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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Medical/Lab Science is the field of Health Science concerned with the production and analysis of accurate and reliable test results in chemistry, haematology, immunology, and microbiology. This important work informs diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical Laboratory Science can also be applied to medical research and development, biotechnology, mortuary technology, and veterinary pathology. Employment opportunities exist in hospital and community laboratories, private clinics, government agencies, industry, research, and the armed forces.

Medical/Lab Science Jobs

Medical Laboratory Scientists work behind-the-scenes in laboratories where they undertake testing of blood, tissue, and fluid samples, and provide diagnostic and assessment services. Medical Laboratory Scientists have completed a degree in Medical Laboratory Science/Laboratory Medicine. They have a thorough understanding of Biology, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry; and have practical and technical skills to operate laboratory equipment and maintain a safe laboratory environment. Medical Laboratory Scientists may be responsible for managing the laboratory and a team of workers, and often collaborate with the wider health care team.

Medical Laboratory Technicians take samples of blood, tissue, and fluids; run tests and operate and maintain diagnostic laboratory equipment. They work under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists or pathologists. They have completed a Diploma level qualification specialising in pathology or medical laboratory operations.