Change the future of health. Study at Curtin University, Western Australia

  • 09 January 2017
  • By Lasse
Change the future of health. Study at Curtin University, Western Australia

Curtin's Faculty of Health Sciences is making tomorrow better by educating more health professionals than any other Western Australia tertiary institution. You'll have access to knowledge and discoveries to help you improve the standard of healthcare and make a real difference to people's lives – locally and globally. A postgraduate qualification may help you stand out from other candidates in an increasingly competitive job market.

Curtin University health degrees will give you plenty of hands-on experience in fieldwork placements and in clinics. You could become a valuable member of a healthcare team, working in hospitals, emergency services, general practices, superclinics or private healthcare. Studying a degree in health can lead to a rewarding career where you can make a real difference to people's lives.

The Faculty offers several teaching areas: Biomedical Sciences, Curtin Medical School, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Psychology and Speech Pathology and Public Health.

Biomedical Sciences

The School of Biomedical Sciences is recognised for its innovative and leading-edge teaching, research and consultancy profile. It offers the only AIMS-accredited program in laboratory medicine and the only oral health therapy program in Western Australia.

The school also offers a program in molecular genetics and biotechnology, which was ranked 1st for student satisfaction among the ATN universities and a human biology preclinical program, which provides an integrated study of the life sciences with access to state-of-the-art human anatomy and physiology facilities.

Occupational Therapy and Social Work

Curtin offers internationally accredited undergraduate and entry-level Masters Programs as well as providing innovative and dynamic leadership to the profession. Currently it is the largest school of occupational therapy in Australia and the leading provider of social work education in the state and the only undergraduate provider in the Perth area. Recently renovated buildings offer the latest teaching and learning resources and facilities, supported by innovative technology.

Take a Google Maps virtual tour and view the occupational performance skills laboratory.

Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

The School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science is one of the oldest learning centres in the Division of Health Sciences. Over the past 60 years the school has established an international reputation for the quality of its graduates and its research. Curtin is privileged to have very high calibre students entering the programs, excellent facilities and dedicated academic and professional staff. Students come from all parts of the world to undertake the programs and graduates can be found working as physiotherapists on all continents.

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 programs.

  • 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.

Take a Google Maps virtual tour and view the teaching laboratories.

Psychology and Speech Pathology

With an applied and relevant focus, the school runs a number of community clinics on Curtin’s Bentley Campus providing students with vocationally-relevant training. Field of Research 17 (Psychology) was awarded a ranking of 4 (out of 5) in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise, indicating that Curtins research is formally rated as "Above World Standard".

Public Health

The School of Public Health is the largest of the eight Schools within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin. They teach and conduct cutting edge, world-class research across three main themes in public health: health promotion and disease prevention; occupation and the environment and health systems and health economics.


Professional Recognition

Health and Science courses are accredited by the relevant professional and industry board. Graduates are eligible for registration in any state or territory of Australia.

Some of the programs allows students also to register in New Zealand under the terms of the Trans-Tasman agreement.

For physiotherapy, graduates applying for licensure in the United States, United Kingdom or Canada will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.

Entry requirements and fees vary depending whether it is a Master or Bachelor program. All details.


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