Course and Subject Handbook 2012 Course Information Postgraduate Courses Postgraduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)

Postgraduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered Australian Physiotherapists.

Completion of an overseas recognised physiotherapy qualification. Note: Completion of this program will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified physiotherapists.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Postgraduate diplomas.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Post admission

Telephone and computer access

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure


Select 12 credit points of PS and TM level 5 subjects from the specified list:

PS5101:03 Clinical Expert Updates

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

PS5103:03 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice

PS5104:03 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Disability across the Lifespan

PS5106:03 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions

PS5108:03 Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice

Select 12 credit points of level 5 subjects from the specified list:

SP5103:03 Clinical Exercise Physiology 1

SP5104:03 Clinical Exercise Physiology 2

OT5008:03 Allied Health Interventions for Palliative Care

OT5007:03 Issues of Sexuality for Allied Health

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5554:03 Theory and Practice of Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

HS5101:03 Contemporary Issues in Primary Health Care Research

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

TM5002:03 Infectious Diseases

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods

TM5540:03 Occupational Health

HS5405:03 Introduction to Health Professional Education

HS5406:03 Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions

HS5409:03 Learning and Teaching about the Consultation

HS5410:03 Health Professional Practice in Education

NS5408:03 Implementation of Clinical Teaching Strategies

NS5601:03 Processes of Normal Ageing

PY5007:03 Health and Rehabilitation

PY5017:03 Psychosocial Elements of Ageing

WC5001:03 Introduction to Women's Studies

WS5103:03 Community Development







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the   Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and  Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

9 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate Rehabilitation.

Course articulation

Students admitted to a Postgraduate Diploma of Rehabilitation may after completion of that award, gain advanced standing for those studies towards a Master of Rehabilitation.