The ATAR for medicine – your guide to the ATARs and entry requirements for every medical school in Australia

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Undergraduate entry into medicine Apart from your ATAR / OP, entry requirements for undergraduate medicine may also include a UMAT score, an interview, a portfolio, and a written application. Some universities also have different entry requirements for Indigenous students and students from a rural background. Some universities have entry pathways to their postgraduate medical course [Read More…]

ATAR list for occupational therapy programs in Australia

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There are around 20 universities which offer an occupational therapy degree in Australia. For entry into an undergraduate occupational therapy course commencing in 2018, the ATARs published by universities ranged from 69 to 95. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of [Read More…]

Getting in to dentistry – your guide to the ATARs for every dentistry course in Australia

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There are 9 schools of dentistry in Australia. These are in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. Depending on whether which pathway you take, it takes a minimum of 5 to 7 years to become a dentist. Please note that apart from your ATAR / OP, entry requirements for undergraduate dentistry [Read More…]

ATAR for midwifery – your guide to the ATAR for every midwifery course in Australia

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There are undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery courses throughout Australia. For entry into an undergraduate midwifery course commencing in 2018, the ATAR ranged from 60 to the high-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2018. Please note that this is a [Read More…]

Exercise science university courses and their ATAR requirements

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There are accredited undergraduate exercise science courses in most states in Australia, one postgraduate course at the University of Western Australia, and two accredited online courses at University of New England. As of 2018, the University of Sunshine Coast offers new exercise science course, the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. For entry into an [Read More…]

ATARS for every exercise physiology course in Australia

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There are 12 accredited undergraduate exercise physiology courses in Australia and 17 postgraduate courses. There are two accredited online courses, one undergraduate and one postgraduate. For entry into an exercise physiology course commencing in 2018, the ATAR ranged from the mid-60s to the mid-90s. Please note that Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are the [Read More…]

ATAR to become a dietitian – a guide to every dietetics course in Australia

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There are undergraduate and postgraduate pathways available in Australia which will lead to a qualification as a dietitian. Currently, there are a total of seven undergraduate courses to become a qualified dietitian upon course completion across Australia. About 13 courses however, offers an undergraduate health science or nutrition degree followed by a Master of Dietetics [Read More…]

ATAR for nursing – your guide to every university nursing course in Australia

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For entry into a university nursing course commencing in 2018, the ATAR ranged from 60s to the mid-80s. When combined with another Bachelor’s degree such as midwifery or arts, the ATAR was sometimes in the 90s for the double degree. The following tables show the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each [Read More…]

Opt-out period for My Health Record starts soon, but most Australians in favour of having a record

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Consumers Health Forum and NPS MedicineWise published the Engaging Consumers in their Health Data Journey Report two months before the opt-out period starts for My Health Record. The report revealed that a large portion of the Australian population are in favour of having a My Health Record created for them. It confirmed that Australians want [Read More…]

Two Canberran Occupational Therapists represent OTA in the inquiry of the ongoing problems in the implementation of NDIS in ACT


Occupational therapists Asimina Peristeri and Laura Taylor highlighted several issues in the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) during the public hearing for the scheme’s inquiry. Among the issues raised were: lengthy delays in processing applications for assistive technology (AT) plans not reflecting the actual needs of [Read More…]

Podiatry Board of Australia prepares for the full implementation of the revised registration standard for endorsement for scheduled medicines

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Published 3 months ahead of its official implementation, the Podiatry Board of Australia (The Board) released the revised registration standard for endorsement for scheduled medicines on 30th April 2018. The new guidelines will be implemented on 1st August 2018. The Board asks all podiatrists and podiatric surgeons to review all documents pertaining to the changes. [Read More…]

Australian, American, British and New Zealand organisations join forces to close the life expectancy gap of the mentally-ill

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In mid-May of this year, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), the American College of Sports Medicine, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand officially released the first joint international consensus statement dubbed as “The Role of Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity in Closing the Life Expectancy [Read More…]

A No-Diets approach: Universities are changing the way they teach nutrition – by Christina Turner, Bond University

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A new and exciting change is happening in nutrition and dietetics in Australia. A no-diets approach to health is being incorporated into many university programs. Now you may be wondering why dietitians wouldn’t use diets to help patients and clients? Isn’t there an ‘Obesity Crisis’ and isn’t helping people to lose weight what a dietitian [Read More…]

As a first year dentistry student, what are the Dental Board of Australia obligations?

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The Dental Board of Australia has reminded first-year dental students of their regulatory obligations to conform to the national law and national scheme through the release of student registration and information for graduates’ guides. The Board pointed out that dental students in Australia enrolled in a program of study approved by the Dental Board qualifies [Read More…]

SHPA welcomes program increased funding for the pharmacy intern program

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The Victorian Department of Health has renewed its partnership with the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) for the Victorian Hospital Pharmacy Intern Program. The three-year extension, backed by the 2017/18 Victorian Budget, allows 100 placements for 2021, which is 20 slots higher than its previous limit, giving more pharmacy students a chance for [Read More…]

Federal Budget 2018/19: What’s in it for key health industry organisations?

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Pharmacy, nursing, exercise physiology, medicine, occupational therapy, dentistry, mental health, consumers and public health….. your guide to what happened in the 2018/2019 health budget. It’s a 20 minute read, so prepare your favourite cup of tea and settle in. Pharmacy The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) welcomed the 2018 Health Budget’s support for [Read More…]

4 practitioners on what it means to practice mindfulness in health care

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To wrap up our Mindful May theme in My Health Career, we are very pleased to feature the comments of a physiotherapist, psychologist, nurse educator and occupational therapist about their mindfulness practice. Here’s what they have to say… Phebe Liston – Physiotherapist  “I started actively practicing mindfulness around my second year as a physiotherapy graduate. It [Read More…]

Be compassionate towards yourself: A psychologist’s view on mindfulness – by Dr Tara Hickey

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Victoria State Representative for Compassionate Mind Australia, Dr Tara Hickey, details in this Q&A her initial experiences and challenges in practicing mindfulness. She shares the benefits of mindfulness in her life in general and as a psychologist. Lucky for us, she also provided tips on how to practice mindfulness! What made you decide to practice [Read More…]

My mindful physio career – By APA member Georgie Davidson

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“In my early years as a physiotherapist I spent a lot of time beating myself up. Trying so hard to ‘fix’ the pain that my patients presented with I felt that I could never do enough. I was never good enough. My clinical reasoning skills where adequate, I had an eye for movement and extrasensory [Read More…]

Kay Dunkley – a pharmacist’s perspective on the three principle qualities of mindfulness

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“The day of a pharmacist is usually busy, we move from one patient to the next, dispensing medicine and advice and assisting people with minor ailments. Following-up prescribers, checking the work of pharmacy technicians, demonstrating devices, providing education, writing reports, reconciling medications and answering our phones and pagers keep us on the go all day. [Read More…]

How mindfulness saved me from myself – By Optometrist Wendy Saw

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“Let’s get dive straight into the heavy stuff. I was 21. Only one semester left of uni, and I was suddenly struck down with debilitating suicidal thoughts and depressive anxiety. I could not attend lectures or clinic any more for six months. I knew I needed help. As an optometry student, I could see that [Read More…]

How mindfulness can help you as the practitioner in the therapy room – by Samantha Clarke

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Last year, MHC received a great deal of submissions from our fellow health and mindfulness practitioners as we introduced our Mindful May 2017 theme. This year, MHC is continuing the tradition of advocating mindfulness as an essential tool in getting through life as a health professional. In this article from Dr Samantha Clarke, she shares [Read More…]

A better student, mom, and health provider by virtue of mindfulness – A Q&A with Lulu Cook RDN

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Brisbane based dietitian Lulu Cook reveals that she found solace in meditation, and also shares how mindfulness helped her become a better student, mom, and now a health provider. Here’s how Lulu answered the questions we had for her…. What made you decide to practice mindfulness in your life especially in your career as dietitian? [Read More…]

Self-care now an official Physician’s Pledge – by Kathryn Choules

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I remember receiving Kathryn’s piece on mindfulness when we first ran the #MindfulMay theme in 2017. I was so pleased to have the opportunity to share a contribution from someone with such a profound depth of understanding of mindfulness and was delighted that Kathryn contributed again this year. I love that she’s written about self-care [Read More…]

Recognizing a patient’s emotions, and the reason behind it – by Dr Warrick Bishop

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Dr Warrick Bishop recounts an encounter with one of his patients that taught him the importance of mindfulness in his career. “Although I have never participated in any structured learning or courses in relation to mindfulness, I have often kept the concept in back of mind. Without any training or guidance in the technique, my [Read More…]

Mindfulness in dental practice: Q&A with Dr Sonia Sonia

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During #MindfulMay we will be hearing from practitioners from a range of professions who are sharing aspects of their mindfulness journey. In this article dentist Dr Sonia Sonia answers questions on her approach to mindfulness in work and life. What made you decide to practice mindfulness in your life especially in your career as dental [Read More…]

APS supports Indigenous mental-health framework

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The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has advocated for the implementation of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017 – 2023. The APS believes that a joint commitment from both the indigenous communities and the government will make way for successful outcomes for Australia’s [Read More…]

Nursing program funding freeze not an obstacle to be recognized worldwide but an obstacle in addressing the shortage of nurses in Australia

Australian nursing courses among the best in the world

The implemented two-year funding freeze for Commonwealth-supported university nursing programs did not stop some Australian institutions offering nursing programs that have been ranked among the best in the world. Just recently, nine Australian institutions with nursing programs made the cut to the Top 50 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2018. The University of [Read More…]

Decrease in eye-emergency cases over the last three years

Decrease in the number of patients seeking eye care in emergency departments

A review of emergency department presentations across Australia since 2014 reveals a decrease in the number of non-urgent eye health issues. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare annual Emergency department care statistics on non-urgent eye conditions: 2014 – 2015 26,000 2015 – 2016 25,200 2016 – 2017 19,640 Optometry Australia’s CEO Lyn Brodie attributes the [Read More…]

The top 5 tips for choosing a nutrition degree – by Christina Turner, Bond University

Nutrition & Dietetics students at Bond have the opportunity to complete an international nutrition project abroad. Pictured above are students during their placement in Malaysia.

So, you’re interested in studying nutrition at University but not sure what course to do? It’s a very common question asked by both high school students and those looking to study nutrition as a second degree. I’ve collated my top 5 tips to assist you in selecting the right nutrition degree for you: 1. Understand [Read More…]