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Friday, November 17th, 2017

UQ Business School MBA tops Australia yet again

The University of Queensland Business School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has ranked first in Australia and the Asia-Pacific and 16th in the world in the 2017 Economist MBA rankings.

UQ Business School MBA tops Australia yet again

Study at UQ Business School!

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s full-time MBA program was in a class of its own, with The Economist recognising it as a clear league leader outside the United States and Europe for the sixth consecutive year.

“Our strong performance in this highly respected ranking is undoubtedly the result of the hard work and dedication of staff, students and alumni, and we look forward to further growing and shaping the program into the future,” he said.

Only three Australian universities were placed among the world’s top-50 MBA programs in the ranking, which considers student outcomes based on student feedback and post-MBA achievements including salaries for the three years after completing the program.

“The fact that we did so well is particularly impressive given the slide in the Australian dollar and the resources sector downturn.”

UQ Business School MBA Program Director Associate Professor Tim Kastelle said the MBA program was designed to help people achieve their ambitions.

“This ranking is an excellent reflection of the fact that it is successfully doing so.”

UQ’s MBA program has also earned a five-star Graduate Management Association of Australia rating for the 13thyear running.

About the UQ MBA

UQ Business School is also known for its strong links with the business world and its lecturers act as consultants to leading companies worldwide. This means that knowledge gained through research is tested in the high-pressure world of consultancy which ensures teaching is always fresh and relevant. The MBA integrates theory, real-life practice and personal reflection to develop principled, innovative leaders who solve complex problems and produce systemic change.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 year
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year

Apply to the UQ Business School!


Find out more about UQ Business School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

University of Sydney moves up in latest global rankings

The University of Sydney has placed 34th in the world in the latest US News Best Global Universities rankings.

The excellent result sees the university move from 45th place last year and maintain its second position in the national rankings.

University of Sydney moves up in latest global rankings

The University of Sydney moves up in world rankings

“The university’s high-quality research is the main reason for our continuing success in these prestigious rankings. It reflects our ongoing commitment to being a leading comprehensive, research-intensive university in Australia and the world,” said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said, “Our Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Public Health and Clinical Medicine research excelled in this year’s rankings.”

For example, Professor Pippa Norris, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations, has led a global Electoral Integrity Project which has recently compared 241 parliamentary and presidential elections in 158 countries around the world.

“Not only has her team’s work resulted in a large number of high-quality publications, but has also generated an enormous amount of media and public attention at a time when electoral systems are under increasing scrutiny around the world,” Professor Ivison said.

Another timely example is the recent report by Associate Professor Philip Alpers, from the Sydney School of Public Health, whose research findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that while gun deaths have declined since Australia’s gun reforms, no state or territory fully complies with the laws.

The US News Best Global rankings were established in 2014 use Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science database, formerly known as Thomson-Reuters, to rank the top 1,250 institutions globally (increased from 1,000 last year).  Factors such as reputation, publications, books, conferences, international collaboration and citations are considered.

Internationally Harvard University is the top ranked institution.

Popular schools for Canadians at the University of Sydney


Think you might be interested in studying at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK to find out more: info@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Griffith Medical School scholarship application deadline extended

Have you applied to Griffith Medical School?

Griffith Medical School scholarship application deadline extended

Find out how you can study at Griffith Medical School

The Griffith Medical School is known for its innovation and excellence in medical research and education. Griffith MD students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the brand new Gold Coast University Hospital.

The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year graduate-entry program and focuses on four major themes:
1. Doctor and Patient
2. Knowledge of Health and Illness
3. Doctor and Health in the Community
4. Doctor and Law, Ethics and Professional Practice

And, guess what? Griffith offers a scholarship for the Doctor of Medicine program and has extended this deadline to November 30.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

For: High-achieving graduates applying for the Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith University
Available to: New students commencing in Trimester 1, 2018
Level of study: Postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $5,000 in total (two tuition payments of $2500 each)
Duration: Up to 4 years of study
Program of study: Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 30, 2017

Applicants are required to write a personal statement addressing three questions (200 words per question):

  1. Demonstration your knowledge of the profession of medicine and the broader role of medicine in the health care system.
  2. Demonstration your leadership and teamwork skills. Please also indicate your plans for the future.
  3. Outline any challenges you have faced in your education and in what way you have sought to overcome these challenges.


Would you like more information about this scholarship and about studying at Griffith Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Monday, November 13th, 2017

JCU researchers look at innovative ways to solve the GP shortage in the bush

Researchers from the JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry have been awarded $150,000 to investigate how best to address the GP shortage in the bush.

“For decades, rural and remote regions across north and western Queensland have struggled to attract and retain specialist GPs,” said Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Director of Medical Education at JCU.

JCU researchers looking at innovative ways to solve the GP shortage in the bush

JCU medicine graduates are uniquely qualified to work in rural and remote areas

“James Cook University is working to address the crisis through its specialist GP training program to build a rural, regional and remote health workforce for the most underserved regions across the state,” Professor Sen Gupta said.

The JCU team is working in partnership with researchers from the Monash University School of Rural Health.

The funding will enable the research team to determine where the GP shortage is greatest, and how best to ensure specialist GP training places can be established to meet the demand.

They’ll also identify innovative training and supervision models to increase the delivery of high quality GP registrar training in underserved communities.

“We aim to identify the challenges and opportunities associated with developing and strengthening the provision of high-quality training in areas of greatest need, and to increase rural workforce recruitment and retention,” said lead researcher, Associate Professor Carole Reeve from JCU’s specialist GP training program, GMT.

“Results from the study will assist JCU’s Generalist Medical Training (GMT) program to work with communities and practices to strengthen health care in underserved north and west Queensland communities,” Associate Professor Carole Reeve said.

Professor Sen Gupta said there’s strong evidence that JCU medical graduates are practicing in regional and rural locations in a very different pattern of distribution to that of other medical schools.

“JCU’s GMT program has enhanced this by training registrars in rural and remote locations, where many remain after completing training,” Professor Sen Gupta said.

“This study will help better understand where the need is greatest, and how we can recruit graduates to train and work in the most underserved communities.”

About GMT

Generalist Medical Training is James Cook University’s specialist training program within the College of Medicine and Dentistry. This program has been contracted by the Australian Government Department of Health to deliver Australian General Practice training (AGPT) in North Western Queensland. The AGPT program is a vocational training program for medical graduates (registrars) who are pursuing a career in the specialty of General Practice.

About the JCU Medical Program

JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry medical program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia. Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 6 years


Discover more about JCU and its medicine program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

6 interesting things about studying occupational therapy

The University of Sydney followed second-year Bachelor of Applied science (Occupational Therapy) student Clement Lim around on a typical day on campus to ask him 15 questions about studying occupational therapy—why he chose it, what he likes about it, and what surprised him most about university life.

Here are six things interesting things about studying occupational therapy at the University of Sydney from Clement.

1. Why he chose an occupational therapy degree

Studying occupational therapy can make a genuine difference to people’s lives. When why he chose an occupational therapy degree, he said his main reason was “to empower others in the best way I can.”

Sydney occupational therapy students learn to help people with disabilities and those recovering from injury or with ongoing conditions to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life. Students also learn alternative techniques that help people to achieve a given task and facilitate skill improvement.

2. What he learns in the practical classes

Occupational therapy students participate in practical classes in the OT Annex at Cumberland campus.

“The OT Annex contains some of the mobility equipment and assistive devices that we will prescribe to our clients should they require it,” explained Clement. “These include wheelchairs, crutches, hoists, slide sheets, transfer boards, walkers, over-toilet aids, and modified utensils (just to name a few), which essentially allow clients to be able to live independently and safely in a dignified manner.

“In our lessons, we learn about the functions of the equipment, how to operate them, what are the safety considerations, and what are the conditions that may require the use of this equipment.”

3. What surprised him about being at university

Studying occupational therapy offers students a supportive environment in which to learn. They are taught by leading academics, clinicians and researchers who play an important role the healthcare community. The student experience at university is a time to learn, change, grow and for recent high school graduates, and it’s often an opportunity to become more independent. Clement said that he was most surprised by the autonomy that he now has as a university student.

4. How quickly he was able to undertake a placement

Clement has already been able to gain real-world experience during a clinical placement at Liverpool Hospital’s cardiology ward.

“As it was my first placement, I was involved in doing the initial assessments of the clients, where we find out information that is pertinent to the care of the client, so that we can be better informed and gain a holistic understanding of our client to provide the best form of care that is tailored to their needs.

“My placement also provided me with further insights onto the different cardiovascular diseases and their impacts, which are often devastating, and can be insidious at times. Notably, I also learn about the wider healthcare system in Sydney, and what are the different policies implemented that support both clients and healthcare professionals,” said Clement.

5. What is his favourite subject

Clement’s favourite subject is neuroscience—the study of the nervous system of the human body, which includes learning about the structures involved (anatomy) and their role in our daily life (physiology).

“Essentially, we learn in greater depth about the brain and the spinal cord, and how these structures contain many other smaller structures and pathways that are crucial for life and functioning, which when damaged, can lead to disastrous effects.

“We also learn about the different structures and organs in our face and how they work; namely the eye, the ear, and the vestibular system. It is interesting to see first-hand how our daily subconscious actions involved so many intricate and delicate operations within our nervous system, especially since they are often done without much conscious thought and may even be unbeknownst to us!” said Clement.

6. How much he loves studying with different people

As highly trained and valued professionals, occupational therapists work with a diverse range of people, including other healthcare professionals and clients from all walks of life. Clement has loved that he has been able to study and work alongside people from a diverse range of backgrounds from around Australia and the world.

“My classmates are awesome! Everyone helps and supports one another in our learning; which makes the learning environment a conducive and optimal one.

“It is always interesting and exciting to talk to them and hear their ideas during class participations, which contains many thought-provoking and novel perspectives. Consequently, the class becomes spirited and learning becomes lively!” said Clement.

6 interesting things about studying occupational therapy

Learn more about Sydney occupational therapy degrees

About Occupational Therapy Degrees at the University of Sydney

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

The Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy is very popular among Canadian students. During this two-year degree, you will cover a wide range of topics including theories of what people do in daily life and why; knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g., cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them; activity and environmental analysis; and theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life. As part of your studies, you will complete more 1,000 hours of clinical placements, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and gain hands-on experience with real clients.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) program covers a wide range of topics including theories of what people do in daily life and why; knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g., cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them; activity and environmental analysis; and theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life. Professional practice is an integral part of the program, and fieldwork education consists of block placements and other guided learning experiences.

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 4 years


Do you have any questions about studying occupational therapy at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Macquarie University and Cochlear partner for hearing research and audiology education

Macquarie University and Cochlear have recently announced the establishment of the co-funded Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Healthy Ageing at Macquarie University, a role that will strengthen and formalise the strategic collaboration between the organisations.

Macquarie University and Cochlear partner for hearing research and audiology education

Macquarie’s Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton (left) and Cochlear’s President Dig Howitt (Image credit: Jo Stephan, Macquarie University)

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions and focuses on technology innovations to treat a range of moderate to profound types of hearing loss. The company has long supported clinically focused hearing research, audiology education and advocacy in hearing health care.

The Cochlear Chair at Macquarie University will align this focus with the university’s own commitments in hearing research and education, as well as clinical practice and advocacy. The Chair will oversee the implementation of collaborative research and education strategies, with the long-term goal of developing a leading platform for further impactful research in hearing in Australia.

The announcement was made at Cochlear headquarters by Macquarie’s Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton, together with Cochlear’s President Dig Howitt, who was recently announced as Cochlear’s next Chief Executive Officer effective January 3 next year.

“Around 3.6 million Australians are affected by hearing loss, a number that will double by 2060 as the population ages. Macquarie University and Cochlear continue to commit ourselves to addressing that major health priority,” said Professor Dowton.

“Macquarie is home to the Macquarie Hearing Hub, and Cochlear continues to lead the market with innovative new hearing technologies—together we exemplify the strategic industry-academic engagement called for in the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, and we are in a good position for further impactful research in the hearing space.”

In addition to its commitment to the Cochlear Chair, Cochlear has also committed to provide financial support for the ongoing research activities of the university’s Professor of Hearing, Language & The Brain and Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor David McAlpine.

“Hearing loss is a major public health problem. There is increasing evidence of the importance of hearing to overall health, especially as people age. Developing evidence of the impact of untreated hearing loss on people’s health and the economy, and the effectiveness of treatments, is critical to ensuring hearing loss is treated appropriately. We are proud to sponsor the Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Healthy Ageing at Macquarie and to provide support to Professor McAlpine’s research. Professor McAlpine has already made significant contributions to the fields of audiology and hearing,” said Cochlear President Dig Howitt.

Cochlear moved its purpose-built global headquarters to Macquarie University’s North Ryde campus in 2010, allowing a strategic collaboration to grow in support of research, learning and teaching and advocacy around hearing health. This partnership has only increased in strength and benefit to the hearing health community, particularly with Macquarie’s establishment of the Australian Hearing Hub in 2013, which brings together a variety of research centres and hearing stakeholders.

Study Audiology at Macquarie University

The audiology program at Macquarie Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 2 years

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!


Find out more about studying audiology at Macquarie University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@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


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

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Lindsay’s tips: random things from home to take with you to Australia

Hey, OzTREKKers! Meet Lindsay Rewi, a “behind the scenes” admissions officer here at OzTREKK. Lindsay works with Admissions Officer Heather Brown on all the rehabilitation sciences and various other undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Lindsay's tips: random things from home to take with you to Australia

Hanging out with the roos

Have you applied to optometry, occupational therapy, underwater archaeology? Thank Lindsay for handling all your application files and making sure everything is submitted correctly to the universities!

OK, we’ll let Lindsay take over now.

Lindsay’s tips:  Random things from home to take with you to Australia (because you will miss them!)

I spent a year in Australia, both working and exploring back in 2008 and I would like to share with you a few things I wish I had brought with me from home, as I missed them almost immediately….

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (or any chocolate with peanut butter). This isn’t really a thing in Australia. Many people didn’t even know you can do peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I am not kidding. So weird.

Lindsay's tips: random things from home to take with you to Australia

Take time to enjoy your trip!

I am a hot sauce fan, especially Frank’s RedHot sauce, and I couldn’t find this anywhere over there. Super depressing! So if you are like me, you better plan to bring a big bottle with you! (Although pack some soft stuff around it in your suitcase so you don’t end up with a hot sauce explosion in your bag!)

If you are going to be in Australia at Christmas time, bring a few Christmas reminders from home to help with the holidays. I found it super hard to get ready for Christmas in 40° heat and beach days. So my mom sent me a care package with all my favourite Christmas movies, my stocking (filled with Canadian treats) and a few decorations from the tree that reminded me of home.

For my carry-on luggage, I opted for a hiking backpack with a laptop compartment and expandable areas, so that I could also use it for travel and adventures once in Australia. This was such a smart purchase and I highly recommend it!

Aside from that, my greatest tip is to make the most of your time! Do as many adventures and day trips that you can. See everything! Take risks! You’ll come back with sooo many incredible stories. 😊

Bon Voyage!


Are you getting ready to study in Australia? Need extra tips? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

JCU to fight disabling tropical diseases with WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has picked James Cook University as a partner to battle diseases that kill more than a million people and make more than a billion people sick every year.

JCU to fight disabling tropical diseases with WHO

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (Image: JCU)

JCU’s College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences (CPHMVS) has been designated a WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (VBDs and NTDs)—recognising a long history of collaboration with WHO and providing a formal framework for future joint activities.

For the past 20 years JCU has been a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for the Control of Lymphatic Filariasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminths and other Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Professor Peter Leggat, co-Director of the new WHOCC said the new designation means JCU will be broadening its remit to include the control of some of the world’s most neglected tropical diseases, such as dengue and leprosy.

“We are thrilled to be working ever more closely with WHO and our network of partners towards controlling and eliminating some of these serious tropical diseases. The designation reflects our historic contributions to WHO, and our broad expertise and deep commitment in the field,” he said.

“Through the CPHMVS and the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), JCU has established itself as a leading academic centre globally in education and research in tropical health and medicine,” said Professor Leggat.

“The WHOCC’s expertise will be extremely valuable in supporting WHO’s capacity to implement its mandated work in the global control of tropical diseases, for example in its long-term vision of a world free from blinding trachoma and leprosy,” he said.

“The burden caused by vector borne diseases, which account for 1/6th of human illnesses and disability suffered worldwide, and neglected tropical diseases, many of which are carried by vectors like mosquitoes and ticks, account for at least 11% of the global burden of disease. Some of them occur in tropical and subtropical Australia, such as trachoma, intestinal worms and dengue,” said Professor Maxine Whittaker, co-Director of the new WHOCC.

“We know that neglected tropical diseases affect neglected populations: the 1.4 billion people who are classified as the world’s poorest, and for whom accessible health services, clean water and good sanitation, are not available. Every year there are more than 1 billion cases and over 1 million deaths from vector-borne diseases, globally,” she said.

Professor Whittaker said the college will support WHO’s capacity building priorities for effective control of vector borne and neglected tropical diseases, including the scale-up and evaluation of WHO-recommended surveillance and response, control and elimination strategies.

“In addition to their impact on health, vector borne and neglected tropical diseases contribute to an immense social and economic burden and can perpetuate the cycle of poverty. However, many of these diseases are easily preventable, and may be eliminated with improved water and sanitation, vector control, and universally accessible primary health care, as part of the sustainable development goals.

“The WHOCC will support a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to people’s health and well-being,” said Professor Whittaker.

She said JCU will also continue to work in the field of elimination of lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).

Professor Whittaker said in addition to the invaluable work of providing assistance to affected countries and peoples, the WHOCC has the potential to provide placements and work integrated learning opportunities for JCU students as well as research education and research collaborations.

Professor Peter Leggat, AM, is Professor in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and currently President of The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine.

Professor Maxine Whittaker is the Dean of the College and Deputy Director of the AITHM.

JCU has one of the largest postgraduate programs in public health in Australia with more than 900 students enrolled. Courses include a popular Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine program and these courses have received national and international recognition.

Study medicine at JCU Medical School

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 6 years

Study public health at JCU

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July each year
Duration: 1.5 years


Discover more about studying medicine or public health at Australia’s Tropical University, JCU!

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Getting ready to study in Australia: OzTREKK Pre-departure Meet & Greets

It’s that time of year again—so many of our students are getting ready to go to Australia! Whether you have already accepted your offer, will be doing so in the next few weeks, you are invited to attend an OzTREKK Pre-departure Meet & Greet!

OzTREKK Pre-depature Meet & Greets!

See you soon!

So, what happens during an OzTREKK Pre-Departure Meet & Greet?

This year, we’ll be holding our pre-dep events in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, and these are must-not-miss events! We are not kidding on this one: our students who turn up to learn about what they need to organize prior to leaving Canada and what to expect when they arrive in Australia are far more prepared! Bring your parents or BFF, and take advantage of the opportunity to meet your future uni mates!

While we will have a few short presentations, it won’t all be boring: we’ve got trivia and prizes, a photo booth, and a parent-networking section where parents can discuss their concerns and get their questions answered! Mostly, we just want all of you to have fun and to feel comfortable before heading off to study in Australia.

OzTREKK Pre-Departure Meet & Greets

Toronto: November 4, 2017 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
Vancouver: November 12, 2017 (4 – 7 p.m.)
Calgary: November 13, 2017 (4 – 7 p.m.)

Watch a Live, Online OzTREKK Pre-departure Webinar

Not to worry: For OzTREKK students who are unable to attend an in-person pre-dep event, you can still join our online webinars and get the important info you need before you leave for Australia—because why would we leave you hanging? Even if you attended a meet and greet, you’re still welcome to join the webinars.

  • Pre-departure 101 – October 25
  • Financing Your Studies (with CIBC) – November 6
  • Transferring Money with Cohortpay – November 20
  • Accommodation – UQ, JCU, Griffith, Bond – November 9
  • Accommodation – Sydney, Melbourne, Macquarie – November 16
  • Accommodation – UWA, CSU, Newcastle, Monash – November 23

And when all else fails, you’ll be getting weekly pre-departure preparation emails from your admissions officer so you can stay on top of your to-do list.


You will be receiving our Meet & Greet details and webinar log-in info from your admissions officer—stay tuned!