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Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation

1 year full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or B Physiotherapy, B Occupational Therapy, or B Speech Pathology
Not applicable
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Learn from health care experts who emphasise evidence based learning to expand your technical proficiency. With a focus on tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities, you will undertake core subjects and select one of four majors (outlined below).

Expand your technical proficiency to design, manage, and evaluate rehabilitation plans for individuals and communities in culturally diverse populations. You will learn to develop solutions for complex problems in health professional practice.

Students enrolling in this course as a pathway to a PhD must complete the coursework/research stream. Graduates may be eligible for credit towards a Master of Rehabilitation.

View the handbook for a detailed overview of subjects.


Enhance your expertise in the fields of public health in the workplace, mental health, people living with a disability, and palliative care. Learn how to critically appraise and analyse research publications in the fields of health and rehabilitation, and gain greater insight into the application of assistive technologies.

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Extend your knowledge of assistive technologies, rehabilitation strategies for people with a disability, and the delivery of health services within palliative care settings. Students develop assessment and management skills in relation to the human-machine-environment (HME) and build a greater understanding of the research and theory base underpinning a range of health care domains.


Work with some of Australia’s most highly regarded physiotherapy, health, and medical practitioners to expand your existing professional skills and experience. You will explore core clinical fields as well as specialty areas of practice such as burns, amputees and women's health. Develop assessment and management skills in relation to the human-machine-environment (HME). Deepen your knowledge of assistive technologies, strategies for people with a disability, and the delivery of health services within palliative care settings.

Speech Pathology

Be equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge and practical skills in the field of speech pathology. Enhance your current professional qualification/s to explore more specialised methods of diagnosing and managing adults and children with complex communication and swallowing disorders. This major will enhance your ability to apply evidence based practices to optimise functional communication and quality of life.

Career Opportunities

Maximise your professional expertise and extend your knowledge and skills. In this one-year, full-time (or equivalent part-time) course, students choose from two streams — coursework or coursework and research — to build specialist knowledge, skills, and technical capability across a range of health contexts.

JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation gives you specialist skills and knowledge to raise your professional profile and expand your career prospects.

Graduates pursue careers in various areas including acute wards and rehabilitation settings with public and private health providers, aged care, private practice, policy development, or research.

You could pursue your specialisation in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise science or nursing.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation

Handbook year


Course Code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


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

Telephone and computer access with internet. Some subjects will require mixed mode 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.


RH5200:03 Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice

RH5202:03 Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions


Select a major (discipline area) from Table A


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


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


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

NS5342:03 Principles of Education for the Health Professional

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs


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

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


Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

6 credit points

Special requirements






Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

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

Occupational Therapy

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

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


Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

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

Speech Pathology

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

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




Townsville (External)

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


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

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

Professional 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.



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

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 credit for appropriate subjects.


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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


Approved abbreviation


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 credit for those studies towards a Master of Rehabilitation

Annual Tuition Fee: $27,320 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.