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Why do an Allied Health course?

by Marianne Stenger
Posted: November 18, 2019

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Are you passionate about physical exercise, movement and nutrition? Do you love helping people become the best version of themselves? Are you happiest when you have opportunities to work and interact with people from all walks of life?

Working in community services and allied health can be both challenging and rewarding, and allied health professionals including dietitians, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists represent approximately 25% of the Australian health workforce.

If you’re thinking of pursuing a career in Allied Health, here’s a look at who can benefit from earning an allied health qualification, as well as some of the job prospects it can lead to.

Who should do an Allied Health course?

If you’re interested in healthcare but a career in nursing or medicine doesn’t appeal to you, getting qualified as an allied health professional could be an excellent option. As an allied health worker, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to improve people’s quality of life. It’s for this reason that allied health roles rank in the top 25% of all jobs for job satisfaction.

People who thrive in allied health jobs tend to be caring and compassionate by nature and usually enjoy lots of social interaction. Good communication skills are also essential, because in addition to listening to and communicating with patients, most allied health professionals are part of a care coordination team and must work closely with other healthcare professionals to assess and meet the needs of each patient.

Taking an allied health course will help you gain specialist skills in your area of interest, whether it’s nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, speech pathology or community rehabilitation. 

How an Allied Health course can help you advance your career?

Allied health job opportunities in Australia are increasing each year, and jobs in this area tend to offer competitive salaries as well as good career advancement opportunities, although many of them don’t require extensive training. With this in mind, taking an allied health course is an excellent way to advance your career.  

If you’re already working in community services or your current job involves some caregiver duties, gaining an allied health qualification could also be an effective way to increase your earning potential. 

In addition to helping you develop specialist skills such as using nutrition, exercise, assistive equipment and occupational therapies to help rehabilitate patients, taking an allied health course will also help you become a more effective communicator and build relationships with healthcare professionals and patients. 

What jobs you can get after doing an Allied Health course? 

Allied health professionals use nutrition, movement, and exercise to improve people’s health and quality of life, and often work in the healthcare sector in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and community service. 

Some examples of jobs you may qualify for after doing an Allied Health course include dietetic or nutrition assistant, community rehabilitation worker or occupational therapy or physiotherapy assistant. 

Are you ready to find an accredited course that will help you gain specialist skills in your specific area of interest? Check out the range of Allied Health courses available through Open Colleges and request a free course guide and consultation today.


Marianne Stenger

Marianne is a London-based freelance Writer and Journalist with extensive experience covering all things learning and development. Her articles have been featured by the likes of ABC Education, The Huffington Post, Lifehacker, and Psych Central.

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