I love how hands-on all of my subjects are. The teachers make sure there are lots of practical classes to ensure we get plenty of time to practice all of the manual techniques we’re learning, and there’s always a staff member around to give us tips and help out. Physio is a career where you get the chance to help people get moving and functioning again. I hope to make an impact by assisting people to achieve their sporting goals and to extend their active life for as long as they possibly can.”
Allied health practitioners help us live life to the fullest. They’re the ones who get us back on the pitch after a sporting injury, help us overcome that stutter, and teach us to walk again after an accident. They promote participation, improve quality of life, and help us reach our full potential. They’re invaluable.
Why us? Because it’s about you
We’ve got strong links with healthcare partners around Australia, providing unique opportunities for clinical placements and future employment. You’ll learn in state-of-the-art facilities and our student-led clinics offer valuable real life experience. You’ll feel ready from your very first day on the job.
A degree that belongs on your bucket list
Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. As our student, you can complete part of your degree overseas, and you’ll also get access to a range of international community engagement projects.
A range of opportunities
Choose from courses in occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy, and postgraduate programs in rehabilitation.
We’ve got your back
If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to identify physical, cognitive, environmental or societal barriers to participation. Occupational therapists work with clients to assess their environment and help them adapt and participate in daily activities which are usually taken for granted.
ACU's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will prepare you to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in everyday activities which are meaningful to them.
In order to qualify for the degree, students will undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice education. Practice education begins in the first semester of first year (eight hours) and continues through each semester with increasing time. In fourth year students will complete a 10-week full time placement in first semester, and a one-day per week capstone placement in second semester.
High achieving Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.
Physiotherapists prevent injury and disability in others as well as rehabilitate those already injured. Physiotherapists identify, assess and treat musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic and neurological conditions.
Possible career paths include:
- women’s health
- sports physiotherapy
- hospitals and rehabilitation units
- community health centres and/or private practice
Our School of Physiotherapy has been ranked 2nd by Uni Reviews, for the top universities offering physiotherapy in Australia for 2017. Rankings are generated using a formula taking into account: faculty size (student numbers); student and graduate satisfaction with courses (% satisfied); and indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).
ACU’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four-year entry-level qualification. Graduates will be skilled physiotherapists who can work with everyone from children to the elderly, as well as deal with gender-specific issues. Graduates can also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.
The course provides extensive opportunity for industry exposure and community engagement, with students commencing clinical placement in the first semester and being exposed to a wide variety of settings where physiotherapists provide clinical services.
High achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.
The Master of Rehabilitation, Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation and Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation are an inter-professional suite of programs aimed to provide evidence based advanced studies for practicing professionals for leadership roles in health related disciplines. In addition, for approved applicants, the programs offer specialist streams for registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists, who seek to extend knowledge and skills in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation for promotion and professional recognition, or return to the workforce.
The 120cp masters course is structured with a nested graduate certificate (40cp) and graduate diploma (80cp) for the disciplines of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. Additionally, a graduate certificate (40CP), graduate diploma (80CP) and masters (120CP) are available for other health disciplines wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in aged and neurological rehabilitation.
This suite of programs includes purposely designed coursework units with evidence-based content allowing for the development of advanced skills and critical appraisal of strategies and intervention as well as completion of advanced practice units and a clinical research project within their discipline and field.
The program is specifically designed for practicing clinicians and includes a number of teaching modes that enable study while working:
- Workshop intensives at the start of each semester
- Online learning activities across the semester
- Practicums within the current work setting
- Research projects designed for workplace improvement.
Speech pathologists assess and manage individuals who have difficulty communicating and/or swallowing. They look at all aspects of communication including speech, language, cognition, reading, stuttering, voice, and multimodal communication (including the use of signs, and high-tech and low-tech communication aids).
Speech pathologists work in a variety of ways including providing individual therapy, working in small groups, working within a classroom, becoming involved in home-based programs, providing workshops and working in multi-disciplinary hospital teams. They have a central role in giving expert advice, treatment and direction to clients, carers, and other professionals. A speech pathologist is often an important member of an early intervention team, an aged care services team, a medical and rehabilitation team, and a school therapy team. A number of speech pathologists also work in private practice.
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is a four-year program. In order to qualify for the degree, students will undertake over 1,000 hours of professional practice education. Practice education begins in the first semester of first year and continues through each semester with increasing time. In the fourth and final year, professional practice is a major component of the course.
High achieving Bachelor of Speech Pathology students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.
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