About Allied Health and Pharmacy

Allied Health and Pharmacy is a diverse group of professions that includes speech pathologists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and clinical exercise physiologists. Students develop clinical skills in world-class facilities with support from leading experts. You'll gain valuable experience in professional placements in a range of settings, from private practices and hospitals to rehabilitation clinics. Graduate with the knowledge and confidence to plan strategies and treatments to improve the health of others. The allied health professions are growing rapidly as demand increases across aged care, mental health, disability, education, private practice and health sectors.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists apply contemporary therapeutic approaches to enable people to participate in the activities that are important to them. You'll develop a solid grounding in human anatomy and physiology, as well as learning about the psychosocial, biomechanical, neurological and contextual determinants of occupation. You'll also acquire a strong understanding of lifespan development, health promotion and health care. As an occupational therapist, you can gain employment in public and private hospitals, rehabilitation units, community health centres, aged care facilities, mental health services, schools, independent living centres, vocational rehabilitation settings, and in private practice.


Pharmacists have strong skills in the practical use of medicines, preventative healthcare strategies, and effective communication. You'll become skilled through hands-on learning and gain a wide scope of experience through more than 600 hours of placements — one of the highest number of clinical practice hours in an Australian pharmacy degree. With a thorough understanding of chemistry, anatomy, biology, pharmacology, therapeutics and research, as a pharmacy graduate you can improve the lives of those in rural, urban or remote communities.


Become a health professional with a focus on restoration of function to improve quality of life. Learn to assess and diagnose problems with human function and movement, then plan and administer treatment programs to restore function or minimise dysfunction due to illness, disease, ageing, or injury. Gain practical experience in physiotherapy as you learn in the JCU Health Physiotherapy Clinic, hospitals and other physiotherapy services. You can pursue a career across Australia and will be especially equipped to work in rural and remote settings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


As a psychology graduate, you will be an expert in analytical thinking and research methods. Develop a strong foundation of psychological theory, practice, and research. Access world-class research and observation facilities, including a working psychology clinic on-campus in JCU Townsville. You can specialise in a range of subjects, from forensic psychology to memory and cognition. You will be ready to take on roles in counselling services, defence forces, hospitals, schools, or even prisons. Use your degree as the foundation for further study to become a registered clinical, educational, or even forensic psychologist.

Speech Pathology

Speech pathologists improve people’s lives by assessing, diagnosing, and managing communication and swallowing difficulties and differences. You’ll learn about speech pathology theory and practice, as well as anatomy, linguistics, psychology, medicine, education and communication. Clinical placements will prepare you to work in school settings, hospitals, community health, aged care, child care, mental health services, disability services, and private practice.

Sport and Exercise Science

Become an expert in physical performance, with the skills and experience to assist everyone from elite athletes to people with chronic conditions. Develop an understanding of the science behind human movement and learn how to apply that understanding to rehabilitation services. Make a difference in any community through your expertise in physical activity and mobility.

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