Showing posts from August, 2016

Explore Bond University from anywhere in the world!

This goes out to everyone heading to Bond Law School in September!

Did you know you are headed to one of the most immaculately kept campuses in Australia? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a campus tour before you land in Australia?

You can!

The Bond Now application ( allows you to immerse yourself in the Bond campus and the state-of-the-art facilities in a 360-degree tour. Watch as the bustling activity of university life unfolds around you and take in every aspect of the Bond’s amazing learning spaces.
There is so much to explore and visit from the Anatomy Labs, to watching AFL training on the sports fields or witnessing a mock trial in the Moot Court—where you will be spending just a little bit of your time! Here’s a brief rundown of some of the uni’s features and facilities.

Outdoor learning spaces
Tired of squinting at a professor pacing back and forth at the bottom of an auditorium?

You won’t get that at Bond University. Bond prides …

A Griffith Speech Pathology School student’s story

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.

Did you garble that one? So did we.

When most people think about speech pathology, they probably think of the study of helping people who stutter or have a lisp. While it’s true that speech pathologists do help with those issues, their scope of practice is a whole lot broader, including speech delays, fluency, voice and resonance, swallowing and feeding, cognitive-communication, literacy… and much more!

OzTREKK recently spoke with Ritoo Bhardwaj, a current Griffith Speech Pathology student. Originally from Vancouver, Ritoo first earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology with a focus on child language development at Simon Fraser University. Here’s her story!

Why speech pathology at Griffith University? I became interested in speech pathology when I watched my grandmother go through speech therap…

Don’t miss the Newcastle JD webinar Sept. 1!

Summer is winding down, but we have an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School. The webinar will be hosted by OzTREKK and will feature former OzTREKK students and a Canadian professor!

During this webinar, you will discover more about living and studying in Australia, the ins and outs of the Newcastle JD program and its embedded Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a few more pearls—all from a Canadian perspective!

Date: Thursday, Sept. 1
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario)

To join this webinar, email!
University of Newcastle Law School Juris DoctorProgram: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline; however, it is recommended that candidates apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Key features of the program 1. Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon c…

Newcastle Business School receives international recognition

OzTREKK is proud to represent the best of the best in Australian universities. Top medical schools, top dentistry schools, top law schools—the list goes on. Australian universities offer an abundance of exceptional learning experiences and uphold world-recognised standards. Once again, we’ve received news that another business school we represent has just been awarded accreditation.

The Newcastle Business School has received international acclaim for its programs through accreditation from USA-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by fewer than five per cent of the world’s business programs. The accreditation places Newcastle Business School in the leading institutions internationally.

Professor Richard Dunford, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law, said the accreditation is an exciting step in ensuring international recognition fo…

Macquarie chiropractic graduate practicing in Canada

Here’s a story from an Australian university graduate who agrees with us wholeheartedly about the value of international study. He is living proof that you can study in Australia, and practice in Canada!

Meet Dr Ryan Coster, a licensed chiropractor working in New Brunswick. Dr Coster chose to pursue his chiropractic degree at Macquarie in New South Wales. His praise of the university, its world-class chiropractic education, and his success of coming back to Canada to practice is encouraging for future students considering studying in Australia. Here is his story:

When deciding to pursue a career in chiropractic, there were many decisions to be made regarding which university to attend. In the end, I decided to accept an international student position at Macquarie University’s Department of Chiropractic, where I would spend four years attaining a postgraduate chiropractic degree.

The main reason I chose to study at Macquarie University, besides for the amazing international e…

Five questions with a Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate

Dina Kayali studied with the Faculty of Pharmacy and is as passionate about the industry as they come. After graduating with the Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Sydney in 2005, Dina has experienced firsthand the various career opportunities that a degree in pharmacy can lead you.

Starting her career in retail and community pharmacy, Dina moved into corporate pharmacy, working for seven years at global pharmaceutical company Hospira in roles across medical affairs, and product and business development. Earlier this year, Dina accepted a highly sought after position with Pfizer Australia as their Business Development Manager.

The university caught up with Dina to find out how she’s settling in at Pfizer, what she thinks of the new Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management course and why she chose a career in pharmacy.

1. Tell us about where you work and what your role involves? I currently work at Pfizer Australia as the Business Development Manager. This involves company…

Why settle for ordinary?


Creating change: UQ Vet School sets up students for success

Did you know that the UQ School of Veterinary Science is ranked #3 in Australia according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016?

This ranking places UQ among the world’s best veterinary schools and near the very top of Australia’s best!

UQ Vet is determined to have their students succeed, and encourage the idea that lifelong learning really is the key to being a successful veterinarian in today’s world.

To keep up in an ever-changing industry environment, veterinary education increasingly focuses on self-sufficiency.

UQ Veterinary School’s Professor Paul Mills has worked across many sectors of the industry in the last three decades, including government, emergency medicine, and education, and knows firsthand that students need more than just scientific or practical skills to succeed.

“Setting up our students for success means teaching them not only the vital skills they need to hit the ground running from day one, but also how to learn for themselves so they can…

James Cook University Private Hospital powers ahead

We’ve got great news for future JCU MBBS students!

James Cook University is taking the next big step towards the construction of a private hospital on its Townsville campus. This develop means that students beginning the JCU medical program in 2017 will be able to do clinical training in brand new facilities!

JCU has shortlisted to three the number of proponents who would build and operate the University Private Hospital in the JCU and Townsville Health and Hospital Service medical precinct in Townsville.

The three shortlisted proponents have now been invited to make a Request For Proposal (RFP) to build and operate the facility.

The proponents will prepare detailed plans for the development, including concept designs, and information about clinical training, research and the range of medical services to be provided by the private hospital.

Details of construction will be finalised with the successful proponent, but Stage 1 of the development is expected to offer about 100 be…

OzTREKK Bond physiotherapy students leading the way

Happy Tuesday! We are pleased to announce that five former OzTREKK students have received awards for academic achievement in the Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy program!

We love happy stories about our former students… and we love to share them with you!

Scott Willis Chan – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining a semester percentage of greater or equal to 85%) / *First in class

Gabrielle Christine Van Der Woerd – Executive Dean’s List for Academic Excellence (semester percentage average between 82% and 84% inclusive)

Whitney Mills – Executive Dean’s List for Academic Excellence (semester percentage average between 82% and 84% inclusive)

Maichel Ghobrial – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining a semester percentage of greater or equal to 85%). Mike has done a student blog with OzTREKK! Check out his story:

Darren Corea – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining…

Bond law students take on domestic violence

A new initiative designed to prepare aspiring lawyers to handle domestic violence cases has been established in a joint partnership between Bond University and the Domestic Violence Court in Southport, Queensland’s first and only dedicated domestic and family violence court.

The program aims to give five law students supervised exposure to the complex legal field of domestic violence, shadowing Magistrate Colin Strofield in his role as one of the presiding magistrates of the Domestic Violence Court and working with the dedicated Domestic Violence Registry.

Bond University’s Assistant Professor of Law, Jodie O’Leary, who coordinates the Domestic Violence Court Clinic program alongside Assistant Professor Elizabeth Greene, said the initiative was a response to the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report into domestic and family violence, headed by Dame Quentin Bryce.

“One of the issues highlighted in the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report was the need for universities to identify suitable ways …

Listen up! It’s Australian Hearing Awareness Week

Now hear this! Aug. 21–27, 2016 is Australian Hearing Awareness week.

Audiology is a growing discipline in the health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. As a clinical profession, audiology uses applied science to develop and perform precision tests that locate the specific range and frequency of hearing loss, information necessary for implementing an effective recovery strategy. Additionally, audiology identifies and treats dysfunctions of the vestibular system, which can affect one’s balance and spatial orientation.

There are very few Canadian universities that offer a Master of Audiology, and only three audiology schools are taught solely as an English-language program. Consequently, competitive admissions arising from so few spots have made Australian Audiology Schools an attractive option for Canadian students who wish to learn the requisite clinical skills to practice audiology.

A master’s degree i…

UQ YOLO program: live with purpose

Living a YOLO (you only live once) lifestyle doesn’t mean abandoning any sense of consequence, but it does mean seizing opportunities for self-improvement.

UQ School of Psychology researcher Shelley Viskovich is eager to highlight this message with the YOLO program, an online course which encourages students to pursue living fully and with purpose.

“Yes, you do only live once—so make it count,” Mrs Viskovich said.

“The YOLO program at UQ is all about gaining the skills to handle the challenges life throws at you, now and in the future.

“It teaches skills for managing stress so you can invest energy in pursuing your passions and live life in a purposeful, value-driven and fulfilling way.

“Our pilot study saw very impressive improvements in a range of facets, including depression, anxiety, stress, self-compassion, mindfulness and satisfaction with life.”

Supervised by Professor Kenneth Pakenham, the YOLO program consists of four free online modules that can be completed over f…

Studying a Juris Doctor at Newcastle Law School

In 2017 Newcastle Law School will be moving to its new home at the university’s landmark education precinct, NeW Space, in the Newcastle CBD. Juris Doctor students will enjoy the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Newcastle Law is Australia’s leading clinical law school and was the first in the country to offer an integrated learning experience. Your degree integrates experiential learning and skills training with the conventional legal curriculum, including a wide range of elective courses.The Juris Doctor and the embedded Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice is designed to equip students with the knowledge, clinical experience and qualification for admission into legal practice in Australia. Students will study the JD concurrently with the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, allowing them to develop bo…

Watch the Sydney DMD information session for new students

Have you applied to the Sydney DMD? Had your interview? Patiently waiting to see if you’ve received an offer? It’s no secret that the Sydney DMD is one of the most popular dentistry programs for Canadian students who wish to study in Australia.

Check out this “Doctor of Dental Medicine Information Session” video for the inside scoop about Sydney dentistry!

The Sydney DMD will allow students to
understand how to make treatment decisions most appropriate for patients as individuals;gain confidence in treating patients through simulation and practice-based experience;develop leadership skills to enable contribution to the dental community—as an ambassador of health;crystallise professional values and ethics, social conscious and cultural awareness;make informed decisions by critiquing research and evidence; andinstill a passion for lifelong learning, self-development and self-evaluation.

Graduates are eligible for immediate registration with the Dental Board of Australia, allowing them…

Australian universities climb in world rankings

If you’re looking for another reason to consider studying in Australia, we’ve got one.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has just released their rankings for 2016.
More than 1,200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published. Here’s how our Australian universities stacked up—against more than 20,000 universities in the world we might add!

University of Melbourne – ranked #40 in the world and #1 in Australia
University of Queensland – ranked #55 in the world #2 in Australia
Monash University – ranked #79 in the world and #4 in Australia
University of Sydney – ranked #82 in the world #5 in Australia
James Cook University – ranked #200–301 in the world and #9–14 in Australia
Macquarie University – ranked #200–301 in the world and #9–14 in Australia
Griffith University – ranked #301–400 in the world and #15–21 in Australia
University of Newcastle – ranked #301–400 in the world and #15–21 in Australia

This places OzTREKK Australian u…

Finding Nemo with new app

Visitors and residents along Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef can play a starring role as citizen scientists to build a brighter future for ‘Nemo’ clownfish and their anemone homes.

The IC-ANEMONE (or ‘I See Anemone’) app launch for National Science Week (Aug. 13–21) invites holiday-seekers and Queenslanders to get involved in saving Nemo by recording sightings in the wild via a new mobile phone app.

This monitoring will help marine biologists from the University of Queensland and Flinders University to expand their conservation efforts.

UQ School of Biological Sciences PhD candidate and Saving Nemo Queensland Project Coordinator Carmen da Silva said she couldn’t wait to show reef visitors how to use the app and get involved.

“This is a really exciting way to gain an understanding of the numbers and the health of anemones and clown fish in the region,” she said.

“If we can get more people excited about reef conservation, hopefully more people will want to help save the reef.”

UQ poised to make pivotal changes to the university experience

The University of Queensland is making pivotal changes to the way higher education is imagined and experienced.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj recently announced a five-year program of initiatives “at the forefront of the learning revolution” designed to equip UQ graduates to be enterprising and to excel in the new-world workplace.

“The program is designed to deliver innovations and new initiatives in graduate employability, student facilities as well as integrated digital learning technologies, more flexible study options, and broader support for students and graduates including for those who wish to start their own business,” Professor Høj said.

He said the university needed to adapt and innovate to equip students with the skills to compete in fluid, globalised and highly technological work environments.

“Like other sectors, the higher education sector is being transformed and we want to ensure we are at the forefront of the learning revolution required…

Why choose Sydney Medical School?

Have you applied to Sydney Medical School for the 2017 intake? Aced your interview? Waiting for your offer?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you might be interested to know that Sydney Medical School welcomes students from all over the world to study in their MD program. The school is committed to maintaining a strong international focus in its education programs and in research, and the faculty and university as a whole strive to provide strong support to ensure that international students get the most out of their university experience at Sydney.

Facts and figures for the 2016 intakeMale: 52%Female: 48%Average age at enrolment: 24 years Of the international cohort, 50% are Canadian students!

The medical school is ranked
17th in the medicine category of the 2016 QS World University Rankings (number 1 in Australia!);33rd in the clinical, pre-clinical and health category of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016;at 5 (highest ranking) in Excelle…

As a Melbourne JD student…

As a Melbourne JD student, you will be studying at the number one law school in Australia (eighth in the world).*

As a Melbourne JD student, you have the flexibility to pursue particular areas of interest through elective subject selection. Offering more than 45 electives each year, the JD program continually evolves to reflect current developments in law and legal practice.

As a Melbourne JD you will
join other engaged and enthusiastic students in discussion-based classes and enrich each other’s education;build employment skills by collaborating and interacting with other students in group work and through the practical learning opportunities in the elective program;have the opportunity to study overseas, and the chance to learn from a curriculum that tracks and responds to global legal developments;be part of a tight-knit community of graduates and learn alongside your supportive classmates;have the opportunity to join societies, edit journals, attend public lectures and parti…

From Canada to Brisbane: a UQ Speech Pathology student offers advice

Former OzTREKK student Mackenzie Gunn will soon be in her second year in the Master of Speech Pathology Studies program at the University of Queensland. Many Canadian students are in the midst of exploring their study options: Study in Canada, or study abroad? How do you know which option is right for you?

Even though she’s swamped with coursework and clinical practice, the Orono, Ontario native has kindly offered to describe her program and her time at UQ in order to help future students who are interested in studying speech pathology in Australia!

The reason behind my choices I have always had a passion to work with children and towards the area of teaching and helping others. I was drawn to speech pathology because you get to work one on one with patients to treat their specific needs and aid them with vital life skills.

Initially, I chose the University of Queensland because of its strong affiliation with Canadian certifications; however, after researching, what I really li…

Industry experts join Bond University Occupational Therapy program

The Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy (OT) program has added new members to its ranks, with the appointment of several key staff members: Assistant Professor Tawanda Machingura, Assistant Professor Sally Fields and Assistant Professor Michelle Fair.

Bond’s Head of Program, Professor Susan Brandis, warmly welcomed the new additions.

“I am incredibly grateful that these impressive individuals, who make significant contributions to specialised areas of OT, are joining us at Bond,” she said.

“Occupational therapy is in growing demand over recent years. This is not only in response to the ageing population, but increasing demands for a health workforce who can deliver specialised health services.

“I look forward to our team sharing their unique gifts and talents with the next generation of occupational therapists.”

Prior to Bond University, Assistant Professor Tawanda Machingura was the Assistant Director Occupational Therapist, Mental Health, for Gold Coast Hospital …