Meet our school staff
Find out more about the School of Allied Health staff, read their profiles and see their publication history.Meet the team
Allied health professionals work with people of all ages to optimise participation in their daily lives. Whether you choose to specialise in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work or speech pathology, our expert teaching team of clinicians and practitioners will guide you all the way.
As an allied health professional, you’ll make a tangible difference to people’s lives. And, as a student with us, you’ll be supported by leading academics, practitioners, clinicians and researchers, and learn in high-quality facilities.
Our courses are accredited by major industry bodies including the Australian Physiotherapy Council, the Australian Association of Social Workers, Speech Pathology Australia and the Occupational Therapy Board. Depending on the discipline, students can become members of Occupational Therapy Australia, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Graduates can register as practising professionals with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Our clinical programs will give you access to contemporary, state-of-the-art facilities so you can build hands-on skills before treating real patients. Our facilities include mock hospital wards, where physio students work with high-fidelity mannequins, and occupational therapy labs, where students can practise in mock apartments fitted out with a range of rehabilitation and disability equipment.
Allied health students can complete their practical rotations at one of our on-campus health clinics. These clinics are open to staff, students and the general public, and a clinician supervises all sessions. Services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work and exercise physiology.Find a clinic
Professor Debbie Plath brings a particular interest in strengthening links between research and practice in social work. Her approach focuses on the interconnections between research knowledge, relationship building and critical reflection for effective social work practice and the organisational processes required to sustain a research-informed approach. She is chairperson for the Australian Association of Social Workers' social work education programs accreditation panel.
Professor Suzanne Kuys is the Head of Discipline, Physiotherapy and leads the Master of Rehabilitation program. Dr Kuys has considerable clinical, teaching and research experience with people following stroke and other neurological conditions and older adults, particularly people undergoing rehabilitation and transitioning from the hospital to home. She has been a clinician for 25 years, with more than 15 years’ experience in stroke rehabilitation.
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Physiotherapists can play a central role in helping their patients quit smoking with a simple three-step intervention model, according to new ACU research from cardiorespiratory physiotherapist Nia Lu...Media Release
Educational Leaders in Australia were found to be highly motivated towards the professionalisation of the Early Education workforce, an aspect of their work that is overlooked in currently policy.Education,Research
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New research from leading experts at ACU's Institute for Child Protection Studies will help improve supervised contact visits for about 45,000 children in out-of-home care and their birth parents.
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Leading British philosopher Professor John Haldane will join the Australian Catholic University this year to establish a new project to develop Catholic school education, situating this within a broad...General
New research has revealed people living in regional, rural or remote Australia are 90 per cent more likely to die from heart conditions caused by high blood pressure than people living in metropolitan...Media Release
Learn about our health research institutes, academies and centres, including the Centre for Disability and Development Research.Learn more
Discover how much your course will cost, learn about options for financing your studies and find out which scholarships you may be eligible for.Finance your studies
Learn more about overseas study opportunities such as faculty-led study tours, intensive study periods at our Rome campus, or exchanges.See the world
Are you a current or former domestic ACU student wanting to enrol in a postgraduate allied health program? You may be eligible for a 10% discount.Get a rebate
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