Dr David Short – Careers Guidance Counsellor
Health science careers are often associated with waiting rooms, stethoscopes and years of undergraduate study, but there are a bunch of health-based gigs that require a different kind of white coat.
Health scientists work behind-the-scenes in the medical world, on everything from making sure equipment is working safely to carrying out in-lab testing and medical exams. They conduct MRI scans, biopsies, blood and hearing tests and operate some pretty impressive tech. Here are five of the coolest jobs in the field:
1. Medical lab technician
These guys work alongside physicians in hospitals, general practices, private clinics and research labs, carrying out tests to diagnose and treat patients. An average day might involve collecting blood samples, performing blood counts, carrying out tests to determine blood type and analysing fluids.
Study: Bachelor of Medical Science
Salary: Average $71,000 a year
If specialising is your jam, then perhaps focusing on the one medical field is for you. Audiologists work with patients on assessing, identifying and preventing hearing impairment, prescribing and fitting hearing aids and drafting ongoing treatment plans. They often score gigs at hospitals or healthcare centres where they work closely with other specialists in ear, nose and throat fields.
Study: Bachelor of Human Science or Bachelor of Clinical Audiology
Salary: Up to $102,000 a year
3. Pharmacy technician
Every chemist has at least one in-house pharmacy technician dispensing medications, reviewing prescription requests and liaising with patients. But the career also extends into hospitals, where there’s a little more lab time and work with IVs.
Study: Bachelor of Medical Science or specialised TAFE certificate
Salary: Up to $89,000 a year, with hospital-based techs earning a little more
4. Radiation therapist
Playing with simulators, CT scanners and an impressive line-up of medical imagining equipment is all in a day’s work for a radiation therapist, whose job is to draft, plan and execute radiation treatment for cancer patients.
Study: Bachelor of Medical Imaging or Bachelor of Applied Science
Salary: Up to $108,000 a year depending on experience
5. Biomedical engineer
Biomedical engineers spend their time creating solutions to problems involving both biology and medicine – think: designing artificial limbs, crafting and installing medical equipment and producing new systems to diagnose and treat patients. Problem solving smarts, attention for detail and high-level tech skills are all must-haves when competing for jobs.
Study: Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Biomedical)
Salary: $93,000 a year is about average
Salary information sourced from payscale.com
Want to know more? Career crush on some real-life health scientists:
• Sports psychologist, Luke Stutter
• Health data analyst, Kudzai Kanhutu
• Hearing engineer, Anastasia Miros
Bond University offers a range of full and part scholarships, bursaries and grants to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. In 2018, 9 scholarships were awarded to Indigenous students due to the generous support of corporate partners, through funds raised at the Indigenous Gala and through a significant contribution by the University. Applications for Indigenous scholarships are currently open and close 6th September.
For more information, please see attached and click on the following link: https://bond.edu.au/scholarship/bond-university-indigenous-scholarships
For information on the Nyombil Centre and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Bond, please click on the following link: https://bond.edu.au/current-students/services-support/student-support/indigenous-students
The University of Sydney will be in town for the Meet Sydney University Information Evening on 24 July at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane. Please see below for more information and the registration link. I have also attached a promotional poster (please print for your notice boards or distribute digitally to your students.)
This event gives students the opportunities to speak directly to staff and current students about courses, scholarships, accommodation options, exchange opportunities, student life and more. The first session is a scholarships and accommodation workshop for year 12 students, followed by a presentation open to all.
Meet Sydney University in Brisbane
Wed 24 July, 4.30-7.30pm
190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000
4.30-5.45pm – Undergraduate Scholarships and Accommodation Workshop
This workshop will cover the scholarships available at the University of Sydney and provide valuable tips for writing a successful scholarship application. We will also look at the different student accommodation options, and what to look for when choosing the right accommodation for you.
6-8pm – Meet Sydney Information Evening
Find out about the unparalleled choice and flexibility on offer in our new curriculum, including the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and Dalyell Scholars stream. Learn about our diverse leadership opportunities and global experiences with insights from current students. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served, and staff and current students will be available to answer all your questions.
Year 12 students can now commence their application to study at Bond University in 2020!
Please visit the following link to commence your online application https://apply.bond.edu.au/
At this stage, please upload your term 1 report from year 12 into the ‘Year 12 Semester 1’ section within the supporting documentation.
This is a very quick process and will take you 20 – 30 minutes at the most, with no application cost attached!
You will need to complete your study application (link above) prior to commencing your scholarship application.
Once your study application is complete, visit this link https://apply.bond.edu.au/scholarships/ and commence your scholarship application
You can also visit the following link to find out why you should strongly consider Bond as an option post school – https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/find-out-why-bond
You can still complete the QTAC process should you get an offer from Bond. It is just another option for you to put on the table.
You can still change your preferences, accept, defer or decline the offer prior to 2020.
For any questions, please get in touch with Scott Williamson, Domestic Regional Manager at Bond;
0419 483 340
In 2018, UQ introduced a situational judgement test for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).
The situational judgement test used by UQ is called CASPer, which applicants sit online. All applicants applying for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) will have to sit the test. Along with the test, students will still have to meet all other entry requirements for the program.
We recognise that skills and attributes such as resilience, critical thinking and communication are essential for veterinarians, but are not always reflected in academic performance alone.
Tests are scheduled in August, October and November 2019. Exact dates will be available on the CASPer website. Registration will open shortly and will remain open until the day before the scheduled November exam date. Discover more
ADF Gap Year applications for 2020 are still open. ADF Gap Year is a unique opportunity for your students to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.
Through an ADF Gap Year you’ll:
• Gain valuable skills and work experience
• Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
• Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
• Make friends with like-minded people
• Get the opportunity to see more of Australia
In 2020 there are 25 roles to choose from ranging from admin to artillery and even Navy Officer, a full list of roles available is attached.
As this is an extremely popular program with some roles already filled, students are encouraged to start their applications as soon as possible.
To learn about the opportunity of a lifetime head to www.defencejobs.gov.au or visit us in centre at Defence Force Recruiting Centre, 14 Edgewater Court, Robina.
• Australian citizen
• Aged between 18 and 24 years on admission
• Year 12 completion (required passes vary by job)
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