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Why study an allied health course?

by Marianne Stenger
Posted: July 19, 2021

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**This is an updated post**

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. Allied health is an umbrella term that covers Dietitians, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, among others. Basically, any healthcare profession that doesn’t fall under nursing or medicine.  

Are you thinking of pursuing a career in allied health? Read on to discover the benefits of studying an allied health qualification and prospective jobs in this area. 

Who should study an allied health course?

If you’re interested in healthcare but a career in nursing or medicine doesn’t appeal to you, becoming qualified as an Allied Health Professional could be a great choice.

As an Allied Health Worker, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to improve people’s quality of life. 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. 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 online course will help you gain specialist skills in your area of interest, whether it is occupational therapy, speech pathology or community rehabilitation. 

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How an allied health course can help you advance your career

Allied health job opportunities in Australia are increasing each year. There are almost 200,000 people employed across Australia in allied health roles

Jobs in allied health 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, studying a certificate or a diploma in allied health could be 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 graduating from an allied health course? 

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

Here are a few examples of jobs you could pursue after completing an allied health course:

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Community Rehabilitation Worker

Some online allied health courses of Open Colleges can also act as a pathway to university , if you wish to continue your studies.

Depending on the course, and at the university's discretion, you could use your allied health qualification as credit towards a university degree.

And even if you're not considering university study right now, it could be something you decide to pursue in the future.

Are you ready to find an accredited course that can help you achieve your career goals? Check out our range of online allied health courses 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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