Allied health


From optometry and medical imaging to psychology, social work and occupational therapy, a career in allied health is all about helping people. Learn how to diagnose health issues and provide solutions to manage, improve or cure them.

Get work-ready

Our courses offer extensive placement opportunities, so you can gain valuable skills and experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You'll complete fieldwork in a number of different settings, so you're ready to make important decisions in the real world that can benefit real people.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Industry-relevant facilities

Our facilities are world-class and modelled on those in industry. Our students benefit from cutting-edge teaching facilities, such as our purpose-built $53m Regional Community Health Hub (REACH).

Career opportunities

Our graduates can find rewarding work in a range of careers, including:

  • medical imaging
  • optometry
  • occupational therapy
  • social work.

Deakin students have the opportunity to build strong industry networks and undertake clinical placements, making them skilled and work-ready.

Saba Ansari

Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging (Clinical Studies and Clinical Practice)


Our courses are accredited in their associated fields and public health at Deakin is ranked in the top 200 worldwide.*

Deakin’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia, Occupational Therapy Council and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, enabling you to practise professionally in Australia and overseas.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Social Work is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Industry-leading research

Research related to this discipline is conducted by the following groups:

Our research makes a real difference, so why not join us? We pride ourselves on our collaborative relationships with numerous hospitals, clinics, healthcare networks, communities and support centres. These partnerships help us to provide our students with excellent opportunities to pursue their own research.

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*2019 Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

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