Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation

This one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) Graduate Diploma course could be for you if you're ready to extend your clinical capabilities and skillset. You need to hold a degree in a relevant health related subject from an Australian University, or you hold an equivalent international qualification.

You can select from majors in four areas depending on your professional background- a General Major - Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology. James Cook University (JCU) also offers a wide selection of subjects, several of which address tropical, Indigenous, rural and remote practice.

When you've completed this JCU Graduate Diploma course, you'll be in the perfect place to apply for advanced standing towards a JCU Master of Rehabilitation.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation will provide you with recognised professional qualification that can help you develop your career in a rehabilitation-related area of healthcare. As with other JCU healthcare courses, choosing this Graduate Diploma will give you unique opportunities and experience, especially in design assessment, management and evaluation plans for culturally and demographically diverse peoples in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities in Australia and internationally.

  • With JCU's General Major in Rehabilitation you'll achieve an important qualification that will enable you to take the next steps in your career. Your additional therapeutic knowledge and skillset will equip you to apply for roles where you're required to assist individuals in overcoming illnesses and injuries that impact on clients' ability to participate in daily life.

  • JCU's Occupational Therapy major will add to your ability to assist individuals in overcoming illnesses and injuries which impair daily living activities.
  • If you're ready to advance your Physiotherapy career, choosing this major with its specialisation in rehabilitation will equip you for roles where you're responsible for assisting individuals to overcome mobility-impairing illnesses and injuries.

  • Speech Pathology graduates - this JCU Graduate Diploma will help you advance your career to new levels. You'll gain advanced skills and insights in assisting individuals of all ages to overcome communication and swallowing-related illnesses and injuries.

Course highlights

The JCU Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation is designed so you can study externally/online while you continue to work. It is a 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) external course that's available to Australian and international students. Australian students enrolled in the physiotherapy major may be required to participate in limited on-campus study and Work Integrated Learning.

You'll benefit from:

  • Studying highly practical topics and approaches that can help assist you achieve tangible outcomes to implement in your clinical setting
  • Several opportunities to meet with your lecturers and fellow students to address healthcare via face-to-face teaching and Work Integrated Learning within the clinical environment at the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine on campus in Townsville (Australian students only)
  • The opportunity to learn from JCU's internationally-recognised lecturers
  • Unique opportunities to focus on issues that address tropical, Indigenous, rural and remote practice.

Please note that completion of the course will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified health professionals.

Course overview

The subject majors for the JCU Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation allow the opportunity to update your clinical practice across a range of rehabilitation areas. Among the core subjects and options you could choose are:

  • Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions
  • Rehabilitation for Disability Across the Lifespan
  • Palliative Care for Allied Health Professionals
  • Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy
  • Health Promotion
  • Public Health and the Workplace.

If you choose the coursework/research stream you will complete a major literature review and a research project.

Enrolment requirements

Enrolment in the General Major requires a degree in a relevant health-related subject.

Completion of a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech Pathology at an Australian university or an equivalent international entry level qualification is required to apply for the corresponding major. For example Occupational Therapy major, requires completion of a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research; and from 4 majors: General, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology. If students enrol in this course as a pathway to a PhD, they must complete the coursework/research stream.

CORE SUBJECTS

RH5200:03 Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice

RH5202:03 Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions

OPTIONS

Select a major (discipline area) from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

6 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

General

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Occupational Therapy

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Physiotherapy

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Speech Pathology

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

PLUS

Select Option 1 (Coursework subjects) or Option 2 (Coursework/Research subjects)

OPTION 1 (COURSEWORK)

Select 9 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any postgraduate subject (can be cross-institutional if approved by the Course Coordinator)

List 1

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

RH5201:03 Rehabilitation for Disability Across the Lifespan

RH5205:03 Palliative Care for Health Professionals

RH5206:03 Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy

OT5200:03 Advanced Practice Within the Rural and Remote Context

OT5202:03 Cultural Competency Principles in Australian Healthcare Practice

OPTION 2 (COURSEWORK/RESEARCH)

RH5203:06 Research 1: A Literature Review – Part 1 of 2

RH5204:06 Research 1: A Literature Review – Part 2 of 2

Pathway into course

For prerequisites and pathways into this course visit the admission requirements section in the Handbook

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation

Course Code

114807

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, from this or another university (General major); or

Applicants must have completed at least an AQF level 7 Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology at an Australian university or hold an equivalent international entry level qualification in one of these professions (Physiotherapy major, Occupational Therapy major or Speech Pathology major).

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

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

For students undertaking the Speech Pathology major, an overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 6.0; speaking score of 8.0; reading and listening score of 7.0 is required.

Post admission
requirements

Telephone and computer access with internet. Some subjects will require limited attendance at the Townsville campus.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation 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 health professional

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

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate, synthesise and apply established and evolving evidence in order to develop solutions for complex problems in health professional practice

  • 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.

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to design, analyse and ethically implement research and critically reflect on implications of findings for clinical practice.

Course Structure

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research; and from 4 majors: General, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology. If students enrol in this course as a pathway to a PhD, they must complete the coursework/research stream.

CORE SUBJECTS

RH5200:03 Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice

RH5202:03 Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions

OPTIONS

Select a major (discipline area) from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

6 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

General

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Occupational Therapy

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Physiotherapy

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Speech Pathology

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

PLUS

Select Option 1 (Coursework subjects) or Option 2 (Coursework/Research subjects)

OPTION 1 (COURSEWORK)

Select 9 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any postgraduate subject (can be cross-institutional if approved by the Course Coordinator)

List 1

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

RH5201:03 Rehabilitation for Disability Across the Lifespan

RH5205:03 Palliative Care for Health Professionals

RH5206:03 Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy

OT5200:03 Advanced Practice Within the Rural and Remote Context

OT5202:03 Cultural Competency Principles in Australian Healthcare Practice

OPTION 2 (COURSEWORK/RESEARCH)

RH5203:06 Research 1: A Literature Review – Part 1 of 2

RH5204:06 Research 1: A Literature Review – Part 2 of 2

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville (External)

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance at the Townsville campus

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Yes

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Not applicable

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

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

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

9 credit points, unless students have completed the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation, in which case they may be eligible for up to 12 credit points of advanced standing for appropriate subjects.

Currency

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

Expiry

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

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF REHABILITATION

Approved abbreviation

GDipRehab

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major will appear on the testamur

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

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.