"During the course I was amazed by how realistic the scenarios were. By the time I entered the clinical setting I was familiar with all the equipment."

Ashleigh Woods

Bachelor of Nursing graduate

Wherever we function our best at sport and exercise it involves a combination of a highly trained body and a highly prepared mind.

Coffs Harbour is developing a reputation as a national destination for sport as well as a significant research centre for sport and exercise psychology.

In 2019, Southern Cross University is going to be offering a new degree program in Sport and Exercise psychology.
So in this degree students will immerse themselves in the psychology of what drives our behavior but focusing specifically on Sport and Exercise. The degree includes a hundred and forty hours of placement so that students can experience a range of different careers in sport and psychology before they graduate.

I wanted to research ways that athletes can improve their performance in the heat so I've been looking at different strategies to help athletes better train in the heat and also use different cooling strategies on race day to improve their performance.

The research is being used by individual athletes and teams in preparation for major championships because heat-induced fatigue is a major factor affecting performance.

This degree is a great opportunity for students in the heart of a fast-growing regional sport destination.

If you love sport and exercise like I do and you want to find out ways that athletes can improve their performance then contact us to find out more about the course.


The healthcare and social assistance industry is Australia’s largest and fastest-growing industry. If you have an interest in the human body and a passion for helping others, your career prospects are promising.

Our degrees are designed in consultation with health sector associations to ensure you are well-prepared for what the industry needs.

Southern Cross University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of health disciplines including biomedical science, exercise physiology, midwifery, nursing, pedorthics, podiatry, psychological science, speech pathology, sport and exercise science, occupational therapy and osteopathy.

Most of our health science courses, offered by the Faculty of Health, fulfil the academic pre-requisites for professional registration. Two on-campus health clinics provide safe and supervised environments for student practicums.

Why study health at Southern Cross? 89% of our health graduates employed shortly after graduation – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018.

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Why choose Health with Southern Cross?

One of the best clinical lab facilities in Australia

Health Clinics on-campus provide safe and supervised environments for practicums

5-star psychology ratings

We're ranked 5-stars for graduate salary and student support in psychology (GUG 2022)

Guaranteed entry with Diploma of Health

Students are guaranteed entry with Diploma of Health into numerous Health Bachelor courses

Graduates in very high demand

Health graduates in very high demand as Health Care and Social Assistance is Australia's largest and fastest growing industry

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Our health courses are delivered on our campuses in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast and at the National Centre of Naturopathic Medicine. Many courses also offer external and flexible study options.

Fostering capable and creative practitioners, researchers and scientists. The Faculty of Health offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of health disciplines.

Working with professional associations, we design and deliver contemporary courses that are industry-relevant. Students access our modern laboratories and specialist facilities for practical training.

Many of our courses include professional placements that enable students to gain first-hand experience in the workplace. Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending placement.

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The University offers a wide range of scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Southern Cross University regularly holds on-campus and online information sessions.

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