Health Workforce Scholarship Program for rural practitioners starting soon

Health Workforce Scholarship Program

Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is a new $11 million scholarship program that is set to better target financial support to health professionals working in communities most in need. This program is a consolidation of previous scholarship programs. The program will be delivered by a consortium of Rural Workforce Agencies which led by Health Workforce [Read More…]

Australia’s record-breaking bulk billing Medicare rate? Debunked by RACGP

record bulk billing rates 2017

Medicare bulk billing rates have hit the highest in recorded history according to the Department of Health. They say that Australians are aware and are taking advantage of this health care benefit with an inflation of 0.6% in 2017 compared to 2016. According to the Department of Health:Fully subsidized Medicare services is not an exception [Read More…]

#MeToo – a look at sexual harassment and discrimination in my health career – by Amanda Griffiths

sexual harassment in health care

Well, if the teacher I was supposed to have in Grade 6 had anything to do with it, I would never have become a health professional. Why? Because “girls can’t do science”. This man passed away in the Christmas school holidays just before he was scheduled to be my Grade 6 teacher at school. Ten [Read More…]

Are our pharmacists mentally and emotionally healthy?

WMHD FOR ME

What is on your mind right now? How is your day going as a practicing pharmacist? In the first and only survey to research the stress and wellbeing of pharmacists in Australia, Emeritus Prof. Colin Chapman, with the help of Master Research Australasia and the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) found that: Pharmacists have a higher [Read More…]

The health and well-being of Australian health professionals – by Kay Dunkely

WMHD WORKPLACE

October is Mental Health Month and it is important for all health professionals to focus on their own mental health to ensure they are in a good position to look after others. Two sayings that come to mind are “put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can help others” and “you can’t [Read More…]

World Health Organization meeting in Brisbane starts Monday October 9

World Health organisation meeting Brisbane 2017

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the 68th session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific (RCM68) from October 9-13. Held annually, RCM68 will be the first time Australia has hosted the event since 1997, and is expected to attract more than 300 delegates from 37 countries. The [Read More…]

How to land and prepare for an overseas healthcare job as a new graduate – by Bonnie Lau

Overseas jobs for healthcare grads

The allure of working overseas is hard to resist. It may not be as glamorous as you thought, but it’s certainly fulfilling, eye-opening and enriching in many ways, and brings unexpected opportunities and life paths that you may never have imagined. I have been working in Singapore for almost 5 years and thought I would [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for medical imaging / radiography courses in Australia

ATAR for radiography 2017

As at September 2017, there are 10 accredited undergraduate medical imaging / radiography courses and 2 postgraduate courses in Australia. The 2017 ATAR for entry into a Bachelor’s degree in radiography ranged from 70 to 99 depending on the university. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each [Read More…]

ATARs for every psychology course in Australia

ATAR for psychology 2017

For entry into a psychology course commencing in 2017, the ATAR ranged from 55 to 99.00 depending on the course and university. While most undergraduate psychology degrees are 3 years, the courses that include the 4th year (honours) generally require a higher ATAR or OP for entry. Graduates of a number of degrees including psychological [Read More…]

ATARs for every podiatry course in Australia

ATAR for podiatry 2017

As at September 2017, there are 8 accredited undergraduate podiatry courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a podiatry course commencing in 2017, the ATAR ranged from 66.05 to 94.00. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2017. [Read More…]

ATAR and OP scores for every physiotherapy course in Australia

ATAR for physiotherapy 2017

Undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy courses are offered at around 20 universities throughout Australia. The vast majority of undergraduate courses are 4 years in duration and require an ATAR of over 95. There are some physiotherapy courses where the ATAR required is in the 80s, which is an equivalent OP range of 6 to 8. Please [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for pharmacy courses in Australia

ATAR for pharmacy 2017

There are over 15 accredited undergraduate pharmacy courses in Australia and 6 postgraduate courses. For undergraduate entry into a pharmacy course commencing in 2017, the ATARs published by universities ranged from around 74 to 91.05. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning [Read More…]

ATAR or OP required for optometry courses in Australia

ATAR for optometry 2017

There are 5 schools of optometry in Australia, and the ATAR or OP required depends on the pathway you take to become an optometrist. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2017. Please note that this is a rough guide only [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for occupational therapy courses in Australia

occupational therapy ATAR 2017

There are around 20 universities which offer an occupational therapy qualification Australia, and the ATAR or OP required depends on the pathway you take to become an occupational therapist (OT). For entry into an undergraduate occupational therapy course commencing in 2017, the ATARs published by universities ranged from 72 to 98. The following table shows [Read More…]

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy – Differentiating between the “O” and the “P” – by Professor Susan Brandis, Bond University

Study Gold Coast

The two most common questions that Occupational Therapists get asked is firstly “What is that?” and “how is that different from physiotherapy?” Both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (OT) have very ancient beginnings, and are sibling professions that share many similarities in history. This in part explains some of the confusion between the two, yet today [Read More…]

ATARs for every nursing course in Australia

2017 ATAR for nursing

For entry into a university nursing course commencing in 2017, the ATAR ranged from 50 to the mid-80s. When combined with another Bachelor’s degree such as midwifery or arts, the ATAR was sometimes in the 90s for a double degree. The following tables show the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for every midwifery course in Australia

midwifery ATAR 2017

There are undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery courses throughout Australia. For entry into an undergraduate midwifery course commencing in 2017, 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 2017. Please note that this is a [Read More…]

ATAR and OPs for medicine in Australia

ATAR for medicine 2017

It is possible to commence medical studies in every state and territory in Australia. Undergraduate entry into medicine Please note that 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 [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise science course in Australia

exercise science ATAR 2017

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 0f 2018, 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

exercise science ATAR 2017

There are 12 accredited undergraduate exercise physiology courses in Australia and 15 postgraduate courses as Murdoch University has discontinued their program and the University of South Australia are no longer accepting further student intakes. There are two accredited online courses, one undergraduate and one postgraduate. For entry into an exercise physiology course commencing in 2017, the ATAR [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for every dietetics course in Australia

dietetics ATAR

There are undergraduate and postgraduate pathways available in Australia which will lead to a qualification as a dietitian. In this article we will be giving information on the ATAR / OP that was required to enter each course at the beginning of 2017. Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years [Read More…]

The required ATAR or OP for dentistry courses

Exercise Science ATAR

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 may also [Read More…]

The GlycoLeap Story: Technology in Dietetics – by APD Bonnie Lau

Dietitian Bonnie Lau

I remember when I first graduated from university, I only wanted to work in a hospital. Clinical dietetics was the cool thing to get into for almost everybody, and almost all my classmates aspired to score the much coveted (and rare) graduate positions at the hospitals. I jumped at my first job offer at a [Read More…]

Happiness can be found in generosity towards others

happiness of being generous

Research in the field of psychology suggests that a possible motive for generous behaviour is the increased happiness with which it is associated. However, the exact neural mechanisms through which generosity drives happiness remain unknown. A recent study by German and Switzerland’s researchers wanted to explore the idea that generous behaviour is driven by the [Read More…]

Sedentary lifestyle a factor in university students’ vulnerability to mental health problems

university students physical and mental health

According to Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), Australia as a nation is not exercising enough, largely simply because not being able to find at least the recommended 30 minutes each day. There is known evidence that physical activity significantly related to mental health, and ESSA encourages all university students to include physical activity as [Read More…]

Should optometrists be calling themselves doctors?

use of title doctor for optometrists

The Optometry Board of Australia has recently reminded optometrists that there is no provision in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law that prohibits a practitioner from using titles such as “doctor”, but has given a warning on the potential to mislead or deceive if the title isn’t applied in a clear manner. The Board has [Read More…]

Futures in Medicine Indigenous Scholarship open now

House Call Doctor indigenous scholarship

The House Call Doctor is inviting Indigenous students to apply to Futures in Medicine Indigenous Scholarship. The scholarship is aimed at supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students along the journey to their career in medicine. The scholarship will give $10,000 to one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student to go towards their academic costs [Read More…]

Australian Dental Industry Association wins Association of the Year

ADIA wins association of the year

On 17 July 2017, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) was named the Association of the Year by Association Forums. This award is presented to an association that has distinguished itself by achieving all-round excellence. The award acknowledges the outstanding contribution of ADIA to influence government decision making, deliver world-class exhibitions and publish meaningful market [Read More…]

Submissions for public consultation on midwifery standards of practice close 25th August

midwifery standards of practice consultation

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has collaborated with Deakin University to develop the midwife standards for practice in Australia. As part of the project, the current national competency standards for the midwife (2006) will be reviewed as it may not compatible with the continuous development of the role and scope of practice [Read More…]

Calls for collaborative work between general practitioners and pharmacists

GPs and pharmacists working together

There are many positive outcomes for Australia by optimising the role of pharmacists, especially within collaborative healthcare frameworks, said the peak body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA). The statement was made in response to comments made in Australian Doctor and Medical Observer highlighting missed opportunities for referrals to GPs by pharmacy staff. [Read More…]