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Monday, May 27th, 2013

University of Sydney makes stuttering research accessible online

The Australian Stuttering Research Centre at the University of Sydney now has links on its website that students in the university’s speech pathology programming, as well as healthcare professionals and the general public, may find helpful.

Some of the basic research conducted at the centre involves clinical trials of innovative treatments to control stuttering, including treatments for children (the Lidcombe Program) and treatment for adults and teens (the Camperdown Program).

In an effort to make those treatments more accessible to those who stutter, the University of Sydney’s Australian Stuttering Research Centre announced it is currently developing them for use online.

To that end, the centre at the University of Sydney has already made available links on its website including resources for health professionals (in addition to students and the public) exploring everything from the brochures about the Lidcombe Program, Camperdown Program and anxiety programming, to program guides and speech rating charts.

Translations are also being undertaken to make the Lidcombe Program accessible in other languages, but in the meantime this provides a valuable resource for students in the university’s speech pathology program, as well as for healthcare professionals and the general public to download and refer to.

The Australian Stuttering Research Centre was established in 1996 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Cumberland Campus of the University of Sydney. The purpose of the centre is to establish and publicize knowledge about stuttering and its treatment.

The centre notes that stuttering is a common disorder in which speech is interrupted by repeated movements and fixed postures of the speech mechanism. A recent study which followed a group of Australian infants found that by 48 months, 12.2 per cent of toddlers had begun to stutter, the centre said.

The university said that researchers contribute significantly to the course work in the University of Sydney speech pathology program and students have access to the on-site teaching clinic which services the community and gives candidates the opportunity for hands-on experience.

More about the Speech Pathology program at the University of Sydney: Speech Pathology at Sydney has a long and proud history of producing high-quality graduates who go on to be expert clinicians, leaders of the profession and international researchers in communication sciences and disorders. Sydney’s Speech Pathology Discipline is the largest speech pathology department in the Australian state of New South Wales and one of the largest in Australia.

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Learn more about studying speech pathology at the University of Sydney! Find out more about speech pathology in Australia at Australian universities.

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

OzTREKK University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy student shares Australian advice

Although Stephenie Cochrane is new to Australia, she hasn’t wasted any time immersing herself in the culture, recreation and studies at the University of Sydney.

A dedicated Master of Physiotherapy student, she even finds time to take to the ice and plays for the Canterbury Eagles in the New South Wales ice hockey league.

Stephenie arrived in Oz this spring and immediately dove into her studies and new life. The OzTREKKER caught up with this busy go-getter to get her perspective on studying physiotherapy in Australia — and get some advice for other potential students thinking of taking the plunge to study in Australia!

What pulled you toward studying physiotherapy?
My family is very big into sports and therefore had tons of sports injuries. I was always watching someone recover from some injury.

The biggest one was when my brother broke his femur playing hockey. When the bone had healed he had lost so much muscle it was very hard to walk.

He went to physiotherapy to help ensure proper biomechanics and it really inspired me to be a physiotherapist. I want to be able to assist people in recovering from injuries in a proper way and at a faster pace.

Why did you decide to study physiotherapy in Australia?
Honestly, I applied (to physiotherapy programs) Down Under because the application fees were waived, so I said why not? I didn’t believe I would get in at the time, and then when I did I was so excited to go and knew nothing was going to stop me.

How would you describe your experience thus far in the University of Sydney, Master of Physiotherapy program?
I love the program (at the University of Sydney). The first year is all classes and second year is five blocks of placements, five weeks long with half a semester of classes in the middle. It makes for a good balance between the hands-on aspect of learning and the in-class learning. Each class also has a tutorial, so you get the hands-on experience while learning it. I also love that I am able to travel on my breaks! Even if it’s on a weekend to Melbourne or another city close by.

What do you do outside of your study/classroom time in Australia?
I love to hang out at the beach. They are a bit far from my house, but it is so worth the drive or bus ride! I also found a hockey league (although if you call it hockey down here they think you are talking about field hockey). I currently am playing for the Canterbury Eagles in the NSW ice hockey league and in the summer will play for Sydney in their National League. I’m really excited for that because I will get to travel for hockey! Instead of just spending the weekend in a different city, I will take a week and stay at each one a little longer after the games. I believe the cities we travel to are Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide on various weekends to play.

What do you hope to do following graduation?
I’d like to move back (to Canada) and start working right away; however, with the exams I have to write to practice in Canada I think I might stay in Australia for a year while the process happens and work down here. I will just fly back for the exams, then once certified I can move home again.

What advice would you give to a Canadian considering studying physiotherapy in Australia?
Use OzTREKK and plan ahead! OzTREKK was so helpful when doing this. They have all kinds of information that you need and may never think of on your own, and they are so supportive the whole way through! They even meet you down here and take you where you need to go when you first arrive! It’s great!

This interview is published in the May 2013 edition of The OzTREKKER, along with other informative stories on studying in Australian for audiology, occupational therapychiropractic and speech pathology!

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Does the Master of Physiotherapy program at the University of Sydney sound appealing? Learn more! Look into other Australian graduate physiotherapy programs at Australian universities!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The OzTREKKER – May 2013 Edition

Wondering what it would be like to study in a master of physiotherapy program in Australia? Looking for the inside scoop on other rehabilitation sciences such as chiropractic, occupational therapy, speech pathology or audiology? Look no further, OzTREKKERs!

In the May 2013 edition of The OzTREKKER, OzTREKK University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy student, Stephenie Cochrane, tells us about why she chose to study physio through OzTREKK and how she balances her amazing new life Down Under with her love of ice hockey and the beach.

She also lets us in on what she appreciates most about her program and shares photos of a few of her travels (including a stunning beach pic!) that will make you want to jump on a plane and follow in her footsteps.

Also in the May 2013 edition of The OzTREKKER:

Rehabilitation round-up: We take a look at the numerous opportunities for studying rehabilitation sciences through our university partners in Australia. Highlighted are occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology, physiotherapy, and chiropractic programs in Australia at the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney as well as Bond University.

Hearing Hub: The Australian Hearing Hub launched new digs at Macquarie University last week, bringing thousands of hearing and audiology professionals together under one roof. This also provides a huge boost for the Macquarie University School of Clinical Audiology.

Sydney stuttering research: The Australian Stuttering Research Centre at the University of Sydney shows its commitment to public speech pathology by providing online resources for some of its programs, not only to healthcare professionals, but to the public and students associated with the university’s speech pathology programming.

Exciting events: Get the dates for our latest Study in Australia Fair as well as our invite-only Medical Licensing Seminars.

We feature these stories and more in the May 2013 edition of the OzTREKKER! Prescribe to some Australian rehabilitation and read on, OzTREKKERs!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

UQ Occupational Therapy School application deadline is coming up!

Are you interested in studying occupational therapy at the University of Queensland? If you would like to apply, or have applied, OzTREKK would like to remind all applicants that the application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2013. In order for applications to be submitted to UQ on time, OzTREKK is encouraging applicants to have their applications and supporting documents at the OzTREKK office by Thursday, May 30 at 3 p.m.

The University of Queensland Occupational Therapy School offers a two-year graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as an occupational therapist. It is a two-year, accelerated occupational therapy program, designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. On successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible for registration as an occupational therapist.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November 2013
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31, 2013

Entry Requirements

There are 10 places available in the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program each year for international students, including students from Canada. Offers will be made to applicants with the highest academic rank.

To be eligible to apply, you must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of Human Kinetics/Kinesiology or Physical or Biological Sciences);
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
  • completed the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies prerequisite subjects as follows:
    – one semester of statistics;
    – one semester of human anatomy;
    – one semester of human physiology.
    – one year (or two semesters) in social sciences, e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology;

Apply to the UQ Occupational Therapy School!

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For more information about how to become an occupational therapist, including OT program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Officer Shannon Tilston: Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about Occupational Therapy programs at Australian universities!

 

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

UQ Physiotherapy School application deadline reminder

Just a reminder to all those interested in applying to the University of Queensland’s Master of Physiotherapy Studies program: The application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2013. In order for applications to be submitted to UQ on time, OzTREKK is encouraging applicants to have their applications and supporting documents at the OzTREKK office by Thursday, May 30 at 3 p.m.

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.

Entry Requirements

There are 10 places available in UQ’s Master of Physiotherapy Studies program each year for international students, including students from Canada. To be eligible to apply, you must have

  1. completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of human kinetics/kinesiology or physical or biological sciences);
  2. have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
  3. completed the Master of Physiotherapy Studies prerequisite subjects as follows:
  • one full year, or two semesters, of human anatomy (including systems and musculoskeletal anatomy); and
  • one full year, or two semesters, of human physiology (including systems and integrative physiology); and
  • one semester of psychology; and
  • one semester of statistics.

Apply to the UQ Physiotherapy School!

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For more information about physiotherapy school entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit the OzTREKK Australian University Physiotherapy Schools page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian University Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston. Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.