Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered Australian Physiotherapists or have completed an overseas recognised physiotherapy qualification.

Note: Completion of this program will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified physiotherapists.

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 I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Post admission

Telephone and computer access

Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) is a coursework program which qualifies students to apply advanced knowledge and skills in rehabilitation treatment settings.

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) graduates will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a physiotherapist

  • Design assessment, management and evaluation plans across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to physiotherapy practice to develop solutions for complex problems

  • Communicate theoretical knowledge, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions using high-level oral and written English language and where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of audiences

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes.

Course Structure

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research. Students enrolled in the coursework graduate diploma program may choose the research core subjects as elective subjects and students enrolled in a coursework/research graduate diploma program may choose the coursework core subjects as elective subjects. If this course is to be used as a pathway to enrolment in a PhD, students will need to complete the coursework/research stream.

Core Subjects

Select either 12 credit points of specified Coursework subjects or all specified Coursework/Research subjects


Select 12 credit points of specified PS level 5 subjects

PS5101:03 Clinical Expert Updates

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

PS5109:03 Ergonomics


PS5501:06 Physiotherapy Research 1 (a systematic review)* or PS5502:06 Physiotherapy Research 2 (a research project)*

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health


Select 12 credit points of specified level 5 subjects

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

OT5007:03 Issues of Sexuality for Allied Health Professionals

PY5007:03 Health and Rehabilitation

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5573:03 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion







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 Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation

Course articulation

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