Back to top
职业英语考试，英文全称是”Occupational English Test”，是澳大利亚成人教育局（CAE）主办的职业英语考试，专为海外医疗职业人士而设的，OET职业英语考试的目的是为了评估那些希望留学、移民澳大利亚或在澳大利亚从业的医疗卫生专业人员的英语水平。澳洲的注册护士协会规定，海外留学生如果没有5年的在澳学习经历，需要在OET考试中四个项目听说读写成绩均为A或B。
OET听力考试分为两个部分。第一部分是听一段现实场景的对话，主题关于医疗方面，因为是模拟现实场景，所以聊天的速度会很快，有时也会带些当地的俗语，所以同学们需要在边听的同时，迅速记下要点， 很锻炼大家耳朵灵敏度。所以平时，如果多看当地电视，电视剧，并且在纯英文的环境下打工，可以对听力考试有很大帮助。第二部分是一段关于医学方面的演讲，朗读的人口齿清晰，表达的都是完整的句型，但是可能会对大家的词汇量有一些要求。所以，平时学习的时候，对一些医学专业词汇的熟悉程度会对考试很有帮助。不过要告诉同学们一个好消息是，听力部分的考试，考官在评分的时候对拼写非常宽松。这意味着，即使这个单词你拼写有些出错，但考官能从你的错误拼写中，大致猜出你想表达的意思，你也会得分的。最后，小编给大家推荐一个不错的听力网站（澳洲ABC电台的Health report）,推荐的几大理由是：内容和医学健康紧密相关，对话的嘉宾多样性，日常对话和学术兼并，当然还有原文书面文章和音频对照。
Back to top
Kelly Kan is an international student from Hong Kong studying Occupational Therapy (OT) at ACU (North Sydney Campus). Occupational therapists work with a range of clients to help them identify physical, cognitive or societal barriers to participation. Occupational therapists work with clients to assess their environment and help them adapt and participate in daily activities which most people take for granted.
What is your favourite subject in occupational therapy?
In first year we studied biology, psychology, health and occupation, musculoskeletal structure and function, community and vulnerability, pathophysiology and introduction to evidence based practice. My favourite subjects however were “ergonomics” and “upper limb orthoses and rehabilitation” in second year. Ergonomics is the study of designing a person’s environment in order to facilitate the highest level of function. As an OT, our job in ergonomics is to identify and eliminate accident and injury risk factors in the workplace. We also modify equipment so that it doesn’t enable injury or illness. I enjoyed upper limb orthoses and rehabilitation because we had the opportunity to make splints which was so much fun.
Have you experienced any challenges studying occupational therapy?
I think the most challenging part is the workload and placement. I am in third year now and we have to do our placement during the semester break. It is a full time work experience which goes for 5 weeks. This is fine though because placement makes up one unit so we have one less set of exams and assignments in semester one. We also had a lot of mid-semester exams in the first two years which I found hard to study for while also completing other assignments.
Could you share your clinical placement experience?
I did a two week placement at a retirement village (nursing home and rehabilitation centre) which I enjoyed so much. I got to experience a home visit with a practicing occupational therapist where I learnt what kind of questions to ask while doing an interview with the client. I also learnt that we not only do an interview for the purpose of home visit, but also we have to observe the environment and the things (e.g. making tea) that the daily tasks the client does during the time of visit. Apart from the information we get from the interview, we can also gain more information about difficulties that the client experiences and gain a better understanding of the client while observing them. ACU OT provides students a half day placement in the first year to allow us to learn/have a basic understanding of what an OT does. It is very important for us to think about whether we enjoy studying OT and to get a good understanding of the job before we begin.
If you have any questions about OT, or life in Australia, please ask in the comments below!
Back to top
Kelly Kan来自美丽的香港，目前她是澳大利亚天主教大学悉尼校区职业治疗本科（Bachelor of occupational therapy）3年级学生。一起来看看她在ACU的学习经历的分享。
Back to top
The temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa provides recent graduates with the opportunity to spend more time in Australia following their studies to gain practical work experience to accompany their Australian qualification(s). In 2013 some changes were made to this visa (Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) replaced the skilled graduate visa (subclass 485) 23 March 2013). Put Simply, graduates from an Australian bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree may now apply for this Visa under one of two streams – the post-study work stream and the graduate work stream.
If granted, the temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa will enable students to stay and work in Australia for between 18 months and four years after graduating. Being granted a visa is not guaranteed upon completion of a degree, but it is worth being aware of some of the requirements for this visa and the post-study work rights that it grants.
Australian Study requirement
To apply for a temporary Graduate (subclass 485) under either stream, you will first need to satisfy the Australian study requirement. This is that you have completes at least Two years worth of study in no less than 16 months. To meet the two years worth of study you may complete a single qualification or multiple qualifications as long as the academic requirement for study adds up to at least two years. This study must also have been completed in the six months immediately prior to making your application. Due to this requirement, you may want to consider studying a longer degree in Australia if you wish to apply for this visa at the completion of your degree.
Post-study work stream
The Post-Study Work stream offers extended options for working in Australia to eligible graduates of a higher education degree. Under this stream, successful applicants are granted a visa of two, three or four years duration, depending on the highest educational qualification you have obtained. It is worth noting that study resulting in a diploma level qualification or trade qualification will not be considered under this stream. Eligible degree level qualifications include a Bachelor degree, Bachelor (honours) degree, Masters by coursework degree, Masters (extended) degree, Masters by research degree and a Doctoral degree. However, degree level courses which are packaged with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma course may be considered, provided they otherwise meet the Australian study requirement.
Graduate work stream
This stream is for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Unlike the post-study work stream, a visa under this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant. The two requirements under this stream is that the course/courses studied must have resulted in a degree, diploma or trade qualification, and this qualification must be closely related to a nominated occupation. This meaning that the subject matter and the skills gained from the qualifications can be applied at the level achieved in the nominated skilled occupation. For example, you will not be eligible if you complete a Certificate III in Plumbing and a Diploma of Plumbing and Services in Australia and then nominate your occupation as ‘physiotherapist’, and so on.
Other requirements for this visa may apply. For further information on Visa requirements always check the Australian department of Immigration and border protection website.
Back to top
准备阶段 – 招聘流程
截至9月29日 （周四）： 成功的申请人必须网上接受工作邀请
– 课程规范 （以往工作经验，对顾主选择要求的回应，推荐人信息）
Back to top
It’s week 9 and things are starting to get real – essays and other assignments are starting to pile up and just about everything is due. Regardless of the class or form of assignment, they all have one thing in common – referencing. There is no way to get around referencing, without it you’ll be caught with plagiarism and you’ll lose marks if it isn’t done correctly, but there are ways that you can make the whole experience a little less painful. Here are 5 tips for taking the stress out of referencing:
1._Don’t leave it till the end
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when doing an assignment is leaving all the referencing until the very end. I have done this on multiple occasions and it has resulted in a mad scramble an hour before the due time trying to find out where I got my information, which source goes where and in what order. One of the best ways to avoid last minute stress, and get your assessment done in less time, is to jot down notes as you go. Whether on a piece of paper or on your computer, it is handy to have a list of all sources you have used and excerpts of the information you got from each of these sources. That way everything will be organised when you come to fix up your referencing later. Another smart move is actually doing the referencing as you go, that means entering correct footnotes and updating your bibliography as you work through the assignment.
2. Use valid sources
You’ll be surprised at how hard it is to reference a random website you found off google, that has no author, date and lacks other valid information. If you want to reference correctly, get those extra marks and make life a bit easier for yourself, then make sure you use valid sources. When doing any work at University, the library’s relevant online resources for your course and Google scholar are your best friends. All sources found through these means will include the relevant information needed for correct referencing. Additionally, never use sources like Wikipedia – professors will not look kindly upon this and it is sure you cause you more stress in the long run.
3. Know your referencing system
Each course (and sometimes even different classes) will require different referencing systems. These could be anything from the Harvard reference system to the Australian Guide to legal citation. Make sure you check your Unit outline, or ask your lecturer which reference system to use before you start your assignment. This is incredibly important, because while some forms of referencing will require in-text citation, others will rely heavily on footnoting and so on. Make sure that you research your referencing system to ensure that you are completing your assignment correctly.
4. Use a reference generator
While we should all know how to reference without using a generator, sometimes they are the best for saving time and organising your research. Systems like Zotero, make it easy to save sources and make notes as you go, taking most of the stress out of referencing. This system is quite complex though, if you are looking for a simple, web-based generator, sites like Cite this for me and Neil’s toolbox can come in extremely handy.
5. Ask for help
As always, If you are feeling stressed, there is bound to be a service at ACU to help you. ACU’s Academic skills unit has a specific focus area on Academic referencing skills, and students are encouraged to prepare by attending:
– Workshops – these free, one hour workshops run throughout semester. Register to attend now.
– Drop-in sessions – these are brief consultations with an Academic Skills Adviser.
– Individual or group consultations – make an individual or small group appointment with an Academic Skills Adviser.
Do you have any other tips? Share them in the comments below!
Back to top
*disclaimer: these are merely suggestions. If you feel like you are suffering from a mental health condition please contact your closest medical professional for advice*
There are lots of factors that can impact your mental health and cause you stress while studying abroad. These include the impact of culture shock, travel stress, financial pressure, social struggles, homesickness, language barriers, separation anxiety and an increased work load. While pre-existing mental health conditions will require appropriate management and treatment, there are some precautions and actions you can take before, during and after your trip to look after your mental health, and make sure that you have the best time possible while abroad – whether for a semester or the duration of your degree.
Read the relevant guides
If you are an incoming student make sure that you read ACU’s Pre-departure guide before you leave home. This guide will help minimize some of the stress of going abroad by providing information on everything from what to pack to jobs, security, campus maps, checklists for when you go abroad and much, much more. You should also check out the other available flyers and brochures, which all provide extremely helpful information for before you leave.
Declare any existing conditions
before you leave it is important to tell your home institution and your host institution about any Pre-existing conditions that you may have. This is so that both institutions can put in place methods to make your trip run as smoothly as possible, by putting in place methods such as regular counselling check ups.
Get your finances in order
If you are an outgoing student check out how to save for study abroad , and if you are an incoming student, check out the blogpost titled how to budget for your life in Australia. Finances are one of, if not the biggest contributors to stress while abroad. Before you leave you should also check out whether you will be able to work abroad so that you can have some sort of income to supplement your savings.
Use all available resources
ACU offers excellent student support services including your International Student Adviser and the office of student success. Every student is encouraged to take advantage of these services. If you are an outgoing student, make sure you look into the support services available at your host institution. Academic support, study skills and counselling are all more than likely available and will ease the stress of study abroad and getting used to learning in a new culture (or even language).
Join Clubs and societies
One of the biggest contributors to mental health struggles abroad is homesickness and a feeling of detachment usually caused by a lack of friends and social activities. Joining a club or society, especially an international student society, will help you find like-minded students who you can socialise with and even share any troubles that you may have adjusting to your new life. Sporting clubs and societies are also a great way to socialise outside of your course with many different types of people, including local students.
Make use of Counselling services
I have already mentioned using the resources available at your host university, but counselling services are worth a second mention. It is necessary and encouraged to talk about any problems you may be facing so that you can be pointed in the direction of appropriate help and assistance. ACU offers free confidential support, advice and workshops to help you negotiate any personal or relationship challenges you may be facing.
Be aware of Culture shock
It is likely that you will experience some form of culture shock while away from home and this could very well impact your mental health. It is important to know the stages of culture shock, including the honeymoon stage, the distress stage and finally, acceptance, so that you can recognise it and take the appropriate actions to seek help and know that it will eventually get better. The blogpost “Far from Home: Culture shock and how to cope” is definitely worth reading in order to understand this common phenomenon.
Be aware of reverse culture shock
The out of place feeling that you feel when you commence your journey can happen in much the same way when you get back home and it’s a tough reality that a lot of people aren’t prepared for or in fact may not even realise that it’s happening. One of our study abroad students, Ainsleigh, wrote a blogpost titled Reverse culture shock: How to cope, when she returned home, which is definitely worth a read. The coping mechanisms that she mentions in this blogpost are bringing your host city home, keeping in touch with the friends you made abroad, finding someone that relates to your experience, and being a tourist in your own city to make the most of the foreign feeling when you first return home and see your city in a positive new light.
When studying abroad it is key to remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It actually shows great strength as it takes a brave person to admit that they need help. ACU offers 24 hour support for international students:
ACU International opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Out of Hours ACU Student Assistance Hotline:
Monday to Friday, 5pm-9am and 24 hours on the weekend
PH: 1800 180 391
Back to top
Back to top
Australian Catholic University is proud to announce the commencement of the Master of Public Health (MPH) course in Semester 2, 2016. To mark the start of this course, Ten X $4,000 scholarships will be awarded to international students commencing the Master of Public Health in Melbourne in July 2016.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Start dates: 25-Jul-2016 , 06-Feb-2017 , 17-Jul-2017 , 05-Feb-2018 , 16-Jul-2018
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Employment prospects: Half of all Master of Public Health graduates are employed within the health sector, with others finding opportunities within education, government and services sectors. Managerial, analytical and program-/project-based roles are common destinations for Master of Public Health graduates. For many health practitioners, particularly medical practitioners or registered nurses, an Master of Public Health degree expands their career opportunities within their existing field (e.g. different roles or modes of practice).
What you will learn: Throughout this course students will be equipped with specialised knowledge, understanding and skills in public health to improve and advance population health and well-being. The MPH allows students to develop advanced and specialised knowledge across the discipline of public health, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, rigorous intellectual inquiry, innovation and thought leadership, and effective communication and advocacy skills. Elective units and a specialisation option are also available as part of this course.
Academic requirements: An undergraduate degree (or higher) in health or related discipline; and a minimum of two years professional experience in health (or related field); or suitable practical experience in public health, global health or humanitarian assistance.
English language requirements: (you must meet any one of these)
– IELTS: 6.5 (of not less than 6 points in each section)
-IBT: 90 (25 each)
-ACU: B (65-74%)
-PTE: 61 (each of not less than 50)
To apply for one of the 10 x $4,000 scholarships being awarded, students must first apply and hold an offer for this program. The scholarship is open to applicants for the July 2016 intake and will be awarded on grounds of academic and professional merit. Applicants who hold an offer for this program will be advised when applications open. Read more here.
If you have any questions about this course please ask in the comments section below.
Or get in touch with us:
T: +61 3 8676 7040
Back to top