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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.


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.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Join JCU in Toronto on June 2

James Cook University’s Division of Tropical Health and Medicine will be hosting a Welcome Evening in Toronto on Monday, June 8, 2015.

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James Cook University Dental School, Cairns

Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wronski  is hosting a social event in Toronto welcoming all students and parents interested in learning more about the faculty and JCU.

Venue: Pinnacle Room, Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, 123 Queen St. W.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/sheratonTO

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 2 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUwelcomeRSVP

The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the College of Medicine and Dentistry during the event.

Know before you go! Find out more about these popular JCU schools and programs!


For more information about this exciting event, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

JCUHealth clinic opens in Townsville

The innovative and modern health facilities at JCUHealth allied health clinics opened to the public for the first time on Sunday, Aug. 24 during JCU’s Open Day in Townsville.

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The facility offers a wide range of health services, including General Practice, Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, an Inter-professional Clinic, Speech Pathology and Psychology.

Many of the clinics relocated into James Cook University’s Clinical Practice Building (CPB) at the end of 2013, and the last two clinics moved in April this year.

Associate Professor Bev Raasch, Clinical Director, JCUHealth said Sunday would be an exciting day, with a variety of information sessions, free health assessments, tours and displays available to the public.

“We would really encourage the public, JCU staff, students and prospective JCU students to take this opportunity to walk around the JCUHealth clinics which are spread across two floors in the CPB,” Associate Professor Raasch said. “The clinics offer a professional health service not only to the JCU community but to all of Townsville.”

JCUHealth is a patient-focused health care facility which also provides an opportunity for JCU students to work alongside the clinicians to gain firsthand experience.

Other health services in the CPB include the state-of-the-art JCU Dental and recently opened Queensland X-Ray practice.


Find out more about studying health sciences at James Cook University!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

JCU health sciences expert explains why you should care who does your blood test

The important role medical laboratory scientists play in disease diagnosis and medical decision-making was explored in a public lecture by a James Cook University academic recently.

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Dr Donna Rudd, lecturer in Microbiology and Immunology at JCU, presented 
Who is performing your blood test and why you should care, as part of JCU’s “Science & Society in the Tropics” Public Lecture Series.

The Public Lecture Series was hosted by James Cook University’s Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences.

Dr Rudd said pathology underpinned all aspects of medicine: “Seventy percent of all medical decisions are made based on evidence provided by the pathology laboratory,” she said, but pointed out that unlike the high-profile scientists seen in popular television shows, medical laboratory scientists are relatively unknown and hidden from view.

Dr Rudd said her presentation gives the public a glimpse of the contribution medical laboratory scientists make by following the journey of a patient suffering leukemia. This would provide some insight into the people responsible for performing blood tests; what happens behind the scenes and why it is important in the current climate of cost cutting in health care, she said.

“Behind the scenes, many scientists toil away in disciplines such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology, molecular diagnostics and histology,” Dr Rudd said.

The JCU Health Sciences lecturer explained that these disciplines are conducted in a highly regulated environment to provide medical clinicians with information on which to base their decisions. “They are an important cog in the health care wheel yet most people’s impression of the medical laboratory begins and ends with blood collection.”

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The study of Microbiology and Immunology at JCU is part of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. The school is a multidisciplinary unit that focuses on delivering high-quality education in human and animal health, and tropical diseases. The school is located in the north-east corner of the Townsville Campus in North Queensland, Australia.

Microbiology and Immunology is a scientific discipline that has arisen from analyzing the nature of microbes and host-microbe interactions. JCU’s goal is to train excellent biomedical researchers, and instill in them a desire to be independent and creative investigators. The university’s greatest resource is the quality of their active research staff and their commitment to producing high-quality graduates.

The discipline offers subjects that allow a mastery of concepts central to the field of microbiology and immunology, while emphasizing active student involvement in the laboratory. Among the major topics covered are bacterial, parasite and viral pathogenesis and the immunological host response to these infectious agents.


Find out more about studying Microbiology and Immunology and other health sciences programs at James Cook University.

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Visiting health sciences researcher at JCU studies what gets the heart going

How a single bout of exercise affects cardiovascular function is being examined by a visiting researcher at James Cook University in Townsville.

Hayleigh Raiff, a student from the University of Dayton in Ohio in the United States, is researching the acute effects of exercise on cardiovascular function.

Ms Raiff is working with staff from JCU’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science (ISES) and Vascular Biology Unit, and members of the National Health and Medical Research Council-funded National Centre for Research Excellence to improve the management of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

The study, The acute effects of aerobic and resistance exercise on cardiovascular function and arterial stiffness, is a pilot study that aims to guide future research into improving the exercise prescription of patients with a type of PAD – abdominal aortic aneurysm.

“The goal of the research is to study the effect of a single exercise bout on vascular function,” Ms Raiff said.

“While the cumulative effects of aerobic and resistance training have been shown in previous studies, this study hopes to examine the changes observed after a single session and identification of the mechanism for these changes over time.”

Ms Raiff said the research was being conducted in the ISES Exercise Testing and Prescription Laboratory at JCU under the supervision of Associate Professor Anthony Leicht from JCU’s ISES.

“The research involves having participants complete three sessions with each consisting of twenty minutes of rest, thirty minutes of exercise, and  sixty minutes of recovery,” she said.

The Ohio-based researcher added that the three exercise sessions involve aerobic, resistance and no exercise with the three sessions undertaken in a randomized order with at least 48 hours separating each session. “Before each exercise, measures of vascular function including arterial stiffness, central aortic pressure and peripheral blood pressure are taken with blood samples also collected for analysis of biomarkers of vascular function.”

During each of the exercise sessions, heart rate, blood pressure and rating of effort are recorded every 1–5 minutes.

Following exercise, another blood sample is taken in order to examine the biomarker change during the exercise and measure of arterial stiffness, central aortic pressure and peripheral blood pressure are recorded at regular intervals.

Ms Raiff said her journey to JCU had been unconventional.

“While most students work with a study abroad department, I was fortunate enough to be put directly in contact with Associate Professor Anthony Leicht of JCU’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science,” she said.

“During the summer of 2012, I contacted my advisor at the University of Dayton to express my interest in spending the next summer in Australia because of my interest in physiotherapy. I was also hoping to get some clinical experience and hoped he would be able to give me some guidance and inform me of some opportunities.”

In a coincidence, her supervisor informed her Associate Professor Leicht had just stopped by his office at the University of Dayton the previous week and encouraged her to contact him about the experience she was looking for.

Ms Raiff said she would use the findings of the study to compose her honours thesis as a part of her Honours with Distinction curriculum at the University of Dayton.

“I am excited to take all that I have learned here at JCU back with me to UD and hopefully contribute to my department’s understanding of vascular physiology.”

Sport and Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology (Clinical)

Sport and Exercise Science Do you want to

  • make a useful contribution to the community?
  • further your interest and abilities in sport and exercise science?
  • help people to improve their life opportunities and sense of physical well-being?
  • work with people?
  • work with a wide range of age groups with varying physical exercise and sport abilities?
  • work with community based and/or professional sporting persons/clubs/teams?
Exercise Physiology (Clinical) Do you want to

  • make a useful contribution to the community?
  • help people to improve their life opportunities and sense of physical well-being?
  • work with people?
  • work with a wide range of age groups with varying occupational, exercise and physical abilities?
  • work with other allied health professionals
  • work with people to manage chronic diseases/conditions and injury rehabilitation


Find out more about James Cook University Physiotherapy School and JCU health sciences programs. Contact OzTREKK’s Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tiltson at shannon@oztrekk.com for more information about studying health sciences and physiotherapy at an Australian university!