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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

UQ physiotherapy aims to improve mobility of multiple sclerosis sufferers

An international team of researchers is trialing specially designed shoe insoles aimed at improving the mobility of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The study, led by UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences physiotherapy lecturer Dr Anna Hatton, is seeking 176 people affected by MS to take part in a three month trial of the insoles.

UQ physiotherapy aims to improve mobility of multiple sclerosis sufferers

Study physiotherapy at the UQ SHRS!

“Many people with MS experience problems with walking which can make day-to-day activities difficult and often leads to falls, so improving walking ability is of primary importance in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life,” Dr Hatton said.

“Evidence suggests that wearing textured shoe insoles, which are designed to stimulate receptors on the soles of the feet, may be one possible option to help improve gait.

“We now need people with MS to help us investigate whether the novel insoles influence the way the leg and trunk muscles work while walking on both even and uneven surfaces.”

The study will also look for changes in the perception of foot sensation and the awareness of foot position.

“Foot sensation plays an important role in keeping the body upright and balanced when walking, yet we know from previous studies that people with MS often have poor sensation on the soles of their feet,” Dr Hatton said.

“Therefore, wearing a specially designed shoe insole, which enhances sensory information at the feet, could help people affected by MS to walk better. “

Dr Hatton’s international research team includes UQ’s Professor Sandra Brauer and Ms Katrina Williams, Professor Graham Kerr of the Queensland University of Technology, Professor Keith Rome of the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and Dr John Dixon of Teesside University, UK.

The trial is supported through funding from Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia.

“It is hoped that the study leads to the development of a new treatment technique, specifically an inexpensive, easy-to-administer shoe insole, which could assist mobility and independent living,” Dr Hatton said.

About the University of Queensland Physiotherapy program

The University of Queensland offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. It focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physical therapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice.

Did you know there are 40 spots available in the program; 30 places for domestic Australians and 10 places for international students? For the 2016 intake, 10 international student offers were awarded to OzTREKK students!

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply now to the UQ Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying at UQ Physiotherapy School? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy School Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

UQ research students recognised for documenting “amazing work” of occupational therapists

Two Queensland research students have been recognised for documenting the “amazing work” occupational therapists do to help child asylum seekers in Australian detention facilities.

UQ research students recognised for documenting “amazing work” of occupational therapists

Find out more about studying OT at the University of Queensland

Kelly Mitchelson and Hannah Begg of the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences earned acclaim at the Occupational Therapy Australia (Northern Territory/Queensland) annual conference.

“The well-being and rights of child asylum seekers are things I am very passionate about,” Ms Mitchelson said.

“We sought the perspectives of occupational therapists on what they saw as the needs and challenges faced by children in detention.

“The research also sought to understand how occupational therapists practice in this unique context.”

Ms Mitchelson noted that previous literature about occupational therapy and asylum seekers in Australia was limited and did not include research about services for children seeking asylum.

UQ research was gathered from interviews with 10 occupational therapists who had worked in Australian detention facilities. Their feedback included experiences of fear, deprivation and perceived insensitivity.

“One of the therapists said their main observation was detainees being stuck in the mindset of ‘Am I allowed to do this or will I be yelled at?’” Ms Mitchelson said.

Ms Mitchelson and Ms Begg received the Kryss McKenna Award from Occupational Therapy Australia for the best student presentation.

Featured in their presentation were drawings made by children before and after they engaged with occupational therapists, highlighting “a dramatic difference in content.”

Supervisor Dr Emma Crawford was full of praise for the UQ duo.

“They demonstrated extraordinary professionalism and sensitivity in their research project,” Dr Crawford said.

“Researching asylum seekers can be a sensitive area when discussing trauma, working within government legislation and policies, and balancing relationships with different stakeholders.

“The students have been outstanding representatives of UQ and have bright futures.”

Fellow UQ researchers Tim Barlott and Dr Merrill Turpin also featured in the study which the conference presentation was based upon.

UQ Occupational Therapy School

Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program equips graduate-entry students with the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes necessary for a career in occupational therapy.  In addition to a focus on clinical occupational therapy practice, emphasis is placed on the use of prior skills and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of occupational therapy practice; and the development of advanced adult learning skills for ongoing professional development. In second year, management, research, and advanced clinical practice is covered.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2017
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2017

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Would you like more information about studying occupational therapy at the University of Queensland? Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

UQ health sciences students head to Vietnam and Timor Leste

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

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

UQ health sciences students head to Vietnam and Timor Leste

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Studying physiotherapy at UQ

The Physiotherapy School at the University of Queensland offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester.

Studying physiotherapy at UQ

Study at the University of Queensland

So what’s the inside scoop? Here are a few things that make UQ physiotherapy stand out from the crowd:

  • Within the first few weeks of commencing in the program, UQ physiotherapy students will start to practice soft tissue mobilisation on one another.
  • Students will continue to practice on their colleagues throughout the program, as this allows them to hone their techniques before going out on placement.
  • The Physiotherapy Standardised Patients Program is embedded into the program to assist students with the transition from classroom to clinic. This program won a UQ award for Programs that Enhance Learning in 2014.
  • Students will complete 5-week placements at on-site clinics, as well as within the community. On-site clinics include Developmental Paediatric Clinic; Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic; Neurological, Ageing and Balance Clinic. One of UQ’s newest clinics, the Tele-rehabilitation clinic, is the first within Australia and one of the first of its kind in the world.
  • The Clinical Education team assists in the development and provision of student placement opportunities. Students are not required to find the placements themselves and the team provide support to the students throughout the placements.
  • Th school has exceptional academics who teach the Master of Physiotherapy Studies, including Dr Allison Mandrusiak, who won one of only two global Universitas 21 Teaching Excellence Awards in 2015.

Are you thinking of applying to UQ physiotherapy? Please note the application deadline is this Friday, May 27!

The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a graduate-entry two-year Master of Physiotherapy Studies designed for those students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as a physiotherapist.

The objectives of the program are

  • to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and clinical competencies required of an entry-level graduate in physiotherapy; and
  • to develop abilities to extend knowledge in physiotherapy practice and organizational management, and to provide skills in research for physiotherapy.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: November 2016
Program duration: 2 years

How to Apply to the University of Queensland Physiotherapy School

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Are you curious about studying physiotherapy at UQ? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

UQ physio application deadline reminder

This is a reminder to all those interested in applying to the UQ Physiotherapy School that the application deadline is Friday, May 27!

UQ Physiotherapy School

Study physiotherapy at UQ

The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. It focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physiotherapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice. The program also incorporates advanced training in clinical reasoning, independent research, and health management.

Program title: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November 2016
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 27, 2016

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to, you must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of human kinetics/kinesiology or physical or biological sciences);
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
  • completed the prerequisite subjects as follows:

– one full year, or two semesters, of human anatomy (including systems and musculoskeletal anatomy); and
– one full year, or two semesters, of human physiology (including systems and integrative physiology); and
– one semester of psychology;
– and one semester of statistics.

Apply to UQ Physiotherapy School!

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Do you need help with your UQ Physiotherapy School application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Canadian UQ physiotherapy student receives scholarship

How does a meat processing company reduce the number of injuries in its workforce by 70 per cent in just three years?

Four UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences students witnessed the answer firsthand when they undertook scholarships with Teys Australia and CIM Health.

UQ Physiotherapy School

Marina Vitale of CIM Health, UQ students Trent Seth and Antoine Desrosiers, and Tim Edwards of Teys Australia (Photo: UQ)

Among the quartet was Canadian-born Master of Physiotherapy Studies student Antoine Desrosiers, who said Teys Australia had a heavy focus on physiotherapy.

“There was certainly an emphasis on being proactive and preventing injury,” he said.

“We were working with mostly upper limb injuries—shoulders, necks, wrists, elbows etcetera—and where you could identify something that was repetitive, there was an opportunity to change that.

“Depending on the role that person filled, it could be injuries from regularly slicing the meat, picking up objects with the upper body rotated or pulling at things with the non-dominant hand.”

Teys’ National Occupational Health and Safety General Manager Tim Edwards said the industry had worked hard to almost eliminate injuries from cuts and falls.

“Musculo-skeletal injuries have since been recognised as an area where improvements can be made,” he said.

“Three years ago our health partners CIM approached us and we agreed we needed to get smarter. There’s been a lot to learn and resistance to change can be strong in meat processing, but it’s about achieving a stable, happy workforce.

“Data tells us that if you lose someone for thirty days due to injury, the chances of them coming back to work are very slim, so prevention is the key.

“Since we began engaging nationally with CIM in this area, we have reduced injuries by seventy per cent.”

CIM Health Rehabilitation Consultant Marina Vitale helped create placements for University of Queensland students, working with Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences  Advancement Manager Cass Conwell.

Trent Seth, Mitchell Shorten and Greta D’Arcy were other students selected with Mr Desrosiers.

Mr Desrosiers has since gained full-time employment from the opportunity and will be based initially at Teys’ Beenleigh location, with the possibility of moving around Australia.

New scholarships with CIM and Teys are now being offered to UQ students for 2016.

University of Queensland Physiotherapy

The University of Queensland offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of  physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. It focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physical therapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 27, 2016

Apply now to the University of Queensland Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying at UQ Physiotherapy School? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy School Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Dedicated UQ physio professor honoured

With a prolific career dedicated to helping people rehabilitate spanning more than 45 years, University of Queensland Emeritus Professor Gwendolen Jull was among the 2016 Australia Day Honours recipients.

UQ Physiotherapy School

Emeritus Professor Gwendolen Jull (Photo credit: UQ)

Professor Jull from the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and from the RECOVER Injury Research Centre was recognised for her distinguished service to medical education in the field of physiotherapy as an academic, researcher and administrator and to professional associations.

On receiving an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), Professor Jull said she was thrilled to receive such a significant award.

“What I have loved about my career in physiotherapy is working to help people rehabilitate to achieve optimal quality of life following injury or disease,” Professor Jull said.

“I have been lucky to work across many areas including clinical practice and in research particularly in the field of neck pain.

“I have also been privileged to teach physiotherapy students and practitioner’s research informed management methods at UQ, nationally and internationally.”

With an astounding list of accolades to her name in research and teaching and in recognition for her contributions to both national and international physiotherapy organisations, it is seeing the achievements of students Professor Jull has worked with that shine as her career highlights.

“I have taught very talented students over the 36 years I have worked at UQ, many of whom are now leaders in their own right within Australia and internationally and this gives me great pleasure to see their success.”

Master of Physiotherapy Studies at UQ Physiotherapy School

The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a graduate-entry two-year Master of Physiotherapy Studies designed for those students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as a physiotherapist.

The objectives of the program are

  • to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and clinical competencies required of an entry-level graduate in physiotherapy; and
  • to develop abilities to extend knowledge in physiotherapy practice and organizational management, and to provide skills in research for physiotherapy.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: November 2016
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2016

How to Apply to the University of Queensland Physiotherapy School

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Are you curious about studying physiotherapy and other rehabilitation sciences at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, January 18th, 2016

UQ physiotherapy graduate creating change in remote communities

Nick Kenny’s dream of playing professional rugby league with the Broncos was cut short after a neck injury ended his football career.

UQ physiotherapy school

UQ physiotherapy graduate Nick Kenny (Image credit: UQ)

With a physiotherapy degree from UQ to fall back on, Nick moved to the Northern Territory where he now helps Indigenous Australians with Machado Joseph Disease negotiate their environment safely. By learning to see the world differently, Nick is creating change.

Master of Physiotherapy Studies at UQ Physiotherapy School

The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a graduate-entry two-year Master of Physiotherapy Studies designed for those students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as a physiotherapist.

The objectives of the physiotherapy program are

  • to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and clinical competencies required of an entry-level graduate in physiotherapy; and
  • to develop abilities to extend knowledge in physiotherapy practice and organizational management, and to provide skills in research for physiotherapy.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: November 2016
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2016

Apply to the University of Queensland Physiotherapy School

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Curious about studying physiotherapy and other rehabilitation sciences at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, October 30th, 2015

University of Queensland physiotherapy lecturer receives award

The acclaim of University of Queensland physiotherapy lecturer Dr Allison Mandrusiak will span the globe following a Universitas 21 Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr Mandrusiak, from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was announced as one of two global recipients of the award in Santiago, Chile.

UQ Physiotherapy School

Dr Allison Mandrusiak was one of only two Universitas 21 Teaching Excellence Award recipients globally (Photo credit: UQ)

“I’m so thrilled. It’s a wonderful accolade to be recognised at this international level,” Dr Mandrusiak said.

“The Teaching Excellence Award allows me to travel to the UK for the Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group annual meeting in September, 2016.

“There I will present a workshop in collaboration with the other award recipient, Dr Hong Gao of China.”

Mount Gravatt resident Dr Mandrusiak was recognised for her outstanding work advancing inter-professional and international teaching and learning.

Her impact ranges from paving inroads for simulated learning in China, to teaching cardiorespiratory physiotherapists in Kuwait, and fostering clinical placements in Vietnam.

“It really was the time I spent in Vietnam supervising students that led to an epiphany about the value of inter-professional and cross-cultural learning experiences,” Dr Mandrusiak said.

Universitas 21 is a global network of universities with a strong research focus and ambitions of improving life in the 21st Century.

There are 25 universities in the network, encompassing 1.3 million students and more than 220,000 staff.

UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Associate Dean (Academic) Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson said the recognition of Dr Mandrusiak brought great pride to the university.

“It is an accomplishment that should be shouted from the rooftops,” Professor Roberts-Thomson said.

“Not only is it fantastic news for Allison and UQ, but it’s a feather in the cap for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia.

“Allison is one of the central figures in developing this faculty’s common course, which is a curriculum developed for all our students.

“The focus of the common course is preparing work-ready graduates that have a great understanding of modern health workforce needs.”

UQ is one of three Australian members of Universitas 21, along with the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales.

Other network members include the University of Hong Kong, the University of Delhi, Ohio State University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Amsterdam.

University of Queensland Physiotherapy

The University of Queensland offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. It focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physical therapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2016

Apply now to the University of Queensland Physiotherapy School!

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If you have any questions about the UQ Physiotherapy School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy School Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Friday, May 15th, 2015

UQ Master of Physiotherapy Studies application deadline is in two weeks!

Hey, OzTREKKers! This is just a reminder to all those interested in applying to the UQ Physiotherapy School that the application deadline for the Master of Physiotherapy Studies is Thursday, May 28, 2015.

In order for applications to be submitted to UQ on time, you are encouraged to have your completed applications and supporting documents at the OzTREKK office by Thursday, May 28 at noon.

UQ Physiotherapy School

Study physiotherapy at the beautiful University of Queensland

Master of Physiotherapy Studies at UQ Physiotherapy School

The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a graduate-entry two-year Master of Physiotherapy Studies designed for those students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as a physiotherapist.

The objectives of the physiotherapy program are

  • to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, skills and clinical competencies required of an entry-level graduate in physiotherapy; and
  • to develop abilities to extend knowledge in physiotherapy practice and organizational management, and to provide skills in research for physiotherapy.

Program title: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: November 2015
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 28, 2015

How to Apply to the University of Queensland Physiotherapy School

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Curious about studying physiotherapy and other rehabilitation sciences at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.