAccounting and financeCommunication and media studiesEducation For this fifth edition of the QSWorld University Rankings by Subject, QS evaluated 3,551 universities, qualifed 2,186, and ranked 894 institutions in total. More than 100 million citations attributions were analysed and QS verified the provision of over 14,000 programs.

The methodology combines analysis from QS Global Employer and Academic Surveys with bibliometric data from Elsevier’s Scopus database.

About Macquarie University’s Department of Linguistics The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is the largest of its kind in Australia, which includes substantial…

Monash University namesake honoured with statue

A three-metre bronze sculpture of Sir John Monash was unveiled at the Clayton campus last week to honour the Monash University’s namesake, Sir John Monash, and celebrate his life and legacy.

The statue was officially unveiled by Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, together with President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO.

Renowned Australian sculptor Peter Corlett OAM was commissioned to produce the sculpture, which depicts Sir John’s traits as a thinker, leader and visionary. He is standing on a concrete bridge, symbolic of his engineering career, and wearing a coat lapel to represent the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League badge.

A group of the Monash graduates and staff from the university’s early years—The Monash Pioneers—have worked to fund the project. The group formed in 2011, with the express purpose of providing philanthropic funding for projects that would enhance the heritage value of the university.

Sir John Monash’…

Bond Law School offering free course for Canadian JD students

OzTREKK has just received an update about an exciting development with the Bond University Juris Doctor program: They are now offering a short course in Canadian Professional Responsibility to their law students at no additional cost!
The course will be delivered by a Bond Canadian academic, Semester Assistant Professor Mariette Brennan, an alumna from the University of Ottawa (JD) and Osgoode Hall Law School (PhD).  The course will involve online seminars, reading lists and sample fact scenarios that will introduce students to issues of lawyers’ ethics and professional responsibility, and specifically ethical reasoning in legal practice in the Canadian context. Students will cover selected topics including the Federation of Canadian Law Societies, Federation Model Code of Professional, case law arising from this material and to the application of the law of fiduciary obligations to lawyer-client relationships.

The course does not include assigned assessment, but is designed…

UQ course to “myth bust” climate change fallacies

Researchers from around the world have contributed to a new University of Queensland course that uncovers why the topic of climate change is so controversial, exploding a number of climate myths along the way.

The free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) includes renowned researchers from universities in Canada, USA and the UK—and even Sir David Attenborough lends his support.

UQ Global Change Institute Climate Communication Fellow and MOOC coordinator John Cook said the course tackled climate myths and exposed techniques used to mislead the public.

“Ninety-seven per cent of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming; however, less than half of Australians are aware of humanity’s role in climate change, while half of the US Senate has voted that humans weren’t causing global warming,” he said.

“This free course explains why there is such a huge gap between the scientific community and the public.”

He said removing this gap was an important step in ensuring sci…

Upcoming UQ Pharmacy School webinar

Are you interested in studying pharmacy at UQ Pharmacy School?UQ Pharmacy School’s Professor Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar specifically for OzTREKK students who are interested in the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of Queensland!

UQ Pharmacy School Online Seminar Details This webinar will be designed to give students more detailed information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy program, the UQ Pharmacy School and its state-of-the-art facilities, placements, graduate outcomes, and credit transfers.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time)

For registration details, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at

Credit Transfers Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If credit is awarded students can undertake an additional course in their first and se…

Sydney School of Biological Sciences helps create killer bee genetic testing

A genetic test that can prevent the entry of ‘killer’ bees into Australia and worldwide spread has been created by researchers at the University of Sydney and their collaborators at York University in Canada.

The news is of critical importance to Australia, which produces an estimated $4 to $6 billion of farm and garden crops that rely on honeybee pollination.

Australia faces the paradoxical problem of needing to import bees resistant to a pest that threatens to devastate Australia’s bee population but being unable to do so while the risk of introducing ‘killer’ bees still exists.

“Having a tool that can identify desirable and undesirable bee subspecies will be of value to breeding and conservation programs throughout the world,” said Dr Nadine Chapman from the Sydney School of Biological Sciences.

She is lead author of an article on the research published in Molecular Ecology Resources on April 21.

“Pollination of crops by honeybees adds many billions of dollars to the world…

Melbourne DVM applications are open for the 2016 intake

Applications for Melbourne Veterinary School in Australia for the 2016 intake are officially open!
The Melbourne DVM program commenced in 2011 in Australia. Prior to this, the University of Melbourne offered a veterinary science professional degree at the undergraduate level. The DVM is a four-year, master’s level course that enables entry into the veterinary profession.

The four-year, graduate-entry Melbourne DVM degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first century careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. Students can expect to learn the latest theory and practice, with plenty of practical hands-on experience, taught by a team of leading veterinarians.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was December 23, 2014.

Entry Requirements
Eligible applicants mus…

Apply to Sydney Veterinary School for the 2016 intake!

Applications for the Sydney Veterinary School in Australia for the 2016 intake are officially open!

The Sydney DVM is an exciting new graduate-entry veterinary program that commenced this year. The DVM replaces the school’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and is open to applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree who wish to study veterinary medicine in a postgraduate learning environment. The program is internationally recognised and accredited so graduates can work around the world.

The program encourages enrolment of students from diverse backgrounds and aims to help them achieve their goals to become veterinary medical professionals in the global community. Teaching is research-driven to ensure Sydney Veterinary School students will learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health.

Sydney Veterinary School Doctor of Veterinary MedicineProgram title:…

UQ Veterinary School applications are open

Applications for the UQ Veterinary School in Australia for the 2016 intake are officially open via OzTREKK!

The veterinary science program at the UQ Veterinary School is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally. The University of Queensland‘s vet program provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of November 30; however, late applications may be accepted. It is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requ…

JCU Veterinary School applications are open for the 2016 intake

The  JCU Veterinary School has offered the Bachelor of Veterinary Science program since 2006. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent disease in a wide range of animals including companion animals, farm animals, aquatic species and native fauna. In addition, students will acquire a thorough knowledge of animal production systems, particularly tropical animal husbandry and aquaculture.

Applications for JCU Veterinary School in Australia for the 2016 intake are officially open!

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

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Septem…

Apply to Australian Veterinary Schools for the 2016 intake

Do you love animals? Are you interested in becoming a vet? Applications for Australian Veterinary Schools for the 2016 intake are officially open!
Veterinary science programs at Australian Veterinary Schools are suitable for students who wish to gain entry into a veterinary professional program directly from high school or after having completed undergraduate studies. Canadian students wishing to become a veterinarian have the option of applying to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program directly from high school or after having completed Bachelor of Science courses or a degree.

For professional degrees which train students to become veterinarians, students can study veterinary medicine/veterinary science in Australia as either
a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree; ora Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. The DVM program is offered only to students who have already obtained an undergraduate science degree.

The following Australian universities offer veterinary me…

Study public health at Griffith University

The discipline of public health at Griffith University falls under the School of Medicine. It is the study and management of human health in the greater community and environment.

The Master of Public Health is a multi-disciplinary program that provides the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of public health professions. The program integrates knowledge and practice from fields such as environmental health, health promotion, nutrition, public health and epidemiology. It focuses on the systems and practices that shape the health of nations, communities and individuals and the environments in which they live, work and take their leisure.

Public health students at Griffith University investigate issues that help determine quality of life, such as globalisation, technology, environmental degradation and population trends, lifestyle and nutrition, control of existing and emerging communicable diseases, workplace health, and food and drug safety.

The Master of Public He…

Come meet Australian universities this spring!

It’s spring, and that means our Australian universities will be joining us in Canada for our OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs! These hold these fairs in order to showcase the exceptional programs and schools in Australia that are available to Canadian students.

This year, we will be visiting Toronto on Sunday, Saturday, May 30; and Vancouver on Sunday, May 31 to give Canadian students the opportunity to learn more about their program options at Australian universities.

All nine of OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be participating in the fairs, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise hundreds of students and their parents of their study options in Australia. In Toronto, you will meet with OzTREKK Admissions Officers who specialize in medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy… and many other programs!

Event DetailsToronto, Ontario
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto

Vancouver, …

Macquarie student wins silver in snowboarding at the Canadian Nationals

Josh Miller, Macquarie University Sport Scholar, won silver in snowboarding at the Canadian Nationals earlier this month at the Big White Ski Resort, BC Canada.

Having just returned from the USA Nationals where he placed 18th, Josh made an amazing come back in the Canadian competition, beating seven World Cup riders and the current X Games champion.

Both races formed part of the Nor-Am circuit (a series of races a level below World Cup) and the Canadian Nationals was the pinnacle of this—Josh finished 9th overall in the season and is the third-highest achieving Australian.

Josh prepared for the Nor-Am circuit in off-season training camps (focusing greatly on improving his technique) in New Zealand, Chile and Austria throughout August, September and November 2014.

He then trained in Whistler, Canada prior to the 2015 season in order to practice his freeriding skills.

During March last year, the Macquarie University student took a break from competing and used this time to att…

Australian Pharmacy School applications are open for the 2016 intake

Applications for the 2016 intake at Australian Pharmacy Schools are officially open! Pharmacy programs in Australia are structured quite similarly to many other professional programs offered at Australian universities. Students can enter a pharmacy program directly from high school. Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may also apply for entry into Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy programs.

Some Australian Pharmacy Schools offer credit transfers if you’ve already completed particular undergraduate studies. This means that you may be able to transfer directly into Year 2 of the program, making the program length three years, instead of four.

In Canada, the Australian Master of Pharmacy program format is not currently recognized by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). The PEBC prefers that students complete an Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy program instead, as this course format is recognized and can be assessed by the PEBC. OzT…

Australian Endeavour Scholarships

Did you know that Canadian students about to study in Australia are eligible to apply for the 2015 round of the Australian Endeavour Awards?

Established in 2009, the Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship awards are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides up to $272,500 AUD for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world. The program build Australia’s reputation for excellence in education, supports the internationalization of the Australian higher education and research sectors, and offers high-achieving individuals opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field.

All recipients will receive
travel allowance: $3,000 (provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances);establishment allowance: $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships);monthly stipend: $3,000 (paid up to the maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis);health insurance for…

Apply to the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Melbourne Doctor of Optometry is a 4-year full-time program that offers intensive training in the area of optometry. The course covers the basic and applied vision sciences that underpin optometry, and delivers comprehensive clinical training starting in the first year of study. During the course, students will undertake a research project, in an area relevant to the discipline, and will have the opportunity for clinical training at an overseas site as part of the final year of study.

Admissions Timeline for 2016 Intake Applicants with a completed degree and GAMSAT/MCAT are eligible to apply in the Early Round.

Early Round Applications
Applications open – April 30, 2015
Applications close – July 31, 2015

Timely Round Applications
Applications open – April 30, 2015
Applications close – September 30, 2015

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD) The optometry program at Melbourne Optometry School is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus te…

Monash medicine application timeline update

Have you applied to Monash University Medical School? OzTREKK has received an update from Monash University concerning their round 2 interviews for the MBBS program:

Round 2 for Canadian Applicants
Application deadline for Round 2: September 11, 2015; please note MCAT/ISAT results must be submitted by the September 11, 2015 application deadline date. (Last date to sit MCAT: August 6, 2015)

Interview Dates for Canadian applicants:
October 12, 2015 (Vancouver)
October 14, 2015 (Toronto)

Monash University Medical School MBBS The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry MBBS degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals. With a focus on rural health, all student teaching and clinical placements take place throughout Gippsland.

Have you just completed high school? Will you be finishing high school soon? Check out Monash University Medical School’s undergraduate medical program!


Continental mooting success for Sydney Law School students

It’s a great start for the Sydney Law School Vis Moot Team, winning the Brussels Pre-Moot Competition.

Consisting of Nicola Bevitt, Phoebe Winch, Sarah Ienna, and Will Hanna, the team defeated the University of Osnabrück (Germany) in the final.

It progressed in the competition after wins against the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland) and the National University of Singapore in the general rounds before advancing to the final after moots against UNSW (in the octo-finals), the University of Liege (quarterfinals), and the University of Auckland (semifinal).

“The team’s victory here is a great reward for their hard work over the past six months, and much credit is also due to the team’s co-coaches, Domenic Cucinotta, Reuben Ray, and Louise Dargan, for their excellent guidance of the team,” said Professor Chester Brown, Sydney Law School's Professor of International Law and International Arbitration.

The team now moves to Vienna, with a short stop in Cologne for a pract…

Introducing the Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program at Monash University is a two-year, accelerated learning program that enables students with a first degree other than occupational therapy (but in a related field) to obtain a professional, entry-level qualification at a postgraduate level of study to practice as an occupational therapist.

The course is an integrated curriculum centred on Scenario-Based Learning (SBL). The two years of the SBL curriculum will be organised into the following units:
Foundations of Occupational TherapyHumans as Occupational BeingsOccupational PerformanceEnabling Change in Human OccupationTransition to PracticeAdvanced Professional Practice Students complete an extensive practice based project. Higher achieving students are eligible to complete this as research to the equivalent of honours standard to be eligible to apply for a research masters or PhD program on completion.

Career Opportunities
A degree in occupational therapy provides a breadth of em…

UQ Business School Professor talks recycled water

Trendy California is going for it, but recycled water still won’t wash in Queensland, and a University of Queensland researcher is warning that we need to stop being squeamish about drinking treated water.

Research by UQ Business School Professor Sara Dolnicar shows that Queenslanders are happy to spend millions of dollars on bottled water, but the idea of drinking recycled water is still too hard to swallow.

“Recycled water has an image problem that we need to change if Queensland is to thrive,” Professor Dolnicar said.

“Campaigners exploiting the ‘yuck’ factor put a stop to recycled water in Toowoomba many years ago, but they offered no alternative to support water security.”

Professor Dolnicar’s research investigates why Australians views some water sources, such as bottled water or rainwater, favourably but don’t like others, such as recycled water.

“Most of the state is in the grip of drought, and now is the time for a new and honest debate about alternative water sources…

Bond Law information session in Halifax

Don’t forget! On Monday, April 20, OzTREKK will be hosting an information session featuring Bond University alumnus Donald Grant, who currently practices law in Halifax. Come hear about his experience at Bond Law School in Australia and returning to Canada to practice law! Curious about the Bond JD? Want a firsthand account from someone who studied at Bond and came back to practice law in Canada? Join us April 20 for this free event. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Event DetailsVenue: New Halifax Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd., Room 203, 2nd level
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. start

About the Bond Law School Juris Doctor (JD) program Bond University’s Juris Doctor 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. The Bond JD features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills p…

Why study dentistry at Griffith Dental School?

Griffith Dental School offers a comprehensive range of dentistry and oral health degrees which are known for their innovation and practical relevance.

The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where you will receive real clinical exposure from your first year of study, and you will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.

Hands-on experience Griffith dentistry students will gain extensive practical experience as you work under and alongside qualified oral health professionals in the university’s modern dental clinic and commercial laboratory. From the first year of study, students will have the opportunity to undertake placements in a range of settings including state schools, rural and remote areas, Indigenous communities and aged care facilities, allowing them to apply learned skills and develop valuable contacts.

You can make a difference to the health of individuals and the community. Working …