Strong job pathways in health and community services

Associate Professor Andrew Taylor-Robinson and PhD candidate Jessica Browne.
Associate Professor Andrew Taylor-Robinson and PhD candidate Jessica Browne.

YOU don't need to wait until you're qualified to start making an impact in your chosen field - while you're working towards your career goals you can be making inroads into your industry of choice.

Take PhD candidate Jessica Browne for example.

Jessica, a student at CQUniversity, along with Associate Professor Andrew Taylor-Robinson, is taking part in Queensland's only clinical study into middle ear infection (known as otitis media), with the aim of finding better therapies or to reduce the severity of the disease.

She's making an important contribution to her chosen field.

Thanks to Mater Hospital ethics approval, Jessica and Associate Professor Taylor-Robinson will carry out immunological studies on clinical samples collected during adenoid surgery at Rockhampton's Mater Hospital.

"Middle ear infection is a major problem for children and their families in rural and regional areas and in indigenous communities, so it's fitting we are basing our study in Rockhampton," Jessica said.

The project will be based in laboratories at CQUniversity's new Central Queensland Innovation and Research Precinct across from its main Rockhampton campus.

A PhD is far from the only pathway to a career in health and community services - it is a broad sector, employing more than 1.3 million people across Australia, working in a wide variety of roles from traditional professions like nursing and dentistry to social, aged and disability care; and counselling and mental health services.

Jobs growth in the sector remains ahead of the overall average, with jobs in residential care experiencing particularly strong growth, driven by our aging population.

Positions are increasing for several specialists, including doctors, dentists and nurses, with continued shortages of the latter, particularly in rural and remote locations. Demand for doctors remains strong in metropolitan, regional and remote areas.

Despite the relatively strong job growth, salaries growth in the sector has slowed to 2.4% a year, compared to the more than 5% growth in mid-2011.

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