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Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Air Canada schedules year-round flights for Melbourne

Great news! Air Canada has upgraded its upcoming nonstop service between Vancouver and Melbourne from seasonal to year-round.

Air Canada schedules year-round flights for Melbourne

Air Canada has scheduled year-round flights for Melbourne

Seasonal flights to Melbourne from its Vancouver hub are scheduled four times a week during the peak summer holiday period between Dec. 1, 2017 and Feb. 4, 2018.

Air Canada will begin year-round flights on the route three times a week from June 1, 2018, with a morning departure from Melbourne and an overnight service out of Vancouver. The Star Alliance member airline already provides non-stop flights to Sydney and Brisbane.

While Qantas has operated seasonal flights between Sydney and Vancouver since January 2015, Air Canada is the only airline offering year-round nonstop flights from Australia to Canada.

Air Canada’s schedule for year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights

  • AC38 Melbourne to Vancouver (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday), Departure at 09:40 – Arrival at 07:35.
  • AC37 Vancouver to Melbourne (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), Departure 22:45 – Arrival 07:55+2

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Get more predeparture tips! Contact us at info@oztrekk.com and find out more about studying in Australia!

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Thank you for attending the OzTREKK Pre-departure Meet & Greets!

At OzTREKK, we are proud to assist our students in any way we can—including holding in-person pre-departure get-togethers, which have now morphed into full-blown Meet & Greets!

Sydney Dental School

Of course we had pizza!

Our pre-dep prep aims to guide students through the final steps as they prepare to live and study in Australia.We planned them this way so everyone has the opportunity to meet other students who will also be travelling to Australia to study—and to meet future friends and roommates.

Because each year gets bigger and better, this year we hit Toronto and Vancouver and Calgary, and we are so pleased we had a chance to meet you!

This year was so amazing. Many of our OzTREKK students and some of their family members joined us for these important meet-ups, and, as always, it was just as fun for OzTREKK staff as it was for the students! What a great way to prepare for your trek to Australia and get the latest 4-1-1 on what to expect—and meet some students who will be studying with you!

So, we send out a big thank you to everyone who came out to participate, and especially to Cathy and Bob Belanger, who helped us organise the OzTREKK Parents’ Network—it is very appreciated! We hope you all enjoyed your time with us, and if you have any suggestions for future Meet & Greets, please send them our way!

Australian medicine degrees
Tim Tam slam!
Australian universities
Snacks!
Australian universities
Signing in
Australian medicine degrees
Toronto Meet & Greet
Australian universities
Getting ready for trivia time
Australian universities
Parents’ Network in action

 

Monash medicine
Simran is heading to Monash Med School!
University of Sydney Dental School
Future Sydney dental student, Konnar, and family
Griffith University dentistry
Griffith dent student Monica and her lovely mom
Griffith Dental School
Monica G, trivia winner
UQ Dental School
Carly R, trivia winner
UQ Medical School
Yasaman M, trivia winner

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Would you like more information about how you can study in Australia? Are you getting ready to go and have questions? Contact us at info@oztrekk.com or call us toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

If you’ve applied to a physiotherapy program in Australia through OzTREKK, then you’ve met Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh!

Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

Physio Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh

Krista’s prepared a blog for everyone getting ready to go to Australia with tips for your predeparture preparation. Take it away, Krista!

Whenever the weather starts to get colder here in Canada, something very special happens here in the OzTREKK office. Offers start to roll in, and we enter into Pre-Departure season. In other words, we start to help our students get ready to escape the cold and head to Australia.
While this is meant to be an exciting time, it can be very overwhelming for many, but OzTREKK wants you to know that we have you covered! Really and truly, there are no stupid questions in the predeparture phase and if you are thinking it, there is a really great chance that somebody else is thinking it, too! It’s sort of like turning to Google to answer your seemingly stupid question only to find that thousands of other people have wondered the very same thing (this does happen to you too, right?).

Whether you consider yourself a travelling expert or not, the majority of your anxiety likely comes from picking up your life, packing it in a suitcase and moving it across the world.

In light of this, I took the liberty of Googling some of the first things that would come to my mind in preparation for the long trek to Oz. I came across some really helpful tips and blogs that I think you will benefit from!

  1. How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on
  2. Booking an Airbnb for the First-Time User
  3. How To Survive a Long Haul Flight
  4. How To Dress Like a Local in Australia
  5. How To Pack a Suitcase in 30 Minutes
  6. How to Prepare for your Arrival with Google Maps
  7. How to Say Goodbye and Move Across the World
  8. Brush up on Australian Slang (because it won’t sound like English)
  9. Check out the Lonely Planet Website
Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

Are you getting ready to study in Australia?

Once you have browsed through all of this, you will likely have additional questions that come to mind. Feel free to Google away, and if there is anything you are unsure about, please make sure that you check in with your OzTREKK Admissions Officer so that we can help you out!

Happy planning and packing!

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What are you predeparture questions? Send them our way: info@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355. We’ll get you ready to study in Australia!

Friday, November 17th, 2017

UQ Business School MBA tops Australia yet again

The University of Queensland Business School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has ranked first in Australia and the Asia-Pacific and 16th in the world in the 2017 Economist MBA rankings.

UQ Business School MBA tops Australia yet again

Study at UQ Business School!

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s full-time MBA program was in a class of its own, with The Economist recognising it as a clear league leader outside the United States and Europe for the sixth consecutive year.

“Our strong performance in this highly respected ranking is undoubtedly the result of the hard work and dedication of staff, students and alumni, and we look forward to further growing and shaping the program into the future,” he said.

Only three Australian universities were placed among the world’s top-50 MBA programs in the ranking, which considers student outcomes based on student feedback and post-MBA achievements including salaries for the three years after completing the program.

“The fact that we did so well is particularly impressive given the slide in the Australian dollar and the resources sector downturn.”

UQ Business School MBA Program Director Associate Professor Tim Kastelle said the MBA program was designed to help people achieve their ambitions.

“This ranking is an excellent reflection of the fact that it is successfully doing so.”

UQ’s MBA program has also earned a five-star Graduate Management Association of Australia rating for the 13thyear running.

About the UQ MBA

UQ Business School is also known for its strong links with the business world and its lecturers act as consultants to leading companies worldwide. This means that knowledge gained through research is tested in the high-pressure world of consultancy which ensures teaching is always fresh and relevant. The MBA integrates theory, real-life practice and personal reflection to develop principled, innovative leaders who solve complex problems and produce systemic change.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 year
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year

Apply to the UQ Business School!

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Find out more about UQ Business School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

University of Sydney moves up in latest global rankings

The University of Sydney has placed 34th in the world in the latest US News Best Global Universities rankings.

The excellent result sees the university move from 45th place last year and maintain its second position in the national rankings.

University of Sydney moves up in latest global rankings

The University of Sydney moves up in world rankings

“The university’s high-quality research is the main reason for our continuing success in these prestigious rankings. It reflects our ongoing commitment to being a leading comprehensive, research-intensive university in Australia and the world,” said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said, “Our Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Public Health and Clinical Medicine research excelled in this year’s rankings.”

For example, Professor Pippa Norris, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations, has led a global Electoral Integrity Project which has recently compared 241 parliamentary and presidential elections in 158 countries around the world.

“Not only has her team’s work resulted in a large number of high-quality publications, but has also generated an enormous amount of media and public attention at a time when electoral systems are under increasing scrutiny around the world,” Professor Ivison said.

Another timely example is the recent report by Associate Professor Philip Alpers, from the Sydney School of Public Health, whose research findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that while gun deaths have declined since Australia’s gun reforms, no state or territory fully complies with the laws.

The US News Best Global rankings were established in 2014 use Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science database, formerly known as Thomson-Reuters, to rank the top 1,250 institutions globally (increased from 1,000 last year).  Factors such as reputation, publications, books, conferences, international collaboration and citations are considered.

Internationally Harvard University is the top ranked institution.

Popular schools for Canadians at the University of Sydney

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Think you might be interested in studying at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK to find out more: info@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Griffith Medical School scholarship application deadline extended

Have you applied to Griffith Medical School?

Griffith Medical School scholarship application deadline extended

Find out how you can study at Griffith Medical School

The Griffith Medical School is known for its innovation and excellence in medical research and education. Griffith MD students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the brand new Gold Coast University Hospital.

The Doctor of Medicine program is a four-year graduate-entry program and focuses on four major themes:
1. Doctor and Patient
2. Knowledge of Health and Illness
3. Doctor and Health in the Community
4. Doctor and Law, Ethics and Professional Practice

And, guess what? Griffith offers a scholarship for the Doctor of Medicine program and has extended this deadline to November 30.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in Medicine

For: High-achieving graduates applying for the Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith University
Available to: New students commencing in Trimester 1, 2018
Level of study: Postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $5,000 in total (two tuition payments of $2500 each)
Duration: Up to 4 years of study
Program of study: Doctor of Medicine
Applications close: November 30, 2017

Applicants are required to write a personal statement addressing three questions (200 words per question):

  1. Demonstration your knowledge of the profession of medicine and the broader role of medicine in the health care system.
  2. Demonstration your leadership and teamwork skills. Please also indicate your plans for the future.
  3. Outline any challenges you have faced in your education and in what way you have sought to overcome these challenges.

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Would you like more information about this scholarship and about studying at Griffith Medical School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

UQ Faculty of Medicine Information Session Nov. 14, 2017

Why is the University of Queensland the #1 choice for Canadian students studying medicine in Australia?

The Doctor of Medicine offered at the University of Queensland is a postgraduate medical program designed to produce highly skilled doctors capable of meeting future medical challenges in a wide variety of settings.

UQ Faculty of Medicine Information Session Nov. 14, 2017

RSVP for the upcoming UQ Faculty of Medicine info session!

If you’re considering studying medicine in Australia, you are welcome to join OzTREKK and members of the UQ Faculty of Medicine for the upcoming seminar at Western University.

This is your opportunity to meet Professor Robyn Ward AM, Executive Dean (Acting), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice President (Research); Prof Stuart Carney, Deputy Executive Dean and Medical Dean, Faculty of Medicine; and Ms Cecile McGuire, Manager International, Faculty of Medicine.

Canadian students interested in studying medicine at UQ can learn more about this world-renowned medical program. Find out more about entry requirements, program structure, clinical placements, and about the accreditation process—how you can practice in Canada!

Location: Western University, McKellar Theatre
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time:  3 – 5 p.m.
RSVP!

Why study the UQ Doctor of Medicine?

The UQ Doctor of Medicine is a postgraduate medical program designed to produce highly skilled doctors capable of meeting future medical challenges in a wide variety of settings.

Years 1 and 2 combine biomedical sciences, public health, medical ethics and clinical skills training in a case-based learning context, focused around a series of patient-centred cases, each designed to highlight principles and issues in health and disease. Early patient contact, clinical reasoning and research training are embedded to develop advanced clinical skills and medical knowledge required for evidence-based clinical practice. In Years 3 and 4, clinical placements are organised around 10 core medical disciplines delivered across 11 clinical schools (hospitals).

Program: Doctor of Medicine
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available Intake: January 2019
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. Applications generally open in early spring each year.

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Would you like more information about this upcoming UQ Faculty of Medicine information session? Please Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, November 13th, 2017

JCU researchers look at innovative ways to solve the GP shortage in the bush

Researchers from the JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry have been awarded $150,000 to investigate how best to address the GP shortage in the bush.

“For decades, rural and remote regions across north and western Queensland have struggled to attract and retain specialist GPs,” said Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Director of Medical Education at JCU.

JCU researchers looking at innovative ways to solve the GP shortage in the bush

JCU medicine graduates are uniquely qualified to work in rural and remote areas

“James Cook University is working to address the crisis through its specialist GP training program to build a rural, regional and remote health workforce for the most underserved regions across the state,” Professor Sen Gupta said.

The JCU team is working in partnership with researchers from the Monash University School of Rural Health.

The funding will enable the research team to determine where the GP shortage is greatest, and how best to ensure specialist GP training places can be established to meet the demand.

They’ll also identify innovative training and supervision models to increase the delivery of high quality GP registrar training in underserved communities.

“We aim to identify the challenges and opportunities associated with developing and strengthening the provision of high-quality training in areas of greatest need, and to increase rural workforce recruitment and retention,” said lead researcher, Associate Professor Carole Reeve from JCU’s specialist GP training program, GMT.

“Results from the study will assist JCU’s Generalist Medical Training (GMT) program to work with communities and practices to strengthen health care in underserved north and west Queensland communities,” Associate Professor Carole Reeve said.

Professor Sen Gupta said there’s strong evidence that JCU medical graduates are practicing in regional and rural locations in a very different pattern of distribution to that of other medical schools.

“JCU’s GMT program has enhanced this by training registrars in rural and remote locations, where many remain after completing training,” Professor Sen Gupta said.

“This study will help better understand where the need is greatest, and how we can recruit graduates to train and work in the most underserved communities.”

About GMT

Generalist Medical Training is James Cook University’s specialist training program within the College of Medicine and Dentistry. This program has been contracted by the Australian Government Department of Health to deliver Australian General Practice training (AGPT) in North Western Queensland. The AGPT program is a vocational training program for medical graduates (registrars) who are pursuing a career in the specialty of General Practice.

About the JCU Medical Program

JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry medical program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia. Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 6 years

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Discover more about JCU and its medicine program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com.

Friday, November 10th, 2017

How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Meet our Marketing Coordinator Lindsay Rodney. If you’ve ever been to an OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair or info session, you can bet Lindsay planned it! Here, Lindz talks about getting the most out of your very long flight to Australia!

How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Me on Brighton Beach, Melbourne, in front of one of the “bathing boxes”

When I first heard I was heading to Australia, my first thought was… well I can’t really say it here, but you can bet there were a lot of bad words that came to mind (in a good way).  I couldn’t believe that I was going to a country that I only dreamed of—and for work nonetheless.

My second thought was, “How long is the flight?” Travelling from Ottawa to Melbourne is quite a distance and then it sank in: I was going to have to endure  a 26+ hour journey with a  14+hour flight mixed in. I had no idea how people did it!

I’m not a person who’s scared of flying, In fact, I actually like it; however, sitting in a 2’ x 3’ area for more than 14 hours in one sitting was going to be a challenge. So I tried to prepare myself as much as possible, packing my carry-on with snacks, a book and my power cord and hoped for the best. However, after completing the journey, there were a few things I learned that could help a few of you.

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Get ready to watch!

Here are my top five tips to do when preparing for your first flight to Australia!

Download Netflix Series/Movies

This is a great opportunity to catch up on all those series your friends are talking about! You’re going to hibernate for 14 hours and come out on the other side knowing all there is to know about the Upside Down and Demogorgons.

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Take care of your feet so you don’t get “cankles”

Tip: Download the episodes in advance on Wi-Fi and delete them as you watch them; this will help make room for all those amazing pics you’re going to take. 🙂

 Get Compression/Travel Socks

When my mom asked me if I needed compression socks, I said “Mom I’m not 50. I’ll be fine!” Apparently I am 50, and I had “cankles” for about five days after I arrived in Melbourne.  When my feet finally returned to normal, I found the closest chemist (drug store) and bought a pair of travel socks for the flight home.

Tip: Don’t’ be a hero—get compression socks! Your feet will thank you!

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Stay hydrated

Bring a Water Bottle

Keep hydrated! I filled up my water bottle before I boarded the plane, and had the flight attendants fill it up when I needed it. It was helpful as then it also gave me an excuse to get up, stretch my legs and of course, go to the bathroom.

Tip: Staying hydrated will also help with “cankles” (related to #2)!

Don’t Wait to get Snacks

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Bring dry snacks you love

I flew from Ottawa to Vancouver, Vancouver to Brisbane, and then Brisbane to Melbourne, and when I left Ottawa I was really craving some BBQ crunchy coated peanuts and thought, it’s okay, I’ll get them in Vancouver. Nope! I searched everywhere for them and there were none in sight.

Tip: When you see a snack you want, get it because it won’t be at your next stop!

Bonus Tip: I suggest flying through Vancouver instead of the U.S. There are flights from Vancouver to Brisbane and from Vancouver to Sydney. This way you only have to go through customs once and you don’t risk getting delayed at LAX. 🙂

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Enjoy yourself!

Take Everything In!

This is going to be an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Don’t stress about the little details because when you’re sitting on the pier looking at the Sydney Opera House, the cankles will have been well worth it!

Tip: This is what it’s all about—enjoy this experience. You’ve made it!

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I would love to see your tips and tricks to make your flight a little more bearable, use #oztrekk and share yours with us!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Start your study-in-Australia countdown right

Moving to the other side of the planet can be stressful. You’re about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life, and if you let stress get the better of you, it can lead to unnecessary anxiety and forgotten tasks.

Start your study-in-Australia countdown right

It’s not too early to start your pre-departure checklist

Now is the time to be confident and excited, and the best way to be that way is to know you’re prepared. Ease your mind by tackling the countdown as systematically as possible. Let’s go through a list of the things you should be considering before your departure!

Documents

Print out all your offer documents, proof of enrollment, etc. Consider printing copies of your resume, references from previous landlords, banking statements, copies of your driver’s licence, etc. as these will be required for your accommodation search, and possibly when you land in Australia. Make a list of all the documents you will need, make several copies (as required), and organise it all in a folder that you will put in your carry-on.

Cell phone

Unlock your phone while still in Canada and use someone else’s card in your phone to test it out.

Travel itinerary

Keep an eye on your flights as they could change and not notify you. Find out how early you need to be at the airport.

Money

Have you got your Australian bank account set up? If not, now is the time to get that organised. Most banks allow you to open an account from Canada, up to three months before you arrive. You’ll need access to money/cheques etc. when you’re searching for accommodation (if you’re going to be living in a private rental), and many real estate agents/landlords will not take cash.

Location, location, location

Where are you headed? We have three words: Google Street View! It’s a good idea to look at your campus and city maps. Check out the transit schedule and snoop around your university’s website; they have an “international” section with lots of helpful tips!

Pack

Organise your carry-on (documents folder!).

You may not need to start packing now, but at least consider the main items. Consider what type of clothing you’ll need. Summer only? Winter? Believe it or not, Melbourne can get quite chilly during their winter months, June, July and August. It’s a good idea to take your fall items at minimum. Even Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane has cold nights in winter. Start your packing list and get tips from YouTube regarding the best way to pack—you’ll get a lot of ideas! It’s also a good idea to include a backpack/duffel for when you travel in Australia.

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Hopefully this list will help you feel more settled and relaxed during this pre-departure phase! If you have concerns, please reach out to your OzTREKK Admissions Officer! Do you have any pre-departure tips? Send them our way: info@oztrekk.com.