Look outside the lecture hall
Industry placement programs offer students valuable hands-on experience while they pursue their postgrad health sciences degrees.
by Laura Boness
There’s much more to study than books and tutorials once you hit the postgrad world.
For example, if you’re thinking of pursuing a health sciences degree and want to gain practical experience in the process, Bond University offers three allied health postgraduate options, all with a significant industry placement program, within the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine.
The Doctor of Physiotherapy trains students to work as physiotherapists, either in private practice or public health organisations; the Master of Occupational Therapy prepares graduates for careers in a variety of private and public sectors; and the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice gives students the skills for private and industry based roles.
“The employment outcomes are excellent, particularly in occupational therapy where there is very, very high job demand, and also within physiotherapy,” says Professor Peter Reaburn (above), the Head of Bond University’s Exercise And Sports Science Program.
Health sciences degrees with practical experience
The courses are all delivered on campus, with a strong emphasis on practical experience. Peter says the university has strong links with private enterprise and the public health system, focusing on internships and industry experience.
“I’ve only been here six months, but my observations are that often those placements are in excess of what the accrediting body might require because Bond sees and understands the importance of those placements and internships to gain industry experience,” he says.
Students who are interested in taking on any of the three allied health programs will need to meet the entry requirements or take the available bridging courses as necessary. For example, the Doctor of Physiotherapy requires prior studies of anatomy and physiology.