Why study Allied Health at Murdoch?

Allied health student helps a client with exercise.

Specialise in an area of your choosing with courses in Sport and Exercise Science, Chiropractic Science, Counselling, and Creative Arts Therapies. Learn what makes our school unique.

Could you see yourself as an expert in exercise science, training elite athletes? Or would you love to dive into a career helping people recover from life changing injuries or illness? A career in the allied health field could be just what you’re searching for in a meaningful career.

Find out what it is that makes Murdoch’s School of Allied Health stand head and shoulders above the competition.

A day in the life of an Allied Health student

There are many interesting topics and activities in our four Allied Health areas. On any given day, you might:

  • Delve into the factors that contribute to disease and injury.
  • Perform a range of assessments on individuals in the lab.
  • Take hands-on classes in strength and conditioning, exercise prescription and biomechanics to name a few.
  • Practice the different approaches and techniques in counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Learn about the important role psychology has in health, relationships, and work life, or
  • Practice strategies to communicate well with clients.

Does this give you a few butterflies and leave you wanting more? This could be the start of your journey into a fulfilling career in a highly-respected field.

We offer the only fully accredited chiropractic course in Western Australia.

The Murdoch difference

Your allied health career requires hands-on training with modern equipment in a real-world setting. Right here on campus, we provide world-class resources including:

Sports science facilities

Our purpose-built multimillion-dollar sports science facility includes three modern and fully equipped labs for research, teaching, and clinical work. We don’t just focus on elite athletes; we’re also concerned with injury prevention and performance across all ages and levels of activity to help individuals function better in their day-to-day lives.

Experience these labs:

  • Exercise Physiology (including an integrated climate and altitude chamber capable of simulating extreme environmental conditions)
  • Performance (including high speed cameras, 3D motion capture and a 50m running track), and
  • Strength and Conditioning (including a fully equipped gym with Olympic lifting facilities).

A love of nature and physical activity led this student to a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. Meet Katie.

Chiropractic clinic

Since 2005, the Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic has been offering high-quality patient centred care. Here, our final year chiropractic students work under the guidance and supervision of a registered chiropractor to provide care to members of the public. This allows students to complete the training required to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency via the Chiropractic Board of Australia. Both students and patients benefit from these quality facilities:

  • Treatment rooms
  • Rehabilitation gym
  • Physiological therapeutics facility, and
  • Digital radiographic suite.

Counselling clinic

Our Master of Counselling and Master of Creative Arts Therapies students are able to put their skills to use at our on-campus clinic. Here, they’ll work with a variety of clients, helping them to express themselves and discuss the issues causing them concern. Students work under supervision, allowing them to benefit from the guidance and support of our experienced and qualified clinic staff. This invaluable experience allows students to develop their skills in assessment, individual and group treatment, working with children and adult clients, and working with other professionals.

Discover careers in allied health.

Beyond the classroom

What happens outside class is just as important for your future career, and may even count towards course credit and future job employment opportunities.

  • Outreach clinics. Each year chiropractic students and supervisors provide health assessments and hands-on care to people in rural and regional areas. Since the program began, our students have provided nearly 20,000 health checks and treatments.
  • Relationships with iconic organisations including the Western Australian Cricket Association, Western Australian Institute of Sport, WAFL teams, and the Western Australian Police Academy.
  • Internships and work experience. Put theory into practice with Work Integrated Learning.

What have our lecturers and students been up to?

Check out the College of Health & Education Awards 2023.

Choose your adventure: which degree and major will you pick?

At Murdoch’s School of Allied Health, our degrees are accredited, meaning you’ll graduate with qualifications which are professionally recognised in the field of your choosing.

If you enjoy exploring the science of exercise and biomechanics, and promoting healthy lifestyles, you might like our Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. Or if you’re drawn to providing hands on care and supporting people in embracing a life without chronic pain, you might prefer the Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic. Our counselling courses may be just what you’re looking for if you’re passionate about mental health and helping people through difficult times. Discover more about our degrees here.

Study the only integrated Exercise Physiology qualification of its kind in WA, completing a bachelor’s and master’s in just four years.

Your future awaits

Allied health is a great career choice for those who want lifestyle-friendly hours with an excellent work-life balance, job stability, an enviable level of autonomy and independence, and an abundance of career prospects, all in a field that is highly respected in the community.

At Murdoch we’re building a brighter future, together. Join us on this shared journey.

Posted on:

17 Apr 2024

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