Subject focus: Health programmes in Australia

Griffith University students studying anatomy. Photo credit: Griffith UniversityThis subject focus looks in depth at some of the health programmes available at universities in Australia. Australian and New Zealand health qualifications have excellent reputations as some of the strongest and most rigorous training programmes in the world. Many of these programmes will include practical experience from as early as the first year, so you can ensure that you graduate with the real-world experience needed to work in a clinical setting.

These qualifications are recognised internationally but if you decide not to stay in Australia or New Zealand, please note that most countries including the UK will have a professional body with whom you will be required to register before you are able to work.  The subject area pages linked below can provide you with some more information as to how to transfer your qualification back to the UK for the different clinical professions, or contact Study Options for further information.

A representative from Griffith University will be happy to meet students at the Study Options Open Days this March and answer questions about their programmes below and any other programme you may be interested in. See the details and register here.


Nursing, midwifery and paramedicine

Social work and counselling

Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University

The Griffith nursing degree is a contemporary, comprehensive programme taught by dedicated professionals at Queensland's No.1 ranked university for Nursing and Midwifery, which is also ranked 14th in the world.* Studying here, you’ll learn in and out of the classroom, gaining hands-on experience through placements in community health organisations and hospitals.

When you study nursing at Griffith, you'll develop skills through clinical placements that start very early in your degree and range across a variety of health service sectors. You will combine this extensive experience with the key skills required to deliver excellent nursing care.  

Our experienced, highly-awarded teaching staff have industry contacts who know what employers are looking for in new graduates. We regularly review our degrees with the nursing profession to ensure the degree you complete is innovative, challenging and relevant.

Nursing at Griffith is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience, Student Support, and Median Graduate Salary by the Good Universities Guide 2018. As one of the country’s leading research universities, we’re focused on creating a healthy future for Australia and the world. Our ground-breaking research in nursing practice informs our degrees, giving our students new insights into the promotion of healthy living and treatment of chronic conditions. The qualifications you earn as a Griffith nursing graduate will be recognised and highly sought after.

*QS World University Subject Rankings 2017.

Brandon Wu
Bachelor of Nursing graduate

“Nursing is challenging but I love it and it’s a very good opportunity for me to grow and to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

Brandon left his job in the banking industry in Hong Kong because he wanted to help people. He turned his Bachelor of Nursing into a job as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Programme details

Start date: Trimester 1 (February). Trimester 2 (June) start is also available for International Registered Nurses.

Tuition fees (2018 indicative fee): AU$28,500 per year

Duration: 3 years full-time

Location: Gold Coast campus

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Bachelor of Medical Science at Griffith University

Griffith University's School of Medicine opened in 2005 with our first students graduating in 2008. Today, more than 1200 graduates are in independent practice or in specialty training. Griffith’s Bachelor of Medicine is offered over 2 years (equivalent to 3 year full-time study) and is designed for high-achieving secondary school leavers, providing you with the opportunity to progress directly into the Doctor of Medicine.

As a Griffith health student, you will take the first steps towards a successful career through a blend of classroom learning and clinical placements in community health and hospital settings. This will be complemented by sophisticated on-campus simulated learning and experiences in world leading virtual reality teaching environments.

In your first year in the Bachelor of Medicine, you will be introduced to the basic sciences underpinning medical science – anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry, genes and disease, law and ethics, microbiology, physiology, and epidemiology. You will also undertake a course in "Human Skills in Medicine" which provides you with knowledge and skills in communication and interaction with patients.

In second year, you will study these areas in greater depth and take medically focused courses in immunology, infectious disease, pharmacology, metabolism, structural biochemistry, and molecular genetics, as well as undertaking a capstone course (Integrated Medical Sciences) which integrates and applies the knowledge of basic sciences learned in your first and second years.

Today, health professionals need to work together to deliver life-changing outcomes, and we are proud that interdisciplinary education is a priority at Griffith. We work to ensure our health students are exposed to situations and team learning environments that closely reflect team practice in the real world.

Programme details

Start date: Trimester 1 (February).

Tuition fees (2018 indicative fee): AU$30,000 per year

Duration: 3 years full-time offered over 2 years

Location: Gold Coast campus

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Master of Counselling at Murdoch University

The Master of Counselling at Murdoch University prepares graduates for a career in counselling. This practical programme focuses on the counselling relationship as the key feature of effective counselling practice.

Throughout the course critical appraisal of selected counselling literature and research is combined with extensive practical training, building each graduate’s personal and professional capacity for a counselling career.

In the second year, students complete a substantial research project addressing counselling theory or practice, or choose to complete the award through coursework and case study.

Work placements

Two supervised placements provide the opportunity to develop skills in assessment, individual and group treatment, working with children and adult clients, working with other professionals and within the supervisory relationship.

Career opportunities

When you graduate you may be employed in government and non-government counselling organisations working with adults, children, families and couples. This course will also prepare you for employment in settings requiring individual and group therapy competence.

Accreditation and professional registration

This course is accredited by Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and Australian Counselling Association (ACA). 

Graduates are eligible to apply for intern registration with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and to then work towards clinical registration with PACFA. Graduates are eligible to apply for Level 2 membership with the Australian Counselling Association and then work towards Level 3 / 4 Clinical membership. 

Programme details

Duration: 2 years full time

Start date: Semester 1 (February) or semester 2 (July)

Tuition Fees (2017 indicative): AU$30,636 per year

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Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership at Murdoch University

The Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership at Murdoch University is an internationally focused multidisciplinary programme that is the only one of its kind in Australia. It aims to develop your skills and understanding of health policy, leadership, management, economics, law, epidemiology, informatics and communications for future health industry leaders.

This course brings together our core expertise in research and teaching in health across the entire campus. This range of interdisciplinary skills and expertise will be complemented with opportunities to be taught by leading experts in the field, whilst connecting with health industry employers at the local, national and international level.

Students can choose to specialise in the areas of health administration and leadership, evaluation and policy, or health informatics and analytics, or to take a non-specialised route.

Industry engagement 

Industry engagement is an important element, with some classes held in the new Fiona Stanley Hospital adjacent to campus.

Health is one of Australia’s largest industries, with over one million people employed nationally. It is also Western Australia’s largest single employment sector, where it is predicted to double in size over the next five years. International trends suggest that the increasing demand for executives, managers, professionals, administrators and analysts working in the healthcare industry will require specialised multidisciplinary skills and qualifications in health policy, management, economics, law, epidemiology, informatics and communications. Individuals already in the workforce will increasingly need to develop these skills to progress in their career.

Career opportunities

Employment prospects for this course include the local, national and international health industry, including pharmaceutical and medical devices firms, non-government organisations, health insurers, regulatory agencies, hospitals and integrated care organisations, health ministries, departments, and other governmental agencies, as well as universities and commercial research bodies.

Programme details

Duration: 2 years

Intake: Semester 1 (February) and semester 2 (July)

Tuition fees (2017 indicative):  AU$31,875 per year

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