Master of Rehabilitation

By studying the Master of Rehabilitation at James Cook University (JCU) you'll gain knowledge and professional experience that will help you upskill and update your clinical practice. This Master’s degree offers you the opportunity to select from majors in four areas - a General Major in Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology. JCU also offers a wide selection of subjects, several of which address tropical, Indigenous, rural and remote practice.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Career opportunities

This JCU Master’s degree is for you if you're a graduate and ready to develop your career in a rehabilitation-related area of healthcare. As with other JCU healthcare courses, choosing this Master’s degree will give you unique opportunities and experience, especially in tropical, rural, remote, regional community and Indigenous health 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 qualifications and skillset will equip you to apply for roles where you're required to deliver high-level skills to assist individuals in overcoming illnesses and injuries that impact on clients' ability to participate in daily life.
  • JCU's Occupational Therapy major will be valued by employers or in your own practice. With its specialisation in rehabilitation, your Master’s degree will add significantly 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 at an advanced level to overcome mobility-impairing illnesses and injuries.
  • Speech Pathology graduates - this JCU Master’s degree will enable you to achieve a qualification that will help you advance your career to new levels. You'll gain advanced skills that will equip you to assist individuals of all ages to overcome communication and swallowing-related illnesses and injuries.

Course highlights

The JCU Master of Rehabilitation is designed so you can study externally/online while you continue to work. It is a 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) external course that's available to Australian and international students. Australian students are 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
  • Opportunities to meet with your lecturers and fellow students, in some subjects, 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
  • The opportunity to learn from JCU's internationally-recognised lecturers
  • Unique opportunities to focus on issues that address tropical, Indigenous, rural and remote practice.

Course overview

You will begin your JCU Master degree studying Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions, Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice, and Cultural Competency Principles in Australian Healthcare Practice. From here, you will have the opportunity to branch off into specific majors including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and the brand new JCU General Major in Rehabilitation.

You can choose from 2 streams: Coursework, or coursework and research. If this course is to be used as your pathway to enrolment in a PhD, you will need to complete the coursework/research stream. Subjects to choose from include:

  • Rehabilitation for Disability Across the Lifespan
  • Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions
  • Palliative Care for Allied Health Professionals
  • Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy
  • Research 1: A literature Review
  • Research 2: A Research Project.

You'll also be able to choose area-specific subjects that enable you to develop your expertise in the areas that especially interest you.

Professional recognition

Completion of the JCU Master of Rehabilitation will not enable Australian registration as a health professional.

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

OT5202:03 Cultural Competency Principles in Australian Healthcare Practice

OPTIONS

Select a major (discipline area) from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

9 credit points

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) or Option 2 (Coursework/Research)

OPTION 1 (COURSEWORK)

Select 15 credit points of specified 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

RH5205:03 Palliative Care for Health Professionals

RH5206:03 Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

OT5200:03 Advanced Practice within the Rural and Remote Context

RH5201:03 Rehabilitation for Disability across the Lifespan

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

PLUS

Select  6 credit points of specified subjects from List 2

List 2

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals or TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

Pathway into course

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

Handbook

Master of Rehabilitation

Course code

114804

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

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 a 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 the Master of Rehabilitation 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 3aSchedule 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

36 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Rehabilitation coursework degree graduates will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt an advanced and integrated body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a health professional

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

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions to specialist and non‐specialist audiences using advanced oral and written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills

  • Demonstrate high-level 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

OT5202:03 Cultural Competency Principles in Australian Healthcare Practice

OPTIONS

Select a major (discipline area) from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

9 credit points

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) or Option 2 (Coursework/Research)

OPTION 1 (COURSEWORK)

Select 15 credit points of specified 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

RH5205:03 Palliative Care for Health Professionals

RH5206:03 Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

OT5200:03 Advanced Practice within the Rural and Remote Context

RH5201:03 Rehabilitation for Disability across the Lifespan

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

PLUS

Select  6 credit points of specified subjects from List 2

List 2

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals or TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

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

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 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 student 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 exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points; unless students have completed the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation, in which case they may be eligible for up to 24 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 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Master of Rehabilitation

Approved abbreviation

MRehab

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students 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.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation.

Course articulation

Not applicable

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