Allied Health

Empower individuals by enhancing their ability to move freely, communicate clearly, and engage more fully in life.

  • Exceptional interprofessional learning

    As a student of physiotherapy, speech pathology, or occupational therapy at Adelaide, you’ll study alongside your peers from our other allied health programs. This collaborative study environment will prepare you for future workplaces, where it is common for different disciplines to collaborate and share their unique expertise.

    Working with students from the different allied health disciplines will also help you to develop a well-rounded understanding of health care. You’ll approach patient care from a holistic perspective and be a valuable asset in any health care team.

  • Outstanding facilities and real-world experience

    Developed and taught by practising health professionals, our allied health degrees are designed to equip you with the latest knowledge, skills and experience that industry demands.

    You’ll perfect your clinical skills in premium facilities that accurately reflect the sorts of real-world environments in which you’ll work.

    • A state-of-the-art simulation hospital
    • Dedicated speech pathology facilities including a voice and sound room
    • A fully equipped rehabilitation gym and plinth rooms, including brand-new neuro plinth facilities
    • Specialised occupational therapy facilities including a training kitchen, fully furnished sensory room and simulated bathroom.

    You’ll spend more than 750 hours honing your skills in a wide variety of real health care settings—including clinical, community and private practice-based environments—equipping you for careers in a broad range of areas.

  • Career prospects and professional accreditation

    Upon completion of their studies, graduates are eligible to register with their relevant professional accrediting body:

    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) graduates are eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to work as a registered occupational therapist in Australia.
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) graduates are eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to work as a registered physiotherapy in Australia.
    • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) graduates are eligible for membership with Speech Pathology Australia, and to apply for Provisional Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist status (CPSP).

    Physiotherapists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists are currently among the most in-demand professionals by industry, with employment growth in these fields predicted to increase up to 35% by 2026*.

Make History in Allied Health

Occupational Therapy student Ella, shares how her practical skills and confidence grew with the help of our state-of-the-art learning facilities before she even started placement.

  • Very strong employment growth predicted (up to 35% by 2026)*
  • 750 – 1000+ hours of placements
  • Simulation-led teaching and brand-new facilities

*Australian Government, Labour Market Insights, 2023.

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During this degree you get your first taste of clinical placement really early on. I went in semester one and I think that's really important because it kind of opens your eyes to what the field and working life as a physiotherapist is.
With the quality of the simulation facilities that we have at the University of Adelaide, we can be work-ready. I'm on a first name basis with all of the teachers, lecturers, and students. We're all mates. We look after each other. It's a very practical degree.
I really like how OT combines science, problem solving, people, creativity―and just a whole bunch of the things that I love―into one career. One of the things that I really loved about my degree is you get to work with simulated patients. It’s really helpful for building your confidence and makes you feel a lot more ready when you go on placement.