Allied health’s coming to Adelaide: 5 reasons you should too


If you’re interested in studying one of the key allied health disciplines—Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy—you now have a fantastic new destination to consider: the University of Adelaide, Australia. Even in a country renowned for the quality of its higher education, this opportunity is something special. Here are our top five reasons why.

1. You’ll get a world-class education while enjoying an incredible lifestyle

When it comes to quality education, the University of Adelaide’s right up there in the world’s top 1%. It’s currently ranked 106 globally by the Academic World Ranking of Universities; 120 by Times Higher Education. And in terms of lifestyle, the University’s main campus lies right in the heart of a beautiful city rated one of the top 10 most liveable in the world*.

You get all the modern features of a thriving, globally connected centre of well over a million people. Yet serene Australian bushland lies just 20 minutes’ drive to the east, and pristine sandy beaches the same to the west. Living costs are more affordable than in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. There’s a vibrant cultural and sporting scene. And the food and wine are amazing.

Amy Chou, a Bachelor of Dental Surgery student from Toronto who started at Adelaide in 2020, is delighted with her choice: “I have to say Australia is very, very beautiful… and the people here in Adelaide are very friendly; so I feel very at home. I’m excited to learn!”

Allied health’s coming to Adelaide: 5 reasons you should too

2. You’ll be immersed in a future-focused culture of health excellence

The University of Adelaide has been delivering world-class health teaching and research for 135 years. Four health-related Nobel Prize winners either studied or researched there, including penicillin’s co-creator Howard Florey, whose work has saved hundreds of millions of lives. And the University has produced 24 health-focused Rhodes Scholars.

You’ll feel that culture of success all around you, while rubbing shoulders with peers in the University’s world-top-50-ranked Dentistry and Nursing programs, top-100 Medicine, and top-150 Psychology** and Public Health^.

3. You’ll be prepared for the global shift to collaborative health care

If you’re considering a career in health you’ve probably heard the predictions: all over the world, patients will increasingly expect their practitioners in various health disciplines to work together, in human-centred models of care.

That means, as a graduate health professional, you’ll have to hit the workforce already knowing how to work collaboratively. You’ll need the ability to build formal and informal team relationships; share problem-solving capabilities; and effectively communicate care plans to your patients.

Studying Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy at the University of Adelaide will equip you to take all that in your stride.

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4. You’ll work with absolutely world-class technology

At the University of Adelaide you’ll learn in state-of-the-art, purpose-built specialist allied health training facilities that perfectly mirror the real world of professional practice.

You’ll also expand your knowledge and perception in a 360° virtual reality ‘immersion’ lab. And you’ll get to test your emerging skills in the University’s amazing simulation suites—the most technologically advanced not just in Australia, but all of Australasia; and the only simulation facility in Australia accredited by the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare for excellence in learning and teaching†.

5. Plus, you’ll get loads of hands-on clinical experience

Like all Adelaide degrees, the bachelors of Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy have an emphasis on developing real-world skills. So dependent on your degree you can expect to undertake anywhere from 840 to 1,000 hours or more of practice out in the community, working with experienced health professionals and real patients.

Make no mistake, studying allied health in Australia at the University of Adelaide will absolutely transform your life—and inspire you to transform others’.

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* Economist Intelligence Unit, 2019.
** QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2019. † Correct at time of publishing, February 2020.

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