Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy

The Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation majoring in Occupational Therapy is new for 2016. Occupational Therapy graduates have the opportunity to further their therapeutic qualifications and skillset, specialising in rehabilitation.

Campus
External
Available to international students by distance education/external study only
Start dates
February
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus; Flexible

Career opportunities

Occupational Therapy graduates have the opportunity to further their therapeutic qualifications and skillset, specialising in rehabilitation. A Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation can better equip graduates to assist patients in overcoming illnesses and injuries which impair daily living activities. James Cook University Healthcare courses also contain a unique focus on rural, remote and regional community and Indigenous health.

Course highlights

Students will be able to undertake subjects in:

  • Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice within the Rural and Remote Context
  • Advanced Mental Health Practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy and Health Priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Course overview

The subject majors for the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation allow the opportunity to upskill and update your clinical practice across a range of different rehabilitation areas.  A wide selection of subjects are available and several of these subjects will address rural and remote practice.  This program can help assist you achieve tangible outcomes to implement in your clinical setting. The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation can serve as a gateway into a Master in Rehabilitation.

The course is offered externally (online), with some subjects requiring limited attendance on campus in Townsville, which will address healthcare via face-to-face teaching and work-integrated learning within the clinical environment.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

GDipRehab – Occupational Therapy Major

Major code

GDH-OTY

Credit points required

6 credit points for single major

Major Structure

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

OT5200:03 Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice within the Rural and Remote Context

OT5201:03 Advanced Mental Health Practice in Occupational Therapy

OT5202:03 Occupational Therapy and Health Priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Pathway into course

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

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

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.

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

(Coursework or Coursework/Research)

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research; and from 3 majors: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology. 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

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 (REHABILITATION MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

6 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

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)

Not offered in 2016

Not offered in 2016

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 12 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

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 Allied Health Professionals

RH5206:03 Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy

OPTION 2 (COURSEWORK/RESEARCH)

RH5203:06 Research 1: A Literature Review

RH5204:06 Research 2: A Research Project

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.