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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

JCU offering Health Sciences Toolkit to help students brush up in biology

James Cook University has announced they are offering a four-day intensive course to students who will be entering in to health science degrees in 2018!

JCU offering Health Sciences Toolkit to help students brush up in biology

Think you might need a biology refresher?

The JCU “Health Sciences Toolkit” is designed to help students prepare for further studies leading into the health science degree programs. It is particularly helpful for those who have a limited or no background in biology, and for those who have not studied biology for a long time.

The course is introductory in nature and it is assumed that those participating may have never studied biology before. Please note it does not meet any of JCU’s prerequisites for admission to university and is not credit bearing for JCU subjects. Rather, it is designed to give students a head start if their university degree requires some knowledge of biology; however, if you have studied some biology and wish to brush up your skills, the course will be a beneficial refresher!

The Health Sciences Toolkit will be especially helpful for students intending to study any of the following degree programs at JCU: Biomedicine, Dentistry, Exercise Physiology (Clinical), Medical Laboratory Science, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, or Sport and Exercise Science.

This program is a four-day intensive course that will be held on both Townsville (Douglas) and Cairns (Smithfield) campuses and involve approximately 28 contact hours spread over both large group lectures, and small group tutorial/workshop sessions. The topics covered will include the following:

  • Laboratory Safety and Introduction to the Human body
  • The hierarchy of cells, tissues and systems
  • The basic elements of life
  • Water Biology
  • The cell membrane
  • The genetics of life
  • The essential compounds of life
  • The essential reactions of life
  • Communication in the body
  • The food we eat and the air we breathe

The course will be held Feb. 6–9, 2018.

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Are you interested in studying at JCU and the Health Sciences Toolkit program? Please email us at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

UQ exercise sports science student does his placement in the Canadian Rockies

We’re so used to hearing about Canadians going to study abroad, but what happens when an Australian chooses to study in Canada?

As expected, it’s about snow. But not just your run-of-the-mill snow stories about Canada. You see, recent UQ exercise sports science graduate Jordan Pearce decided to do his placement in Canada—one of the best places in the world to study snowboarding! Here’s Jordan’s story:

Completing my practicum in the Canadian Rockies was a dream come true.

Not only did I get to snowboard some of the best ski terrain in the world, but I got to work alongside world-renowned snowboard instructors and make lifelong friendships with people from every corner of the globe.

UQ Sports Science student placement in the Canadian Rockies

Jordan on the lift at Castle Hill (Photo: UQ)

Why I chose Canada

As part of my Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Hons) I had to complete a 400-hour practicum placement. I chose to complete mine at Castle Mountain Resort, Canada, for a number of reasons. The biggest reason was that I wanted to experience what it would be like living and working in a completely different country. And secondly, I love snowboarding, so spending a season in the Rockies seemed like the perfect choice for me. And what a snow season it was! We received 10 metres of snow and one of the best seasons on record! See a glimpse of the snow (and me) in this local TV interview.

What was involved

My placement involved working as a fully qualified snowboard instructor teaching beginners the basic techniques of snowboarding. If you have never snowboarded before, there is a science behind the technique—balance and stability, impulse, momentum, angular motion, moment of inertia, gravity, friction—they all have a role to play in mastering this sport. For instance, one of the first things people need to achieve is a centred, mobile stance to control their speed easier and minimise falling. But as I quickly found out, it’s not as easy as simply telling students that. A good teacher needs to relate it to a sensation that will make sense to them. My example of this is to use the sensation of cowboy knees, this might give an 8-year-old a sensation that achieves a centred and mobile stance. Where as, if you try using biomechanical and anatomical terminology, such as, pretend you have varus malalignment, the 8-year-old is not going to know what you are talking about.

The highlights

I loved teaching the students these skills but also teaching them that perseverance and hard work is what really leads to success. Teaching others also allowed me to progress in my own snowboarding technique. It was cool to learn by doing and receive advice on coaching models such as demonstrating and explaining skills and positive and effective feedback.

As an added bonus, I was fortunate to further enhance my own snowboarding skills by completing the Level 1 qualification in snowboarding in Canada. My instructor had 10 years’ experience, was previously an international border cross racer, and had a degree in kinesiology (the equivalent of a sports science degree in Australia).

A typical working day on the slopes

9 – 9:30 a.m. – Meet our Level 4 snowboard instructor at the ski school for a briefing on the coaching outcomes of the day.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Working in Little Castle Club (LCC), which are usually 3- to 6-year-olds in groups of one or two. With LCC a particular focus is on safety, such as helping with loading lift and controlling speed. Having fun is always paramount!

10:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Beginner or Novice school group or normal ski school class with around 3 to 6 students aged between 6 and 16 years old. The class focus was on the basics of snowboard setup and safety, drills on how to slide and control speed, and how to complete heel and toe side turns and link them successfully.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch at the day lodge or at home.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Intermediate ski school class or private lesson for ages 12 years and older. In these classes, an initial biomechanical assessment of a limitation in their riding was completed. Once a limitation is established a drill to focus on that limitation is considered. An example could be that the client is turning with the upper body and needs a drill to promote initiating a turn more with the lower body.

UQ Sports Science student placement in the Canadian Rockies

Jordan enjoyed his placement in Canada (Photo: UQ)

3:30 – 4 p.m. – One quick shred by myself to finish the day.

The benefits of going abroad

It cannot be ignored that it’s considerably more expensive to do your placement overseas, but the benefits make it so worth it. I have grown both personally and professionally from this experience in so many ways. Living overseas and being a snowboard instructor has taught me the ability to adapt readily to any situation and be future-focused. Understanding a client’s motivations, goals and feelings will enable you to adjust your session accordingly and provide future drills for the client to focus on after the lesson. You knew you were going well and didn’t have to change anything if the client had a big smile on their face—that’s if the face mask wasn’t covering it up. After all, having fun is the most important goal!

Assessing your options

I think it is important when selecting your placement that you choose something you are passionate about and in which you might want a career in the future. But enjoying the experience cannot be underestimated. I was able to check out mountains with newly made friends: Whistler, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Mount Norquay, Kicking Horse; a personal favourite after Castle Mountain, of course. Castle Mountain was big on staff parties and social events and its small employee size compared to other resorts (160 with about 30 from Australia) in Canada meant you knew everyone. Doing my placement overseas didn’t just open a new career path but also allowed me to travel to Canada, the US, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Cuba. If you are ever considering placement in Canada, I would highly recommend it.

Story by Jordan, UQ Exercise Sport Science graduate

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Think you might be interested in studying UQ exercise sports science? Contact Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

10 reasons to study rehabilitation counselling

Thinking about a career in rehabilitation counselling, but not sure if it’s right for you?

Rehabilitation counselling is a dynamic, challenging and rewarding allied health profession that is grounded in social justice, human rights, community inclusion and the value and importance of work. A career in this area often draws on knowledge from several fields, including philosophy, psychology, sociology, medicine, education, community development, and law.

10 reasons to study rehabilitation counselling

Study rehabilitation counselling at the University of Sydney

Here are the top 10 reasons to study rehabilitation counselling at the University of Sydney.

1. Make a real difference to people’s lives

As a rehabilitation counsellor, you will assist diverse clientele, including people with physical and mental health conditions, with chronic pain, experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, and people who are at risk, such as refugees.

The University of Sydney‘s postgraduate program in rehabilitation counselling sets you up to provide life-changing support to help people achieve maximum participation in employment and community life through assessment, counselling, service provision and support.

“I have always seen rehabilitation counselling as the most well rounded, and grounded, of the allied health disciplines. It encompasses elements of positive psychology and biopsychosocial models, with a combined focus on vocation, ability, mental health, community engagement and case management.” Louise Bilato, Private Practice

2. You’ll be highly employable

The University of Sydney is ranked no. 1 in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability.* Many Sydney Uni students secure positions in the field while still in the program and the employment rate of graduates has consistently been 100% for a number of years.

With government investment in person-centred service models, for example the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), increasing, the demand and range of opportunities for rehabilitation counsellors will rise for years to come.

“I obtained employment as a rehabilitation counsellor through my final placement at the University of Sydney and there has never been a shortage of work in this field. It has offered my family security since the day I graduated and it has been easy to transfer from one role to another due the variety of skills learnt from this course.”  Sam Antonas, Workplace Injury

3. Open doors to a wide range of career options

Graduates work in a variety of settings, including

  • advocacy and policy;
  • community-based rehabilitation;
  • community mental health;
  • disability management;
  • disability-specific community support services and centres;
  • life insurance and long-term care;
  • private consultant (vocational rehabilitation, career counselling, forensic); and
  • workers’ compensation.

“For the past twenty-two years I have worked as a rehabilitation counsellor in a range of industries. This course has provided me with a set of skills that I could take to occupational rehabilitation, human resources and injury management. I am enjoying being able to choose work that I am interested in and where I can balance work and life.” James Hill, private consultant

4. Gain experience working on real-life problems

As a rehabilitation counselling student at the University of Sydney, you will get to work on real cases, real problems and real solutions from day one of the program. You will complete a number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities across both the public and private sectors, enabling you to apply your knowledge and gain first-hand experience.

The university also has its own skill clinic, providing a physical space for students to practice their counselling skills under peer review and professional supervision.

“It’s an exciting time to be associated with the profession, with an opportunity to create some very positive noise in this space. Our skill set has great applicability in areas much broader than what is ever initially realised, and it is only self-limiting if you let it be.” Stuart Wing, Recovre

5. Choose from a range of specialisations

Select from a variety of specialisation tracks or develop your own in consultation with the course director. Popular topics include psychiatric rehabilitation, forensic assessment, substance abuse, at-risk populations, developmental/cognitive impairment disabilities, and chronic pain.

“Currently I work for Juvenile Justice as the Senior Practice Officer, which means I do a lot of internal consultancy, training and development. I like working with involuntary clients because it brings a whole gamut of challenges and really improves your skill level quickly. The most rewarding part is when an involuntary client almost becomes voluntary and they start engaging in treatment and actually wanting to achieve goals on their case plans.” Tim Warton, Juvenile Justice

6. Engage in international learning opportunities

The University of Sydney recruits and supports international students to study in the program and they cultivate international opportunities for Australian students. You will work in international policy and practice and action research projects with our regional partners in Asia and the Pacific Islands. The University of Sydney also offers a study abroad program that our students can pursue.

“My position involves leading the implementation of the community based rehabilitation program for geographically and culturally diverse districts of Nepal in close collaboration with self-help groups, disabled people’s organisations, government and non-government structures. I facilitate inclusion of more than 2,500 persons with disabilities and their families based on their needs in health (treatment, rehabilitation and assitive devices), education, livelihood/income generation activities and social empowerment.” Samridhi Rana Thapa, Karuna Foundation Nepal

7. Choose from two learning options

The University of Sydney offers two courses in rehabilitation counselling:

The graduate diploma focuses on the knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce as a strengths-based, solutions-focused case manager in the context of workers’ compensation.

The master’s course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the graduate diploma where you will study the science of rehabilitation counselling practice, community-based inclusive development and issues of policy and systems change. You will gain broader experience in specialised applications with the opportunity to move into a management or leadership position.

“The foundational rehabilitation counselling skills that I have learnt are helping me in my role in health. The broad skills of communication, counselling and transferable skills analysis are very relevant to the human resources field. When combined with skills and knowledge of work, health and safety, workers compensation and employment of people with disabilities, rehabilitation counselling is a very transferable skill set.” Raychel Davis, NSW Health

8. Gain professional accreditation

The university’s rehabilitation counselling courses are accredited programs that enable you to work in a range of settings in Australia. Your professional skills are recognised by employers overseas.

“This course has provided me with the skills and qualifications enabling me to live and work in London as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor for the National Health Service and be recognised as a professional member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) in the UK, which has been great to have on my resume.” Stacey Chapman, ANZ OnePath

9. You’ll join a diverse community

The University of Sydney actively seeks and supports a diverse student group where you will enjoy the richness of social learning and learn from other students’ experiences. The school integrates cultural competency into counselling theory and practice and teach community inclusion by example.

“I currently work for Mission Australia as the Homelessness Programs Specialist. I hope to challenge stigma, and to influence social policy, funding and reporting in service delivery, and ultimately change the way that we address homelessness as a community.” Erin Fearn, Mission Australia

10. Learn from leaders in the field

This rehabilitation counselling program is based on evidence, excellence and innovation. Sydney teaches leadership by example and are at the centre of the international discussion on the global identity of rehabilitation counselling. The current head of discipline has led efforts to organise rehabilitation counselling educators in Australia as a collective voice for professional advocacy.

*QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.

About the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney

During this two-year degree, you will be taught by leading academics as you learn how to provide specialist counselling, rehabilitation, and case management services to people who have experienced injury, disability or social disadvantage. You will have the opportunity to advance your knowledge in specialist areas of mental health, alcohol and drug misuse, developmental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), public offenders, or other interest areas as approved by the Course Director.

As part of your studies, you will also complete a number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities across both the public and private sectors which will enable you to practically apply your knowledge and gain firsthand experience. As a graduate-entry program, this course is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline. However, a formal background in psychology, rehabilitation, or related subjects is desirable.

Program: Master of Rehabilitation Counselling
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of 3 months prior to the program start date

Apply to the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney!

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Learn more about how you can study the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney! Contact OzTREKK Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Unlimited options: What would you like to study in Australia?

OzTREKK Blog: by Admissions Officer Heather Brown

As the admissions officer for undergraduate and postgraduate programs here at OzTREKK, I have learned about some awesome program options available to students!

Did you know that there are genetic counselling degrees available? Are you passionate about underwater archaeology? Have you always wanted to learn more about marine biology and study it in an awesome climate? These are all great choices for students to consider and our Australian university partners are always looking for Canadians to apply. Also, studying these programs in Oz may give you a competitive edge with unique placement opportunities that are not available here in Canada.

Whether you want to apply to unique or typical programs, studying an undergrad or postgrad program would be exciting if you have the opportunity to live in and travel Australia! Here are some of my favourites!

Unlimited options: What would you like to study in Australia?

Study environmental sciences at an Australian university!

Master of Integrated Water Management

The Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland is one of the few courses in the world that takes a truly transdisciplinary, integrated approach to water management in both developed and developing country contexts. What makes this degree so interesting is that it is co-badged and co-delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from International WaterCentre’s founding member universitiesUniversity of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of Western Australia—all OzTREKK Australian university partners, btw.

The Master of Integrated Water Management creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a whole-of-water-cycle approach. Students get the skills to consider the impacts of decisions systemically across environment, politics, law, science, culture, engineering, economics, health and society.

Oh yeah, and they have scholarships for this.

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: February 2019

Apply to the UQ Master of Integrated Water Management!

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Master of Genetic Counselling

The University of Melbourne’s 2-year Master of Genetic Counselling is designed to build and increase skills and breadth in clinical practice and research, utilising the expertise of tutors who are clinicians, genetic counsellors, scientists, people with a disability and community members. The program teaches counselling skills, research skills and clinical genetics knowledge in small interactive student groups.

Program: Master of Genetic Counselling
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 29, 2017

Apply to the University of Melbourne Master of Genetic Counselling degree!

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Master of Science in Marine Biology and Ecology

James Cook University is the leading education and research institution for marine biology in the Tropics. JCU’s location allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.

Program: Master of Science (Marine Biology and Ecology)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to the Master of Science at James Cook University!

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If you are interested in applying to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that’s beyond the “ordinary,” email me at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355—I’m here to help!

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

What is genetic counselling?

Internationally, genetic counselling is taught within a 2-year clinical master degree. In Canada, only five universities offer a Master of Science in genetic counselling with very few places for each, and entry can be extremely competitive. It’s no wonder students with a passion for understanding genetics are looking elsewhere to continue their studies.

What is genetic counselling?

Study genetic counselling at the University of Melbourne

What is genetic counselling?

The practice of genetic counselling combines the expertise of genetic disease mechanisms with a sensitive appreciation of the psychological burdens and complex social and ethical issues associated with genetic disorders. Genetic counsellors work in a multidisciplinary team with clinical geneticists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, communicating complex genetic information to individuals and families to facilitate decision making.

The University of Melbourne’s 2-year Master of Genetic Counselling is designed to build and increase skills and breadth in clinical practice and research, utilising the expertise of tutors who are clinicians, genetic counsellors, scientists, people with a disability and community members.

The degree will fulfill the requirements for certification and employment as a genetic counsellor in Australia and reciprocity with training overseas. The program teaches counselling skills, research skills and clinical genetics knowledge in small interactive student groups. Problem Based Learning is one mode of teaching in the genetics tutorials.

Past graduates are employed throughout the world, including in Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand. It is expected that graduates of the Melbourne Master of Genetic Counselling will be eligible to register to practice as genetic counsellors in the UK and Canada, further increasing employment opportunities.

Program: Master of Genetic Counselling
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: February 2019

Apply to the University of Melbourne Master of Genetic Counselling degree!

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Find out more about studying genetic counselling and other health sciences degree at the University of Melbourne. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com for more information.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Griffith University to offer health sciences degrees in Brisbane in 2018

Growing demand for allied health services has translated to growing opportunities for students seeking healthcare careers outside the traditional medicine and dentistry degrees.

The sector is surging, with an ageing population and onset of chronic disease driving patient volumes, and a focus on prevention and new technologies improving outcomes.

Griffith to offer health sciences degrees in Brisbane in 2018

Find out how you can study health sciences at Griffith University

Griffith University has responded by bringing three of its most-respected allied health programs—physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology—to Brisbane for the first time.

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski, Griffith’s School of Allied Health Services Head, says the new degrees are great news for Brisbane students.

“Griffith has offered these programs on the Gold Coast for many years—we’re certainly not new to the game. From 2018 Brisbane students will benefit directly from our faculty’s experience and industry connectivity,” says Andrea.

Just as allied health professionals collaborate to deliver care, Griffith allied health sciences students undertake interprofessional learning alongside one another.

“Students in these degrees learn with those studying other health degrees such as nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, medicine, nursing or pharmacy,” she says.

“Their collaboration provides a practical understanding of how their profession interacts and functions within the sort of multidisciplinary team that deliver healthcare today.”

While all three degrees have the power to change lives, Andrea says each has defining features that may help students choose which is best for them.

Demand for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree is expected to grow with the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming online and the discipline’s emergence in schools and aged care facilities.

“This is a very future-focused degree and includes a focus on entrepreneurship and work-integrated learning that commences in the first trimester of study,” says Andrea.

Andrea says the new Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a streamlined replacement for Griffith University’s highly regarded Master of Physiotherapy, which was offered for almost 20 years.

“The new degree caters for high school leavers and offers an extremely wide clinical placement network, extending from far north Queensland to Tasmania, as well as Griffith’s nationally renowned expertise in simulated learning.”

Master of Speech Pathology students, says Andrea, receive industry placement from their first trimester of study and tackle a curriculum focused on clinical immersion.

“Clinical immersion is a key aspect of the intensive two-year curriculum and students gain exposure to a variety of settings to work with adults and children,” Andrea says.

Are you interested in studying health sciences at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

UQ physiotherapy student tackles global health issues

University students from across the globe are exploring the connections between society, economics, environment and health at the U21 Health Sciences Summer School in Johannesburg.

UQ physiotherapy student Leah Davis and nursing and midwifery students Elizabeth Bartetzko, Anne Tin and Sophie Bonser are representing the University of Queensland at the event.

UQ health sciences students tackle global health issues

UQ physio student Leah Davis (Photo: UQ)

Ms Davis said her passion for the sociological study of human health had been fired by the class, gender and ethnicity disadvantage she had observed.

“I’m from a rural Queensland town where I attended public schools, worked at the local pharmacy and stood in lines at the financial aid offices,” she said.

“It was within these environments, surrounded by members of every class and nationality, that I first started to foster the idea that people’s health can’t be solely determined by a purely biomedical model.

“Attending this summer school is a dream come true that will allow me to gain knowledge and develop tools to help those who weren’t lucky enough to be born within the bubble of privilege.

“I’m most excited to be given the opportunity to grow as a person and as a health student.

“I believe in the importance of expanding my world beyond the life I know and am used to, and so it is going to be life-changing to witness first-hand the health struggles those in developing countries experience.”

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Associate Dean (Academic) Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson said the students were ideal candidates to represent UQ.

“They have such an exciting opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge, expertise and experiences with other health students from across the world,” Professor Roberts-Thomson said.

“The interdisciplinary discussions and interaction will be invaluable to their personal and career journeys ahead.”

The theme of the summer school at the University of Johannesburg is Global Health and the Social Determinants of Health.

Students will visit private and public health care facilities and cultural and historical sites, meet with communities, and participate in interdisciplinary activities.

The summer school will bring together students from dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, midwifery, nutrition, medicine, public health, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology and optometry, all from U21 Health Sciences Group member universities.

About the University of Queensland Physiotherapy program

The University of Queensland offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. UQ physiotherapy students develop an understanding of the principles of scientific method, critical analysis and research design and apply them to professional practice. Students learn to appreciate the physiotherapist’s role in health promotion, injury prevention and effective treatment planning, implementation and evaluation.

Did you know there are approximately 40 spots available in the program? For the 2017 intake, 17 OzTREKK students accepted their international student offers!

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available intake: November 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply now to the UQ Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying at UQ Physiotherapy School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy School Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Bond University High Performance Centre wins international award

Bond University High Performance Training Centre (HPTC) has been awarded a 2017 Strength of America Award for its world-class strength and conditioning standards.

Bond’s HPTC was the only Centre in Australia to receive this prestigious accolade, which is jointly awarded by the US National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

Bond University High Performance Centre wins international award for strength and conditioning program

Bond University High Performance Training Centre awarded a 2017 Strength of America Award (Photo: Bond University)

The award—which represents the gold standard in strength and conditioning programs—measured the HTPC on four key criteria: Supervision, Education, Program, and Facilities.

Bond University’s HPTC Facility Manager Glenn Corcoran said the award recognises Bond’s success in creating safer programs and facilities for athletes.

“This Strength of America Award recognises Bond for providing world-class strength and conditioning services at the Bond Institute of Health & Sport (BIHS), which is also home to leading research and programs in the disciplines of exercise and sports science, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics,” Mr Corcoran said.

“Our strength and conditioning programs assist young athletes from Bond Sport and the entire Gold Coast region to become the best they can be, by providing world-class, evidence-based practices, delivered by highly qualified professionals in a facility that is second to none.”

Bond University Head of Exercise and Sports science, Professor Peter Reaburn said the award also put the university’s facility front and centre on the world stage.

“Bond’s exercise and sport science students are very fortunate to be educated not just in world-class facilities, but by some of the best qualified strength and conditioning staff in Australia.

“In the past twelve months we’ve seen considerable growth in the use of Bond’s HTPC as a teaching and training hub for national and international athletes and professional sporting organisations, including Triathlon Australia, Singapore Rugby Womens 7s and the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association, to name just a few,” said Professor Reaburn.

“Bond’s reputation as not just the Gold Coast’s but Australia’s ‘facility of choice’ for elite competition preparation is spreading, and this Strength of America award strongly reinforces our position as a leading international facility.”

The NSCA’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Caulfield said the NSCA and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition were working together to provide all centres with concise guidelines.

“I am proud to have Bond University High Performance Training Centre be part of our ongoing mission to improve the education and programs for all our youth,” Mr Caulfield said.

The NSCA is the recognised peak body in International athlete preparation in the United States.

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition is the peak US government body for health and fitness.

About the Master of Sports Science at Bond University

The Bond University Master of Sports Science is designed to develop specialist knowledge and skills relating to strength and conditioning and high performance science of elite athletes. This unique program places a strong emphasis on comprehensive practical experience and industry immersion, including a two semester full-time professional internship under the mentorship of a sports scientist.

Completed in only 1 year and 4 months (4 semesters), the first two semesters are comprised of specialist on-campus coursework, followed by the internship which incorporates applied sports science /strength and conditioning practice and a research component. This internship is completed full-time for 2 semesters, at a minimum of 500 hours with an elite sport organisation. Bond University has affiliations with national and international elite sporting organisations and professional sports teams.

Program: Master of Sports Science
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January and May
Duration: 1 year and 4 months

Apply to the Bond University sports sciences program!

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Learn more about studying sports science at Bond University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

University of Sydney ranks number one in sport, physiotherapy and rehabilitation

The University of Sydney has been ranked first in the world in the recently released 2017 QS subject rankings for the new category that comprises physical therapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation.

University of Sydney ranks number one in sport, physiotherapy and rehabilitation

Deputy Dean (Strategy) Prof Michelle Lincoln, Dean Prof Kathryn Refshauge, and Deputy Dean (Academic) Prof Sharon Kilbreath celebrate the news (Photo: University of Sydney)

The subject areas are encompassed by a range of disciplines within the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences.

“We are enormously proud to have been recognised in this way by our peers in academia and employers of our graduates,” said Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Kathryn Refshauge.

The QS subject rankings score universities around the world on their reputation with employers and academics, as well as measuring the productivity and citation impact of the publications of academics (also called the ‘H-Index’) as an institution and citations per research paper.

“The QS rankings are a particularly rich ranking system because it takes into account all aspects of our work: education, research and employability of our graduates.

“These rankings reflect performance across the whole faculty, from professional staff to academics to students,” said Professor Refshauge.

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a range of undergraduate and graduate entry courses in the disciplines included in the ranking category, such as exercise and sport science, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology.

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Are you interested in studying at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information about your study options.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

University of Sydney rehab sciences seminar tonight at University of Toronto

University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions

University of Sydney rehab sciences seminar tonight at University of Toronto

Attend a Sydney Health Sciences Seminar

Would you like to further your studies in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or another health science field?

Attend an upcoming University of Sydney Health Sciences information session between March 28 and 30 and get your questions answered!

Venue: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Room 2175
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Simon Fraser University, Halpern Centre, Room 114
Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: University of British Columbia, Woodward Building, Room 3
Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 5 p.m.

Be sure to RSVP for a Sydney Health Sciences Information Session!

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Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information.