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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Monash Pharmacy offers Australia’s first combined pharmacy degree

The work of pharmacists changes people’s lives for the better. And it has done so for centuries.

Monash Pharmacy offers Australia's first combined pharmacy degree

Study pharmacy at Monash University

But the pharmacy profession is facing a combination of challenges it has never seen before: an ageing global population, increasingly complex and personalised medicines, as well as a move towards team-based integrated healthcare.

With those challenges comes the need for new thinking—from the next generation of practitioners and from those who teach them.

In response to these challenges, Monash University is preparing the students of today for tomorrow’s world of medicine, demography and healthcare by offering a new combined degree. From 2017, Monash Pharmacy will replace 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!

Did you know Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017?

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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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

New policy to steer Monash University’s attack on climate change

The Monash University Environmental, Social and Governance statement (ESG) will tackle climate change through its teaching, research, engagement, investments and campus operations.

The new policy statement commits Monash, Australia’s largest and most global university, to heightened levels of environmental and social sustainability.

New policy to steer Monash University’s attack on climate change

Monash has set infrastructure goals to monitor its transition to a net zero carbon emissions organisation

Monash University has an annual operating revenue of more than $2 billion and generates $3.9 billion worth of economic activity each year. It has more than $3.75 billion in assets.

The Chancellor of Monash University, Simon McKeon AO said the commitments contained in the environmental, social and governance policy statement applied across the full scope of the university’s operations.

“The time for action to fight climate change is now. Our new policy statement will influence our research, teaching, investments and how we engage with our industry and government partners and the broad community. It will also impact on our campus facilities,” Mr McKeon said.

“Very few organisations in Australia have anywhere near Monash’s breadth of capability. The implementation of the new policy will see Monash use that capability to help combat the effects of global warming.

“We’ll seek to influence the transition to a net zero carbon economy by engaging with governments and businesses and utilising the technologies developed from Monash’s world-class research programs.” Mr McKeon said.

The President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University, Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the new policy would also see Monash set five year infrastructure goals to measure and monitor its transition to a net zero carbon emissions organisation.

“Monash will commit itself to achieve net zero emissions and we will announce that target date for its achievement early next year,” Professor Gardner said.

“Under the new policy announced [today], the university will review every year the environmental, social and governance factors relating to our direct and indirect investment portfolios.

“Already, Monash has no direct investments in companies whose primary ongoing business is production of fossil fuels. Further, Monash has been successful in excluding companies whose primary activity is coal production from more than 90 percent of our indirect investment portfolio. The university will be working with fund managers to exclude all companies whose primary activity is coal production from our indirect investments,” Professor Gardner said.
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Find out more about studying climate change at Monash. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Significant ranking boost for Monash Pharmacy

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Monash University has welcomed the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) release, which ranks Monash’s Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy as 34th in the world and second in Australia. This is up from an estimated rank of 76th in the world and third in Australia in 2015.

Monash Pharmacy gets significant ranking boost

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

This result follows Monash’s inclusion on the Reuters international rankings as Australia’s second most innovative university across Asia. It also follows Monash moving from an estimated rank of 114th to 79th globally in the overall Academic Ranking of World Universities in August, and being ranked 4th in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology in the 2016 QS World University rankings by Subject.

Monash continues to be ranked in the top 200 in all five of the ARWU field rankings, including Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ranked second in Australia); Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences; Life and Agriculture Sciences; Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy; and Social Sciences.

Professor Christina Mitchell, Academic Vice-President and Dean, Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences said it was an outstanding result for staff and students.

“Medicine and Pharmacy now rank second in Australia and 34th in the world, representing an increase of 42 places. This exceptional result highlights our commitment to international collaboration and research excellence. Importantly, the ranking demonstrates the contributions, commitment and quality of our staff.”

Professor Bill Charman, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said “This significant improvement reflects the capacity of our life science and pharmaceutical researchers to undertake high quality basic research, as well as pursuing translational opportunities in partnership with industry and government in an increasingly cross-disciplinary manner. Such outcomes have also been reflected in the increasing number of our staff recognised as Highly Cited Researchers.”

ARWU has been presenting the world top 500 universities annually since 2003, based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data.

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Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Monash Residential Services: accommodation for international students

Settling into the university way of life can be daunting, especially when you are moving around the globe! For everyone heading to Monash University, living on-campus with Monash Residential Services (MRS) means being supported, being safe and being part of an inclusive, vibrant and diverse community, full of social, leadership and development opportunities.

Monash Residential Services: accommodation

Monash Residential Services (Photo: Monash)

The Residential Support Team is available 24/7 to provide support, engagement and development for all residents and engage them in academic, social and recreational activities.

Every residence has a long list of activities to help students make new friends, stay connected in their new home, form study groups and achieve their academic outcomes. With a cohort of residents from more than 50 different countries, residents have the opportunity to form friendships from around the world.

Everyone at MRS lives in a community supported by a Resident Advisor (RA), senior students who are pivotal to the MRS experience. These smaller communities within each residence allow students to connect with those who live close by, often supporting the main objective of all students – academic growth. If you are a first-year Monash Medical School student, it is pretty handy to have a fourth-year medicine student living next door. It is an integral part of the MRS support system for more experienced students to offer newer students a helping hand.

Monash Residential Services: accommodation

Monash Residential Services (Photo: Monash)

Large spaces for recreation and group study, as well as communal kitchens and laundry facilities are available, together with plenty of green spaces outside to unwind and have fun.

To ensure safety, all entrances to buildings are secured and only residents and staff have access. Security personnel patrol the accommodation precinct and are available 24/7 for assistance. That includes getting someone to escort students to their residence when returning late from campus if needed.

Applications for Monash University accommodation are open for students starting in early 2017. It’s important to apply for accommodation early, as applications are processed on a first-in, first-served basis. There is no application fee and prospective residents are not required to accept an offer of accommodation until after they have received their Monash University offer.

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Prime Minister opens Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Australia’s capacity to deliver innovative solutions to critical global health problems has been enhanced with the development of Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) which was officially opened on Nov. 14 by Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP.

Prime Minister opens Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Monash University Dr Jerome Le Nours, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Dr Richard Berry, Ms Julia Banks MP, Director of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Professor John Carroll, Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP (Photo: Monash University)

Monash University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull to the launch of the Monash BDI, which brings together a collaborative research effort of great scale that will see more than 120 world-renowned research teams, 700 on site researchers, clinical partners and industry working together. The Monash BDI will be located at Monash’s Clayton campus where it will form a key part of the innovation precinct delivering crucial economic and social benefits to Victoria and the nation.

“Monash University has been Australia’s biomedical innovation leader for decades, from pioneering in-vitro fertilisation in the 1970s and developing the world’s first successful anti-flu drug in the 1980s to emerging advances in leukaemia treatment and novel therapeutics for Alzheimer’s  disease,” Professor Gardner said.

“With research programs spanning cancer, neuroscience, infection and immunity, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases as well as advances in stem cell research, the Monash BDI has the potential to transform millions of lives while also helping to drive economic growth,” Professor Gardner  said.

Director of the Monash BDI, Professor John Carroll, said that almost every medical treatment is based on great discoveries that were made many years previously.

“The remit of the Monash BDI is to undertake great discovery research and decrease the time it takes to get these findings to the clinic,” Professor Carroll said.

“We do this by bringing our researchers together with industry partners and clinicians as early as possible.”

The Monash BDI addresses the needs of the six main global health problems: cancer; cardiovascular disease; development and stem cells; infection and immunity; metabolic disease and obesity; and neuroscience.

“More than 120 interdisciplinary research teams work synergistically across disease areas to bring expertise from immunology together with experts in cancer or diabetes. This allows us to discover new approaches to identifying the next generation of therapeutic medicines,” Professor Carroll  said.

Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash, pointed to the benefit of establishing the Monash BDI in Victoria.

“The Monash BDI provides us with a new way to align our research, from fundamental discovery right through translation to the clinic, in one of the fastest growing population corridors in the country,” Professor Mitchell said.

Professor Carroll said the Monash BDI currently has research income of more than $50 million, with $14 million coming from industry partners. With over 700 researchers, more than 200 international research collaborators and around 270 PhD students, the Monash BDI is one of the largest and most comprehensive  medical research institutes in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Find out more about research opportunities at Monash University. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Monash University secures highest funding of $47.9m in research grants

Monash University has been awarded $47.9 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, the highest amount awarded to any university.

Monash achieved the highest funding for 18 ARC Future Fellowships of $13 million, and for five Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) projects for which it was awarded $3.4 million.

Monash University secures highest funding of $47.9m in ARC grants

Study science and engineering at Monash University!

In addition, Monash achieved $7.5 million for 21 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and $24 million for 62 Discovery Projects.

The ARC funding will support a diverse range of research projects from enhancing a state-of-the-art microscope facility to analyse the atomic level structure of the natural world and advanced materials; understanding the role of mitochondria—the power generators of cells—in evolutionary adaptation; to developing a satellite that can measure moisture levels in soil more deeply than previously possible.

Announced by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Monash was awarded funding by the ARC for work on 106 Projects across eight faculties and the Monash Indigenous Centre.

Monash University Vice-Provost (Research) Professor Pauline Nestor said Monash had achieved an outstanding result in the ARC grants, and it reflected the university’s high impact research work.

“These awards reflect the extremely high calibre of our research staff who are leading the way in delivering high impact outcomes to address the challenges facing the planet and impacting people’s quality of life,” Professor Nestor said.

Professor Joanne Etheridge, Director of the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy and Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, led one of the largest Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) awards for Australia this year. Professor Etheridge’s $1.8 million grant will deliver a revolutionary microscope to analyse the structure matter at the atomic level, building upon the outstanding research capability of the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy.

Professor Jeffrey Walker from the Monash Faculty of Engineering receives the largest Discovery Projects grant given to a Monash researcher this year of $923,500. Professor Walker’s five-year project will develop a new satellite that can remotely measure soil moisture to deeper levels than previously possible, giving farmers the data needed to optimise their available water resources and maximise food production.

Dr Damian Dowling from the Monash Faculty of Science was awarded an $805,008 ARC Future Fellowship. His project aims to discover if the genetic variation in mitochondria—the power generator of cells—contributes to evolutionary adaptation, and could reveal the role of mitochondria in adaptation to climatic stress.

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Global rankings confirm Monash as leader in engineering and technology

Monash University has been named Australia’s leading university in engineering and technology by an authoritative global rankings institution.

The Times Higher Education world university subject rankings 2016/17 announced has placed Monash 45th across the globe for engineering and technology—the highest ranking of any Australian university. Monash’s 45th ranking was eight places up on its rating for engineering and technology in last year’s rankings.

Global subject rankings confirm Monash as leader in engineering and technology

Monash is #1 in Australia for engineering and technology!

Monash’s high ranking in engineering and technology was underpinned by strong outcomes in teaching, international outlook, research, citations and industry income.

Further, Monash was ranked 41st in the world by Times Higher Education in clinical, pre-clinical and health and 63rd in business and economics. A total of 980 universities were included in the rankings.

President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the results were further evidence of the university’s growing international reputation for outstanding research.

“Monash offers students the opportunity to study at a world-class university that produces research with global impact, collaborates with industry to drive innovation and attracts and retains the highest calibre of research and teaching staff,” Professor Gardner said.

“It’s wonderful to see the quality of our academics recognised. I particularly congratulate Monash staff in the fields of Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, Engineering and Technology, Business and Economics and the Physical Sciences, all of which ranked among the top 100 this year.”

The Times Higher Education subject rankings follow the recent release of a number of global university rankings, each of which placed Monash in the top 100 universities in the world.

These rankings saw Monash placed 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 74th in the Times Higher Education rankings and 79th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Monash was also placed 32nd in the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities.

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Find out more about studying engineering at Monash. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Monash University announces five-year strategy for Peninsula campus

Monash University has acknowledged the importance of the Monash Peninsula campus to the future of the university and its broader role in the social, cultural and economic growth of the Peninsula region with a new five-year plan for the campus.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said Monash Peninsula will become Australia’s leading centre of allied health and primary care education and research, building on the university’s existing strengths in emergency medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing.

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Monash Faculty of Education is located on the Peninsula campus

“Monash has committed more than $20 million towards new research, staffing and facilities at Peninsula to set a new standard of excellence in teaching, research and collaboration in allied health, primary care, education and business,” Professor Gardner said.

As part of the plan, Monash will establish an integrated health and education precinct in conjunction with Frankston Hospital, which includes funding for a new education centre with modern learning spaces. A new Chair of Medicine will also be jointly established at Frankston Hospital under the Monash Central Clinical School.

New centres for research at Peninsula will include a Centre for Addiction Science Research linking expertise in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Psychological Sciences with other faculties based at the Clayton campus, including arts and law.

Monash will establish an Integrated Rehabilitation Research Group in partnership with local health networks to explore opportunities for integrated rehabilitation for aged care, disability and injury.

Monash University is also investigating the feasibility of a new, cross-disciplinary Domestic Violence Research Unit to provide education and training for those working to curb the impact of domestic violence.

Education and Business students will soon have access to new, specialised areas of study, including the Bachelor of Business Administration, to be offered at Peninsula for the first time next year.

“The Faculty of Education and the Monash Business School have been instrumental to Peninsula’s success, and both faculties underpin the future of the campus,” Professor Gardner said.

Professor Gardner also said the university is developing a Peninsula master plan to revitalize services, facilities and the built environment of the campus.

“The master plan will form the basis for investment in the Peninsula campus, transforming the environment for students, staff and the local community.

“More broadly, the five-year strategy represents the start of a new era in the life of this dynamic campus and our engagement with the Peninsula community,” Professor Gardner said.

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Friday, September 16th, 2016

Career opportunities for occupational therapy graduates

A degree in occupational therapy provides a breadth of employment opportunities: working with individuals, small groups, organisations or communities. Occupational therapists work in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, community health, early intervention, social services, schools, government agencies, industrial and commercial organisations, mental health services, homes, and supported housing. After gaining relevant workplace experience further career opportunities exist in education, management and research.

Career opportunities for occupational therapy graduates

Study occupational therapy at Monash!

The Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program at Monash University is a full-time course over two years from July to May (mid-year intake). It will operate over 72 weeks and include 1000 hours of fieldwork education commensurate with World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (2002).

Monash University strives to develop OT graduates who are

  • occupation-focused, socially responsible, culturally respectful, and globally aware;
  • critical, self-reflective, flexible and collaborative in their approach to their work;
  • effective communicators, team members and ambassadors of an occupational perspective of health;
  • able to critically appraise, apply and translate knowledge into practice;
  • able to innovate, create and facilitate professional practice / knowledge development; and
  • committed to lifelong learning and advancement of the occupational therapy profession.

Higher achieving students may be eligible to complete this as research to the equivalent of honours standard to be eligible to apply for a research masters or PhD program on completion.

Monash Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Practice
Location: Peninsula Campus, (approx. 40 km southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Monash has a general application deadline of October 31 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to Monash University Occupational Therapy School!

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Monash University named world’s healthiest workplace

Monash University has won the 2016 Global Healthy Workplace Award in recognition of its healthy workplace programs, and contribution to workplace health, in the large employer category.

Now in its fourth year, it is the only international awards program dedicated solely to the recognition of healthy practices and programs in the workplace.

Monash University named world’s healthiest workplace

Monash University named world’s healthiest workplace

Speaking after the awards ceremony in Washington DC, Monash University’s Occupational Health Physician, Dr Vicki Ashton, said the award adds to the university’s national and international reputation as an employer of choice.

“We are delighted and honoured by the Global Healthy Workplace Award. It is tremendous recognition for Monash as a university that knows a healthy workplace directly contributes to an engaged, productive and healthy workforce,” Dr Ashton said.

Hosted by Washington DC’s American University, the 2016 Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit brings together leaders in global health and well-being from around the world to highlight the importance of employer health programs, establish best practice, discover emerging innovations in workplace well-being, and identify opportunities to replicate these initiatives in workplaces around the world.

As the capstone to the summit, the awards recognise those workplaces that have made the biggest impact on the health and well-being of their workforce. Monash University was shortlisted as one of three finalists in the large employer category. In good company, these finalists included Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil and Johnson & Johnson, Brazil.

Dr Ashton said that Monash University is uniquely positioned to be proactive on important public health issues through its engagement with thousands of students, staff, alumni and the wider Monash community.

“The university values, supports and promotes programs and policies that improve the physical and psychological health and well-being of its employees and allocates the essential funds to support participation,” she said.

Following a formal written award submission, finalists were invited to present to an international judging panel in the US capital. These judges represent five continents and a combination of expertise in health promotion, health policy, occupational health and associated disciplines.

Applications were reviewed against the World Health Organization (WHO) healthy workplace framework and model for action.

“The breadth and diversity of our Wellbeing at Monash programs, which cover the four pillars of physical health, mental health, nutrition and general health, was recognised by the panel as world leading,” Dr Ashton said.

The Wellbeing at Monash program is delivered across each of the university’s campuses, and is underpinned by a range of programs, services, policies and procedures. The core of the program is focused on equipping, facilitating and supporting employees to improve and maintain their health and well-being for the long term.

Major successes under the Wellbeing at Monash program include the 10,000 Steps Challenge; targeted Staff Wellbeing Activity Programs (SWAP) that provide tailored physical activity classes; health risk reduction programs for cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, nutrition and stress; education programs for mental health and mindfulness; and the introduction of a smoke-free university in 2016, with fully funded quit support programs for both staff and students.

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