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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Graduate with two degrees from Monash Pharmacy

Do you already hold an undergraduate degree? Are you interested in biomedical sciences, biomedicine, or health sciences? You have many career options to choose from, and one of them is pharmacy!

Graduate with two degrees from Monash Pharmacy

Find out if pharmacy is for you!

According to Forbes magazine, pharmacists are in the top 15 for job growth by 2020 with an increase of 15%, and have—according to Canadian Business—a median income of approximately $100,000 (CAD).

Studying Pharmacy at Monash University

From 2019, Monash University 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!

Bonus? Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Another bonus? International students who study pharmacy at Monash receive a $4,000 relocation grant!

An extra bonus? Monash Pharmacy students do a one-year paid internship, providing valuable real-world experience. Students can earn up to $40k AUD while they learn.

What do Canadians think about the Monash Pharmacy program? Hear from a former OzTREKK student in the Canadian Student Experience Testimonial below:

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

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

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Need more info about the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree? You’ve come to the right place! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Study occupational therapy at Bond University

Occupational therapy can be very rewarding for both client and therapist. Occupational therapists are highly trained health-care professionals, and they define an occupation as much more than a chosen career. Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life, including feeding and dressing themselves.

Occupational Therapy at Bond University

Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is now 1 year old! Here are some of the special highlights that have occurred over the past 12 months.

Study occupational therapy at Bond University

Find out how you can study occupational therapy at Bond University

With two intakes, the first in September 2016 and the second in May 2017, the OT students came from an equal split of domestic and international origins with an eclectic suite of backgrounds. OzTREKK is pleased to say that we’ve sent six students to the Bond occupational therapy program since its debut in September 2016, with four more set to begin May 2018.

Bond was given provisional accreditation by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and graduates are eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Authority (AHPRA) and are also recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Bond occupational therapy students have had various out of classroom experiences presenting information sessions on topics such as safety and assistive devices to aged-care facilities where valuable knowledge has been gained from the real-life experiences of the people who attended.

Students have excelled with two exceptional students being honoured at the Faculty awards evening: Gurjeet Kaur, Executive Dean’s List for Academic Excellence; and Kim Schalaphoff, Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence.

Along with developing and delivering a new curriculum, Bond University staff have also been busy publishing eight peer-reviewed publications within their specific areas of interest.

Happy birthday, Bond University occupational therapy!

Master of Occupational Therapy

The Master of Occupational Therapy at Bond University combines lectures, tutorials, workshops, case studies, fieldwork and simulation to embed the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an occupational therapist. The program focuses on real-world learning with fieldwork opportunities in most courses to help students link theory to practice.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)
Application deadline: No set deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirement is an undergraduate degree in health sciences or other related degree with

  • one semester of anatomy,
  • one semester of physiology, and
  • two semesters of psychology or sociology or behavioural science.

Apply now to Bond Occupational Therapy School!

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Do you have questions about the Bond occupational therapy program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Newcastle Law School academic honoured for making law accessible to all

A University of Newcastle (UON) academic has been recognised for his quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning, specifically for his leadership of the successful clinical program at the Newcastle Law School.

Newcastle Law School academic honoured for making the law accessible to all

Director of UON’s Legal Centre Shaun McCarthy (Photo credit: University of Newcastle)

Mr Shaun McCarthy, Director of UON’s Legal Centre, was presented with a 2017 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded by the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

An advocate for innovative and multidisciplinary initiatives within the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor, Mr McCarthy has noticeably transformed the way students think about clients and the law, while also supporting the people of Newcastle.

“I am passionate about providing people from all walks of life the means to access the law, whilst also ensuring our students have the opportunity to undertake important client casework.

“Students are exposed to vital public interest and human rights cases such as assisting refugees and investigating possible miscarriages of justice. To truly advocate for a better outcome is such a privilege and having this experience embedded in one’s practical study of the law offers our students a distinct advantage,” Mr McCarthy said.

The person behind UON’s successful Law on the Beach program, which provides free legal advice in an informal atmosphere to those who would otherwise struggle to access a service, Mr McCarthy said he was thrilled to receive a prestigious AAUT Citation.

“It is recognition of the importance that Newcastle Law School places on work integrated learning and clinical legal education. It highlights the real client experiences and opportunities law students have at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, which I am incredibly proud to be part of,” he explained.

Mr McCarthy’s teaching approach and his introduction of real life client casework into his courses has been instrumental in enabling students to acquire and foster skills in advocacy and problem solving.

“Being a lawyer is not just about text, case studies and theoretical argument. While it is those things, a great theoretical lawyer will find themselves ultimately challenged when they step into their first case if they have been a student of law in the lecture theatre only.

“I hope my work with UON has helped shape positive experiences of those I have had the pleasure to teach, as well as helped lay the foundations for long and successful careers,” he said.

Study law at the University of Newcastle

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. It is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Program: Bachelor of Laws Honours (Combined degree)
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma and achieved a minimum 85% average based on the best six Grade 12 subjects.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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If you have any questions about studying at the University of Newcastle Law School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com.

Friday, December 8th, 2017

About the Canadian Resident Matching Service

What is the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)?

About the Canadian Resident Matching Service

Learn more about studying at a medical school in Australia

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is an impartial, not-for-profit organization that provides a fair and transparent online process to match medical students and residents with medical residency positions throughout Canada.

Using the Match Algorithm, CaRMS matches more than 3,500 applicants each year to postgraduate medical training programs in Canada through four residency matches.

The R-1 Main Residency Match (R-1 match) for entry-level postgraduate positions is CaRMS’ largest match. It is also open to graduates from international medical schools who meet the basic criteria and have no prior postgraduate training in Canada or the US. If you have graduated from a medical school in Australia, you need to apply to CaRMS if you want a medical residency in Canada. Australian medical school graduates who have applied for a residency in the match have fared very well in the past. In fact, according to CaRMS, Australian medical graduates have the best match rates returning to Canada than any other region in the world!

Why do Canadian Australian medical graduates have such a high match rate?

  • Medical training at a world-class educational institution
  • Closest medical education system compared to Canada
  • Similar health care issues to Canada, reflected in their curriculum and training
  • Cultural alignment between our countries

Every year, OzTREKK assists hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program. We understand admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation.

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If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help—every step of the way!

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

How do you deal with homesickness when you’re studying in Australia?

You’ve got your confirmation of enrolment, your short-term accommodation arranged, and you’re almost packed and ready to go.

What have you forgotten?

How do you deal with homesickness when you're studying in Australia?

You’re not alone—tips to survive homesickness

Believe it or not, one of the most frequent concerns OzTREKK students encounter is homesickness. In theory, you feel prepared for your journey to Australia, and you’re excited to begin this new stage in your life, so it may come as a surprise to you to find you are missing family members and the comforts of home more than you expected.

This is totally normal!

In general, homesickness kicks in as soon as the frenetic pace of starting your classes and familiarizing yourself with your campus has morphed into routine. What then?

Well, first, it can be very helpful to not ignore the possibility of homesickness before you leave. People think it won’t happen to them and that’s the first big mistake. If you accept the fact that you might be homesick, it will make things easier. Being prepared helps, too.

Because we love to stay in touch with our students, many have shared their tips to deal with homesickness when they’re studying in Australia, and of course we’re going to share them with you!

Bring the familiar

Sometimes just the sight of photos of your family members is enough to snap you out of the homesickness funk. If there is something small and light that can fit easily into your suitcase and you think it will help, bring it along!

Get Skype

Of course you already know this one! Skype gives you instant access to family and friends back home, and it’s cheap. Once you’ve figured out the time zone differences, you’re good to go!

Explore your surroundings

You’re in your room, staring at the wall. It’s time to get out of there! When feeling homesick, one of the worse things you can do is to mope around feeling sorry for yourself. Getting out of your place and exploring your city is a great distraction from any home-related anxieties. It also helps you become familiar with your surroundings and that in itself can be comforting. Take some time to stroll through the park or the area where you live. Actually look at the buildings. Find one near your home that will help be a beacon of familiarity.

Look after yourself

If you’re stuffing your face with junk food and forgetting to exercise, you can bet your mental health will be heading into a downward spiral. And if that happens, who will have the energy or desire to study? It sounds simple, but eating healthily and getting some exercise and regular sleep can really help to boost your well-being.

Give yourself time and praise

Okay, it’s been two weeks and you still haven’t snapped out of it. No worries. Take an evening to yourself to examine your reason for being in Australia: to study and to get that degree! That in itself is an amazing, brave thing, so be proud of yourself. Do you know how many people are too scared to do what you’ve just done? Give yourself a pat on the back and know that you have what it takes to not only get your degree, but also to have an great time doing it! Positive self-talk is healthy and will counteract the negative emotions you may be feeling.

Meet other Canadians

Know that you’re not alone. Meeting fellow Canadians is an instant pick-me-up. OzTREKK hosts orientation sessions for new students, giving them an immediate access to multiple Canadian connections on campus. We also provide you with a “Student Contact List” that lists everyone who is in your university and program. Not everyone chooses to attend our orientations or to be on this list, but we recommend that you do! If you’re interested, please be sure to contact your OzTREKK admissions officer. And guess what? This also gives you the opportunity to support others who may be feeling homesick.

One day at a time

Sometimes it’s easier to take it one day at a time. Setting mini-goals or achievements for your stay helps, too! It might be helpful to take each part of the process in steps: Made it to Vancouver, made it to Sydney, made it to the hotel. Day one done, day two done, etc. It’s a handy little trick and before you know it, you’re on day 248. Easy-peasy.

Keep a journal or a blog

Another handy-dandy OzTREKK student tip? Writing in a journal or starting an “Adventures in Australia” blog or vlog is an excellent way to keep track of your progress—and to share your experiences with everyone back home. If you can regularly keep up with an online blog (even Facebook or Twitter posts), you will receive encouraging messages from everyone! At the end of your journey, you will have an amazing record of your time in Australia. Show your grandkids. Also, we love following our students on social media!

Ask for help

Sometimes, even after attempting the above, you still may find yourself missing home a little too much, and this is where Anxiety likes to step in and reek havoc. Worrying about your studies or your finances will only make things worse, so take steps to sort any issues out or get support as soon as they arise. Your university has international student support groups, as well as student groups. Ask your university for a list of groups or student counsellors or upper-year students who may be able to help, then contact them!

Even though it may feel like it sometimes, you’re not alone. Many people have endured homesickness and have come out on the other side happier, stronger, and braver. You can do it!

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We hope this list helps you feel more prepared for your journey to study in Australia! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns—we’re here to help: info@oztrekk.com

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

University of Queensland ranked among world’s top 50 universities

UQ’s rise to 45th in the world further confirms the university’s status as a research and learning powerhouse

University of Queensland ranked among world’s top 50 universities

Learn more about the University of Queensland

The University of Queensland has pushed into the world’s top 50 on another university league table—this time the 2018 US News Best Global Universities assessment of the world’s top 1250 universities.

UQ Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Aidan Byrne said UQ’s rise to rank 45—up from 52—was a confirmation of the university’s status as a research and learning powerhouse.

“This ranking follows on UQ’s strong performance in other respected rankings, such as the National University of Taiwan’s Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, where UQ this month rose to rank 41, up from 72 five years ago,” he said.

“That ranking and this latest table recognise UQ as one of Australia’s top three universities, along with the universities of Melbourne and Sydney.

“My congratulations go to everyone in the UQ community who has worked hard over many years to build the solid base of research and learning that is earning international plaudits,” Professor Byrne said.

The Best Global Universities ranking highlights UQ’s performance in key academic subject areas:

UQ’s Top 50 Subject Areas 2018 2017
Agricultural Sciences 24 25
Biology and Biochemistry 46 equal 48
Environment / Ecology equal 8 8
Microbiology equal 27 equal 28
Molecular Biology and Genetics 36 47
Pharmacology and Toxicology equal 24 26
Plant and Animal Science equal 18 21
Psychiatry / Psychology equal 49 49
Social Sciences and Public Health 22 equal 32

 

Last month UQ maintained its position within the top echelons of research institutions in the world, ranking 65th globally and fourth in Australia in the Times Higher Education University Ranking.

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Discover more about studying at the University of Queensland!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Don’t miss the University of Sydney webinars

Are you planning to attend the University of Sydney for the semester 1, 2018 intake?

Don't miss the University of Sydney webinars

Learn more about the University of Sydney

Sydney Uni will be hosting a live webinar on December 13 to answer your questions about studying at Australia’s first university! For details, click on the links below. Be sure to check “Show in my time zone” when you are registering!

For advice on accepting your offer, accommodation, and student life, register for the university’s general information webinar:

This is your chance to get your questions answered!
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Would you like more information about studying at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, December 4th, 2017

OzTREKK student named Regional Student of the Year

JCU Medical School student (and former OzTREKKer!) Reuben George has been named Regional Student of the Year at the 2017 Study Queensland IET Excellence Awards! The IET Excellence Awards recognise international education industry leaders, community and business contributors and current and past international students for their achievements.

OzTREKK student named Regional Student of the Year

Regional Student of the Year Reuben George (Photo: JCU)

These high achievers were celebrated at an awards ceremony held Nov. 22, 2017.

The IET Excellence Awards are the only state-wide awards program specifically dedicated to recognising the Queensland international education and training sector and celebrate individual and team success.

Having recognised the importance of support for international students studying medicine, Reuben has worked tirelessly throughout his studies to ensure his fellow international students felt supported and welcomed.

From his own journey of moving to Australia, Reuben recognized that there were very limited supports for international students in the medical program. He decided it was his duty to help guide all future incoming international students.

Reuben has since created an international student manual, which the university provides to each incoming international student. He also lobbied to co-create a mentorship program funded by the JCU College of Medicine and student medical society. This program partners each international medical student with an upper-year international student to support them through their transition of moving to a new country and entering a highly demanding degree. The program involves having coffee catch-ups and weekly social media mental health check-ins, group activities, and peer tutoring for free.

Reuben ensures each student feels heard and he encourages all to be leaders. His passion for international students’ health and well-being is what spurred many of the upper-year students to become mentors themselves.

The current JCU med student’s experience landed him the role of Australian Medical Students Association’s International Chair in 2016, representing all international medical voices across the country.

Reuben does all of this work not for himself, but so that no student feels as isolated as he did in his first year. He wants to help give international students a hand up and achieves this through his many platforms, including his vlog, “Beyond the Stethoscope,” (below) where he captures his life as a medical student and the many challenges and triumphs that come with it.

Congratulations, Reuben, from all of us at OzTREKK!

About JCU Medicine

The 6-year, full-time MBBS degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next semester intake: February 2019
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: TBA. Generally the end of August each year.

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Would you like more information about studying medicine at JCU Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Friday, December 1st, 2017

When in Australia, don’t forget to explore!

Meet OzTREKK’s other Australian medical schools admissions officer—Amanda Rollich. Amanda has actually spent four and a half years living in Northern Beaches, Sydney, so she’s fully koalafied to give you some interesting travel ideas for when you’re Down Under! Take it away, Amanda!

Studying in Australia is a giant adventure and it’s important that, aside from your textbook adventure, you also prioritize fun away from #unilife!

When in Australia, don't forget to explore!

You must visit Uluru! (Ayers Rock)

We know that escaping the library and distancing your brain from the demands of say, a medical program, can seem difficult; however, it is vital for your wellness, stress level and overall happiness to do so. Students must remember to fill their “experience buckets” while in Australia!

You don’t have to go far and it need not be expensive!

Getting out on the weekend to explore a new suburb, or taking a short flight to a new location during breaks will certainly offer invaluable experiences you’ll be able to bring home, and maybe even into your classroom!

There are quite reasonably priced day tours that depart from most central business districts (CBD), or for the non-Oz folk “downtown!” For example, Melbourne students can hop on tour from the CBD to view the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. As well, Sydneysiders should definitely head out to the Blue Mountains just a few hours west of the campus. Hit up a friend with a car and plan a Saturday away from the books! We know you’re on a budget, so pack a lunch and share the cost of gas. 🙂

Remember, you’ve travelled so far and don’t want to regret not meeting an Aussie bff, attempting to surf, seeing Steve Irwin’s legacy at the Australian Zoo or heading out on a couple of local bushwalks.

An idea may be to add a different experience goal to your calendar each month and tick them off! It could be as simple as “this month I must try a meat pie,” to visiting a new beach every few months. The ideas really are endless. Absorb it all and you’ll come home not only on your exciting new career path, but with heaps of memories that will make you smile for years to come.

Me snowboarding on Mount Perisher
Camping in Lorne, Victoria
Visit Upper Crust—yum!
See Byron Bay, New South Wales
Explore Kings Canyon, Northern Territory
Friday, December 1st, 2017

Studying pharmacy at the University of Newcastle

Thinking about a career in pharmacy? You’ve got lots of options! And one of them is studying pharmacy at the University of Newcastle.

Studying pharmacy at the University of Newcastle

Learn more about pharmacy at the University of Newcastle

Studying  pharmacy at UON will teach you theoretical knowledge in biomedical, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmaceutical sciences. The best part? The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at UON is recognized internationally. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for certification in Canada.

Former OzTREKK students who are now practicing pharmacists in Canada recommend doing the evaluating exam as soon as you graduate. Visit the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada for detailed accreditation and certification information.

University of Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy

As a University of Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy student, you will

  • learn how to prepare, formulate and use medications safely and effectively to improve patient health and well-being;
  • gain the comprehensive medical knowledge and exceptional communication skills required to provide trustworthy advice on the symptoms and management of common ailments and educate the community on a wide range of health and well-being matters;
  • learn how to use your knowledge, experience and expertise to positively influence the management of pharmaceutical services in Australia and globally;
  • develop foundational research skills and discover a range of research areas that you can choose to pursue in your pharmacy career: from investigating drug design and discovery to formulation development, pharmacy practice, personalised health care and health technologies assessment.

Areas of study include

  • anatomy and physiology;
  • dosage formulation;
  • chemistry;
  • drug design and discovery;
  • pharmacotherapeutics;
  • mental health first aid; and
  • epidemiology.

Bachelor of Pharmacy students will also have plenty of opportunities to develop their skills through hands-on professional placements.  To help you prepare for your placement, the pharmacy program builds practical skills through inter-professional simulated learning activities in their fully functioning demonstration pharmacy, hospital-based simulation wards and the Hunter New England Simulation Centre.

The clinical placement component of the pharmacy program is substantial and occurs in a range of diverse clinical contexts throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and University Department of Rural Health sites.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Callaghan, Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to apply as early as possible.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Pharmacy School!

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Have you considered studying pharmacy at the University of Newcastle?  Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com for more information!