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Allied Health and Pharmacy

Allied Health and Pharmacy

If you have ever visited a physiotherapist, spoken with a pharmacist about a prescription, ridden in an ambulance or had an x-ray taken, you’ve been cared for by an Allied health professional. These roles provide vital support to patients and work with doctors, nurses and dentists to deliver the best possible patient outcomes. 

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

No matter which Allied Health and Pharmacy pathway you choose, a degree from CSU can provide you with rewarding opportunities to help people improve their day-to-day lives.

Just starting your career

There are more than 15 undergraduate and Honours courses to choose from to provide you a solid foundation to start your Allied Health and Pharmacy career. Most courses have flexible study options to allow you to attend class on campus or online, either full-time or part-time, or a combination of these options. After you graduate, you will join a community of more than 150,000 Allied Health professionals who share your passion and dedication for helping others.

Advancing your career

A postgraduate qualification will help you take the next step in your career or begin a new career in the Allied Health sector. Draw on the skills and knowledge gained from your undergraduate studies or experience in the workforce to gain a deeper understanding of your area of expertise. All postgraduate degree programs can be studied either full-time or part-time online to help you fit study into your work and personal life.

Research pathways

Delve into a topic of interest with a Doctor of Health Science. This flexible program allows you to complete coursework and a research component at a pace that suits you. You’ll explore contemporary issues and hone your analytical and critical thinking abilities. 

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.

CSU offers undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications for the following Allied Health and Pharmacy career areas:

Career opportunities

  • Exercise science
    Are you searching for a career that combines your love for athletics, exercise, health and fitness? Exercise Scientists play a support role in assisting amateur and professional athletes with performance, injury rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning by implementing specialist training and conditioning programs. Exercise Scientists can also gain employment in physical rehabilitation clinics and other roles in the health, wellness and physical fitness industries.

    CSU’s courses in Exercise and Sports Sciences can lead you to a range of exciting and rewarding employment opportunities, including:

    • sport: sports administration; strength and conditioning; emerging technologies; sports journalism
    • strength and conditioning: professional and club sports teams; private or public sports performance clinics; workplace health programs; corporate fitness; physical therapy / sports medicine based clinics; institutes and academics of sport in Australia and abroad
    • health promotion and fitness industries: corporate or community fitness programming; personal training; fitness centre management; leisure resort program design; health and physical education teaching
    • rehabilitation: exercise prescription for chronic conditions; within hospital or clinical settings; practitioners in occupational therapy and physiotherapy programs
    • preventive medicine: cardiac technician
    • research
    • occupational health and safety governance: rehabilitation policy and program development and implementation; injury case management; health risk appraisal; risk management
    • corporate sector: fitness testing; training program coordination and development; implementation of OH&S policies and programs tailored to the specific needs of an organisation and recruitment.

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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 design treatment programs to address patients’ problems, working with patients of all ages, who may be recovering from injury or disease.

    While studying, you’ll treat your 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

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  • Paramedicine

    Australia’s first paramedicine degree

    As Australia’s most experienced provider of paramedicine education, we offer students an industry recognised course that will prepare you for the fast-paced, high-pressure world of emergency health care. Paramedicine 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.

    During the course, you will encounter 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

    • state and territory ambulance services
    • private and event paramedic services
    • mining and natural resources sector emergency services
    • international paramedic and emergency response services

    You may progress to management or education roles in the paramedicine 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.

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  • Food science

    Food and nutrition play an essential role in our health and well-being. Our diets can affect much more than just our weight and a career in food science could see you shaping the future of food. CSU’s on-campus facilities include:

    • science laboratories in the School of Biomedical Sciences
    • food science laboratories
    • commercial food preparation laboratory
    • computer laboratories
    • campus-based nutrition clinic

    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

    The Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science will lay solid foundations for students interested in transferring courses or completing further study in more specialised areas, such as Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy.

    You’ll 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. Our graduates have a strong understanding of anatomical, physiological, and socio-cultural factors to inform their health and rehabilitation practice.

    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

    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. You’ll gain essential leadership and management skills that can help you take a step up and achieve a promotion, or make you a more confident practitioner.

    Careers in health education and management

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

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  • Medical radiation sciences

    The 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.

    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.

    Careers in medical radiation sciences

    • diagnostic radiographer or medical imaging technologist
    • nuclear medicine technologist
    • radiation therapist
    • ultrasound

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  • Mental health

    We provide 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’ll 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.

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

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

    This course is only open to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people, and there are a number of scholarships available to help make study easier. If you do not come from an Indigenous background you can pursue mental health concepts through Honours or postgraduate research.

    Careers in mental health

    As a mental health professional, you will play a major role in people’s lives. You may work with people of all ages, and with clients who have faced traumatic experiences or addictive behaviours in rural, regional or metropolitan areas.You will be able to understand and appreciate your clients' and their families’ emotional, social and mental health issues in a variety of settings including:

    • counselling in hospitals, private clinics, remote areas, industrial sites, schools and the Australian Defence Forces
    • raising awareness of mental health or social issues in local communities
    • management, research or education

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  • Occupational therapy

    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.

    While 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 by working with real clients.

    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.

    Postgraduate and research opportunities enable you to examine professional practice and make a difference to the way people live their lives.

    Careers in occupational therapy

    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*.

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

    *Source: Australian Government, Job Outlook

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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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  • Podiatry

    Modern podiatry is a diverse and rewarding profession offering opportunities to make a different to patients’ overall health and mobility. The foot is a complex structure, with 25 per cent of your body’s bones in your feet; if any of these bones are misaligned your entire body could be affected.

    As a podiatrist, you will screen the feet of patients with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, sports injury and childhood conditions. A podiatrist plays an important role in the care of patients with diabetes, as they often have very serious outcomes if left untreated.

    You’ll gain practical experience using on campus laboratories and teaching facilities, and you will treat your first patients in the on campus Community Engagement and Wellness Centre.

    Careers in podiatry

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

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  • Speech pathology

    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. 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.

    At the undergraduate level, you’ll develop a theoretical and practical understanding of speech pathology. Coursework will be complimented with hands-on practical learning in clinical placements, ensuring you have the confidence you need to enter the workforce after graduation.

    Careers in speech pathology

    Roles in:

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

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Facilities

When you study Allied Health and Pharmacy 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, real-world setting for students to treat and manage patients from the wider community. The centre includes clinical areas, sterilising facilities, and storage spaces. Students in fields such as 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. 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.

  • Simulation Clinic

    As an Oral Health student, you’ll start working in the Simulation Clinic early on in your 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 audio-visual technology so teaching staff can demonstrate techniques, as well as simulated heads filled with dummy teeth so you can gain experience in a life-like setting before treating real patients.

    During your degree, you’ll work on rotations in the on-campus Dental and Oral Health Clinics, 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.

  • Dental and Oral Health Clinics

    During their degree, students also work on rotations in the on campus Dental and Oral Health Clinics, 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

    The virtual pharmacy provides a great learning resource for Pharmacy students, allowing you 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, allowing you to hone your skills through role plays and mock scenarios.

  • 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 where you will learn all facets of the operation of a speech pathology. There is also an observation area with one-way glass, where you can observe what is happening within the clinical spaces without intruding on the consultation.

  • Medical Radiation Science

    Medical Radiation Science facilities at Wagga Wagga Campus offer a range of spaces to practise various imaging techniques and patient care. You’ll be 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 you’ll graduate having already completed the requirements of a professional development year within the course, and are ready to step straight into your career.

  • Clinical Simulation Centre

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

 

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