Nurses are the backbone of Australia. And as many of us reflect on the role we want to play in society, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more meaningful career than nursing, especially given the vital role they play in the healthcare system.
By studying a Bachelor of Nursing at UOW, you’ll be equipped to handle acute, chronic and complex health conditions, as you apply the theoretical components of your degree to practical situations. Further, 93.1% of our nursing graduates gain full-time employment within four months of graduating, in comparison to the national average of 80.1%.
UOW alumna Kelly Chan has found working directly with coronavirus patients in intensive care challenging at times, but incredibly rewarding. “Being a registered nurse and spending time caring for these patients, I am grateful to be able to directly aid in the recovery of the most vulnerable and seriously affected by the volatile virus.”
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Since the spread of coronavirus began, it has become clear that the world’s wellbeing requires a clear understanding of disease in populations, how it is spread and who it affects, as well as disease prevention and good health promotion for all. Combining skills in the epidemiology of disease and ill health with creative global thinking and innovating quickly in times of crisis has made a difference in countries that are on top of their public health.
In the past few months, public health practitioners have been highly sought-after by organisations in both the health care and corporate worlds. As businesses rushed to implement strategies to maintain the health of their employees and clients, the changes made so far provide us with an amazing opportunity to create further lasting impacts in the world, improving productivity, social cohesion and collaboration in the process.
The Bachelor of Public Health at UOW focuses on training future public health practitioners and innovators who can do all that and more. Graduates will be able to understand and tackle health challenges that are complex, multidisciplinary and global, such as the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Kishan Kariippanon from UOW's School of Health and Society explains how UOW’s public health degree is taught by an experienced and diverse team whose job it is to fully prepare students to join the global public health workforce. Dr Kariippanon notes that public health professionals who are trained to work across different cultures, tackling physical and mental wellbeing challenges, engaging with vulnerable populations, and using evidence-informed strategies and wellness modalities, are highly desirable by employers.
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The study of psychology aims to understand why we behave the way we do, why we experience the things we do, and why those experiences shape our behaviour.
With negative mental health impacts such as anxiety, depression and suicidality increasing significantly as a result of coronavirus – mental health services such as Lifeline received a 25% increase in calls in 2020 compared to the same time in 2019 – psychology has a crucial role to play during and after the pandemic.
Academics within UOW’s School of Psychology are investigating the effects of coronavirus on mental health, addressing how communities’ most vulnerable people can be assisted in the long-term. The research being conducted now will help identify those who are most at risk and deliver strategies to assist those people as we move into an uncertain future.
A Bachelor of Psychology at UOW will allow you to become involved in important work like this, supporting individuals and communities in times of crisis. Career paths in this field could take you in many different directions, for example helping our most vulnerable as a clinical psychologist, working with athletes as a sports psychologist, or collaborating with human resources as an organisational psychologist.
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