Australia has one of the most advanced health care systems in the world, thanks in no small part to the quality of its health care courses, certificates, diplomas and degrees. If you’re thinking of getting into Australia’s medical industry, whether as a primary health care provider, nurse or surgeon, you can choose between full degrees, and slowly building up your qualifications via online short courses, workshops and seminars.
The varied health care courses include:
- Certificate III in Sterilisation Services, which is available online to health care workers throughout Australia and includes courses on waste management and safety, disinfection processes and the operation of sterilisation equipment.
- Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics), which is an online course that allows health care workers to practice as assistants to nutritionists and other medical professionals.
- Certificate III in Pathology, which is a fairly intensive health care course that is not for the squeamish. It contains compulsory courses such as infection control policies, identification of risks during specimen collection and communication to ensure a safe and comforting working environment within the health care industry.
- Certificate IV in Disability, which is designed for health care workers that specialise in caring for physically and mentally disabled patients.
- Medical Terminology, which usually forms part of health care degree or diploma programs, but which is also available as a one-day short course.
Medical and Health Care Associations in Australia
- The Australian Medical Association (AMA), which represents everyone in health care from registered doctors to students. The AMA’s aim is to protect qualified health care workers while ensuring the safety of patients. As one of the premier health care associations in Australia, the AMA is on the World Medical Association Council and belongs to the Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania.
- The Australasian Association for Quality Health Care (AAQHC) belongs to the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and aims to support registered health care practitioners, facilitate communication between health care workers and the public and government, and promote continuous education and training via short and long courses.
- The Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH) which consists of parents, health care professionals, and community representatives to ensure that children and adolescents are properly cared for in Australia’s medical system.
- The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), which, according to its website, is positioned in such as way that it is able to facilitate collaboration between medical practitioners, academics, policy makers, administrators and government.