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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!


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!


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!


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!


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.

Friday, March 11th, 2016

University of Melbourne Social Work professor honoured

The University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences congratulates Professor Cathy Humphreys on her induction to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, 2016. This honour recognises her important contributions to ensuring the safety of women and children, within their families and in institutional care.

Since 2006, as Alfred Felton Chair in the Melbourne Department of Social Work, Professor Humphreys has led a large body of research into child and family welfare, domestic violence and child abuse, stability and quality for out of home care, developments arising from Victorian legislation on children, youth and families, and the impact of research on policy and practice.

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Professor Cathy Humphreys (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Her highly collaborative research is conducted with Victorian community sector organisations, into the areas of out of home care, domestic violence and child abuse. This distinctive ‘externally facing’ nature of her work facilitates the direct translation of research findings into practice for those organisations.

She sits on the Advisory Committee for the Minister for Family Violence and is co-chair of MAEVe, an interdisciplinary research alliance at the University of Melbourne in partnership with community, industry and government agencies to reduce harm and improve the safety and well-being of women, families and communities; increase accountability and improve responses to men; and prevent violence before it starts.

In addition to her wide body of applied research, Professor Humphreys continues to develop successive generations of social workers through teaching managers and front-line workers in Victorian Community Sector organisations and DHHS as well as supervision of PhD and Research Masters students.

Professor Humphreys’ work exhibits the social worker’s ethos: to intercede wherever the circumstances of those whose lives are damaged by violence can be improved; to build a system that disrupts cycles of violence and disadvantage; and to advocate strongly and protect the rights of vulnerable people.

Professor Humphreys has led a number of landmark projects that have impacted the lives and the futures of people whose childhoods were spent in institutional care. The end-to-end character of her research program establishes the applied value of each project as it begins and creates ready pathways for its translation into policy and practice.

More than this, Professor Humphreys’ comprehensive program of research and her ongoing work providing advice to governments and the social welfare sector is creating an enduring legacy in four separate but connected areas. Firstly, she has created a legacy of academic knowledge—the essential base of evidence explaining the mechanisms and relationships that determine pathways to good or bad consequences for children and families. Secondly, she has made that knowledge accessible to social workers so they can reshape their practice according to its findings. Thirdly, she has engaged with policy makers to inform the creation of new policies based on the evidence of her research. Finally, her work has informed a growing public understanding of the insidious nature of violence and abuse within family relationships and institutional out of home care.

Professor Humphreys works to break the self-perpetuating cycles of violence and abuse in families and in institutions by creating new cycles where research findings inform policy and practice, the experience of practitioners in turn informs research design, and new generations of practitioners are mentored into perpetuating the development of new knowledge, practice and policy.

University of Melbourne Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work at the University of Melbourne

  • prepares students for professional social work practice in a diverse range of contexts;
  • provides students with foundational theories informing social work practice;
  • introduces students to the methods of social work practice, including casework, counselling, groupwork, community development, policy and research;
  • introduces students to the fields of social work practice, including child and family, health and mental health;
  • immerses students in practice through the two 500 hour (approximately 67 days) fieldwork placements;
  • provides a pathway for graduates wanting to pursue doctoral study.

Program: Master of Social Work
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed

  • an undergraduate degree with at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences, or equivalent;
  • evidence of relevant paid or volunteer work experience of at least 40 hours over a 3-month duration;
  • a personal statement of up to 500 words outlining why they wish to be considered for the course; and
  • a professional referee report.

Apply to a University of Melbourne Health Sciences degree!


Are you interested in studying social work or other health sciences at the University of Melbourne? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com for more information.

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

University of Melbourne health sciences researchers discover crucial pathway to fight gut infection

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Melbourne, have found a crucial pathway for defending the human gut against infection.

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The researchers found virulent E.coli bacteria blocked a pathway that would normally protect the gut from infection. These infections are particularly serious in young children and can result in diarrhea and other complications such as kidney damage.

The role of this pathway in fighting gut infection was previously unknown but defects in it are associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

The research, published recently in Nature, provides much-needed insight into how the gut fights infection.

Lead author Professor Elizabeth Hartland from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology said the research improved their understanding of what happens when this pathway doesn’t work as well as it should.

“This research provides a model where we can look at how these bacteria switch off a critical pathway in our body that helps fight infection and contributes to normal intestinal function,” she said, adding that using this fundamental knowledge, they will be able to conduct further studies and work toward improving therapies and treatments for people with inflammatory bowel disease, which affects approximately five million people worldwide.

The researchers found the diarrhea-causing bacteria use a needle-like structure to inject a toxin into the gut cell that blocks cell death. This allows the bacteria to survive and spread in the gut, causing a range of diseases.

The injected toxin paralyses the infected cell’s ability to send messages to immune cells which would normally sense and eliminate dangerous microbes from the body as well as alert the broader immune system to mount a response to the infection.

“This is a significant contribution to global research in this field as the role of this pathway in intestinal defence and the way bacteria go about blocking this pathway was not known,” the Melbourne professor said.


Are you interested in studying Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne? Did you know the University of Melbourne educates more health professionals than any other Australian university and attracts more national, peer-reviewed medical research funding than any other medical and health sciences faculty in the country?

Find out more about Health Sciences programs at the University of Melbourne and at other Australian universities. Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

New Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne

Leading international medical researcher Professor Stephen Smith has been appointed Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Currently Vice-President (Research) at Nanyang Technological University, Professor Smith was also founding dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a joint initiative of Nanyang Technological University and Imperial College London set to open in August this year.

Professor Smith led the establishment of the first Academic Health Science Centre in the UK while Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London and then served simultaneously for four years as Chief Executive of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He has been a pioneer in developing integrated health and research strategies at a number of leading British medical institutions, including Cambridge University where he was Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. In 2009 Professor Smith was ranked among the top 30 most powerful people in National Health Service management policy and practice in England. Professor Smith holds an MBBS, MD and a DSc from the University of London respectively. He also holds an MA from the University of Cambridge.

University of Melbourne Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil said she was delighted to have someone of Professor Smith’s calibre leading the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

“Stephen brings great international experience in the medical sphere and a commitment to lead in a dynamic learning and teaching environment,” she said.

“This is a fantastic appointment for the university and for medical research and education in Australia. Professor Smith was a pioneer of the concept of academic health science centres in the UK and brings with him a wealth of expertise as we seek to build on that concept in the Australian context.”

Professor Smith says he is “looking forward to the opportunity to lead the world-class faculty at Melbourne and work with the university and surrounding hospitals and institutes in the next phase of some very exciting developments.”

Professor Smith will start at the University of Melbourne in September. He succeeds Professor James Angus AO who is retiring after nearly a decade leading the faculty. Professor Sheil said Professor Angus would leave an impressive legacy as Dean.


Find out more about studying at the Melbourne Medical School, the Melbourne Dental School, and about Health Sciences programs at the University of Melbourne.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about other Australian universities.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

University of Melbourne presents new findings on flu front

Every wonder why some people seem to fight off the flu better than others? Researchers from the University of Melbourne may have just uncovered the answer, as people in the northern hemisphere are experiencing a winter plagued with nasty influenza bugs.

The University of Melbourne teamed up with The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute to discover a new protein that protects against viral infections like influenza. That’s good news, as it may strengthen future vaccines when coupled with more research.

Melbourne is reporting that Dr. Linda Wakim and her colleagues in the laboratory of professor Jose Villadangos from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology have a new clue as to why some people prove heartier at staving off these virulent sicknesses.

It all comes down to T-cells which are located on exposed body surfaces like skin and mucosal surfaces. They ward off infection, detecting cells infected with viruses and killing them before the virus can reproduce and spread to other cells. The University of Melbourne researchers found that T-cells contain a certain protein which makes them more resistant to viral infections such as the flu.

The finding is leading to more questions surrounding the process of increasing the number and life-span of T-cells with the protein. “This could lead to improved vaccines that promote the generation of more resistant T-cells able to provide the greatest protection, for longer,” Villandangos told the University of Melbourne.

Researchers are currently aiming to understand why some T-cells express the protective protein, while others do not. Wakim told Melbourne that the cells likely encounter some chemical signal in the tissues where the cells lodge, which causes them to express the protein. “If we identify these chemical cues, we may be able to include them in future vaccines,” Wakim told the university.

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia’s premier biomedical research faculty. Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne was ranked No.1 in Australia and the Faculty is considered a leader in biomedicine in Australia. The University of Melbourne educates more health professionals than any other Australian university and attracts more national, peer-reviewed medical research funding than any other medical and health sciences faculty in the country.


Find out more about how you could be a part of the exciting research happening at the University of Melbourne! Look into graduate health sciences programs at Australian universities. Apply through OzTREKK to the university’s medical programs, today.