Allied Health Career Information

Allied Health is a broad term used to describe the wide range of specialised healthcare provided by health practitioners who are not part of the medical, dental and nursing professions. The Allied Health workforce includes health practitioners who work autonomously and in multidisciplinary teams, in a variety of acute, outpatient, and community healthcare settings in both the public, not-for-profit and private sector.

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Audiology is the clinical science involving the study of the auditory system. Professionals in this field work with people of all ages to help them improve and maintain their hearing, communication, and balance. Hearing assessment is undertaken by Audiometrists and Audiologists and involves the use of numerous specialised tests which help to ascertain the site or type of problem within the auditory system. Audiologists can prescribe management and treatment options, such as hearing aids, but also work with, and refer patients to, Otologists (ear specialists) and ENT doctors for surgery and treatment of more complex conditions.

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Audiologists specialise in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing defects and ear-related disorders. They conduct and interpret hearing tests, provide advice and services to prevent and rehabilitate hearing loss, and prescribe, fit and repair hearing aids and other devices. They can refer patients to specialists for further treatment. Audiologists work in hospital departments, private and community clinics and education settings. They have completed 5 years of university study, which includes a master's degree and internship.

Audiometrists provide routine audiometric screening services and advice. They usually complete a TAFE qualification and traineeship/work experience.