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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Australian rehabilitation sciences degrees: are you eligible to apply?

If you’re considering applying to a rehabilitation sciences degree at an Australian university, you know there can be a few items on your “how to apply” checklist that need attention. This is where OzTREKK comes in.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh specializes in programs like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, chiropractic science and audiology, and she knows the ins and outs of the specific assessment criteria required by each university. Here are some of Krista’s tips about getting yourself prepared when you’re ready to apply!

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

If you are considering starting an application for one of our programs in rehabilitation sciences, first you will need to find out if you are eligible.

Australian rehabilitation sciences degrees: are you eligible to apply?

Find out how you can study physiotherapy (Photo: University of Melbourne)

In order to determine this, you will need to find out two main things:

  • Have you taken the necessary courses to meet the program prerequisites?
  • Is your cumulative GPA (cGPA) competitive?

If you are unsure of this, I can generally let you know after taking a quick glance at your transcript.

Proving that you know your stuff

Please keep in mind that our universities will typically first screen based only on whether or not you have taken the courses to meet their prerequisites. Some schools have a form to fill out to highlight what you have taken for the admissions team, and most schools require you to send detailed course outlines for each subject.

If your application does not include a biomechanics course outline (as an example), they will not know that you’ve taken it. Furthermore, if they feel that your course outlines don’t meet their standard (i.e., they lack detail), your application’s assessment will stop and you will receive an unsuccessful outcome.

Admissions will not go into your transcripts for a GPA calculation until they have determined you’ve covered the material they require.

Which transcript are they looking at?

In order to calculate your cGPA, our universities will only be looking at the transcript from your most recently completed degree. If you have taken courses that are not part of that degree, they will not be calculated in that assessment; however, in order to see a full picture of your academic background, you are required to mail us all transcripts from any previous university or college studies.

Krista’s tips for a competitive application

Apply Early – Ideally,  you will need to have all of your documents sent to me no later than a week before the deadline. The more time I have to review your documents, the more time there is for feedback. There have been a number of students who have submitted their documents on deadline day who were unsuccessful because there were problems with their documents. Keep in mind that I receive a flood of emails and documents right before the deadline and that makes it difficult for me to review everything for you properly.

Include Course Outlines (Syllabi) as soon as possible – if the program that you apply to requires you to submit course outlines. This is in fact a requirement, and not a request.

  • Please ensure that your course outlines are detailed with information about what was taught in the course. This will often appear in a lecture schedule or list of topics.
  • Textbook, faculty information, and course dates are also important! Please take a look through your course outlines to ensure that they contain relevant detail before sending them to me.
  • If you don’t have your course outlines on hand, please contact the faculty under which you took the courses to request them.
  • Ensure that your course outlines are within 2 years of when you took the course. (For example, if you took a course in 2012, the outline must come from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014. Please do not send me one from 2009 or 2015 as those are outside of the 2 years.)
  • When possible, please email the course outlines. Hard copies can delay the processing of your application.

Find out more about studying rehabilitation sciences at an Australian university

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Do you have questions about choosing the right rehabilitation sciences degree for you? Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information about your study options!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Exploring occupational therapy as a career option


What exactly is occupational therapy and how does it differ from physio?

Exploring occupational therapy as a career option

UQ offers a Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program! (Photo: UQ)

Unlike physiotherapy, which evaluates and helps to maintain and restore physical function, occupational therapy helps to solve the problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do everyday things, like dressing, bathing, washing dishes, eating, and other tasks most of us take for granted. Occupational therapy can also help to prevent a problem or minimize its effects.

When do people see occupational therapists?

Usually, occupational therapists are sought when a disability, injury, illness or other problem limits someone’s abilities to care for himself, participate in work, or just enjoy regular leisure time or hobbies. These skills and regular activities are so important to us as people that they often describe how we view ourselves—we identify with our jobs and activities. When disability or injury prevents someone from being able to accomplish a simple, everyday task such as buttoning a shirt, it can affect how he or she feels about himself.

That’s where an occupational therapist comes in.

What do occupational therapists do?

Occupational therapists are highly trained health-care professionals, and they define an occupation as much more than a chosen career. Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life, including feeding and dressing themselves. Everyone has many occupations that are essential to our health and well-being.

According to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, “occupational therapists use a systematic approach based on evidence and professional reasoning to enable individuals, groups and communities to develop the means and opportunities to identify, engage in and improve their function in the occupations of life. The process involves assessment, intervention and evaluation of the client related to occupational performance in self-care, work, study, volunteerism and leisure. Occupational therapists may assume different roles such as advising  on health risks in the workplace, safe driving for older adults, and programs to promote mental health for youth.”

Depending on the particular situation, an occupational therapist will check

  • what one can and cannot do physically (including strength, coordination, balance, or other physical abilities);
  • what materials are used in the occupation (e.g., cooking utensils, clothing, tools, furniture, etc.);
  • what one can and cannot do mentally (coping strategies, memory, organization skills, or other mental abilities);
  • the social and emotional support available in the home, school, work and community; and
  • the physical setup of the house, school, workplace, classroom, or other environment.

Occupational therapists are also trained how to help others cope with their disabilities. OT can help with coping strategies, strength, coordination, and confidence, and recommend changes to environments that will be helpful. Community support may also be available, and the occupational therapist will also assist with finding specialized transportation, support groups, and funding agencies.

Where do occupational therapists work?

Occupational therapists are generally employed in community agencies, hospitals, chronic care facilities, rehabilitation centres and clinics, schools, social agencies industry or are self-employed. While some occupational therapists specialize in working with a specific age group, like the elderly, others may specialize in a particular disability such as arthritis, developmental coordination disorder, mental illness, or spinal cord injury.

Australian Occupational Therapy Schools

If you are finishing high school, the following Australian universities offer a four-year undergraduate occupational therapy degree:

The following Australian Occupational Therapy Schools offer two-year graduate-entry OT programs for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree:

Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

If you’re curious about studying occupational therapy and other rehab sciences degrees, don’t miss the upcoming seminar at Western University. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to speak with Australian uni representatives and alumni to learn more about how you can study in Australia and practice in Canada! Be sure to RSVP to save your spot.

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

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh krista@oztrekk.com if you have any questions about studying occupational therapy at an Australian university!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Applying to a rehabilitation sciences program? Application deadlines are approaching!

Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge rehabilitation sciences research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in their fields. If you would like to apply to a rehabilitation sciences program at an Australian university, this is a reminder that the application deadlines are approaching for the following programs:

Applying to a rehabilitation sciences program? Application deadlines are approaching!

Happy UQ physio students enjoying OzTREKK Orientation

Macquarie University

University of Queensland

Monash University

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If you have any questions about studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, or audiology at an Australian university, contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Discover more about your program entry requirements, practicals, and about how you can take your degree home to practice in Canada. Krista can answer your questions!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

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

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

OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Don't miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Join us! Don’t forget to RSVP

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

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

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

What about admissions?

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

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

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Career opportunities for occupational therapy graduates

A degree in occupational therapy provides a breadth of employment opportunities: working with individuals, small groups, organisations or communities. Occupational therapists work in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, community health, early intervention, social services, schools, government agencies, industrial and commercial organisations, mental health services, homes, and supported housing. After gaining relevant workplace experience further career opportunities exist in education, management and research.

Career opportunities for occupational therapy graduates

Study occupational therapy at Monash!

The Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program at Monash University is a full-time course over two years from July to May (mid-year intake). It will operate over 72 weeks and include 1000 hours of fieldwork education commensurate with World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (2002).

Monash University strives to develop OT graduates who are

  • occupation-focused, socially responsible, culturally respectful, and globally aware;
  • critical, self-reflective, flexible and collaborative in their approach to their work;
  • effective communicators, team members and ambassadors of an occupational perspective of health;
  • able to critically appraise, apply and translate knowledge into practice;
  • able to innovate, create and facilitate professional practice / knowledge development; and
  • committed to lifelong learning and advancement of the occupational therapy profession.

Higher achieving students may be eligible to complete this as research to the equivalent of honours standard to be eligible to apply for a research masters or PhD program on completion.

Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Monash has a general application deadline of October 31 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to Monash University Occupational Therapy School!

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Learn more about the occupational therapy program at Monash University! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Monash Department of Occupational Therapy

Diversity is the hallmark of occupational therapy practice. Occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and groups to assist them to overcome the limitations and restrictions that are caused by illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of aging. They are employed in organisations and communities to address the barriers that prevent people’s participation in accessing their community in ways that impact on their health and well-being. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, so long as they have an occupational performance issues related to engagement in productive, self-care or leisure activities.

Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Monash Department of Occupational Therapy

Study occupational therapy at Monash University

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Monash has a general application deadline of October 31 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor degree in health, education, social, physical or biological sciences (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience). Applicants must have obtained a GPA of at least 65% credit average in their most recently completed university undergraduate degree.

If students do not have a background in health, education, biomedical, sociological and/or psychological studies, prospective students must complete one of the following or equivalent prior to the commencement of the course:

  • Study BMA1901 Human Structure and Function as a single unit enrolment at Monash.
  • Complete a Human Biology short course via distance education at Monash or equivalent.

Successful international applicants must be available for a Skype interview. All students must be available for an interview, either in mid-December or March.

Apply to Monash University Occupational Therapy School!

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Would you like more information about how you can study occupational therapy at Monash University? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Monash Master of Occupational Therapy graduates

Occupational therapy, also known as OT, is concerned with promoting people’s occupational performance and health. This is done by assisting people in their adaptation to the demands of their environment, and promoting their capacity to perform daily activities in their occupation. Occupational therapists have a variety of career opportunities ranging from work in hospitals to rehabilitation units to school, and from workplace health and safety units to psychiatric clinics to research institutions.

Monash Occupational Therapy School

Study OT at Monash University

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program at Monash University is a two-year, accelerated learning program that enables students with a first degree other than occupational therapy (but in a related field) to obtain a professional, entry-level qualification at a postgraduate level of study to practice as an occupational therapist.

Graduates of the Monash occupational therapy program will be able to

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate for a competent entry-level practitioner;
  • develop strategies to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in everyday occupations that they want and need to do;
  • appraise barriers to people’s participation and devise strategies to overcome these;
  • articulate the unique professional contribution of occupational therapy;
  • be client-centred in their approach;
  • critically appraise the nature and meaning of occupation, the occupational nature of human beings and the theories and basic principles related to enabling occupation and occupational performance;
  • explain biomedical and social sciences concepts underpinning occupational therapy practice;
  • be proactive in prevention-oriented and health promotion practice, demonstrating commitment to the health of populations as well as individuals;
  • describe different research approaches and be skilled at applying the best available evidence to everyday practice;
  • practice ethically, respectfully and collaboratively, and assume leadership, supervisory and management roles as appropriate;
  • create personal strategies to maintain high standards in their professional life, contribute to their professional community and engage in lifelong learning; and
  • recognise the intrinsic value of people irrespective of culture, values, beliefs and socio-economic status.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2015

Apply to Monash University Occupational Therapy School!

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Learn more about the occupational therapy program at Monash University! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Australian rehab sciences application deadlines

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

Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia

You can study rehab sciences in Australia

Australian Physiotherapy Schools

The following Australian physiotherapy schools are accepting applications:

Australian Occupational Therapy Schools

The following Australian occupational therapy schools are accepting applications:

Australian Speech Pathology Schools

The following Australian speech pathology schools are accepting applications:

Australian Audiology Schools

The following Australian audiology schools are accepting applications:

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

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

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

About the Monash Occupational Therapy School

The Monash University Department of Occupational Therapy provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses to students seeking employment in hospital and community health settings.

Monash Occupational Therapy School

Study occupational therapy at Monash University

Diversity is the hallmark of occupational therapy practice. Occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and groups to assist them to overcome the limitations and restrictions that are caused by illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of aging. They are employed in organisations and communities to address the barriers that prevent people’s participation in accessing their community in ways that impact on their health and well-being. Occupational therapist work with people of all ages, so long as they have an occupational performance issues related to engagement in productive, self-care or leisure activities.

Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2015

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor degree in health, education, social, physical or biological sciences (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience). Applicants must have obtained a GPA of at least 65% credit average in their most recently completed university undergraduate degree.

If students do not have a background in health, education, biomedical, sociological and/or psychological studies, prospective students must complete one of the following or equivalent prior to the commencement of the course:

  • Study BMA1901 Human Structure and Function as a single unit enrolment at Monash.
  • Complete a Human Biology short course via distance education at Monash or equivalent.

Successful international applicants must be available for a Skype interview, either in mid-December or March.

Apply to Monash University Occupational Therapy School!

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Would you like more information about how you can study occupational therapy at Monash University? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Introducing the Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program at Monash University is a two-year, accelerated learning program that enables students with a first degree other than occupational therapy (but in a related field) to obtain a professional, entry-level qualification at a postgraduate level of study to practice as an occupational therapist.

Monash University Occupational Therapy School

Monash University Peninsula Campus

The course is an integrated curriculum centred on Scenario-Based Learning (SBL). The two years of the SBL curriculum will be organised into the following units:

  • Foundations of Occupational Therapy
  • Humans as Occupational Beings
  • Occupational Performance
  • Enabling Change in Human Occupation
  • Transition to Practice
  • Advanced Professional Practice

Students complete an extensive practice based project. Higher achieving students are eligible to complete this as research to the equivalent of honours standard to be eligible to apply for a research masters or PhD program on completion.

Career Opportunities

A degree in occupational therapy provides a breadth of employment opportunities; working with individuals, small groups, organisations or communities. Occupational therapists work in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, community health, early intervention, social services, schools, government agencies, industrial and commercial organisations, mental health services, homes, and supported housing. After gaining relevant workplace experience further career opportunities exist in education, management and research.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2015

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor degree in health, education, social, physical or biological sciences (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience). Applicants must have obtained a GPA of at least 65% credit average in their most recently completed university undergraduate degree.

If students do not have a background in health, education, biomedical, sociological and/or psychological studies, prospective students must complete one of the following or equivalent prior to the commencement of the course:

  • Study BMA1901 Human Structure and Function as a single unit enrolment at Monash.
  • Complete a Human Biology short course via distance education at Monash or equivalent.

Successful international applicants must be available for a Skype interview. All students must be available for an interview, either in mid-December or March.

Apply to Monash University Occupational Therapy School!

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Would you like more information about how you can study occupational therapy at Monash University? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1-866-698-7355.