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Friday, November 2nd, 2018

OzTREKK’s medicine students talk about their first impressions of Australia

You’re almost there! Only a few short weeks and you’ll be heading off to the Land Down Under!

We know you have a lot on your plates right now, but we’d like to encourage you by sharing former OzTREKK medicine students‘ first impressions of Australia and how they are getting along in their medical programs. No surprise—no one misses Canadian winters!

OzTREKK's medicine students talk about their first impressions of Australia

OzTREKK students (now at UQ Med School!) at our 2017 Predep Meet & Greet

Med students share their first impressions of Australia and their programs

Settling into Australia has been very easy thus far. I’m not missing the cold weather and snow in Canada all that much haha! – Monash medicine student, Aaron

Things are going great! I survived my first week of medical school and I’m really excited for what the first year of medical school will be like. It was initially really stressful moving in because of the many things that I had to do after landing, but all is well now. I have settled in pretty well and I’m really enjoying my time in Australia. I have met some amazing students and staff members and everyone is really helpful and supportive! – Monash medicine student, Simran

Things are going great.  I’m fairly lucky as my partner came with me and my dog arrives from Canada in a week so it is easy to make this feel like home!  I love the snow but its hard to miss the cold with the beach so close 😛 … I got the chance to head down to Byron Bay last weekend and that was definitely a highlight.  Its nice having it so close.  I will have to try make it a more regular trip when I have the time! – Griffith medicine student Kevin

Everything is been going well. Settling in with the workload and getting to know the coast quite well. Highlights have got to be the beaches and the surf. So different than home. – Griffith medicine student, Jonathan

Things are starting to be sorted now and I’m feeling more organized.  No time for fun for me. The program has been pretty full on. I’m definitely not missing out Canadian winter though. – Griffith medicine student, Julia

I have been good since moving down under. The first month was quite hectic, trying to settle in and get used to the Aussie way of life, but I think I have managed pretty well. I will say, they are not big fans of Winter Olympics here. Especially on the Gold Coast, all eyes here are to the Commonwealth Games in April. – Griffith medicine student, Nishu

So far it going pretty well. I haven’t stopped sweating since I’ve arrived, but I don’t miss the snow one bit. I’ve explored a bit, but plan on doing much more. The Gold Coast is just amazing. I’m finding things are going well, but it’s really picking up and a lot of work. I’m really enjoying it though. – UQ medicine student, Kate

I feel settled as our workload intensifies in week 2 but, I really enjoy the program. I don’t miss the snow one bit! I was able to do some exploring the week prior and went to the botanical gardens, koala sanctuary, and surfers paradise! I have to say, the koalas are to die for! – UQ medicine student, Kevin

Everything has been good! I made plenty of friends, explored the city. School has been manageable although disorganized, and I miss home a bit. Overall, it has been good. – UQ medicine student, Kevin

Don’t forget! We are hosting our 2018 Predeparture Meet & Greets starting this weekend!

Toronto: Saturday, November 3
Calgary: Saturday, November 11
Vancouver: Saturday, November 13

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Don’t forget: You can get useful predeparture tips on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass!  If you have not yet received your invitation to attend an upcoming Meet & Greet, please contact your OzTREKK admissions officer or call 1-866-698-7355. See you soon!

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

University of Newcastle Law School graduate practicing in Ontario

Can you really study law at an Australian law school and come back to Canada to practice?

It’s a common question we receive, and for good reason. Who wants to invest time and money on a degree you can’t use at home?

Well, the good news is yes, you can! Every year OzTREKK sends dozens of Canadians to Australia to study Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws degrees, and every year, graduates come back to Canada and are successful at finding employment.

After graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2013, international alumna and law graduate Kaitlin Jagersky believes studying the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice has made all the difference in gaining employment as a family law lawyer in one of Canada’s leading law firms in Ontario, Canada.

Study at Newcastle Law School

University of Newcastle Law School graduate practicing in Ontario

Learn how you can study at the University of Newcastle Law School

When you study law at the University of Newcastle, you’ll 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 (JD) & Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Next available semester intake: February 2019
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!

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Do you have any questions about studying at the University of Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

First-year JCU medicine students: what kind of doctor do you want to be?

What kind of doctor do you want to be?

First-year JCU medicine students: what kind of doctor do you want to be?

JCU medicine at the beautiful tropical campus of Townsville!

While some can’t yet answer this question, most students who chose to study at JCU Medical School already know they want to specialise in rural medicine, assisting with the healthcare needs of underserved populations. After all, the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree at James Cook University is well-known for producing graduates who will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

The JCU Medical School’s combination of integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine incorporates the best aspects of student-centred, problem-based learning combined with systematic instruction. Clinical experience, particularly in the rural and remote context, starts at an early stage and science remains integrated across later years.

First-year JCU Medicine students recently had their first class on how to be socially accountable doctors. At the end of the session, they were asked what type of doctor they wanted to be. Hear from former OzTREKK Student Daniel Dickson!

JCU Medical School MBBS

Do you think studying rural, remote, and tropical medicine sounds like something you would be interested in? How on earth can Canada have tropical medicine?  Like Australia, our population is concentrated on the fringes of the country, where the climate is most ideal and the land most usable. But where people live in rural and Northern Canada, away from the general population, finding health care can be more challenging—just like the people in remote and tropical locations of Australia. When you study medicine at JCU, you will be uniquely qualified to practice medicine in remote Canada!

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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JCU medicine applications are open! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com if you have any questions about your med school application.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

What do OzTREKK students think of Sydney Dental School?

If you’re considering studying in Australia, but unsure of which university and program is right for you, student reviews can really help reaffirm some gut feelings, or just help point you in the right direction.

Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Bhavisha Thankey (Photo: University of Sydney)

Here, we look at what OzTREKK students say about studying at Sydney Dental School. Did we mention we love that our Australian universities like to feature OzTREKK students? You guys are high-calibre stuff!

“My favourite part of this degree is getting hands-on experience really early. By the end of our second year we’re already seeing our own patients and managing our own treatment plans. Because of the responsibility and control we are given during our studies, we leave university with the skills needed to be successful in the community.” Bhavisha Thankey, Doctor of Dental Medicine

 

Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Yasmin Samiee (Photo: University of Sydney)

“I chose to study at the University of Sydney because the university and its dental school are ranked among the top fifty in the world for academic excellence. I was also drawn to the calibre of research and educational opportunities, which involves placements and service in under-served communities around Australia.

“I am grateful that we have been able to apply theoretical knowledge into practice so early in the course. By our third week of classes, we had already begun practicing dentistry on plastic models in our simulation clinic. Not only have we greatly improved our manual dexterity, we have become proficient and confident as clinicians. There is a strong sense of responsibility and ownership that accompanies this level of autonomy.” Yasmin Samiee, Doctor of Dental Medicine

 

Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Borna Ansari (Photo: University of Sydney)

“Studying the Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Sydney was my top preference over other universities. It has a great overall educational reputation and you start pre-clinical sessions early on in the course. The fact that Australian degrees can be easily transferred back to Canada also encouraged me to study in Sydney.

“The University of Sydney also provides a great learning environment. Each week I have the opportunity to practice a range of dental procedures in the clinical environment. I also learn from lecturers who share their diverse passions and experiences from their professional practice. Learning from their outlook and experience has helped me understand the many avenues of dentistry.” Borna Ansari, Doctor of Dental Medicine

 

Is the Sydney Dental School dentistry program for you?

The Sydney Dental School’s four-year, full-time, graduate-entry Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) course offers you the opportunity to develop skills through practice-based learning and will expose you to new dental technologies and research. The DMD will educate you to draw on evidence to treat patients effectively and respond to the changing oral health needs of the community. It will instill a dedication for lifelong learning, self-development and self-evaluation. The Sydney DMD has evolved with changing market demands for newly graduated dentists to join clinical practice confidently and ethically and take up leadership roles in the profession.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the February 2018 intake, applications closed June 20, 2017. Students are encouraged to begin their applications as soon as possible.

Apply to the University of Sydney Dental School!

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Do you need help with your dental school application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with predeparture preparations, and we know what it’s like to be stressed after arriving in Australia.

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

OzTREKK Orientation with JCU Dentistry students

Where am I? How will I know where to go? What am I doing here?!

No worries! We’ve got your back!

In order to help you get settled, we do our best to organise an “OzTREKK Orientation” at your Australian university, as they provide a great opportunity for you to meet fellow Canadians so you can establish a network of friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes so you know what to expect. When possible, we try to include as many upper-year students to attend the orientation and to share their stories.

This year, new James Cook University dental school students enjoyed the traditional OzTREKK Orientation lunch at Burger Urge, where they were able to meet and chat with their JCU Dentistry classmates. The weather was beautiful and typical for Cairns: downpour, sun, downpour, sun…. Even still, the new students had a great time!

OzTREKK sends out a huge thank you! to former OzTREKKer and now fourth-year JCU Dentistry student Hilary Bell for assisting us with the orientation and for helping new OzTREKK students feel at home in beautiful, balmy Cairns.

We really appreciate your help, Hilary!

Are you interested in studying at JCU Dentistry School?

If improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places appeals to you, then you might be interested in studying dentistry at JCU. The five-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery  degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

Enjoying hamburgers at Burger Urge!

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more Bachelor of Dental Surgery program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

JCU Medical School student taking the rural world by storm

James Cook University student Carolyn Reimann will be the public face of rural health students around Australia for 2018.

JCU Medical School student taking the rural world by storm

Former OzTREKK student and now fifth-year JCU med student Carolyn Reimann (Photo credit: JCU)

Carolyn, also a former OzTREKK student, is a fifth-year international student studying medicine at JCU medical school. She is set to take on the role of Executive Chair of the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN). She will head the multidisciplinary student health network, which comprises of 28 University Rural Health Clubs, including JCU’s Rural Health in the Northern Outback (RHINO) student club.

“I had heard about the NRHSN through my involvement with RHINO,” Carolyn said.

“In 2016, I was one of six health students chosen for the Northern Territory PHN’s High School Visits. I had a chat with the guy who was going to be the Chair of the NRHSN in 2017, and joining the NRHSN Executive Committee sounded like something right up my alley. I love to get involved,” Carolyn said.

“As the Executive Chair you represent the network around the country, and are the public face of the NRHSN. It includes meeting politicians, attending stakeholder meetings, writing policy and position papers and presenting at conferences. It also includes advocating for and overseeing all the different rural health clubs. It’s a big, complex role.”

Carolyn had always dreamed of studying medicine and helping people in need. She was particularly attracted to studying in north Queensland by the focus of JCU’s medical program.

“I always had an interest in doing something around public health. I know that I can make a difference and JCU has an amazing reputation for their program.

“Every focus that JCU has, on tropical health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and rural and remote health is something that I am interested in, and that’s what brought me over here.

“It was the perfect fit, like Cinderella and her glass slipper.”

The National Rural Health Student Network represents the future of rural health in Australia. It has more than 9,000 members who belong to 28 university Rural Health Clubs from all states and territories, and is Australia’s only multi-disciplinary student health network, bringing together people studying medicine, nursing and allied health, encouraging them to pursue rural health careers.

The NRHSN has two aims:

  1. To provide a voice for students who are interested in improving health outcomes for rural and remote Australians
  2. To promote rural health careers to students and encourage students who are interested in practicing in rural health care.

JCU Medical School medical program

The 6-year, full-time Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree is a comprehensive program with integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine. JCU has a regional mission with a focus on the needs of rural, remote and under-served communities, tropical medicine and the health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018 (Note: Early offers of admission may be made to high-achieving international applicants! Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible and well before the August 30 deadline.)

Apply to JCU Medical School!

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Do you have questions about studying medicine at JCU medical school? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

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.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

UQ exercise sports science student does his placement in the Canadian Rockies

We’re so used to hearing about Canadians going to study abroad, but what happens when an Australian chooses to study in Canada?

As expected, it’s about snow. But not just your run-of-the-mill snow stories about Canada. You see, recent UQ exercise sports science graduate Jordan Pearce decided to do his placement in Canada—one of the best places in the world to study snowboarding! Here’s Jordan’s story:

Completing my practicum in the Canadian Rockies was a dream come true.

Not only did I get to snowboard some of the best ski terrain in the world, but I got to work alongside world-renowned snowboard instructors and make lifelong friendships with people from every corner of the globe.

UQ Sports Science student placement in the Canadian Rockies

Jordan on the lift at Castle Hill (Photo: UQ)

Why I chose Canada

As part of my Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Hons) I had to complete a 400-hour practicum placement. I chose to complete mine at Castle Mountain Resort, Canada, for a number of reasons. The biggest reason was that I wanted to experience what it would be like living and working in a completely different country. And secondly, I love snowboarding, so spending a season in the Rockies seemed like the perfect choice for me. And what a snow season it was! We received 10 metres of snow and one of the best seasons on record! See a glimpse of the snow (and me) in this local TV interview.

What was involved

My placement involved working as a fully qualified snowboard instructor teaching beginners the basic techniques of snowboarding. If you have never snowboarded before, there is a science behind the technique—balance and stability, impulse, momentum, angular motion, moment of inertia, gravity, friction—they all have a role to play in mastering this sport. For instance, one of the first things people need to achieve is a centred, mobile stance to control their speed easier and minimise falling. But as I quickly found out, it’s not as easy as simply telling students that. A good teacher needs to relate it to a sensation that will make sense to them. My example of this is to use the sensation of cowboy knees, this might give an 8-year-old a sensation that achieves a centred and mobile stance. Where as, if you try using biomechanical and anatomical terminology, such as, pretend you have varus malalignment, the 8-year-old is not going to know what you are talking about.

The highlights

I loved teaching the students these skills but also teaching them that perseverance and hard work is what really leads to success. Teaching others also allowed me to progress in my own snowboarding technique. It was cool to learn by doing and receive advice on coaching models such as demonstrating and explaining skills and positive and effective feedback.

As an added bonus, I was fortunate to further enhance my own snowboarding skills by completing the Level 1 qualification in snowboarding in Canada. My instructor had 10 years’ experience, was previously an international border cross racer, and had a degree in kinesiology (the equivalent of a sports science degree in Australia).

A typical working day on the slopes

9 – 9:30 a.m. – Meet our Level 4 snowboard instructor at the ski school for a briefing on the coaching outcomes of the day.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Working in Little Castle Club (LCC), which are usually 3- to 6-year-olds in groups of one or two. With LCC a particular focus is on safety, such as helping with loading lift and controlling speed. Having fun is always paramount!

10:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Beginner or Novice school group or normal ski school class with around 3 to 6 students aged between 6 and 16 years old. The class focus was on the basics of snowboard setup and safety, drills on how to slide and control speed, and how to complete heel and toe side turns and link them successfully.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch at the day lodge or at home.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Intermediate ski school class or private lesson for ages 12 years and older. In these classes, an initial biomechanical assessment of a limitation in their riding was completed. Once a limitation is established a drill to focus on that limitation is considered. An example could be that the client is turning with the upper body and needs a drill to promote initiating a turn more with the lower body.

UQ Sports Science student placement in the Canadian Rockies

Jordan enjoyed his placement in Canada (Photo: UQ)

3:30 – 4 p.m. – One quick shred by myself to finish the day.

The benefits of going abroad

It cannot be ignored that it’s considerably more expensive to do your placement overseas, but the benefits make it so worth it. I have grown both personally and professionally from this experience in so many ways. Living overseas and being a snowboard instructor has taught me the ability to adapt readily to any situation and be future-focused. Understanding a client’s motivations, goals and feelings will enable you to adjust your session accordingly and provide future drills for the client to focus on after the lesson. You knew you were going well and didn’t have to change anything if the client had a big smile on their face—that’s if the face mask wasn’t covering it up. After all, having fun is the most important goal!

Assessing your options

I think it is important when selecting your placement that you choose something you are passionate about and in which you might want a career in the future. But enjoying the experience cannot be underestimated. I was able to check out mountains with newly made friends: Whistler, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Mount Norquay, Kicking Horse; a personal favourite after Castle Mountain, of course. Castle Mountain was big on staff parties and social events and its small employee size compared to other resorts (160 with about 30 from Australia) in Canada meant you knew everyone. Doing my placement overseas didn’t just open a new career path but also allowed me to travel to Canada, the US, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Cuba. If you are ever considering placement in Canada, I would highly recommend it.

Story by Jordan, UQ Exercise Sport Science graduate

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Think you might be interested in studying UQ exercise sports science? Contact Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Friday, August 18th, 2017

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

Fifth-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery international student, Ryan Yue-Hin See (also a former OzTREKK student!), moved from his hometown of Toronto, Canada to come to Australia to study in the tropics with James Cook University in Cairns.

See said James Cook University’s unique rural and remote placement program was an unmissable Australian opportunity.

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

Former OzTREKK student Ryan See is almost finished his dentistry degree (Photo: JCU)

“I had a couple of offers available and JCU just seemed much more appealing than the other offers. I just wanted to study in the tropics. The facilities were brand new facilities and there was a big focus on rural and remote and underserviced populations. That really appealed to me and the kind of things that I am interested in. I knew there was a lot of work available, so I thought it would be a good experience,” he said.

He said the rural and remote placements that JCU Dentistry provide help to transition students into real-world practice and give them a chance to apply learned skills on real-life patients.

“A lot of personal development has happened in the last two years. I mean five years is a pretty long time so, a combination of up-to-date training they [JCU] provide at the union level and the exposures we’re given from the rural and remote placements and working with really great supervisors in the clinic,” said See.

See’s said due to the array of clinical specialists that JCU employs to lecture and teach students, he has gained a valuable array of new skills that will advance him in his future career.

“Most of them tend to be retired dentists and they bring a wealth of knowledge. They don’t tend to be Cairns locals because they are fly in, fly out. They come from all over the place really. Everyone has their own sort of thing—just a range of personalities, a range of skills and doing things. How to handle different situations,” he said.

See said he got the life-changing opportunity to complete a four-week international placement at JCU’s sister university in Sri Lanka.

“It was fantastic. It was just life changing really. The university was really generous and sent us and one of our senior lecturers back to his home country (Sri Lanka). So, he showed us around and the professors that we met were his old students, which was kind of cool to see that continuity. We saw lots of different things. Lots of stuff you would expect in southeast Asia and low socio-economic areas.”

On placement, See got the chance to explore Sri Lankan historical landmarks and learn the language.

“The professor—it being his home country—showed us around and we got to go sightseeing and have language classes as well. Lots of cultural exposure.”

See said one of the most memorable experiences he had in Sri Lanka was walking up Sigiriya.

“We hiked up a place called The Lions Rock. The locals call it Sigiriya. It’s this big monument similar to Uluru, and you have to climb up all these steps all the way to the top and at the top there used to be a castle,” he said.

Ryan See said that over the five years he’s lived in Australia it has become his second home and the support he has received through JCU has helped him integrate into the Cairns community.

“I love the lifestyle. I think more than anything else the people kind of make the place. It’s a bit cliché, but they have become my family over the last two years.”

See said each year has its own landmark, and if he was to give advice to a prospective JCU international student, he would tell them to go for it and take a chance.

Apply to JCU Dentistry directly from high school

If you’re interested in improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places, then the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at JCU might be for you. This five-year undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more Bachelor of Dental Surgery program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Caitlin Sargeant at caitlin@oztrekk.com.

Monday, July 17th, 2017

5 inside tips about studying nursing at the University of Sydney

First-year Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) student Mackenzie O’Toole agreed to answer 15 questions about studying nursing at the University of Sydney, including why she chose it, what she likes about it, and what surprised her most about university life.

5 reasons to study nursing at the University of Sydney

University of Sydney Nursing School

Here, Mackenzie discusses the five things she enjoys about studying nursing at the University of Sydney. To check out the full list, watch the video below, “15 questions with nursing student Mackenzie O’Toole.”

1. Where is the best spot at Sydney Nursing School?

Mackenzie’s favourite spot at Sydney Nursing School are the clinical simulation labs (SIM labs). The SIM labs are home to full-body manikins installed with the latest simulation technology. They provide a safe environment where students like Mackenzie can practice and improve their clinical skills while developing their confidence in the procedures they are learning in lectures.

Through simulated learning, students become proficient at

  • taking blood pressure
  • checking a pulse
  • listening to breath
  • heart and bowel sounds
  • dressing wounds
  • preparing and administering medications
  • conducting interviews, and
  • documenting patient information.

2. Why she chose a nursing degree

When asked why she chose a nursing degree, Mackenzie’s main reason was “to help others in need.” Nurses make a genuine difference to people’s lives. Mackenzie was also inspired by the nursing care she received when she contracted meningitis at just three months of age, an event that left her with hearing loss in one ear. Her passion for helping others grew from that point on. She wanted to treat others with the same care she had received.

3. How quickly she was able to undertake a placement

Mackenzie was amazed by how soon into her degree she was able to gain real-world experience in her placement. She was placed at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, which is located only blocks away from the university campus.

From the first year of the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) degree, students gain invaluable practical experience through 880 hours of clinical placements across a wide variety of healthcare settings including emergency departments, intensive care units, paediatric units, mental health facilities and community health centres. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement overseas.

4. How supportive her lecturers have been

Sydney Nursing School offers students a supportive environment in which to learn. They are taught by leading academics, clinicians and researchers who are part of the nursing and healthcare community. Mackenzie found her lecturers to be “amazingly supportive.”

Helping students from day one through to graduation, the University of Sydney has a network of services, facilities and experts to make university experience as smooth and rewarding as possible.

5. How much she loves working with different people

As highly trained and valued professionals, nurses work with a diverse range of people, including other healthcare professionals and patients from all walks of life. Mackenzie has loved how she has been able to study and work alongside people from a diverse range of backgrounds from around Australia and the world.

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

Study Nursing at the University of Sydney

Sydney Nursing School has been ranked number one in Australia for research and educational excellence in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. Currently, the University of Sydney is ranked 9th in the world for nursing, according the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Program: Master of Nursing 
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Intake: March 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: International applications are managed in rounds: Round 1 – May 25, 2017; Round 2 – August 17, 2017; Round 3 – October 6 2017

Apply to the University of Sydney Nursing School!

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Find out more about the programs offered at Sydney Nursing School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.