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Friday, February 24th, 2017

Get your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2!

Interested in applying to dentistry? Which Australian dental schools accept students directly from high school? Which schools require the DAT? Are your grades competitive?

Get your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2!

Meet OzTREKK Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith

Get all your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2 at the Australian Dental School Info Session!

The University of Ottawa Pre-Dental Club is partnering with OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith to discuss everything you need to know about applying to a dentistry program in Australia!

Australian Dental School Info Session

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Room 285, 129 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa
RSVP: Please register if you would like to attend this event!

For more information about the event, please visit the University of Ottawa Pre-dental Club’s Facebook page, or email uopredentalclub@gmail.com.

About Australian dental schools

In Australia, there are two distinct pathways to studying dentistry, both of which lead you to become a dentist.

Graduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools offer a graduate-entry dental program. This pathway is exactly the same as in Canada, where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, and then you apply to a four-year dental program.

Undergraduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools allow you to enter into a dental program directly from high school or with a partially completed undergraduate degree. These undergraduate degrees are typically five years.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

Griffith University Dental School
James Cook University Dental School
University of Melbourne Dental School
University of Queensland Dental School
University of Sydney Dental School

Get all the details on March 2 at the Australian Dental School Info Session!

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

UQ offers more free dental care in new alliance

The University of Queensland will help deliver more free public dental care thanks to a new partnership with the State Government.

The alliance between UQ and Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) will give an extra 8,000 eligible public patients with access to dental treatment at the Oral Health Centre in Herston.

SUQ offers more free dental care in new alliance

The UQ Oral Health Centre at Herston (Photo credit: UQ)

UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy said the alliance was an integrated operation that would begin with the amalgamation of UQ and MNHHS teaching, research and clinical activities at the Oral Health Centre in January 2017.

“UQ will be responsible for the academic function of the alliance, providing evidence-based teaching and clinically focused research, while Metro North will be responsible for clinical service delivery and clinical supervision of students,” Professor Abernethy said.

“Brisbane Dental Hospital will be relocated in a staged fashion from its current Turbot Street location to our state-of-the-art facility in the Herston Health Precinct throughout the year.”

Head of UQ Dental School Professor Pauline Ford said the partnership was another opportunity for dental students to improve the quality of life of those in need.

“Our students are committed to providing healthcare to those who require it most,” Professor Ford said.

“Research assistant and oral health therapist Nicole Cockburn organised Dental Rescue Week for youth experiencing homelessness earlier this year, and our existing partnership with Ozcare gives free dental care to men in South Brisbane hostels.”

Professor Ford has spent much of her professional life researching and enhancing dental care for the disadvantaged.

“Both personally and professionally, I am proud to announce that one of the main tenets of the alliance is the focus on providing dental treatment for the Brisbane North area’s most vulnerable population,” Professor Ford said.

The model for the alliance is comparable to arrangements in other states, such as the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (University of Sydney), The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (University of Melbourne), and the Adelaide Dental Hospital (University of Adelaide).

Studying at the UQ School of Dentistry

UQ Dental School’s dentistry program has been in operation for more 75 years, and is one of Australia’s longest-running dental programs and also its highest-ranked dental program. The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) (Honours) program which provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require in order to become competent practitioners of dentistry. These include the application of scientific principles to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and abnormalities.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 30 each year

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about UQ Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

It’s “DAT” time of year, pre-dentistry students!

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Applying to the 2018 intake at an Australian dental school?

Many pre-dentistry students will be writing the Canadian DAT this February 2017. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students.

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Don’t forget to register to write the DAT!

As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, applicants are advised to register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline.

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Deadline to register is January 15, 2017)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Deadline to register is September 2017)

Canadian Dental Aptitude Test Format

There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

1. Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes

Not all Canadian or Australian dental schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT.

Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry.

2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes

3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes

4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dentistry programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

*Does not require DAT for admission.

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Discover more about studying dentistry in Australia! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Many pre-dentistry students will be writing the Canadian DAT this November and February 2017. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students.

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Study dentistry in Australia!

As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, applicants are advised to register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline.

Upcoming DAT dates

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 (Deadline to register is September 15)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Deadline to register is January 15, 2017)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Deadline to register is September 2017)

Canadian Dental Aptitude Test Format

There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

1. Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes

Not all Canadian or Australian dental schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT.

Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry.

2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes

3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes

4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dentistry programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, August 8th, 2016

What is dentistry program accreditation?

Accreditation signifies that a dentistry program provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to safely practice their profession. For a program to be accredited an education provider and the dental practitioner program it offers must meet the Australian Dental Council and Dental Council (New Zealand) Accreditation Standards.

What is dentistry program accreditation?

Study at a dental school in Australia!

The purpose of accreditation is to

  • protect the public by ensuring that only health practitioners who are suitably trained and qualified are eligible to register with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and
  • facilitate the provision of high-quality education and training of health practitioners.

What are the Program Accreditation Standards?

The program accreditation standards specify the criteria against which education and training programs are assessed for accreditation. The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law) requires these standards to be approved by the Dental Board of Australia for the dental profession.

Why are Program Accreditation Standards reviewed?

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) visits education providers as part of the process to determine whether a program meets the Accreditation Standards.

There is a need for the current standards to incorporate contemporary educational practice (e.g., distant education) and encompass new regulatory changes in the education sector (e.g., Australian Qualifications Framework) and governmental directions (e.g., National Prescribing Service competencies).

There is also a requirement under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Quality Framework for the Accreditation Function for regular review of program accreditation standards. Review of an Australian dentistry program does not mean there is something wrong with the program; it is simply a process to review regulatory changes and past educational implementations.

James Cook University Dental School

Accreditation:  Renewed January 1, 2016 – next review December 31, 2022
Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Griffith University Dental School

Accreditation:  Renewed January 1, 2016 – next review December 31, 2022
Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: The 2017 intake has filled. Applications for 2018 are being accepted.

UQ Dental School

Accreditation:  Newly accredited January 1, 2015 – up for review December 31, 2016
Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2016

University of Melbourne Dental School

Accreditation:  Newly accredited January 1, 2011 – up for review December 31, 2016
Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications closed July 29, 2016

University of Sydney Dental School

Accreditation:  Newly accredited 1 January 2012 – up for review December 31, 2017
Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake:February 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications closed June 21, 2016

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Find out more about accreditation and about dentistry programs in Australia. Email OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com for more information!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Study dentistry in Australia, practice in Canada

If you’ve been considering studying dentistry, you know that there are 10 Canadian dental schools. But what if you’d like to study internationally? If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian Dental School, is it valid in Canada?

Australian Dental Schools in Australia

Study dentistry in Australia

Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates.

To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada‘s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

The written examination consists of two 2.5-hour examination papers. Each examination paper contains 150 multiple-choice type items. The examination tests foundation science knowledge and applied clinical science knowledge and judgment.

For the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), clinical judgment and problem-solving skills are tested in a case-based examination. Patient data is presented in timed stations with extended match-type questions. Candidates may also be required to review patient information and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada.

Your Pathway to Certification

  1. Application
    Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
  2. Registration for the Examinations
    Register for available examinations through your online profile.
  3. Proof of Graduation
    Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
  4. Certification
    When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  5. Provincial Licensure
    Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.

For detailed information, be sure to visit NDEB website: http://www.ndeb.ca/

Ready to take that next step? Apply to an Australian Dental School!

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, June 6th, 2016

UQ appoints Australia’s first woman head of dentistry

The University of Queensland has become the first university in Australia and New Zealand to appoint a woman to a permanent head of dentistry position.

Professor Pauline Ford will become Head of the UQ School of Dentistry this week.

UQ appoints Australia’s first woman head of dentistry

UQ Dentistry Professor Pauline Ford (Photo credit: UQ)

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy said Professor Ford’s appointment came at a time of great change and opportunity for the school.

“Professor Ford is a passionate educator, having led the development of the new Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons) curriculum, served as the school’s Chair of Teaching and Learning, and contributed strongly to initiatives in simulation training and inter-professional education at both the school and faculty level,” Professor Abernethy said.

Professor Ford has been acting in the Head of School role since February of this year and was Deputy Head of School since January 2015.

She graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons) in 1989, winning a University Medal for her academic achievements.

After nine years in general dental practice, she returned to the School of Dentistry and completed a PhD before joining the academic staff in 2005.

Professor Ford holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Master of Public Health, and her teaching and research activities focus on oral health and its role in general health and well-being.

Most of her research work is with groups that have difficulty accessing appropriate oral health care, such as people with mental illness and the homeless.

Professor Ford is a Councillor of the Australian Dental Association (Qld Branch).

UQ School of Dentistry

The UQ School of Dentistry is recognized nationally and internationally for providing leading-edge dental education and for its contributions to dental research, which have been independently rated as “above world class.”

The Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) program has been in operation for more 75 years, and is one of Australia’s longest-running dental programs and also its highest-ranked dental program.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2016

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about UQ Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Coup for UQ School of Dentistry satellite clinic

In a major win for rural health, a former president of the Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) has been appointed to Goondir Health Clinic at Dalby.

Dr Ralph Kelsey will bring his passion for community service to the role of Dental Services Team Leader at the UQ School of Dentistry satellite clinic.

UQ Dentistry

Dr Ralph Kelsey (Photo: UQ)

Acting Head of School, Associate Professor Pauline Ford described his arrival as a coup for both the region and the university.

“We’re extremely fortunate to benefit from having someone of Dr Kelsey’s calibre and standing at the Dalby clinic,” Dr Ford said.

“Ralph has spoken enthusiastically about the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge and experience of future dental practitioners.

“His experience in both private practice and hospital clinics provides an excellent basis for others to learn from and serve Dalby and surrounding areas.”

A graduate of UQ in 1983, Dr Kelsey has enjoyed a diverse career, including three years working with the Ministry of Defence and Aviation in Saudi Arabia.

Most recently he has been based in Central Queensland, and has previously worked in regional hospital dental clinics in Nambour and Ipswich.

As well as being immediate past president of the Australian Dental Association’s state branch, he has been president of the Australian Society of Endodontology, and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

UQ School of Dentistry staff member Professor Laurence Walsh has enjoyed a long professional relationship with Dr Kelsey and was also excited at his arrival.

“He has a strong sense of compassion for people in country areas,” Professor Walsh said.

“Furthermore, he genuinely enjoys opportunities where he can support and mentor students, part of the reason he has such an excellent reputation in the profession.

“Throughout his career he has spearheaded a number of campaigns and I envisage him advocating an increased focus on health in the Darling Downs region.”

The partnership between UQ and Goondir Health Services provides comprehensive dental services to the community from a five-chair dental clinic.

Indigenous health is a particular focus for the clinic, with Dalby having a significant Indigenous population.

Fifth-year Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) students have an option to undertake clinical placement at Dalby, giving them invaluable experience in the final months before graduation.

UQ School of Dentistry

The UQ School of Dentistry is recognized nationally and internationally for providing leading-edge dental education and for its contributions to dental research, which have been independently rated as “above world class.”

The University of Queensland dental school offers the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) program. This dentistry program provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require in order to become competent practitioners of dentistry. These include the application of scientific principles to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and abnormalities. First-year students are introduced to dental practice and oral rehabilitation, and also undertake courses in oral biosciences and biomedical foundations in oral health. The remaining four years of the program consist of three years of applied dental science and one year (34 weeks) of extramural clinical practice.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2016

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about UQ Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

UQ dentistry students travel to the University of Hong Kong

UQ School of Dentistry 5th year students Bethany Fisher, Dayea Oh and Ashleigh Wong were recently selected to travel to the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to undertake a two-week placement in the Faculty of Dentistry as part of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program.

UQ School of Dentistry

(L-R) Ms Bethany Fisher, Dr Nikos Mattheos (Associate Professor and Assistant Dean), Ms Ashleigh Wong and Ms Dayea Oh (Photo credit: UQ)

Bethany, Dayea and Ashleigh observed undergraduate and masters students in various departments of HKU including Paediatric dentistry and Implant dentistry. The students had the opportunity to see a range of different treatments including complex and interesting cases some of which they had not experienced before.

Ms Fisher said a highlight of the university experience for her was the opportunity to watch the HKU masters students work with patients who were under general anaesthesia.

“It was a completely new experience for me and one I very much enjoyed.”

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program is an Australian Government initiative that provides opportunities for Australian undergraduates to undertake semester-based exchanges, and internships or mentorships in selected Indo-Pacific locations.

Ms Wong said she was extremely grateful to be selected for the placement.

“It was an invaluable experience from which I have learnt a lot.

“The university staff for the most part were extremely welcoming and inviting and really went out of their way to make sure I was getting as much out of the experience as possible,” Ms Wong said.

The UQ dentistry students were also invited to sit in on guest lectures and treatment planning seminars. As most of the communications were in English the language barrier was minimal.

Both Ms Fisher and Ms Wong would recommend the program to other students and encourage future students to apply.

“I had an absolutely incredible time and would recommend it to any student in a heartbeat. The experience was invaluable and I enjoyed every minute,” said Ms Fisher.

UQ School of Dentistry

UQ Dental School’s dentistry program has been in operation for more 75 years, and is one of Australia’s longest-running dental programs and also its highest-ranked dental program. The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) (Honours) program which provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require in order to become competent practitioners of dentistry. These include the application of scientific principles to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and abnormalities. First-year students are introduced to dental practice and oral rehabilitation, and also undertake courses in oral biosciences and biomedical foundations in oral health. The remaining four years of the program consist of three years of applied dental science and one year (34 weeks) of extramural clinical practice.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 30 each year

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about UQ Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Learn more about the ISAT

What is the ISAT?

Just like the MCAT or the DAT, the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) is designed to assess a student’s abilities and intellectual skills, to see whether or not the student has the capability to succeed in his or her chosen program e.g., medicine or dentistry.

Australian medical schools in Australia

Considering medical school in Australia? You may need to sit the ISAT!

The ISAT is a three-hour computer-based multiple-choice test administered through Prometric Inc. centres around the world. It is independently produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). ACER has an excellent international reputation and track record in the development, management and research of selection tests for undergraduate medical and health-related programs.

Which OzTREKK Australian universities require this test?

Monash University Undergraduate Medicine
University of Queensland Undergraduate Dentistry

What is on the test?

The ISAT is presented in units. First, “stimulus material” is provided, followed by a multiple-choice answer section. After reading the stimulus material, you are asked to choose the correct answer based on what you have read. The test assesses

  • critical reasoning (CR)  – comprehending, analyzing, evaluating and extending ideas; these questions use materials from the humanities and social sciences.
  • quantitative reasoning (QR) – drawing conclusions, making decisions and solving problems; these questions use material from mathematics and the sciences.

ISAT does not test subject-specific knowledge. The test is presented in units, with stimulus material followed by questions. There are 100 questions with 4 or 5 answers from which the candidate is asked to choose the most appropriate response. There is only one correct answer, with no marks deducted for incorrect answers.

Registration

Registration is available online through Prometric. In order to register, you will need a valid email address, preferably not hosted by Hotmail or Yahoo as it is reported that some email messages are not being accepted or are flagged as spam. The email address you provide will be used for all communication from the ISAT Office and Prometric, including information on how to access your ISAT results. Make sure that your email address is correct, and be sure to add isat@acer.edu.au to your address book to ensure emails from the ISAT Office are not regarded as junk email. You will also require a credit card, as there is a US$315 fee.

Test dates

Guess what? There are no set test dates for ISAT sittings since they use a computer-based testing system. This offers the flexibility to allow candidates to select dates, times, and locations that suit them best. As of April 2, 2013, there must be a minimum of 12 calendar months between sittings of ISAT.

Results

After you have completed the ISAT and leave the Prometric test centre, you will be given a printed “Notice of Completion.” ISAT results are released regularly and you should expect to receive your results within one week of sitting your test. It is asked that you do not contact the ISAT office to inquire about your results until 1 week after your test sitting. Be sure to check your email spam folder! A Statement of Results will be generated and you should print it for your records. The ISAT Office does not issue physical certified hard copy of your results.

Visit http://isat.acer.edu.au/ for more information!

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If you are planning to apply to one of the above Australian universities, be sure to contact OzTREKK to find out more about application deadlines and program information. Call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada), or email info@oztrekk.com to find out how you can study in Australia!