As a vital part of the healthcare team the work of a Medical Scientist is dynamic and exciting. Graduating from JCU will prepare you to work as a Clinical or Medical Scientist in public and private laboratories, both nationally and internationally. There are many career opportunities.
Graduate Diploma of Medical Science in Medical Laboratory Science
You may want to pursue a career in a Pathology laboratory where you will examine blood, urine, tissue or faeces. You will be able to seek roles that require advanced technical skills in scientific analysis and knowledge in the areas of clinical microbiology, haematology, transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, histopathology, immunology, serology or laboratory management – or you may develop expertise in all these areas so you are able to provide after-hours care. Your role may involve determining what is wrong, what needs to happen to make a patient well and even helping the doctor understand whether a certain treatment is working.
Membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) opens up opportunities to work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist nationally and internationally. With a combination of a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate Diploma in Medical Science in Medical Laboratory Science, you can attain AIMS membership.
Graduate Diploma of Medical Science in Clinical Sciences
Perhaps working behind the scenes doesn’t suit you. If you have clinical, scientific and communications skills, you may choose to work in clinical laboratories with patients. In these cases you would become a Cardiac scientist, Respiratory scientist, Sleep scientist or Neuroscientist, or multidisciplinary scientist positions (for example in uniquely challenging and fulfilling roles in rural and remote settings).
There are a range of careers in Clinical Sciences, providing support to specialist doctors in Cardiac, Respiratory and Emergency Units.