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Friday, July 19th, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: The Worst Part of Studying Abroad

Hi, everyone!

My Nanny

Not going to lie—this post isn’t going to be the happiest one, and I would be lying if this story made me change my opinion on studying abroad.

Last night my Mom and I were texting, I had been in medical school “exam mode” for a few weeks so admittedly had neglected my family time and we were finally catching up. As it turns out, I missed the news that a couple days earlier my Nanny had been admitted to the local hospital (Spoiler alert: She’s fine, happy, healthy and back at home!).

But to frame this story, I first want to tell you a bit about my Nanny. She’s a 93-year-old woman who’s sharp as a whip, 85 lbs of pure stubborn independence, and I’m honoured to share her name. My Nanny grew up in a different time. She’s watched the world modernize. She helped raise her siblings. She eventually became a nurse, so caring for others is more in her nature than caring for herself let alone asking for help. She was an integral part in my childhood—always over filling our dinner plates, caring for her family and aging husband. It took a lot of coercion to move her out of the county and closer to us, and she still lives as independently as possible. Dad needs to install her window AC unit in her apartment in the summer. She’s spunky, full of life, and stubborn in the best ways. In short, I want to be her when I grow up.

Nanny has had her fair share of pneumonia, a few falls, and the standard aches, pains, and problems of aging. With her fierce independence, we’ve had to intercept her walking herself home from the hospital more than once. She never wants to be a bother in the late afternoon knowing my Dad is at work.

So when my parents received a call from her at 4 in the morning, they knew it was something major. Nanny had a couple falls during the evening. She described losing the feeling in her legs before the falls, but now at 4 a.m. the feeling hadn’t come back and she needed help. My Dad carried his mother, now smaller than both his daughters, into his truck to take her to the hospital. I have to say as a budding medical professional, I’m so happy with the care my Nanny received there. They figured out that she had a recent cold and had been prescribed cold meds that contained codeine, which was just a bit much for her system to handle. They did all the right scans to rule out all the scary potential causes, and kept her for the rest of the night so that she would be safe while the meds left her system. Surprisingly, one of the doctors even managed to convince Nanny to consider a walker. We’ll see how that goes over with Miss Independent.

All in all, a very good ending to something that could have been really scary. Thank you for listening to the lamenting of a girl who adores her aging Nanny.

Now how does this relate to studying abroad? Well, because I’m across the world I didn’t know about this right away. Because I’m in Australia, I couldn’t be there. I couldn’t bring her tea the way she likes it (sugar and a pinch of milk), couldn’t tease her about calling us sooner. Because I chose this degree in this country, I also couldn’t be there for my parents, making them breakfast after an unexpected early morning before having to go to work, or greet my dad with coffee the way he likes (Double Double).

I wanted to share this story because it was a scare that I had considered but didn’t think would happen to me. When I chose to study abroad, I knew I would be missing birthdays and anniversaries. I knew missing the happy things would make me sad, but I didn’t think about how missing the scary or sad events would make me feel guilty.

My parents—of course—don’t blame me. Nanny didn’t wonder why I wasn’t there. They all love and support me and are proud of me for pursuing my dream. When Nanny is up to it, my parents are going to bring a laptop over to Skype with her so I can say hi! I write her letters. She knows she’s loved.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I wouldn’t change my decision. Coming to Australia has been a life-changing step in the right direction for me. But I wanted to share this—luckily—happy ending with you so you’re aware that sometimes not being home sucks and it’s not for the reasons you always expect.

Emma

First-year Macquarie Medical School student
Follow Emma’s journey on Instagram! @emmab_md

Monday, July 15th, 2019

What happens after medical school? Don’t miss our next Medical Residency Options webinar

Finding out what comes after medical school is a big deal.

Australian medical schools

Applying to an Australian medical school?

To help make the process a little smoother, OzTREKK hosts Medical Residency Options webinars to assist future Australian medical school students to understand the ins and outs of returning to Canada and the USA, or staying in Australia as an international medical graduate.

OzTREKK is here to help you understand the process! We have now confirmed our next Medical Residency Options Webinar to help explain

  • the latest information on the licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia;
  • the pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia;
  • the process of how to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor;
  • the latest information and statistics on the Canadian residency match, the US residency match, and the Australian internship and residency match;
  • information about the licensing examinations in Canada and the US—what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process; and
  • the latest developments and news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US, and Australia.

OzTREKK Medical Residency Options

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers!

Next Medical Residency Options
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)
Register here

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Would you like more information? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Amanda Rollich at medicine@oztrekk.com.

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Don’t miss the Study in Australia Fairs this weekend

Are you interested in exploring your study options? What’s your dream career, and what do you need to get there? Join us at one of our upcoming Study in Australia Fairs this weekend to meet us and Australian university representatives to find out more about your study options—no matter what your interest!

The annual OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs will be hosted in Toronto and Vancouver, and it is the largest specific fair of its kind in Canada.

study in australia

See you at the Study in Australia Fairs! 

What happens during the fair?

Chat with university representatives, learn more about your program of interest… and pop in to one (or all!) of our Breakout Info Sessions!

TORONTO

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2018
Time: 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.
Venue: Hilton Toronto, Tom Thomson Room

Breakout Info Sessions in the Jackson Room

11:30 a.m. – Medical Licensing
Join us to learn more about your options after you’re finished medical school, including coming back to Canada to practice

12:30 p.m. – Medicine / Dentistry Q&A Panel
Thinking of studying medicine or dentistry but would like to hear more about it? Don’t miss this Q&A session!

1:30 p.m. – Parents’ Session
While you chat with university representatives, send your parents to their own info session where they can find out more about what it’s like to send a son or daughter (or both!) around the world to study.

2:30 p.m. – Admissions Requirements
What does it take to get in? GPAs, MCAT, ISAT, LSAT, DAT… ? Join us for the inside scoop!

VANCOUVER

Date: Sunday, June 2, 2018
Time:  11 a.m.  – 3 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, Plaza Lounge

Breakout Info Sessions in the Gallery Room

11:30 a.m. – Medical Licensing
Join us to learn more about your options after you’re finished medical school, including coming back to Canada to practice.

12:30 p.m. – Financing with CIBC
Find out more about your options regarding how to finance your studies.

1:30 p.m. – Dentistry Info Session
Questions about studying dentistry? Meet a Australian dentistry alum who is currently practicing in Canada.

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

Do you have questions about admissions tests, GPA requirements, interviews, financing, scholarships, accreditation? You have questions and we’re here to answer them!

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Find out how you can study in Australia! Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Want more details? For more information, contact OzTREKK at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com. Hope to see you there!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

Cameron
Griffith Medical School student

Follow Cameron on Instagram! @noborders.md

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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!

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Transferring your money

In part one of my banking and finances blog, I talked about banking in Australia. Here, I’d like to chat about transferring your money!

transferring your money

Consider using a money transfer app

My first little bit of advice would be before you even arrive in Australia, go to a foreign exchange place and take out probably $500–$600 for the first couple weeks you are in Australia just to get settled in. Once you have the bank account set up and are actually in Australia, then you can think about transferring some money over.

Don’t use your bank to transfer funds

Do not use your bank when transferring money to Australia. Why? First, you will pay their exchange rate from CAD to AUD, which is outrageous and close to 3–4 cents on the dollar, worse than what you get with other transfer companies. Second, it will take weeks for your money to come in, and sometimes it doesn’t even come in full installments. Third, they will also change you an extra amount to deposit it into your account along with a bunch of other fees—just awful altogether.

The way that I transfer my money is through a third-party app called “TransferWise.” Now, this app only lets you transfer amounts of up to $9,500 at one time and $25k per week. I don’t see why you would need any more than that so this app is perfect. Unless of course you want to transfer all of your money at once (which I would highly suggest against), then you would have to go the direct wire transfer through a bank.

The TransferWise app is very easy to use. All you do is register for an account. They ask for two-factor identification as well as a bank statement or rent cheque to make sure you are a Canadian citizen living there before coming to Australia. Then once your account is verified, it is easy to go on and see what they are offering for rates. As an example, $9,500 CAD got me $10,041.85 AUD.

Keep an eye on the exchange rate

When you are using this app it will always tell you the current rate that you are getting and the rates will vary each minute. So, in saying that, please be careful and make sure you check the forecast before changing money over. Wait until the dollar is on a rise before transferring your money over. Because I was watching the rates, I made more than $400 on the exact same dollar amount transfer than a friend did—just by waiting a day and a half! This may seem small to you, but over the course of a two-year program (or longer) and transferring money over in small amounts, you could net a total of an extra $10k based on current standards, which would really help! I would also suggest to download a Forex (foreign exchange) currency converter that converts currencies in real time just to keep up to date.

That is the major basics of finances for Australia and if you have any questions at all about physiotherapy, finances, UQ, and Brisbane life don’t be afraid to DM me on my Instagram! I will be uploading weekly content and be following the top professionals in my field come this mid-semester break so stay tuned!

Anthony C, first-year UQ physiotherapy student

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Find out more about Anthony! Read part one of his “money” blog OzTREKK Ambassadors: Banking in Australia, or follow all our ambassadors’ stories!

Would you like to be an OzTREKK Ambassador? Let us know! Please contact us at social@oztrekk.com and share your stories!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Don’t miss our next Medical Licensing webinar May 8

So you already know Australian medical schools offer high-quality education and clinical training in an amazing setting! Studying medicine in Australia is a great experience and can really help you appreciate the worldwide aspect of health, since many clinical placements are offered around the globe.

Australian medical schools

Don’t miss our next OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinar!

But we also know choosing to study medicine abroad comes with a ton of concerns, one of the most common being, How do you return to Canada to practice?

OzTREKK is here to help you understand the process! We have now confirmed our next Medical Licensing Webinar to help explain

  • the latest information on the licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia;
  • the pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia;
  • the process of how to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor;
  • the latest information and statistics on the Canadian residency match, the US residency match, and the Australian internship and residency match;
  • information about the licensing examinations in Canada and the US—what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process; and
  • the latest developments and news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US, and Australia.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinar

Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 7 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. MDT / 4 p.m. PDT
Register now!

You have questions we would like to answer!

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Would you like more information about studying medicine in Australia? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer at medicine@oztrekk.com!