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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Sydney Health Sciences asks, which sport and fitness course is right for you?

Are you interested in health sciences? You’ve got a wonderful selection of study areas to choose from: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology…. But have you considered exercise and sports science?

Sydney Health Sciences is known for world-leading health sciences education and research. The discipline of exercise and sport science focuses on the integration of exercise and physical activity into health care, sports performance, disease prevention and rehabilitation.

Graduates have the opportunity to utilise principles such as biomechanics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and gait analysis to evaluate and improve the performance of a diverse range of athletes.

The career paths followed by graduates are many and varied and depend mostly on the specific interests and aspirations of the individual. Broadly defined, the areas of employment entered by recent graduates include the sport industry, fitness industry, health industry, occupational health and safety, public health, rehabilitation, research and technology, education and medical insurance.

University of Sydney Master of Exercise Physiology

Sydney Health Sciences asks, which sport and fitness course is right for you?

Dr Ollie Jay is the Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and a Senior Lecturer in Thermoregulatory Physiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences. (Photo: University of Sydney)

The Master of Exercise Physiology is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice.

Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.

Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.

Program: Master of Exercise Physiology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA

Apply to the University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences!

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Find out more about studying the Master of Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Bond researcher takes third place in global genetic research competition

Bond University researcher and Teaching Fellow, Mark Barash, has taken third place in a global genetic research competition for his research which has the potential to help solve crimes and ancient mysteries.

Bond University

Study at Bond University

Run by US-based bioinformatics company, Golden Helix, the inaugural awards attracted more than 50 entries from DNA researchers in more than 20 countries. Their submissions highlighted the extensive array of futuristic research being conducted in this field worldwide, with subjects ranging from humans to animals to fruits and vegetables.

Mr Barash was awarded third place for his investigations into the genetic factors that influence human appearance and facial features. His research has broad applications and could potentially help to solve crimes and ancient anthropological mysteries.

According to Mr Barash, his data is attracting a lot of attention as it open to a wide range of applications in medical, forensic and anthropological sectors.

“Based on my previous experience with the police force, the data can give forensic investigators an extraordinary advantage, enabling them to draw a ‘molecular portrait’ from a minute DNA sample left behind at a crime scene. In the absence of any eye witnesses or video evidence, for instance, they could estimate what the perpetrator looks like based on the DNA left at the crime scene,” Mr Barash said.

Mr Barash’s PhD supervisor, Associate Professor Lotti Tajouri, has a passion for ancient Egypt and sees the potential for this work to be used by anthropologists to show the world what ancient mummies would have looked like.

A former Forensic DNA Officer with the Israeli Police Force in Jerusalem, Mr Barash moved to Australia in 2010 to undertake his groundbreaking research at Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine.

His PhD thesis focuses on identifying the “single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) involved in the determination of facial morphology.”

“SNPs are single point variations in our DNA sequence, which are responsible in part for the facial differences and therefore in the way we look,” said Mr Barash. “These specific subtle DNA variations can even explain why some people are susceptible to diseases and others aren’t; why people respond differently to drugs and chemicals.

“For my research, the goal is to identify SNPs that play a part in enabling normal variation of our facial characteristics, such as the shape and size of our nose, eyes, ears and other visible traits. While the craniofacial development is a very complex and poorly understood process, the results of this project have provided evidence of DNA markers associated with several traits of our face.

Mr Barash and his fellow winners from the Golden Helix competition will present their research to a global audience via a complimentary webcast that will be scheduled in the coming months.

Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine is dedicated to shaping individuals with superior scientific acumen who are distinguished by their ethics, professionalism and humanity. The postgraduate programs offered by the faculty have been designed to enable students to expand on an existing knowledge base and foster advanced capability to succeed in a chosen career within either the private or public sector. The programs are also designed to enrich students from other disciplines with a knowledge base that facilitates diversification and expansion of their academic horizons.

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Interested in health sciences and research at Bond University and at other Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about how you can study in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

NETRAD CT-Scanner opens at University of Sydney

The NETRAD imaging facility, located at the University of Sydney’s Cumberland campus, was officially opened on Friday Feb. 21, 2014.

Sydney Health Sciences

Study health sciences at the University of Sydney

The project, made possible by $1.6 million in funding from the Health Workforce Australia (HWA), aims to revolutionize medical imaging teaching and learning across Australia by providing 24-hour access to a Computed Tomography (CT) imaging system via an online interface.

Mr Craig Laundy MP, the member for Reid was present to help celebrate this world-first advancement in medical imaging education. Project lead Dr Elaine Ryan gave a live demonstration illustrating how the CT scanner can image human-like phantoms, all monitored using live video techniques. Nick Swaan, the General Manager of Toshiba Australia performed a traditional Japanese sake barrel opening ceremony to bring harmony to the new facility.

The NETRAD CT scanner is identical to the most up-to-date technology available in clinical centres and comes complete with the latest dose reduction technologies such as iterative reconstruction algorithms, 3D dose modulation and a dose management system.

The software console can be accessed via a PC remote connection and custom built software interfaces, which have been designed and built in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney and experts in remote access laboratories from the University of Technology, Sydney.

The NETRAD gives a unique simulated learning experience for students in any discipline that uses medical imaging. Users can remotely input specific imaging parameters, manipulate objects in the scanner, perform live CT scans and view the resultant reconstructed images.

Traditionally this type of facility is too expensive to be housed and run by universities independently so the state-of-the-art scanner housed at Cumberland can now be accessed by students at Central Queensland University, Charles Sturt, Curtin, Monash University, the University of Newcastle, Queensland University of Technology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of South Australia.

Leading academics from each of these universities were present for the opening, and had the opportunity to attend user group workshops in the afternoon, hosted by experts from the University of Sydney. Also present at the event were clinical educators, representatives from professional bodies and the HWA.

One of the many benefits to students of using this facility is gaining basic skills before going out on clinical placements, saving the precious time of clinical educators. A range of phantoms can be used with NETRAD including an adult whole body phantom and a paediatric phantom, modeled on a 7-year-old.

Health Sciences at the University of Sydney

Sydney Health Sciences has a proud history of working with its network of researchers, industry and community partners around the world to produce some Australia’s leading clinicians and foremost thinkers in the health sciences and social policy fields.

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Find out more about studying health sciences at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about how you can study in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Bond University’s new sporting facilities attracting professional attention

Bond University is leading the way in its new sports delivery strategy that offers world-class, high-performance facilities, which are attracting attention from sporting organizations around the country and overseas, the university reports.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) under 20s side are at Bond University now, in the midst of their first training camp from April 29 to May 5 before they travel to France for the IRB Junior World Championship in June. In addition, Papua New Guinea’s National side arrived last week for their training camp from April 24 until May 4. The two teams have scheduled a trial game when they cross over at Bond University on Thursday, May 2 at 3 p.m.

Last month, Bond University hosted the training camp for the Super 15 Rugby team, The Bulls, and on May 7 and 8 the top-placed South African team from Durban, the Sharks, will train and prepare at Bond University ahead of its weekend clash against the Queensland Reds.

This translates not only into access to high level training facilities for the athletes, but also provides Bond students, particularly those in Bond’s prestigious Sport and Exercise Science programming, and Master of Sports Management program, experience with professional athletes.

Bond said a big draw card for the professional teams and new students interested is studying in the Master of Sports Management program, is the Bond Institute of Health and Sport. Formerly the Centre of Excellence at Robina, the Bond Institute of Health and Sport is set to open in May with students being taught from the world-class facility. Sporting groups will also have access to leading sport scientists and sport testing facilities, according to the university.

Bond University is reporting that the professional rugby teams will have access to and benefit from the university’s new high-performance sports facilities and the re-energized and reconstructed sports fields. They will also have accommodation available, use of the lecture rooms and the recovery facilities, gym and pool, Bond noted.

Bond University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships, Catherine O’Sullivan, told the university that partnering with professional teams for their rugby camps offers mutual benefits.

“Having the ability to provide world-class training facilities and hospitality to these professional sporting teams provides a unique experience for their competition preparation, but also phenomenal real world experience for Bond students who are exposed to these athletes,” she told Bond.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Bond University is dedicated to shaping health professionals who are distinguished not just by their superior clinical skills, but by their ethics, compassion and humanity. The Faculty’s extensive range of subject offerings in the fields of medicine, biomedical science, children’s services, sports science and sports management combine research-based teaching knowledge with supervised professional experience.

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Find out more about studying at Bond University and the high-quality facilities opening soon for Master of Sports Management students at Bond! Learn more about other health sciences programs available at Australian universities. Apply through OzTREKK today and find out how you can study in Australia.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Bond University Turning Titans’ Building into Exercise and Sports Science Hub

Bond University will soon take occupancy of a recently purchased building, which is being renovated to be the new Bond Institute of Health and Sport.

The university bought the former Gold Coast Titans’ Centre of Excellence building in September and announced last month that the School of Health and Science will be based there.

Bond has worked to establish itself as a national leader in Exercise and Sports Science education and research in Australia, and the building’s new purpose will find students in the midst of a health and sports environment. The building’s location is next to the Robina Hospital and adjacent to the Skilled Park stadium.

“It means that Bond will be in a health and sports hub that will provide unparalleled opportunities and access for our physiotherapy, sports and exercise science and sports management students and professors,” Bond University Vice-Chancellor professor, Tim Brailsford, told the university when the announcement was made. “Our students will have access to and gain first-hand experience in world-class health and sport training facilities and study alongside professional athletes and industry leaders.”

Bond University is set to occupy three floors of the six-floor building while the Titans continue to use the first floor as well as the gym area. The fourth floor is planned to become a community meeting place for interaction with focus on indigenous education, the university said.

The building will be the central point of Bond’s much-heralded $14-million, three-year Collaborative Research Network Advancing Sports Science project. According to the university, the project sees Bond working with the Australian Institute of Sport, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney.

In addition to the many plans for student advancement, there was also talk last month of the building’s potential to attract other national and international professional sporting teams and events.

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

James Cook University Faces the Bare Facts on Running

Is Barefoot Running better?

Running barefoot may be more beneficial for your feet and ankles than wearing expensive running shoes, according to a James Cook University expert in the field.

Dr Robert Crowther, an exercise physiologist and lecturer at JCU‘s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said it was a relatively recent topic of discussion in the wider community.

“My particular interest is in barefoot running or walking and the impact of shoe design on both walking and running,” he said. “Essentially, I am examining the new fad of ‘ditching the joggers’.”

Dr Crowther said the new ‘fad’ involved either running barefoot, or with modern footwear such as the Vibram 5-fingers, a rubber secondary skin with defined toes.
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