I want to give all young Australians the opportunity to live long and healthy lives by reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity in our country. With my background in exercise science and public health I hope to have the skills and knowledge to help tackle this huge health issue.”
Health sciences & allied health
Allied health practitioners help us live life to the fullest. Public health specialists promote health and prevent disease. A career in either means improving the wellbeing of populations.
Why us? Because it’s about you
We’ve got strong links with healthcare partners around Australia, providing unique opportunities for clinical placements and future employment. You’ll learn in state-of-the-art facilities and our student-led clinics offer valuable real life experience. You’ll feel ready from your very first day on the job.
A degree that belongs on your bucket list
Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. As our student, you can complete part of your degree overseas, and you’ll also get access to a range of international community engagement projects.
A range of opportunities
Choose from courses in occupational therapy, public health, speech pathology, or our range of focused and interdisciplinary postgraduate programs in global health, health management, mental health, or rehabilitation to further specialise your career. If you don't meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don't panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.
We’ve got your back
If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to identify physical, cognitive, environmental or societal barriers to participation. Occupational therapists work with clients to assess their environment and help them adapt and participate in daily activities which are usually taken for granted.
ACU's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will prepare you to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in everyday activities which are meaningful to them.
In order to qualify for the degree, students will undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice education. Practice education begins in the first semester of first year (eight hours) and continues through each semester with increasing time. In fourth year students will complete a 10-week full time placement in first semester, and a one-day per week capstone placement in second semester.
High achieving Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.
Physiotherapists prevent injury and disability in others as well as rehabilitate those already injured. Physiotherapists identify, assess and treat musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic and neurological conditions.
Possible career paths include:
- women’s health
- sports physiotherapy
- hospitals and rehabilitation units
- community health centres and/or private practice
Our School of Physiotherapy has been ranked 2nd by Uni Reviews, for the top universities offering physiotherapy in Australia for 2017. Rankings are generated using a formula taking into account: faculty size (student numbers); student and graduate satisfaction with courses (% satisfied); and indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).
ACU’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four-year entry-level qualification. Graduates will be skilled physiotherapists who can work with everyone from children to the elderly, as well as deal with gender-specific issues. Graduates can also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.
The course provides extensive opportunity for industry exposure and community engagement, with students commencing clinical placement in the first semester and being exposed to a wide variety of settings where physiotherapists provide clinical services.
High achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.
The Master of Rehabilitation, Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation and Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation are an inter-professional suite of programs aimed to provide evidence based advanced studies for practicing professionals for leadership roles in health related disciplines. In addition, for approved applicants, the programs offer specialist streams for registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists, who seek to extend knowledge and skills in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation for promotion and professional recognition, or return to the workforce.
The 120cp masters course is structured with a nested graduate certificate (40cp) and graduate diploma (80cp) for the disciplines of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. Additionally, a graduate certificate (40CP), graduate diploma (80CP) and masters (120CP) are available for other health disciplines wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in aged and neurological rehabilitation.
This suite of programs includes purposely designed coursework units with evidence-based content allowing for the development of advanced skills and critical appraisal of strategies and intervention as well as completion of advanced practice units and a clinical research project within their discipline and field.
The program is specifically designed for practicing clinicians and includes a number of teaching modes that enable study while working:
- Workshop intensives at the start of each semester
- Online learning activities across the semester
- Practicums within the current work setting
- Research projects designed for workplace improvement.
Speech pathologists assess and manage individuals who have difficulty communicating and/or swallowing. They look at all aspects of communication including speech, language, cognition, reading, stuttering, voice, and multimodal communication (including the use of signs, and high-tech and low-tech communication aids).
Speech pathologists work in a variety of ways including providing individual therapy, working in small groups, working within a classroom, becoming involved in home-based programs, providing workshops and working in multi-disciplinary hospital teams. They have a central role in giving expert advice, treatment and direction to clients, carers, and other professionals. A speech pathologist is often an important member of an early intervention team, an aged care services team, a medical and rehabilitation team, and a school therapy team. A number of speech pathologists also work in private practice.
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is a four-year program. In order to qualify for the degree, students will undertake over 1,000 hours of professional practice education. Practice education begins in the first semester of first year and continues through each semester with increasing time. In the fourth and final year, professional practice is a major component of the course.
High achieving Bachelor of Speech Pathology students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.
Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health by improving social and political systems. It includes environmental, economic, technical, educational and legislative measures.
ACU’s Bachelor of Applied Public Health will give you the skills to improve population health, whether for a handful of people or across several continents.
You will learn how to:
- apply a rigorous evidence-based approach to understand disease determinants;
- plan effective solutions through policy, legislation and advocacy;
- develop and manage public health programs for populations, communities and individuals.
Graduates can enter a wide range of public health careers including: public health officer; community development worker; epidemiologist; policy analyst; program evaluator; health educator; project officer and consumer advocate.
A Bachelor of Applied Public Health/Bachelor of Global Studies double degree is also available.
We offer a suite of postgraduate programs in public health. These programs are designed to respond to the evolving role of public health practitioners within the Australian health system, and internationally.
- Graduate Certificate in Global Health
- Graduate Certificate in Public Health
- Graduate Diploma in Public Health
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy)
ACU’s Master of Public Health program has been specifically designed to incorporate both Australian and global viewpoints on public health. The program includes a Graduate Certificate in Global Health or a Graduate Certificate in Public Health as well as a unique specialisation option for students, Global Health & Advocacy, featuring a contemporary curriculum designed around the new United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The specialisation aims to equip its graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience to practice effectively in the evolving professional landscape of global health.
The Master of Mental Health aims to provide allied health practitioners with a theoretical and practical basis for work in the mental health sector. The program builds on discipline specific competencies from social work, psychology and occupational therapy, to develop generic skills in assessment and intervention across psychosocial domains. Recovery theory provides a unifying theoretical framework for the program.
ACU’s programs in clinical education offer students a foundation for facilitating clinical learning in the healthcare workplace. Our programs will provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan, implement and evaluate programs and to overcome challenges in facilitating learning in dynamic healthcare workplace settings.
Students will learn how to:
- evaluate issues and challenges confronting the healthcare sector
- conceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical education to support service delivery in culturally-diverse healthcare settings
- connect theory, practice and research with regard to clinical education in the healthcare workplace
- examine the ethical aspects of personal, social, cultural, environmental and institutional issues that occur within contemporary healthcare delivery
- contribute to values-based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.
Graduates of our clinical education courses may seek employment in government or private healthcare and education facilities in education, research and health promotion.
ACU offers a graduate certificate, a graduate diploma and a Master of Clinical Education.
The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation Education is an advanced program that aims to expand the knowledge and skills required for contemporary simulation practice.
Graduates of this program should be able to design, deliver and evaluate innovative and effective simulation-based learning, teaching and assessment activities that consider the cultural, social, ethical and spiritual dimensions of healthcare education.
This program combines sound educational theory with an evidence-based focus to meet the needs of the learner, education institutions, the healthcare industry, and other organisations that embrace the use of simulation in healthcare.
Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of simulation education contexts. Examples of potential employment pathways for graduates include:
- Simulation centre manager
- Lecturer/educator in healthcare
- Educator of military and emergency services personnel
- Researcher of clinical education outcomes, work-integrated learning pedagogy, simulation pedagogy
- Simulation technician
Programs in health administration equip students with the skills to examine organisational culture, management concepts, governance and quality improvement within the healthcare workplace. Students will explore concepts relating to change management and outcomes, leadership strategies and skills, along with ethical, moral and social justice dimensions within the healthcare sector.
A qualification in health administration from ACU enables students to:
- evaluate issues and challenges that confront the industry, healthcare professionals and consumers of their services
- conceptualise new and creative approaches to healthcare administration to support service delivery in diverse healthcare settings
- connect theory, practice and research within health administration
- examine the ethical aspects of personal, social, cultural, environmental and institutional changes within contemporary healthcare delivery and respond to such changes
- reflect on options and opportunities to enhance professional practice in contemporary local, regional and global healthcare contexts
- contribute to values-based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.
Health professionals who graduate from our courses in health administration will have the skills needed to work in a variety of roles, such as health administrators and managers in hospital and community settings.
ACU offers a graduate certificate, a graduate diploma and a Master of Health Administration.
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