Subject focus: Professional programmes in health and medicine

Physiotherapy students at Curtin University.This subject focus looks in depth at some of the professional health programmes available at universities in Australia and New Zealand. The degrees detailed below are all qualifications that would enable you to register and work as a doctor, nurse or physiotherapist after graduation.

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.

Medicine, Dentistry and Oral Health

Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Health Sciences (Professional): Physiotherapy

Master of Nursing Practice at Monash University


If you’ve completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university, the Master of Nursing will help you become a highly skilled healthcare professional, preparing you for a career in this rewarding and well-respected profession.

Why nursing at Monash?

As one of Australia’s largest providers of education for doctors, nurses and midwives Monash University offers a wide range of programmes. By studying with us you will become part of a community that focuses on translating research discoveries into positive outcomes for patients. You will benefit from our strong hospital network and learn from academics who are pioneering new health discoveries.

How do Monash research capabilities help?

Our links to leading research centres (STEM cell science, regenerative medicine, IVF, etc) and teaching hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will give you access to outstanding facilities and allow you to learn from some of the most experienced and capable medical practitioners and researchers in the country.

Programme Details

The intensive two-year full time programme is an entry-to-practice degree for graduates with non-nursing backgrounds. The programme is an effective combination theory and practice. Half a study week is spent in the classroom and the other half in clinical practice, allowing you to apply new knowledge quickly.


The course comes in two parts:

Part A. Foundations for contemporary nursing practice

Part A comprises four units in which health care and nursing is studied through a social model of health. The history of nursing and the development of the nursing profession is explored including the ethical and legal aspects of nursing-patient relationships, communication for therapeutic relationships, human growth and development and the concept of caring and helping.

Part B. Professional practical placement

Part B comprises four units which enable the development of clinical competence for nursing practice in clinical settings. These units include the foundation knowledge and skills needed for the care of individuals across the life span, including the physical assessment of clients' health status in order to determine and deliver competent nursing care. Acute and chronic health issues are covered, including pharmacology, pain management, wound assessment and collaborative care.

Clinical practice

In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. This course has approximately 50 per cent of the programme allocated to clinical experience. Students on clinical placements are required to participate in unpaid fully supervised shift work that can include weekend shifts and night duty. The programme coordinators at Monash will find placements for you.

Professional Recognition

After successful completion of the programme students will be able to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and other jurisdictions across the world.

Fees and entry requirements

Start Date: Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2017): AU$37,000 per year

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Bachelor of Medical Science, Doctor of Medicine at Monash University


Monash is the only Group of Eight university (equivalent to the Russell Group in the UK) in Victoria to offer a direct entry medical degree where students can begin once they finish secondary school.

Why medicine at Monash?

By studying with us you will be learning from a Times Higher Education Top 40* university underpinned by a significant research base that translates discoveries into positive outcomes for patients. You will benefit from our strong hospital network and learn from academics who are pioneering new health discoveries.

* Clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences

How do Monash research capabilities help?

Our leading research centres focus on areas including STEM cell science and regenerative medicine that unlocks capabilities of the human body, pioneering IVF technologies that bring the wonder of life to families, and biomedical discoveries such as the impact of immunity on cancer.

In addition, our teaching hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will give you access to outstanding facilities and allow you to learn from some of the most experienced and capable medical practitioners and researchers in the country.

Programme details

The five-year full time programme offers an integrated curriculum, taught in an interdisciplinary fashion around four broad themes by staff from across the faculty, and in a wide range of learning environments, both on-campus and in clinical settings.


The course comes in four parts:

Part A: Personal and Professional Development

These studies focus on the doctor as an individual. The focus will be on the personal attributes and qualities you will need as a medical student and, ultimately, a medical practitioner. It covers elements of health enhancement, professional responsibilities, communication skills, information technology, medical informatics and computing skills, ethics and legal issues, and clinical effectiveness.

Part B: Population, society, health and illness

The focus of these studies is the social, environmental and behavioural contexts of illness and the practice of medicine, especially in rural and remote areas, and broad societal issues such as health promotion, epidemiology, public health, community diversity, population and global health. You will also study the history and philosophy of the scientific approach to medicine, and approaches to knowledge and information, and hence develop a sound understanding of evidence-based medicine.

Part C: Scientific basis of clinical practice

These studies address human systems, and through them you will develop the knowledge and concepts that underpin both the basic medical sciences and in the clinical sciences.

Part D: Clinical skills

Units are interdisciplinary, with themes woven through each semester.

Clinical practice

The first two years are largely campus-based, although with some city and rural clinical placements. Years’ three to five are conducted in clinical settings, generally in hospitals and practices across metropolitan Melbourne, regional and rural Victoria. Year five offers the chance for selective studies.

Professional recognition

After successful completion of the degree students will be eligible* to apply for a one-year internship at a public hospital in Australia to become a Registered Medical Officer (RMO). This status then enables specialisation through the relevant college and residency.

* Note Monash University cannot not guarantee internships to international students

Entry requirements

Three "A"s at A-Level, which must include Chemistry. Or a minimum score of 39 in IB, which must include a score of 4 in Higher Level Chemistry OR 5 in Standard Level Chemistry.

Applicants to this direct entry medical programme will need to complete an ISAT test and an in-person interview for which you will need to be prepared to travel.  Contact a Study Options advisor to find out more about the interview process.

Duration: 5 years

Start Date: Semester 1 (February) - closing date for applications varies, Medicine is usually earlier than normal, contact Study Options for details.

Tuition Fees (2017 indicative): AU$68,600 per year

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Master of Clinical Physiotherapy at Curtin University

Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin

Over the past 60 years our school has established an international reputation for the quality of its graduates and its research. We are privileged to have very high calibre students entering our programmes, excellent facilities and dedicated academic and professional staff. We are proud of the fact that students come from all parts of the world to undertake our programmes and our graduates can be found working as physiotherapists on all continents.

Master of Clinical Physiotherapy

In this course you can major in continence and women's health, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy or clinical physiotherapy. All majors study the philosophy of evidence-based practice and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. You will further your clinical decision-making skills through the use of statistical analysis, including the examination of various forms of statistical testing.

You will choose from a range of specialised higher-level units and be given the opportunity to study clinical management, examining the theories and techniques of physiotherapy practice. You will also study models of service delivery, current developments in physiotherapy care, promotion of health and prevention of disease and dysfunction in the client group.

For instance:

  • In the sports physiotherapy major you will develop advanced knowledge of sports physiotherapy including inter-disciplinary management of the athlete, contemporary therapeutic techniques related to sports rehabilitation, optimising sports performance, clinical biomechanics of sports skills, and sports specific training programmes.
  • In the manipulative therapy major you will enhance your knowledge, skill and clinical competencies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice. You will develop advanced clinical reasoning, communication, assessment and management skills for effective management of musculoskeletal pain disorders.

Clinical practice is a significant component of this course. During your placement you will detail a variety of case histories and evaluate each as a reflective practitioner.

Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

This course has an earlier application deadline. International application deadline: 31 August (the year prior to the course start date)

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree in physiotherapy or equivalent, plus at least two years of relevant clinical experience.

You must be a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, or be eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

Programme details

Start date: Semester 1 (February)

Duration: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2017): AU$37,000 per year

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