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December 21, 2018 by admin

Charlotte Ganderton, 23, studied physiotherapy because it’s a field that offers a large variety of career options.HEALTH sciences are among the steadiest performers of all university courses, with growing demand from students seeking good career prospects.
Nanjing Night Net

Students will receive first-round offers from universities on Thursday and courses such as dermal therapies at Victoria University and paramedicine at Australian Catholic University have recorded consistent increases in preferences in recent years.

Demand has also grown substantially for the course known as health sciences and physiotherapy practice at La Trobe University. It attracted 637 first preferences, increasing by 175 from the previous year.

La Trobe’s head of physiotherapy Megan Davidson said students were drawn to the course because of stable job opportunities after graduation. Students complete the four-year course with a bachelor of health science and a master of physiotherapy.

”It’s fairly intensive but I think the market is telling us they like it because preferences have gone up this year,” Dr Davidson said.

It was the sixth most sought-after course overall this year, up from 12th spot in 2012.

Many students believe that studying a field within health sciences would allow them to travel with their skills, Dr Davidson said. ”I think it’s seen as very portable. Australia has a very good reputation for health sciences education.”

Charlotte Ganderton, who will graduate from La Trobe’s health science and physiotherapy course with honours this month, has already secured a job at Peninsula Health.

The 23-year-old has wanted to work as a physiotherapist since she was a child.

”There are so many avenues you can go down depending on where your interest lies,” she said. ”What I love about it is you can have 10 career changes but still remain a physiotherapist. I think that’s what drew me to the profession.”

Ms Ganderton said she had seen many job vacancies for physiotherapists in aged care. But she believed it was harder to get jobs in other areas, such as the public sector.

The five most popular courses were arts, science, biomedicine and commerce at Melbourne University, along with medicine/surgery at Monash University.

These courses have consistently dominated the top five. But arts and science at Melbourne were the only top five courses to record consecutive increases in first preferences since 2009.

First preferences for dermal therapies at Victoria University have more than quadrupled in the past five years, from 35 for 2009 to 163 for this year.

Victoria University’s dermal therapy course does not require an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank but applicants must sit a test and be interviewed.

Dermal therapies discipline leader Frank Perri said the course prepared students for work in a growing industry. He said students learn wound management, scar-tissue reduction and treatment of some skin conditions.

He also believed the field offered good job prospects. ”In the longer term it’s going to grow. Living in Australia there’s always a lot of sun damage,” he said.

For this article, The Age analysed first-preference data from everyone who applied for a course through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

These figures could have changed slightly among non-year-12 applicants who might have altered their preferences.

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