Allied Health

Explore studies in Allied Health at CSU, and develop your career across a diverse range of vital health professions.

Whether you are passionate about helping save lives, curious about helping people improve their quality of life, or simply want to learn more about health concepts, CSU offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees that will provide you a solid foundation to start your Allied Health career. Postgraduate study options allow you to upgrade your skills or specialise in particular areas to advance your career.

As an allied health professional, you will have the opportunity to work alongside doctors and nurses in a rewarding and varied environment. You will work with people of all ages, making a difference to their lives. While there are currently more than 90,000 allied health professionals in Australia, employment opportunities continue to expand as a result of the nation’s ageing population and greater awareness of health issues.

Career opportunities

Emergency health care

As an emergency health care professional, you could play a crucial role in times of need. Emergency health care can often be a fast-paced, high-pressure environment and no two days will be the same. You could be first on the scene at a major disaster, transport patients to hospital, or assist people who are critically ill or injured. Paramedics are often also on standby at occasions like major sporting, entertainment or community events. You will work with people of all ages and from all backgrounds as part of a small team, and have the opportunity to provide care and support in times of need.

Emergency health could be the career for you if you are compassionate, caring, and able to think quickly under pressure. Paramedics consistently rate as the most trusted profession in Australia, and trainee paramedics can expect to earn a salary starting from about $53,000.

At CSU, you will be prepared for this challenging career path through practical education, which starts in the on campus Simulation Centre at Bathurst Campus. Here, you will encounter your first simulated emergency situations, and develop the clinical skills needed to work in the field. You will also gain workplace learning experience with approved ambulance services to ensure you graduate prepared for the challenges your chosen career will pose.

Careers in emergency health care

  • ambulance officer
  • defence force medic
  • emergency response personnel
  • paramedic

Specialist fields include

  • snow operations
  • rapid response
  • counter disaster
  • rescue

You may progress to management or education roles in the emergency health field, working as a manager in a paramedic setting or providing training to other staff.

Professional recognition

Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities

CSU’s Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) is recognised by the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities. Graduates are eligible to practise in any Australian state or territory.

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Food science

Food technology involves the process and production of foods, and can lead to the development of new food products that provide greater convenience, improved shelf-life, better nutrition or other benefits for consumers. Many companies now place great emphasis on the development of their food products in a competitive marketplace, seeking to keep up or stay ahead of the latest trends. Popular developments in this field include the creation of decaffeinated or sugar-free foods, freeze drying and powdered products, such as milk.

A career in food science may incorporate scientific disciplines such as biochemistry, chemical engineering and microbiology, as well as important concepts relating to nutrition and food safety. During your career, you may work with individuals, communities, or in the food production industry. Your role could include developing new food products, improving food production processes, packaging design, studies of shelf-life, or working with potential consumers to come up with new ideas. You could also be involved in chemical or microbiological testing of food products.

Careers in food science

  • nutritionist
  • food technologist
  • consultant
  • health educator

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Health and rehabilitation

A career in health and rehabilitation can provide you with rewarding opportunities to help people improve their day-to-day lives. You are likely to work as part of a small interdisciplinary health care team to treat patients of all ages, from children through to the elderly, to improve their quality of life. You may work within a range of public and private health care settings such as community health centres, hospitals, mental health services, schools, sports clinics and fitness centres.

Your patients could have developmental disorders, injuries or illnesses, or you could work in roles planning community programs or health promotion activities. Many of CSU’s courses in this area include distance education study options, so you can study from your home or workplace and attend residential schools to complete practical components.

CSU’s Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science can also lay solid foundations for students interested in transferring courses or completing further study in more specialised areas, like Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy.

While studying at CSU, you will gain practical experience using on campus facilities such as laboratories and skills development centres, and work alongside students from other allied health disciplines. This experience gives you an insight into the professional environment you may find when you enter the workforce. CSU graduates have a strong understanding of anatomical, physiological, psychological and socio-cultural factors to inform their health and rehabilitation practice.

Postgraduate and research study opportunities enable you to explore a health-related topic in depth or specialise in your career, ensuring you can enhance your skills and reach your professional goals.

Careers in health and rehabilitation

  • community development officer
  • client or community liaison officer
  • health coordinator
  • health project officer
  • rural outreach worker

Graduates may also undertake further study in other Allied Health disciplines.

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Health education and management

Advance your health career with a qualification in health education or management. Whether you are a paramedic, run an allied health clinic or you are involved in supervising and training junior staff, developing leadership and management skills can help you take a step up and achieve a promotion, or make you a more confident practitioner.

Clinical educators may be involved in running training sessions and professional development for staff, while health managers will develop specific skills to manage staff and ensure the smooth operation of health care facilities.

CSU’s courses in clinical education and health services management are offered by distance education, so you can continue working in your existing job, and apply what you are learning in your workplace.

Whether you are working in a small organisation and want to be better equipped for the challenges of managing your private practice, or want to take the next step in your career to pursue higher-level positions, management can provide a diverse career path. As a manager, you can put your own stamp on your organisation or help other staff achieve their full potential.

Careers in health education and management

  • clinical educator
  • health service director
  • manager of a private practice
  • workplace trainer in health settings

Professional recognition

CSU’s health service management degrees were developed in consultation with a range of industry bodies, such as the Australian College of Health Service Executives, Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, and the Institute of Nurse Executives.

Australian College of Health Service ExecutivesRoyal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

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Medical radiation sciences

An ageing population and growth of the medical imaging industry have led to increasing demand for medical radiation science professionals. Medical imaging is a critical part of the medical field and a patient’s diagnosis, and often the treatment is decided based on the images produced. CSU’s degrees in the medical radiation sciences are designed to meet this demand and anticipate future needs of the industry.

Our graduates are highly sought after within the radiography industry in Australia and internationally, CSU courses maintain strong industry alliances and all students complete practical placement, which enhances their interpersonal and technical skills, and their employment prospects. Whether you are interested in medical imaging, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy, CSU can offer a course to meet your needs.

CSU's Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science includes a significant practical component so students don't have to complete the traditional professional development year. Postgraduate study opens doors for graduates to pursue opportunities in more specialised fields or conduct research into medical imaging techniques and practices.

Careers in medical radiation sciences

Mental health

CSU provides a dedicated study pathway for Indigenous students who wish to give back to their communities through providing mental health services. As a mental health worker in Indigenous communities, you will have a cultural understanding and sensitivity, as well as the skills to assist clients who have experienced emotional and social trauma or mental health issues.

You may also be involved in roles such as advocacy for Indigenous communities, or providing education to the broader health industry or community about issues particular to the Indigenous population.

Students who do not come from an Indigenous background can also pursue mental health concepts through Honours or postgraduate research.

CSU graduates in mental health may work in Indigenous or mainstream health services, in public or private settings.

Honours and postgraduate study may provide you with opportunities to research particular issues or practices relating to mental health or Indigenous health care disciplines.

Careers in mental health

  • mental health counsellor
  • program development officer
  • youth worker

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Occupational therapy

As an occupational therapist, you will collaborate with individuals, groups and communities, assisting them to engage in meaningful daily tasks and occupations. You will assess their abilities, and work in partnership with family members, carers, employers or schools to meet clients’ needs through remediation, compensation, adaptation and education. Occupational therapists work as part of a health care team to enable the people they work with to be able to do the things they want to do, where and how they want to do them.

When studying occupational therapy at CSU, you will complete 1,000 hours of practice-based placements in a range of settings. Practical learning experiences are an important part of the course as they provide you with the opportunity to apply knowledge and develop practical skills, working with real clients.

There are excellent employment prospects after graduation in a wide range of practice areas. Medium and long-term employment growth is predicted to be very strong, with the number of occupational therapist positions in Australia expected to double by 2020.

Postgraduate and research opportunities enable you to examine professional practice and make a difference to the way people live their lives. CSU’s programs are designed with a focus on rural and regional communities, but graduates are equally well equipped to seek employment in metropolitan settings. Occupational therapists are also highly sought internationally.

Career opportunities:

  • community health settings
  • rehabilitation units
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • government policy units
  • private practice

Professional recognition

CSU’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia Limited, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

Occupational Therapy Australia LimitedAustralian Health Practitioner Regulation AgencyWorld Federation of Occupational Therapists

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Oral health

Oral health is now widely recognised as playing an important role in overall systemic health. As a result, oral health therapists and hygienists are recognised as being a key part of the health care picture.

You will work in collaboration with a dentist to determine oral health treatment therapies for each patient, but work independently to deliver a range of treatments. Dental therapists work predominantly with children and may perform tasks including preventative and restorative work, minor oral surgical procedures and initial trauma management. Dental hygienists assist dentists in providing preventative services to patients of all ages.

Demand for oral health practitioners is particularly high in rural and regional areas, however you may also work in metropolitan settings or internationally.

During your studies at CSU, you will gain practical experience using state-of-the-art simulation equipment in purpose-built facilities, and undertaking clinical practice in University facilities, as well as community, rural and metropolitan settings. This will ensure you are prepared to embark on your career when you graduate.

Career opportunities

  • oral therapist
  • oral hygienist in clinical practice
  • public dental services
  • dental and health administration
  • dental health education
  • industry or university-based research
  • consumer advocacy

Professional recognition

Australian Dental Council

CSU’s undergraduate oral health program is accredited with the Australian Dental Council, with graduates eligible to practise in any Australian state or territory.

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Pharmacy

Pharmacy is a diverse career, where you may work face-to-face with patients to provide advice, alongside other health professionals to provide medication in hospitals, or in the research and development of medications.

Pharmacists can receive and fill prescriptions, prepare and label ointments, creams and liquids, store and preserve vaccines, maintain prescription files and monitor and record dispensing of narcotics, poisons and drugs of dependence. Further opportunities exist in drug development and research, developing standards for drugs used in pharmaceuticals, or the supply of non-prescription medicines and diagnostic and therapeutic aids.

In community pharmacy, you will work face-to-face with patients of all ages and from a range of backgrounds, offering support and advice. You may be involved in minor wound care, medication management, or provide guidance in relation to a range of over-the-counter products. Hospital pharmacists may work more closely with doctors to provide medications for patients during their hospital stay, or supply medication for nursing homes and other health facilities.

During your CSU studies, you will gain workplace learning experience in hospital or community pharmacies, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge in practical situations.

Postgraduate pharmacy studies at CSU enable you to undertake research in specific areas, such as biotechnology, clinical pharmacy, herbal medicine, hospital pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology and therapeutics, or rural pharmacy. This research can help you further develop skills for your career, or make a contribution to the overall pharmacy industry.

As a graduate, you may own and operate your own community pharmacy, or be employed in a community or hospital pharmacy setting or other roles in the pharmacy industry.

Careers in pharmacy

  • pharmacist in rural, regional and metropolitan communities
  • pharmacies and hospital settings of all sizes
  • research
  • marketing of pharmaceuticals
  • pharmacy ownership

Professional recognition

Australian Pharmacy Council

CSU’s Bachelor of Pharmacy is accredited with the Australian Pharmacy Council. On completion of a pre-registration period and an examination set by the Pharmacy Board of NSW, you will be able to seek registration recognition in any state in Australia.

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a diverse career providing broad opportunities to work in hospital or community settings, or in private practice. As a physiotherapist, you will test and assess function of muscles, joints, nerves and functional ability and design treatment programs to address patients’ problems, working with patients of all ages, who may be recovering from injury or disease.

You will use treatment methods such as heat, cold, hydrotherapy, massage, manipulation, electrotherapy, ultra-violet, infra-red light and ultrasound. You may work independently or as part of an interdisciplinary health care team, and will also provide treatment plans or exercises for patients to continue at home.

CSU students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities on campus, and treat their first patients in the on campus Community Engagement and Wellness Centre, as well as participating in workplace learning experiences. This ensures that, when you graduate, you will be industry ready and equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to start your career.

Postgraduate study provides opportunities for research or to develop management skills, which may be beneficial if you are pursuing a career in running a private practice.

Careers in physiotherapy

  • public or private hospitals
  • private clinics
  • allied health centres
  • rehabilitation
  • sports therapy
  • aged care
  • organisations such as respite care centres

Professional recognition

Australian Physiotherapy Council

CSU’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy has full accreditation with the Australian Physiotherapy Council, making graduates eligible to practise anywhere in Australia.

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Podiatry

Modern podiatry is a diverse and rewarding profession offering opportunities to make a different to patients’ overall health. Twenty-five percent of your body’s bones are in your feet; if any are misaligned your entire body could be affected.

As a podiatrist, you will screen feet of patients with conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. A podiatrist plays an important role in the care of diabetes patients, as problems with the feet of a person with diabetes are very common and may have very serious outcomes if left untreated.

Podiatrists can prescribe and arrange manufacture of specialised footwear, prescribe and fit aids such as replaceable pads or functional supports to correct foot abnormalities, and perform minor surgical procedures. You may also refer patients to or receive referrals from doctors.

CSU’s Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine was developed specifically in response to a shortage of skilled professionals in rural and regional Australia; as a result, employment prospects for graduates are strong. The degree is widely recognised by many podiatrists for providing the best clinical education in the country.

CSU podiatry students have the opportunity to gain practical experience using on campus laboratories and teaching facilities, and you will treat your first patients in CSU’s on campus Community Engagement and Wellness Centre, providing excellent clinical education to prepare you for the workforce.

Careers in podiatry

  • allied health clinics
  • community health centres
  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • sports clinics

Professional recognition

Australian Podiatry Council

CSU’s Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine has been designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Podiatry Council and all registration boards in Australia and New Zealand.

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Respiratory health

CSU’s postgraduate programs in respiratory health are designed to equip practising health professionals with the skills and knowledge to manage patients with conditions such as asthma. If you are currently working in the health industry, studies in respiratory health add to your professional development and may assist your career progression.

With a qualification in respiratory health, you may be involved in providing training or advice to other health professionals regarding treatment of patients with respiratory conditions. You may also work with patients to develop management plans for respiratory conditions. CSU’s Respiratory Science program was the first postgraduate course of study in Australia dedicated to formal education in respiratory health.

Careers in respiratory health

  • technical, nursing or scientific roles at hospitals
  • research roles at universities
  • health care workers in hospitals, clinics and other health settings may be able to advance their careers with a qualification in respiratory health.

Professional recognition

Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Scientists

CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Science was developed in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Scientists, and has its endorsement.

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Speech pathology

Communication is a vital part of our daily lives, which makes the role of a speech pathologist an important one. As a speech pathologist, you will work with patients of all ages to improve their speech and hearing, voice, language and fluency, or treat swallowing disorders.

You will work directly with people, either individually or in small groups, in a diverse range of settings. Depending on your interests, you could work with children, people with disabilities, people with speech impediments, or the elderly, as well as those who have had surgery or injuries. You could even find work with actors or singers as a voice coach, helping them get the best out of their voices.

Your role will include evaluating speech abilities and defects, and prescribing appropriate hearing aids or exercises where required. As well as working directly with your clients, you may also provide advice and support to their families, carers or teachers.

The speech pathology industry is expected to grow as a result of Australia’s ageing population and a greater focus on early intervention, increasing employment opportunities for graduates. You may work in health care, educational or public administration and safety settings. Speech pathologists are in particular demand in fields such as education, paediatrics and disability services. There are many job opportunities in regional areas, as well as working nationally and internationally.

Careers in speech pathology

Roles in:

  • schools
  • community health centres
  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation units
  • nursing homes
  • private practice and disability services.

Professional recognition

Speech Pathology Australia

CSU’s Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology is fully accredited with Speech Pathology Australia.

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Facilities

When you study Allied Health at CSU, your course will involve much more than just learning from a textbook. CSU’s state-of-the-art facilities give you access to modern laboratories, equipment and simulated environments where you can learn a wide range of practical skills and gain the ideal preparation for your future career.

Community Engagement and Wellness Centre

The Community Engagement and Wellness Centre at Albury-Wodonga Campus offers an interdisciplinary setting for students to treat and manage patients from the wider community. Students from a range of Allied Health disciplines use the centre, either individually or in interdisciplinary settings, emulating the environments found in the workplace. The centre includes clinical areas, sterilising facilities, and storage spaces. Students in fields like Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry benefit from the practical experience this modern facility provides.

Skills Centre

A Skills Centre at Albury-Wodonga Campus offers a range of facilities for students to develop practical skills working with clients who have disabilities or special needs. Allied Health students use the facilities to learn how to lift or move clients, as well as understanding how to help people use special equipment like modified kitchens and bathrooms. Students gain an understanding of how to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds.

Simulation Clinic

Oral Health students spend time working in the Simulation Clinic from the start of their degree, developing practical skills and learning how to use a range of equipment and tools involved in their chosen career. The Simulation Clinic is a modern, light-filled centre that includes audiovisual technology so teaching staff can demonstrate techniques to be projected onto screens for students to observe, as well as simulated heads filled with dummy teeth so students can gain experience in a life-like setting before they start treating real patients.

Dental and Oral Health Clinics

During their degree, students also work on rotations in the on campus Dental and Oral Health Clinic, where they have the opportunity to treat real patients in the teaching clinic. The procedures students can provide vary and develop as they move through the course.

Virtual Pharmacy

A virtual pharmacy on campus provides a great learning resource for Pharmacy students, allowing them to gain confidence in selecting products and counselling patients before testing their skills in the real world. A variety of medications and products are set up replicating a real pharmacy, and students can practise their skills through role plays and mock scenarios. This prepares students for some of the questions and issues they may face when they undertake placements or embark on their careers.

Education and Research into Communication Centre

Speech Pathology students have excellent learning facilities in ERICC, the Education and Research into Communication Centre. ERICC is a multi-purpose space combining teaching areas, skills development spaces, and separate clinic rooms for adults and children. There is also an observation area with one-way glass, where students can observe what is happening within the clinical spaces without intruding on the consultation. Students learn all facets of the operation of a speech pathology clinic through their experience in ERICC, ranging from managing client files to clinic and observation rooms, a communication lab and recording facilities.

Medical Radiation Science

Medical Radiation Science facilities at Wagga Wagga Campus offer students a range of spaces where they can practise various imaging techniques and patient care. Students are able to take real images using industry-standard facilities and learn about the health and safety requirements involved in their career. The facilities on campus, combined with clinical placements in industry, mean students graduate having already completed the requirements of a professional development year within the course, and are ready to step straight into their career.

Clinical Simulation Centre

The Clinical Simulation Centre at Bathurst Campus provides opportunities for students to undertake practice-based learning in nursing and paramedics. The facility helps students develop their skills and prepare for the workforce through simulated scenarios, using the latest equipment needed for pre-hospital care.

 

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