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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge rehabilitation sciences research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in their fields.

If you’re curious about studying rehab sciences in Australia, don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to speak with Australian uni representatives and alumni to learn more about how you can study in Australia and practice in Canada!

OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Don't miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Join us! Don’t forget to RSVP

Simon Fraser University
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Blusson Hall, Room 9655

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, Room 210

Don’t forget to RSVP for the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions.

What about admissions?

This is where OzTREKK comes in. OzTREKK’s Australian Rehab Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh will outline each program and its prerequisites. Discover more about your program entry requirements, practicals, and about how you can take your degree home to practice in Canada. Krista can answer your questions!

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Are you curious about studying rehabilitation sciences in Australia? Not sure where to start? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

International audiology experts gather at world-leading symposium

There are 360 million people living with disabling hearing loss worldwide and this figure is set to increase significantly. To prepare for the expanding needs of these patients, Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), together with Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub, brought together international experts from the audiology community in a world-leading symposium, held Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Sydney, Australia.

International audiology experts gather in a world-leading symposium

Australian Hearing Hub (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

“The symposium is not a typical conference where delegates come and listen to presentations, but a place for us to come together to identify new opportunities for collaboration, discuss the latest research and future directions, and this will ultimately support our clinical partners to enhance patient outcomes,” said Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President, Design and Development, Cochlear.

The four-day Global Research Symposium united more than 200 multidisciplinary stakeholders along the entire spectrum of care under the theme of “First Heard,” tying the transformative effect implantable hearing solutions have with the first occasion of the event. By sponsoring this unique event, Cochlear is investing in the future and uniting leading voices around the most important scientific topics facing implantable hearing solutions for the coming decade.

“Implantable hearing solutions provide extraordinary outcomes for people with severe to profound hearing loss; however, there are still many opportunities to significantly improve hearing outcomes and meet the growing needs of patients with severe to profound hearing loss,” explained Janssen.

The symposium provides a unique opportunity for researchers to share new theories and innovative study concepts with their peers and a select group of world-leading scientists, enabling open discussion and debate.

“A big focus with research nowadays is looking at what promotes healthy ageing—what can allow us to not necessarily live longer, but maybe live better,” said Dr. Frank Lin, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University.

“Hearing is something that hadn’t really been looked at in the context of ageing until five years ago, but it’s something we’ve found can play an important role in mobility and cognitive health, both key challenges the elderly population face.”

“We are excited to welcome the international audiology community to the Australian Hearing Hub and showcase the unique facilities located here. Not only is our research and clinical community located together at Macquarie University, it is also the global centre for Cochlear implant manufacturing,” explained David McAlpine, Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain & Director of Hearing Research at Macquarie University.

Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

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Would you like more information about studying audiology at Macquarie University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Macquarie Hearing Hub professor awarded Australian Laureate Fellowship

Professor David McAlpine, Macquarie University’s Director of Hearing Research at the Australian Hearing Hub, has been announced as a 2016 Australian Laureate Fellow by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme gives outstanding research leaders the opportunity to tackle some of the most urgent and complex research issues facing Australia and the world. Professor McAlpine will receive $2,468,738 toward research exploring how a sense of space is generated by the auditory brain.

Macquarie Hearing Hub

Professor David McAlpine, Macquarie University’s Director of Hearing Research at the Australian Hearing Hub (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

“I’m interested in how the brain represents the ‘auditory scene’: the complex wash of sounds that arrives at our two ears, and from which we make sense of the world. Spatial hearing is necessary for locating the source of a sound, and critical for communication in noisy listening conditions,” said Professor McAlpine.

“The research spans neural modeling, methods for recording individual neurons in the brain, as well as brain-imaging and electrophysiology in normal and hearing-impaired listeners, including those who use cochlear implants. With the findings I hope to improve our understanding of how we naturally perform these remarkable feats, with potential applications in how we can restore the ability in individuals who have lost their hearing and rely on hearing devices to hear.”

Globally, 360 million people experience hearing loss and one in six Australians are currently affected by a hearing impairment, resulting in a wide range of adverse health, social, and financial impacts. By 2050, 1 in 4 Australian’s will have some form of hearing loss.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius congratulated Professor McAlpine on the achievement, and said he was delighted to see this tradition of excellence continuing at Macquarie.

“Macquarie is one of a very small group of universities that have been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship each year for the last four years.  Each of our Laureate Fellows is a world-leading researcher and the research they conduct will have world-changing impact. Professor McAlpine is an outstanding researcher who is making a difference to research at Macquarie University and a difference to the well-being of people with hearing impairments.

“As Director of Hearing Research at the Australian Hearing Hub, Professor McAlpine is in an excellent position to forge ahead in the hearing space, supported closely by the university’s numerous Departments and Centre of Excellence with expertise in audiology, linguistics, cognitive sciences and more, as well as with our neighbouring corporate partners.”

Professor McAlpine joined Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub following a decade long stint as Professor of Auditory Neuroscience at University College London and Director of the UCL Ear Institute. The Australian Hearing Hub brings together some of the country’s leading hearing and healthcare organisations, researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators, with Macquarie, one of the country’s leading research universities, to collaborate on world-leading research projects.

Macquarie Hearing Hub

The Macquarie Hearing Hub at Macquarie University unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

The Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 30, 2015.

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!

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Find out more about studying audiology at Macquarie University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Macquarie cares about hearing health

With a quarter of Australians set to face serious problems from hearing loss, it’s time for a new awareness campaign…

Today, on World Hearing Day, the Director of Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub has called on the Federal Government to support a public and GP awareness campaign to protect Australians from permanent and avoidable hearing loss.

Macquarie University Audiology School

Director of the Australian Hearing Hub Professor David McAlpine (Photo: Macquarie University)

Globally, 360 million people experience hearing loss and one in six Australians are currently affected by a hearing impairment, resulting in a wide range of adverse health, social, and financial impacts.

With this number set to increase to one in four by 2050, Professor David McAlpine, Director of Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub, says we should stop treating our hearing like a second-class sense.

“Hearing loss has a profound impact on the lives, employment, and finances of many Australians,” Professor McAlpine said.

“When you add in the costs to relationships, performance at work, and impacts to health, there is an urgent need for more Australians to know about the risks and have their hearing checked more often.

“Most Australians are unaware of the permanent damage even social noise can do to them, with studies showing a 25 decibel rise, indicating a mild hearing loss, can correlate to a seven year cognitive decline.

“We need a national hearing awareness campaign now to protect more Australians, similar to those that have helped many people quit smoking, avoid the sun, and practice safe sex.”

Professor McAlpine says a campaign should focus on three main pillars: raising awareness, prevention and regular check-ups, with support for GPs to assist patients. The approach parallels that of the World Health Organization, which recently highlighted the need for a renewed global resolution on the prevention of hearing loss, with the last resolution occurring over 20 years ago in 1995, focusing on awareness and action.

“Most Australians are completely unaware of the hearing damage they may be experiencing in everyday life, let alone the importance of getting their hearing checked regularly,” Professor McAlpine said.

“Exacerbating the issue is that most healthcare workers are not currently required to inquire about a patient’s hearing health, whereas eye testing is more actively encouraged.”

“Around 4 million Australians are affected by hearing impairment, with a reported $11 billion cost annually to the Australian economy, not to mention the fact that hearing-loss is known to exacerbate a person’s other existing health conditions,” Professor McAlpine explained.

As the World Health Organization campaigns to raise global awareness of hearing impairment and prevention of hearing loss in ‘children of the world’ during World Hearing Day this year, Professor McAlpine says it is also vital for Australians to remember that this is an issue affecting people of all ages, and that hearing and communication solutions can be tailored to individual need.

Professor McAlpine is the head of Macquarie Hearing Hub—whose members include Cochlear Limited, Australian Hearing, National Acoustics Laboratory, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and its associated cochlear-implant service, Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC), The Shepherd Centre, The HEARing CRC, and The ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).

Members of the Hub work together and with other hearing health organisations to promote better hearing health and access to hearing solutions for all Australians in need.

Study audiology at Macquarie University

The Master of Clinical Audiology program at Macquarie University Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh for the latest information regarding Macquarie University Audiology School. Email Krista at at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Macquarie Hearing Hub seeks community volunteers

As the outdoor music festival season begins, researchers from the Macquarie Hearing Hub are continuing to recruit volunteers who have lived, worked, and enjoyed noisy environments for their study looking at how everyday noise exposure affects people’s hearing.

Macquarie Audiology School

Study audiology at Macquarie University

The study is looking into why it is that a proportion of people who report difficulty with everyday listening, particularly understanding speech in background noise, are found to have clinically normal hearing when tested. There is evidence to suggest that this type of hearing loss could be due to loud noises damaging the small hair cells that carry sound signals from the ear’s cochlear to the brain. In light of this, researchers will test volunteers for this particular type of hearing loss, in the hope of understanding more about how the condition occurs.

“We are looking for people with a history of noise exposure from work and/or leisure. For example, fire fighters, factory workers, bar staff, pilots, transport workers, landscapers, and builders are all examples of people who may have experienced noise exposure on the job. Also, people with substantial leisure noise exposure could include clubbers, motorbike riders, or motorsports enthusiasts,” explained Dr Elizabeth Beach, from the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) located in the Macquarie Hearing Hub.

Participants need to be between 30 and 55 years of age, and will be asked about their lifetime noise exposure history in an online survey that will take about 20 minutes. They will then be asked to attend a 3.5 hour lab appointment at the Macquarie University Hearing Hub (North Ryde campus), where the researchers will run a series of listening tasks to determine whether there is a correlation between a participant’s noise exposure and their auditory functioning. Participants can be provided with a written report about their hearing (including the results of their audiogram), and will also receive $40 for their involvement.

“If this study does find that these small hair cells are damaged by exposure to loud noise, it will have important implications for noise policy at public events, entertainment venues and the workplace,” concluded Dr Beach.

The study will continue until June 2016.

Macquarie Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

The Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 30, 2015.

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!

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Find out more about studying audiology at Macquarie University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Australian audiology schools: application deadlines are approaching

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

Australian audiology schools in Australia

Find out more about studying audiology!

Australian Audiology Schools still Accepting Applications

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

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

Apply to Melbourne Audiology School!

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The Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. Macquarie University’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline:  October 30, 2015

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!

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For more information about Melbourne Audiology School or Macquarie Audiology School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Australian rehab sciences application deadlines

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or audiology in Australia? Here’s a rundown of which applications are still open!

Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia

You can study rehab sciences in Australia

Australian Physiotherapy Schools

The following Australian physiotherapy schools are accepting applications:

Australian Occupational Therapy Schools

The following Australian occupational therapy schools are accepting applications:

Australian Speech Pathology Schools

The following Australian speech pathology schools are accepting applications:

Australian Audiology Schools

The following Australian audiology schools are accepting applications:

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If you have any questions about studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, or audiology in Australia, contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Jaime can help outline your options and include you on the monthly Australian Rehabilitation Sciences Newsletter mailing list!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Australian Hearing Hub opens its doors for Hearing Awareness Week

To celebrate Hearing Awareness Week (Aug. 23–29), the Australian Hearing Hub (AHH) hosted an open house event on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Macquarie University Audiology School

Macquarie University Australian Hearing Hub

The open house focused on healthy hearing, with opportunities for the local community to explore the amazing features of the North Ryde facility, arrange free hearing screening tests, learn about hearing prevention, hearing technologies and the services available at the hub.

The day was designed for all ages, with everything from a jumping castle to tours of the hub’s anechoic chamber, a purpose-built room not often open to the public, where sound is completely absorbed to provide true silence.

The opening address was made at midday by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services.

A range of short talks explored different topics, including knowing your risk and take action to prevent hearing loss; learn about hearing loss and advancements in hearing technology; and, supporting children with dyslexia, language difficulties and anxiety.

Other highlights of the celebration included

  • free hearing screening tests for adults and children;
  • photo gallery showcasing the work of hearing health professionals in remote Aboriginal communities; and
  • free activities for children, including a jumping castle, face painting and more.

The Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2015. All application documents must be received by Friday, October 30 at noon.

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!

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Find out more about studying audiology or speech pathology at Macquarie University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman for more information at jaime@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, June 5th, 2015

About the Macquarie Speech and Hearing Clinic

Macquarie University‘s speech and hearing clinic offers modern facilities with the latest technology within the fields of hearing and speech pathology.

Macquarie University Audiology Pathology

Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic

Located in the university’s state-of-the-art facility, the Australian Hearing Hub, the clinic is at the centre of innovation in hearing, language and communication research and development. The new facilities are purpose built to provide the highest levels of comfort and professional care.

As a teaching facility for students, the clinic works with state-of-the-art assessment equipment, tools and research, not always available in other private or public clinics. Some of the clinic’s services are provided by students in the Macquarie University Master of Speech and Language Pathology and Master of Clinical Audiology degrees. Students are supervised by fully qualified speech pathology and audiology clinical educators.

The clinic operates on a client-centered basis with a focus on collaborative goal-setting involving families and carers. The treatments provided at the clinic are directed toward improving the client’s ability to participate in everyday home, school, work and social activities.

Macquarie University speech pathologists and audiologists have publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals and thus the service they provide is based on the best available evidence.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

Apply to Macquarie Audiology School

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Program: Master of Speech and Language Pathology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

Apply to Macquarie Speech Pathology School

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Would you like more information about studying audiology or speech pathology at Macquarie University? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Jaime Notman for more information about Australian Audiology Schools and Australian Speech Pathology Schools at jaime@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Macquarie Audiology School applications are now open

Macquarie Audiology applications are now open via OzTREKK for the 2016 intake!

Macquarie Audiology School

Inside Macquarie Audiology Hearing Lab

Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie Audiology School

The Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. Macquarie University’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline:  TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was October 31, 2014.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the program, you must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree; and
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative average of at least a credit average.

Macquarie Audiology School applicants must also submit a personal statement to be assessed with their application. In the personal statement, it is important that the applicant includes information about his/her background and reasons for wanting to become an audiologist.

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!

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Do you have questions about audiology at Macquarie Audiology School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman for more information at jaime@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.