Showing posts from March, 2016

Griffith uses 3D tissue engineering to revolutionise dental disease

The discomfort and stigma of loose or missing teeth could be a thing of the past as Griffith University researchers pioneer the use of 3D bioprinting to replace missing teeth and bone.

The three-year study, which has been granted a National Health and Medical Research Council Grant of $650,000, is being undertaken by periodontist Professor Saso Ivanovski from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

As part of an Australian first, Professor Ivanovski and his team are using the latest 3D bioprinting to produce new, totally ‘bespoke,’ tissue engineered bone and gum that can be implanted into a patient’s jawbone.

“The groundbreaking approach begins with a scan of the affected jaw, prior to the design of a replacement part using computer-assisted design,” he says.

“A specialised bioprinter, which is set at the correct physiological temperature (in order to avoid destroying cells and proteins) is then able to successfully fabricate the gum structures that have been lost to…

University of Sydney excels in latest QS Rankings

The University of Sydney has cemented its position as a global leader in research and educational excellence in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Thirty-two of the university’s subjects were ranked in the top 50 globally, of which nine were ranked in the top 20.

Sydney veterinary science was ranked ninth in the world and number one in Australia, while three other subjects also shared the number one national ranking: Architecture/Built Environment (17 globally), Medicine (17), and Nursing (13).

The prestigious rankings are regarded as the most comprehensive global comparison of universities at individual subject level.

The results highlighted the university’s strengths in subjects across all the disciplines ranked, including Law (11), Education (16), Accounting and Finance (18), Geography (22), English Language and Literature (20) and Engineering – Civil and Structural (20). For the first time, Philosophy entered the top 50 globally with a rank of 37 worldwide.


About the Griffith School of Pharmacy

Based on the Gold Coast campus, the Griffith School of Pharmacy is known for its innovative teaching that produces highly sought after graduates in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science. With the opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital—Australia’s first public university hospital and located next to the new Griffith Health Centre—students are ideally placed to gain practical work place experience as part of multidisciplinary teams.

The school’s 400 partners offer clinical and research placement opportunities for students on the Gold Coast, in rural Australia and overseas. The newest of these includes a placement rotation through Indonesia where students experience hospital, community and industrial pharmacy, and a hospital/research placement in Singapore. These activities reflect the strong partnerships that the School of Pharmacy has with clinical and research centres around the world.

Griffith’s School of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school in Australia to introd…

Governor-General opens new wing at University of Queensland King’s College

A new residential wing at King’s College within the University of Queensland was officially opened on March 19.

Designed by Wilson Architects, the Wensley Wing was completed by BADGE Constructions late last year at a cost of $6.9 million.

King’s College Master and Chief Executive Mr Greg Eddy said the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove, opened the wing.

“The state-of-the-art wing accommodates 38 students, and had study and communal areas,” Mr Eddy said.

“The College vision is to be Australia’s pre-eminent Residential College, which will enable diverse and innovative young men to serve and pursue individual excellence.

“The feedback from students has been extremely positive.”

Mr Eddy said the new wing was part of a major project, which included the refurbishment of the entry to the college and the expansion of the Old Collegians’ Learning Centre.

The Wensley Wing is named in honour of the late Robert Wensley …

Melbourne MD application timeline announced

Melbourne MD application timeline for 2017 IntakeApplication deadline: June 23, 2016Last date to sit MCAT for 2017 intake: June 2, 2016Last date to submit MCAT results: July 16, 2016Interview offers released: August 15, 2016Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 20, 2016Interviews (via Skype): August 29 – September 2, 2016Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: September 12 – 16, 2016Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 21, 2016Deadline to accept offer or submit deferral request: November 5, 2016Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 11, 2016Enrollment deadline for non-conditional offered applicants: December 16, 2016Enrollment deadline for conditional offered applicants: January 12, 2017First day of class: TBA
About the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Program The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables stude…

Macquarie University subjects in top 100

Macquarie University now features among the world’s elite institutions in 21 of the 42 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject. Nine of these subject areas at Macquarie were considered to be in the world’s top 100:

English language and literatureLinguisticsPsychologyEarth and marine sciencesGeographyAccounting and financeCommunication and media studiesEducationLaw About Macquarie University Macquarie University is uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct. With more than 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, students and staff are able to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their studies and their careers. Such opportunities will only grow in the coming decades, as the neighbouring high-tech precinct doubles in size to become the fourth largest CBD in Australia behind Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Macquarie was awarded five stars in the international QS Stars ratin…

UQ collaborates with Zurich on first international organised crime law course

A group of UQ Law School students has gained insight into corruption, money laundering and human trafficking thanks to an innovative law course in Switzerland this month.

The students participated in the first international crime and comparative criminal law course offered jointly by UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law and the University of Zurich (UZH).

Participating UQ student Ellen Wood said each student was required to research and give a 30-minute presentation. Her topic was human trafficking.

“Our topics were all extremely relevant to current world issues, and the professors were so passionate,” she said.

“They were our mentors and I was motivated to learn as much as possible.

“I gained a real interest in examining the world of human trafficking. I have rarely felt so stimulated, determined and challenged.

“It was very interesting hearing from the perspective of the Swiss students and it fuelled class discussion.”

The course was designed to enhance students’ abilities to resear…

University of Newcastle’s Architecture and Built Environment rank well

The University of Newcastle’s  Architecture and Built Environment discipline has ranked in the top 50 in the world, for the second consecutive year in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject list, announced last week.

Three other subjects, geography, engineering (civil and structural) and nursing, joined architecture in the year’s top 100 subject rankings. UON had eight subjects ranked in the world’s top 150 and an overall total of 14 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200.

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject is a comprehensive guide to the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the University of Newcastle’s global reputation for excellence in education, research and innovation had resulted in another outstanding performance in the 2016 QS subject rankings.

“UON consistently ranks in the top 300 universities in the world and in the top eight universities in Australia for the numb…

Melbourne DVM course overview

The Melbourne Veterinary School is one of OzTREKK students’ favourites! If you’re considering applying to Australian veterinary schools, here is a bit about Melbourne to get you started!

Melbourne DVM The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum will assume prior knowledge and experience of scientific thought processes. This will allow for the early introduction of an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to veterinary studies, an approach that provides opportunities for students to apply their understanding to authentic cases, to practice evidence-based decision-making, to solve clinical problems and to acquire clinical competencies in an ordered and sequential way, from the first year of their course. By the time they reach the final year of the DVM, students will be immersed in a community of best practice in the university’s hospital, where the explicit teaching of the lecture
theatre, practical class and tutorial room gives way to peer-to-peer teaching and e…

University of Queensland ranked among world’s best

The University of Queensland is number one in Australia in two subject areas and among the world’s top 20 in four, a global review published this week confirms.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 places 11 UQ subject areas in the world’s top 30.

UQ ranks at number one in Australia in Mineral Resources and Mining Engineering (10th globally) and Environmental Science (12th globally).

The university ranks 17th globally in Agriculture and Forestry and 18th in Education.
UQ’s other QS global top-30 subjects:
Psychology (#21)Development Studies #(23)Chemical Engineering (#25 in world / #2 in Australia)Communications and Media Studies (#25 in world / #3 in Australia)Accounting and Finance (#26 in world / #4 in Australia)Veterinary Science (#29 in world / #3 in Australia)Nursing (#30) Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s top-ranked subjects deserved their national and international acclaim.

“It’s fitting that a leading university in a biodiverse and res…

New Pro Dean for Sydney Faculty of Dentistry

Recently welcomed as Pro Dean in the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Heiko Spallek has “hit the ground running” in his specialty of dental informatics.

On March 19, Heiko co-organised with researchers from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and the Sydney Dental School, the AADR-sponsored conference “Toward a Diagnosis Driven Profession 2016” to discuss the adoption of standardised diagnostic terminologies (DxTMs) by dental professionals to improve oral health.

More than 120 people attended the conference, including stakeholders from the dental insurance industry, dental research, electronic health record manufacturers, professional organisations including the American Dental Association and the funding agency NIH.

Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine The Sydney DMD is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate mo…

Melbourne International Postgraduate Coursework Awards

International Postgraduate Coursework Award The International Postgraduate Coursework Award (IPCA) was established by the University of Melbourne and is awarded to high achieving international students undertaking a graduate coursework degree.

The university normally offers around 28 scholarships each year. Eligible candidates are selected on the basis of academic merit.

Benefits The scholarship provides fee remissions of between 25% and 100% of tuition fees for the duration of your course.

Eligibility To be considered for this scholarship, you must
be a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand and not a permanent resident of Australia;have applied for an eligible graduate coursework degree,be commencing study at the University of Melbourne for the first time;not be in receipt of any other tuition fee remission scholarship or sponsorship which, in combination with the IPCA, exceeds 100% of tuition fees; andnot have received any other scholarship provided by the Aust…

Bond Business student wins Prize for Excellence in Actuarial Science

Bond University student James Todd has received the first ever Queensland Treasury Prize for Excellence in actuarial science.

In 2015 Bond University embarked on becoming the first university in Queensland to receive accreditation to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in actuarial science.

Treasury backed the venture by offering industry advice, internships to students and an annual cash prize award for the best performing student.

Presented by Queensland Treasury’s State Actuary Wayne Cannon at a recent Bond Business School Dean’s Awards ceremony, the accolade and a $1,000 cash prize went to James—the highest achieving undergraduate of 2015.

“James exemplifies the high standards that both Queensland Treasury and the State Actuary’s Office aspire to achieve,” Wayne said.

This is a sentiment echoed by James, who explained, “I am very proud of what I have managed to achieve, and incredibly honoured to be recognised for my hard work by Queensland Treasury.”

Actuaries a…

Upcoming Griffith Law School webinar

Interested in a career in law? Then you’re invited to the upcoming Griffith Law School webinar! During this webinar, Griffith Law SchoolDeputy Head of School Associate Professor Therese Wilson will about studying law at Griffith and the graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws program.

Date:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Time: 9 p.m. EST (Toronto) / 6 p.m. PST (Vancouver)

This is a great opportunity for future students to find out more about
Griffith Law SchoolLaw degrees availableAdmissions requirementsProgram structureApplication deadlinesAccreditationLife on campusand much more!To register for this webinar, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at

About the Griffith Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) The Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) at Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose …

Clinical training for UQ medical and allied health students get a boost

Clinical training for University of Queensland medical and allied health students will be boosted with the opening of student training centres this week at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee and Redland hospitals.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the new facilities would revolutionise training practices at the hospitals and offer more clinical placement opportunities for students.

“Working with our hospital partners at Redland and QEII Jubilee hospitals, these purpose-built centres will allow us to train more students and offer greater flexibility in how that training is delivered,” Professor Høj said.

“Rooms are equipped with high-speed internet services and video-conferencing, allowing the centres to fully support remote teaching and enable staff and students to actively engage in knowledge exchange with our other local and offshore clinical schools.”

The training centres have been built with $2.2 million from the Federal Government Health Workforce Australia Fund…

Sydney Computer Engineering study warns of the rise of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence must be kept under human control or we may become defenceless against its capabilities, warn two University of Sydney machine-learning experts.

Professor Dong Xu, Chair in Computer Engineering from the Sydney School of Electrical and Information Engineering said the defeat of the world champion Go player has raised fresh concerns about the future role of artificial intelligence (AI) devices.

The professor, whose research interests include computer vision, machine-learning and multimedia content analysis, says the question now is how much we should control AI’s ability to self-learn.

“The scientists and technology investors have been enthusiastic about AI for several years, but the triumph of the supercomputer has finally made the public conscious of its capabilities. This marks a significant breakthrough in the technology world,” Professor Xu said.

“Supercomputers are more powerful than the human mind. Competitive games such as Go or chess are actually …

Global Sports Law Moot at Bond University

As the problem of doping in sport continues to be widely debated, Bond University Law School students were prepared to tackle the issue head on in the annual Global Sports Law Moot, against law students from the prestigious Universite Paris 13, part of the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

Paralympic swimming gold medallist and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) legal counsel Annabelle Williams was one of three judges adjudicating the bilingual moot on March 16.

The multi-talented lawyer and sportswoman, who was born with a congenital limb deficiency leaving her without a lower left arm, graduated with a double degree in law and international relations from Bond University in 2013.

The international virtual mooting competition was held in Bond University’s Global Links Room, a state-of-the-art multimedia learning space featuring dual screen web and video conferencing facilities, enabling the Bond University team to compete with the Universite Paris 13 students, based i…

Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy prerequisites

The Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) requires prerequisite subjects in human anatomy and in human physiology (one subject of each), with prerequisite subjects to have completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Physiotherapy. For example, if applying for the 2017 intake then prerequisite subjects must have been completed from 2007 onward.

If Melbourne has previously assessed your course as equivalent to their prerequisite requirements, it will be listed on the Melbourne International Prerequisites page ( If you do not see your courses on this list, you will have to submit your course outlines to the university.

You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the “International” link under the heading “List of assessed subjects and courses” on the Melbourne International Prerequisites page.

What information does Melbourne need to assess your subjects? The minimum amount of information the University of Melbourne…

JCU helps eastern quolls to return to Australian mainland

A senior James Cook University academic is helping catch eastern quolls in Tasmania as part of a project to bring the animal back to the mainland after more than 60 years of extinction.

Professor Iain Gordon, JCU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, said the animals will be released into the Mulligans Flat woodland sanctuary near Canberra.

“These first individuals will form part of a long-term project to restore the native small mammal community that used to thrive in this area,” he said.

Quolls were once widespread in south-eastern Australia, but were wiped out by introduced foxes and cats, disease, habitat loss and human intervention. Tasmania is now the only place the animal can be found in the wild.

Professor Gordon said Australia holds the dubious honour of having lost many of its small mammal species from the mainland since European settlement. “We’ve been involved in restoring many species into a protected area in the ACT; now …

Activity monitoring devices could become instrumental in cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiovascular researchers from the University of Sydney have found that Fitbit, the popular physical activity monitoring device, is a valid and reliable way of monitoring physical activity for cardiac patients.

Published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the study found that Fitbit-Flex accurately identified whether patients met physical activity guideline recommendations, such as number of steps per day.

“The use of devices such as Fitbit offers valuable data for clinicians and researchers working in cardiac rehabilitation programs to monitor, evaluate and encourage their patient’s physical activity levels,” said senior author Professor Robyn Gallagher, from the university’s Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Nursing School.

“Physical activity is a major component in a cardiac rehabilitation program and is key to a patient’s recovery from coronary heart disease (CHD).

“A substantial body of evidence shows that an increase in physical activity levels resul…

Macquarie University international scholarships

What does the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship cover? Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a partial scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the amount is varied up to AUD$10,000 and it will be applied towards your tuition fee.

Priority areas: Engineering, Environment, Human Science, Media, Linguistics, and Education.

Application Deadline – June 29, 2016 The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships do not provide financial support in the form of a living allowance, nor does it provide for the cost of visa application, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), airfares, accommodation, conferences or other costs associated with study.

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a single scholarship and not available to be renewed. Please note that applicants can only receive one scholarship.

Applicants applying for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship will not…

JCU City Campus celebrates first anniversary and plans to expand

Increasing demand for more study areas at James Cook University’s City Campus in Townsville has seen JCU expand into the second floor of the Flinders Street building.

On March 16, JCU celebrated the first birthday of the opening of its innovative, multi-use campus in the heart of the city.

The nearly 1000sqm Townsville City Campus is a four-storey, teaching, engagement and student services centre located in the City Arcade development.

John Chandler, JCU’s Manager of External Relations and the City Campus, said students’ reaction to the campus had been extremely positive.

“There has been a clear demand for a separate study area to accommodate the growing numbers of students using the facility,” Mr Chandler said.

“Given this feedback, we are outfitting another floor of the building to be a dedicated student study area. This area will include high-speed WiFi, computers and study spaces that enable peer-to-peer interactions as well as private study.”

Mr Chandler said this additi…

Don’t forget the UQ Pharmacy webinar March 21

On Monday, March 21, UQ Pharmacy Professor Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar for anyone interested in learning more about studying at UQ Pharmacy School.

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

Date: Monday, March 21, 2016
Time: 8 p.m. (Ontario) 5 p.m. (BC)

About Professor Greg Monteith After completing his pharmacy studies in Australia and working in Baltimore (USA), Greg took an academic appointment at the UQ School of Pharmacy, and is known for his interactive lectures. Greg’s research team withing the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) at UQ seeks to identify and characterize novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of cancer. A particular focus of his research group is the identification of new drug targets for breast cancer subtypes for which there are few effective therapies and …

Monash University at the forefront of consumer rights in public health

World Consumer Rights Day (March 15) is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the international consumer movement—a movement that is vital in public health and medicine. The theme for 2016 is antibiotic resistance.

Monash University’s Adjunct Associate Professor Ken Harvey has been involved in combating antibiotic resistance for over 30 years. He was a founding member, and at various times author, Chair of the Antibiotic Writing Group and Board Member of Therapeutic Guidelines Limited. Recognising that pharmaceutical promotion was also a driving force for inappropriate antibiotic use, he has also been a prolific campaigner for truth in drug advertising.

Dr Harvey is an organiser and speaker at a seminar on the Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services to be held at the University of Sydney on March 17, 2016; one of a series of events celebrating WCRD.

“The seminar will explore the number of current policy issues associated with the advertising of thera…

Nanoscience and technology institute launching at University of Sydney

Cross-disciplinary institute and flagship $150m building cements Sydney’s place advancing frontier knowledge.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, launching next month, provides a world-leading environment for scientists at the forefront of nanotechnology to address some of the biggest challenges facing society. A recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald featured an insight into the university’s “quantum leap” into the next frontier.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, which launches next month at the University of Sydney, brings together in a purpose-built facility the capacity to design, fabricate, measure, test and deploy nanotechnology innovations—in an Australian first.

The new $150m Sydney Nanoscience Hub—the headquarters of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology—is among the most advanced laboratories for advanced measurement and experimental device demonstration globally built for this purpos…

University of Melbourne medicine and dentistry prerequisites

What are University of Melbourne medicine and dentistry prerequisites? A prerequisite subject is a subject or sequence of subjects which must be completed before entering a course of study. Many programs at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. The selection requirements for the course you are interested in will normally specify these requirements.

The Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery require prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology taught at the second-year level, or equivalent, with prerequisite subjects to have completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery. For example, if applying for the 2017 intake then prerequisite subjects must have been completed from 2007 onward.

The university has assessed a large number of subjects from international and Australian universities. If the subjects you have studied are not incl…

UQ audiology research focuses on hearing loss in children

Research from the University of Queensland could help address one of the most common disorders in children: hearing loss in the middle ear.

Associate Professor Wayne Wilson said the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences had several exciting initiatives in the field of audiology.

“Recent research suggests that, on any given day in class, up to 20 per cent of students can have mild or worse problems from middle ear dysfunction,” Dr Wilson said.

“Picking up these problems from birth is not something that’s been done accurately in the past and we tend to only unearth those with substantial hearing problems that cannot be fixed.

“But currently UQ has Associate Professor Joseph Kei leading the way in this field by using new technology to more accurately identify middle ear dysfunction.

“It will take three to five years for this technology to transition from a research tool into wider clinical availability, but it is on its way.”

Dr Kei has pioneered wideband absorbance tech…