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There are so many ways to keep the human body working, and carving a career in health is a rewarding challenge. Medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, nursing, social work, audiology, speech pathology, psychology and public health. Whether you’re just starting out, or a seasoned professional, discover what you’re made of at Melbourne.
Health at Melbourne Stories
Doctor of Medicine student Andrew Feehan’s relationship with the University of Melbourne began when he was a Year 10 student at home in the north-eastern Victorian town of Wangaratta.
Clare Pratt, originally from Ballina on the north coast of New South Wales, moved to Melbourne to study a Master of Nursing Science after stints living in Brisbane and overseas.
Bachelor of Biomedicine student Zunayed Kabir moved to Melbourne from Western Australia’s Port Hedland, the second largest city in the Pilbara region.
Isabella Pozzi moved from Cairns in northern Queensland to study a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.
Sam Edgar moved to Melbourne from Bendigo, although he is originally from Swan Hill in the north west of Victoria. He enjoys the fast pace of Melbourne and gets around the city on his bike.
When a cricket ball struck Aditya and chipped his tooth, it was the start of a long and winding road towards a career in dentistry in Shepparton.
Catherine knew she was made for a medical career while she was studying at school in Albury.
Danielle is a familiar face around Bendigo and she’s on a mission to help improve women’s health in the regional city.
When Holly found herself in Tanzania helping to deliver babies and treating people who’d walked many kilometres for medical aid, she knew where her future lay.
Josh, a first-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) student, will return to his rural roots as soon as he qualifies as a GP.
For Masters of Speech Pathology graduate Shabana, placement at Ballarat Specialist School working with children was a favourite moment during her studies.
Tracey is a Practice Nurse working in a small general practice in the town of Moe and can’t imagine moving away from the Latrobe Valley.
Michael chose to study the Graduate Diploma in Psychology as he wanted to make a positive impact.
For Master of Public Health student Jomy, the breadth of the course and range of specialisations really appealed to him.
Lindiwe chose to study the Master of Social Work as she wanted to make a difference in people's lives.
Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health student Jason is passionate about breaking down stigmas around sexual health.
Robyn chose to study the Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health to educate the community about sexual and reproductive health.
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Making the move to Melbourne for study can be a big step. We can help! The University of Melbourne has a range of support services to help you learn about the University, access resources, connect with services and make new friends.
Life in Melbourne
When you study in Melbourne, you'll be living in a vibrant city that offers world-class study options and a wide range of things to do. To help, we have developed some resources for you.
For Clare, the biggest challenge in relocating to Melbourne was moving away from the people she knew: “Creating a new friend network took time but I got there eventually."
Cost of Living
Melbourne is one of the most liveable cities in the world, and as a student at the University, you can experience it in a unique way. However, it is a good idea to plan and prepare a budget before you arrive. To help you understand the costs, we have developed a sample student budget for you.
Living expenses include food, clothing, entertainment, and transportation for you and your dependents (if any) and textbooks. Your actual expenses will vary according to your lifestyle.
Moving out of home
Initially, Andrew, 25, found the transition from Wangaratta to busy Melbourne life a huge adjustment. But Andrew soon found much to love about the big smoke.
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Whether it's in Melbourne or in your rural area, your journey with us is a chance to discover what you're made of.
What you can study
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia’s pre-eminent health sciences and biomedical faculty and is recognised for its clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences research, for teaching and training and for policy leadership. The Faculty employs more than 1900 members of staff, attracts more than 8000 students each year and comprises six schools; 32 departments, centres and institutes; and 128 courses. It is Australia’s largest and leading biomedical research faculty and it contributes almost 50 per cent of all research conducted at the University.
Sam enjoys the drive and commitment that his teachers demonstrate: “The teachers we have are so passionate and make the course so enjoyable."
At the University of Melbourne, we’re committed to providing educational opportunities and support for students from a range of backgrounds.
Students with regional backgrounds contribute to the rich learning environment we foster. We know that sometimes you have extra hurdles to overcome, so we have a number of of programs designed to assist your journey to Melbourne. Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, discover what you’re made of with us.
Special entry scheme for graduate study
The Graduate Access Melbourne, a special entry scheme for graduate study provides special consideration in admission courses at the University of Melbourne for people who may have been restricted due to their financial, geographical, cultural, health, or personal circumstances.
Are you rural?
You may be eligible for Graduate Access Melbourne for special consideration. You are eligible for this category if you resided in a rural area for 5 years (consecutive) or 10 years (cumulatively), from birth. A rural or isolated area is defined as an area with an Australian Standard Geographic Classification of: RA2, RA3, RA4 or RA5. If you are based in Victoria this essentially means anywhere outside of Melbourne or Geelong. The Department of Health and Ageing uses this categorisation system for a number of programs related to medical practice in Australia. You qualify for a rural background if you resided in a rural area for at least five years (consecutive or cumulative) from the commencement of primary school. You can check the classification of your address on the Department of Health and Ageing website.
- Graduate Access Melbourne
Find out about the Graduate Access Melbourne, the University’s special entry and access scheme for graduate study.View
- Access Melbourne & Equity Programs
Check out how Access Melbourne can help if you're a domestic student whose circumstances in secondary school have prevented you from achieving the best possible ATAR.View
- Indigenous Students
Find out more about the University’s commitment to helping Indigenous Australians meet their educational needs and aspirations.View
Based in Shepparton, with major nodes in Ballarat and Wangaratta and associations with nearly 40 smaller towns in rural Victoria, our Department of Rural Health provides professional health education and research training in a rural context.
Placements, internships and other work integrated learning activities are an essential part of many courses in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. To find out more about undertaking study rurally, click on the links below.
- Department of Rural Health
Provides professional health education and research training in a rural context. Based at Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley, the Department has major nodes at Ballarat and Wangaratta and associations with nearly 40 smaller towns in rural Victoria.
- Going Rural Health
Training and accommodation resources for students completing a regional placement.