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Career outcomes

Our allied health graduates have pursued careers as:

  • speech pathologist
  • occupational therapist
  • women's health manager
  • sports physiotherapist
  • cardiorespiratory physiotherapist
  • orthopaedic physiotherapist
  • research assistant
  • disability support worker
  • aged care worker
  • welfare manager
  • workplace rehabilitation consultant

Our health sciences graduates have pursued careers as:

  • hospital and clinic manager
  • health care educator
  • public health worker
  • health promotion project officer
  • epidemiologist
  • policy analyst
  • consumer advocate
  • psychiatric consultant
  • community development coordinator

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About health sciences and allied health

Health practitioners help us live life to the fullest. They’re the ones who get us back on the pitch after a sporting injury, help us overcome that stutter and teach us to walk again after an accident. They also work hard in the background, preventing disease, influencing governments and keeping whole communities safer, happier and healthier. When you choose a career in health, your work could impact anyone from an individual child to an international community.

Innovative facilities and clinics

When you study health at ACU, you’ll learn more than just the theory. You’ll get hands-on in anatomy laboratories then have the opportunity to put your skills into practice in our student-led health clinics in Brisbane, Strathfield and Melbourne. These clinics provide high-quality services to students, staff and the local community, all under the supervision of professional practice educators. 

Professional recognition

Access a world beyond the classroom through our industry partners. These connections will provide you with unique opportunities for clinical placements and even future employment. Plus, your ACU degree will be recognised by Australia’s peak health bodies including Speech Pathology Australia, Occupational Therapy Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Study health worldwide

Your health studies can take you anywhere, literally. Start by studying a unit or two at our Rome Campus and who knows where it may lead you. Exchanges and community placements in the health sector are available all around the world. The question is, where do you want to go?

Workplace experience

We know your best way ahead is through practical experience. Our community engagement and professional practice placements form a large part of our health degrees. And, just like in the real world, our degrees are interdisciplinary. You’ll learn to collaborate with other health professionals, finding the best outcomes for your patients and the community. 

Meet our students and staff

Henry Jones

Physiotherapy student

“I love how hands-on all of my subjects are. The teachers make sure there are lots of practical classes to ensure we get plenty of time to practise all of the manual techniques we’re learning, and there’s always a staff member around to give us tips and help out.”

“Physio is a career where you get the chance to help people get moving and functioning again. I hope to make an impact by assisting people to achieve their sporting goals and to extend their active life for as long as they possibly can.”

Professor Paul Carding

Deputy Head of the School of Allied Health

Professor Paul Carding has 25 years of senior clinical experience in voice disorders working in a national centre of excellence in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK). He has secured around $6 million in funded research grants and has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, three books and nine book chapters. He has also supervised more than 20 PhD and masters students to completion.

Professor Carding’s main research areas are the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders related to cancer and neurological disease and also vocal misuse/abuse.

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