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Doctor

The career of a doctor involves further training beyond the medical degree. For graduates who wish to become specialists, training is available within the major teaching hospitals.

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Nurse

A nurse is a highly skilled health care professional who combines the art of caring with scientific knowledge and skills developed through their education and career.

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Midwife

Midwives do not just help women giving birth. While this is a main part of their work, midwives also help women during pregnancy, childbirth and the early parenting period.

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Psychologist

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. They use scientific methods to study the factors that influence the way that people think, feel and learn, and evidence-based strategies and interventions to help people to overcome challenges and improve their performance.

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Social Worker

Social workers provide information, counselling, emotional and practical support. They operate as members of the multidisciplinary health care team that provide services in a broad variety of areas, but their primary concern is to address the social and psychological factors that surround patients’ physical and/or medical presentations.

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Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapy focuses on enabling people to live satisfying and meaningful lives by helping them participate in the occupations they want to do, need to do and are expected to do. The term occupation refers to activities of everyday life including self-care (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding), household (cooking, cleaning, shopping), community involvement, work or study and leisure/ recreation pursuits.

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Biomedical Scientist

A biomedical scientist is a person who is scientifically trained in the life sciences to investigate the cause and effects of human disease. New approaches and technologies provide biomedical scientists with many career opportunities geared toward understanding the mechanism of disease, so that improvements can be made to diagnose and treat disease as early as possible. By being trained at the crossroads of basic science and clinical medicine, biomedical scientists understand how to develop clinically relevant studies, and often work collaboratively with doctors.

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Physiotherapist

A Physiotherapist is a health professional who provides treatment for people with physical problems caused by injury, illness, diseases and ageing. Physiotherapists use a range of treatments including mobilisation and manipulation of joints, massage, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy to reduce pain, restore function and improve an indiviual’s quality of life.

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Health Scientist

Health Scientists conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Health Scientists have skills in the biomedical and social aspects of health, including the physiology of disease, epidemiology, health care systems, health promotion, policy analysis and health sociology.

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Health Promotion Professional

Health promotion is a term that has been applied to a wide range of approaches to improving health of people, communities and populations. But whatever the particular focus of health promotion work, health promotion needs to be grounded in firm principles and philosophy.

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Radiographer

Diagnostic radiographers work mainly within the radiology and imaging departments of hospitals but may also work in surgeries and clinics. Radiology departments within hospitals normally include a number of sections encompassing a wide range of different imaging modalities e.g. ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and, of course, X-rays. Diagnostic radiographers are able to undertake most investigations but may later specialise in one particular area.

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Paramedic

Paramedics are the senior ambulance service healthcare professionals at an accident or a medical emergency. They assess the patient's condition and then give essential treatment. They use high-tech equipment, such as defibrillators (which restore the heart's rhythm), spinal and traction splints and intravenous drips, and as well as administering oxygen and drugs.

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Nutritionist

A Nutritionist will usually have completed a tertiary qualification in any number of fields, including nutrition, food science and public health. The main role of a nutritionist is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about health and food choices.

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Dietician

Dietitians are tertiary qualified in food, nutrition and dietetics. Qualified Dietitians have undertaken a course of study that has included supervised and assessed professional practice in public health nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.

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Pharmacist

Pharmacists are medicine experts. They are actively involved in patient care, either in hospitals or in the community and work to ensure that patient treatment therapies are optimised.

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