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About Occupational Therapy

Person-focused ethos

JCU graduates are equipped to apply contemporary therapeutic approaches to enable people to participate in activities that are important to them. JCU students gain skills and knowledge to work with people in identifying meaningful activities, understanding and using personal strengths and overcoming barriers in order to lead fulfilling lives.

Career opportunities locally and globally

JCU was independently awarded five stars for graduate full-time employment^. JCU graduates are prepared for work in a variety of practice settings, both within Australia and overseas. A JCU Occupational Therapy qualification can be used to apply for professional registration in many different countries.

Join supportive learning environments

JCU was independently awarded five stars for skills development and student support^. Access expertise and connect with JCU’s leading lecturers. Learn from experts with extensive experience in health science, health promotion and occupational therapy professional practice.

Make a difference

Have a positive impact in rural and remote communities. JCU graduates have the understanding, knowledge and skills to enhance the health of underserved communities.


Occupational Therapy is a health profession that offers support and advice for children and adults who are having difficulties with their everyday living skills. Occupational Therapists (OT’s) work with individuals with any condition or impairment that affects their ability to perform everyday activities. Such as self-care, safety in the home, play and social skills, as well as their ability to attend and engage in the workforce, community or school.