Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Occupational therapists work with people who have a permanent or temporary disruption to their roles or activities, or who are at risk of developing problems performing these roles or activities. The focus of occupational therapy is on developing and maintaining people's abilities to carry out activities by helping them gain new skills, change the environment, or modify their activity. Occupational therapists combine knowledge of occupational therapy practice with knowledge from behavioural, social and biomedical sciences to develop programs for individuals or groups.
- Occupational therapy
- Human anatomy
- Occupational therapy theory and practice
- Social sciences
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 HSC or equivalent
- Selection via ATAR
- Recommended studies: Biology
Eligibility for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
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Career opportunities: Occupational therapists (OTs) work with people who may have a permanent or temporary disruption to their lives, or may be at risk of developing problems with their daily activities. OTs also work closely with families, carers, governments and private industry. They work in many areas including hospitals, community centres, schools, private practice, private industry and work rehabilitation, and are usually part of a team of professionals. Many graduates take up positions in the UK, USA and Canada. Practical experience: 1,000 hours of clinical placement in hospitals, community centres and specialist practices over the four-year program. Placements occur each year, with longer placements in senior years. Placements may occur in holiday periods. At least one placement will take place outside of Sydney. Students will be responsible for costs, including accommodation and travel.