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Master of Rehabilitation

1.5 years 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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Study flexible subjects online and still benefit from limited on-campus study and Professional Experience Placement. Take advantage of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine on campus in Townsville and achieve results with practical skills that you will use in your career.

Choose from a coursework degree or incorporate a research element to open doors to a future PhD. You will gain a broad understanding of rehabilitation and important topics including chronic conditions, evidence-based practice, and cultural principles.

Select from majors in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, or general rehabilitation.

Consult the handbook for more information.


General Major in Rehabilitation

Take the General Major in Rehabilitation to advance your career. Learn high-level skills to deliver assistance to individuals overcoming illness and injuries. Your additional therapeutic qualifications and advanced skillset will equip you for a range of roles to support clients in their daily life.

Occupational Therapy

Choose the Occupational Therapy Major with a specialisation in rehabilitation for a highly-valued qualification. Add a significant skillset to your resume to successfully assist individuals in overcoming illnesses and injuries which impair daily living activities.


Major in Physiotherapy with a specialisation in rehabilitation to enhance your existing qualifications. You will be equipped for roles in assisting clients at an advanced level. Help people to overcome mobility-impairing illnesses and injuries.

Speech Pathology

Gain advanced skills with the Speech Pathology Major. Assist individuals of all ages with communication and swallowing-related issues. Build your career and support clients confronting illnesses and injuries.

Career Opportunities

Grow your career in rehabilitation with the Master of Rehabilitation at JCU. Benefit from unique experiences in tropical, rural, remote, and regional areas and familiarity with Indigenous communities and their heath.

JCU’s Master of Rehabilitation gives you the contemporary knowledge and experience to update your clinical practice and expand your career prospects.

You will gain advanced skills in your specialisation and valuable expertise in tropical, Indigenous, rural, and remote practice.

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. Additionally, you could go on to study a PhD.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Master of Rehabilitation

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


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

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


RH5200:03 Rehabilitation Research and Evidence-Based Practice

RH5202:03 Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions

OT5202:03 Cultural Competency Principles in Australian Healthcare Practice


Select a major (discipline area) from Table A


Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

9 credit points





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


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


Select 15 credit points of specified 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

NS5342:03 Principles of Education for the Health Professional

OT5200:03 Advanced Practice within the Rural and Remote Context

RH5201:03 Rehabilitation for Disability across the Lifespan

RH5205:03 Palliative Care for Health Professionals

RH5206:03 Assistive Technology Strategies to Enable Personal Autonomy

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

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


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




Townsville (External)

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


Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 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 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.



Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

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 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 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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


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

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.