Before exploring the reasons why you could find a career in the Australian health sector to be stable, stimulating, and fulfilling, it’s worth pausing to consider what the sector actually includes. The Australian Government’s Institute of Health and Welfare defines the nation’s healthcare system as including ‘all the activities whose primary purpose is to promote, restore, and/or maintain health’. In Australia, this encompasses ‘a multifaceted web of public providers, settings, participants, and supporting mechanisms’, from primary care professionals (such as general practitioners and pharmacists) to expert secondary care professionals (such as surgeons and specialists).
The breadth of the healthcare system has already made it the country’s largest employer (by sector)—and future demands will ensure that it becomes more important still. So, if you’re looking for a career that’s both meaningful and socially vital, here are five reasons why the health sector would be a good place to start.
The healthcare industry currently employs one in