English at Health Sciences

All Health Sciences students are expected to develop their English during their studies. To help you with this, the faculty offers free English development workshops throughout the semester, whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate or higher degree by research student.

You can access the workshop schedule and other resources for developing English via our Blackboard unit: English for Health Sciences. To access this information, send an email with your Student ID Number and “Enrol in English for Health” in the subject line to EnglishSupportHS@curtin.edu.au

Programs offered

Academic Writing for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

This face-to-face program develops the academic language and literacy in English needed for effective assignment writing. The program focuses on academic style, sentence structure, grammar and looks at common issues in student assignment writing. Available to students who are studying by coursework.


Clinical Communication Skills for Professional Practice Contract 394

This program helps students to develop the clinical and intercultural communication skills needed to succeed in unit assessments and prepare for clinical practice. The program focuses on the language of therapeutic communication as well as developing the intercultural competence that students need to succeed on Clinical Practice. Available to students enrolled on particular units.


Academic Writing for Higher Degree by Research Students

This program develops the language, knowledge and skills needed for thesis and journal writing in the Health Sciences. Participants review completed theses and published papers in their field to develop their understanding of the requirements of writing in English for publication and to learn about effective academic writing using APA 6th. Available to honours, masters and doctorate (by research) students.


English for Health Sciences on Blackboard

This unit provides access to online resources for English development. The unit also provides up-to-date information about language development opportunities available in the Faculty of Health Sciences each semester as well as access to presentations and handouts from the workshops. Student can post questions and share resources about English language development. Available to all students on request. Email: EnglishSupportHS@curtin.edu.au


English for Clinical Practice

This program focuses on the oral English and intercultural competence students need for Clinical Practice and Fieldwork. The workshops support students to communicate effectively in spoken English with a particular focus on communicating with preceptors, patients and family members in clinical settings. Students learn informal Australian English, medical terminology and other aspects of English needed to succeed in Clinical Practice in Western Australia. Available to second and third year students.


English for Professional Writing

Accurate and careful documentation is an essential part of safe and effective clinical practice. This program will help you to develop the writing skills you need for safe care in a range of clinical settings. Weekly workshops will focus on:

  • Documentation, including patient/case notes and handover notes
  • Referral letters/professional emails

Available to all students

Occupational English Test Preparation Course

The Occupational English Test (OET) is a language test for overseas born health practitioners in Australia. This course familiarises students with the requirements of the OET and helps them to identify their strengths and weaknesses in relation to the test. Available to third and fourth year students.


SUCCESS on Foundations of Professional Health Practice 100

This academic language and literacy program develops assignment writing skills, study skills, referencing, and oral presentations in English. Available to first year undergraduate students upon commencement of their degree.



This is an online academic English program that develops the language skills and knowledge that students need to succeed in assignments and improve their English. The program consists of twelve modules including assignment types, pronunciation, coherence and cohesion, paraphrasing, summarising. Available to all students enrolled in English for Health unit.