The suite of postgraduate programs in Rehabilitation aims to provide evidence based advanced studies for health professionals including registered Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Nurses and other Allied Health professionals. The program is for health professionals who seek to extend knowledge and skills in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation for promotion and professional recognition, or to return to the workforce.
This 120cp Master’s course is structured with a nested Graduate Certificate (40cp) and Graduate Diploma (80cp) for the disciplines of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology. The Graduate Certificate (40cp) and Graduate Diploma (80cp) in Rehabilitation are also available for other health disciplines wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in aged and neurological rehabilitation.
The Master of Rehabilitation program is based on a set of multi-professional core units with discipline specific applications. Specialisations are available at the Graduate Certificate and Master's level. Graduate Certificate specialisations include: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology. The Master's specialisations include: Neurological Physiotherapy, Gerontological Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology.
Discipline specialisations are promoted in aged and neurological rehabilitation, through development of advanced skills; critical appraisal of strategies and interventions; as well as completion of advanced practice units and a clinical research project within the work setting.
Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation
Master of Rehabilitation
Graduates from the Master’s program should be able to extend their clinical reasoning, decision making and scope of practice for optimal health care by:
Applying concepts knowledge and advanced skills;
Evaluating the issues and complex challenges faced by clinicians working in rehabilitation of older adults or those with neurological disorders;
Using clinical reasoning to develop optimal and progressive care plans as well as timely decisions to transition or discharge patients;
Aligning theory, practice and research through interpretation and application of evidence of practice;
Working as extended scope practitioners;
Planning and implementing research that leads to practice improvements and change; and
Developing team, inter-professional, supervisory and leadership skills from a discipline specific focus within a multi-disciplinary environment.
The Program is specifically designed for clinicians and includes a number of teaching modes that enable study while working:
Workshop intensives at the start of each semester
On-line learning activities across the semester
Practicums within the current work-setting
Research projects designed for workplace improvement.
Clinicians with aligned Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma qualifications should contact the Postgraduate Course Coordinator, Professor Nancy Low Choy at Nancy.LowChoy@acu.edu.au, regarding eligibility to obtain credit for previous studies.