Bachelor of Health Science
Meet Michael Contibas
UniSA Health Science graduate, Clinical Trial Coordinator, SAHMRI and Royal Adelaide Hospital
Working as a Cardiovascular Clinical Trial Coordinator for SAHMRI, Michael works across multiple sites and is primarily based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
“Clinical trials are at the forefront of discovering new technologies and treatments for patients, most of whom don’t have any other options available to them. It’s really rewarding to work with patients and see them benefit from the studies we’re running and also know that we’re contributing to medical research that will hopefully help other people in the future.”
Michael’s position is a mix of clinical work and project management.
“I’m responsible for running all aspects of clinical trials and work closely with other health professionals and administration staff as part of a multidisciplinary team. My day-to-day activities include patient recruitment, data collection, clinical work like conducting ECGs and blood taking, organising appointments and follow ups, liaising with study sponsors and also being responsible for ethics and governance reporting.”
I was always interested in healthcare and this flexible degree provided me with a well-rounded view of health as a whole, giving me a broad range of career options. It’s rewarding working with patients who are benefiting from the studies we’re running."
Michael was always interested in working in healthcare, so studying Health Science enabled him to explore different areas in the field of health and offered great flexibility and options when it came to study.
“The Bachelor of Health Science offered a good balance of clinical (eg. anatomy, physiology) and non-clinical subjects (eg. health promotion, project management) which provided a well-rounded view of health as a whole, without locking me into a specific career.”
During Michael’s degree he undertook placement at the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) and the Council of the Ageing SA (COTA SA).
“My placement with AHPA was part of a project management course, and as part of a small group we worked with key AHPA members to develop a strategic stakeholder engagement plan. My placement at COTA SA had me organising an event for the Strength for Life Program. This required me to put in place all the project management theory I had been learning and engage with both public and private stakeholders.
When it came to applying for jobs after completing my degree it was great to be able to back up my skillset and knowledge with real world experience gained from these placements.”
Areas of study and research
- UniSA Cancer Research Institute
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre
- Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Development
- Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration
- Design Research for Health & Wellbeing
- Digital Transformations Research Group
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College