Rehabilitation

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Career outcomes

Our rehabilitation graduates have pursued careers as:

  • physiotherapists
  • senior physiotherapists
  • rehabilitation team leaders
  • rehabilitation consultants
  • neurological physiotherapists
  • gerontological physiotherapists
  • allied health team leaders
An ACU student assists an elderly patient on a treadmill

About rehabilitation

Lend a helping hand to older adults and people with neurological conditions while elevating your career. Designed for health sector professionals – either currently working or looking to return to work in rehabilitation – our rehabilitation courses provide evidence-based advanced studies in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation. You’ll gain vital knowledge and skills, prepare for future leadership roles and professional recognition, or get ready for a smooth transition back into the workforce.

Open to all health professionals

We offer rehabilitation streams for clinicians working across many areas of the health sector. As well as preparing your practice for the future growth of ageing populations, you’ll learn to accommodate the complexity of aged clients – including those ageing with a disability following an acquired brain injury.

Make your career comeback

Hit the ground running after time away from work. We offer rehabilitation courses suitable for experienced clinicians who may have had a period of leave – such as maternity leave – and are looking to upgrade their knowledge, skills and experience with aged or neurologically affected clients.

Pick your path

Choose the level of rehabilitation study that’s right for you, from the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation to the Master of Rehabilitation. You can also exit early from a program with a lower-level qualification if you’ve completed the right coursework.

Designed for your specialty

Develop the capabilities to optimize the treatment/management of your patients. In addition to a generic stream for health professionals, specialisations are available for occupational therapists, physiotherapists – in the areas of gerontology and neurology -  and speech pathologists who are currently working as clinicians in their fields.

Meet our students and staff

Student profile Rehabilitation graduate Jessica Dennis

Jessica Dennis

Master of Rehabilitation (Neurological Physiotherapy)

“As a postgraduate student, I’ve really enjoyed getting back into that learning frame of mind again. My course has a small number of students so we’ve been able to connect really well with each other and with our lecturers and tutors. The course has clearly been extremely well thought-out and we are regularly consulted about what we want as students and our feedback is listened to and acted upon.

“I've always been more of a clinician than a researcher, so I hope to implement what I have learned at uni into my work and I want to be able to impart my learnings to other staff. Ideally, I'd like to be able to change management and current practice via knowledge translation in order to provide a better service to my patients.”

Staff profile Professor Suzanne Kuys

Professor Suzanne Kuys

National Head of the School of Allied Health

Professor Suzanne Kuys leads the postgraduate Rehabilitation program. Professor Kuys has considerable clinical, teaching and research experience with people following stroke and other neurological conditions and older adults, particularly people undergoing rehabilitation and transitioning from the hospital to home.

Professor Kuys has been a clinician for 25 years, with more than 15 years’ experience in stroke rehabilitation, and a strong interest in gait and balance retraining. Her recent research interests include physical activity, how we can get older people and people with disabilities to undertake physical activity, and the benefits to these groups from a health and societal perspective. Professor Kuys is interested in examining how health services can optimise health outcomes for patients. Her research interests include hospital-based rehabilitation and care, stroke, balance and gait retraining, outcome measures and physical activity.

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