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Southern Cross University launches new health science course


Brigid Veale
25 August 2006
A new premedical degree, the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, is being offered for the first time by Southern Cross University in 2007.

The three-year degree will be officially launched at an information session on Monday, August 28, at the Lismore campus. The launch will include guest speaker, Dr Andrew Binns, who will outline the employment opportunities in the health sector.

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences will provide the first step in training in osteopathic medicine * and will prepare students to enter other allied health professions.

Head of the Department of Natural and Complementary Medicine Mr Hans Wohlmuth said the course would provide a great opportunity for students throughout this region and beyond to gain training in medical and health sciences.

“We are very excited to be offering this new course, which is the first premedical degree of its type at Southern Cross University and the only osteopathic medicine training to be offered outside of Melbourne,” Mr Wohlmuth said.

“This will allow students from the North Coast region, who are interested in the health professions, to remain in the region to complete the first part of their studies.

“It also provides a unique opportunity for students who are interested in health, but are unsure of the specific profession they want to pursue.”

The course will prepare students to apply for entry to graduate medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, osteopathic medicine and other allied health profession training.

In order to practice as an osteopath, further study at Masters level is required and a Masters course in osteopathic medicine is currently being developed at Southern Cross University.

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences degree combines the strengths and well established discipline areas of Natural and Complementary Medicine and Exercise Science. The School of Health and Human Sciences also has Departments of Nursing and Health Care Practices, and Psychology.

Applications through the Universities Admission Centre and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre open in August, and on-time applications close on September 29.

For information about the course visit the website, email [email protected] or phone 02 66203383.

* The University is currently seeking Preliminary and Provisional Accreditation from the NSW Osteopaths Registration Board.

Photo opportunity: The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences will be launched at 11am in the Anatomy and Physiology labs, Z block, Lismore campus. Speakers will include Professor Jenny Graham, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Science, course co-ordinator Paul Orrock, and Dr Andrew Binns. There will also be laboratory demonstrations.