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Friday, October 27th, 2017

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

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

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

Hanging out with the roos

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

OK, we’ll let Lindsay take over now.

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

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

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

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

Take time to enjoy your trip!

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

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

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

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

Bon Voyage!

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

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Griffith University to offer health sciences degrees in Brisbane in 2018

Growing demand for allied health services has translated to growing opportunities for students seeking healthcare careers outside the traditional medicine and dentistry degrees.

The sector is surging, with an ageing population and onset of chronic disease driving patient volumes, and a focus on prevention and new technologies improving outcomes.

Griffith to offer health sciences degrees in Brisbane in 2018

Find out how you can study health sciences at Griffith University

Griffith University has responded by bringing three of its most-respected allied health programs—physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology—to Brisbane for the first time.

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski, Griffith’s School of Allied Health Services Head, says the new degrees are great news for Brisbane students.

“Griffith has offered these programs on the Gold Coast for many years—we’re certainly not new to the game. From 2018 Brisbane students will benefit directly from our faculty’s experience and industry connectivity,” says Andrea.

Just as allied health professionals collaborate to deliver care, Griffith allied health sciences students undertake interprofessional learning alongside one another.

“Students in these degrees learn with those studying other health degrees such as nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, medicine, nursing or pharmacy,” she says.

“Their collaboration provides a practical understanding of how their profession interacts and functions within the sort of multidisciplinary team that deliver healthcare today.”

While all three degrees have the power to change lives, Andrea says each has defining features that may help students choose which is best for them.

Demand for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree is expected to grow with the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming online and the discipline’s emergence in schools and aged care facilities.

“This is a very future-focused degree and includes a focus on entrepreneurship and work-integrated learning that commences in the first trimester of study,” says Andrea.

Andrea says the new Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a streamlined replacement for Griffith University’s highly regarded Master of Physiotherapy, which was offered for almost 20 years.

“The new degree caters for high school leavers and offers an extremely wide clinical placement network, extending from far north Queensland to Tasmania, as well as Griffith’s nationally renowned expertise in simulated learning.”

Master of Speech Pathology students, says Andrea, receive industry placement from their first trimester of study and tackle a curriculum focused on clinical immersion.

“Clinical immersion is a key aspect of the intensive two-year curriculum and students gain exposure to a variety of settings to work with adults and children,” Andrea says.

Are you interested in studying health sciences at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

University of Sydney ranks number one in sport, physiotherapy and rehabilitation

The University of Sydney has been ranked first in the world in the recently released 2017 QS subject rankings for the new category that comprises physical therapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation.

University of Sydney ranks number one in sport, physiotherapy and rehabilitation

Deputy Dean (Strategy) Prof Michelle Lincoln, Dean Prof Kathryn Refshauge, and Deputy Dean (Academic) Prof Sharon Kilbreath celebrate the news (Photo: University of Sydney)

The subject areas are encompassed by a range of disciplines within the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences.

“We are enormously proud to have been recognised in this way by our peers in academia and employers of our graduates,” said Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Kathryn Refshauge.

The QS subject rankings score universities around the world on their reputation with employers and academics, as well as measuring the productivity and citation impact of the publications of academics (also called the ‘H-Index’) as an institution and citations per research paper.

“The QS rankings are a particularly rich ranking system because it takes into account all aspects of our work: education, research and employability of our graduates.

“These rankings reflect performance across the whole faculty, from professional staff to academics to students,” said Professor Refshauge.

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a range of undergraduate and graduate entry courses in the disciplines included in the ranking category, such as exercise and sport science, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology.

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Are you interested in studying at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information about your study options.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

University of Sydney rehab sciences seminar tonight at University of Toronto

University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions

University of Sydney rehab sciences seminar tonight at University of Toronto

Attend a Sydney Health Sciences Seminar

Would you like to further your studies in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or another health science field?

Attend an upcoming University of Sydney Health Sciences information session between March 28 and 30 and get your questions answered!

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 29
Time: 5 p.m.

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

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

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Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Exploring occupational therapy as a career option


What exactly is occupational therapy and how does it differ from physio?

Exploring occupational therapy as a career option

UQ offers a Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program! (Photo: UQ)

Unlike physiotherapy, which evaluates and helps to maintain and restore physical function, occupational therapy helps to solve the problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do everyday things, like dressing, bathing, washing dishes, eating, and other tasks most of us take for granted. Occupational therapy can also help to prevent a problem or minimize its effects.

When do people see occupational therapists?

Usually, occupational therapists are sought when a disability, injury, illness or other problem limits someone’s abilities to care for himself, participate in work, or just enjoy regular leisure time or hobbies. These skills and regular activities are so important to us as people that they often describe how we view ourselves—we identify with our jobs and activities. When disability or injury prevents someone from being able to accomplish a simple, everyday task such as buttoning a shirt, it can affect how he or she feels about himself.

That’s where an occupational therapist comes in.

What do occupational therapists do?

Occupational therapists are highly trained health-care professionals, and they define an occupation as much more than a chosen career. Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life, including feeding and dressing themselves. Everyone has many occupations that are essential to our health and well-being.

According to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, “occupational therapists use a systematic approach based on evidence and professional reasoning to enable individuals, groups and communities to develop the means and opportunities to identify, engage in and improve their function in the occupations of life. The process involves assessment, intervention and evaluation of the client related to occupational performance in self-care, work, study, volunteerism and leisure. Occupational therapists may assume different roles such as advising  on health risks in the workplace, safe driving for older adults, and programs to promote mental health for youth.”

Depending on the particular situation, an occupational therapist will check

  • what one can and cannot do physically (including strength, coordination, balance, or other physical abilities);
  • what materials are used in the occupation (e.g., cooking utensils, clothing, tools, furniture, etc.);
  • what one can and cannot do mentally (coping strategies, memory, organization skills, or other mental abilities);
  • the social and emotional support available in the home, school, work and community; and
  • the physical setup of the house, school, workplace, classroom, or other environment.

Occupational therapists are also trained how to help others cope with their disabilities. OT can help with coping strategies, strength, coordination, and confidence, and recommend changes to environments that will be helpful. Community support may also be available, and the occupational therapist will also assist with finding specialized transportation, support groups, and funding agencies.

Where do occupational therapists work?

Occupational therapists are generally employed in community agencies, hospitals, chronic care facilities, rehabilitation centres and clinics, schools, social agencies industry or are self-employed. While some occupational therapists specialize in working with a specific age group, like the elderly, others may specialize in a particular disability such as arthritis, developmental coordination disorder, mental illness, or spinal cord injury.

Australian Occupational Therapy Schools

If you are finishing high school, the following Australian universities offer a four-year undergraduate occupational therapy degree:

The following Australian Occupational Therapy Schools offer two-year graduate-entry OT programs for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree:

Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

If you’re curious about studying occupational therapy and other rehab sciences degrees, don’t miss the upcoming seminar at Western University. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to speak with Australian uni representatives and alumni to learn more about how you can study in Australia and practice in Canada! Be sure to RSVP to save your spot.

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, Room 210

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh krista@oztrekk.com if you have any questions about studying occupational therapy at an Australian university!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Applying to a rehabilitation sciences program? Application deadlines are approaching!

Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge rehabilitation sciences research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in their fields. If you would like to apply to a rehabilitation sciences program at an Australian university, this is a reminder that the application deadlines are approaching for the following programs:

Applying to a rehabilitation sciences program? Application deadlines are approaching!

Happy UQ physio students enjoying OzTREKK Orientation

Macquarie University

University of Queensland

Monash University

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If you have any questions about studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, or audiology at an Australian university, contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Discover more about your program entry requirements, practicals, and about how you can take your degree home to practice in Canada. Krista can answer your questions!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge rehabilitation sciences research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in their fields.

If you’re curious about studying rehab sciences in Australia, don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to speak with Australian uni representatives and alumni to learn more about how you can study in Australia and practice in Canada!

OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Don't miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Join us! Don’t forget to RSVP

Simon Fraser University
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Blusson Hall, Room 9655

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, Room 210

Don’t forget to RSVP for the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions.

What about admissions?

This is where OzTREKK comes in. OzTREKK’s Australian Rehab Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh will outline each program and its prerequisites. Discover more about your program entry requirements, practicals, and about how you can take your degree home to practice in Canada. Krista can answer your questions!

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Are you curious about studying rehabilitation sciences in Australia? Not sure where to start? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Rehabilitation sciences career options? Come to the Western University Health Sciences fair!

OzTREKK at Western University’s Health Sciences Fair

Rehabilitation sciences career options? Come to the Western University Heath Sciences fair!

Meet Rehab Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at the upcoming Western Health Sciences career fair!

Do you attend Western University? Are you interested in audiology, occupational therapy, chiropractic science, physiotherapy, or speech pathology?

You can meet OzTREKK at Western University on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and speak with OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman and Australian Rehabilitation Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh to explore your options!

This will be a great opportunity for you to find out about

  • Australian universities that offer rehab sciences;
  • admissions requirements;
  • accreditation process—so you can take your degree home;
  • when and how to apply;
  • and much more!

Western University Career Directions Fair
Date: Nov. 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Great Hall, Somerville House

OzTREKK Information session: 5:30 p.m.

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To find out more about this career fair and about rehabilitation science degrees in Australia, please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

UQ health sciences students head to Vietnam and Timor Leste

It’s a time for learning, discovery and engagement. Students from the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will spend the coming month in Vietnam and Timor Leste. Head of School Professor Louise Hickson said the immersive educational experiences would develop the students both professionally and personally.

“We will be building an ethos of international collaboration and cooperation in our occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech pathology students,” Professor Hickson said.

UQ health sciences students head to Vietnam and Timor Leste

Students from the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences heading to Vietnam and Timor Leste (Photo credit: UQ)

“The students will be placed with the University of Hue College of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam and the Centre for National Rehabilitation in Dili, East Timor.

“There, they will work with interprofessional teams to engage in healthcare and rehabilitation services.

“We’re contributing to building an Australian workforce that understands global health perspectives in a culturally diverse context.”

This will be the fifth occasion that UQ has sent students to the University of Hue, and the third time it has placed students within the Centre for National Rehabilitation in Dili. Students undertaking the Timor Leste placements have received funding as part of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program, which promotes collective strengthening of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy said that encouraging experience abroad was central to how the University of Queensland conducted itself as a global institution.

“This project recognises the need to produce flexible, broad-thinking, culturally aware graduates,” Professor Abernethy said.

“Students are enabled to become outward thinking in their healthcare focus, via engagement with organisations, clients and families.

“Students demonstrate the ‘UQ Advantage’ through embodiment of the rich array of opportunities provided by our university partnerships network.

“Assessing student outcomes from these experiences also allows us a chance to strengthen UQ’s reputation as a global leader in teaching and learning research.”

Both groups of students—in Vietnam and Timor Leste—commenced the in-country experience on May 9, 2016 and finish on June 3, 2016.

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If you have any questions about studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech pathology programs at the University of Queensland, please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Clinical training for UQ medical and allied health students get a boost

Clinical training for University of Queensland medical and allied health students will be boosted with the opening of student training centres this week at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee and Redland hospitals.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the new facilities would revolutionise training practices at the hospitals and offer more clinical placement opportunities for students.

UQ Medical School

The QEII Jubilee Hospital in Brisbane’s south (Photo credit: UQ)

“Working with our hospital partners at Redland and QEII Jubilee hospitals, these purpose-built centres will allow us to train more students and offer greater flexibility in how that training is delivered,” Professor Høj said.

“Rooms are equipped with high-speed internet services and video-conferencing, allowing the centres to fully support remote teaching and enable staff and students to actively engage in knowledge exchange with our other local and offshore clinical schools.”

The training centres have been built with $2.2 million from the Federal Government Health Workforce Australia Fund and $1.15 million from UQ, on hospital campus sites provided by the State Government’s Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

About 300 UQ medical students rotate through the Redland and QEII Jubilee hospitals each year for specialist training in medicine, surgery, gynaecology and critical care disciplines.

A further 100 students from other UQ schools rotate through the sites for clinical training in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy.

UQ School of Medicine head Professor Darrell Crawford said both QEII and Redland hospitals lacked dedicated teaching areas for students and office space for academic and administrative staff before the training centres were built.

He said the construction of the centres was only possible due to the excellent partnership between the university and the hospital executive teams.

“Training medical students would not be possible without close relationships between the university and our health sector partners like the QEII and Redland Hospital executive and the Metro South Hospital and Health Service,” Professor Crawford said.

“UQ is acutely aware of the support we receive from hospitals and partners in the health sector, and acknowledge that students in medicine and allied health professions would not receive high-quality clinical training without them.

“We thank them for giving students the opportunity to integrate into a clinical environment and to apply what they learn in classrooms to a real-life setting.

“I am enormously proud of the professionalism of the students we are jointly educating, and know that our community will reap the benefits of well-trained graduates.”

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