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Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Strong results continue in QS subject rankings for University of Sydney

The QS 2018 Subject Rankings has recently rated two University of Sydney subjects in the top 10 globally and another 33 subjects in the top 50 globally: Sport, which encompasses physiotherapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation, was ranked second in the world and anatomy tenth.

Strong results continue in QS subject rankings for University of Sydney

Learn more about studying physiotherapy at the University of Sydney

Subjects ranked in the top 50 included veterinary science (11th), education (12th) and law (14th).

The university was ranked number one in Australia for architecture, English language and literature, modern languages, mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering, sports-related subjects and veterinary sciences.

QS also produces rankings for the five broad faculty areas as defined by QS, (not directly equivalent to the faculty structure of the University of Sydney), in which it groups its subjects. These QS faculty rankings showed overall improvement for the University of Sydney in social sciences and management, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine.

Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the university said “Our continuing strong results in the QS rankings is a testament to the quality of our teaching and research across a broad range of disciplines.”

“The university aspires to be the best education and research institution in Australia and among the best in the world as we continue to solve some of the major challenges facing the Australian and international community.”

He pointed to the recent acquisition of a University of Sydney spin-off company producing a revolutionary biomedical technology that allows the body to repair elastic tissues in the skin, artery, bladder and lung.

Other recent international research led by the University of Sydney recommended a slightly longer delay to the clamping of pre-term babies’ umbilical cords—a finding that has the potential to save many tens of thousands of babies lives every year.

Domestically, research indicated that the original implementation of the income management program in the Northern Territory did not improve school attendance or early birthweight outcomes and had negative short-term effects.

“This year’s QS performance also included continuing improvement in our reputation with employers, which follows our graduates being named as Australia’s most employable three years running in the QS graduate employability rankings,” Dr Spence said.

The QS Subject Rankings score universities around the world on their reputation with employers and academics as well as their H-index as an institution (the H-index is a metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of a publication) and citations per research paper.

University of Sydney’s Master of Physiotherapy

Would you like to study at the #2 physiotherapy school in the world? You can! The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist. The Master of Physiotherapy at Sydney Uni is one of the most popular programs among Canadian students!

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March each year
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65–74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying at Sydney Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Carolyn Kowalewski at carolyn@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy student talks about her placement in Vietnam

In November 2016, Master of Physiotherapy student Rachel Haines travelled to Vietnam for a four-week student placement with the Học Mãi foundation, along with 20 other medicine and allied health students from the University of Sydney.

On her return, Rachel wrote about her adventures in and around the Bach Mai Hospital. Here’s what she has to say about her student placement.

My heart is pounding as I make my way from Hanoi Airport to my hotel in the front passenger seat of a car that is speeding along a highway and darting haphazardly through traffic, at times centimetres away from a collision. Looking into the distance through the hazy air I can see the bright lights of Hanoi city looming closer and the reality of living and working in a foreign country for a month slowly begins to dawn on me….

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy student talks about her placement in Vietnam

Rachel Haines working at Bach Mai Hospital (Photo: University of Sydney)

Rachel’s #USydonTour experience

Xin chao! My name is Rachel Haines and I am a second-year Master of Physiotherapy student at the University of Sydney. I recently completed a four-week physiotherapy placement at the Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, with the Học Mãi foundation.

Học Mãi is a non-for-profit foundation of the University of Sydney dedicated to improving healthcare in Vietnam through education and research. The foundation provides a range of opportunities for healthcare leadership and education. I was fortunate enough to be part of the important work they do through Học Mãi’s student exchange program.

I found out about Học Mãi soon after I started the Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, a degree that ignites my passion for making a profound impact on the lives of others through physiotherapy. The idea of an overseas placement was exciting and would provide me with a unique experience that would help me grow both professionally and personally.

While on student placement in Vietnam I was required to work at the Bach Mai Hospital from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. I was based mostly in the Rehabilitation Department where the majority of patients were recovering from recent traumatic brain injuries, strokes or spinal cord injuries. I also got to spend some time in the Respiratory Department and at the National Hospital of Paediatrics where I worked with patients suffering from conditions such as bronchiectasis and cerebral palsy.

The highlight of my practical experience was spending two weeks working with a woman who was born with deformed feet and had recently suffered a spinal cord injury. She was initially only able to stand for one minute and 43 seconds, but by her final session she was able to stand for three minutes and 30 seconds. I got to train her balance, coordination and strength and it was personally very rewarding to see a patient improve so much and be satisfied with my work.

During my free time, I travelled around Vietnam and immersed myself in a culture so different to my own. I visited the spectacular cities of Hoi An, Sa Pa and went on a cruise through Ha Long Bay, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. I also had time to sight see the city of Hanoi and found historic temples, explored Hoa La Prison, visited the oldest university in Vietnam, watched a traditional water puppet show, played some street games with the locals and so much more.

The Vietnamese healthcare system is very different to Australia’s, and Vietnamese patients have a different understanding of health literacy and expectations of health professionals compared to patients in Australia. A core concept that I’ve learnt through the Master of Physiotherapy is that patients have the best outcomes when an active treatment approach that accommodates individual patient preferences is taken. However, the majority of the physiotherapy interventions I observed in Vietnam and took part in were passive with little patient input.

Patients in Vietnam undertake a lot of whole task practice such as walking and moving from sitting to standing, whereas in Australia there is more of an emphasis on partial practice. I do not think that one approach is necessarily better than the other, but it is interesting to note the differences in treatment choices.

My experiences in Vietnam challenged some of my beliefs about service delivery of physiotherapy to patients. At times the language barrier and cultural differences were challenging, but I was always surrounded by the friendliest and most accommodating local people and felt constantly supported by the Hoc Mai and University of Sydney team back home, which made the whole experience so much more enjoyable.

Last year, my first year of the degree, was a massive learning curve for me as physiotherapy consists of a unique combination of theoretical concepts in addition to practical skills to become proficient. To get this far has taken a lot of hard work and many hours in the library.

This year will mark my second and final year of the Master of Physiotherapy. I am looking forward to practical placements where I can further adapt the skills and knowledge I’ve learnt. At the end of my degree I hope to use my skills in a rural location and make a difference to people who don’t have regular access to physiotherapy services.

My placement in Vietnam was very fulfilling both personally and professionally as I worked with patients, many of whom turned out to be from rural areas and who benefited from the skills that I had learned in Australia. I gained an understanding and appreciation of a culture and healthcare system very different to the one I have experienced in Australia, and have subsequently become a more rounded and globally conscious physiotherapy student.

Travelling abroad as part of a university degree is one of the most enriching and worthwhile opportunities on offer to students. It is a gateway to all sorts of experiences, friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

By Rachel Haines GEM2 Physio

University of Sydney’s Master of Physiotherapy

The University of Sydney offers a two year, graduate-entry physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist. Coursework throughout this program builds on the major areas of the profession, such as musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy, as well as looking at the profession in its societal context.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March each year
Application deadline: September 29, 2017. Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65–74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about the Master of Physiotherapy program at Sydney Uni? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Will my Australian physiotherapy degree be recognised in Canada?

One of the most common questions we receive at OzTREKK is “Will my degree be recognised in Canada?”

The short answer is yes, it will. For the most part, we only feature degrees that are transferable to Canada. In most cases, graduates will have to take exams upon their return to home in order to be licensed to practice in Canada. Competency exams are a regular part of all professional degrees, even those awarded here in Canada.

Australian physiotherapy degrees are highly sought after by Canadian university graduates with academic backgrounds in kinesiology, health sciences and human kinetics. So when students inquire about studying physiotherapy in Australia, we are proud to tell you that the Australian universities we represent are some of the best! Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in the physiotherapy field.

Study physiotherapy in Australia, practice in Canada

Discover how you can study physiotherapy in Australia (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Now, let us tell you a little bit about the “coming back to Canada to practice” part!

Purpose of Credentialling

Graduates who wish to become certified as a physiotherapist here in Canada will need to apply for certification through Canada’s provincial certification boards. In many cases these provincial certification boards will require applicants to also complete the certification process through Canada’s national physiotherapy regulatory board, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (Alliance).

The credentialling process involves comparing an internationally educated physiotherapist’s education and credentials to that of a Canadian-educated physiotherapist to determine if there are substantial differences in the qualifications that would prevent the internationally educated physiotherapist from being eligible for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).

To determine if an internationally educated physiotherapist’s training is not substantially different from that of a Canadian-educated physiotherapist, the following five criteria must be met:

  1. Verification of identity through authentic and valid documentation
  2. Completion of a university level, entry-to-practice degree in physiotherapy
  3. Successful completion of a minimum of 1025 hours of supervised clinical education
  4. Fluency in English or French
  5. Knowledge of the practice of physiotherapy within the Canadian healthcare system

How do Canadians Fare on the Physiotherapy Competency Exam?

Since Australian physiotherapy programs are considered among the world’s best, Canadian students who have graduated from an Australian physiotherapy school have the best pass rates on both the written and clinical exams! Here is an example of the pass rates for 2011–2016:

  • Written Exam – 80% of Australian-educated test takers passed on the first attempt
  • Clinical Exam – 81% of Australian educated test takers passed on the first attempt

Australian physiotherapy school application deadlines

Five of OzTREKK’s Australian universities offer a graduate-entry physiotherapy program. These degrees are labelled as Master of Physiotherapy (Studies) or Doctor of Physiotherapy degrees, but both are professional qualification programs:

Bond University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: August 3, 2017

Macquarie University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2018
Application deadline: February 2018

University of Melbourne
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: February 2018
Application deadline: First round – June 1, 2017; second round – July 27, 2017

University of Queensland
Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: November 2017
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Sydney
Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: March 2018
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on as they are received. The sooner you apply the better. Applications close September 29, 2017

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Find out more about Australian physiotherapy degrees! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information. We’re here to help!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Study physiotherapy in Australia, then practice in Canada

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy in Australia? May is National Physiotherapy Month and a great time to get started on learning how you can enter the physiotherapy profession!

Australian university graduate-entry physio degrees are highly sought after by Canadian university graduates with academic backgrounds in kinesiology, health sciences, and human kinetics. Since Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice, Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in the physiotherapy field.

Study physiotherapy in Australia, then practice in Canada

Find out how you can study physiotherapy in Australia (Photo: University of Melbourne)

Five of OzTREKK’s Australian universities offer a graduate-entry physiotherapy program. These degrees are labelled as Master of Physiotherapy Studies or Doctor of Physiotherapy degrees, but both are professional qualification programs. In order to help you make the best decision, here are just some of the most common questions (with answers!) we receive.

What is the difference between a Master of Physiotherapy and a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree?

Both the Master of Physiotherapy (MPT) and Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) programs are designed to provide the same professional qualifications, so graduates of each program will be returning to Canada and applying for the same type of certification.

The DPT programs are usually three years and provide students with more practicum and coursework components, which some students like. Additionally, by having this extra time, students are usually able to delve a bit deeper into the profession of physiotherapy and explore some topics the shorter programs may not, such as emergency medicine or sports physiotherapy.

When returning to Canada, which organizations are responsible for evaluating the degree?

Graduates who wish to become certified as a physiotherapist here in Canada will need to apply for certification through Canada’s provincial certification boards. In many cases these provincial certification boards will require applicants to also complete the certification process through Canada’s national physiotherapy regulatory board, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (Alliance).

As an international graduate, you would first have your Australian university qualifications assessed by the Alliance to ensure these meet their requirements. If they meet the requirements, you would then complete the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), just like any other applicant.

The Alliance and provincial certification boards only assess applicants on a case-by-case basis and do not pre-approve any international physiotherapy programs. Based on this assessment process and the fact that applicants have to pass the PCE, it is not guaranteed that all applicants will have a successful application; however, at OzTREKK, we keep track of how our Australian university programs compare to Canadian requirements, and do not promote physiotherapy degrees in Australia if we don’t feel they would work for our Canadian students.

What is the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE)?

The Physiotherapy Competency Examination tests whether qualified exam candidates have demonstrated a minimum standard of practice. The PCE ensures that members of the public will be safe when they interact with physiotherapists. It fairly and accurately evaluates the competencies you need to have to practice physiotherapy. Most physiotherapy regulators in Canada include passing the PCE as part of their entry-to-practice process.

What does the PCE involve?

There are two components to the examination—a written and a clinical component. The written component tests your ability to use and integrate clinical knowledge and to solve clinical problems using clinical scenarios. You must achieve a minimum overall score to pass the written component.

The clinical component tests safe, effective use of the principles and processes of physiotherapy practice. The knowledge, skills and abilities assessed by the Clinical Component include communication skills and professional behaviour.

Australian physiotherapy school application deadlines

Bond University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2017 intake, applications closed Aug. 11, 2016.

Macquarie University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2018
Application deadline: February 2018

University of Melbourne
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: February 2018
Application deadline: First round – June 1, 2017; second round – July 27, 2017

University of Queensland
Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: November 2017
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Sydney
Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: March 2018
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on as they are received. The sooner you apply the better.

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Would you like learn more about physiotherapy schools in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Interested in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology? The University of Sydney would like to meet you!

Are you interested in a career in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or another health science field?

University of Sydney Health Sciences Seminars

Don’t forget to RSVP for the University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions!

Then you are invited to discover why the University of Sydney is a world leader in health sciences education and research!

Attend an upcoming University of Sydney Health Sciences information session between March 28 and 30 to find out what world-renowned health sciences teaching looks like!

Please RSVP here to save your spot!

University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions

Venue: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Room 2175
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Simon Fraser University, Halpern Centre, Room 114
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: University of British Columbia, Woodward Building, Room 3
Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 5 p.m.

Study Health Sciences at the University of Sydney

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, the application deadline was September 30, 2016.

Apply to Sydney Occupational Therapy School!

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University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

Be sure to RSVP for a Sydney Health Sciences Information Session!

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Would you like more information about the upcoming Sydney Health Sciences seminars? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

What are University of Sydney physiotherapy placements like?

University of Sydney Physiotherapy Placements

The physiotherapy placement program allows Sydney physiotherapy students the opportunity to apply and develop their skills with “real life” clients. The placements can be undertaken in a hospital, private or community setting in Sydney or regional/rural NSW.

Placements are in a variety of areas. Some of these areas may include rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory/outpatients, aged care, community health, paediatrics, orthopaedics and hand therapy. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the specific clinical skills for each area as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. These skills are assessed using the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) form. During placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. All students are required to undertake at least one placement outside of Sydney or in a rural location.

What are University of Sydney physiotherapy placements like?

Learn more about the Sydney physiotherapy program (Image: University of Sydney)

How are placements arranged?

Placements are arranged by negotiation between staff of the respective academic unit, acting as Clinical Educator Coordinators, and the staff of the individual placement setting. The academic unit negotiates the standard, type of experience, and number of student places to be offered. In most cases, formal agreements are signed between the university  and the placement facility.

What are the conditions of placements?

There are a number of rules and conditions applying to students regarding the amount of workplace based education, its timing, the selection of sites, and types of experiences required. These rules have implications for progression in the course and acceptance into the relevant profession after graduation.

How are students assessed?

Sydney physiotherapy are expected to take an active responsibility for their own education by identifying their own learning needs, assisting the placement supervisor in planning and implementing the learning experiences, being familiar with and adhering to procedures and rules laid down by the university and the affiliating centre, and in evaluating their own performance.

The placement supervisor performs the role of teacher, facilitator, coordinator and professional role model. Supervision may be conducted by staff of the respective academic unit for the on campus clinics, or by external practitioners at external sites, who are expert in their professional area.

The nature of the assessment varies across academic units but generally includes a student evaluation by both the supervisor and the student, the satisfactory completion of the learning objectives, as well as a variety of assignments that may include case studies, essays, verbal presentations and practical examinations. The clinical education unit may be assessed on a graded scale or on a pass/fail basis.

University of Sydney’s Master of Physiotherapy

The University of Sydney offers a two year, graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist. Coursework throughout this program builds on the major areas of the profession, such as musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy, as well as looking at the profession in its societal context.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March each year
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65–74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about Sydney Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Sydney physiotherapy student talks about her path to success

Windsor, Ontario native Alexis Curtis is well on her way to achieving her dreams of becoming a physiotherapist. With a degree in Human Kinetics (Honours Kinesiology) Movement Science and a desire to help others, Alexis decided the standard Canadian path wasn’t for her. Instead, with her eye on the prestigious University of Sydney and their exceptional physiotherapy program, she was determined that her path should be shaded by palm trees and aglow with golden beaches!

When we asked Alexis why she chose to study physiotherapy, she is quick to respond: “I have a passion for wanting to help others and I have always wanted to be a physiotherapist. I want to work with patients, helping them get back to work, sport and/or perform day-to-day activities pain free.”

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Alexis at the main Sydney Uni campus

Some may say travelling around the globe for education is a little too far. Taking the road less travelled can be daunting to some, but Alexis forged ahead with exuberance.

“I chose the University of Sydney because of their amazing program. They are so world renowned and have an amazing group of professors who want you to succeed!” she says.

Students undertaking the Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney have the opportunity to study within one of the largest health science faculties in Australia. The pioneering work conducted by the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences research teams has an enormous impact on the health and quality of life of the community, and its Master of Physiotherapy program rigorously tests and enhances students’ abilities.

“The program does a great job of teaching you all the fields within physiotherapy.”

Alexis agrees. “I am loving the program! Although it’s a two-year program, it is going by so fast! I knew that it would require a lot of hard work and dedication, but it is such a rewarding feeling being part of an amazing faculty. The professors are awesome and offer lots of help.”

Sydney’s clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors, and they further the opportunities to develop an understanding of the practice of physiotherapy and its place in the contemporary health system. After all, the world of physiotherapy is so much more than just rehabilitating sports injuries.

“The program does a great job of really opening the idea of different pathways in the area of physiotherapy,” Alexa adds. “I was always so driven to work in the musculoskeletal area of physiotherapy, and although I still am, the area of cardiopulmonary has also crossed my mind. The program does a great job of teaching you all the fields within physiotherapy. I am just so excited to start placement in my second year, to really get hands-on experience in different areas of physiotherapy!”

Students gain practical hours during their placements. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators requires physiotherapy graduates to have a minimum of 1025 supervised clinical practice hours. The Sydney Master of Physiotherapy currently offers 850 clinical hours, with options to obtain more practical experience. OzTREKK students are encouraged to maintain contact with the Alliance throughout their time in Australia to ensure they stay up to date with the requirements.

“One thing you should know is that in order to write the examinations to practice in Canada, you must have a certain number of practical hours,” Alexis explains. “The university usually has students complete four five-week placement blocks in their second year, but this doesn’t provide Canadians enough hours.”

But even with the challenge of gaining practical hours, Alexis was not put off.

“You have two options: You can either take a fifth placement block during your second year (meaning you won’t have a break during that year), or you can obtain a physiotherapist job following completion of your degree and work as a physiotherapist to obtain the remainder hours. Many students this year decided to stay a bit longer after graduation to work to earn some money instead of paying money for the additional placement block!”

Stay in Australia and earn money? Sounds like a win-win!

“I am in Australia—what’s not to love? It is an amazing country and there is always so much to do! Sometimes it doesn’t feel real that I am in such an amazing place in the world. The weather is great, the people are awesome, and Sydney is amazing—you will fall in love with this place!”

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Visiting the roos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane

All of us at OzTREKK agree: the beautiful city of Sydney is one of the highlights of our trips to Australia. Who wouldn’t want to see the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and its countless beaches? Sydney is a tourist’s haven. But where is the best place to live if you’re a student?

“Just be sure to make a bucket list for your time here in Australia because it goes by fast and there is so much to see!”

Of course, Sydney is one of the major cities in Australia, comparable to Toronto and Vancouver, and rent can vary depending on the location. Alexis warns that it can be difficult to find accommodation that isn’t overly pricey.

“As of now (until February 2018) the Health Sciences campus is in Lidcombe,” Alexis explains. “After this, the campus will relocate to main campus (Camperdown) in the city. Lidcombe is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, so if you plan to set up accommodation while in Canada I recommend you look for somewhere between Lidcombe and CBD. This way you are still able to easily commute to the city.”

So where should new students look for accommodation? Sydney is huge and has dozens of suburbs, so choices are endless!

Mystudentvillages is a great student accommodation organization that has multiple locations available for students, and you are able to set up your accommodations before coming out here,” she says.

“Prices depend on your preference of location and room type. If you would rather stay more central, closer to the city, the University of Sydney location is great.”

If you’re an adventurer, you can look for accommodation after you arrive in Australia.

“Other students from Canada decided to wait until they got to Australia and looked for places to rent with fellow students,” Alexis says. “All of them found locations, and it wasn’t too difficult at all. Just know that most places for rent (outside of student accommodation services) don’t come with furniture—this includes a fridge, bed, etc. So keep in mind that you will have to be on the hunt for those things.”

If you’ve chosen to study in Australia, then you’re already wandering off the beaten path, and Alexis encourages further adventure!

“You are here for school, but make sure you set aside some time and utilize your breaks to travel. Tigerair and Jetstar are two cheaper airlines that offer amazing deals. For Tigerair, Tuesdays is when they post big deals. When you see a good deal, book it because the prices can go up fast. Don’t be afraid to call and price match; they sometimes beat the other airline’s price! One tip with flights though: they get you on baggage, so pack lightly. You are usually allowed seven kilograms of carry-on luggage. Just be sure to make a bucket list for your time here in Australia because it goes by fast and there is so much to see!”

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Kangaroos have been Alexis’ favourite animal since she was little!

Any other tips for OzTREKK students?

“Australia is an amazing country and the University of Sydney has an amazing Master of Physiotherapy program. Exam time is very stressful, but don’t worry—you’ll get through it! It is expensive, so if you can, apply for scholarships and bursaries while in Canada. Also, OzTREKK is amazing! They really help with the entire process. Ask them every question you may have—they are such great help!”

So, if you’re considering studying in the Land Down Under, and you’ve got your eye on warm weather and a laid-back lifestyle, you’re already one step ahead on that path.

“Living in a country half way across the world can be hard at times but it is such an amazing, life-changing experience. I love the University of Sydney, and am so happy with my decision to come here!”

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

Offered by the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences, the two-year graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: September 30, 2016

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Clinical education in the Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

The Sydney Master of Physiotherapy is a two-year, graduate-entry program, intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

Clinical education in the Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

Study physiotherapy at the University of Sydney

The clinical education/work integrated learning experiences are generally highly regarded by students within the program. Provision of appropriate placements for students within the Faculty of Health Sciences is a significant aspect and is coordinated by the Work Integrated Learning unit within the faculty. All placements are provided to students with the view to meet the program objectives, unit of study objectives, Australian professional accreditation requirements and (where appropriate) Australian professional registration requirements.

Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. These placements further the opportunities to develop an understanding of the practice of physiotherapy, and its place in the contemporary health system.

As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the FHS Abroad program, which involves academic study and a 4- to 6-week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and Southeast Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide. All students should expect to complete at least one placement outside of Sydney during the course of their program.

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65-74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

It is recommended that you apply for the Master of Physiotherapy program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply. Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Sydney MPT program.

Apply to the University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy Program!

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Would you like more information about Sydney 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.

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Leading pioneer in physiotherapy awarded Honorary Doctorate

The University of Sydney awarded an honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences to Professor Roberta Shepherd, described as a pioneer in the field of physiotherapy.

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Associate Professor Tony Masters, Emeritus Professor Roberta Shepherd, Professor Tom Calma AO and Professor Kathy Refshauge (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

“This honour recognises Roberta’s many significant contributions to the University, to the physiotherapy profession and the impact of her work on the health of the wider community,” said Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Kathy Refshauge.

Professor Roberta Shepherd transformed physiotherapy into a modern evidence-based profession contributing to improved health outcomes for patients.

Both individually and with her long-time collaborator, Associate Professor Janet Carr, Roberta led the scholarly development of the profession, particularly in paediatric and neurological physiotherapy for more than 50 years.

Professor Shepherd graduated with a Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1956 having completed studies in anatomy, physiology, histology and physics at the University of Sydney. Following seven years of clinical practice both in Australia and internationally, Roberta took up a teaching position at the Sydney School of Physiotherapy.

In 1977, Roberta was one of the first physiotherapists to become a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, and took a leading role in the academy for many years.

Being a pioneer in her field, Roberta was constantly confronted by being the first to undertake challenging projects. She was the sole author of the first, and ground-breaking, paediatrics textbook for physiotherapists in 1974 (revised 1980, 1995).

She recognised that leading change in teaching, research and rehabilitation required taking on the challenge of extending her academic qualifications. In 1986 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and chose to study with renowned movement scientist, Professor Ann Gentile at Columbia University in New York. She was awarded three degrees (Master of Arts in 1986; Master of Education in 1988; and Doctor of Education in 1991).

Roberta converted a challenge into an opportunity, and collaborated with Professors Janet Carr and Ann Gentile to produce the landmark text Movement Science – Foundations for Physical Therapy in Rehabilitation published in 1987 (revised in 2000).

Between 1974 and 2014, Roberta and Janet published a total of eight world leading textbooks. These books have had an impact not only on the physiotherapy profession, but more broadly in health. In addition, Roberta has published over 60 articles in journals of many different disciplines as well as numerous book chapters. Roberta and Janet’s work is frequently cited in journals and textbooks as the ‘gold standard’ in rehabilitation.

In October 1991, when the Cumberland College of Health Sciences was established as the Faculty of Health Sciences as part of the University of Sydney, Roberta was appointed as the faculty’s first Professor and Foundation Chair of Physiotherapy.

Roberta has educated generations of students and clinicians world-wide and has been an inspirational role model for students and physiotherapists in both clinical practice and in academia.

Today, Roberta continues to mentor research students and early career researchers. She continues to publish, speak at conferences, run workshops and develop new research collaborations.

Roberta’s leadership and tireless contributions have been recognised by the physiotherapy profession. In 2014 she and Janet were named as Honoured Members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association for their lifetime’s work, the highest honour within the profession.

Roberta was honoured by the Faculty in 2014, with an Alumni Award, and this year, will be presented with the university’s Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.

University of Sydney’s Master of Physiotherapy

The University of Sydney offers a two year, graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist. Coursework throughout this program builds on the major areas of the profession, such as musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy, as well as looking at the profession in its societal context.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March each year
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65-74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

It is recommended that you apply for the Master of Physiotherapy program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply. Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Sydney MPT program.

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about Sydney 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.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Sydney Dean of Health Sciences recognised in Australia Day Honours

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Professor Kathryn Refshauge has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to physiotherapy and to medical education in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.

The award recognises more than 20 years of contributions to allied health mentorship, higher education reform, and health and medical research.

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Professor Kathryn Refshauge (Photo: University of Sydney)

In addition to her role as Dean, Professor Refshauge is a prolific researcher and leads the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group at the University of Sydney.

This cross-disciplinary group has benefited from her leadership, dedication and willingness to support and advocate for junior and senior allied health clinicians and researchers. She has directly supervised more than 50 PhD and master’s students and mentored hundreds more.

The University of Sydney professor is well known for her ability to inspire students and young academics to achieve more than they ever thought possible—a trait recognised with numerous awards including the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Supervision award and similar honours from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Professor Refshauge’s own contributions to health and medical research are enormous. She is regarded as an international leader in her field, particularly in sports injuries, back pain and nerve and muscle diseases. Her work has been recognised with awards from the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease association. In 2015, Professor Refshauge was elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

More recently, her research focuses on improving quality of life for women following breast cancer treatment. She is also a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders.

The faculty congratulates Professor Refshauge on this well-deserved achievement.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health research, sciences and education. We achieve this through encouraging international collaboration across all our research endeavours, and through strategic partnerships that are global in their reach.

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences

The university’s Faculty of Health Sciences strives constantly for excellence in intellectual enquiry, academic freedom and integrity. To support these goals, the faculty provides an engaging and stimulating student-centred learning and teaching environment, attracting some of the best students and researchers in Australia.

Offered by the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences, the two-year graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 1, 2015.

Apply to the University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

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Learn more about Sydney Physiotherapy School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at 1-866-698-7355 or krista@oztrekk.com.