Health & Medicine

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Discipline Overview

Exercise scientists look at the effect of exercise on human performance. They design, implement and evaluate exercise and physical activity for a wide range of people within the community. They provide programs for improving general health, the prevention of chronic diseases, health promotion and enhanced sports performance. Students study anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, nutrition, neuromechanics, and biomechanics as part of your core subjects. You will gain a basic understanding of the anatomical and physiological basis of human motion and the effect of exercise on human performance in sport, industry, ageing and in healthy living.

Key employability skills

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Outstanding research and information sourcing skills
  • Strong critical thinking, judgment and decision making skills
  • Ability to use appropriate technologies for research and administrative purposes.
  • Strong team work skills with the ability to work collaboratively

Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Case Officer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Rehab Consultant
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Exercise Therapist
  • Health Consultant
  • Healthy Lifestyles Trainer
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Sports Administrators
  • Sports and Exercise Physician
  • Sports Program Manager
  • Therapy Assistant

Employers

Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • Active Work Solutions
  • Allcare Physiotherapy
  • Allianz
  • Alpha One
  • Australian Health
  • Australian Injury Management
  • Bfit Australia
  • Body Dynamics Exercise & Sport Physiology
  • ClinicAll
  • Diabetes Australia
  • Diagnosis Physiotherapy Pty Ltd
  • Health Balance
  • Illawarra Academy of Sport
  • Illawarra Disability Trust
  • Kinetic Rehabilitation
  • Lawrence Hargrave Hospital
  • Lend Lease Primelife
  • Mounties RLFC
  • Movement Medicine
  • Mt Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Northern Suburbs Physiotherapy
  • NSW Health
  • Ontrac Lifestyle Management
  • Peak Conditioning
  • QBE
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Sutherland Leisure Centre
  • Thirroul Physiotherapy Clinic
  • Uniting Care Ageing
  • Westmead Hospital
  • Workfocus Australia

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Some employers take Exercise Science graduates as part of their Generalist streams.

Below are some examples of employers offering formal graduate programs related to your field of study

  • AusAid
  • Teach for Australia
  • Department of Defence: Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • Area Health Services
  • Queensland Government
  • Victorian Government

Professional bodies and associations

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Postgraduate study options

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, UOW offers:

Course information

Discipline Overview

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face a unique set of personal and community health issues. Professionals working in this field require a broad set of skills and knowledge to deliver effective, responsive and compassionate health care. The course covers areas including community health, community development, cultural issues, comparative Indigenous health issues and Indigenous health research. These are complemented with study in Aboriginal Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education and other related areas.

Job opportunities include working in the community sector, Aboriginal Medical Services and/or with State or Federal health agencies. Graduates may be interested in working in rural or remote community development, health promotion, planning or policy.

Key employability skills

  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Mentor
  • Aboriginal Health Officer
  • Acting Team Leader
  • Career Support Officer
  • Community Housing Worker
  • Consultant Psychologist
  • Coordinator of Men’s Centre
  • Drug & Alcohol Counsellor
  • Graduate Australian Public Service
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Lab Assistant
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Servant

Employers

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  • Aboriginal Employment Strategy
  • Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation
  • Bankstown Women’s Health Centre
  • Centre for Corporate Health
  • Department of Health and Ageing
  • Housing Trust
  • Kimberley Area Medical Service
  • Northern Beaches Christian School
  • NSW Health
  • On Track Community Programs
  • South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service
  • Wellington Aboriginal Health Service

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Many graduate employers take Indigenous Health graduates as part of their Generalist streams.

Below are some examples of employers offering formal graduate programs related to your field of study.

Professional bodies and associations

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Post graduate/additional studies

On completion, high performing students considering further study or a career in research should consider the Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) program. This one-year degree offers students a pathway to expand their knowledge of medical and health sciences and achieve their research aspirations. You may also be interested in:

Discipline overview

Medical and health science provides insight into the structure and function of the human body at all levels. This knowledge can be used directly to work alongside other health professionals within the medical research and clinical health fields in both private industry and hospital settings. Medical and Health professionals are involved in the development of therapies, application of diagnostic methods and treatments associated with health and disease.

Graduates have a thorough understanding of the scientific basis of human structure, function and health and may use this as an underpinning set of knowledge for postgraduate medicine, dentistry, and most other allied health professional areas.

Key employability skills

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, and also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the course learning outcomes and the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • Communication with the ability to present ideas and clearly explain medical and health concepts within a wide variety of audiences, through a range of media.
  • Ability to critically analyse health and health issues utilising health information and data drawn from a range of disciplines
  • Ability to integrate and apply scientific knowledge and skills in the area of medical science and health as it relates to professional practice and/or scholarship
  • Demonstrate effective leadership approaches, including working across boundaries, to drive innovation within organisations and independently
  • Ability work with a range of stakeholders, networks, groups and organisations, taking responsibility for an agreed area of shared activity

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to two years after graduation).

  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Claims Assessor
  • Pathology Collector
  • Radio Pharmaceutical Officer
  • Optical Dispenser
  • Medical Scientific Officer
  • Technical Assistant
  • Medical & Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Medical Laboratory Technical Officer
  • Research Assistant
  • Hospital Assistant
  • Disability Support Worker

Employers

Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

Below is a list of UOW graduate employers sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (up to two years after graduation).

  • NSW Health
  • IHMRI
  • Sonic Healthcare
  • NSW Health Pathology
  • Civic Disability Services
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • Hahn Healthcare
  • Servier International
  • Laverty Pathology
  • ANSTO
  • Specsavers
  • Fullerton Health Australia
  • Pharmacy Express

Key industry job websites

Many industries have job websites dedicated to careers within their industry. These also often have links to other career resources.

  • jobs.health.nsw.gov.au – NSW Health
  • iworkfornsw.gov.au – NSW public sector job site
  • ethicaljobs.com.au – Not for profit and community jobs
  • nfpcareers.org – Not for profit jobs
  • medfuture.com.au
  • jobsearch.gov.au

If postgraduate specialisation is undertaken, many specialist areas have their own professional association job boards.

Be aware that LinkedIn Jobs is increasingly used by employers to target graduates.

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies. Here are some of the organisations that take graduates of this discipline.

  • Plena Healthcare
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Blackdot Consulting
  • Services Australia
  • Deloitte
  • Smith & Nephew

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as gradconnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Map my Health Career - NSW Ministry of Health explains medical and allied health specialties

Medical career planning – Factsheets and workforce modelling by NSW Health

My Health Career – Information about careers in health by practitioners working in health

My Health Career videos – hear from health practitioners in a range of specialties

Job Outlook – Australian government website with salaries, industry growth and required skills for a wide range of jobs

Your career – Australian government website with a range of careers information

Postgraduate study and research

Medical and Health Sciences provides a base knowledge for postgraduate study in medicine, dentistry and most allied health specialties.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest.

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

UOWx – A range of co-curricular activities available for UOW students

Course information

The relevant undergraduate degree options available at UOW for this discipline are listed below. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

Discipline Overview

Registered nurses play an important role in the healthcare system and are involved in a range of activities that are designed to provide care of people with acute, chronic and complex health conditions. Registered nurses are integral in the treatment of people, families, communities, and populations. Students will have opportunities to apply theory to practice in modern simulated supported learning environments, prior to undertaking workplace experience. During the course students will attend 21 weeks of workplace experience in hospitals, aged care, and community facilities. This will immerse students in the field of nursing, caring for people and applying learnings in simulated tutorials. 

Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • Administration Assistant
  • Administration Clerk
  • Assistant In Nursing (AIN)
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Specialist
  • Emergency Nurse
  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Flight Nurse
  • General Nurse
  • Graduate Nurse
  • Head Nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Nurse
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Nursing Officer
  • Paediatric Registered Nurse
  • Practice Nurse
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse - Surgical
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse and Holter technician
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Residential Manager
  • Theatre Nurse |Theatre Orderly

Employers

Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • ACT Government Department of Health
  • ACT Healthcare Directorate
  • Alfred Hospital
  • Alice Springs Hospital |Anglican Retirement Village
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
  • Bankstown Hospital
  • Barwon Health
  • Bega and District Nursing home
  • Bega Hospital
  • Bega Valley Private Hospital
  • Bloomfield Hospital |Bowral and District Hospital
  • Bupa Aged Care Services
  • Calvary Health Care
  • Campbelltown Hospital
  • Canterbury Hospital
  • Care South
  • Catholic Health Care
  • Central Health Network
  • Columbia Aged Care Services
  • Cooma Monaro Shire Council
  • Corrimal Health Care Center
  • Criniti Medical Services
  • Darwin Hospital
  • Fairfield Drug Health Service - Inpatient Unit
  • Figtree Private Hospital
  • Graylands Hospital
  • Greater Southern Area Health Service
  • Greater Western Area Health Service
  • Griffith Base Hospital
  • Hammond Care
  • Health NSW
  • Healthscope
  • House with No Steps
  • Hunter & New England Area Health Service
  • Hunter Hill Private Hospital
  • Hunter New England Area Health Service
  • Illawarra and Shoalhaven Area Health Service
  • Illawarra Retirement Trust
  • Inlay House
  • INS Health Care
  • John Flynn Private Hospital
  • Justice Health
  • Katherine District Hospital
  • Kennedy HealthCare
  • Launceston General Hospital
  • Liverpool Hospital
  • Macarthur Health Service
  • Marco Polo Aged Care
  • Mercy Care Centre
  • Mildura Base Hospital
  • Milton Medical Centre
  • Nightingale Nursery Agency
  • North Shore Private Hospital
  • Northern Territory Department of Health
  • Nowra Park Retirement Village
  • Nowra Private Hospital
  • NSW Health
  • Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Queensland Health
  • Ramsay Health Care Service
  • Randwick Children’s Hospital| Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children
  • Royal Australian Navy
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Royal Hospital for Women
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Shellharbour Hospital
  • Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
  • Sir Thomas Mitchell Aged Care Facility
  • Sir Thomas Mitchell Residential Care Facility
  • South Eastern Sydney & Illawarra Area Health Service
  • South Western Sydney Area Health Service
  • Southern Health Melbourne
  • Southern House Service
  • St George Hospital
  • St George Private Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital
  • Sutherland Hosptial
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • The Canberra Hospital
  • The Mater Hospital
  • Uniting Age Care
  • Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health
  • WA Country Health
  • Wagga Wagga Hospital
  • Warrawong Medical Centre
  • Warrigal Care Aged Care Services
  • Wesley Private Hospital
  • Westmead Children’s Hospital
  • Wollongong Day Surgery
  • Wollongong Hospital
  • Wollongong Nursing Home

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Below are some examples of employers offering formal graduate programs for Registered Nurses:

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Upon completion of the degree, you may be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration with NMBA has conditions. Visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website for further information.

Post graduate/additional studies

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, UOW offers:

Course information

Discipline Overview

Nutrition is the science of how the foods we eat affect health. Eating well is central to supporting growth and development, preventing chronic disease, and general vitality at all stages of life. Nutritionists are scientists who apply their knowledge to improve the health of the public through nutrition research, communication of nutrition information or public health forums. Dietitians are specialist nutritionists who in addition to these research and public health roles, are accredited to work with individuals and groups to help improve their health outcomes and quality of life. This occurs in settings such as the community, hospitals, private practice, research and food service.

Related occupations

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  • Aged Care Dietitian
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Clinical Trials Coordinator
  • Community Dietitian
  • Community Nutritionist/ Clinical Dietitian
  • Consultant Dietitian
  • Dietitian
  • Dietitian - Nutrition Facilitator
  • Dietitian Assistant
  • Dietitian Clinical
  • Dietitian Health Coach
  • Dietitian/Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Physiologist and Dietician
  • Graduate Departmental Officer
  • Health Coach
  • Health Consultant
  • Health
  • Education Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Healthy Communities| Initiative Dietitian
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Nutritionist
  • Paediatric Dietician
  • Project Officer Dietitian
  • Public Health
  • Nutritionist
  • Research Dietitian
  • Rural Primary Health Service Dietitian

Employers

Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • ACT Health
  • All About Food
  • AHM
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Bowen Blue Care
  • Bupa Health Insurance
  • Compass Group
  • Contracting Dietitian
  • Department of Health & Ageing
  • Dietary and Exercise Services
  • Dietitian on the Run
  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Eat 2 Win
  • Food Standard Australia and NZ
  • Gosford District Hospital
  • Greater Western Health Service
  • Gu Health
  • Hammond Care Pty Ltd
  • Health Balance
  • Healthy Cities Illawarra
  • Healthy Kids Association
  • Hunter New England Area Health Service
  • Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Illawarra District Health Service
  • Illawarra Division of General Practice
  • Illawarra Nutrition & Diet Therapy Service
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health
  • District
  • Medibank Health Solutions
  • Naomi Pepti, Dietitian
  • Nestle
  • Nganampa Health Council
  • NSW Health
  • Nutracare
  • Orbost Regional Health
  • QLD Health
  • Queensland Health
  • Ramathibodi Hospital
  • Shoalhaven Division of General Practice
  • South Eastern Sydney & Illawarra
  • Health Service
  • South Western Sydney Area Health Service
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital
  • Sunrise Health Services
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Sydney Local Health District
  • The Food Group Australia
  • We Care Nutrition and Health Consultants
  • Westmead Hospital
  • Young Community
  • Health Services

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study options

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework*.

If you have other career interests, you may want to research online for relevant post-graduate qualifications. If you are interested furthering your studies in your field, UOW offers:

 *If you have a Bachelor of Nutrition Science you will need to complete postgraduate studies to become a qualified Dietitian

Course information

What can I do to be proactive right now?

  • CRL100 and CRLP200 are elective subjects that help you clarify career direction & obtain work experience.
  • Further information on future prospects, salaries and future trends for particular roles of interest can be found in Job Outlook.
  • You can also explore the careers of other UOW graduates on the LinkedIn Alumni tool
  • Access the Hidden Job Market to find employment with small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s).
  • Find out about Graduate Recruitment Programs, fast tracked career pathway programs for graduates.
  • Career Action Plan gives you concrete actions throughout your degree to pursue your career goals
  • Career Central Resources are easy to access and can provide you with knowledge about employment
  • CareerHub Plus is an online library to improve student, graduate and alumni employability
  • CareerSmart/CareerSmart Discovery Tool are comprehensive & interactive career development tools