Health care courses are available in Australia through online and mixed-mode study. Graduates are employed in clinical, allied health, community and corporate roles.

Some health courses can be studied 100% online. For those that can’t, mixed-mode study is often available. Australian universities and colleges do their best to support distance learning.

  • Whether a program is fully online depends on professional requirements.
  • Degree and diploma courses may include practical training sessions.

Typically, a distance education health course allows you to study online most of the time. On-campus classes, if needed, are concentrated in a multi-day block each semester (known as a residential school).

Counselling is a popular study option after you've worked in community care. You should know if counselling is right for you and have some experience from which to give advice.

To gain professional accreditation, you can get a Bachelor of Counselling or equivalent degree. Alternatively, if you have a degree, you're eligible for a 2-year graduate diploma.

Counselling programs for professional accreditation include essential face-to-face classes where students learn practical aspects of counselling. Work placements also give students opportunity to interact with counsellors and clients... READ MORE

Health managers plan, administer, monitor and coordinate health care delivery. Studying health management develops knowledge and skills for senior administrative and planning positions in hospitals and other health facilities.

To become a successful health manager, Australian universities offer online masters degrees and other postgraduate courses. The courses teach you how to be an effective manager and give you credentials to compete for executive jobs.

Programs are available 100% online and are ideal for working professionals.... READ MORE

A health MBA gives you the opportunity to learn management techniques adapted for healthcare industries. You gain a leadership qualification tailored for jobs in health care.

Health MBA programs are available to university graduates from any field. Qualifications and professional experience in healthcare are helpful, however, for getting quick returns on the degree.

Online health MBA programs allow you to earn your degree while working full-time. Australia's leading health MBAs are accelerated.... READ MORE

Mental health is an issue across the health sector, including in counselling, social work, nursing and psychology. By doing an online postgraduate course, you can gain specialist skills within your profession and move into new healthcare roles.

Flexible study options are available where you study 100% online. Online courses are ideal if you want to continue working or you keep a busy home schedule.

You can gain mental health qualifications by completing a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree. Courses teach you how to understand mental health conditions and meet patient needs... READ MORE

External nursing courses combine online academic study with hands-on training and work placements. A Bachelor of Nursing degree allows you to become a Registered Nurse.

Hands-on training on campus and clinical placements in the community should be considered when choosing a program. Students spend 800+ hours in healthcare facilities during a 3-year bachelor degree.

A good spread of universities geographically helps with arranging practical nurse training. Australian universities may find it easier to provide places for students in the same state... READ MORE

A Master of Nursing degree can you set up for career advancement or a career pivot into specialised nursing or management and administration.

A Master of Nursing program can be studied 100% online. For a Master of Nursing Practice degree, you combine online study with on-the-job training at a healthcare facility near you.

In the online mode, nursing masters courses are designed for maximum convenience. Online study can normally be confined to the times during the week that suit you... READ MORE

You can qualify to be a nutritionist or dietitian by combining online study with practical training. Most of Australia’s major cities have a university or college offering external units as part of a diploma or degree.

An advanced diploma or bachelor degree in nutrition qualifies you for many jobs in the food, health and weight management sectors. To become a recognised dietitian, you need to do a bachelor or masters degree accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Nutrition is a hands-on study area, meaning that some parts must be done on campus... READ MORE

Psychology is a popular study choice among students doing arts, social science and science degrees. Online psychology courses are widely available.

A 3-year psychology degree is just the start if you aim to be a psychology researcher, registered psychologist or clinical psychologist. But it can lead to careers in related fields.

An honours year and postgraduate degree are normally required for professional positions. Because advanced degrees often have a significant clinical practice component, distance education courses are multi-mode (i.e. you attend classes at least occasionally)... READ MORE

Become a qualified social worker by studying online and attending a university campus occasionally. On-campus attendance is limited to multi-day residential sessions.

The practical side of learning social work requires on-the-job experience. To become accredited, students put in around 1000 hours of work experience. Training includes placements in social welfare settings, which can be near where you live.

A Bachelor of Social Work degree requires 4 years of study and on-the-job learning. If you have a degree, you can do a 2-year Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) program... READ MORE

Many health career training programs involve both classroom lectures and hands-on learning opportunities. You may spend time in a lab, do an internship in a community clinic or do a clinical rotation in a bustling hospital to hone your technical and patient care skills.


Patient care is more than just healing -- it's building a connection that encompasses mind, body and soul. If you could stand in someone else's shoes ... hear what they hear. See what they see. Feel what they feel. Would you treat them differently?

~ Toby Cosgrove, MD