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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy


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Allied Health

Allied health practitioners aim to support diagnoses, treat, and rehabilitate those in need of healthcare services. They are trained professionals who often work with other healthcare professions to enhance their patient’s quality of life. Allied health programs at ACU include occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy, and at postgraduate level a suite of programs in rehabilitation.

Why study allied health at ACU?

Undergraduate studies at ACU place a strong emphasis on professional practice – producing graduates that are ‘job ready’. We have strong links with healthcare partners around Australia that provide fantastic opportunities for clinical placements and future employment. Students learn in state-of-the-art facilities and our student-led clinics offer valuable real life experience.

Our postgraduate programs in rehabilitation are designed for clinicians looking to extend their knowledge and skills – and to position themselves as leaders in their discipline and field of practice.

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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.

Undergraduate   Postgraduate

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:

  • rehabilitation
  • paediatrics
  • women’s health
  • sports physiotherapy
  • cardiorespiratory
  • orthopaedics
  • gerontology
  • ergonomics
  • hospitals and rehabilitation units
  • community health centres and/or private practice

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.

Undergraduate   Postgraduate

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.

  Postgraduate

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.

Undergraduate   Postgraduate