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Doctor

Doctors at surgery

The Sydney Medical Program is a four‑year course that you can enrol in once you have completed another degree. Or you can take it as a combined degree through Combined Medicine. To succeed in this career, you should have excellent communication skills, be quick on your feet, especially when it comes to making decisions, and have a good rapport with people. You also need to be able to work in a team, have a scientific mind and a passion for helping people

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Veterinarian

Verterinarian with cat

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) is a six-year degree. When you graduate you are immediately ready to register and practise as a vet. Vets often work in private practice or for government programs, looking after sick animals and giving advice on their ongoing health and care. You can also specialise in different areas, such as livestock, horses or exotic species. Being a vet is a rewarding career, and a challenging one. There are times when you may work irregular or long hours.

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Nurse

Nurse

Sydney Nursing School offers a number of pathways to becoming a registered nurse, including a Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies), combined nursing degrees (Master of Nursing with either a Bachelor of Arts, Health Sciences or Science), or a Master of Nursing. These qualifications allow you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, to work as a registered nurse anywhere in Australia. Career opportunities are many and varied. Nurses work in a range of specialty areas in hospitals and community health, and in city, regional and remote settings. In our state-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities you will develop excellent clinical skills as well as the communication and interpersonal skills you’ll need to provide the very best patient care. As a nurse you will enjoy being part of a team as you work with and alongside other health care professionals.

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Pharmacist

Pharmacist

To register with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and work in NSW, you need to do a Bachelor of Pharmacy, followed by an Intern Training Program and a preregistration training period. As a pharmacist, you need to be careful and methodical, have good communication skills and be sensitive to people’s needs. You could work for government, pharmaceutical companies or in the research and development of health-related products. If you work as a community pharmacist, or within a hospital, your main role will be to prepare or supervise the dispensing of medicine and give advice on how to use them correctly.

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Nutritionist

Nutritionist

The scope of human nutrition extends far beyond the classical study of physiological and biochemical processes. It now explores how all the components in food affect human health and function, including athletic performance, mental function, and resistance to infection.

Nutrition also looks at the role food plays in chronic degenerative illnesses such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. As these diseases have now reached epidemic levels around the world, they are major targets of current research.

Dietetics is the application of nutrition in the health services. To be a dietitian you could get a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, preceded by either a Bachelor
of Science, or a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science).

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