Australian Catholic University

Master of Rehabilitation

Australian Catholic University

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

The Master of Rehabilitation suite of programs aims to provide evidence based advanced 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 to return to the workforce.This 120 cp Masters course is structured with a nested Graduate Certificate (40 cp) and Graduate Diploma (80 cp) for the disciplines of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology in addition to a non-discipline specific stream.This course includes purposely designed inter-professional coursework units in conjunction with discipline specific streams. Workshop intensives, and application of advanced skills and knowledge within the work-place and other practice settings will enable each discipline to apply highly integrative and evidence based-content to allow the development of advanced skills and practice. Clinicians will use critical appraisal to evaluate strategies and interventions as well as implement optimal programs in their work-place and during an advanced practicum for holistic management and enhanced participation of people with complex aged and neurological disorders. The program culminates with these advanced practicum opportunities and a clinical research project within the discipline and fields of either aged or neurological rehabilitation.Graduates of the Master of Rehabilitation should be able to:Demonstrate extended rehabilitation clinical knowledge and skill required in interprofessional rehabilitation settingsDemonstrate critical enquiry and evaluation to advance rehabilitation clinical knowledge and skill required in interprofessional rehabilitation settings;Synthesise and evaluate complex clinical information, including impact of professional interventions and integration of evidence based rehabilitation practice to optimise consumer outcomes;Apply critical enquiry and evidence based rehabilitation knowledge and skills to respond to challenges and opportunities that arise within broad interprofessional rehabilitation care settings and provide clinical leadership in the promotion of high quality, culturally safe, person centred and effective rehabilitation care provision that responds to emerging and unique needs;Design and execute a research or similar capstone project advancing rehabilitation knowledge and/or person-centred practice.


120 credit points.


  • Occupational health and safety
  • 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
  • OrA Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year program in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology or equivalent to enter (Discipline) pathway, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale
  • OrACU 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 a higher degree research course such as the Master of Health Science Research or Doctor of Philosophy.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $36,156 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years

Further information

Graduates will be able to apply theory and practice learned in a range of 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 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 may include: Clinician; Case worker; Team Leader; Consultant; Researcher.

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