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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

James Cook University celebrates 25 years of nursing

James Cook University is proud to celebrate 25 years of nursing graduates serving northern Queensland communities.

James Cook University celebrates 25 years of nursing

Celebrating 25 years of JCU nursing graduates (Photo: JCU)

Head of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition at JCU, Professor Melanie Birks said the silver jubilee is about celebrating the achievements of nursing  graduates and the important role they play in northern Queensland and beyond.

“JCU has graduated many nurses and midwives who have gone on to make a difference to the communities we serve,” said Professor Birks. “We are exceptionally proud of our staff, students and graduates and value our excellent relationships with industry partners. Marking our twenty-five years of producing a major component of the healthcare workforce in this region formalises this pride in our achievements.”

To mark the occasion, the university is naming a lecture theatre at the Townsville campus after the late Emeritus Professor Barbara Hayes OAM. Professor Hayes was the Foundation Head of the Department of Nursing Sciences and Foundation Professor of Nursing Sciences, and her contribution helped shape the cultural foundations of what is today the College of Healthcare Sciences.

A member of the first cohort and current JCU senior lecturer Dr Narelle Biedermann completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Hayes. She said Professor Hayes is remembered for strengthening and developing the academic side of nursing and midwifery in Australia, and her teaching continues to resonate with current students at JCU.

“We were always told we could make a real difference, and that the learning and care and research we were carrying out was important work,” said Dr Biedermann. “That message is still the same today although the buildings and the learning methods have changed.”

The JCU Department of Nursing was the university’s first undergraduate health science department and the first university school of nursing in the Tropics in Australia. It opened in 1990 and there were 70 in the first graduating class of 1993, who are known as the Auroras.

About the JCU Bachelor of Nursing

Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intakes: February or July
Program duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma. A minimum GPA of 67% in the best six Ontario Grade 12 subjects or equivalent for students from other provinces. If you have completed post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level, those grades will also be considered. Applicants must also have completed the prerequisite subject of English at the high-school level. Biology, chemistry and any high school studies in mathematics are recommended.

Apply to JCU Nursing School!

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For more information about studying nursing, contact Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Join the Monash pharmacy webinar Oct. 12 to find out why they are ranked #2 in the world

Pharmacy is a rewarding career, but it’s also a challenging and demanding one.

Think about the rows upon rows of medicines behind a pharmacy counter. A pharmacist needs to have an in-depth knowledge of what every single one of those products does, how it might be of benefit and how it might do potential harm.

 Join the Monash pharmacy webinar Oct. 12

Learn more about studying at Monash Pharmacy

And that’s just the scientific side of the job.

Consider the hundreds of customers who will visit that pharmacist each day, each one with a specific ailment and a particular way of dealing with it; a different approach to medicine, a different level of scientific understanding (if any), a different set of language skills. Some will need a little bit of help, many will need a lot.

A pharmacist’s technical knowledge needs to be matched by his or her communication skills. In the vast majority of cases, a pharmacist is dealing directly with people and, without the ability to convey information well, or to understand patients’ concerns, they are really just a repository of very important information. So when Monash Pharmacy looks for students to join the faculty, they seek those who are both academically able and willing to learn the soft skills that are so vital for success in this profession—not only communication, but also teamwork, emotional empathy and the ability to make good judgments.

Monash Pharmacy Webinar

Want more details about studying pharmacy at Monash University? Great news: Monash will be hosting a webinar on Oct. 12 with the course director, a senior academic, and a current student  who will discuss the faculty, the pharmacy course, and the resulting career opportunities. Everyone is encouraged to be interactive and to ask questions via chat during the Q&A section.

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Time: 5 – 6 p.m. Vancouver; 8 – 9 p.m. Ontario

Please note all attendees must register in advance.

This information session uses the ZOOM webinar service. All you need is an internet connected computer with speakers (or a headset). At the advertised time, you just need to follow the webinar URL that will be emailed to you after registering. A small plugin will install the first time you use the program.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Monash’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Find out more about this webinar and about the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 29th, 2017

UQ speech pathology ranked number one in Australia by students

The UQ Speech Pathology program has been ranked number one Australia wide by students for teaching quality and educational experience.

UQ speech pathology ranked number one in Australia by students

OzTREKK student Mackenzie enjoyed her time in the UQ speech pathology program

More than 178,000 students from Australian universities and non-university higher-education institutions rated their experiences in the 2016 federal Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) survey.

More than 94% of speech pathology students at UQ were satisfied with the quality of their “entire educational experience” and over 97% were satisfied with the “quality of teaching.”

The impressive results continued with students ranking the program number two on the skill development scale (student satisfaction 92.9%), and the learning resources scale (student satisfaction 94.7%).

I was surprised by the amount of real clinical expertise integrated into the learning environment. Not only does the course offer clinics each semester for the students, but the teachers also use their real clinical experience and expertise to promote learning and to allow students to think through clinical situations they may experience one day.”

OzTREKK student Mackenzie Gunn

UQ Speech Pathology Head Dr Nerina Scarinci said the results were a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire speech pathology team, including course coordinators, lecturers, tutors, and clinical educators, who all work together to ensure an exceptional experience for students.

“The UQ speech pathology team provide the best of both worlds for students, with expert knowledge and experience in both research and clinical practice,” Dr Scarinci said.

Final-year speech pathology student Monica Gehrke said she has found the lecturers at UQ to be experts in the fields they lecture in and passionate about the content they teach.

“Many lecturers provide insight and examples from their first-hand experiences in an area, so students are assured that the information being taught is highly relevant and applicable,” Ms Gehrke said.

The variety of opportunities provided to students include clinical placements from first semester, simulated learning opportunities in paediatrics, acute care, swallowing, and voice disorders, overseas placements, and interprofessional courses.

Second-year speech pathology student Isabella Loeskow moved from Bundaberg to live in one of the colleges at the St Lucia campus when she began her studies.

“Moving from my family and friends in Bundaberg to study speech pathology in Brisbane was a daunting but exciting move. I’m thoroughly enjoying my studies and in particular the placement opportunities.

“As I’m interested in working with children it was great to be able to do a full day placement at a school last year to get an understanding of what’s involved in this area of speech pathology.

“This year, we work for half a day every week in the UQ clinics. We see patients with a variety of experiences and this provides us with an opportunity to see what it would be like working in the real world as a speech pathologist.”

As one of Australia’s leading health and rehabilitation educators, the school has internationally recognised and award-winning teaching and research staff, inspiring alumni and high-quality students produced every year.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Head Professor Louise Hickson congratulated academic and professional staff on their hard work to deliver quality course structures and exceptional teaching standards.

“We are very lucky to have a team who work closely together and thoroughly enjoy sharing their energy and enthusiasm for speech pathology to the next generation of clinicians.”

About the UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next intake: July 2018
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2018

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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Find out more about the UQ speech pathology program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Have a degree? You can get your pharmacy degree in just two years!

Pharmacy degrees are great: you finish high school and then move directly to your professional four-year degree. Another bonus: Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees are recognized internationally, so if you intend to practice in Canada, you would first apply for certification through your provincial regulatory body. Many OzTREKK students have followed this path and are now practicing pharmacists in Canada.

Have a degree? You can get your pharmacy degree in just two years!

Get your pharmacy degree in just two years at Monash Pharmacy

Introducing graduate-entry pharmacy at Monash University

If you hold a relevant degree, you may be able to enter into the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), receiving credit for much of the first two years of the program. That means you’ll finish your degree in two years.

What will you study?

If you enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) via the graduate-entry pathway, you will complete a pass/fail unit that runs just over four weeks and must be passed in order to receive credit for the first two years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (January – February). Upon successfully completing the summer unit, you will then enter the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)!

Entry requirements

You will be eligible for the graduate-entry program if you have a minimum average of 70% (distinction or equivalent) and have graduated from a relevant degree in the last 10 years. Relevant degrees include

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Bachelor of Health Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Science with subject completions in chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and mathematics.

If you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Monash will take into account the number of relevant subjects you’ve completed:

  • chemistry
  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • pharmacology
  • mathematics

The units completed in the degree should be relevant and science-based. If a number of electives have been completed in arts, for instance, there may not be enough relevancy for consideration.

January 2018 will be the last intake for the graduate-entry Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program. From 2019, Monash will be offering a graduate-entry pathway into the new three-year Bachelor of Pharmacy(Hons) / Master of Pharmacy program. This degree combo will allow students to graduate with both a bachelor and a master in only 3 years. See the video for more info:

About the Monash University Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) Program

Monash’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Discover more about the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy?

There is often confusion between physiotherapy and occupational therapy. There are significant differences between the two professions, but also many areas where they overlap.

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy?

OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills

  • Physiotherapy (or physical therapy) is a health care profession with a focus on assessing, improving and restoring physical function.
  • Occupational therapy also looks at physical function, but extends this to consider how this affects your ability to engage in occupation such as daily activities, leisure and work.

Occupational therapy also addresses the range of requirements for the patient including their mental and emotional well-being. Occupational therapists also have the knowledge and training to work with people with a mental illness or emotional problems such as depression and/or stress. Occupational therapists are also trained in adapting the environment or prescribing special equipment to help people reach their full potential.

OTs often work alongside physiotherapists, as part of a team of health professionals. While some areas may seem to overlap, (for example hand therapy), occupational therapists use and adapt occupations to treat or prevent occupational dysfunction due to physical, mental or environmental factors.

You will find occupational therapists working with patients across the human lifespan from infants to aged care and end of life. OTs work across the spectrum of services from mental health to acute medical and surgical services in various areas:

  • Aged care
  • Child health services
  • Community health services
  • Disability services
  • Independent living centres
  • Mental health services
  • Non-government organisations
  • Private practice
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Research and development
  • Schools and tertiary education
  • Workplace health

Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy

Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy degree will take just two years full time to complete because of Bond’s unique accelerated three-semesters-a-year structure.

The program is the first occupational therapy master’s degree in Australia to provide the opportunity to complete a clinical research project or undertake business electives in preparation for an occupational therapy career in health management or private practice.

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

Apply to the Bond Master of Occupational Therapy program!

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Do you have questions about studying at Bond Occupational Therapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Melbourne optometry application deadline approaching

Are you interested in studying optometry? University of Melbourne optometry applications will be closing October 27, 2017. 

Melbourne optometry application deadline approaching

Find out more about Melbourne optometry!

The Doctor of Optometry is a four-year program and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Melbourne optometry graduates combine depth and breadth of optometric practice knowledge. Students will participate in a rigorous graduate-level learning experience, which fosters the development of sophisticated clinical skills and a respect for the value of evidence-based practice; will be trained to work in an ever-changing and complex environment, which utilize leadership and clinical skills; and will be eligible to register to practice as a therapeutically endorsed optometrist in Australia, and to register to practice in several overseas countries.

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must comply with the following:

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects

Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes three subjects at level 2 or level 3 (or equivalent) from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.

2. Write the OAT
Applicants will be required to complete an admissions test, either the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). There is no minimum OAT score; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive. All test results are valid for two years.

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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Do you have any questions about the Melbourne optometry program? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Fast facts about Monash Pharmacy

Did you know? Fast facts about studying at Monash Pharmacy School

Fast facts about Monash Pharmacy

Study at the #1 pharmacy school in Australia—Monash University!

Monash University is #2 in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017). That makes Monash the #1 pharmacy school in Australia. Monash’s high ranking allows them to attract internationally influential academics to teach you and shape your curriculum. Attending Monash gives you a chance to learn from these academic leaders and see their research up close. You’ll have access to some of the country’s best-equipped facilities, alongside innovative teaching technologies such as MyDispense—a web-based program that combines more than 300 virtual patients and 1,500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice.

Monash offers Australia’s first combined Bachelor and Master of Pharmacy, from 2017. Since it’s an undergraduate-entry program, you won’t have to sit separate examinations to apply for entry and there’s no need for a separate application for the master’s. That means you can begin your pathway into pharmacy straight out of high school. And a master’s-level qualification is highly regarded internationally.

Monash Pharmacy students do a one-year paid internship, providing valuable real-world experience! Earn up to $40k AUD while you learn. The fifth year of the course entails a paid internship, so not only do you get valuable work experience required for registration, you also get paid for it.

Casual work available in Melbourne. Many students (both domestic and international) find casual employment at local pharmacies. All international students are permitted to work up to 40 hours every two weeks.

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

About the Monash Pharmacy program

Degree: Bachelor of Pharmacy / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged by Monash Pharmacy to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Would you like more info about Monash Pharmacy and about the new Bachelor/Master of Pharmacy combined degree? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

JCU veterinary alumni in running to be new Bondi Vet

Three JCU veterinary alumni are in the running to become TV’s newest vet star.

JCU Vet

Bondi Vet is a popular Australian television show (Photo via: JCU)

Three Bachelor of Veterinary Science graduates from James Cook University, Campbell Costello, Sheridan Lathe and Stuart Cunningham, are among the top 50 hopefuls vying to become the next Bondi Vet.

Bondi Vet is an Australian factual television series following the lives of veterinary surgeon Chris Brown at the Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital (near Bondi Beach), and emergency veterinarian Lisa Chimes at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde.

The creators of Bondi Vet, WFTN Entertainment, announced an Australia-wide search for the next star of the popular television show, asking members of the public to nominate and vote for their favourite vet.

The top 50 long list includes veterinarians from around Australia, including the three JCU alumni:

Dr Campbell Costello (class of 2010) is a veterinary agent for hire and has been involved in veterinary contracts around Australia and the world including the Iditarod in Alaska, the Mongol Derby in Mongolia and the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan.

Dr Sheridan Lathe (class of 2011) travels around the world with her husband on their yacht, providing assistance to zoos, clinics and animal rescue groups to educate staff, treat animals and raise awareness about animal health in local communities.

Dr Stuart Cunningham (class of 2013) works at Vetlove in Brisbane where he says no two days are the same. The highlight of his job is getting to know his patients and watching them grow with their families.

About JCU Veterinary School

The JCU veterinary program has been offered since 2006. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent disease in a wide range of animals including companion animals, farm animals, aquatic species and native fauna. In addition, students will acquire a thorough knowledge of animal production systems, particularly tropical animal husbandry and aquaculture.

This veterinary science program offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities in a new veterinary emergency and referral clinic on the Townsville campus and a specialist large-animal treatment facility on the tablelands, which provide clinical experience and training for final-year students.

Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2017

Apply to JCU Veterinary School!

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For more information about JCU Veterinary School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Monash University offers $4000 relocation grant for international pharmacy students

Studying pharmacy at Monash University not only offers you the chance to experience life in another country, but it also gives you the opportunity to qualify as a pharmacist much more quickly than you would in Canada and begin your career earlier.

Australian universities offer pharmacy degrees at an undergraduate level, which means you can enter straight from high school without needing to complete a university degree first.

Monash

Monash University School of Pharmacy

Monash University is the No.1 pharmacy school in Australia, top 2 in the world

In the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, only Harvard University ranked higher than Monash for Pharmacy and Pharmacology. At Monash you’ll have access to some of the country’s best-equipped facilities, alongside innovative teaching technologies such as MyDispense—a web-based program that combines more than 300 virtual patients and 1,500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice. You will also undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies, learning about primary healthcare, drug information and clinical pharmacy services in different practice environments. With an aging population placing ever greater stress upon the health system, the demand for pharmacists’ skills and the scope of their role can only grow. Monash gives your career as a pharmacist the best possible start.​

If studying at the number 1 pharmacy school in Australia isn’t enough, Monash also offers a $4,000 relocation grant to all ​international pharmacy students

Graduate with a Bachelor and a Master

Monash Pharmacy has replaced the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) with the new Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy combined degree, Australia’s first integrated BPharm (Hons)/ MPharm degree, with the fifth year of the course offering an internship, so students will get valuable work experience—and get paid for it!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Do you think the new Bachelor/Master of Pharmacy program might be for you? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for details.

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Fighting fires with Bond physiotherapy students

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University is an innovative, problem-based learning curriculum based on small-group facilitated tutorials, resource sessions and learning in a clinical environment.

Fighting fires with Bond physiotherapy students

Learn more about Bond physiotherapy school

Students undertake studies in Bond University’s $20-million, state-of-the-art building. Features include clinical skills laboratories designed to simulate real medical environments, and modern teaching and research laboratories with the latest scientific equipment. The purpose-built tutorial rooms cater to small-group learning and lecture theatres are equipped with video streaming, wireless, and an audience-response system, and also features a dedicated computer laboratory for students.

Sounds great, but let’s not forget their amazing clinical internships!

Bond Physiotherapy students have the unique opportunity to be placed in tactical environments for rehabilitation training during their degree. Here, Bond DPT student Adam Walker takes part in measuring rehydration levels in firefighters as they fight fire!

About Bond Physiotherapy Work Experience and Internships

Bond Physiotherapy students complete a clinical internship with an embedded research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce. The first 30 weeks of clinical experiences will be gained in both hospital and community settings and will include working in the clinical areas of

  • orthopaedics;
  • cardiorespiratory;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings);
  • neurological and orthogeriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings); and
  • an elective in paediatrics, women’s/men’s health or sports practice.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: August 3, 2017

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have questions about studying at Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.