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6 months full-time
or part-time equivalent
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline; or at least five years’ experience in a health profession; or B Physiotherapy, B Occupational Therapy, or B Speech Pathology
Build on your professional expertise to extend your knowledge and skills in rehabilitation. This six-month full-time (or equivalent part-time) external course is designed for health professionals who want to enhance their current qualifications and take the next step in their career.
Expand your knowledge and skills 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.
With a focus on tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities, you will complete one core subject and select one of four majors (outlined below). View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects. The full-time study planner provides more information for students and assists in planning your enrolment in the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation.
Graduates may be eligible for credit towards a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation or a Master of Rehabilitation.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation.
Enhance your health professional expertise in the field of rehabilitation across a variety of settings and client populations. Learn how to critically appraise and analyse research publications in the fields of health and rehabilitation and gain greater insight into the application of evidence-based practice.
Extend your occupational therapy and rehabilitation knowledge to enable you to deliver services to people with chronic conditions or disability in a range of settings. You will develop advanced assessment and management skills in relation to rehabilitation 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 physiotherapists and health professionals to expand your existing professional skills and experience. You will explore rehabilitation for people with chronic conditions, as well as specialty areas of practice such as burns, amputees and women's health. Develop advanced assessment and management skills in relation to rehabilitation, whilst applying evidence-based practice across a range of settings.
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 practice to optimise functional communication and quality of life.
A Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation from JCU will equip you with recognised professional development that will increase your leadership skills and develop your career in a rehabilitation-related area of healthcare.
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 roles such as clinician, case manager, or researcher.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, from this or another university (General major); or at least five years’ experience in a health profession; 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 Graduate Certificate 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 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.
Additional selection requirements
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
Telephone and computer access with internet. Some subjects will require mixed mode attendance at the Townsville campus.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
12 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Postgraduate Rehabilitation.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
RH5202:03 Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions
Select a major (discipline area) from Table A
Table A (MAJORS)
Type of major
Credit points in major
9 credit points
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COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
6 months full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
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 a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
6 credit points
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 7 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.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION
Inclusion of major on testamur
The major will appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students admitted to a Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation may after completion of that award, gain credit for those studies towards a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation or a Master of Rehabilitation.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Master of Rehabilitation
Doing the Master of Rehabilitation will help with career progression — especially in getting jobs I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. You have to manage your time between work and study, but I think you’re more motivated as a learner because you’ve had situations where you can apply your experience and knowledge to.
Course Coordinator, Rehabilitation
The Master of Rehabilitation is an exciting pathway in your healthcare career. There is a great variety of subjects to help upskill in the area of rehabilitation, addressing perspectives from many different disciplines. Whatever your aim, this course will assist the development of your skill set in rehabilitation.
RAR Therapy Director
This course provides practical and evidence-based clinical skills that apply to the community work environment and ultimately benefit our clients. With an increased need for highly skilled therapists in community settings, this course is perfect for extending therapists’ knowledge and skills for clinical practice.