This double degree prepares you for a career in both the clinical and business sides of health care, with an emphasis on clinical coding, health data analysis, health informatics (including e-health) and management. These are all key factors in enabling the Australian healthcare system to function effectively.
Health information managers work behind the scenes in all areas of healthcare, from hospitals and community health centres to specialist disease registries. There’s currently a national shortage of professionals in this field, and salaries range from $60,000 per year at entry level to $180,000 per year at senior level. In NSW, the approximate starting salary is $69, 000.
In your first year, you’ll learn the foundations of human bioscience. Over the next three years, you’ll go on to specialise in health information systems. Your subjects will cover everything from anatomy, physiology and medical terminology to health informatics, management of electronic health information systems, electronic medical records, coding and classification of diseases, health data analysis and health information ethics and law.
Professional placements are an integral part of this course and students often find employment with their host company after graduation. In second year, you’ll complete five days of placement, followed by 15 days in third year and 45 days of supervised professional placements in fourth year.
If you choose, you can finish your degree after three years to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification). This enables you to work as a clinical coder.