This program aims to provide evidence-based advanced studies for registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists. It is tailored to those seeking to extend their knowledge and skills in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation, for promotion and professional recognition, or to return to the workforce. The program includes purposely designed coursework units with evidence based-content allowing for the development of advanced skills and critical appraisal of strategies and interventions as well as completion of advanced practice units and a clinical research project within each discipline and field.

Course Fee:

Australian: $29,871
International: $33,072

Entry Requirements:

Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation; or the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation; or a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4 year program in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology or equivalent, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0; Have undertaken a minimum of 2 years clinical experience in the appropriate discipline; 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


120 credit points. The program is structured with a nested Graduate Certificate (40 credit points) and Graduate Diploma (80 credit points) for the disciplines of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology.

Subjects you can Study:

Gerontological physiotherapy; Neurological physiotherapy; Occupational therapy; Speech pathology

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.

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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 1.5 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 3 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Full time 1.5 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Part time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 1.5 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 3 years

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