1. Five Australian universities are ranked in the world’s top 50 schools for medicine
  2. Health care and social assistance is Australia’s largest and fastest growing working industry
  3. Australia’s top employing occupation for professionals is nursing

What is medicine, nursing and allied health?

In this field, your studies will provide you with a thorough knowledge of human health and the Australian health care system. You will learn how to problem-solve, communicate and adapt to working in a variety of dynamic health and medical environments, restoring the physical and mental wellbeing of humans.

Inside the medicine, nursing and allied health field, you will learn the theory and practice of industries such as:

What are my course options?

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET courses prepare you for the workforce by undertaking hands-on training. They can also help you with entry into further higher education studies. In VET courses, you will be trained to support health professionals and gain relevant qualifications in areas like mental health, health management, aged care, public health and health administration.


A undergraduate degree in this field will provide you with a broad understanding of the various aspects of human health. Common courses on offer include health science, biomedicine, sport psychology, speech pathology, nutrition and dietetics.

For students wanting to apply in the medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, speech pathology or language therapy area, an International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) is often a requirement into this field.


Postgraduate and research degrees in this field will provide you with a high level of skills and knowledge so you can specialise in an area or field of your choice. A Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a common postgraduate degree in this field of study.

A postgraduate or research component to your studies is essential for almost all industries in this field and includes practical work experience placement in an Australian health care facility.

What could my future look like?

Leaving an Australian institution with a qualification in this field means you will have the skills and knowledge to address the world’s most challenging health care issues.

You will be in demand by research and health care institutions around the world as your courses in Australia are designed to make you job-ready and prepared for one of the fastest-growing industries.

Graduate programs

Once you graduate, there are several entry program offers available. If you undertake a course in nursing or midwifery, physiotherapy or speech pathology, you can undergo work placements at specified medical centres.

For medicine graduates, there are accredited medical intern training positions also available.

Did you know… Dr Vandana Joshi was awarded TIME person of the year in 2014 as part of the response team for Sierra Leon’s Ebola outbreak, popularly known as ‘The Ebola Fighters’. Before becoming an international student and completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney, she held a degree in medicine and pediatrics from India.


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