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Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Newcastle Law School offers free online course

Newcastle Law School offers free online course in International Climate Change Law and Policy

University of Newcastle Law School

If you study law at the University of Newcastle, you’ll be studying at the brand-new NeW Space!

We know the idea of studying abroad can be daunting. What if you move all the way around the world and your courses aren’t what you expected?

To help prospective students get a feel for studying law, Newcastle Law School is offering a free online course in International Climate Change Law and Policy. The course is coordinated by Dr. Elena Aydos (Newcastle Law School, UON), Dr. Sven Rudolph (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University) and Professor Christopher Kellett (School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, UON).

This four-week course commences July 17, 2019. You will have the opportunity to learn how to critically assess environmental economics theory and its application to climate change policy, including the use of market-based policy approaches such as environmental taxes and emissions trading.

While this course doesn’t generate credits toward a degree program, it’s a great “taster” for Law and Economics of Climate Change, which is an elective course in both the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice program and in the Master of Environmental Law.

If you are considering studying law in Australia, this online course is a great way to get a feel for how law is taught at the University of Newcastle!

Enrolments are open via the edX online platform.

Study at Newcastle Law School

On top of amazing international experiences, students will have access to the state-of-the-art facilities, as Newcastle Law School is now housed at the NeW Space precinct. JD students are currently enjoying the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Program: Juris Doctor & Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Next available semester intake: February 2020
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!


Do you have any questions about studying at the Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Kati Gorbachyova at law@oztrekk.com for more information.

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Training in new Otago dentistry building

The 2020 intake marks the inaugural year of the $130-million Otago dentistry building (the newest in the southern hemisphere—and perhaps the world)! Super-users have recently trained on more than 200 dental chairs for patients in New Zealand’s new national dental teaching facility on the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus. Super-users are the designated resources within an organization who learn how new systems work and transfer that knowledge to end users—in this case, Otago dentistry staff and students.

This is a massive milestone for the building being constructed in Great King Street, which is the first stage two-phase project.

University of Otago Dental School

Dental Assistant and Clinic Manager Christina Wells with one of the more than 200 new dental chairs installed as part of Otago’s Dental School redevelopment. Photo: Sharron Bennett. (Photo credit: University of Otago)

Otago Dentistry Professor Alison Rich says the fact the chairs are installed and operational is an exciting milestone because “it demonstrates clearly that we’ll be in our new facility soon.”

Germany-based chair manufacturer DentsplySirona provided high-quality trainers from Germany and Australia to ensure the super-users learn the full capability of the state-of-the-art dental chairs and their associated equipment.

Those super-users have run ongoing training sessions with small groups of staff and students and prepared them for occupying the building next this past May.

Each chair has an integrated computer, which means

  • patients’ records can be seen on a screen on the chair;
  • the results of digital x-rays and scans can also be seen on that screen;
  • a special digital camera can take photos inside patients’ mouths and those images can be seen on the chair’s screen as well;
  • the chairs have a computerized self-cleaning system to ensure infection prevention standards are stringent;
  • the chair’s functioning is monitored via chair management software (Vionex) so any maintenance needs are immediately obvious and can be dealt with; and
  • the chairs (Sinius Treatment Centres) are for general dental work on patients along with orthodontics, special care and paediatrics.

Professor Rich says the chairs were chosen and clinics designed with a focus on people—patients, students and staff.

University of Otago Campus Development Division Director David Perry says the chairs fill the entire first, second and third floors of the new Clinical Services Building that is under construction—which is 60 more chairs than previously.

Inside the new building, “general conditions are also so much better—brighter, cleaner, airier, in a well-designed architectural space tailored for dental processes and workflows, with modern-building comforts,” he said.

The chairs, worth millions of dollars, arrived last year from DentsplySirona’s factory in Bensheim, where they were manufactured specially for the university’s Faculty of Dentistry.

Before those chairs started being shipped, a prototype was put in a mock-up of a typical clinic treatment bay to rigorously test whether the set-up would work for staff and students.

“We were building 211 of these, so we had to build one first to make sure they worked,” Mr Perry said.

Each bay needs room for students, supervisors, and patients, while every chair has a host of services attached—including power, data, water, drainage, compressed air, dental suction and a central dosing system that cleans internal pipework.

Choosing the chairs involved calling for international tenders that could meet the Otago Faculty of Dentistry’s needs and enable all the services to be connected to New Zealand standards.

“The chairs and some radiography equipment filled 20 containers so were kept in a Dunedin warehouse and only transported to the building site when needed,” Mr Perry said.

DentsplySirona installed the chairs on behalf of the university, using staff from a local experienced medical engineering company who received factory training from DentsplySirona in Bensheim.

The manufacturer’s technicians from Germany also helped as work ramped up and the chairs started to be commissioned. “The German staff were part of DentsplySirona’s special projects team, which travels around the world installing chairs for large institutions,” he said.

The new Clinical Services Building houses specialty and teaching clinics, the Primary Care Unit, radiography, and surgical suites. After the building was finished in May, the neighbouring Walsh Building’s remaining clinical areas also relocated to the new facility. Now, the Walsh Building will be refurbished. It will house research laboratories, academic offices, student support, and teaching laboratories.

The two buildings are being linked by an 1800-square-metre atrium, which will be “the heart” of the facility, used by patients, students and staff.

About the University of Otago Dental School

Otago Dentistry is ranked 34th-best dental school in the world (2019 QS World University Subject Rankings). Founded in 1907, it is New Zealand’s National Centre for Dentistry. It forms an integral part of the Division of Health Sciences within the University of Otago, in Dunedin.

Otago’s 5-year, undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Surgery program is a great option for post-grad students as they may be eligible to complete the program in 4 years. Otago is the only accelerated 4-year option for our students with a degree and without a DAT.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 – 5 years
Application deadline: September 13, 2019

Apply to the University of Otago Dental School!


Questions about studying at the University of Otago Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at dentistry@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Taking dogs to Australia

When people heard that I was planning to take my dogs with me to medical school in Australia many thought I was crazy. But the truth is, even before I applied to school in Australia, I had already looked up to make sure I could take my dogs. They are a part of my family and going without them was never an option.

Are you considering taking your dogs to Australia?

Thinking about taking a dog (or cat) over is a daunting process, but I want to reassure you it is possible! The biggest thing to know is the timeline of events and to understand the costs.

First up, timeline

Take a look at the Government of Australia Department of Agriculture website http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs for all of your timeline specific questions. I will go through a little bit of the important information for you. When you click on the link, you will input the species (dog/cat) country of export (Canada) and date of export. I put in January 6, 2020 seeing as many programs in Australia start the end of January. It will then generate a schedule of events, like the one drawn up for me (as your example).

You can click on each one of the links (e.g., “Visit your vet”) and it will tell you exactly what you need to do during that visit. Pretty straight forward, hey? Yes, in essence it is very straight forward. In reality, things can get complicated.

First of all, take note of the dates in the timetable. If you’re planning to take your dog over in the beginning of January, your first vet visit needs to be in the next 10 days. I didn’t know about this calculator until much later than June of last year so don’t panic. The first visit is just to check microchip number and confirm rabies vaccination. Most dogs should be up to date on their rabies vaccination regardless.

The important thing to not miss this summer is the second vet visit (in this calculator it says July 10) and that is for a blood test for rabies. The blood needs to be drawn a minimum of 180 days before the dog can set foot in Australia and they are very strict about these dates. Also, the blood test is $400 (I for one was surprised by the cost for a blood test, but it is what it is). I had this blood test done for both dogs before I even knew I was accepted to school (that didn’t come until the end of August). So sometimes it’s a bit of a gamble if you want to bring your dogs in January. Of course, they can come later if you want to wait to get confirmation of acceptance first.

Taking my dogs with me was worth it!

Second thing I learned the hard way—get the test for Ehrlichia canis early! This is a test for a tick disease that is quite common in tropical areas, but dogs can get it in lots of different climates. This test is performed (as per their schedule) a week before the dog is going to travel. One of my dogs came back positive for it, I got the news on Christmas Eve and the vet said he might never be able to go to Australia. It was one of the worst days I can remember. We were able to treat it with antibiotics (30 days) and when we retested him he came back negative. However, it is difficult to treat because the test they require looks for the antibody count rather than the active bacteria, meaning my dog didn’t have any symptoms but had the leftover antibodies because he had the bacteria years before I ever rescued him from Mexico. There is no guarantee that treating a dog that tests positive will lower their antibody count enough to test “negative.” If you go online to web forums you will find that this surprise a week before travel is not all that uncommon. There are tons of stories just like mine where the owners are floored, travel plans have to be altered, and emotions run high.

Now, just because your dog has tested negative to Ehrlichia canis early (say this summer) you still have to repeat the test a week before travel; however it should hopefully avoid the panic and heartache that I experienced. You will have your dog on tick medication from this summer up until the travel so it should avoid any surprises.

Second up, cost

Taking a dog to Australia is not cheap, and there’s no way around it. But it’s doable and completely worth it! Here is the cost breakdown (very rough):

Rabies test: $400
Flea/tick meds: $70
Each vet visit: ~$70 (x5 total vet visits)
Other tests required (Ehrlichia, lepto, etc.): ~$300
Microchip: ~$100 (I forget the exact cost)
Application permit fee: $1200
Flight (they have to fly directly into Melbourne): ~$1100
10 days of quarantine: ~$400
Airline-approved dog crate: ~$80
Total: ~$3900

Keep in mind this breakdown is very rough and varies by vet, flights, if you already have a microchip, etc., but it’s good to have a rough idea.

I would do the process again in a heartbeat

We used a wonderful company called Worldwide Animal Travel to help with this whole process. They helped organize all of the paperwork, double checked that we had the correct lab results, vet signatures, took the forms to get the government approval, etc. They’ve done this a million times and really know what they are doing. Think of them like OzTREKK for pets! They even have an office at the Vancouver airport where the dogs got to be out of their crate relaxing before the flight. They took them for a walk, fed them dinner, sent us picture updates and then put them on the plane. The peace of mind knowing we weren’t alone in this process was well worth the money. I believe the cost difference working with them compared to doing it on our own was about $2000 (for both dogs).

Our journey with the dogs was far from straightforward and got so much more complicated when we were in Australia and the dogs were back in Canada (delayed because of Brek’s positive Ehrlichia canis result). We had to reset the dogs’ travel dates three times. With each change of date we had to redo different tests because they are only valid for a set number of days before travel. Thank goodness I had Worldwide Animal Travel to fall back on because otherwise I would have been even more overwhelmed in the first few months of medical school trying to organize vet visits while I’m halfway around the world. This is in no way sponsored by them (although I would have happily agreed to that lol). They did a phenomenal job helping us out at such a stressful time and I am so thankful we had their support.

I could go on and on about every detail regarding taking dogs to Australia. It was a very long and somewhat tedious process. I know ours was especially complicated (you can read a bit more on my instagram page @noborders.md), but it was completely worth it! The dogs did wonderful and they survived the 10-day quarantine. They were of course very excited to see us but they didn’t have any signs of distress or maltreatment. You aren’t allowed to visit them during quarantine, but you can call them daily and ask for updates (which I did).

I know this process seems scary and a bit overwhelming, especially on top of moving your entire life around the world. But take it day by day, one vet appointment at a time, and just use the website as a checklist. If you’re able to afford some help, I recommend talking with Worldwide Animal Travel; I believe they have offices across Canada.

Having your dog(s) over here when you’re in school is incredible! It makes this place feel so much more like home and it’s such a great balance to the grind of school. I would do the process again in a heartbeat. I hope this brief introduction helps clarify some of aspects of bringing dogs over. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to reach out!

First-year Griffith Medical School student
Follow Cameron on Instagram! @noborders.md

Friday, June 14th, 2019

UQ Faculty of Medicine Meet & Greets in Canada

What does it take to get into medical school?

University of Queensland medical school

Learn more about this event and save your spot!

Join the Head of the UQ MD Program Admissions Dr Fabiola Aghakhani Zandjani-Martin and Manager International Faculty of Medicine Ms Cecile McGuire for an upcoming UQ Medicine seminar!

Learn more about the University of Queensland’s Doctor of Medicine program, admissions requirements, program structure, clinicals and opportunities, and how you can practice in Canada after graduation. Discover how the University of Queensland is turning high-achieving Canadian students into world-class health professionals. Parents and friends are welcome to attend.

UQ Faculty of Medicine Meet & Greets

Get your questions answered!

University of Toronto
Tuesday, June 18 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Hart House, East Common Room

University of Calgary
Wednesday, June 19 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Science Theatre 128

University of British Columbia
Thursday, June 20 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
UBC Robson Square, C400

Don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!

As an official Canadian education agent for 14 Australian and New Zealand universities, OzTREKK provides personalized and exceptional service to thousands of students. No matter where your study interests lie, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals. We are proud to assist you at every stage—from application to arrival—for free.


Would you like more information about the upcoming UQ Faculty of Medicine info sessions? You got it! Email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Amanda Rollich at medicine@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Meal prep tips to save you money

One of the biggest issues in coming overseas to study in Australia stems from the financial responsibility and debt you take on while you are studying.

meal preparation

Save money: weigh it into individual bags and freeze it

Although one of the things that you shouldn’t “short” yourself is on your food. I know the classic “university student diet” consists of instant noodles, KD, crackers and Uber Eats, but I’m here to tell you that you can have really good, healthy, cheap food for all your meals—as long as you “meal prep” and cook your own meals since groceries in Australia are actually way cheaper than back in Canada (at least in the big cities). I’m saving money and eating more than I was in Toronto compared to here.

If you get things like Uber Eats, any take-home meals, or eat out, it’s going to be very expensive (1.5x the Canadian equivalent price), so your best bet is to learn how to cook and make your own meals.

Your health is the main reason you can focus and have energy to actually study for your program, so here is a list of my top four veggies, carbs, and meats compared to Canadian prices (hint: it’s way cheaper in Aus).

Another thing you have to think about is Australians don’t use pounds—they use kilograms, so it was a little bit of a shock on prices. Once I made the conversion I realized how much I was saving. Prices have been switched to CAD for both Canadian and Aussie food products. The prices in red show when the prices have dropped, when I caught them on a sale. If you are organized enough, you can stock up and save a lot of money when the price on something drops.

international student in australia meal prep

When it’s on sale, get dry food in bulk!

Veggies Price/kg (AUS) Price/kg CAN
Broccoli $5.15 $13.33
Asparagus $4.26 $6.59
Red peppers (capsicum) $3.73 $6.59
Brussel sprouts $9.34 $11.20
Carbs Price/kg (AUS) Price/kg CAN
Quinoa $9.34 $14-15
White rice $3.00
Brown rice $3
Pasta $1.20 $3.33
Meat Price/kg (AUS) Price/kg CAN
Chicken breasts $8.40 $16-19
Ground beef $9.34
Ground turkey $6.50
Salmon $22–$28 $22–$38

Store dry goods in containers

I don’t mind eating the same three meals six days a week in order to save some money and time (cooking new recipes). I know that sounds insane, but when I have disposable income, I would love to eat new food, but for now, school comes first (and with sacrifices).

I can meal prep three days’ worth of food in a little under one hour, so it saves me time eating this way. Also, when food goes on sale, I buy in bulk and either keep it (dry food like pasta, rice, quinoa) in a container or weigh it into individual bags and freeze it (meats) for when it needs to be cooked (top pic).

Also, don’t worry—I reuse all the plastic bags since I’ve moved here (eco-conscious)!

Those are my biggest tips in saving money. I usually spend close to $100 or a little less a week on groceries, depending on snacking, sales, and the occasional hangover meal. So, before you make the big journey over, I would say learn how to cook—at least the basics—and you can end up saving yourself thousands over the two years you’re here!


Anthony Caiazzo
First-year UQ physiotherapy student


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Monday, June 10th, 2019

Monash offers $5000 study grant for international pharmacy students

Receive a $5,000 international student study grant to help with relocation

Monash University realizes some of their international students have to move around the world in order to attend this incredible pharmacy program, so they offer eligible ​international pharmacy students a $5,000 study grant to assist with your relocation to Australia! 

Monash Pharmacy

Find out how you can study at Monash Pharmacy

Graduate as a pharmacist sooner

Studying pharmacy at Monash not only offers you the chance to experience life in another country, but it also gives you the opportunity to qualify as a pharmacist much more quickly than you would in Canada and begin your career earlier.

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, which means you can finish your degree in only two years!

Monash University offers the 1# entry-to-practice pharmacy program in the world

In the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Monash offers the #1 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy degree. The QS World Rankings by Subject assesses university performance in pharmacy and pharmacology together. While Oxford and Harvard universities ranked higher than Monash University in these rankings, neither teach a pharmacy education program.

At Monash you’ll have access to some of the country’s best-equipped facilities, alongside innovative teaching technologies such as MyDispense—a web-based program that combines more than 300 virtual patients and 1,500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice. You will also undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies, learning about primary health care, drug information and clinical pharmacy services in different practice environments. With an aging population placing ever greater stress upon the health system, the demand for pharmacists’ skills and the scope of their role can only grow. Monash gives your career as a pharmacist the best possible start.​

Graduate with a Bachelor and a Master

Monash Pharmacy offers a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy combined degree, Australia’s first integrated BPharm (Hons)/ MPharm degree, with the fifth year of the course offering an internship, so you will get valuable work experience—and get paid for it! If you don’t wish to further your studies with the master’s portion, you may exit the program after the bachelor’s degree portion is completed.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: November 14. 2019; however, if you are you are applying to the graduate-entry program, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to provide time for the predeparture and visa processes, especially since the pass/fail unit begins in January.

Apply to Monash University Pharmacy School!


Do you think the Monash Pharmacy program might be for you? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com to learn more about the #1 pharmacy program in the world.

Friday, May 31st, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Why I chose to study at the University of Sydney

Since being an OzTREKK ambassador, I’ve been asked why I chose to move to Sydney for my post-grad endless times. My answers have been pretty generic:

I fell in love with Sydney when I was here during my exchange in my undergrad.

I want to move to a different country to get an international experience.

It is hard to get into a Canadian university so it is just easier to apply to Australia.

Although these are all true, I haven’t been completely honest with myself or with others. The truth is that I’m pretty embarrassed with what has happened and I’ve avoided talking about it. But recently it has hit me that I am actually quite proud of myself for taking such a big risk and pushing myself outside my comfort zone, so I thought I’d share my story of why I picked Sydney.

Embrace yourself for the most cliché reason ever: I chose to do my post-grad in Sydney to be with a guy (barf).

I met him two years ago when I was on exchange. I knew at the time that it would never work because he’s from Sydney and I’m from Vancouver, but ever since I left Sydney, we had a hard time ending our relationship. We did long distance for another year and a half. I decided I wanted to move somewhere outside Vancouver for my post-grad anyways, and universities in Canada are generally tough to get into—so Sydney would be a good option, especially since I got so sick of doing long distance not knowing if it will ever end.

To my surprise, I got into chiropractic at CMCC in Canada and was stuck between choosing chiro in Canada or occupational therapy at the University of Sydney. Every person in my family tried to push me toward doing chiro since it was closer to home, it would be domestic fees, and you would get the “doctor” title. Something about chiro didn’t appeal to me the same way as it used to and I wasn’t sure if it was because I really wanted to move to Sydney to be with this person or because chiro just isn’t something I want to do anymore. This caused a lot of anxiety and pressure for me because I was very afraid of making the wrong decision and nothing scares me more than disappointing my mother—Asian stereotype, but very true.

After countless sleepless nights stressing about what to pick, I finally decided that I wanted to take my offer at USyd for OT. It was very hard to confront my parents because they all felt I was basing this life decision on a guy that I had only met briefly on exchange. Four months before my big move to Australia, we broke up. To be honest, this broke my mom’s heart more than it broke mine. She was shattered that not only did I have to move to a foreign country all alone and far away from any family, but I also had to be constantly reminded of the bitter memories of this person that I was initially very excited to finally get to be with.

My mom tried everything to talk me out of it. She even got my older sister and younger sister involved to “talk some sense” into me. Despite the unfortunate turnout with my relationship and my family’s concerns for me, I pushed through and carried on with my decision. Maybe I was just stubborn, but I was determined to prove that I made the right decision.

Fast forward to the present, I am extremely grateful for everything that has happened. Yes, the relationship is what pushed me in the direction to do my post grad in Sydney but it was not something that I did for someone else. At the time, I doubted myself, but I know now that this decision was what’s best for myself and not what others told me was best. I took a risk to just drop everything and move countries. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to move to a city that brings back a lot of bitter memories. I forced myself to have to try twice as hard to branch out and make new friends and not to be stuck in the past.

I am honestly surrounded by some of the best people now and I love everything that I am studying. Super cheesy, but I don’t think I can be in a better place. My situation isn’t exactly something that everybody would relate to, but I guess the purpose of this blog is to demonstrate how scary it was for me to move here with the burden of letting down my family and the emotional barriers I had with my ex-boyfriend. But I put all this down and did this for me, just like you can do it for you. Thanks for reading my long, sappy blog. 🙂

Want to follow Kim’s journey? Follow her on Instagram!


Would you like to learn more about studying occupational therapy at the University of Sydney? Contact us at info@oztrekk.com for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Must-visit places when you study in Sydney, Australia

Hey, OzTREKKers! Meet OzTREKK Ambassador, Kim Li—she’s currently studying occupational therapy at the University of Sydney.

Figure Eight Pools

If you’re thinking of attending university in Australia, specifically the Sydney area, you may want to tuck this blog away somewhere for future reference! Here, Kim has prepared a thorough list for everyone interested in enjoying the sights, the sounds, the smells, and all the feels of beautiful Australia!

Royal National Park (Figure 8 Pools)

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Bondi to Coogee Walk

  • 6 km coastal walk along Sydney’s eastern suburbs
  • 1-hour walk without stopping (will want to stop to enjoy the beaches and take pictures)
  • You can start either at Bondi or at Coogee beach

Palm Beach

  • Approximately 1-hour drive / 2 hours by public transportation

Bondi to Coogee Walk

Barrenjoey Lighthouse walk

  • 1 hour; easy walk

La Perouse

Must-go-to beaches (and you’ll hit most of these beaches if you do the Bondi to Coogee walk, as mentioned above)

  • Bondi Beach
  • Manly Beach
  • Coogee Beach
  • Freshwater Beach
  • Tamarama Beach
  • Bronte Beach
  • Milk Beach

Bondi Iceberg Pools

Taronga Zoo

  • Zoo overlooking the Sydney Harbour

Sydney Fish Market

  • Second largest seafood market

Nightlife (I haven’t been to that many)

  • Old Mate’s Place (CBD) – rooftop bar
  • Archie Rose (Rosebery)
  • The Little Guy (Glebe)
  • O-Bar (CBD) – expensive but great views
  • Bar Luca – Blame Canada burger is pretty bomb
  • The Two Wolves

Other tourist places to visit

  • Darling harbour
  • Circular Quay / The Rocks – good spot for pictures with the Opera house
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship

Check out a National Rugby League game!

Things to do

  • Horse Races
  • NRL or AFL game
  • Discover as you go!


Kimberly Li | University of Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy

I chose OT because I am passionate about helping individuals gain function in day to day tasks and promoting participation in meaningful activities. In my final year of my undergrad, UBC was ranked 4th for sports-related subjects and USyd was ranked 1st  in the QS World University Rankings.

Want to follow Kim’s journey? Follow her on Instagram!


Are you interested in studying at the University of Sydney? Contact us at info@oztrekk.com for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Top 12 Careers in Pharmacy

Do you know how many possible career paths exist for pharmacy graduates? Having a career in pharmacy isn’t just about dispensing medicines in a corner pharmacy or working as a scientist in a research laboratory. There are so many more opportunities that can provide pharmacy graduates with an exciting and rewarding career!

Appealing to anyone interested in health care, pharmacy often goes hand in hand with other health branches like medicine, public health, psychology, and business.

Monash University pharmacy

What does your career in pharmacy look like?

So, what can you do with a pharmacy degree? Check out the list below—is there something that catches your eye?

Top 12 Careers in Pharmacy

1. Community pharmacist
Do you love to work with people? Community pharmacy might be for you! Community pharmacy is one of the most common choices for young pharmacists, and perhaps the most visible. A pharmacist needs to have an in-depth knowledge of what every single one of those products does, how it might be of benefit and how it might do potential harm. A pharmacist’s technical knowledge needs to be matched by his or her communication skills.

2. Hospital pharmacist
Hospital pharmacists are medicine experts in the field of medicines. Hospital pharmacy provides the opportunity to work in a supportive team and to be actively involved in patient care. You’ll work closely with medical and nursing staff to make sure hospital patients receive the best treatment. You will advise physicians and nurses on the selection, dose, and type of administration and assist patients in all aspects of their medicines. As well as being responsible for dispensing prescriptions, pharmacists are also involved in the purchasing and quality testing of medicines.

3. Primary care pharmacist
A relatively new career path is that of the practice pharmacist. A practice pharmacist doesn’t dispense medicines. Instead, they work within a general medical practice to deliver direct support to doctors and their patients. They can often give more time and attention to individual cases than a busy community pharmacist can, providing quality care and specialized services such as smoking cessation. This career option provides a great option for pharmacists who want the opportunity to work closely with doctors and provide more in-depth care to their patients, in a non-hospital setting.

4. Researcher / academic
An ever-popular choice, pursuing research and/or academia after that first undergraduate degree is for those who enjoy working with ideas and may not want to give up the books just yet. Pharmacy grads can pursue research in pharmacy practice, as well as a variety of other areas including pharmacotherapy, drug discovery, toxicology, clinical sciences, public health and much more.

5. Pharmaceutical industry / clinical trials
Pharmacists in this area support the management and delivery of clinical trials of new medicines. The role involves coordinating studies from a medicinal perspective, ensuring that drugs used in the trials are imported, stored, accounted for, compounded, dispensed and used in accordance to strict protocols. It may involve liaising with hospital staff, counselling participants and carers, and educating medical and nursing staff.

6. Locum pharmacist
Have pharmacy degree, will travel! If you enjoy flexibility, you may enjoy being a locum pharmacist. Locum positions are available for many reasons—such as maternity leave, vacation, staff turnover, or relief situations such as when a regular pharmacist calls in sick. This might provide an opportunity to try out different work environments and practices. For those with an adventurous spirit, looking for flexibility and the opportunity to travel, consider a career as a locum pharmacist.

7. Government and NGO roles
Pharmacists have knowledge, skills and experience that can feed into advisory roles, both for the government as well as non-government institutions, such as health funds and private hospitals. Government roles can focus on access to medicines, or eHealth, or public health… the list goes on.

8. Military pharmacist
It might not seem like an obvious path, but the Department of National Defence employs registered pharmacists to work in the army, navy and air force. For a pharmacist, this adventurous role can involve being posted with other allied health personnel to work on board navy ships or be deployed with their unit into remote areas of Canada and overseas.

9. Mental health pharmacist
Mental health pharmacists in hospitals are responsible for providing clinical pharmacy services to the adult mental health in-patient wards, and psychiatric assessment and planning units. It is a highly specialized career path that requires strong teamwork skills and current drug knowledge in psychotropic drug therapy. The focus of this work includes managing the supply of antipsychotic medications to mental health patients in government units, outpatient clinics, community centres and specialist hospitals.

10. Women’s and newborns’ pharmacist
At the other end of the spectrum to aged care is the field of women’s and newborns’ pharmacy, providing clinical pharmacy services to maternity and neonatal patients. Most pharmacists come to this career path with a grounding in hospital pharmacy.

11. Pain educator, program director or consultant
Chronic and acute pain are fascinating areas to work in. Pain management is a constantly evolving field that encompasses many areas of treatment, not just pharmacy and pain medications. Pharmacists work with pain sufferers to manage their medications and coordinate other forms of treatment.

12. Drug safety officer
As a drug safety officer, you’re responsible for pharmacovigilance activities, including receiving and processing reports of adverse drug events and conducting regular conciliation with health authorities.

And a few more to choose from…

  • Drug information or medicines
  • Emergency or emergency or acute medicine 
  • Consultant pharmacist
  • Management & mentorship
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Aged care pharmacist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Regulatory affairs associate
  • Complex care coordinator

Studying Pharmacy at Monash University

Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences engages in world-class research and has a long history as a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education.

1# entry-to-practice pharmacy program in the world – Study with the best. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Monash offers the #1 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy degree. *

Receive a $5,000 study grant – Eligible international students who study pharmacy at Monash can receive a $5,000 study grant to assist with relocation.

Have a degree already? Become a pharmacist even faster – Monash offers a graduate-entry pathway, allowing students with science-based bachelor’s degrees to become a practicing pharmacist in just 2 – 3 years.

Monash’s combined Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy is recognized internationally, which means you can apply to sit your exams and register as a pharmacist immediately upon your return home to Canada.

*The QS World Rankings by Subject assesses university performance in pharmacy and pharmacology together. Oxford and Harvard universities ranked higher than Monash University in these rankings; however, neither teach a pharmacy education program.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 5 years (depending on your educational background; can exit after Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours portion. Contact OzTREKK for details.)
Application deadline: November 14, 2019; however, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to provide time for the predeparture and visa processes.

Apply to Monash University Pharmacy School!


What do you want to do with your pharmacy degree? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com for more info!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Life doesn’t stop when you’re in medical school

Griffith Medical School student Cameron Bowers would like to share some valuable advice for everyone considering studying medicine in Australia!

Griffith Medical School

Life doesn’t slow down when you’re in medical school!

We are so focused on the future.
I just need to finish my undergrad, then I’ll…
I just need to study for the MCAT, then I’ll…
When I finish with med school applications, then I’ll…
After I get prepared for medical school to start I’ll…
Once I get settled into med school I’ll…

But the truth is that life doesn’t ever really settle down, especially in this career that is so future-focused. It’s always about the next degree, the next exam, the next placement, the next specialty.

I was naïve in thinking that life would somehow magically settle down once I was finally in medical school, a goal I’d been working towards for years. That my days would just be classes, study groups and late nights of self-studying. Don’t get me wrong, all of those things happen, but life doesn’t stop just because you’re in medical school.

All of the normal stressors are there, just take away energy and time to deal with them.

When you go abroad for school you add new issues to deal with. They say Canadians actually have the hardest time with culture shock because it feels so similar to Canada here that it’s easy to forget it’s a different country—until something very different happens. Take holidays for example. Fun fact in Australia, all the supermarkets are closed on certain holidays (e.g., closed Good Friday but open Easter Sunday and Monday). It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but if you forget that all grocery stores in the country are closed on a certain day it can be rather difficult to get the last ingredients you need for dinner, potentially leading you to buying mozzarella cheese from a pizza restaurant.

When you’re far away for school your friends and family’s lives don’t stop either. Things happen and you suddenly have to learn how to deal with it while being 16 hours in the future. Phone calls and texts require an eight-hour delay sometimes for a reply. The best time to call home is in the morning, but those moments are limited because classes start at 8:30 a.m. most days. By the time you’re out of class at 4 p.m. it’s too late to call North America.

medical students

Try to take time for some adventure!

The truth is it’s hard to manage it all while attempting to stay on top of school. A lot of times I put school first and my to-do list grows week to week, but the pace of medical school doesn’t allow for anything other than full focus. I laughed the other day remembering what is was like to procrastinate when I was in my undergrad. There’s no option to procrastinate in medical school. You stop for a minute and everyone has already ran past you.

I wish I could offer some concrete advice for how to manage it all, but the truth is I am still trying to figure all this out. Some days I feel like I’m on top of the world: exercising, studying effectively, marking off my to-do list, eating healthy, making time for my relationship, making time for myself. But other days attending seven hours of lecture with only a 30-minute break in the middle is all I can accomplish and I try to tell myself that it’s okay.

It’s okay to not have all the answers right now. It’s okay to not pre-read for lectures for the sake of sleep the night before. It’s okay to have breakdowns and let it all out. It’s okay to wake up the next morning and be excited that you’re in medical school and one day you will become a doctor.

So for now, all I can say is wherever you are in your life and your career journey, try to be present and enjoy it. Life doesn’t happen in the future, and learning to be present, while never easy, is so important because none of us has a guarantee of what the future will bring.

Griffith Medical School student

Follow Cameron on Instagram! @noborders.md


Would you like more details about Australian medical schools? Contact OzTREKK’s Medicine Admissions Officer Amanda Rollich at amanda@oztrekk.com to learn more about your options!