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Get work-ready and be mentored by an industry healthcare leader. Our Leadership Mentoring Program provides final year Health Sciences students with invaluable industry insight and professional growth opportunities.

Find out more about our bachelor degrees in a range of allied health fields.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Phil Coles

Phil Coles with Australian soccer star Tim Cahill

What are your career highlights?
I’ve been really lucky so far. I went to the FIFA World Cup as head of physiotherapy with the Socceroos, attended the Carling Cup and the FA Cup as head of physiotherapy for Liverpool Football Club (in the UK) and was part of the team that saw the Newcastle Knights get through to the National Rugby League grand-final qualifier.
How did your time at University help you in your professional life?
The University of Sydney taught me to think and understand the process of decision making and the value of objective measurement. Without my undergraduate degree in physiotherapy I would never have had the opportunity to work in sport.
What advice would you offer new students?
Focus on understanding the material and learning to follow a process that allows you to grow and evolve. Get out in the community and gain physiotherapy experience in as many different sports as you can. Meet as many people as you can. Learn from as many people as you can. Don’t underestimate your skills – you have a lot of value to bring to a sporting club, so don’t underestimate or undersell that.
What are your career aspirations?
I want to keep progressing and make sure I find the right club and environment that suits my philosophies and allows me to have some positive influence. Here at the San Antonio Spurs, I’ve found that. I’m enjoying the general experience of working in the National Basketball Association in the United States and will hopefully get to be part of the NBA finals at some point.

Bachelor of Science (Health)

Jayden Bregu

Jayden Bregu

"The Bachelor of Science (Health) course captured my attention when I was looking at undergraduate study options – the wide choice of subjects, including management, fit with my personal and career goals. A unit undertaken in Cambodia for FHS Abroad was an aspect of the course that I enjoyed the most.
While enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences, I was able to complete a psychology unit as well a unit in Greek and Roman Mythology. Having the option to try courses outside the Faculty was great, not just because it was interesting and fun, but because it gave me the opportunity to try courses which I could possibly major in while figuring out what direction I would take with the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
I ended up majoring in management, it felt like a natural path to follow having undertaken leadership camps at school and university. I also had the opportunity to be mentored by the CEO of GE Healthcare as part of the FHS Leadership Mentoring Program. This program pairs health care leaders with Health Sciences students who show leadership potential."

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Olivia Vun

Olivia Kai Li Vun

"I have always wanted to be in a profession that allowed me to work directly with members of the community. Language and communication have always intrigued me. Speech Pathology was the perfect fit as I get to explore the intricacies of language and at the same time help those who require assistance and support in terms of communication.

I am currently in my final year at university. I have enjoyed the learning experience here at the Faculty of Health Sciences, especially the amicable relationship between the students and academic staff. The academic staff at the faculty are research leaders in their respective fields and I wanted to learn from the best. "

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)

Matthew Craig

Matthew Craig

"I have a love of sport and exercise, as well as a desire to help people. I grew up in a very sporty household, so Exercise Physiology seemed like best course for me.

The wide range of subjects and clinical placements that I have undertaken has allowed me to gain a better idea of what areas I may be interested in working in post graduation.

I am really enjoying the relaxed, friendly nature of the faculty, and the reputation and experience of the majority of the staff."

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Nursing

Hannah Gaffney

Hannah Gaffney

"I wanted the opportunity to combine my nursing studies within the broader field of health science, and the combined degree offered allowed me to do this.

I’m currently a Registered Nurse working at Nepean Hospital in the Orthopaedic and Vascular ward. My main responsibilities are working hands on with patients both before and after surgery. This involves preparing patients for surgery and providing post-operative care surrounding pain management and mobility.

I like the hands on nature of my work, and the degree of job satisfaction it provides. The most rewarding part of my job is watching the development of patients post-operatively as they improve their mobility and then eventually get discharged home."