UMAT 2017 will be held on 26 July. Register now!

umat 2017 registrations

The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is required for undergraduate admission to many courses throughout Australia and New Zealand in the fields of medicine and dentistry. The results from UMAT 2017 can only be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2018.   Sasha Tymoshenko, UMAT and Education Specialist [Read More…]

Queensland health students – applications to Grow Rural close 7th April

Grow rural Queensland

The Grow Rural program has opened an opportunity to taste how life is as a health professional in rural Queensland. By joining the 2017 cohort, you will visit Central Queensland and experience a farm stay, see a cattle property, attend a community trivia night, as well as undertake clinical skills training sessions. This is one [Read More…]

APA statement on physio role in acute ankle sprain management

physio role in acute ankle sprain

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has reacted to a suggestion by a recent study that there is no evidence to support a clinically important improvement in outcome with the addition of supervised physiotherapy to usual care for acute ankle sprain. Despite the findings of the study and some reports with similar suggestions, APA strongly asserts [Read More…]

Australian next generation struggling with alcohol, drugs, mental health, and discrimination

young people mental health and discrimination

Mission Australia has performed an extensive survey involving 12,000 young people aged 15 to 19 years old, and the results showed that our youth are struggling with complex issues and need a more targeted and co-ordinated approach across the nation. The main findings of the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2016 are: Top 3 national issues: [Read More…]

My Year in Review – by Amanda Griffiths – Founder My Health Career

AMG PAH with MHC poster

My Health Career In 2016 the website had over 280,000 unique visitors. I’m aways open to suggestions on what topics you think should be discussed in the health industry, so email enquiries@myhealthcareer.com.au if you want to get involved! In 2016 I was lucky enough to be awarded a contract with the Health and Community Services [Read More…]

Almost half of nursing students and over a third of medical students not getting enough exercise

nursing-and-medical-students-physical-activity

48% of nursing and 38% of medical students did not achieve recommended levels of physical activity, according to a questionnaire study from the UK . The study surveyed 193 nursing students and 168 medical students at a UK medical school over 12 months. Nursing students were less active than medical students. They perceived fewer benefits [Read More…]

Association memberships – how much are health professionals forking out? By Amanda Griffiths

health-practitioner-associations

With full time annual membership to Optometry Australia (formerly the Optometrists Association Australia) being around $2,000 (inclusive of professional indemnity insurance) it made me wonder how much other practitioners are paying to be members of their association. The uptake of membership of Optometry Australia has dropped in the last 10 years as the membership fees [Read More…]

Don’t choose Physio as a career if:

nick-schuster

So you think you want to be a Physio? Do you really know what a Physio does every day? By reading this article I want to help you to either reinforce your future career pathway, or stop you from making a really big mistake. If you’re not scared of the truth, read on! I often [Read More…]

The patient I almost blinded – a lesson in sticking to my guns – by Amanda Griffiths

Amanda Griffiths

About 2 years ago I had this patient who I had a hand in almost permanently blinding. But the thing was, I pretty much did all the stuff I was “supposed to do.” I had referred him to an ophthalmologist when I thought it was looking bad. But when I could feel it in my [Read More…]

A Transition to Practice Program for nurses in Primary Health Care – by APNA project manager Lisa Collison

transition-to-practice-program-for-practice-nurses

“Recruitment and retention of nurses in the primary health care workforce will play an increasingly important role in ensuring our health care system can meet the complexities of ever increasing demands. There is a projected shortfall of primary health care nurses due to high exit rates and low numbers of workforce entrants. Although there is [Read More…]

How Young Health Professionals Can Manage Lifestyle Creep – by Financial Planner Yves Schoof

Yves Schoof

As you progress through your career your income earning capacity will continue to increase and will probably accelerate the fastest in your 30’s and 40’s. This is also the time when the demand on your income will be the highest due to mortgage repayments, school fees, holidays, etc. The biggest mistake young health professionals make [Read More…]

Do you need mentoring after graduating?

occupational-therapists-mentorship

CovalentCareers has shared a video featuring Steve Flathers on mentorship as a new occupational therapist. Steve talks about one of the important things to keep in mind when looking for jobs as a new graduate, who makes the transition from a student in the protective shell to a workfield full of responsibility. Since not all [Read More…]

Become an audiologist – masters and internship – by Chris Waterworth

chris-waterworth-audiologist

“Audiologists are health professionals who deal with the diagnosis and non-medical management of disorders of the ear. Audiologists work in hospitals, community health centres, in research at universities, private practice, and in medical practices. If you have a science or health-related degree, you may find audiology a fascinating career. Did you know that the profession [Read More…]

The benefits of volunteering for new grad dietitians – by Sally Marchini APD

Sally Marchini dietitian

“As a new grad one of the greatest challenges, lack of experience, can also prove to be a greatest opportunity when volunteering is utilised. When I graduated five years ago now, the several jobs that I’d been promised didn’t eventuate as funding was cut. I decided that I needed to demonstrate to potential employers that [Read More…]

AHPRA applications for graduates

steps-to-ahpra-registration-2016

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has put in place systems to make registration for graduates as streamlined as possible. By following the six steps to registration below, all students who will be completing an approved program of study within 6 weeks can join the Australian health practitioner workforce when they graduate or soon [Read More…]

What’s ahead for graduate dentists – by Dr Viet Nguyen

Viet Nguyen 2

We asked 2011 graduate Dr Viet Nguyen what advice he had for new dentists. This is what he said…… “Congratulations on making it to the final frontier of your dental education journey! I’m sure the next few months will be one filled with cold calling, walking into clinics, researching on jobs and plenty of networking [Read More…]

Why it’s so easy to think you’re a legend in your own mind – the hidden trap of being a primary health practitioner – by Amanda Griffiths – Founder My Health Career

AMG PAH with MHC poster

“It’s so easy to start your career in health thinking that you’re a legend in your own mind. Actually, without knowing this one thing, you are pretty well destined to start your career there. And even if you know this one thing, you might want to deny it anyway!! So let’s get on to what [Read More…]

Orthodontics – an evolving profession

orthodontists-vs-dentists

The following article has been contributed by the Australian Society of Orthodontists. Research has brought many new technologies and techniques to the practice of orthodontics that has benefited millions of Australians over the last 10 years. Orthodontic treatment has come a long way since the days of chunky metal braces, bands and headgears; today, contemporary [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for 14 health professions

raining ATARS

It’s that time when prospective uni students are trying to make last-minute decisions around what courses they will apply for next year. We thought we’d make life a bit easier by putting together a summary of all the ATARs and OPs for every course in Australia for 14 different professions. Click on the links below: [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for medical imaging / radiography courses in Australia

raining ATARS

As at September 2016, there are 10 accredited undergraduate medical imaging / radiography courses in Australia and 2 postgraduate courses. The ATAR for entry into a Bachelor’s degree in radiography ranges from 70 to 98 depending on the university. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate [Read More…]

ATARs for every psychology course in Australia

raining ATARS

For entry into a psychology course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 54.20 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

raining ATARS

As at September 2016, there are 8 accredited undergraduate podiatry courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a podiatry course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 70.00 to the mid-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of [Read More…]

ATAR and OP scores for every physiotherapy course in Australia

raining ATARS

Undergraduate physiotherapy courses are offered by 14 universities across 21 campuses in 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

raining ATARS

There are 16 accredited undergraduate pharmacy courses in Australia and 6 postgraduate courses. As of 2016, University of Sidney offers new course, Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management, whilist Bachelor of Pharmacy at the Universityf Queensland is no longer available for enrolment. For entry into a pharmacy course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from around [Read More…]

ATAR or OP required for optometry courses in Australia

raining ATARS

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 2016. Please note that this is a rough guide only [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for occupational therapy courses in Australia

raining ATARS

There are 19 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 occupational therapy course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 69 to 97.85. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores [Read More…]

ATARs for every nursing course in Australia

raining ATARS

For entry into a university nursing course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 50 to the mid-80s. When combined with another Bachelor’s degree such as midwifery or arts, the ATAR was as high as 99 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

raining ATARS

As at September 2016, there are 7 accredited undergraduate midwifery courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a midwifery course commencing in 2016, 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 [Read More…]

ATAR or OP score for medicine in Australia

raining ATARS

There are medical schools 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 students. Some universities [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise physiology course in Australia

raining ATARS

As of September 2015, there are 11 accredited undergraduate exercise physiology courses in Australia and 16 postgraduate courses, with the addition of a new master program from La Trobe University. There are two accredited online courses, one undergraduate and one postgraduate. For entry into an exercise physiology course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise science course in Australia

raining ATARS

There are accredited undergraduate exercise science courses in most states in Australia and 2 postgraduate courses in Western Australia, with two accredited online courses at University of New England. As 0f 2017, three universities offer new exercise science courses. They are La Trobe University (Bachelor of Exercise Science), Edith Cowan University (Bachelor of Science – [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for every dietetics course in Australia

raining ATARS

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 2016. Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years [Read More…]

The required ATAR or OP for dentistry courses

raining ATARS

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…]

Exhilarating! My week with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – by Rebecca Irwin – medical student and NRHSN Chair

Rebecca Irwin RFDS week

The unique exhilarating experience of flying to remote communities and stations to provide health care is unparalleled by anything I have experienced thus far. I loved flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to remote locations, hopping from station to station, community to community, providing health care as we went. Occasionally we were diverted [Read More…]

Overcoming the struggles faced by students in becoming competent health professionals – by Yaw Kyei – pharmacy student

Yaw Kyei

“As healthcare students, we are faced with struggles and challenges that can often be a deterrent in pursuing our studies. These struggles are different for all and affect each individual differently, but if we cannot overcome these issues, there will be gaps in the healthcare we provide and this will not be ideal for our [Read More…]

Telemedicine: A Fundamental Addition to Contemporary Medical Curricula – by Christopher Lemon

Christopher Lemon

“Medicine and technology are intrinsically linked. Many advances in health have been contingent upon synonymous advances in technology. This has become particularly clear in recent times when considering the extent to which to technology has helped to substantially improve not only understandings of disease processes, but also the ways in which they can be managed. [Read More…]

Professionals Australia report: Why the best and brightest researchers are expected to leave the medical research sector

researchers to leave due to job insecurity

Only 21% of medical researchers are engaged as full time employees in Australia, according to the Best And Brightest Advancing Medical Research study conducted by Professionals Australia. Since only 1 in 5 researchers have a full time job in a medical research institute, this leads to more and more researchers leaving their field to find [Read More…]

Crocodiles, culture and career – Danni-Lee Dean’s #GoRural trip to the Northern Territory

Danni-Lee Dean croc encounter

They say never smile at a crocodile, but try telling that to Danni-Lee Dean. The nursing and midwifery officer at the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) has been nursing a desire for a crocodilian encounter for some time. Her wish came true in Darwin recently when she got up close and personal with this [Read More…]

From frustration to freedom – how physiotherapist Michael Dermansky changed his approach to help his clients achieve results beyond their wildest dreams

Michael Dermansky

We love it when we hear from practitioners who are out there taking their knowledge and skills to the next level to help their patients. That’s exactly what Michael Dermansky is doing at his practice MD Health Pilates….. “I’ve been in the physiotherapy industry since 1998, working to help people not only recover from injuries, [Read More…]

Are you really listening? A view from the other side. By Gitte Backhausen – patient

Gitte Backhausen profile

Okay, so I know it’s practitioner month on My Health Career in May and that most of what we’re doing is sharing stories about the inspiring things health professionals are up to. When I got this article through from Gitte, I literally felt a bit sick in my stomach reading about everything she’d been through. [Read More…]

From physio to Founder and CEO of Hit 100 – a Q&A with Karn Ghosh

Hit 100 Karn

Even during his busy schedule as founder and CEO of Hit 100, the first company worldwide to tackle the issues faced by people with diabetes or pre-diabetes in a “doctor meets chef” way, Karn Ghosh has answered our questions on what it’s like being starting a startup, what qualities to look for in team members, [Read More…]

Is the pen mightier than the laptop?

taking notes by hand or laptop

Many professors believe that computers (and the Internet) serve as distractions from class discussion and student learning, while students often self-report a belief that laptops in class are beneficial. Even when students admit that laptops are a distraction, they believe the benefits outweigh the potential downside. A study from Princeton University and the University of [Read More…]

Q&A with Cheryl Prescott – Nurse Educator – about the role of…. you guessed it….. nurse educators!!

nurse education simulation

We got really excited with Brisbane based nurse educator Cheryl Prescott said she’d answer a few questions about what she does at work. Cheryl got really excited too. Following are her answers to our questions!! Please outline what you spent your time on each day while you were at work last week.  At the end [Read More…]

Want to be a doctor or health science professional?

UMAT

MedEntry, Australia’s leading UMAT prep organisation, have teamed up with My Health Career to share some tips on how to succeed in the UMAT and Interviews. Please note that this is a sponsored post representing the views of MedEntry, and that My Health Career recommends you do your own research before choosing a UMAT preparation [Read More…]

10 Scholarships to get involved with health innovation at REALISE Canberra on 14th April!

REALISE Canberra

My Health Career is pleased to be announced as a supporter of the national Health Innovations Pitch & Connect event REALISE Canberra. To celebrate the partnership, REALISE Canberra is offering 10 scholarships to our fans and followers to attend their health innovation event on 14th April 2016 at the University of Canberra. To claim your [Read More…]

Professionalism in an age of shifting expectations – by Amanda Griffiths

patient expectations

A while ago I saw this opinion piece published in the BMJ careers section, and it really got me thinking about how the world of health care has changed during the time I was a student and then have gone on to practice. Being published in a medical journal, it talks about medicine, but in [Read More…]

What can Ashton Kutcher teach us about being successful as a health practitioner?

Ashton kutcher’s inspirational speech

Ashton Kutcher delivered an inspirational speech when accepting Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Ultimate Choice Award. He highlighted the three things that helped him get to where he is in showbiz. So what’s that got to do with the health industry? Well, you might be surprised. Don’t you think that the three points he made apply to [Read More…]

Should you pull an all nighter?

Should I pull an all nighter

The all nighter. Can it work, does it work, and should you be doing it? We looked into it as part of our #happynewuniversityyear theme. And…. Spoiler alert…. An article we found on the PLOS blog was titled That All-Nighter is not without Neuroconsequences. You may be aware that sleep is essential for cell membrane [Read More…]

The 10 commandments of patient-centred care

the ten commandments for patient-centred care

A team of UK researchers has transformed their paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice, into a website fully dedicated to covering the 10 commandments for patient-centred treatment. Although it is about general practice, the principles are similar for any health profession, particularly where the profession involves disgnostics, prescribing medications or giving medications [Read More…]

How to deal with bullying in nursing clinical placements

workplace bullying prevention

The Nurse Path founder Ian Miller says that bullying is the topic that comes up in his conversations both online and amongst other nurses more than any other. Laurie Bickhoff from Defining Nursing has also spoken of the infamous “eat our young” culture in nursing. So if you’re a nursing student embarking on your clinical [Read More…]

How can nurses increase their visibility – it might be a vital sign for a strong position in healthcare organizations

image of nursing profession

A discussion paper published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing on the image of nursing shows that the public is not always aware of the qualifications nurses need for their profession. As the result, their actual public image is diverse and incongruous, and tends to be influenced by nursing stereotypes. Ironically, this image may be [Read More…]

9 things I have learnt in the job search – by dietetics recent graduate Emma Stubbs

getting your first job as a dietitian

“After writing 39 job applications (I swear it was more than this) and undergoing 7 face to face, 3 phone, 1 skype & 1 bloodbath group interview, it would be safe to assume I know one or two things about the dietitian job hunt. There have been some cringe worthy moments – I remember in [Read More…]

Will universities in Australia become entirely smoke free?

Smoke free university campuses

Since Australia has become a leader in tobacco control when it introduced plain packaging, is it a natural progression for university campus life is tobacco-smoke free? The leader in this movement is the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, which become entirely tobacco-smoke free in early December 2015. The initiative involves implementing policy that aims to [Read More…]

GradStats from the turn of the century…. What are health graduates getting paid? What’s the employment rate?

GradStats 2015

While starting salaries for new graduates from university health degrees have increased significantly since 1999, the percentage of graduates going directly into a full time job has dropped, according to GradStats data. Employment rate The GradStats figures show that there is now a lower full time employment rate for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing (initial), rehabilitation, [Read More…]

More than 155,000 health practitioners due to renew registration by 30th November

health practitioner registration renewals

Twelve National Boards have launched their registration renewal campaigns for health practitioners whose registration to practise expires on 30 November 2015. A news item about renewal of registration is published on each of the following National Board websites: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia Chinese Medicine Board of Australia Chiropractic Board [Read More…]

What health students really want……

what health professional students want

Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA) asked 1,000 health professional students from Rural Health Clubs, consist of a mix of medical, nursing and allied health students what they thought was most important when undertaking a clinical placement. The number one response was “opportunities for hands on learning.” RHWA has said that it’s the Fear of Missing [Read More…]

Secrets to becoming a successful graduate

Claire Richardson

It’s that time when final year students are both nervous and excited about graduating and getting out into the world of clinical practice. We asked experienced health practitioners to share their insights about being a new graduate, and we were lucky enough to get a fantastic response from Claire and Shaun Richardson, founders of Chadstone [Read More…]

Hiring secrets from Richard Branson and Naomi Simpson

what organisations look for in the prospective employee

Founders of two great business empires, Richard Branson of Virgin Group and Naomi Simpson of RedBalloon have shared their thoughts on what they look for when they are hiring staff. Interestingly, their views are not dissimilar. In a LinkedIn Pulse article titled You can’t fake personality, passion or purpose, Branson shared four principles in the [Read More…]

Where the jobs are in the future?

jobs of the future

A new report by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) revealed that around 70% of students are chasing jobs that will be automated in the next 10-15 years. Also, 60% of students are being trained in jobs that will be radically changed by automation in the future. This is leaving young people at high risk [Read More…]

What is the ATAR or OP for medical imaging / radiography courses in Australia?

Radiography ATAR

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. As at September 2015, there are 10 accredited undergraduate medical imaging / radiography courses in Australia and 2 postgraduate courses. The ATAR for entry into a Bachelor’s degree in radiography ranges from 70.00 to 99.85 depending on the university. The following table shows [Read More…]

ATARs for every psychology course in Australia

ATAR for psychology

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. For entry into a psychology course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from 52.30 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 [Read More…]

ATARs for every podiatry course in Australia

ATAR for podiatry

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. As at September 2015, there are 7 accredited undergraduate podiatry courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a podiatry course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from 70.00 to the mid-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores [Read More…]

ATAR and OP scores for every physiotherapy course in Australia

ATAR for physiotherapy

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. Undergraduate physiotherapy courses are offered by 15 universities across 21 campuses in 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 [Read More…]

What is the ATAR or OP for pharmacy courses in Australia?

ATAR for pharmacy

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. As at September 2015, there are 16 accredited undergraduate pharmacy courses in Australia and 6 postgraduate courses. For entry into a pharmacy course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from around 74 to 92.15. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores [Read More…]

What’s the ATAR or OP required for optometry courses in Australia?

Optometry ATAR

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 2015. Please note that this is a rough guide only [Read More…]

What is the ATAR or OP for occupational therapy courses in Australia?

occupational therary ATAR

There are 19 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 occupational therapy course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from 70.00 to the mid-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP [Read More…]

ATARs for every nursing course in Australia

ATAR for nursing

For entry into a university nursing course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from 50.35 to the mid-80s. When combined with another Bachelor’s degree such as midwifery or arts, the ATAR was as high as 98 for a double degree. The following tables show the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for midwifery courses in Australia

midwifery ATAR

As at September 2015, there are 7 accredited undergraduate midwifery courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a midwifery course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from 61 to the high-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of [Read More…]

What’s the ATAR or OP score for medicine in Australia?

ATAR for medicine

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. There are medical schools 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. [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise physiology course in Australia

exercise physiology ATAR

As at September 2015, there are 11 accredited undergraduate exercise physiology courses in Australia and 15 postgraduate courses. There are two accredited online courses, one undergraduate and one postgraduate. For entry into an exercise physiology course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from the mid-60s to the mid-90s. Please note that Exercise & Sports Science [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise science course in Australia

exercise science ATAR

As at September 2015, there are accredited undergraduate exercise science courses in most states in Australia and 2 postgraduate courses in Western Australia. There are two accredited online courses. For entry into an exercise science course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from the mid-60s to the mid-90s. Some courses give a qualification as both [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for every dietetics course in Australia

dietitian ATAR

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. 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 2015. [Read More…]

ATAR or OP scores for dentistry courses in Australia

ATAR for dentistry

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. 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 [Read More…]

It’s raining ATARs and OPs……

raining ATARS

Well, the rain clouds have been brewing for a while, and it’s almost time…….. Starting from tomorrow, over a 14 day stretch, it’s going to be raining ATARs and OPs on My Health Career. You see, we have looked up the ATARs and OPs for every undergraduate health course in Australia for the following professions: [Read More…]

Career practitioners – are you getting the most out of the resources on My Health Career?

health industry career resources

It’s the time of year when high school and other prospective undergraduate students are seriously thinking about the courses they might like to commence in 2016. It is peak season for many careers advisors, guidance counsellors and career development practitioners.   1.    Career practitioner quick links page To make life easier, we’ve put the links [Read More…]

Career query: Whose dreams are you chasing? By Karen Bremner

Karen Bremner

Another brilliant guest blog post by Karen Bremner, a Brisbane-based Career Coach who helps clients of all ages to choose, develop and manage their careers. Karen is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia and a certified workplace coach, with a background in Psychology and 12 years’ experience in Human Resources. Karen [Read More…]

Jobs4physios: A New Job Portal for Physiotherapists

Jobs4physios to connect phisiotherapists and employers

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has launched a new jobs board to connect physiotherapists and related allied health professionals with healthcare employers. The online job portal named Jobs4physios is the replacement of the APA’s Classifieds Board and the APA expects it to provide a strong alternative to existing employment websites. APA CEO, Cris Massis, said [Read More…]

Nursing graduate programs – should we be calling on aged care facilities, community nursing organisations and general practice to offer more positions?

Nursing graduate positions outside the hospital

It’s the time of year when nursing graduates are scrambling to be chosen for the limited number of graduate nursing program positions available in hospitals throughout Australia. But if you look at the statistics, while almost 64% of Australia’s nurses and midwives who are working as a clinician work in a hospital, this means that [Read More…]

Guide to transition to tertiary education for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

guide for autistic spectrum disorder transition to tertiary education

Transition to tertiary education or TAFE involving many changes that can be difficult for many people to cope, and particularly challenging for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) has prepared a booklet to provide information, advice and support to people with disability transitioning to tertiary education. The booklet contains [Read More…]

Thriving versus only just surviving medical school – by Stephanie Pommerel – first year medical student

surviving medical school

I started medicine at the beginning of 2015 as prepared as I could be. GAMSAT preparation was itself a three-month intensive, punctuated by work and guided by a self-directed schedule not unlike that of an athlete, albeit academic instead of physical. Moments where I wasn’t looking at textbooks were spent avidly reading articles in the [Read More…]

Caring for you whilst caring for others – by RN Sue Rittmeyer

Safe Solutions Counselling and In-Home Care

“The impact of caring for others is gaining more discussion than in previous years. Once called the ‘burden’ of caring, which sadly comes with much stigma. Burnout, Stress, Vicarious Trauma, Carer Fatigue, and Poor Resilience are terms that are often heard. Ultimately, the name of the condition, or situation is irrelevant when you or a [Read More…]

A psychologist’s personal experience with burnout – and tips on identifying it in yourself – Q&A with Sam van Meurs

identifying burnout in health professionals

Q. What’s it’s like to be a psychologist experiencing burnout? A. Speaking personally, initially it was quite a struggle experiencing burnout as a psychologist, because somewhere implicit in my decision to practice psychology (made at a young, immature age) was the notion that because I was fortunate enough to be raised in a loving, caring, [Read More…]

The Undergraduate Medical Interview 

UMAT NIE

The third and final step in your journey into an undergraduate medical degree is the medical interview. This step is paramount and just as important as the required ATAR and UMAT scores (click here see our previous article on doing well in the UMAT). However, applicants quite often overlook this step, as they assume that [Read More…]

UMAT preparation – how can UMAT NIE and UMAT Australia help?

UMAT NIE

How can UMAT NIE & UMAT Australia help you with the UMAT? www.nie.edu.au Many students underestimate the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine & Health Sciences Admission Test) and consider that it is just another academic assessment along the way to achieving their dream career. Nothing could be further from the truth. On average about 18,000 candidates sit [Read More…]

Future looking brighter for dentistry graduates as profession is removed from the Skilled Occupations List

dentistry removed from sol July 2015

In a win for Australian dentists, The Federal Government has removed the professions of “dentist” and “dental specialists” from the Skilled Occupations List from today, 1st July 2015. Dr Rick Olive AM RFD, President of the ADA said, “It is immensely satisfying to get word of a decision that will help secure the future of [Read More…]

The potential downside of careers expos – perspectives from careers advisors

career expo advice

If you regularly read our articles, you may recall that I went on a rant recently about the things that I see happen at careers expos that can mislead students about their study options. Since this time I have had a number of careers advisors approach me saying things like “yeah, and I also saw [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

What does a 21.9% increase in the number of occupational therapists mean for the profession?

occupational therapy labour market

Data from the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia’s Registration Data Tables from September 2012 and December 2014 show a sharp increase in the number of occupational therapists with general registration during this time. There was an increase from 13,397 occupational therapists in Australia with general registration in September 2012 to 16,327 by December 2014. While [Read More…]

From Allied Health Assistant to private practice Accredited Exercise Physiologist – Rebecca Hallam’s career journey

exercise physiology career tips

Exercise and Sports Science Australia have published an article about Rebecca Hallam, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) who recently put her hat in the ring of private practice. Having always dreamed of starting a private practice, Ms Hallam qualified in the early days of AEP in 2001 and started as an Allied Health Assistant (AHA). Early [Read More…]

In grade 12 and want to apply for medicine, dentistry, optometry in 2016? You might need to sit the UMAT. Registrations close 5th June.

Getting into medicine dentistry optometry

In light of the fact that I attended careers expos recently and came across excellent prospective health students who are currently in grade 12 and didn’t know they would need to sit the UMAT as part of the entry requirement, here is another UMAT article. The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is [Read More…]

Youth aspirations influenced by education and career inheritance

Career aspirations influenced by family and friends

New research suggests that young peoples’ aspiration are influenced by family, friends and social networks. It is common to see young men follow their father’s footstep, whereas young women are more likely to pursue their dreams. The study was published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). Where a young person lives plays [Read More…]

The health industry’s reaction to the 2015 Federal Budget

health industry federal budget

As usual, the federal government’s health budget has been a mixed bag for the industry. Professional bodies representing practitioners including podiatrists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, optometrists, dentists, nurses and medical students have all had something to say about the budget. Here’s a summary……   Building a Healthier Medicare The Government has announced that they [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Choosing career direction – 4 tips for the decision process – by Gitte Backhausen

career direction

It is great to have choices in life. One of the main ones we make is about our career direction. As exciting as this can be it can also bring up a lot of anxiety and worry about the future. I commonly see young adults facing the decision process of career direction with a range [Read More…]

Deregulation and de-politicised higher education funding

University funding

Universities Australia is looking to work with the government for a long-term sustainable solution, following the parliament’s decision to reject the amended higher education package. The decision opens the way for a national discussion on a long-term, sustainable and predictable funding model for university education and research. Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive of Universities Australia (UA) [Read More…]

My Health Career tour of NSW May 2015

My Health Career icon

Careers expo season is starting up soon, and this year My Health Career will be exhibiting in 4 new locations in New South Wales in May. These are Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. The dates are as follows: Monday 4th May – Young Careers Expo – Young Town Hall Tuesday 5th May – Forbes Tertiary [Read More…]

Would you spend 30 hours a month with older folk to get free accommodation during uni?

Live in aged care facility during uni

According to a report in The Journal in Ireland, a nursing home in Deventer in the Netherlands is opening its doors for uni students to live with the elderly as housemates. Why would any young free uni students wish to live with the pensioners instead of partying with fellow college roommates? The rent is free. [Read More…]

Making university graduates more work ready

National Workplace Integrated Learning Strategy

Universities Australia have announced that the National Workplace Integrated Learning Strategy will make university graduates more “job ready.” Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is well established in many areas, like health and teaching, but this landmark strategy is focused to make university graduates more work ready. By implementing WIL, the industry will give students the skills [Read More…]

5 Steps to become the Editor in Chief of a scientific journal

Become editor in chief of a scientific journal

Professor Verity Brown has reflected on her journey from an early career researcher to becoming Editor-in-Chief of the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. Following were the 5 steps on her path from early career researcher to Editor-in-Chief: 1.  Finding the right journal/s which is/are the best scientific fit for your work By submitting your manuscripts [Read More…]

If we can Go Rural, you can too! Dr Gerry Considine & Dr Melanie Considine

Dr Gerry Considine and Dr Melanie Considine

With the national campaign promoting rural medical careers underway, rural GP couple Dr Melanie Considine and Dr Gerry Considine have said that if they can Go Rural, you can too. In their guide to going rural, they say there are three big things you need to do to make it work: Community: integration into the [Read More…]

Please don’t look at the latest Department of Employment projections and think it’s all rosy in the health industry

Department of Employment health industry projections

Once again the federal government’s industry employment projections data show that the Health Care and Social Assistance sector will be the leading provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market. However, just because the sector as a whole is performing well, do not interpret this to mean that all students who study degrees in [Read More…]

My personal career journey – by Gitte Backhausen, counsellor and career coach

Gitte Backhausen profile

Gitte Backhausen is a counsellor, career coach and outplacement consultant working in private practice in Sydney. She facilitates personal and professional change and helps people find their direction in work and life. You can read more about her services and follow her blog on www.yourdirection.com.au Sharing my personal career story would be so much easier [Read More…]

UMAT 2015 registrations are open

UMAT 2015

Students who are interested in applying for undergraduate programs in medicine, dentistry and health science commencing in 2016 will have to complete Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) 2015. Is UMAT required for the course you wish to apply for? The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into [Read More…]

A pharmacist’s experiences volunteering in Tanzania

pharmacist volunteer Tanzania

Claire Liew was a pharmacist in London hospitals when she decided to take her nine years experience to Tanzania, where demand for pharmacists far exceeds the supply. Joining with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), she was offered a role at St Walburg’s Hospital in Nyangao. Her duty was to set and build Raphael Pharmacy from the [Read More…]

Private Practice Psychology: So Many Benefits – by Rebecca Ray

Benefits of private practice psychology 1

It’s no accident that the majority of the 32,000 psychologists registered in Australia (Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency, 2014) work in some form of private practice. Over 37% of psychologists enjoy the benefits of private practice psychology – on their own, in a group, in a GP clinic or some other form (Health Workforce Australia: [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

Rolling out multiple specialist ear clinics – by Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw qualified as a Specialist Eye & Ear Nurse in 1982, and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for close to 25 years. From ward nursing to Deputy Director of Nursing, she had done it all. In 2006 she had an idea about establishing the first Ear Hygiene Clinic in Australia. [Read More…]

Starting uni? Could you be one of the thousands of students who will “discontinue” or “change” before the year is out?

Avoidable reasons to leave university

If you are starting uni soon, your intentions are most likely to finish the course as soon as you can and either get out into the workforce or go on to further training. Why else would you bother to enrol in the first place? But the statistics say that thousands of students around the country [Read More…]

Setting up specialist ear clinics from scratch – by Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw qualified as a Specialist Eye & Ear Nurse in 1982, and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for close to 25 years. From ward nursing to Deputy Director of Nursing, she had done it all. In 2006 she had an idea about establishing the first Ear Hygiene Clinic in Australia. [Read More…]

GAMSAT 2015 registrations close soon

GAMSAT 2015

If you are looking at applying for post-graduate courses in medicine, dentistry, optometry or podiatric medicine in 2016 or 2017, you may need to sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) this year. Is GAMSAT required for the course you wish to apply for? If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree, GAMSAT is at least [Read More…]

Considering a rural placement in 2015?

rural health placement tips

If you are looking at going on a rural placement in 2015, be sure to check out the The National Rural Health Students Network’s (NRHSN) Rural Placements Guide. Want a quick overview? Here is the summary of the guide: Rural placement offers the opportunity to increase students’ understanding about the health issues of rural people, [Read More…]

University deregulation won’t go ahead any time soon

university deregulation

Prospective university students around the country can let out a collective sigh of relief……. for now…. The Federal Government has been unable to pass its higher education reform package through the senate, which means that universities will not be able to set their own fees. It was a close vote in the senate though, with [Read More…]

Canberra pharmacist Samantha Kourtis wins two major awards in 2014

Canberra Pharmacist ACT Businesswoman of the Year 2014

2014 has been an exceptional year for Samantha Kourtis, a Canberra pharmacist who has taken out two major awards. She has been recognised not only in the scope of community pharmacy, but also in the wider scope of business. Earlier this year, as managing partner of Capital Chemist Charnwood, she and her team were named [Read More…]

Are internships and volunteering worth it for your career?

Is an internship worth it

Internships With stories of companies taking advantage of young interns for the “free labour” ability to “do all the jobs that paid staff don’t want to do” it was interesting to see New South Wales based senior lecturer Jenna Price’s thoughts that the internship is still worth it for the student. Now being an educator [Read More…]

Hands-on health for 50 Indigenous students

medical student at blood pressure station

The plaster was flying thick and fast when 50 Indigenous high school students came to Canberra for a hands-on health session at ANU on December 3. Putting the visitors through their paces were members of the ANU Rural Medical Society (ARMS), one of 28 clubs that belong to the National Rural Health Students’ Network (NRHSN). [Read More…]

Developing cultural awareness for working with ATSI people

ATSI cultural awareness for health practitioners

In Australia, indigenous health professionals are under-represented compared with the percentage of indigenous people in the population. Therefore it is important that non-indigenous health professionals are culturally aware when providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. According to Dr. Alison Nelson from Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, health practitioners or students can start with [Read More…]

It pays to become a psychologically healthy workplace.

psychologically healthy workplace

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP) is an evidence-based initiative developed by The Australian Psychological Society (APS). The program aims to promote psychological health and wellbeing in Australian workplaces. The program is backed by research from PricewaterhouseCoopers which shows that businesses implementing successful mental health strategies will more than double their outlay, with each $1.00 [Read More…]

TEDx talks and beyond? Wonderful opportunities and unique challenges abound in the life of an academic (and my career has yet to officially begin!)

TEDxPerth_2014_Talking pose

We asked pharmacist and PhD candidate Kenny Lee what it was like to speak at the recent TEDxPerth event….. “Each year at TEDxPerth, local and international ‘thinkers and doers’ from vast disciplines are invited to share ideas, inspire and engage a large (live and online) audience through short talks of no longer than 18 minutes. [Read More…]

The degrees of unemployment

degrees of unemployment

The Australian Financial Review has published an article “The Degrees of Unemployment: universities’ jobless” which includes a tool to search graduate salary and jobs data by field of study and university. Click on the link to find the outcomes for the course and university you are considering attending. A Health industry example is the following [Read More…]

A career in health is a marathon, not a sprint!

Being a health professional

It’s not that uncommon that I find myself at a high school careers event chatting with a high school student who will say “oh, I just want to get through the uni / TAFE course as quickly as I can so that I can start working as soon as I can.” They say this with [Read More…]

Nutrition tips to maximise performance in exams!

food for exam performance

The 2013 CensusAtSchool survey result shows that 15% of school students are missing breakfast. While breakfast is considered as the most important meal of the day, they likely to lose the right fuel to perform their academic best. Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) through their spokesperson, Julie Gilbert, said that a proper breakfast can help [Read More…]

Scholarship guide for rural students from the Country Education Foundation of Australia

Scholarships for rural students

Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) has published a guide to assist students to obtain a university scholarship. The CEF Tertiary Scholarship Guide 2015 contains a general list of scholarships available, including some that are specific for rural and regional students. The guide provides tips for students who want to apply for scholarships: Get started [Read More…]

Tips for getting a job at the World Health Organization

World Health Organization

If you are interested in working at the World Health Organization (WHO), you might be interested in inside information on getting a job there. Dr Greg Martin, via the Global Health YouTube channel, has shared his experiences of working at WHO, and also the process of applying for a job at WHO: In the video, [Read More…]

Attrition rates higher at regional universities

Regional universities

Julie Hare, Higher Education Editor at The Australian, has commented on data from the federal education department, pointing out that “attrition rates are higher among poorly performing school leavers and online students, both of which tend to cluster in regional universities.” Hare highlights the fact that although on average, 13.5% of first year university students [Read More…]

Overcoming barriers to university: a rural perspective – by Georgia Woodhouse, rural health student

WARRIAHS 2014

My Health Career is pleased to present a guest article from Georgia Woodhouse, a third year pharmacy student at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. She is a member of the WARRIAHS (Wagga Area Regional Remote and Indigenous Allied Health) club. Through her involvement in the club, Georgia has been exposed to some of the [Read More…]

Promoting your research through traditional media, social media and blogging

promoting research TRI

So what’s Twitter got to do with a researcher’s work receiving citations? According to a paper from the University Health Network in Canada, “highly tweeted articles were 11 times more likely to be highly cited than less-tweeted articles.” If you are a researcher interested in “getting your research out there,” as well as setting up [Read More…]

Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge 2014….. and the winners are….

Team UQ

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge. Being offered such a great opportunity is a bit of a privilege, and although I was keen to take part in the day, I was also a bit daunted as it is such a full [Read More…]

Two Australian medical students win a private meeting with Bill Gates!

Microsoft Corp Imagine Cup World Champion

Two medical students from the Monash University, Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah, have won the 2014 Imagine Cup World Finals in World Citizenship category, presented their screening tool for anaemia, called Eyenaemia. Eyenaemia is a mobile application to diagnose anaemia. It is worked by screening our eyes on the camera phone and analyses the conjunctiva [Read More…]

How Do Health Industry Uni Graduates Fare in the Workforce 3 Years after Graduating?

3 years beyond graduation

A study has been conducted to gauge how Australian health industry graduates fare in the workforce after 3 years of finishing their degree. Based on the Beyond Graduation 2013 report released by Graduate Careers Australia, higher education graduates of 2009 were asked about full-time employment, their varying salaries, and other details related to their career. [Read More…]

Calls for a cap on health student numbers

Calls for a cap on health student numbers

In a report published by The Australian, University of Sydney vice-chancellor Dr Michael Spence has said that the government should consider withdrawing health disciplines from the demand-driven system in higher education. However, education minister Christopher Pyne hasn’t said that this is under consideration (for courses other than medicine, which is capped due to a limited [Read More…]

‘A Career in Radiation Oncology’ FREE Seminar for careers advisors, teachers and students.

ACIRO Brochure

The team at A Career in Radiation Oncology have let us know that they are holding a free seminar in September in Melbourne…. “An exciting opportunity has become available for careers advisors, teachers and students in high school and university to learn about a career in Radiation Oncology, including learning about a career as a [Read More…]

Want to Make Sure You are Applying for an Approved Health Course?

accredited health courses

Update 4/8/2014 – Since publishing this article we have heard from a professional association who alerted us to the fact that there was a university course in a particular health profession that wasn’t accredited, and the students enrolled weren’t able to continue. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you. Read on!! There are literally thousands [Read More…]

The day a patient thanked me for yelling at them

yelling at a patient

Far out – with an article title like “the day a patient thanked me for yelling at them” it almost seems that there is a time and a place for just about everything in the health industry!! Well, erm, perhaps not…. but fairly recently I had an instance when a patient actually sincerely thanked me [Read More…]

Play therapy undergraduate course starting 2015

Josephine Downs

My Health Career is pleased to publish a guest article by Josephine Downs about play therapy, a specialised area of practice in the health industry. “My name is Josephine Downs; I am a Registered Play Therapist.  I live in Darwin, Northern Territory.  I have been passionate about Play Therapy since I was just 16 years [Read More…]

Last chance to register for primary health research conference!

Dr Nick Goodwin

If you are looking to broaden your horizons as a multidisciplinary health care practitioner, the conference “Integrating knowledge exchange to improve primary health care outcomes” might be just what you’re looking for. But you’ll have to act fast….. the conference is on in Canberra from July 23-25 this year. The conference is convened by Dr [Read More…]

My Health Career getting out and about!

My Health Career icon

My Health Career founder Amanda has been out and about quite a bit lately, and will be out and about quite a bit more in July and August. If you are a high school student considering a career in health, you might just be able to ask questions when Amanda is at a careers event. [Read More…]

10 things to ask a health professional at a careers event

Questions to ask a health practitioner

I often attend careers expos, where unfortunately the most commonly asked question I get is “what is the OP (perhaps this is ATAR in your state) required to get into the course?” Now although this is important information that you need to know, that is something worth asking the institution you are looking at applying [Read More…]

A career in academic health sciences research – inside information from Dr Julie Preston

Julie Preston

“I want to cure cancer”. That’s the broad, and perhaps naïve goal that was the first step on my path to an academic research career, although I ended up studying microbiology, not oncology. More accurately, the driver was the desire to make a difference in the lives of others, to work towards new and better [Read More…]

Health professions on the Skilled Occupations List from July 2014

Skilled Occupations List 2014

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) was updated on 1st July.  Many jobs in the health industry have remained on the SOL, meaning that Australia will accept skilled workers from overseas to fill job vacancies. Occupations in the health industry that are on the SOL include (each occupation has an Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification [Read More…]

Aged 15 and don’t know what career you want? Does it really make a difference?!?!

career aspirations

The Young People’s Aspirations and Their Occupational Outcomes study was released recently, and examined the occupational aspirations of 15-year-olds and compared it to their actual job a decade later at the age of 25. The study showed that there is only a loose relationship between the original aspirations at age 15 and the actual job [Read More…]

Visit My Health Career at northern NSW careers expos in July!

Mid North Coast Post Secondary Options Expo Coffs Harbour

Just letting everyone know that My Health Career will be exhibiting at 3 careers expos in northern New South Wales in July. Each expo runs from 9am until 12pm!! These are: Mid North Coast Post Secondary Options Expo – Coffs Harbour Education Campus – Wednesday 23rd July Camden Haven Careers Expo – Camden Haven High [Read More…]

Universities Australia voicing concerns about budget changes to tertiary education

university fees

It has been one month today since the 2014-2015 federal budget was announced on 13th May 2014. At the time, Universities Australia was looking forward to “working closely with the Government to achieve our shared objective of creating a world’s best higher education system.” However, by early June, Universities Australia Chief Executive Ms Belinda Robinson [Read More…]

$13.4 million for rural health scholarships – will it make a difference?

Rural health scholarship

In the 2014-2015 federal budget, the government announced an extra $13.4 million for rural nursing and allied health scholarships for 500 students, in a bid to address workforce shortages in rural and remote areas. But is there evidence that says such scholarships will actually be effective in achieving this? To be honest, an online search has [Read More…]

headspace – why are young people presenting for mental health care?

youth mental health Australia

headspace is Australia’s national youth mental health foundation. It provides young Australians aged 12-25 with mental health, general health, education, employment, and alcohol and drug services. It is expected that there will be 90 headspace centres throughout Australia by 2015. A recent article in the Medical Journal of Australia provided statistics about 21,274 headspace clients [Read More…]

69% of pharmacies to reduce staff hours by April 2015 – almost 9,000 job losses predicted

Pharmacy job losses predicted

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has released a prediction that there will be almost 9,000 job losses in pharmacies across the country in the 12 months to April 2015. This is on top of the 3,200 job losses in pharmacy in the last 12 months. Amongst those predicted to lose their jobs are 2,229 pharmacists [Read More…]

Budget to cause radical changes for uni students

Higher education budget 2014

Universities Australia’s Chief Executive Ms Belinda Robinson has said that the higher education reforms handed down in Tuesday night’s budget will fundamentally alter the shape of Australian higher education. She has said that: “Ongoing budget constraints and the fierce competition for public funds have seen public funding per student fall over time. There has been [Read More…]

Time is running out to register for UMAT

umat exam

The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) will be held in testing centres throughout Australia on 30th July 2014. Registrations close at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on 6th June 2014. 14 universities in Australia and New Zealand require UMAT for entry into some of their courses. Generally it is medical, medical laboratory [Read More…]

Career Linker – helping people to overcome barriers to getting a job

Career Linker John Fitzgerald

Queensland career development practitioner John Fitzgerald has created Career Linker, a program to help people to overcome the barriers to getting jobs based on their skill level. Following is a guest post from John. About Career Linker Career Linker evolved from a vision about helping marginalised groups of people to get jobs based on their [Read More…]

Victorian Guild President Anthony Tassone – essential communication skills for pharmacists

Anthony Tassone Pharmacist

My Health Career is pleased to present a guest article from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Victorian President Anthony Tassone on the topic of communications skills for pharmacists. Anthony is currently an Advisory Board member of Pfizer and Reckitt Benkiser, and is a Professional performance Panel Member at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. He [Read More…]

Australian Dental Association calls on government to review dental workforce

Dental workforce

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has written to the Minister for Education Hon. Christopher Pyne, asking the government to review Australia’s dental workforce. Following complaints from dental graduates with respect to the job market and monitoring the jobs market, the ADA “is convinced that the dental workforce is saturated and the lack of availability of [Read More…]

Allied health practice owners conference – Maida Learning

Cropped DL Flyer FRONT

Allied health professionals and practice owners now have access to education and professional development specifically for their unique business requirements with the establishment of Maida Learning and its inaugural Healthy Practice Conference being held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on 16 and 17 May. Director of Maida Learning, Amy Geach launched the conference and her third [Read More…]

Over $2,000 worth of prizes up for grabs in student essay competition

Public Health Association Australia

The Public Health Association of Australia’s Oral Health Special Interest Group in conjunction with Colgate-Palmolive is inviting uni students to enter an essay competition. First prize is valued at up to $2,000 with a sponsored delegate place including flights and accommodation for the Public Health Association Australia’s (PHAA) annual conference. This year’s conference will be [Read More…]

Health Fusion Team Challenge registration open to uni students

Health industry report

University students studying a health degree in an Australian university are now able to register a team for the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). The HFTC is an award winning program aimed at educating students from different disciplines in the area of collaborative patient care. There are 4 basic steps to being involved in the [Read More…]

Psychology workforce data released

Psychology workforce

Psychologists in Focus has been released by Health Workforce Australia, as part of its Australia’s Health Workforce Series. In the section covering stakeholder views, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) confirmed that the demand for masters programs (which are now a prerequisite for an area of endorsement of registration) enormously exceeds the places available. The APS [Read More…]

Podiatry workforce data released

podiatry workforce

Health Workforce Australia has released Podiatrists in Focus – its latest data on the podiatry workforce in Australia. Podiatry is a relatively small profession, with 3,491 employed podiatrists in the labour force as at 2012. Health Workforce Australia has identified the remote and very remote areas in Australia as having significant shortages in the podiatry [Read More…]

Physiotherapy workforce data released

Physiotherapy workforce

Health Workforce Australia has released “Physiotherapists in Focus” report as part of its series on the Australia Health Workforce. It revealed that on average, there were 60.1 physiotherapists per 100,000 population in 2006, and 88.4 in 2012. However, there are still difficulties in filling positions in rural and remote areas. The data also suggested that [Read More…]

Australian pharmacy workforce in focus

Pharmacy workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia released a document in its Australia’s Health Workforce Series in March 2014 – “Pharmacists in Focus.” It states that pharmacy graduate numbers have generally increased year on year from 2008 to 2012, peaking at 1,914 in 2012. While the report does say that it does not yet have data on workforce exits, [Read More…]

Australian optometric workforce in focus – are there jobs for optometrists?

are there jobs for optometrists

Please note that since this article has been published, new data has shown that an oversupply of optometrists in Australia is predicted from 2016. It was only back in February 2014 that My Health Career published an article “Are we training too many optometrists in Australia?” after piecing together workforce data from sources including the [Read More…]

Australian dietetics workforce in focus

Dietitian employment rate

Health Workforce Australia recently released Dietitians in Focus as part of its Australia’s Health Workforce Series. Here we have a summary of the key findings…… Less than half of those with a dietetics qualification were working as a dietitian At the time of the 2011 census, approximately 6,200 Australians reported having a qualification as a [Read More…]

Advertising guidelines for health professionals changed… just waiting on official AHPRA documentation

AHPRA Action

AHPRA Action, a campaign led by Melbourne surgeon Dr Jill Tomlinson, to have the Guidelines for Advertising Regulated Health Services changed, has had some success, but is still looking for the guidelines document to be changed. The part of the guidelines in question is in section 6.2.3, where it states that: A practitioner must take [Read More…]

Scams targeting health professionals

Scams targeting health professionals

A number of industry organisations have warned their members about scams targeting health professionals over the last couple of years. The latest is from the Australian Dental Association. Here are some known scams to be on the lookout for: An individual attempts to make a group booking via email with an advanced payment on a [Read More…]

17th round of Cooperative Research Centres funding now open

Cooperative Research Centres

The 17th round of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) funding has opened, and will close on the 3rd July 2014. Successful applicants will commence operations on July 2015. The CRC program is an Australian Government Initiative which supports research collaborations to address major challenges facing Australia. Funding has been awarded to projects in the health [Read More…]

Latest workforce data – Dietetics, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology

Australian health labour market information

In March 2014, Health Workforce Australia released workforce in focus documents for six health professions, these being dietetics, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology. What is worth noting is that at the end of each report, the numbers of each health professional per 100,000 population are listed by each of the 61 Medicare Local catchment [Read More…]

Want to fly to the Northern Territory to inspire the next generation of health practitioners?

NT Rural High School Visits

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is now taking applications for university health students to fly to the Northern Territory to connect with high school students to promote health careers. Participating uni students will have the opportunity to present workshops to high school students to demonstrate the challenges and rewards of health careers, and also share [Read More…]

Employment and training prospects concern to young Australians

youth employment Australia

When it comes to pursuing a career in their preferred industry, only half of Australians aged between 15 and 19 think that this will be possible in the area where they currently live. For the second year in a row, young people have ranked the economy and financial matters as the number one issue of [Read More…]

Closing the Gap – my perspective, past, present and future – by Harry Pitt

Harry Pitt Closing the Gap

The Sunshine Coast certainly knows how to turn it on for locals and visitors.  I consider myself lucky tolive in such a wonderful community. You really don’t have to travel too far to see many beaches, Mountains and National Parks. Entwined throughout all this is the local Aboriginal Culture, land, stories and lore.  I am [Read More…]

AHPRA’s revised and new policies come into effect Mid-March

Social media health professionals

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which is made up of 14 national boards and governs most of the health professions in Australia, has published revised guidelines for advertising, mandatory notifications, codes of conduct and introduced a social media policy. These will come into effect from mid-March.   Advertising With the new Guidelines for [Read More…]

VET qualifications in health & community services – a directory

Health & community services VET directory

The Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council has put together an excellent “A to Z” directory which gives details of the jobs in health & community services requiring a VET (Vocational Education & Training) qualification. To access the directory, click on the link: http://www.cshisc.com.au/discover/industries-a-z-directory Occupations listed in the directory include allied health assistants, optical [Read More…]

Is having a LinkedIn profile relevant for University Students? – Oh Yes!

LinkedIn profile tips

Gitte Backhausen is a Sydney based Career Development Practitioner at Your Direction. She supports people in finding their direction and provides tailored professional career support via Skype, face to faceand through workshops. She is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia and the Association of Career Professionals International. Gitte can be contacted [Read More…]

A midwife’s round-about pathway into a career in health

pathways to a career in health

My Health Career would like to thank Kylie Hosking and the team at Peninsula Health for allowing us to publish Kylie’s blog post about how she ended up in a career in midwifery. Peninsula Health has expanded the Mornington Centre, and are taking applications for 60 new jobs in health care. “Hi, my name is [Read More…]

Peninsula Health – 60 new jobs in health care

Mornington Centre

There are 60 new jobs opening for applications this week at Peninsula Health. The positions are a mixture of full time and part time roles at the newly expanded Mornington Centre. Roles are for nurses, allied health practitioners, support services and administration staff. Those hired will start working at the brand new, state of the [Read More…]

GradStats – did 2013 health graduates get jobs?

Australian health industry jobs 2013

Graduate Careers Australia has released the results of its annual survey of university graduates (GradStats) recently. Let’s have a look at how health graduates fared…. 1. Percentage of graduates who went into full-time employment Table 1 – Australian health industry graduate employment rate 2013 (Source GradStats) In terms of the employment rate of graduates from [Read More…]

Want the job? What NOT to do….

Career & university what not to do

Another brilliant guest blog post by Karen Bremner, a Brisbane-based Career Coach who helps clients of all ages to choose, develop and manage their careers. Karen is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia and a certified workplace coach, with a background in Psychology and 12 years’ experience in Human Resources.  Karen [Read More…]

Get noticed – get that job!! Preparing for an interview

Interview tips

Here we have another high quality guest article from Fay Libman, who has experience in working with government, corporate and private clients through her private practice Flair Careers. She assists people in building their lives by stepping up and moving forwards in their careers. Fay can help guide and support you through the interview process.  [Read More…]

Want a leading health industry expert to speak at your event in 2014 FOR FREE?!?!

Health industry speaker Australia

In 2014, I will be offering my expertise as a health industry speaker – in many cases for FREE!! And yes, it will be a case of first in best dressed!! Why on earth would I do that? The way I see it, many careers events are run by high schools, government and not-for profit [Read More…]

Concerns about the finances of university students

Student finances

Continuing education at a university level has become increasingly difficult over the past several years. The cost of education combined with the demand on the students’ time has become a significant issue. Below are some figures from the University Student Finances in 2012 study on university student income: Student loan debt has risen 30% in [Read More…]

Is there a minimum ATAR to gain entry to a Group of Eight university?

Group of Eight universities

On 26th August 2013, a headline in the Australian Financial Review read ‘Go8 universities drop minimum achievement entry plan.’ So what’s the background on this issue? In July 2013, there were reports that the Group of Eight (Go8) universities (Monash University, University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, The University of Western Australia, [Read More…]

The art of resume optimisation – designing your resume for the modern job market

Resumes

My Health Career is pleased to publish an article by Gillian Kelly on how to format your resume so that it can be read by Applicant Tracking Systems. This might be important if you are applying for a job with a large organisation and the recruiters use software to scan the resumes of applicants, and [Read More…]

Applications for uni – do you have yours under control?!?!

University application

It’s that time of year….. the time where Tertiary Admission Centres around Australia are taking applications!! If you are considering a career in health, obviously it’s worth having a look at our website, talking to current health professionals to see what’s happening in the industry, looking at data about jobs in the future, talking to [Read More…]

5 tips for personal branding for university students

Jane Anderson personal branding

It is with great pleasure that we publish a guest post from Jane Anderson, who is one of the most highly experienced Career Practitioners globally. She is a Master Career Director and Professional Certified Coach based in Brisbane Australia and works with clients from all over the world over the phone, on Skype and face [Read More…]

Who’s on your team?

6. Who's-on-your-side-blog-image

Another brilliant guest blog post by Karen Bremner, a Brisbane-based Career Coach who helps clients of all ages to choose, develop and manage their careers. Karen is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia and a certified workplace coach, with a background in Psychology and 12 years’ experience in Human Resources.  Karen [Read More…]

Over 50 and unemployable! Don’t believe it for one second!!

Cathy Barrow

A brilliant guest blog post from Cathy Barrow, a Career Transition Consultant and Author Of the Book and Audio Series ‘Finding the Perfect Career 7 steps to get you cracking towards a job you love when you are out of Work.’ To contact Cathy please go to www.cathybarrow.com or email her at info@cathybarrow.com   I [Read More…]

An investment of your time!

Career - Dale Briers

Thank you to Dale Briers for providing a guest blog post!! Dale works as a Career Practitioner for a Western Australian State Government organisation that offers Career Development services to the public. He has also formed a LinkedIn group called Collaborative Career Conversations.   “Prior to my current role I was involved in the operational [Read More…]

Prescription stimulant use by university students

Prescription medication abuse by uni students in Australia

Okay…. so here I was on a Sunday afternoon….. flicking through some articles to see what’s happening out there in the world of health….. and there it was…..  I almost didn’t believe the headline when I read it: “Students misuse prescription stimulants for brain power.” A recent study of more than 2,000 students on campuses [Read More…]

Your career – are you seeking the sorting hat?

Career - the sorting hat

Giddy up!! Another guest blog post by Karen Bremner, a Brisbane-based Career Coach who helps clients of all ages to choose, develop and manage their careers. Karen is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia and a certified workplace coach, with a background in Psychology and 12 years’ experience in Human Resources. [Read More…]

A mentor – should you have one?

Career - mentor

A while ago I saw an article from the Harvard Medical School (HMS) called ‘Behind every success story, a mentor’. In June 2012, HMS had a ceremony awarding four faculty members with the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, and it became apparent that some of those receiving the award were thanking the mentors [Read More…]

Rethinking your career expectations

Karen-Bremner-photo-plain

Following is a guest blog post by Karen Bremner, a Brisbane-based Career Coach who helps clients of all ages to choose, develop and manage their careers. Karen is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia and a certified workplace coach, with a background in Psychology and 12 years’ experience in Human Resources. [Read More…]

Uncensored – The 4 Phases of Being a Health Student

university - 4 phases

Strap yourselves in….. this is not for the faint-hearted…. I am going to be talking very candidly about what it’s like to be a health student. And yes, I’m talking about things like the ‘shock-horror’ phase and ‘the awkward years.’ On Saturday 27th October, I addressed about 25 career development practitioners, guidance officers and careers [Read More…]

University Open Days – Your Survival Guide!!

University Open Days

“University Open Day Season” has officially started throughout Australia!!! And let’s face it, attending an Open Day can be pretty overwhelming. Here are our top 9 tips to help make it a bit less daunting: Who are you going with? Organise this well in advance and make sure you all have the date in your [Read More…]