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Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Working in the UQ Speech Pathology Simulation Clinic

Speech pathology focuses on the management of communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Communication problems can occur in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing or literacy.

Within a “typical workplace environment,” UQ speech pathology students get hands-on practice during their time in the speech pathology simulation clinic. Like real life, students can assess patients with communication and swallowing difficulties in a hospital setting. Simulation clinics offer a number of benefits to the students, including learning to practice new skills, the opportunity for repetition of skill development, and the opportunity to gain a broad range of feedback to practice those skills before they need to use them in a real workplace environment.

About the UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Working in the UQ Speech Pathology Simulation Clinic

Study speech pathology at UQ

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next Semester intake: July 2018
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2018

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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Do you need help with your UQ speech pathology application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

6 interesting things about studying occupational therapy

The University of Sydney followed second-year Bachelor of Applied science (Occupational Therapy) student Clement Lim around on a typical day on campus to ask him 15 questions about studying occupational therapy—why he chose it, what he likes about it, and what surprised him most about university life.

Here are six things interesting things about studying occupational therapy at the University of Sydney from Clement.

1. Why he chose an occupational therapy degree

Studying occupational therapy can make a genuine difference to people’s lives. When why he chose an occupational therapy degree, he said his main reason was “to empower others in the best way I can.”

Sydney occupational therapy students learn to help people with disabilities and those recovering from injury or with ongoing conditions to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life. Students also learn alternative techniques that help people to achieve a given task and facilitate skill improvement.

2. What he learns in the practical classes

Occupational therapy students participate in practical classes in the OT Annex at Cumberland campus.

“The OT Annex contains some of the mobility equipment and assistive devices that we will prescribe to our clients should they require it,” explained Clement. “These include wheelchairs, crutches, hoists, slide sheets, transfer boards, walkers, over-toilet aids, and modified utensils (just to name a few), which essentially allow clients to be able to live independently and safely in a dignified manner.

“In our lessons, we learn about the functions of the equipment, how to operate them, what are the safety considerations, and what are the conditions that may require the use of this equipment.”

3. What surprised him about being at university

Studying occupational therapy offers students a supportive environment in which to learn. They are taught by leading academics, clinicians and researchers who play an important role the healthcare community. The student experience at university is a time to learn, change, grow and for recent high school graduates, and it’s often an opportunity to become more independent. Clement said that he was most surprised by the autonomy that he now has as a university student.

4. How quickly he was able to undertake a placement

Clement has already been able to gain real-world experience during a clinical placement at Liverpool Hospital’s cardiology ward.

“As it was my first placement, I was involved in doing the initial assessments of the clients, where we find out information that is pertinent to the care of the client, so that we can be better informed and gain a holistic understanding of our client to provide the best form of care that is tailored to their needs.

“My placement also provided me with further insights onto the different cardiovascular diseases and their impacts, which are often devastating, and can be insidious at times. Notably, I also learn about the wider healthcare system in Sydney, and what are the different policies implemented that support both clients and healthcare professionals,” said Clement.

5. What is his favourite subject

Clement’s favourite subject is neuroscience—the study of the nervous system of the human body, which includes learning about the structures involved (anatomy) and their role in our daily life (physiology).

“Essentially, we learn in greater depth about the brain and the spinal cord, and how these structures contain many other smaller structures and pathways that are crucial for life and functioning, which when damaged, can lead to disastrous effects.

“We also learn about the different structures and organs in our face and how they work; namely the eye, the ear, and the vestibular system. It is interesting to see first-hand how our daily subconscious actions involved so many intricate and delicate operations within our nervous system, especially since they are often done without much conscious thought and may even be unbeknownst to us!” said Clement.

6. How much he loves studying with different people

As highly trained and valued professionals, occupational therapists work with a diverse range of people, including other healthcare professionals and clients from all walks of life. Clement has loved that he has been able to study and work alongside people from a diverse range of backgrounds from around Australia and the world.

“My classmates are awesome! Everyone helps and supports one another in our learning; which makes the learning environment a conducive and optimal one.

“It is always interesting and exciting to talk to them and hear their ideas during class participations, which contains many thought-provoking and novel perspectives. Consequently, the class becomes spirited and learning becomes lively!” said Clement.

6 interesting things about studying occupational therapy

Learn more about Sydney occupational therapy degrees

About Occupational Therapy Degrees at the University of Sydney

Students at the Faculty of Health Sciences learn how to thrive in complex health environments and build an understanding of how to work with other health professionals to provide the highest quality patient-centered care.

The Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy is very popular among Canadian students. During this two-year degree, you will cover a wide range of topics including theories of what people do in daily life and why; knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g., cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them; activity and environmental analysis; and theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life. As part of your studies, you will complete more 1,000 hours of clinical placements, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and gain hands-on experience with real clients.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) program covers a wide range of topics including theories of what people do in daily life and why; knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g., cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them; activity and environmental analysis; and theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life. Professional practice is an integral part of the program, and fieldwork education consists of block placements and other guided learning experiences.

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 4 years

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Do you have any questions about studying occupational therapy at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Don’t miss the upcoming pharmacy webinars

Are you interested in studying pharmacy?

One of the most common questions we receive is, “If I receive my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Australia, am I still permitted to practice in Canada?”

Graduate qualifications in pharmacy from Australian universities are recognized internationally, but there is a process graduates must follow. We know you have a lot of questions about study pharmacy in Australia, the entry requirements, and the accreditation process, so we’ve organised two webinars to help you understand!

Returning to Canada with Pharmacy Gateway

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017
Time:  9 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. PST)
Register: heather@oztrekk.com

Don't miss the upcoming pharmacy webinars

Study pharmacy at UQ

To better explain the steps required, Manager of Gateway Operations (Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada) Theresa Schopf will be co-hosting a webinar with OzTREKK to answer all your questions about the credentialing process. Gateway was developed by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) in collaboration with the provincial and territorial Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities, and the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. The Gateway provides the most up-to-date and accurate information about Canadian licensure.

NAPRA developed Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada to help pharmacists from other countries who want to become licensed in Canada.

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time:  8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST)
Register: heather@oztrekk.com

UQ Pharmacy Professor Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar for anyone interested in learning more about the Bachelor of Pharmacy program. This webinar will be designed to give students more detailed information about the school and its state-of-the-art facilities, pharmacy program placements, graduate outcomes, and credit transfers.

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For more information about the upcoming pharmacy webinars, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

10 reasons to study rehabilitation counselling

Thinking about a career in rehabilitation counselling, but not sure if it’s right for you?

Rehabilitation counselling is a dynamic, challenging and rewarding allied health profession that is grounded in social justice, human rights, community inclusion and the value and importance of work. A career in this area often draws on knowledge from several fields, including philosophy, psychology, sociology, medicine, education, community development, and law.

10 reasons to study rehabilitation counselling

Study rehabilitation counselling at the University of Sydney

Here are the top 10 reasons to study rehabilitation counselling at the University of Sydney.

1. Make a real difference to people’s lives

As a rehabilitation counsellor, you will assist diverse clientele, including people with physical and mental health conditions, with chronic pain, experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, and people who are at risk, such as refugees.

The University of Sydney‘s postgraduate program in rehabilitation counselling sets you up to provide life-changing support to help people achieve maximum participation in employment and community life through assessment, counselling, service provision and support.

“I have always seen rehabilitation counselling as the most well rounded, and grounded, of the allied health disciplines. It encompasses elements of positive psychology and biopsychosocial models, with a combined focus on vocation, ability, mental health, community engagement and case management.” Louise Bilato, Private Practice

2. You’ll be highly employable

The University of Sydney is ranked no. 1 in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability.* Many Sydney Uni students secure positions in the field while still in the program and the employment rate of graduates has consistently been 100% for a number of years.

With government investment in person-centred service models, for example the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), increasing, the demand and range of opportunities for rehabilitation counsellors will rise for years to come.

“I obtained employment as a rehabilitation counsellor through my final placement at the University of Sydney and there has never been a shortage of work in this field. It has offered my family security since the day I graduated and it has been easy to transfer from one role to another due the variety of skills learnt from this course.”  Sam Antonas, Workplace Injury

3. Open doors to a wide range of career options

Graduates work in a variety of settings, including

  • advocacy and policy;
  • community-based rehabilitation;
  • community mental health;
  • disability management;
  • disability-specific community support services and centres;
  • life insurance and long-term care;
  • private consultant (vocational rehabilitation, career counselling, forensic); and
  • workers’ compensation.

“For the past twenty-two years I have worked as a rehabilitation counsellor in a range of industries. This course has provided me with a set of skills that I could take to occupational rehabilitation, human resources and injury management. I am enjoying being able to choose work that I am interested in and where I can balance work and life.” James Hill, private consultant

4. Gain experience working on real-life problems

As a rehabilitation counselling student at the University of Sydney, you will get to work on real cases, real problems and real solutions from day one of the program. You will complete a number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities across both the public and private sectors, enabling you to apply your knowledge and gain first-hand experience.

The university also has its own skill clinic, providing a physical space for students to practice their counselling skills under peer review and professional supervision.

“It’s an exciting time to be associated with the profession, with an opportunity to create some very positive noise in this space. Our skill set has great applicability in areas much broader than what is ever initially realised, and it is only self-limiting if you let it be.” Stuart Wing, Recovre

5. Choose from a range of specialisations

Select from a variety of specialisation tracks or develop your own in consultation with the course director. Popular topics include psychiatric rehabilitation, forensic assessment, substance abuse, at-risk populations, developmental/cognitive impairment disabilities, and chronic pain.

“Currently I work for Juvenile Justice as the Senior Practice Officer, which means I do a lot of internal consultancy, training and development. I like working with involuntary clients because it brings a whole gamut of challenges and really improves your skill level quickly. The most rewarding part is when an involuntary client almost becomes voluntary and they start engaging in treatment and actually wanting to achieve goals on their case plans.” Tim Warton, Juvenile Justice

6. Engage in international learning opportunities

The University of Sydney recruits and supports international students to study in the program and they cultivate international opportunities for Australian students. You will work in international policy and practice and action research projects with our regional partners in Asia and the Pacific Islands. The University of Sydney also offers a study abroad program that our students can pursue.

“My position involves leading the implementation of the community based rehabilitation program for geographically and culturally diverse districts of Nepal in close collaboration with self-help groups, disabled people’s organisations, government and non-government structures. I facilitate inclusion of more than 2,500 persons with disabilities and their families based on their needs in health (treatment, rehabilitation and assitive devices), education, livelihood/income generation activities and social empowerment.” Samridhi Rana Thapa, Karuna Foundation Nepal

7. Choose from two learning options

The University of Sydney offers two courses in rehabilitation counselling:

The graduate diploma focuses on the knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce as a strengths-based, solutions-focused case manager in the context of workers’ compensation.

The master’s course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the graduate diploma where you will study the science of rehabilitation counselling practice, community-based inclusive development and issues of policy and systems change. You will gain broader experience in specialised applications with the opportunity to move into a management or leadership position.

“The foundational rehabilitation counselling skills that I have learnt are helping me in my role in health. The broad skills of communication, counselling and transferable skills analysis are very relevant to the human resources field. When combined with skills and knowledge of work, health and safety, workers compensation and employment of people with disabilities, rehabilitation counselling is a very transferable skill set.” Raychel Davis, NSW Health

8. Gain professional accreditation

The university’s rehabilitation counselling courses are accredited programs that enable you to work in a range of settings in Australia. Your professional skills are recognised by employers overseas.

“This course has provided me with the skills and qualifications enabling me to live and work in London as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor for the National Health Service and be recognised as a professional member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) in the UK, which has been great to have on my resume.” Stacey Chapman, ANZ OnePath

9. You’ll join a diverse community

The University of Sydney actively seeks and supports a diverse student group where you will enjoy the richness of social learning and learn from other students’ experiences. The school integrates cultural competency into counselling theory and practice and teach community inclusion by example.

“I currently work for Mission Australia as the Homelessness Programs Specialist. I hope to challenge stigma, and to influence social policy, funding and reporting in service delivery, and ultimately change the way that we address homelessness as a community.” Erin Fearn, Mission Australia

10. Learn from leaders in the field

This rehabilitation counselling program is based on evidence, excellence and innovation. Sydney teaches leadership by example and are at the centre of the international discussion on the global identity of rehabilitation counselling. The current head of discipline has led efforts to organise rehabilitation counselling educators in Australia as a collective voice for professional advocacy.

*QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.

About the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney

During this two-year degree, you will be taught by leading academics as you learn how to provide specialist counselling, rehabilitation, and case management services to people who have experienced injury, disability or social disadvantage. You will have the opportunity to advance your knowledge in specialist areas of mental health, alcohol and drug misuse, developmental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), public offenders, or other interest areas as approved by the Course Director.

As part of your studies, you will also complete a number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities across both the public and private sectors which will enable you to practically apply your knowledge and gain firsthand experience. As a graduate-entry program, this course is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline. However, a formal background in psychology, rehabilitation, or related subjects is desirable.

Program: Master of Rehabilitation Counselling
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of 3 months prior to the program start date

Apply to the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney!

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Learn more about how you can study the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney! Contact OzTREKK Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

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!

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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.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

UQ sports science consistently ranked among best in world

The UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences has ranked among the best in the world for sport science for the second year in a row.

The school ranked 5th globally and 2nd in Australia in the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2017.

UQ sports science consistently ranked among best in world

UQ sports science—an interdisciplinary approach to research (Photo: UQ)

The ranking assessed key areas of research performance, including the number of papers published in top sport science journals and the number of citations of articles.

Head of the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Professor Andrew Cresswell said the accolade was a reflection of the University of Queensland’s dedication to being an international leader in exercise and sport science research and education.

“We take an interdisciplinary approach to research which is critical to allow effective translation of knowledge into practice,” Professor Cresswell said.

“Our research is diverse and focuses on addressing multi-dimensional questions related to how and why humans move and obtain nutrition.

“We focus on areas critical to health and disease prevention across the lifespan—including exercise, physical activity and health, dietetics and nutrition, sensorimotor neuroscience, sport, physical and health education.”

Professor Cresswell said the school’s performance was led by outstanding teaching and research staff, and work being undertaken in the research centres.

“Our strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research is paramount to our success, and permeates everything we do,” Professor Cresswell said.

“We aspire to be at the forefront of learning and strive to ensure students meet the needs of the sport science industry, are job-ready, and equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen careers.

“To be rated among the very best in the world is a huge accolade.”

UQ Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Sciences (Honours)

Studying the UQ sport science program will ignite your interest in the complexities of maintaining an active, healthy human body and allow you to make an essential contribution to well-being, rehabilitation and performance. This program focuses on understanding how to enhance human performance, how the body responds to exercise and physical activity, and how to conduct research which could help build healthier communities and stronger athletes.

Career opportunities are varied and may include prescribing and delivering exercise and physical activity programs in the fitness industry, developing strength and conditioning programs to assist elite athletes and sporting teams, delivering workplace health promotion and executive health management programs, or conducting diagnostic measurements (cardiac, sleep, respiratory or neurophysiology) in hospitals or other clinical services.

Program: Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Sciences (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 29, 2017

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Would you like more information about studying UQ sports science? Please contact OzTREKK Australian Health Sciences Admissions Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Be part of the most established chiropractic program in Australia

Chiropractors have the privilege of being able to positively impact people’s lives through the provision of natural and non-invasive healthcare methods. They have a deep understanding of the body’s structures and how each interacts to affect our health. Using spinal adjustments, manipulation and other physical means to improve neuromusculoskeletal function, chiropractors can help us live healthy and active lives.

Be part of the most established chiropractic program in Australia

Find out more about studying chiropractic science (Image credit: Macquarie University)

The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science degree at Macquarie University is the longest-running in Australia, and will prepare you for a rewarding career in one of the largest primary health professions. When you combine it with the Master of Chiropractic, you’ll be equipped to work in private practice, chiropractic sports medicine, allied health areas, health insurance assessment, medico-legal advising, work health and safety, rehabilitation and research.

Key Features of the Degree

  • This course offers training in a wide range of diagnostic and chiropractic manipulative skills in the context of anatomical, physiological and biomedical sciences.
  • It provides the prerequisite academic background to enable you to apply for entry into the Master of Chiropractic, which is required for professional registration.
  • The Macquarie Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic were the first professional chiropractic degrees to be offered by a public university in the world.
  • You’ll learn how to use a range of diagnostic tools, including patient interviews, physical examination and X-rays.
  • Clinical placements form part of the degree, both in university teaching clinics and in structured visits to other facilities.
  • You’ll have access to our world-class anatomy labs.

Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications close when the program is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

High school diploma with a minimum of 65% average or higher.

Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics are recommended studies for chiropractic units although introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without this background. Students without Grade 12 Chemistry or Chemistry below Grade 12 will be required to take at least one additional unit at first-year level which will enable them to acquire the above recommended knowledge. Other units taken as part of a degree may require assumed knowledge, prerequisites or recommended studies.

Apply to the Macquarie University Chiropractic School!

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Find out how you can study the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at Macquarie University! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Chiropractic Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at 1-866-698-7355 or heather@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Have a degree? You can get your pharmacy degree in just two years!

Pharmacy degrees are great: you finish high school and then move directly to your professional four-year degree. Another bonus: Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees are recognized internationally, so if you intend to practice in Canada, you would first apply for certification through your provincial regulatory body. Many OzTREKK students have followed this path and are now practicing pharmacists in Canada.

Have a degree? You can get your pharmacy degree in just two years!

Get your pharmacy degree in just two years at Monash Pharmacy

Introducing graduate-entry pharmacy at Monash University

If you hold a relevant degree, you may be able to enter into the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), receiving credit for much of the first two years of the program. That means you’ll finish your degree in two years.

What will you study?

If you enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) via the graduate-entry pathway, you will complete a pass/fail unit that runs just over four weeks and must be passed in order to receive credit for the first two years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (January – February). Upon successfully completing the summer unit, you will then enter the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)!

Entry requirements

You will be eligible for the graduate-entry program if you have a minimum average of 70% (distinction or equivalent) and have graduated from a relevant degree in the last 10 years. Relevant degrees include

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Bachelor of Health Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Science with subject completions in chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and mathematics.

If you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Monash will take into account the number of relevant subjects you’ve completed:

  • chemistry
  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • pharmacology
  • mathematics

The units completed in the degree should be relevant and science-based. If a number of electives have been completed in arts, for instance, there may not be enough relevancy for consideration.

January 2018 will be the last intake for the graduate-entry Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program. From 2019, Monash will be offering a graduate-entry pathway into the new three-year Bachelor of Pharmacy(Hons) / Master of Pharmacy program. This degree combo will allow students to graduate with both a bachelor and a master in only 3 years. See the video for more info:

About the Monash University Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) Program

Monash’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Discover more about the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy?

There is often confusion between physiotherapy and occupational therapy. There are significant differences between the two professions, but also many areas where they overlap.

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy?

OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills

  • Physiotherapy (or physical therapy) is a health care profession with a focus on assessing, improving and restoring physical function.
  • Occupational therapy also looks at physical function, but extends this to consider how this affects your ability to engage in occupation such as daily activities, leisure and work.

Occupational therapy also addresses the range of requirements for the patient including their mental and emotional well-being. Occupational therapists also have the knowledge and training to work with people with a mental illness or emotional problems such as depression and/or stress. Occupational therapists are also trained in adapting the environment or prescribing special equipment to help people reach their full potential.

OTs often work alongside physiotherapists, as part of a team of health professionals. While some areas may seem to overlap, (for example hand therapy), occupational therapists use and adapt occupations to treat or prevent occupational dysfunction due to physical, mental or environmental factors.

You will find occupational therapists working with patients across the human lifespan from infants to aged care and end of life. OTs work across the spectrum of services from mental health to acute medical and surgical services in various areas:

  • Aged care
  • Child health services
  • Community health services
  • Disability services
  • Independent living centres
  • Mental health services
  • Non-government organisations
  • Private practice
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Research and development
  • Schools and tertiary education
  • Workplace health

Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy

Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy degree will take just two years full time to complete because of Bond’s unique accelerated three-semesters-a-year structure.

The program is the first occupational therapy master’s degree in Australia to provide the opportunity to complete a clinical research project or undertake business electives in preparation for an occupational therapy career in health management or private practice.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: May and September each year
Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)
Application deadline: No set deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply to the Bond Master of Occupational Therapy program!

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Do you have questions about studying at Bond Occupational Therapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

5 tips for surviving nursing school from a current nursing student

So, nursing, eh? Be prepared to be run off your feet! But you already know this, and you also know the rewards of choosing such an incredibly worthwhile career!

5 tips for surviving nursing school

Maggie is in her final year of nursing

OzTREKK’s summer Admissions Coordinator, Maggie, is also a nursing student during the rest of the year. Here, Maggie offers some helpful tips for surviving nursing school!

1. Get a day planner, or use your phone as a planner. As a nursing student myself, this is the most helpful thing ever. In nursing school your schedule gets pretty crazy. This one is really great.

2. Be confident in yourself, and take charge. It is really hard to learn new skills in nursing if you don’t actually do them, so make sure you jump at any chance to do something you haven’t done before, whether it is in lab or in placement (even if it is something that you don’t want to do, or might think is gross…).

3. Get a good pair of shoes for placement. Don’t be afraid to splurge for them, because it will seriously save you, both short and long term. These ones are a pretty good choice. Plus, they are rubber, which makes it easy to remove anything that may get on your shoes (ew).

4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! How can you learn if you don’t ask?

5. Keep an open mind, and a positive outlook. I went into nursing thinking I wanted to work in pediatrics, and that I would never want to work in geriatrics. But it turns out that I really love working with the geriatric population. If you limit yourself to one field, you might miss out on other opportunities. If you get a placement that you weren’t really hoping for, make the best of it, because you may end up actually loving it.

Studying nursing at an Australian university

Canadian and Australian nursing programs at the university level are similar. To become a registered nurse, you need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or, alternatively, you can undertake a general undergraduate degree and then progress into a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Nursing degree.

Each Australian nursing program varies in its offering, but they all include clinical placements and are accredited in their respective Australian states.

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer undergraduate nursing degrees:

James Cook University Nursing School
Monash University Nursing School 
University of Newcastle Nursing School
University of Queensland Nursing School 
University of Sydney Nursing School

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer graduate-entry nursing degrees:

Monash University Nursing School
University of Melbourne Nursing School 
University of Queensland Nursing School 
University of Sydney Nursing School

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For more information about studying nursing in Australia, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.