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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Sydney Health Sciences asks, which sport and fitness course is right for you?

Are you interested in health sciences? You’ve got a wonderful selection of study areas to choose from: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology…. But have you considered exercise and sports science?

Sydney Health Sciences is known for world-leading health sciences education and research. The discipline of exercise and sport science focuses on the integration of exercise and physical activity into health care, sports performance, disease prevention and rehabilitation.

Graduates have the opportunity to utilise principles such as biomechanics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and gait analysis to evaluate and improve the performance of a diverse range of athletes.

The career paths followed by graduates are many and varied and depend mostly on the specific interests and aspirations of the individual. Broadly defined, the areas of employment entered by recent graduates include the sport industry, fitness industry, health industry, occupational health and safety, public health, rehabilitation, research and technology, education and medical insurance.

University of Sydney Master of Exercise Physiology

Sydney Health Sciences asks, which sport and fitness course is right for you?

Dr Ollie Jay is the Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and a Senior Lecturer in Thermoregulatory Physiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences. (Photo: University of Sydney)

The Master of Exercise Physiology is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice.

Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.

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 the contemporary health system.

Program: Master of Exercise Physiology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA

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Find out more about studying the Master of Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, March 27th, 2015

University of Sydney shows strong leadership in new national academy

Researchers from the University of Sydney feature prominently in the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, which was launched this week by Australian Federal Health Minister, the Hon Sussan Ley MP.

The Academy brings together the nation’s leading health and medical science experts, and will play an important role in the health and medical sciences policy landscape in Australia.

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Health Minister Sussan Ley said, “The establishment of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science would continue to build on AustraIia’s world-leading medical research sector.”

Sydney Public Health School’s Professor Louise Baur and Sydney Medical School Professor Anushka Patel have been honoured as Council members, and 19 leading researchers from the university and its affiliated institutes join them as new Fellows.

The Academy will provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and medical research in Australia.

It will also mentor the next generation of health and medical science researchers and provide a forum for discussion on progress on medical research, with an emphasis on translation of research into practice.

Responding to the news, Professor Jill Trewhella, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said “I applaud our researchers at the University of Sydney and affiliated institutes for being recognised in such a prestigious manner. Their nomination to the Academy reflects their capacity for senior leadership and strong advocacy for health and medical science.

“Health and medical research is an area that Australia leads in globally, so having strong voices from our leading academics and an authoritative platform to speak from is fabulous.”

Among those recognised for their significant contributions to improving human health through excellence in medical research, the Fellows representing University of Sydney and our affiliated organisations were Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of Sydney Medical School and Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean of Sydney Health Sciences.

Sydney Medical School Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Main round: Monday, July 6, 2015; October round: Monday, September 7, 2015

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Sydney Occupational Therapy student honoured at awards night

The Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences recently held its annual Awards Night in MacLaurin Hall at the University of Sydney. These awards are held to recognise students, staff and alumni who have excelled in their work as well as their contributions to the community.

Sydney Occupational Therapy School

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The Dean, Professor Kathryn Refshauge told the assembled students, alumni and staff to “be brave and really live your life,” a life lesson she is passionate about. Professor Refshauge spoke of her admiration for the hard work, dedication and achievement of award winners recognised on the night.

The guest speaker for the event was alumnus Jordan O’Reilly. Jordan completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at the Faculty in 2012 and, during this time, established Fighting Chance Australia, a youth-led not-for-profit organisation which creates choice opportunities for young adults with physical disabilities.

As operations director of Fighting Chance, Jordan oversees daily operations and volunteer management. As he explained, “Fighting Chance now focuses on giving people meaning through occupation… in the way the rest of us take for granted.”

Jordan spoke about his late brother Shane who had a profound disability, and was his inspiration for beginning Fighting Chance. Jordan spoke about how people with disabilities in Australia are “ignored, invisible and siloed” by society, saying “I wanted to do better for my brother and his peers.”

Concluding his speech, Jordan wished all the award winners his congratulations and said, “I hope you genuinely feel the significance of your awards tonight.”

Wonder what it’s like to study health sciences at the University of Sydney? The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health sciences, allied health research and education. University of Sydney Health Sciences faculty are changing the health landscape and working to improve health and well-being for individuals, families and communities worldwide.

There are several disciplines within the Sydney Health Sciences:

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: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2014

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Friday, May 9th, 2014

University of Sydney occupational therapy research showcase success

Sydney Health Sciences hosted an Occupational Therapy Research Showcase at Cumberland campus on Wednesday, April 30. The showcase consisted of a free three-hour seminar highlighting the diverse range of research conducted by staff and occupational therapy students at the faculty.

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More than 160 people attended the showcase, which included allied health clinicians from diverse areas of practice and settings—heads of services and departments as well as representatives from the professional association and the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, academics, recent graduates and current occupational therapy students.

The keynote speakers for the event were Professor Lindy Clemson and Professor Anita Bundy. Staff and students presented 10-minute papers, demonstrating the diversity of research conducted by the discipline.

“It was incredibly successful,” said one of the event organisers Dr Nicola Hancock. “Twenty-four occupational therapy discipline academics and post graduate research students presented short ‘tasters’ of some of the research work they are currently engaged in.”

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: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2014

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.

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

Sydney Health Sciences focuses on forgotten families following workplace death

University of Sydney academics are advocating for a greater focus on the emotional, physical and financial toll of sudden workplace death on surviving families.

“The impact of a sudden, traumatic workplace death for the families of the workers killed is rarely considered beyond the days immediately following the death,” says Associate Professor Lynda Matthews from the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences.

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“This is mainly because the formal procedures and investigations are focused on making judgments about possible breaches of law. They do not recognise families’ need for timely information, support and justice.

“Despite some efforts to support them, families often experience extreme isolation.”

Associate Professor Matthews and colleagues are conducting a world-first study to identify improvements that will help to better manage the consequences for families.

This follows a 2011 pilot study which showed profound long-term suffering for families.

“Our interviews revealed psychological problems such as depression and anxiety, and long-term physical health consequences like obesity, and all of this on top of financial stress,” commented Professor Matthews.

“The impact on the children involved was particularly disturbing, with family tensions widespread and drug and alcohol use and violence common among adolescent children of deceased workers.”

This has prompted a call for an increased focus on how formal protocols respond to families following traumatic work-related death.

Participants in the previous study discussed varying interactions with authorities following the death, with some acknowledging the death in meaningful ways and others responding in ways that families perceived as hurtful.

“One thing that became very clear was that protocols for keeping families informed of developments regarding inquests, investigations and court cases were not effective and require urgent attention,” the Sydney Health Sciences professor said, adding that despite recent attempts at reform, there is little evidence of regulatory processes meeting families’ needs for information or support at any stage of the post-death process.

April 28 is the international day of mourning for workplace death. In Australia, more than 5,000 family members of workers become survivors of traumatic workplace death each year. Approximately 90 per cent of victims are male. In Canada, approximately four workers die every day, and more than 1,000 die every year because of workplace accidents or from illness caused at the workplace (Canadian Labour Congress).

Health Sciences at the University of Sydney

Sydney Health Sciences has a proud history of working with its network of researchers, industry and community partners around the world to produce some Australia’s leading clinicians and foremost thinkers in the health and social policy fields.

Sydney’s health sciences learning and teaching programs are enhanced by their research efforts and aim to develop a new generation of allied health practitioners, corporate professionals, academics and researchers who will drive change within the health sector. The faculty attracts the best and brightest students from all walks of life and gives them the opportunity to become the future leaders in health.

Disciplines at Sydney Health Sciences

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

NETRAD CT-Scanner opens at University of Sydney

The NETRAD imaging facility, located at the University of Sydney’s Cumberland campus, was officially opened on Friday Feb. 21, 2014.

Sydney Health Sciences

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The project, made possible by $1.6 million in funding from the Health Workforce Australia (HWA), aims to revolutionize medical imaging teaching and learning across Australia by providing 24-hour access to a Computed Tomography (CT) imaging system via an online interface.

Mr Craig Laundy MP, the member for Reid was present to help celebrate this world-first advancement in medical imaging education. Project lead Dr Elaine Ryan gave a live demonstration illustrating how the CT scanner can image human-like phantoms, all monitored using live video techniques. Nick Swaan, the General Manager of Toshiba Australia performed a traditional Japanese sake barrel opening ceremony to bring harmony to the new facility.

The NETRAD CT scanner is identical to the most up-to-date technology available in clinical centres and comes complete with the latest dose reduction technologies such as iterative reconstruction algorithms, 3D dose modulation and a dose management system.

The software console can be accessed via a PC remote connection and custom built software interfaces, which have been designed and built in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney and experts in remote access laboratories from the University of Technology, Sydney.

The NETRAD gives a unique simulated learning experience for students in any discipline that uses medical imaging. Users can remotely input specific imaging parameters, manipulate objects in the scanner, perform live CT scans and view the resultant reconstructed images.

Traditionally this type of facility is too expensive to be housed and run by universities independently so the state-of-the-art scanner housed at Cumberland can now be accessed by students at Central Queensland University, Charles Sturt, Curtin, Monash University, the University of Newcastle, Queensland University of Technology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of South Australia.

Leading academics from each of these universities were present for the opening, and had the opportunity to attend user group workshops in the afternoon, hosted by experts from the University of Sydney. Also present at the event were clinical educators, representatives from professional bodies and the HWA.

One of the many benefits to students of using this facility is gaining basic skills before going out on clinical placements, saving the precious time of clinical educators. A range of phantoms can be used with NETRAD including an adult whole body phantom and a paediatric phantom, modeled on a 7-year-old.

Health Sciences at the University of Sydney

Sydney Health Sciences has a proud history of working with its network of researchers, industry and community partners around the world to produce some Australia’s leading clinicians and foremost thinkers in the health sciences and social policy fields.

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Find out more about studying health sciences at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about how you can study in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Sydney Physiotherapy School assists people with spinal cord injury

NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka recently visited Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s Walk On program at the University of Sydney‘s Faculty of Health Sciences to tour its facilities and see first hand the support it provides to assist people with a severe physical disability due to a spinal cord injury.

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Through a unique partnership arrangement which embeds community-based service delivery into teaching and research, Sydney Health Sciences works with the NSW Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) to deliver the Walk On program in Sydney. The program provides a vital exercise rehabilitation service for the community and an avenue for transformative research in this area.

“Spinal Cord Injuries Australia provides much needed expertise and understanding in developing ways to overcome challenges for people with a severe physical disability due to a spinal cord injury. The Walk On program has grown significantly and has expanded all over Australia,” Mr Ajaka said.

Professor Michelle Lincoln, Acting Dean at Sydney Health Sciences, said “The Faculty of Health Sciences is very proud of our partnership with SCIA, which enables us to continually advance research knowledge and teaching practice while delivering valuable services to the community.”

Mr Peter Perry, CEO SCIA said that Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is committed to finding effective ways for people with spinal cord injury to be able to live lives no different from anyone else. Lives where choices are possible and self-determination a reality.

“SCIA’s programs help to relieve and reduce the burden of care upon broader society. We see it as our role to do whatever it takes to assist people to get back on track after a spinal cord injury so that they can become the masters of their own destiny, rather than recipients of care.

“The Walk On program assists over ninety clients per week, and has improved the lives of over 260 people nationally. The smallest improvements in the function of a paralyzed person makes enormous differences to their independence and quality of life. The minister’s visit affords us an opportunity to demonstrate the amazing outcomes and progress made by our Walk On participants of all ages as well as to meet the team who make it all possible.”

Mr Ajaka acknowledged the proficiency and commitment of SCIA staff together with Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sports Science students from the University of Sydney in making it possible for people with spinal cord injury to maximize their life choices.

“It is wonderful to see the results that can be achieved by non-government organizations with the support of government funding. They not only make a difference to people’s lives in NSW, but their expertise is also recognized and accepted internationally,” he said.

Walk On is an individually designed, intensive activity-based rehabilitation program to assist persons with a spinal cord injury to improve and maximize their functional ability and lead a more independent life. The program involves intense, dynamic, weight-bearing exercises all performed out of the wheelchair one on one with a qualified exercise physiologist or physiotherapist. Walk On is a community-based rehabilitation program available to people following their discharge from hospital. Walk On clients regularly report significant functional improvements from their involvement in the program which has led to a positive impact upon their quality of life.

Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney

The Faculty of Health Sciences has a whole campus dedicated to its programs, located on the Cumberland Campus in Lidcombe, which is 16 km from the city centre. Students entering the Master of Physiotherapy on this campus will have access to amenities such as a Health Science Library, specialized laboratories and discipline specific equipment, on-site health clinics a state-of-the-art sports centre and recreational and social amenities.

The University of Sydney offers a two-year graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

Program:
Master of Physiotherapy (MPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: February 2015
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the 2014 intake, the application deadline for this program was Oct. 1.

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For more information about Sydney Physiotherapy School entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Sydney health sciences alumni awarded Australia Day Honours

Two members of the Sydney Health Sciences community have been acknowledged for their influence on Australian society in the latest round of Australia Day Honours, announced by the Governor-General.

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Ms Barbara McPhee, a graduate and former senior lecturer in Occupational Health (1990–1992), was awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Ms McPhee received this award for significant service to physiotherapy as a practitioner in occupational health, and as an author.

Mr Robert Weaver, a graduate who has made a significant contribution to the community was awarded Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Mr Weaver received this award for service to the community, particularly through nursing in mental health and disability services.

Everyone at Sydney Health Sciences extends warm congratulations to Ms McPhee and Mr Weaver who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions in health.

Master of Physiotherapy

The University of Sydney offers a two-year graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

Program:
Master of Physiotherapy (MPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: February 2015
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. In past years, the application deadline for this program was Oct. 31.

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For more information about Sydney Physiotherapy School entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Sydney Health Sciences furthers ties with University of Toronto

On Dec. 18,  2013, the University of Sydney‘s Faculty of Health Sciences welcomed Professor Alison Buchan, Vice-Dean, Research and International Relations, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Sydney Health Sciences was represented by Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean; Professor Patrick Brennan, Associate Dean International; and Professor Michael Kassiou, Associate Dean, Research and Innovation.

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The meeting commenced with a tour of the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), a 49,500-square-metre, state-of-the-art building, comprising of a structure of six floors, plus three basement levels. The Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) is a cross-faculty initiative with the aim to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

A discussion on enhancing common research themes between both institutions was held following the tour of the CPC. Professor Buchan’s visit is a follow-up of the meeting held with Professor Catharine Whiteside, Dean of Medicine, University of Toronto in late November in which discussions were centred on the faculty’s research and prospective collaborations between both institutions. A major delegation from the University of Toronto will be received by the faculty around the middle of 2014 with the aim of establishing an international network around important health issues.

Sydney Health Sciences has a proud history of working with its network of researchers, industry and community partners around the world to produce some Australia’s leading clinicians and foremost thinkers in the health and social policy fields.

Sydney’s health sciences learning and teaching programs are enhanced by their research efforts and aim to develop a new generation of allied health practitioners, corporate professionals, academics and researchers who will drive change within the health sector. The faculty attracts the best and brightest students from all walks of life and gives them the opportunity to become the future leaders in health.

Disciplines at Sydney Health Sciences

Find out more about studying health sciences at the University of Sydney and at other Australian universities. Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Sydney Health Sciences students prepare for departure

Sydney Health Sciences students are preparing for departure

A pre-departure workshop for Sydney Health Sciences students participating in FHS Abroad was held at Cumberland campus recently.

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Established in 2011, FHS Abroad allows senior students across all undergraduate and graduate entry master’s programs to undertake a unit of study in either Vietnam, Cambodia or Nepal during the December/January and June/July breaks.

“Students often describe the experience of participating in FHS Abroad and volunteering overseas as ‘life-changing.’ When we ask them how it will affect them as future health professionals, many say it will make them more patient, resilient, resourceful, tolerant, and strengthen their cultural sensitivity and communication skills” said FHS Abroad Co-Director Dr Charlotte Scarf.

The cohort departing in December consists of 25 students from the disciplines of Exercise and Sport Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation Counselling, Speech Pathology, as well as Bachelor of Health Sciences students.

Common activities undertaken by FHS Abroad students include shadowing local health professionals, play therapy, massage, health promotion, community outreach, as well as basic treatment program planning and delivery.

Emily Miller, Milad Popalzy and Amber Correy were each winners of $3,500 FHS Abroad scholarships and will travel to Cambodia, Vietnam and Nepal respectively. These scholarships were made possible by funds provided by the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) through the University of Sydney‘s Social Inclusion Unit.

“Students from the Faculty of Health Sciences have been working collaboratively on community projects in the developing world for more than 30 years, enriching their understanding of global health and making a lasting difference in communities worldwide” said Dr Scarf.

The Sydney Health Sciences faculty won a commendation for FHS Abroad in 2011 from the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Wonder what it’s like to study health sciences at the University of Sydney? The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health sciences, allied health research and education. University of Sydney Health Sciences faculty are changing the health landscape and working to improve health and well-being for individuals, families and communities worldwide.

There are several disciplines within the Sydney Health Sciences:

Find out more about studying health sciences at the University of Sydney and at other Australian universities. Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia

Email OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information about physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and other health science programs in Australia. Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.