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Are you interested in helping people improve their health? Do you enjoy caring for others? Perhaps you would like to assist people experiencing a disability, or are keen to get involved in the wellness industry. If you are intrigued by these possibilities, a job in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector may be for you.

The Health Care and Social Assistance industry encompasses a diversity of occupations, ranging from fields such as dental hygiene, optometry, pharmacy, disability services, mental health and aged-care, to fitness training, sports science, lifestyle coaching and nutrition.

The Health Training Package offers over 75 Vocational and Training (VET) qualifications, so if you’re interested in health you’ll probably find an occupation and qualification to suit you!

Don’t forget it’s possible to begin your Health Care and Social Assistance career by training for VET qualifications to start with before possibly working your way up to a University Degree.

The Health Care and Social Assistance sector has experienced strong growth in the last ten years, making it one of Australia’s largest employers and the growth is forecast to continue, so jobs in this industry are expected to be plentiful. Check out the list of qualifications below.

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A wide range of courses are available in the Health Care industry, from Certificate (II, III, IV) levels all the way up to Doctorates.

And there are opportunities to specialise within areas that you would like to explore more deeply, such as ambulance communications, indigenous environment health, dental assistance and Generalist Medical Practitioners. Some examples of qualifications that you might want to consider include:

  • Ambulance Officers and Paramedics - Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) and/or Advanced Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)
  • Dieticians – Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine and/or Bachelor of Human Nutrition
  • Dental Assistants - Certificate III in Dental Assisting and/ or Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
  • Aged and Disabled Carers- Certificate III Aged Care and/or Certificate IV Aged Care (Aged Care) Certificate III in Disability and/or Certificate IV in Disability (Disability)


* Some occupations in this industry require further registration or licensing that is not a part of any formal qualification you study.


Careers in this industry

Anaesthetists Chiropractors & Osteopaths Complementary Health Therapists Dental Assistants Dental Hygienists, Technicians & Therapists Dental Practitioners Dieticians Diversional Therapists Generalist Medical Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers Health & Welfare Services Managers Massage Therapists Medical imaging Professionals Medical Laboratory Scientists Midwives Nurses (Enrolled & Mothercraft Nurses) Nursing Managers Nursing Support & Personal Care Workers Occupational Therapists Pharmacists Pharmacy Sales Assistants Physiotherapists Podiatrist Psychiatrists Psychologists Registered Nurses Speech Professionals & Audiologists Veterinarians Veterinary Nurses Practice Managers Paramedic Nutritionist Health Information Managers Indigenous Health Workers Optometrist and Orthoptists Internal Medicine Specialists Other Medical Practitioners Medical Technicians
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