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Pharmacy Credentialing Process webinar November 1

Are you interested in studying pharmacy? One of the most common questions we receive is, “If I receive my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Australia, am I still permitted to practice in Canada?”

In short, the answer is yes! 

Graduate qualifications in pharmacy from Australian universities are recognized internationally, but there is a process graduates must follow. To better explain the steps required, Manager of Gateway Operations (Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada) Theresa Schopf will be co-hosting a webinar tomorrow evening to answer all your questions about the credentialing process.

Pharmacy Credentialing WebinarDate: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
Time:  8 p.m. EDT

The Gateway was developed by The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) in collaboration with the provincial and territorial Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities, and the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. The Gateway provides the most up-to-date and accurate information abo…

UQ Science International Scholarships are available!

Are you considering applying to a UQ Science program? There are international scholarships for that!

UQ Science International Scholarships are available for outstanding international students in undergraduate or postgraduate coursework programs.

Award value: AU$3,000 or AU$10,000 depending on the award
Applications close: December 1, 2016

To be eligible for a UQ Science International Scholarship, you must
be classified as an international student in Australiahave an unconditional or a conditional offer (with all conditions met by the scholarship closing date) from UQfor undergraduate programs, have completed senior high school and obtained an entry score that equates to a Queensland Tertiary Education rank of 96 or higherfor postgraduate programs, have completed an undergraduate degree and obtained a GPA (Grade Point Average) of 6 or higher on a 7-point scalenot have already commenced your studies at UQ, even if you seek a change of programnot simultaneously hold another scholarshi…

UQ School of Medicine consultations… and other adventures

I just returned from a mini whirlwind with one of my favorite people in international education: Dr. Jenny Schafer, Director of Student Affairs at the UQ School of Medicine.

Dr. Schafer was recently in Canada for the second of her twice-annual visits and, as is becoming very usual, we all had a blast—students included.

First up was a stop in Vancouver where she met with a few dozen students at Simon Fraser University. I can’t lie; I wasn’t there but I have heard that it was a great time and questions needed to be cut off after two solid hours. I think that’s a good sign!

I picked Dr. Schafer up in Toronto where we were hosting the University of Toronto Pre-Med Society for a Q&A about studying medicine abroad. Before that event though, we needed some grub.

Dr. Schafer is a foodie and likes some good eats. In a city with some of the best restaurants, I’m always on the hunt for something a little different. With a surprising 22-degree October evening, I was banking on a pati…

University of Sydney commits $60 million as first phase of $500M investment

The brightest minds will be brought together as part of a historic partnership agreement between the University of Sydney and Westmead precinct partners announced recently.

The partnership includes an initial commitment by the University of Sydney to contribute more than $60 million of funding for new education facilities, upgrades to existing spaces, and a suite of new academic programs and initiatives, in addition to its existing staffing contribution of $35 million per year at Westmead.

This increased contribution to the partnership will help ensure that clinicians, students and researchers at Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the Children’s Medical Research Institute will be able to continue to meet the needs of the expanding population and increasing health needs of Western Sydney, New South Wales and beyond.

The new facilities and programs will support the expanded expertise and educational opportunities…

Don’t miss the Monash Medical School seminars in Canada

If you’ve been considering studying medicine, you know how competitive getting into a Canadian medical school can be. But have you considered undertaking a medical degree at an Australian Medical School? Did you know that Australian medical schools rank comparatively to Canadian medical schools?

Monash Medical School Information Sessions Discover more about your study options! Monash Medical School and OzTREKK are pleased invite you to the medicine info sessions being held in Toronto and Vancouver, Nov. 1 and 3.

Join us to find out more about
Monash UniversityMonash Medical Schoolthe new Bachelor of Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine programadmissions requirementsapplying from high schoolapplying from universityapplication deadlinesinterviewsaccreditation processand much more! Experience world-class education taught by one of the best medical schools in the world. Find out how by attending a Monash Medical School seminar this November. Be sure to RSVP!

University of Toronto
Date: N…

OzTREKK student gives us the inside scoop about the Melbourne physiotherapy program

We’ve got lots of program spoilers in this OzTREKK student blog! So if you’re a future Melbourne DPT student, heads up!

Meet current Melbourne Physiotherapy School student, Eric Leckie. He began his studies in semester 1, 2016, and he has a ton of helpful tips for everyone getting ready to study the Doctor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne. What should you know before you start your program? Is there a learning curve? How intense is the program?

If you’d like the answers to the above questions—and a whole lot more—read on!

Why physio? My decision to study physiotherapy came from a couple of directions. I think that the main reason for me choosing physiotherapy came from my experiences with my dad. When I was in Grade 8 my dad was diagnosed with a pretty serious disease that caused him to deteriorate over three years and then spend an additional 80 days in the hospital to receive an organ transplant. As you can imagine, after spending 80 days in the hospital, his body deteriorate…

University of Melbourne Audiology application deadline

Don’t miss the Melbourne Audiology School application deadline! Applications for the Master of Clinical Audiology program close this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.
How are applications assessed?
The Selection Committee will consider applications from individuals with a science, biomedical science, health-related or other relevant degree that is equivalent to a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Australian university. The selection process will involve consideration of
the applicant’s complete academic record, with emphasis on the final year/s of the undergraduate degree;any postgraduate study; andthe relevance of previous studies to the field of audiology. The University of Melbourne is committed to attracting students of the highest calibre. Entry into the audiology program is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process.

What is considered a “relevant” degree?
While preference is given to students from a science/health/linguistics/psychology background, Melbourne ha…

Bond Law research helping “highly stressed” lawyers find their Zen

Lawyers and law students need support to deal with the high-pressured nature of their chosen career, or the future of the profession could be in jeopardy, according to the country’s leading academics.

Bond Faculty of Law Professor Rachael Field said that Australian empirical research indicates that one third of Australian solicitors and one fifth of Australian barristers reported elevated levels of psychological distress.

She said one third of law students also reported increased levels of stress after their first year of study, a statistic first reported in 2009 and consistently reinforced by various studies since then.

“Research indicates that for many law students, symptoms of psychological distress begin early and continue throughout their study and into their working lives,” she said.

“The legal profession has an ethical imperative to respond to the high levels of psychological distress experienced by lawyers and law students.

“A failure to act on this imperative wil…

Our OzTREKK scholarships applications are incredible!

Holy smokes. I just spent hours immersed in some pretty incredible scholarship applications—and I am humbled.

First: the response was wonderful, overwhelming, really. We received more than 150 scholarship applications, and while we’ve not yet read / watched all of them, at first pass, they are truly amazing.

It was nearly awe-inspiring how accomplished our students are already. These are students who are not going to make an impact, but who havealready made an impact on their communities. I say “communities” with intention as these students are making a positive impact on a variety of individual people, groups and organizations around them. We have students who have touched individuals, underserved citizens, church groups, towns and the global community in the truest sense of the words.

So where are we at this point? Well, the scholarships are inventoried. Over the next six weeks, our OzTREKK Scholarship Committee will review and rank each scholarship application and video le…

Sydney veterinary research: Is your dog happy?

Dogs aren’t as easy to read as you might think.

Dogs generally seem to be cheerful, happy-go-lucky characters, so you might expect that most would have an optimistic outlook on life. In fact some dogs are distinctly more pessimistic than others.

“This research is exciting because it measures positive and negative emotional states in dogs objectively and non-invasively. It offers researchers and dog owners an insight into the outlook of dogs and how that changes,” said Dr Melissa Starling, from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.

“Finding out as accurately as possible whether a particular dog is optimistic or pessimistic is particularly helpful in the context of working and service dogs and has important implications for animal welfare.”

Dogs were taught to associate two different sounds (two octaves apart) with whether they would get the preferred reward of milk or instead get the same amount of water. Once the dogs have learnt the discrimination task, they are presen…

Sydney occupational therapy student advocates children’s rights to free play

“I chose the field of occupational therapy because I have always loved working with children with disabilities or physical ailments in orphanages and I could use play as an effective means and end goal in therapy,” said Mandi Mills, an international occupational therapy student from Colorado State University, speaking at a presentation earlier this month to staff and students from her home university, as well as those that hosted her at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences.

Mandi’s presentation focused on a child’s right to play that practitioners can use within any environment. She drew on her international experiences, including her involvement on the University of Sydney’s Playground Project, to working as a pediatric occupational therapist in Colorado, and a recent visit to Indonesia at an inclusive school for children with disabilities.

Working on the Sydney Playground Project as part of a 12-week rotation, Mandi says play is difficult to define and a difficult conc…

Melbourne Optometry application deadline is approaching

Are you thinking about studying at Melbourne Optometry School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is coming up on Friday, Oct. 28!
Why Canadians Like the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the Melbourne Optometry School is one of the world’s leading schools of optometry. It enjoys a fine reputation for its teaching and research. The department has a large clinic, providing excellent practical experience along with personal tuition for its students. The Victorian College of Optometry cooperates with the university in the training of optometry students and the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is located within the premises of the college. The National Vision Research Institute and the Clinical Vision Research Australia are affiliated with the college and access its facilities.

Program at a Glance4-year program (full-time study)Mix of coursework and clinical practiceAccess to the university’s state-of-the-art optom…

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy admissions webinar Oct. 25

Transcripts, prerequisites, application for credit, application documents? Are you interested in studying pharmacy but not sure where to begin?

Great news! OzTREKK Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh will be holding a UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy admissions webinar to answer all your questions.

Join Krista on Oct. 25 to find out more about the program and how to get your application ready. Learn about the new process for UQ’s Application for Credit and get tips about how to prepare the best application possible!

Webinar: UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy AdmissionsDate: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. EDT
Host: Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh
Register: Contact Krista at

About the UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and bio…

James Cook University helps see horror disease defeated

James Cook University scientists have played a part in a program that has seen lymphatic filariasis (LF)—also known as elephantiasis—eliminated from four countries.

After more than two decades of effort, Cambodia, The Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu have eliminated LF as a public health problem.

LF can lead to lymphoedema, elephantiasis and hydrocoele—huge swelling of the limbs and genitals of sufferers. It’s caused by parasitic worms transmitted between humans by mosquitoes, a process that has now been effectively interrupted.

Approximately 40 million people suffer from the disease, including 15 million who have full-blown lymphoedema (elephantiasis) and 25 million men who have urogenital swelling.

JCU scientists developed an efficient diagnostic test for the disease, enabling effective targeting and supported ongoing training and surveillance to prevent new infections.

JCU’s Professor Peter Leggat said LF is one of the most debilitating of the neglected tropical diseases…

Global rankings confirm Monash as leader in engineering and technology

Monash University has been named Australia’s leading university in engineering and technology by an authoritative global rankings institution.

The Times Higher Education world university subject rankings 2016/17 announced has placed Monash 45th across the globe for engineering and technology—the highest ranking of any Australian university. Monash’s 45th ranking was eight places up on its rating for engineering and technology in last year’s rankings.

Monash’s high ranking in engineering and technology was underpinned by strong outcomes in teaching, international outlook, research, citations and industry income.

Further, Monash was ranked 41st in the world by Times Higher Education in clinical, pre-clinical and health and 63rd in business and economics. A total of 980 universities were included in the rankings.

President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the results were further evidence of the university’s growing international reput…

Griffith Education Internship framework a model for success

There is more to internships than simply immersing yourself in your chosen industry.

Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies academics Professor Glenn Finger and Dr Paula Jervis-Tracey recently published research in a book titled Teacher Education: Innovation, Intervention and Impact, about the importance of internships in the education industry by designing a conceptual framework that can be adopted by other universities looking to introduce internships.

Their research is based on Griffith’s Employability Framework and reinforces Griffith’s position as a leading university for graduate teacher success and employability.

Each year more than 200 Griffith University teaching students take part in an internship, with approximately 90 per cent of students gaining work in schools after graduating.

This particular research is focused on the Education Internship and strengthening the connections between university and professional learning in schools.

Professor Finge…

How to tell your family you want to study in Australia

You may already be a university graduate, but that doesn’t mean your parents won’t mind if you move, say, to the other side of the planet, and this is especially true for anyone who has just graduated high school!

You’d like to study in Australia, but knowing how to communicate this desire with your parents and family members may prove to be a bit tricky, especially if you’ve never been abroad for long periods of time. While some parents may be completely supportive of your adventures, others may be hesitant to wave at you from the tarmac. Whether you’re on either side of the spectrum, or fall somewhere in between, OzTREKK has some advice when it comes to approaching your parents and family members about the idea of studying in Australia.

Determine the why Yes, Australia is a beautiful country with lots of beaches, kangaroos, koalas, and a casual lifestyle. What else does it have to offer? For students, Australia pretty much has it all, which is why it currently hosts mo…

New Master of Public Health offered at Macquarie University

OzTREKK is pleased to announce that Macquarie University has introduced a Master of Public Health!

The Department of Health Systems and Populations within the faculty of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will offer a Master of Public Health from 2017. Inter-disciplinary public health specialisations will be available in health law, ethics, and policy; health leadership; environmental health; global health; and research.

This is the perfect professional degree to engage in for a 21st-century approach to education and practice aimed at preventing disease, promoting health, and supporting healthy lives in a globalised world.

Career Opportunities Studies in public health prepare you for careers in
health educationhealth promotionresearch and policy developmentproject managementpublic healthhealth and community administrationadvocacy and non-government organisationsinternational health and developmentPublic Health Clinical Practice
Examples of titles held by Master of Public He…

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf

Believe it or not, Canada and Australia have a lot more in common that you think: friendly, relaxed people; small population  relative to land area; cities and towns relatively far apart; population concentrated along borders; a need for rural and remote health care; and weather extremes. While Australia boasts lofty, soaring temperatures, Canada lifts its chin with an icy stare and subzero grin. Aussies are proud of their ability to roast in the heat, and Canadians are keenly aware of their defence of hockey, Tim Hortons, and ability to frolic outside in the bitter cold sans heavy-duty winter gear.

Yes, we Canadians can endure chilly winters, but compared to say, the real Great White North, how cold are we?

Meet Lorynn. She’s from Yellowknife. Lorynn decided to swap Canadian snow for Australian surf and just a little bit of dentistry at the University of Sydney, New South Wales. Here’s her story!

My name is Lorynn Westad. I’m from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories in …

University of Queensland’s research excellence on the rise

The University of Queensland has risen two places in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, placing 43rd in the world and third in Australia.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Joanne Wright said the rankings, compiled by National Taiwan University, showed UQ’s continued upward trajectory—UQ rose 11 places in the same rankings last year.

“Earlier this year UQ jumped 22 places up the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, to rank 55th globally and second in Australia,” she said.

“UQ’s continued success in international rankings such as this demonstrates that we are a high-quality university, especially when viewed against the increasingly strong competition of the world’s more than 10,000 universities.

“This achievement recognises the efforts and excellence of our researchers, staff, alumni and students, who all play a role in ensuring UQ continues to be a world-recognised leader in higher education.”

The Performance Ranking…

Sydney Law School hosting info sessions in Canada

Why consider studying at one of the world’s best law schools?

Join us October 17 – 20 to find out why so many Canadians are choosing to receive a world-class legal education at Sydney Law School. Meet and speak with the Dean of Law Prof Joellen Riley, and learn more about the accreditation process and how you can take your law degree back home with you after graduation!

Sydney Law School information sessionsVancouver
seminar and refreshments
Date: October 17
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hatch Gallery, AMS Student Nest, UBC

seminar and refreshments
Date: October 18
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: AQ, Room 5025, SFU

seminar and refreshments
Date: October 19
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: University College, Room 152, University of Toronto

seminar and refreshments
Date: October 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Maple Room, Westin Ottawa

An international leader in legal education The Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, with a global ranking of 11 in the QS World Universities Rank…

Providing healthcare in Laos prepares Griffith nursing student

Providing healthcare in a developing country wasn’t something Rachael Ovington expected to be doing while studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University.

But it was an experience she will never forget and will take with her when she seeks employment as a full-time nurse next year.

Rachael is one of almost 50 third-year Griffith Nursing students to travel to Laos this year as part of work integrated learning placement within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Griffith University was the first university health team to administer healthcare in in this rural district of Laos Laos, commencing work with this community Development Project in 2010.

“Being able to provide healthcare to people that have nothing and no access to health services because they live rurally really made me appreciate the healthcare we have in Australia and made me want to do so much more for them,” Rachael said.

“The community were really excited and happy to see us and so grateful and appreciative t…

Newcastle Juris Doctor scholarships available

Are you planning to begin to the Newcastle Juris Doctor program in 2017?

We are happy to announce that Canadians are eligible to apply for the Juris Doctor (JD) Scholarship for International Students. Established in 2013, this scholarship will provide two international students with $2,000 for the coursework Juris Doctor program and will be payable in two lump sums following the census date of each semester.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:
Be an international studentBe enrolled full timeBe enrolled in the Newcastle Juris Doctor program in the Faculty of Business and LawRequired documentation
If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.
A copy of your undergraduate transcriptSelection
Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of academic merit; app…