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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Bond University Orientation with law and OT students

Why do we love our students so much? Because even after they have begun their studies at their Australian university, they are still willing to help new OzTREKKers get settled.

Bond University Orientation with law and OT students

OzTREKK Lunch at Hotel CBD

Talk about teamwork—and a testament to how amazing and supportive our students are when it comes to helping others!

On Monday, Sept. 4, our third-semester Bondies recently enjoyed a tour hosted by former OzTREKK students. The new Bond students, who will be studying in the Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy programs, enjoyed an informative campus tour and lunch at Hotel CBD, Varsity Lakes.

Best wishes to all the new Bond University students, and a big thank you to our former OzTREKK students for helping out with the tour!

Master of Occupational Therapy

Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy degree will take just two years full time to complete because of Bond’s unique accelerated three-semesters-a-year structure. The program is the first occupational therapy master’s degree in Australia to provide the opportunity to complete a clinical research project or undertake business electives in preparation for an occupational therapy career in health management or private practice.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: May and September each year
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)

Juris Doctor (JD)

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years

Bond University Law School
Bond University campus tour
Bond Occupational Therapy School
The Bond campus is impeccable!

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Are you interested in studying at Bond University? Contact OzTREKK!

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy?

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

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy

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

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

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

Apply to the Bond Master of Occupational Therapy program!

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

Tuesday, 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!

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Sydney occupational therapy student advocates children’s rights to free play

“I chose the field of occupational therapy because I have always loved working with children with disabilities or physical ailments in orphanages and I could use play as an effective means and end goal in therapy,” said Mandi Mills, an international occupational therapy student from Colorado State University, speaking at a presentation earlier this month to staff and students from her home university, as well as those that hosted her at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences.

Sydney occupational therapy student advocates children's rights to free play

Sydney OT student Mandi Mills (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Mandi’s presentation focused on a child’s right to play that practitioners can use within any environment. She drew on her international experiences, including her involvement on the University of Sydney’s Playground Project, to working as a pediatric occupational therapist in Colorado, and a recent visit to Indonesia at an inclusive school for children with disabilities.

Working on the Sydney Playground Project as part of a 12-week rotation, Mandi says play is difficult to define and a difficult concept to study. “Researchers of all disciplines have come together on this team because they believe children have great potential to play.”

The Sydney Playground Project, begun in 2009, is a multidisciplinary research project that adheres to the principle that play should be an integral part of children’s daily activities and the value of the many benefits associated with outdoor, non-structured play.

“The project aims to increase children’s physical activity, social skills and resilience through a simple, low-cost intervention that is carried out on the school playground,” said Senior Research Associate Jo Ragen. “Rather than adults scaffolding and structuring interventions for children to play, we wanted to find out how much children can do on their own without adult interaction.”

The research has found that children became more imaginative, creative, and social in their play adults stepped back and they were given loose-part play material, including items such as car and bike tires, wooden planks, cardboard boxes, hay bales and long tubes.

“The items are delivered to the playgrounds of participating primary schools located throughout the greater Sydney region and children (both typically developing and those with disabilities such as autism) are able to make their own decisions on what, where, or how they want to engage with each other and the materials,” said Jo Ragen.

Mandi says the Sydney Playground Project has shifted her thinking into working with a community or entire population, versus solely an individual client in a clinical setting. “Here, I am out on the playgrounds or at parks watching children interact with materials or each other, and constantly thinking about environmental influences.”

“I cannot thank the research team enough for this opportunity. I have had an amazing twelve weeks exploring the city of Sydney through my involvement with the Sydney Playground Project.”

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Learn more about studying occupational therapy. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Sydney occupational therapy students help kindergartners

A new pilot program pairing occupational therapy students from the University of Sydney with kindergartners from western Sydney public schools has ended its first year with breakthrough results.

The Little Hands program, designed to help early primary school students develop their learning and fine motor skills, launched in term two this year at Bexley, Fairfield and Wattawa Heights Public Schools.

Sydney Occupational Therapy School

Sydney OT students are helping primary school students develop their fine motor skills (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Over the course of 11 weeks, 20 student and alumni volunteers from the University of Sydney‘s Compass program assisted 180 kindergarten and year 1 students through fun occupational therapy activities based on the Fingergym™ Fine Motor Skills School Readiness Program.

After completing the program, 83 per cent of kindergarten and year 1 students showed improved fine motor skills, with 78 per cent reporting an improved ability to complete self-care tasks independently, such as dressing and shoelace-tying.

The pilot survey also revealed 100 per cent of teachers involved in the program reported a general improvement in their students’ gross and fine motor skills, confidence and focus in the classroom.

“Simple skills like the ability to hold a pencil correctly or cut with scissors underpin a child’s whole schooling and attitude to learning,” said Assistant Principal of Wattawa Heights Public School, Nitsa Comninos.

Teachers from participating schools also gained professional learning assistance from OT Kids NSW as part of the pilot to help their classroom readiness for occupational therapy activities.

“Having this structured program has been really beneficial because it broke down into five key areas what sorts of skills are needed and provided specific examples of activities to be incorporated in the classroom,” said Ms Comninos.

Parents were encouraged to participate in the Little Hands pilot, with 175 parents attending information sessions to equip them with the skills to practice with their children at home.

Wattawa Heights Public School parent Antoinette Mouzayek said the hands-on nature of the program meant students gained a newfound motivation to learn.

“It’s not like a normal lesson where children can get easily bored. The program is so quick and fun that the students don’t even realise they’re developing their fine motor skills,” she said.

“‘Little Hands’ teaches the skills that many parents assume their children already come to school with.”

First year Master of Teaching (Primary) student Jade Fogarty said volunteering with the program has helped her gain an appreciation of the importance of developing children’s fine motor skills, an area not often covered in traditional teacher training.

“Comparing the students’ abilities at the start of the program to several weeks in showed how helpful the ‘Little Hands’ program has been,” she said.

“I’ve learnt many techniques I can incorporate into the classroom in future and it has helped me recognise when students need improvement.”

‘Little Hands’ is set to continue from term one next year.

University of Sydney’s Master of Occupational Therapy

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist. As the course leads to eligibility to practice, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in contemporary health.

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

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Would you like more information about the University of Sydney occupational therapy program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com.

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Sydney Occupational Therapy School students as aspiring artists

Cumberland campus played host to aspiring artists recently at the annual Occupational Therapy Art Exhibition.

Art by final year Master of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Applied Science (OT) students was displayed at the event that saw almost 200 students, their families and faculty staff in attendance.

University Sydney Occupational Therapy School

Study OT at the University of Sydney

Students were asked to think about the occupational nature of communities and consider how people experience inclusion and participation in everyday life and present their findings as art.

There were three winning artworks as decided by popular vote:

10 kilometres, 5 hours, 20 kilograms: Walking for Water – Is it worth it?
Artists: Rebecca War and Sarah Rickard
This artwork depicts a girl’s quest through the mud to collect water in Sub-Saharan Africa
Medium used: Canvas, acrylic paint, impasto additive

One Click Saves Two Lives
Artists: Shi Yi Heng and Subahari Ravindran
This artwork depicts a telephone app that can save lives and support education for teen mothers in Zambia
Medium used: Samsung phone, stethoscope, plasma globe, blu tac, paper and color pencils

Diaspora: frustrated by a future in limbo
Artists: Rosie Beadman & Katy Goura
This artwork depicts the disruption to typical occupations of children, such as education and play due to civil unrest in Syria.
Medium used: Mixed Media (canvas, fabric, plastic, cardboard, wood, string, collage, lit inside)

Professor Patrick Brennan, who opened the event, spoke about the importance of this assessment and the contribution of activities like this to support learning about culture.

His sentiments were echoed by event organiser Dr Michelle Villeneuve: “This course component is an important part of the development of professional competence as an occupational therapist and would not be possible without the support of the Learning and Teaching team, especially the Associate Dean, Dr Corinne Caillaud.”

All of the artwork demonstrated the dedication that University of Sydney occupational therapy students put into researching the occupations of a community and communicating their findings creatively through a visual medium. The abstracts that accompanied the each work provided insight into issues of everyday participation in occupation of a community.

“In some instances, artwork explored how occupation united a community; in other instances artwork explored disruption to everyday occupation. In both instances, our students examined the impact on inclusion and participation of a community. It was wonderful to see how students learned about different cultural contexts and translated that learning into artwork and abstracts,” said Dr Villeneuve.

University of Sydney’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2015

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.

As the course leads to eligibility to practice, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in contemporary health.

Apply to the University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School!

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Do you have any questions about the University of Sydney occupational therapy program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Occupational therapy at the University of Sydney

Occupational therapy is a profession that focuses on enabling people’s full participation and meaning in life. It assists people to achieve their goals by focusing on their strengths rather than their restrictions or barriers.

The Discipline of Occupational Therapy is committed to quality research and education which will contribute to a greater understanding of human occupations—their roles, performance and adaptation—in order to enhance the knowledge base of the profession.

Occupational therapists work with their clients to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life.

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.

University of Sydney’s Master of Occupational Therapy

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2015

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.

As the course leads to eligibility to practice, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in contemporary health.

Apply to the University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School!

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Do you have any questions about occupational therapy programs in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Sydney Occupational Therapy School applications are open

Applications for the University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School for the 2016 intake are officially open via OzTREKK!

Sydney Occupational Therapy School

Study occupational therapy at the beautiful Sydney Uni!

The discipline of occupational therapy is part of the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences. University of Sydney occupational therapist graduates work in a wide variety of settings, from youth and community centres to community mental health and aged care services, hospitals, private practices, residential and policy bodies, just to name a few. Staff and students of the discipline are active in a number of research projects across a broad range of areas such as children’s play, ageing and adolescent mental health.

The University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.

This program aims to provide students with the professional competency requirements for occupational therapy practice. The program is a mix of core coursework- and fieldwork-based units, along with elective units. Fieldwork placements are scheduled in both years of the program, and typically take place in full-time blocks. The second year of the course is predominantly based in fieldwork settings with some on-campus attendance.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application Deadline: TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was October 31, 2014.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to this program, you must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree (Applicants without a degree in a health-related area are welcome to apply; if successful, these applicants complete prescribed units of study in anatomy and/or psychology as electives.);
  • 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% and 74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

Apply to Sydney Occupational Therapy School!

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Do you have questions about Sydney Occupational Therapy School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, February 20th, 2015

UQ Occupational Therapy application deadline approaching

Are you thinking of applying to UQ Occupational Therapy School? The application deadline of Friday, February 27, 2015 is quickly approaching! Please be sure to have all of your documents in by Thursday, February 26 in order for your complete application to be submitted on time.

UQ Occupational Therapy School

Study OT at the University of Queensland

UQ Occupational Therapy program

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2015
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2015

If you have a second program preference at the University of Queensland, particularly the Master of Speech Pathology Studies, Master of Physiotherapy Studies, or the Master of Audiology Studies program, please ensure that you list this as a second preference in the “Program of study” section of your UQ International Student Application for Graduate Coursework Studies application form. If you are not eligible for your first program preference or are not competitive, this will ensure that the university will automatically assess you for your second program preference!

Apply to the UQ Occupational Therapy School!

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If you have any questions about occupational therapy program at the UQ Occupational Therapy School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.