For allied health students

This page has information for current and prospective students, looking to start a career in allied health in the ACT.

For high school students

Studying Allied Health in the ACT

There are several local education providers who provide entry level and post graduate training for allied health professionals.

A number of allied health study options are available in the ACT region. The table below maps local courses of study related to allied health professions and for support workers and assistants.

Some allied health professions will require further in house training.

ProfessionEducation Provider 
 University of CanberraAustralian National UniversityAustralian Catholic UniversityCanberra Institute of TechnologyProviders outside ACT (where no ACT course exists)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners    

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice (NSW various)

Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice (Little Bay, NSW)

Aged Care Support Worker   Certificate III and IV in Ageing Support 
Allied Health Assistant (AHA)   Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance 
Audiologist    Master of Clinical Audiology (Sydney)
Dental Assistant   Certificate III in Dental Assisting 
Mental Health Worker   Certificate IV in Mental Health 
Biomedical Engineer Specialisation in Biomedical Science   
Cardiac Perfusionist    Bachelor of Science/equivalent degree plus Master traineeship and Certificate of Clinical Perfusion 
Cardiac Sonographer    

Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Sonography (Sydney)
 

Master of Cardiac Sonography (Sydney)

Chinese Medicine Practitioner    

Bachelor of Health Science-Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine or Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Sydney) 

Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Sydney)

Chiropractor    

Bachelor and Master of Chiropractic Science (Sydney)
 

Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) (Melbourne)

Clinical Measurement Science Bachelor of Medical Science  

Clinical Neurophysiology Scientists (Sydney, various)

Cardiac Scientists/Physiologists

CounsellorCounselling Courses    
Creative Art Therapist    Master of Art Therapy (Sydney)
Dental Assistant   Certificate III in Dental Assisting  
Dental Therapist/ Dental Hygienist/ Oral Health Therapist    

Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) (Wagga)

Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy (Central Coast)

Bachelor of Oral Health (Sydney) 

Bachelor of Oral Health Science (Melbourne)

Dental Prosthetist    Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics (Melbourne)
 
Dental Technician    Diploma of Dental Technology (NSW)
DietitianNutrition and Dietetics Courses    
Disability Support Worker   Certificate III and IV in Disability 
Environmental ChemistBachelor of ScienceBachelor of Science   
Environmental Health OfficerMaster of Public Health   

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Armidale/Sydney/online)

Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Newcastle)

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (Wollongong)

EpidemiologistMaster of Public HealthMasters of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology   
Exercise PhysiologistSport and Exercise Science Courses    
Forensic Chemist/ToxicologistBachelor of ScienceBachelor of Science   
Genetic Counsellor Bachelor of Genetics plus master  

Master of Genetic Counselling (Sydney)

Master of Genetic Counselling (Melbourne)

Medical Physicist    

Master of Medical Physics (Sydney)

Master of Medical Physics (Melbourne)

Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics (Wollongong) plus Master

Mental Health Worker   Certificate IV in Mental Health 
MicrobiologistBachelor of ScienceBachelor of Science   
Music Therapist    Master of Creative Music Therapy (Sydney)
 
Nuclear Medicine Technologist    

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) (Wagga) 

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) (Newcastle)
 

Occupational TherapistOccupational Therapy Courses    
OptometristVision Science and Optometry Courses    
Orthoptist    Master of Orthoptics (Sydney)
Orthotist/Prosthetist    

Bachelor of Prosthetics & Orthotics (Sunshine Coast)

Bachelor of Prosthetics & Orthotics (Honours) – (Melbourne)
 

Osteopath    

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) or Master of Osteopathic Medicine (Lismore/Gold Coast)

Bachelor of Health Science/ Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) (Melbourne)

Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy) /Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) (Melbourne)

PharmacistPharmacy Courses    
PhysiotherapistPhysiotherapy Courses    
Podiatrist    

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Albury)

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) (Sydney)

Bachelor of Podiatry (Central Coast)
 

PsychologistPsychology Courses

Psychology Courses

Master of Clinical Psychology

   
Public Health OfficerPublic Health CoursesMaster of Public Health Certificate IV in Population Health  
Radiation Therapist    

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Wagga /Port Macquarie)

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) Radiation Therapy (Newcastle)
 

RadiographerMedical Radiation Science Courses    
Respiratory Scientist Bachelor of Medical Science   
Sleep Scientist Bachelor of Medical Science   
Social Worker  Bachelor of Social Work  
Sonographer

Grad Dip Medical Ultrasound

Grad Cert in Ultrasound Studies

    
Speech PathologistSpeech Pathology Courses    

Not all allied health professions have training options available in the ACT region. However, students training from a range of universities across Australia may visit the ACT region to undertake student placements. For more information on student placements in the ACT see the Clinical Placement Office

You can also find out more about a variety of allied health professions and NSW study options at Map My Career

See approved programs of study for AHPRA nationally regulated allied health professions 

Please contact training providers directly with any queries regarding courses.

Scholarships and other opportunities may be available. Contact the education provider for further information and support options.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academy in the ACT

Indigenous Allied Health Australia runs the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Academy program in the ACT.

The program aims to create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 through their culturally safe community program. They also help students find work placement opportunities in culturally supportive workplaces and organisations.

With the right foundations, students are supported to build a lasting career in allied health.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia welcomes interest from host employers.

If you are a student, or a health or community service organisation and want to find out more, contact:

ACT Project Support Officer
Indigenous Allied Health Australia National Academy
Ground Floor 9-11 ALIA House
Napier Close, Deakin West ACT 2606
Phone: (02) 6285 1010
Email: academy@iaha.com.au
www.iaha.com.au

For university students

Graduate programs

There are several programs available to allied health graduates and students.

The ACT Public Service Graduate Program is a 10-month non-clinical program for new graduates to help kickstart careers. For more information, see ACTPS Graduate Program.

Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care Graduate program is a full-time, 10-month introduction to Health, Ageing and the Australian Public Service. It is offered to university graduates.

The program starts in February each year and is based in Canberra. For more information, see the Department of Health Graduate Program.

The Canberra Health Services Centralised Allied Health New Graduate Program is open to university graduates across a range of settings. The program offers a new year and mid year intake to a range of professions. The 12-month program includes clinical rotations, interprofessional education, discipline-specific support and peer networking.

For more information, contact:

Allied Health Clinical Education Unit
Email: AHCEU@act.gov.au
Phone: 02 5124 7098

Research opportunities for current students

The ACT Health Vacation Study program offers university students the opportunity to gain experience in ACT Government-based health research.

Students will develop valuable research skills through delivery of a project over a 6-week period.

See the ACT Health Vacation Study Program for more information.

Student placements

The ACT Health Clinical Placement Office coordinates all clinical and non-clinical placements for allied health students and trainees at ACT public health services. These include Canberra Health Services and ACT Health.

The Clinical Placement Office does not take placement applications directly from students. If you are currently studying, speak with your education provider about how to apply.

For more information about clinical placements in ACT public health services, visit the Clinical Placement Office (CPO).

Other placements within other the ACT Public Service can be found at:

  • Community Services Directorate
  • Justice and Community Safety
  • Education Directorate

You can speak with your education provider for further information.

New graduate opportunities

Where are allied health jobs in the ACT?

There are a range of allied health opportunities within the ACT health system.

Find out more about allied health in the ACT.

Allied health professionals work across the ACT region in public, private and non-government organisations. Clinical and non-clinical roles for allied health professionals are available within:

  • ACT Health
  • Canberra Health Services (includes The Canberra Hospital, North Canberra Hospital, University of Canberra Hospital, Clare Holland House and community health centres)
  • Community Services Directorate
  • Education Directorate
  • Justice and Community Safety
  • Private hospitals
  • Federal public service
  • Non-government organisations
  • Education providers
  • Private sector (this may include allied health practices, General Practices)

Current opportunities and vacancies

For current vacancies within public health services in the ACT, visit:

Employment opportunities are also available in the private sector. Professional associations often have lists of job opportunities in the private sector.

Events

Students interested in local health research can attend the Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting.

If you wish to report any issues or suggested changes for this webpage please contact the Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer via chiefalliedhealthoffice@act.gov.au

Page last updated on: 22 Feb 2024