Health Vertical Courses

Frequently asked questions

What Can I Do With A Postgraduate Degree In Health?

Studying a postgraduate degree in health with Victoria University (VU) Online gives you an opportunity to extend your existing competencies while developing new capabilities in leadership, research and innovation. Whether you’ve got your eye on a promotion, another form of career development or you want to be ready for the future of health, you can give yourself the best chance of success with a postgraduate degree.

Victoria University (VU) Online Health offers several postgraduate online courses for individuals who want to upskill and take their career to the next level.

Did you know?

  • Research from Burning Glass (2020) shows that 93 per cent of roles advertised for a Nurse Unit Manager require a postgraduate degree.
  • According to 2021 data from Burning Glass, there was 72% growth in job postings for mental health nurses from 2015 to 2020.
  • According to recent data, the number of job postings that required working with mental health almost doubled from 2015 to 2020. This was one of the most requested specialised skills across all jobs in 2020 (Burning Glass, 2021).
  • In October 2021, the Australian government launched The National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, highlighting the growing demand for experts in this area. By undertaking the only university qualification for child and adolescent mental health in Australia, you can make a difference.
  • According to Job Outlook, there’s been a 22% growth in public health and disease prevention related job postings compared to last year, with this trend expected to continue. In addition, Burning Glass Labour (2020) insight analysis reveals significant volumes of job postings for professionals that may benefit from a postgraduate public health qualification.

Do I Need To Have Experience?

Each course within Victorian University (VU) Online Health has its own entry requirements for students who wish to apply.

Learn more about the requirements for the Master of Nursing, the Master of Public Health, the Master of Mental Health, Master of Mental Health Nursing, and the Master of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Is The Health Sector A Good Career Option?

With a 15.8% projected growth for employment in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry over the next 5 years, the need for professionals with expert knowledge in the health space is only set to grow. According to recruitment firm Randstad, healthcare is Australia’s fastest-growing job category of 2022. That growth is expected to continue, with a projected 2 million health professionals needed in Australia by 2025, according to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

The Australian Government is investing $89.2 million to grow the mental health workforce and to strengthen governance across the sector as part of the Workforce and Governance pillar of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan - Stage 2.

Roles in public health are diverse and in high demand. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian government data showed that health care and social assistance was Australia's fastest-growing industry, projected to add another 250,000 jobs by 2023.

Research by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) shows that, due to the aging workforce and many other factors, there could be a shortfall of more than 100,000 nurses by 2025, and 123,000 by 2030.

What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a place where the government subsidises part of a student’s unit fees. This is a subsidy, not a loan, so you do not need to pay it back. Your remaining fees may also be eligible for FEE-HELP.

This subsidy is available to eligible students completing the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Graduate Certificate in Nursing and Graduate Certificate in Public Health. It is only applicable to new, eligible students who enrol and commence their studies in 2024.

To find out more or check your eligibility, please speak with an Enrolment Advisor.


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