As our nation responds to a global pandemic, it’s clear we’re extremely reliant on our healthcare system to maintain the wellbeing and safety of the community. With plenty of work still left to be done, there’s never been a better time to start contributing, especially when study is so accessible.
Understand how your choice to move into a career in health could benefit you and the community.
In healthcare, there are plenty of opportunities to tackle difficult problems. Right now, finding an effective treatment and cure for COVID-19 rests on the shoulders of healthcare professionals around the world.
The same sector is also responsible for strategies to contain the outbreak, national health policy, laboratory testing and contact tracing. Public health professionals including epidemiologists, biostatisticians, health policy experts, behavioural health professionals and environmental health professionals are all particularly important here.
If you choose to specialise in one of these fields, your work could contribute to this immediate health threat and you will learn to tackle others like it in the future.
Whether they’re treating affected patients, providing regular services, completing vital research or developing policy, healthcare professionals are supporting their community every step of the way.
That’s why they’re are being celebrated across the world for their selfless and tireless efforts during COVID-19. Despite personal risk, and in some cases, separation from loved ones, healthcare workers always put their patients first to ensure everyone is cared for no matter their circumstances.
As a result, the job satisfaction that comes from these roles is extremely high. It’s both rewarding and fulfilling to know you’ve made a difference to someone’s life and is sure to fill you with a sense of purpose.
Prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian healthcare sector had grown by 21.4 per cent since 2013 as a result of the ageing population and the rise of digital health. This trend was expected to continue to 2023, with an additional 15 per cent growth according to the Australian Jobs Report, 2019.
While this projection may now vary, it’s clear that persistent national and international crises are only adding to the demands placed on healthcare workers which can only be managed with further expansion.
As a result, the healthcare sector is likely to buck the wider downward trend plaguing many other Australian industries and which is causing the unemployment rate to soar.
In fact, Seek just announced a variety of health roles in its list of most in-demands jobs in 2020, including nurses, rehabilitation and occupational therapy staff, physiotherapists and dentists.
Designed to the flexible, many of our postgraduate health degrees are available 100 per cent online allowing busy professionals to juggle competing work commitments alongside their study load.
Whilst adhering to social distancing measures, our online programs also offer a perfect opportunity to utilise extra time spent at home, or between jobs.
Why not explore your passion and expand your knowledge and experience in public health areas like:
Many of these degrees are available to graduates from a wide range of educational fields including arts, commerce, engineering, education and much more.
Several Master of Science in Medicine degrees are also entirely online, while some have a small compulsory face-to-face workshop component. These programs are available to people with a background in science.
We also offer intensive two-year master's programs across a broader range of health areas. These courses enable students to graduate with a professional qualification and move straight into a career in health. These courses usually have face-to-face teaching components.
You could also choose to move into a career as a doctor or a dentist if you sit the GAMSAT.
Many of our medicine and health degrees offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs). This means that your course fees are partially subsidised by the Australian government and you only pay a smaller student contribution amount.
The faculty also offers a range of scholarships to students in health to help ease the financial burden of studying and reward talent or social justice.
Check out the Scholarships Office website for a full list of options.