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Study Health Sciences in Australia
Health Sciences Downunder
Diane Ranck University of Sydney
Studying 'Down Under' can turn your thinking upside down - what comes to mind Australia I embodies the best in high technology, excellent communications, state of the art facilities, I modern infrastructure, on the one level and 'matemanship', fairness and above all, a sense of having a go on another level. These qualities and more are part of what studying in Australia is all about. Specifically, studying for a career in health in Australia will put you in the forefront and make you a winner! There are many courses to choose from and, most importantly, they provide pathways to interesting jobs and skills that are useful all over the world. Health is a major concern facing communities everywhere, as there are real issues facing both developed and developing nations, and studying about health in Australia ensures that these issues are addressed at various levels. Whether you are looking for an undergraduate or post- graduate course, postgraduate research opportunities, partnerships and collaboration in academic activities, short courses, conference partners and facilities, professional development, study abroad, clinical placements or electives, and other pharmaceutical and health related activities -look no further! Already, Australians in various health professions have contributed greatly to the world's knowledge of medical and health sciences. The Royal Flying Doctor Service, for example, led the world in its innovative approach to the health-care of remote and scattered communities. Australian researchers have made outstanding contributions to world knowledge. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which has become the major founding body for medical, dental and health research in Australian Universities, funds research grants, fellowships and numerous research programs to the tune of millions of dollars every year. Pharmaceutical companies and other industries also work in close collaboration with Australian universities. The rewards for doing research and contributing to bet- ter ways of delivering good health to the world' population are enormous. According to recent economic analysts, health is a major area of growth, for job prospects and furthering a career. In Australia, the forecast for the next five years is currently for an increased demand for registered nurses, midwives, mental health nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical imaging professionals 'and pharmacists. The variety of careers is so vast that anyone wishing to work in this exciting and fast-changing environment should be investigating the many options and pathways available, and ensuring that the courses they choose are well-designed and accredited with the professional associations. Australian universities keep in close con- tact with professional associations to ensure that courses keep up with these requirements. The Australian Government also maintains a register of courses to ensure that they comply with accreditation requirements. Thus, students are well placed when they return to their home countries, having had a professional experience in academic institutions, as well as experiences in field placements, practical exercises and formal associations with teaching hospitals and clinics. There are 37 public universities in Australia, and two private universities. Most have a variety of health sciences offerings, but not all offer Medicine and Dentistry, for example. When choosing your career, look for flexibility, quality teaching and research facilities, optional entry pathways, ease of research and support structures, international recognition of the degree, high job satisfaction rates, variety in specializations, and above all, student friendliness! You can be sure that Australia will be friendly and safe, with a great climate, high standards of living and academia, with wide cultural diversity. The total Australian experience comes complete with an exciting, vibrant and welcoming environment in which to live and study.