Australian Catholic University

Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation provides evidence based studies for health professionals including registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, nurses and other allied health professionals 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. This program enables articulation to the Master of Rehabilitation (Discipline).The course builds on the health inquiry unit and units related to clinical reasoning, advanced studies in chronic disease and disability and inter-professional practice and delivers case-based, on-line studies of aged and neurological disorders for holistic management and participation, along with research methodologies to plan a work-based project and a discipline specific practicum.Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation should be able to:Demonstrate advanced rehabilitation clinical knowledge and skill required in interprofessional rehabilitation settingsSynthesise and evaluate complex clinical information, problems, concepts and theories related to challenges within rehabilitation settings which is informed by evidence based practice;Apply effective ethical clinical leadership using advanced clinical judgement and decision-making to healthcare challenges within rehabilitation settings.


80 credit points.


  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech pathology

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:Have completed either: A Bachelor degree from an accredited 3-year program in a Health Discipline or equivalent to enter the non-discipline pathway with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale
  • OR A Bachelor degree from an accredited 4-year program in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology or equivalent to enter the (Discipline) pathway, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale
  • OR ACU Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Certificate or equivalent to enter the Non-discipline) pathwayHave a minimum of two years clinical experience in the appropriate discipline.Be employed in the field unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator.Demonstrate suitability to undertake the course: For the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy disciplines, applicants must hold current registration with the discipline specific National Allied Health Registration Board or required Authority in Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice,For the Speech Pathology discipline, applicants must have obtained and maintain eligibility to practice and membership with Speech Pathology Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice.NOTE: Applicants having completed an ACU Graduate Certificate will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of 40 credit points.* Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Study pathways

Graduates may be eligible to undertake the Master of Rehabilitation and specialise in one of the four areas of specialisation offered. Graduates may also be eligible to undertake other postgraduate programs within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $24,104 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

Graduates will be able to apply theory and practice learned in a range of health provider settings including but not limited to: Public Health Care provider in acute wards and rehabilitation settings; Private Health Care provider in acute wards and rehabilitation settings; private Practice in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation; aged care; health services; transition care community rehabilitation and long-term care settings; State, Federal and local government in policy development or implementation; Health Carer groups; Health Care based research. Roles include: Clinician, Case worker, Team Leader or Researcher.

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