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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.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Get into a physiotherapy program straight from high school

Physiotherapy, or physical therapy as it is also known, is a profession concerned with the prevention, assessment and treatment of human movement disorders and the promotion of movement and health. Physiotherapists—also known as physical therapists—require an extensive understanding of physical, structural and physiological aspects of human form and movement, as well as factors relating to human functioning and the acquisition of skills.

There is a high demand for physiotherapists, both in Australia and in Canada.

Get into a physiotherapy program straight from high school

Study physiotherapy in Australia (Photo credit: Monash University)

In Australia, professional degrees are normally undertaken straight from high school at the undergraduate level. Bachelor of Physiotherapy degrees in Australia are four years in duration, and suitable to those students who wish to gain entry into a physiotherapy program directly from high school, or who have completed an undergraduate degree in an area other than science/health science area.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Programs at Australian Universities

James Cook University

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

Monash University

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Peninsula Campus, approx. 40 km south of Melbourne, Victoria
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Newcastle

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Queensland

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Sydney

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Next intake: March 2018
Duration: 4 years

Returning to Canada to Practice

Graduates who wish to become certified as a physiotherapist here in Canada will need to apply for certification through Canada’s provincial certification boards. In many cases these provincial certification boards will require applicants to also complete the certification process through Canada’s national physiotherapy regulatory board, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (Alliance).

As an international graduate, you would first have your Australian university qualifications assessed by the Alliance to ensure these meet their requirements. If they meet the requirements, you would then complete the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), just like any other applicant.

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Do you have questions about Bachelor of Physiotherapy programs in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Will my Australian physiotherapy degree be recognised in Canada?

One of the most common questions we receive at OzTREKK is “Will my degree be recognised in Canada?”

The short answer is yes, it will. For the most part, we only feature degrees that are transferable to Canada. In most cases, graduates will have to take exams upon their return to home in order to be licensed to practice in Canada. Competency exams are a regular part of all professional degrees, even those awarded here in Canada.

Australian physiotherapy degrees are highly sought after by Canadian university graduates with academic backgrounds in kinesiology, health sciences and human kinetics. So when students inquire about studying physiotherapy in Australia, we are proud to tell you that the Australian universities we represent are some of the best! Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in the physiotherapy field.

Study physiotherapy in Australia, practice in Canada

Discover how you can study physiotherapy in Australia (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Now, let us tell you a little bit about the “coming back to Canada to practice” part!

Purpose of Credentialling

Graduates who wish to become certified as a physiotherapist here in Canada will need to apply for certification through Canada’s provincial certification boards. In many cases these provincial certification boards will require applicants to also complete the certification process through Canada’s national physiotherapy regulatory board, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (Alliance).

The credentialling process involves comparing an internationally educated physiotherapist’s education and credentials to that of a Canadian-educated physiotherapist to determine if there are substantial differences in the qualifications that would prevent the internationally educated physiotherapist from being eligible for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).

To determine if an internationally educated physiotherapist’s training is not substantially different from that of a Canadian-educated physiotherapist, the following five criteria must be met:

  1. Verification of identity through authentic and valid documentation
  2. Completion of a university level, entry-to-practice degree in physiotherapy
  3. Successful completion of a minimum of 1025 hours of supervised clinical education
  4. Fluency in English or French
  5. Knowledge of the practice of physiotherapy within the Canadian healthcare system

How do Canadians Fare on the Physiotherapy Competency Exam?

Since Australian physiotherapy programs are considered among the world’s best, Canadian students who have graduated from an Australian physiotherapy school have the best pass rates on both the written and clinical exams! Here is an example of the pass rates for 2011–2016:

  • Written Exam – 80% of Australian-educated test takers passed on the first attempt
  • Clinical Exam – 81% of Australian educated test takers passed on the first attempt

Australian physiotherapy school application deadlines

Five of OzTREKK’s Australian universities offer a graduate-entry physiotherapy program. These degrees are labelled as Master of Physiotherapy (Studies) or Doctor of Physiotherapy degrees, but both are professional qualification programs:

Bond University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: August 3, 2017

Macquarie University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2018
Application deadline: February 2018

University of Melbourne
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: February 2018
Application deadline: First round – June 1, 2017; second round – July 27, 2017

University of Queensland
Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: November 2017
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Sydney
Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: March 2018
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on as they are received. The sooner you apply the better. Applications close September 29, 2017

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Find out more about Australian physiotherapy degrees! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information. We’re here to help!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

UQ physiotherapy application deadline is coming up!

Don’t forget! Just a reminder to all those interested in the UQ physiotherapy program for the November 2017 intake that the application deadline is coming up next week, May 30, 2017.

UQ physiotherapy application deadline is coming up!

Find out how you can study physiotherapy at UQ

The Master of Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland is one of the most popular program for Canadian students! It introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. This program focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physiotherapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2017

OzTREKK Student reviews about the UQ physio program

“The program itself is amazing, what I want to learn about, tough, but necessary in order to be a physio. The location and bus service is great. It is a big beautiful campus, with excellent profs and will learn tons!”

“I love the program and all the lecturers are among the top in their fields and they all will help you in any way they can. The university itself is so beautiful and everyone at the university is so friendly, its an amazing place to learn! The UQ physio program is really diverse with 10 internationals, Kiwis and Australians so its a crazy fun mixture of people! There are tons of other Canadians at the uni so for things like the Olympics you can always find people to celebrate Canada with if you want or are homesick :)”

“UQ is a welcoming, beautiful campus, with all kinds of different people and things to do on campus everyday. You have everything you want, from good food to a good sport atmosphere. Physiotherapy is a really close knit program, and from day one you get right into practical experiences as well as lecture format. the combination of both will give you the most out of your learning experience, for sure!”

Apply to UQ Physiotherapy School!

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Curious about UQ physiotherapy other rehabilitation sciences programs? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Study physiotherapy in Australia, then practice in Canada

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy in Australia? May is National Physiotherapy Month and a great time to get started on learning how you can enter the physiotherapy profession!

Australian university graduate-entry physio degrees are highly sought after by Canadian university graduates with academic backgrounds in kinesiology, health sciences, and human kinetics. Since Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice, Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in the physiotherapy field.

Study physiotherapy in Australia, then practice in Canada

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

Five of OzTREKK’s Australian universities offer a graduate-entry physiotherapy program. These degrees are labelled as Master of Physiotherapy Studies or Doctor of Physiotherapy degrees, but both are professional qualification programs. In order to help you make the best decision, here are just some of the most common questions (with answers!) we receive.

What is the difference between a Master of Physiotherapy and a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree?

Both the Master of Physiotherapy (MPT) and Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) programs are designed to provide the same professional qualifications, so graduates of each program will be returning to Canada and applying for the same type of certification.

The DPT programs are usually three years and provide students with more practicum and coursework components, which some students like. Additionally, by having this extra time, students are usually able to delve a bit deeper into the profession of physiotherapy and explore some topics the shorter programs may not, such as emergency medicine or sports physiotherapy.

When returning to Canada, which organizations are responsible for evaluating the degree?

Graduates who wish to become certified as a physiotherapist here in Canada will need to apply for certification through Canada’s provincial certification boards. In many cases these provincial certification boards will require applicants to also complete the certification process through Canada’s national physiotherapy regulatory board, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (Alliance).

As an international graduate, you would first have your Australian university qualifications assessed by the Alliance to ensure these meet their requirements. If they meet the requirements, you would then complete the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), just like any other applicant.

The Alliance and provincial certification boards only assess applicants on a case-by-case basis and do not pre-approve any international physiotherapy programs. Based on this assessment process and the fact that applicants have to pass the PCE, it is not guaranteed that all applicants will have a successful application; however, at OzTREKK, we keep track of how our Australian university programs compare to Canadian requirements, and do not promote physiotherapy degrees in Australia if we don’t feel they would work for our Canadian students.

What is the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE)?

The Physiotherapy Competency Examination tests whether qualified exam candidates have demonstrated a minimum standard of practice. The PCE ensures that members of the public will be safe when they interact with physiotherapists. It fairly and accurately evaluates the competencies you need to have to practice physiotherapy. Most physiotherapy regulators in Canada include passing the PCE as part of their entry-to-practice process.

What does the PCE involve?

There are two components to the examination—a written and a clinical component. The written component tests your ability to use and integrate clinical knowledge and to solve clinical problems using clinical scenarios. You must achieve a minimum overall score to pass the written component.

The clinical component tests safe, effective use of the principles and processes of physiotherapy practice. The knowledge, skills and abilities assessed by the Clinical Component include communication skills and professional behaviour.

Australian physiotherapy school application deadlines

Bond University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2017 intake, applications closed Aug. 11, 2016.

Macquarie University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2018
Application deadline: February 2018

University of Melbourne
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: February 2018
Application deadline: First round – June 1, 2017; second round – July 27, 2017

University of Queensland
Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: November 2017
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Sydney
Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: March 2018
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on as they are received. The sooner you apply the better.

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Would you like learn more about physiotherapy schools in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

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!

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

UQ physiotherapy aims to improve mobility of multiple sclerosis sufferers

An international team of researchers is trialing specially designed shoe insoles aimed at improving the mobility of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The study, led by UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences physiotherapy lecturer Dr Anna Hatton, is seeking 176 people affected by MS to take part in a three month trial of the insoles.

UQ physiotherapy aims to improve mobility of multiple sclerosis sufferers

Study physiotherapy at the UQ SHRS!

“Many people with MS experience problems with walking which can make day-to-day activities difficult and often leads to falls, so improving walking ability is of primary importance in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life,” Dr Hatton said.

“Evidence suggests that wearing textured shoe insoles, which are designed to stimulate receptors on the soles of the feet, may be one possible option to help improve gait.

“We now need people with MS to help us investigate whether the novel insoles influence the way the leg and trunk muscles work while walking on both even and uneven surfaces.”

The study will also look for changes in the perception of foot sensation and the awareness of foot position.

“Foot sensation plays an important role in keeping the body upright and balanced when walking, yet we know from previous studies that people with MS often have poor sensation on the soles of their feet,” Dr Hatton said.

“Therefore, wearing a specially designed shoe insole, which enhances sensory information at the feet, could help people affected by MS to walk better. “

Dr Hatton’s international research team includes UQ’s Professor Sandra Brauer and Ms Katrina Williams, Professor Graham Kerr of the Queensland University of Technology, Professor Keith Rome of the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and Dr John Dixon of Teesside University, UK.

The trial is supported through funding from Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia.

“It is hoped that the study leads to the development of a new treatment technique, specifically an inexpensive, easy-to-administer shoe insole, which could assist mobility and independent living,” Dr Hatton said.

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. It focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physical therapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice.

Did you know there are 40 spots available in the program; 30 places for domestic Australians and 10 places for international students? For the 2016 intake, 10 international student offers were awarded to OzTREKK students!

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
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? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy School Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

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!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Heading to UQ? Here are some student accommodation options!

If you’re a future UQ student and getting ready to study this November (or January/February!), we know you’re wondering about your accommodation options!

It’s also handy to know where you should be looking, right? When considering suburb locations for off-campus accommodation, students tend to have different preferences. Some prefer to live in the heart of the city, while others prefer to live in other areas near specific attractions, like the beach or bay.

Below is a list of popular suburbs located in the city of Brisbane:

St Lucia: St Lucia is a great place to live if you want the convenience of being close to UQ, but the peace and quiet of the suburbs. It is located approximately 7 km from the centre of the city, in a bend of the Brisbane River. Most properties in St Lucia are within walking distance to the UQ campus. There is no train station located in St Lucia, but there are buses that connect to the train station in nearby Toowong. There is also a bike path that runs along the river between St Lucia and Brisbane city centre. It is the perfect location if study is your first priority; however, for shopping and entertainment, you will need to go to the neighbouring suburbs.

Toowong: Toowong is very popular with students. The university is only 10 minutes by bus in one direction, and the city centre 10 minutes in the other. There is also a bike path that runs along the river to the city centre. Toowong also has some very popular student bars, a shopping centre, and some great little restaurants.

Indooroopilly: Indooroopilly has everything a student needs, including a large shopping centre, cinemas, restaurants, and a couple of bars. It is only 10 minutes to the St Lucia campus by bus, and a short train-ride takes you directly to Fortitude Valley, where most of Brisbane’s night-life happens. Alternatively, a little longer on the train, and you can spend a day on the beach at the Gold Coast.

Taringa: Taringa is a great place to live if you want the peace and quiet of the suburbs, without being too far from the action. A very short bus ride (10 minutes), or a slightly longer walk, will take you to shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants, and some popular student bars.

West End and Hill End: West End is located across the Brisbane river from the St Lucia campus. It is the most ethnically diverse suburb in Brisbane, and boasts s a lively inner-city lifestyle with a younger population and wide assortment of cafés, restaurants, and clubs. Hill End is essentially a small residential pocket between West End and Highgate Hill, with many of its streets and properties very close to the river. Travel to the St Lucia campus is mainly via the CityCat ferry service, from the West End terminal at the bottom of Hoogley Street – a 2-minute ferry-ride! It is also only a 10-minute bus ride from West End to the city centre and walk distance to the Southbank parklands.

Highgate Hill: Highgate Hill is a great mix of the old and the new. It is also an ethnically diverse suburb, with about a third of residents being overseas migrants. Note, though, that some properties in Highgate Hill are a 10-minute walk to the West End CityCat ferry terminal, and others a 30-minute walk over the hill. From the West End CityCat ferry terminal, it is only a 2-minute ferry ride to the St Lucia campus.

Dutton Park: Dutton Park is also located across the river but (compared to West End) is a quieter more suburban area. The Eleanor Schonell Bridge is a bus, bicycle and pedestrian link between Dutton Park and the St Lucia campus.

Fairfield: Fairfield is located 5km from the Brisbane CBD, and is across the river from the St Lucia campus. The suburb has a train station and plenty of bus routes heading to the city. As Fairfield has easy access to major arterial roads, schools, and shops, and has plenty of parklands, it is especially popular with families. There is a big shopping centre (Fairfield Garden Shopping Centre), and being near to West End gives the suburb a convenient restaurant-area close by.

Herston: Herston is located approximately 2km from the centre of Brisbane and about 8km from the main (St Lucia) campus. The University of Queensland operates within the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and Queensland Radium Institute. Herston is also the location of the Mayne Medical School. Suburbs surrounding Herston include Spring Hill, Kelvin Grove, Bowen Hills, and Wilston.

Heading to UQ? Here are some accommodation options!

Unilodge at UQ

There is a lot to think about before you start searching for your new home. Be sure to scour the UQ Accommodation website for handy tips!

Have you arranged your free transportation from airport?

The University of Queensland will arrange free transportation from the Brisbane Domestic or International Airport for new UQ international students. Please note some conditions apply.

To arrange airport pick-up you will need to provide the following:

  • 3 working days’ notice
  • Date of flight and flight number
  • Drop-off address (Please ensure that you have arranged your accommodation before applying for airport pick-up.)
  • Number of people accompanying you

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Need more getting-ready-to-go tips? Be sure to check out the OzTREKK Boarding Pass for details about student visas, accommodation, travel arrangements, banking, health coverage, and a lot more.

Can’t remember your log-in info? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355!