New is life changing

With Australia’s ageing population and increasing rates of chronic disease combined with growing awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, there is strong demand for a range of health and medical professionals. Providing life-changing preventative and restorative treatments to people from all walks of life, graduates are able to take their skills anywhere in the world.

A career in health and medical services is incredibly rewarding. With the average life expectancy of Australians expected to raise to 93+ years, graduates in this area will enjoy unique and interesting opportunities and challenges throughout their careers.

Why study Health and Medical Services at UON?

  • We are global leaders in health and medicine - we're home to the $90 million Hunter Medical Research Institute and leading minds like neurologist Professor Neil Spratt and his team who have revolutionised the way stroke patients are treated, or Professor Vanessa McDonald who is a key figure in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Experience new age learning - we integrate the latest technologies into all our health and medical degrees. Learn through a range of futuristic tools, virtual reality scenarios or lifelike robotic manikins.
  • Get hands on experience with over 1,000+ hours of practical experience in a range of settings and contact with real patients and cases from your first year onwards. This includes exciting international placements in Speech Pathology through the degree’s Southeast Asian stream; experiences in West Timor, Cambodia or Vanuatu for oral health therapy students; or rural and remote clinical placements for allied health students through our Department of Rural Health.
  • Connect with communities to improve access to healthcare services both nationally and internationally. Our strong approach to equity is carried through with access to our degrees - this is why we are the largest trainer of Indigenous doctors in Australia.
  • Start earning sooner with fast tracked degrees like Podiatry where you can work from year 2 onwards, or Medicine where you get two qualifications in only 5 years of study.

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    13% ? of Australia's workforce - the largest employing industry
    229,400 ? new jobs in Community Services and Health sectors by 2018

    What you can study

    We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, but you know which field excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.

    Aged care involves working with, and advocating for, older people and assisting them to navigate the evolving health services environment. As Australia’s population ages, the demand for aged care workers is expected to increase. A career in this industry can be enriching and extremely rewarding.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Community Worker
    • Care Manager
    • Home Care Worker
    • Residential Team Leader

    STUDY OPTIONS

    1. Associate Degree of Integrated Care in Ageing
    2. Bachelor of Medicine
    3. Bachelor of Nursing
    4. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    5. Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy
    6. Bachelor of Physiotherapy
    7. Bachelor of Podiatry
    8. Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

    Food is fundamental to our health and wellbeing. Diet and nutrition-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity are becoming increasingly common worldwide. At the same time, there is growing evidence that certain foods and food-based nutrients could be used to help manage and treat these and other diseases.

    This industry is rapidly growing and opportunities are constantly evolving.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Dietician
    • Flavourist
    • Food Scientist
    • Health Promotion Officer

    STUDY OPTIONS

    1. Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
    2. Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)

    The Western world is moving towards a new era of health problems related to lifestyle and inactivity, while at the same time elite sport enjoys a high profile in the community. There is an increasing need for qualified specialists with an understanding of the relationship between exerciseand health.

    Studies in this area can lead to a range of broad and varied careers helping people achieve and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Biomechanist
    • Exercise Physiologist
    • Health and Physical Education Teacher
    • Sports Scientist

    STUDY OPTIONS

    1. Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
    2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Health and Physical Education)
    3. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

    Medical engineers are involved with the design, development, testing and implementation of safe and effective technological solutions for the health and medicine industry. Depending on their area of specialisation, a medical engineer could work with biomechanical devices, surgical equipment, nanotechnology drug delivery systems and diagnostic tests, prosthetic limbs, artificial organs, or electrical and computing systems relating to radiotherapy, respiration or dialysis.

    Medical engineers work in hospitals and other medical institutions, health-related manufacturing and technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, and research organisations.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Medical Devices Engineer
    • Biomechanics Designer
    • Medical Imaging Engineer
    • Biosignal Processing Engineer

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Medical Engineering (Honours)

    Medical radiation science is a field that’s constantly evolving. Medical radiation scientists are healthcare professionals who perform complex testing and treatment to help diagnose and solve medical issues. There are three main branches of this scientific field: diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

    Diagnostic radiography is an important first step to diagnosing, treating and managing injuries and disease. Nuclear medicine scientists conduct nuclear medicine scans of a person’s body using radioactive material called radioisotopes. Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, uses sophisticated radiation technology to target and destroy cancer cells and shrink tumours – allowing cancer to be treated, managed and cured.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Radiographer
    • Nuclear Medicine Scientist
    • Radiation Therapist
    • Sonographer

    STUDY OPTIONS

    1. Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography)
    2. Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Nuclear Medicine)
    3. Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Radiation Therapy)

    Medical research is conducted to aid and support the development of knowledge in the field of medicine. Medical research is heavily grounded in biology and can either focus on biomedical science or biotechnology. Biomedical science studies the human body, its structure and function in health and disease. While, biotechnology uses living organisms to modify products for a specific human purpose. Biotechnology plays a key role in the creation of vaccines.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Biotechnologist
    • Embryologist
    • Geneticist
    • Molecular Biologist

    STUDY OPTIONS

    1. Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    2. Bachelor of Biotechnology
    3. Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)

    Medicine is a field of study which is both challenging and rewarding. As a doctor, you will act as a key player in multi-disciplinary medical teams to diagnose and treat patients. The field of Medicine is also rapidly changing with advances in technology and research bringing new therapies and treatments, meaning doctors have new, revolutionary tools at their disposal in patient care.

    Studying medicine builds a lifelong career in health and can open up doors to a range of specialities.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • General Practitioner (GP)
    • Medical Oncologist
    • Neurologist
    • Surgeon

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)

    A nurse is a healthcare professional who is focused on caring for individuals, families, and communities, ensuring that they maintain good health or recover from injury and disease. Midwifery focuses on the care of women, babies and their families prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period.

    Nurses and midwives are a key part of the team of health professionals who care for patient across hospitals and community health centres.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Nurse
    • Midwife
    • Child and Family Health Nurse
    • Community Health Nurse

    STUDY OPTIONS

    1. Bachelor of Midwifery
    2. Bachelor of Nursing

    Occupational therapists work with clients and their families to allow them to participate in the activities of everyday life. They work with a range of different scenarios including helping children with development of fine motor skills; in aged-care assisting to retrofit a home to improve safety; in injury rehabilitation to allow people to return to work; and in mental health helping people regain confidence and independence. Occupational therapists are trained specialists who work to alter the occupation or the environment to allow clients to lead a rich and fulfilling life.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Occupational Therapist
    • Exercise Rehabilitation Advisor
    • Lifestyle Coordinator
    • Rehabilitation Consultant

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

    Oral health therapists work alongside dentists and perform a range of preventative and restorative tasks like cleaning, scaling, polishing and x-rays. They largely work with adults but depending on the qualification they can work with children as well. Oral health therapists can also work in a range of other dental health promotion and research roles.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Dental Hygienist
    • Dental Prosthetist
    • Health Promotion Officer
    • Dental Therapist

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy

    Pharmacy is not just about filling prescriptions. It is about promoting health awareness and contributing to ongoing community health. As a pharmacist you counsel people on the best use and management of medications, and provide advice on symptoms and treatment of common ailments. Pharmacists support the work of other medical professionals by ensuring the safe use of medications and other drugs.

    The majority of pharmacists work in hospitals, community centres or private practice.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Pharmacist
    • Pharmaceuticals Scientist
    • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    • Medicinal Chemist

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

    Physiotherapists work with people of all ages to help patients overcome injuries and disabilities that hinder their mobility and quality of life. They work closely with other professionals to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. They can use a rangeof techniques such as massage, heat treatment, ultrasoundand exercise.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Physiotherapist
    • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist
    • Physiologist
    • Rehabilitation Consultant

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

    Podiatrists diagnose, treat, prevent and manage medical conditions and injuries of the leg, foot and ankle. As a Podiatrist you may find yourself correcting sports injuries; addressing developmental issues in children; or helping restore a person's independence and mobility. Podiatrists work in a range of different environments including public and private practice, hospitals, sports clinics andresearch centres.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Podiatrist
    • Orthotist
    • Health Promotion Officer
    • Sports Podiatry Treatment Officer

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Podiatry

    Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, the human brain and its effect on the way we act and why. This field moulds experts in human behaviour and with the skills and strategies to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Career opportunities are broad and varied and understanding human behaviour is a definite advantage in any industry.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Clinical Psychologist
    • Counsellor
    • Neuroscientist
    • Mental Health Clinician

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Psychological Science

    Speech pathologists are allied health professionals responsible for the assessment and treatment of children and adults with communication and swallowing disorders, such as delayed speech and language development, cleft lip and palate, voice disorders and stuttering. They work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, plus a range of other problems that can impact speech. They can work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation units and private practice.

    CAREER EXAMPLES

    • Audiologist
    • Disability Services Officer
    • Speech Pathologist
    • Voice or Vocal Coach

    STUDY OPTION

    1. Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

    Postgraduate degrees

    Postgraduate degrees are a higher level of study that clarify and redefine your new. In most cases, but not all, you would usually complete a postgraduate qualification after your undergraduate degree.

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    PhD and Research Masters

    Higher degrees in research are centred on defining your new through research and discovery. Research PhDs or Masters can only be completed after the Honours component of your undergraduate degree.

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    World top 100 ? for nursing
    World top 150 ? for medicine, pharmacy and pharmacology, psychology
    Top 5 in Australia ? for health and medicine research
    100% Employment rate ? for Medicine, Midwifery, Physiotherapy & Food Science and Human Nutrition
    AHPRA ? approved programs of study