Why study health and community care?

The health sector in Australia is currently growing much faster than the average rate of all other industries, reflecting changing health, lifestyle, research and workforce needs and the opportunities that brings.

The demand for better health outcomes and an ageing population are leading to the development of specialist areas in medical research, health sciences and community care.

Our health courses and teaching are informed by wide-ranging applied research.

We undertake diverse and exciting research programs ranging from policy and practice research in the delivery of health services, issues relevant to rural and regional Australia, to clinical and health science, sports and nutrition.

I chose to study this degree because I find exercise, and the science behind it, very interesting. I basically wanted to study something that I enjoyed.

Hayden Fox
Bachelor of Exercise Science

Course list

Careers in health and community care

Working in Health Sciences provides unique challenges and rewards. It’s an area that attracts people who are interested in technically oriented healthcare fields and those with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Health science courses encourage inquiry, investigation and research, with many opportunities to go beyond the classroom and work closely with academic mentors and work or volunteer in the community.

These courses develop valuable knowledge and skills for jobs where personal integrity and professionalism are essential qualities. Whether you’re looking to extend your study in a medical area, go into sports science or concentrate on community care, the workplace skills you learn, such as evidence-based problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making, effective communication and time management, are all appreciated by employers.

There are opportunities in developing new medicines or therapies and undertaking trials or diagnostic tests. Sports science is an emerging field and specialist positions exist in training and measuring performance. Community care workers provide care, supervision and support for disadvantaged, disabled and aged people dealing with chronic illness, dementia, disability or other factors affecting their quality of life.

Paramedics have the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the broad range of clinical presentations in an out-of-hospital setting. They are often among the first trained healthcare professionals in critical situations. Our Bachelor of Paramedic Practice is a two-year degree that consists of generic nursing, bioscience and specialist paramedic units. It is offered in Hobart and in Rozelle (Sydney).

Bachelor of Health Science/ Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science

Skye McLachlan

"My favourite unit that I have studied so far has been Cell Biology in Health Sciences. It is a very well structured unit and the lecturers have been very approachable."

Career options

  • Audiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Genetic counsellors
  • Music therapists
  • Hospital pharmacists
  • Occupational health and safety officer
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Orthotist/prosthetists
  • Osteopaths
  • Paramedic
  • Perfusionists
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Sonographers
  • Speech pathologists
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Fitness instruction
  • Motor learning
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology and sport assessment
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports science
  • Your state based emergency service around Australia or New Zealand
  • International ambulance services
  • Industry emergency response units
  • Non-emergency transport
  • Community based emergency health settings
  • Aged care
  • Dementia care
  • Health education and promotion
  • Nuclear medical technologist
  • Radiation therapist
  • Radiographer

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