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Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Griffith Law School celebrates milestone

From an inaugural cohort of just 75 students in 1992, Griffith Law School has been recognised as one of Queensland’s most influential law schools while maintaining the university’s unwavering commitment to social justice.

Griffith Law School celebrates milestone

Study law at Griffith University, Gold Coast

Dean of Law Professor Pene Mathew said the school can look back with immense pride as it came together to celebrate at the school’s 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Brisbane’s Victoria Park.

“We had a mere five staff members when we first opened the school in 1992 and our small student intake had access to just the one clinical course which was at the Caxton Community Legal Service.

“Today, our students are exposed to a wide range of clinical courses where they can work with clients and are supervised by lawyers in real world legal situations.”

Ranked in the world top 100 law schools in the latest QS Rankings, Griffith Law School is also recognised as a world leader in the discipline of law in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Rankings).

“The result in 2017 which saw us rank 38th in the world, third in Australia and first in Queensland is spectacular, especially for a school that is only a quarter of a century old,” Professor Mathew said.

The 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner has brought together a who’s who of the legal fraternity both locally and nationally. Senior members of the judiciary and the legal profession were guests with the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC taking the stage as the evening’s Guest Speaker.

A host of Griffith law alumni also attended, keen to share stories from their time at the law school which now teaches across both the university’s Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

Griffith Law School

Griffith Law School‘s three-year graduate Bachelor of Laws program includes Canadian Law courses to prepare for the National Committee on Accreditation exams to certify your Griffith law degree for practice in Canada. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalised advice on how to prepare. You can even attempt the exams on the Gold Coast before returning to Canada.

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the predeparture process.

Apply to Griffith Law School!

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Do you have any questions regarding Griffith Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

University of Newcastle stands strong among the world’s best

The University of Newcastle continues to stand strong among the world’s best, ranking in the top 300 universities in the world, in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

University of Newcastle stands strong among the world’s best

THE World University Rankings (Image via: UON)

Now in their 14th year, the THE World University Rankings, evaluate universities worldwide across five key areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

The 2018 THE ranking includes 1,102 of the world’s leading research universities, up from 980 from the previous ranking, and includes 67 universities not previously assessed.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the independent ranking was an excellent achievement that reflected UON’s vision to stand as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, creating a better future for its regions through innovation and impact.

“Our performance in the 2018 THE World University Rankings is recognition of the hard work of our researchers, academics and professional staff in delivering superior education and world-class research and innovation that creates new thinking, new ideas and new breakthroughs, not just in Australia, but around the world.

“We are also delighted the University of Newcastle’s reputation for delivering specialised degrees, shaped around global learning, work placements and entrepreneurial approaches to study has been acknowledged.”

UON also performed strongly in the categories “industry income,” which measures the level of engagement between academics and their industry partners; and “international outlook,” the proportion of international students and staff, as well as international research collaborations.

“We’re proud that today’s THE World University Rankings recognise our many strengths and place UON among the world’s best.”

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Learn more about how you can study at the University of Newcastle! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

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!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

James Cook University buildings clean up

James Cook University’s new, innovative buildings—The Science Place and AITHM, Townsville—have been recognised as the best of their type by the Master Builders North Queensland.

JCU buildings clean up at the Master Builders' Awards

JCU AITHM building in Townsville (Photo: JCU)

The $80-million Science Place, a state-of-the-art educational science building constructed by Lendlease and opened earlier this year, was judged Project of the Year.

The five level, 12,000-square-metre building also won the ‘Educational Facilities over $10m’ category. Judge John Galloway called it “…the pinnacle of cutting-edge campus design.”

Professor Marcus Lane, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at JCU, said the award was an important recognition for the builders and architects.

“But also for those members of the JCU community who conceived the project, successfully sought resources for its construction, and oversaw the detailed design. And now, the best part: they get to use this magnificent facility to create new scientific knowledge and make it available to north Queenslanders,” he said.

JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) building on the Townsville campus also won the ‘Health Facility over $20m’ category.

The $31-million world-class infectious diseases research facility was built by Watpac Construction and officially opened last year.

AITHM Director Professor Louis Schofield said the building provides laboratories and office spaces for research programs in tropical health and medicine for Australia and the region, specifically building important biosecurity capacity for northern Australia.

JCU buildings clean up at the Master Builders' Awards

The Science Place (Photo: JCU)

“The PC3 laboratory enables AITHM to make a significant contribution to Queensland’s competitive advantage. It is the only one of its kind between Brisbane and Singapore, allowing for world-leading research to be undertaken locally.

“With the inclusion of the PC2 laboratories and the Translational Research facility, this building enables AITHM to complete the full research spectrum from bench to bedside including research training, and the transfer and commercialisation of research findings into better health care delivery,” said Professor Schofield.

To top it all off, Verandah Walk, the all-weather covered pathway built by RCQ Construction that links buildings at JCU’s Townsville campus won the ‘Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10M’ category.

Tricia Brand, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Division of Services and Resources at James Cook University, said the new buildings demonstrate the university’s commitment to provide state of the art infrastructure for students, staff and north Queensland communities.

“These facilities create learning and social spaces which enhance the student experience and enable our staff to undertake cutting edge research,” she said.

Science Place

Externally the building has been wrapped in a series of interconnected sunshade elements which dapple the sunlight while providing protection from the harsh tropical sun. Internally the building has a welcoming openness about it with the use of natural materials like polished concrete, timber and a colour palette to match, with natural sunlight enhancing the entry foyer and communal spaces. This is a building to be enjoyed by its occupants.

While the offices have open planning and transparency, these spaces still provide privacy to engage in quiet study. This building represents the pinnacle of cutting edge campus design and reflects the maturity of JCU’s approach in delivering this latest addition to their portfolio.

AITHM

A complex design with highly technical and world class building services which control the management of the internal environment including a labyrinth of NATA approved laboratories. The contractor has displayed a high level of workmanship with a quite difficult build utilising their skills in presenting a campus building that exceeds expectations. Again, the use of natural materials and sunshading effects has been maximised to advantage in contributing to a sustainable building that results in a striking external appearance that recognises good design and respect to the tropical environment.

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Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Heather Brown for more information about science degrees available at James Cook University!

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Bond cements its position as Australia’s #1 for Student Experience

Would you like to study at a university where the professors know you by name, where class sizes are small, and where you are encouraged to focus on life after graduation?

Then let us introduce you to Bond University!

Bond cements its position as Australia's #1 for Student Experience

Bond is ranked number one in Australia for student experience—for the 12th year in a row! (Photo: Bond University)

For the twelfth year in a row, Bond has received more 5-star ratings for Student Experience than any other university in Australia in the latest edition of The Good Universities Guide.

Bond received the highest award of 5-stars for all six Student Experience measures—Overall, Teaching Quality, Learner Engagement, Learning Resources, Student Support and Skills Development—as well as 5-stars for Student:Staff Ratio and Student Retention.

In addition to the institutional rankings, this year The Good Universities Guide has introduced rankings by field of study. Bond received several 5-star ratings across various metrics for every field of study that is taught at the university, demonstrating that Bond University provides an exceptional experience for all of its students.

Bond University’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said he was very proud to see Bond continue to deliver the nation’s best student experience for the 12th consecutive year.

“Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and every decision we make, so its pleasing to see this absolute focus on providing a world-class, transformational student experience is reflected in The Good Universities Guide 2018 ratings,” Professor Brailsford said.

“I am also very proud that we deliver continually and consistently, year-on-year and across each and every field of study that Bond offers.”

Professor Brailsford cited Bond’s small class sizes, personalised approach, practical learning opportunities, links to industry, and focus on outcomes as key factors influencing its five-star student experience ratings.

The study facilities at Bond are world-class and incorporate high-tech lecture theatres, the latest broadband and Wi-Fi computer connections, and libraries that rank among Australia’s best.

Complementing these academic features, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of recreational and social outlets that encourage interaction between students outside the classroom.

Bond University defines internationalisation throughout policy and practice as ensuring that

  • international students have a quality university experience;
  • all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
  • the university provides leadership for global relations.

Find out more about these popular schools at Bond University:

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Questions about studying at Bond University? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

UQ marine scientists expose planetary emergency in new Netflix doc

A new Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral, has hit the world’s small screens.

UQ marine scientists expose planetary emergency in new Netflix documentary

Chasing Coral poster (Image via UQ)

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was the chief scientific adviser on the documentary, which starkly records and reveals the impact of climate change on the world’s coral reefs.

Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski’s film follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists on the epic ocean adventure.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg plays a starring role in the documentary along with UQ marine scientists Dr Pim Bongaerts, Dr Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero, Professor Justin Marshall, and other world-renowned coral reef experts.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said the documentary was a powerful way to reveal the impact climate change is having on our reefs.

“This is as much about the emotional side of reef losses as it is about the compelling science behind this planetary emergency,” he said.

For the past three years, Jeff and his team have followed the work of The Ocean Agency, revealing the global bleaching event and its impacts on the world’s coral reefs.

Audiences will witness the painful process as the team invent the first ever time-lapse camera to record coral bleaching as it happens. The effort is anything but straightforward as the scientists doggedly battle technical malfunctions and the force of nature below the waves.

With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic production.

The film is the result of more than 650 hours spent underwater, footage from volunteers in 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from across the world.

Chasing Coral by Exposure Labs premiered on Netflix, and was produced in association with Argent Pictures, The Kendeda Fund and in partnership with The Ocean Agency and View Into the Blue.

Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland

Environmental management is the planning and implementation of actions geared to improve the quality of the human environment. The postgraduate programs in environmental management at UQ are multidisciplinary programs designed to enhance the skills and technical expertise of graduates working in all facets of the environmental arena. The programs aim to produce managers able to address the many issues in the highly complex and changing area of environmental management. At the master’s level the degree may be taken in a range of fields.

Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:

  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Development

Why study Conservation Biology?
One of the biggest problems confronting biologists worldwide is the increased extinction rate of animal and plant species. This is due in large part to the impact humans have had on land use, climate and resource consumption—an impact that is decreasing the earth’s biodiversity and increasing the number of endangered or threatened species at an alarming rate. Conservation biology is an integrative discipline that focuses on the problems of restoring and maintaining viable populations of animal and plant species, and natural and managed ecosystems. The program aims to provide core theoretical and practical training in conservation biology.

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Admissions requirements

Bachelor degree in environmental studies, geography, natural resources, biology, ecology, conservation, sustainable development, environmental engineering, marine science, or an approved discipline. UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Are you interested in studying environmental sciences or marine science at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Heather Brown for more information at heather@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

What’s so great about the Macquarie University Hospital?

Just three weeks ago we announced the new Doctor of Medicine program being offered at Macquarie University. The addition of the Macquarie MD now means that OzTREKK students now have eight medical programs to choose from!

What's so great about the Macquarie University Hospital?

Macquarie University Hospital is the only Australian private teaching hospital linked to a university (Image: Macquarie)

The Macquarie MD aims to provide students with a high-quality and innovative learning experience. With a small annual intake of 60 (40 domestic and 20 international), students will have access to impressive facilities and medical educators, researchers and clinicians.

What’s so great about the Macquarie University Hospital?

A hospital is a hospital, right? Well, not quite. Let us explain.

Along with the amazing—and paid for—clinical year in Hyderabad, India, MD students will also spend much of their time at the Macquarie University Hospital, which is Australia’s most technologically advanced private hospital on a university campus. The hospital is co-located with the Australian School of Advanced Medicine and also houses medical services for students and staff. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University is the fifth and newest faculty formed in 2014. It is also the only medical faculty in Australia to be linked to a not-for-profit private teaching hospital on its campus.

Macquarie University Hospital is a new, world-class medical facility revolutionising the Australian medical scene. With 187 beds, 16 operating theatres and state of the art equipment, Macquarie University Hospital attracts the best medical personnel and delivers an exceptional level of patient care.

Clinical programs include

Macquarie University Hospital is progressive hospital in which doctors and staff focus on providing care of the highest quality to every patient, and on leveraging technology in the pursuit of patient care, research and training.

 

Purpose of Macquarie University Hospital

To heal – At Macquarie University Hospital, leading doctors and nurses work together to provide the highest quality care using the latest medical technology. With 152 beds, 12 operating theatres and clinics in radiology, pathology, radiotherapy and oncology, the hospital provides services across a broad range of specialties.

To learn – Expert doctors at Macquarie University Hospital not only deliver the best care to patients, but also educate other doctors, passing on their valuable knowledge and experience. Many leading specialists teach at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, which is located next to the hospital and facilitates the learning of the next generation of specialists—MD and DPT students!

To discover – Medical treatments are constantly evolving. Macquarie University Hospital staff are committed to a process of improvement and advancement. Macquarie doctors not only use and teach the latest medical and surgical techniques, but also conduct research to discover better therapies, so that they can continue to deliver the most effective treatments. To do this, Macquarie University Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences work together to conduct research into best clinical practice. Much of their research is based on the concept of “translational research,” a process of adapting scientific discoveries to become practical improvements in patient care at the bedside.

Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: October 5, 2017

Apply to the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine!

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Find out more about the Doctor of Medicine program at Macquarie University! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Monash law students shine at awards night

Monash Law School students Sophie Tversky and Hannah McDonald were finalists in the Law Student Of The Year category at the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

Monash University law students shine at awards night School

Sophie Tversky and Hannah McDonald (Photo: Monash University)

And a huge win for barrister William Lye, a Monash law graduate and chief examiner of contracts in the Monash JD. William won the national Barrister of the Year award, as well as the prize of prizes—the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award.

Culminating in a glitzy 700-person event in Sydney, the Australian Law Awards recognise the innovative work of firms and individuals in various practice areas, as well as the outstanding achievements of students.

“It was wonderful to be able to celebrate and meet those in the industry who are driving change and positive impact within our profession,” Sophie said. “It was fantastic to represent Monash University.”

“To win the ‘best of the best’ was just amazing,” William said. ”This was a significant honour because I get to set an example for our diverse Australian community.

“To see that a Chinese Australian can make it to the industry’s top—this will inspire a younger generation of Australians, particularly from diverse communities, that they should persist in their goals and never give up.”

In an exciting development, Hannah has also made it to the finals of the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, to be held in October.

Monash University Law School  – Juris Doctor

Monash Law School offers high-quality teaching by leading academics and practitioners who are experts in the teaching of law and legal practice. Additionally, the JD program offers an interactive learning environment, small class sizes and innovative teaching.

The Monash JD program is unique as it allows students to undertake up to six elective units from the extensive Monash Law master’s program once the compulsory units have been completed. This allows students to tailor their degree and choose units that complement their interests and professional aspirations while ensuring graduates are well-rounded professionals with the core skills required to follow a wide range of legal and professional career paths.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply now to Monash Law School!

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Would you like more information about Monash Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 8th, 2017

OzTREKK scholarship up for grabs!

So, you’ve applied to an Australian university through OzTREKK. Have you applied for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship yet? The application deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

OzTREKK scholarship up for grabs!

Don’t forget to apply for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship.

Why are you inspired to study in Australia? Who are you? How do you contribute to your community?

Applicants must submit a video explaining why they should be considered. We encourage you to be creative and tell us about yourself! Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (or any other platform that can be accessed by OzTREKK via a link). It must not require log-in or a password.

The video must be no more than 2 minutes in length.

Applicants may also submit a max. 1-page personal statement that explains your community leadership; however, this is not mandatory.

Applicants, please submit video link (and letter, if desired) to scholarship@oztrekk.com by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Applications close: November 8, 2017*
2018 Winner announced: December 2017 (date to be finalized)

*Please note late applications will not be considered.

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Get all the details about the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship. Let us know if you have any questions! Contact us at info@oztrekk.com or ask your admissions officer. We look forward to your submissions!

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.