Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The non-specialised 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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,552
International: $22,048

Entry Requirements:

Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation; or a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 3-year program or equivalent to enter the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation non-specialty pathway; or a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year program in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology or equivalent, to enter the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (Discipline) stream, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0


80 credit points

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

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

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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Rehabilitation Counsellor,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 1 year
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 2 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Full time 1 year
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Part time 2 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 1 year
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 2 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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