Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

1 year part-time

With specialisations in:
Physiotherapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Pathology

Description

The Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation is nested within the Master of Rehabilitation (Discipline) and 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.

The course includes a health research unit; intensives supported by on-line seminars to develop clinical reasoning and analysis of movement related to the disciplines; advanced studies in chronic disease and disability and associated skill development; and culminates with an inter-professional practicum to develop skills related to teamwork, leadership, supervision, mentoring and funding of services for aged and neurological rehabilitation.

Graduates should be able to:

  • apply advanced clinical reasoning skills and in-depth analysis of movements related to the specific discipline, develop goals with their patients, implement treatment plans, use outcome measures and reflective practice to demonstrate holistic management of the older adult or patient with acquired brain injury
  • understand the complexity of management for those with chronic diseases due to lifestyle, ageing or acquired brain injury, applying best practice models of care for practice in hospital and community contexts with demonstrated ability to use motivational interviewing, goal setting and self-management for behavioural change, and maximise outcomes for increased participation for home, leisure and work activities of adults with chronic disease or ageing with a disability
  • demonstrate the ability to critically appraise the literature for a work-based project and use evidence for practice in the field of aged care or those with acquired brain injury
  • demonstrate knowledge of effective team processes along with skill development in peer mentoring, supervision and leadership.

Study areas

With specialisations in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology

Course duration

1 year part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Multi-mode)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode)
  • North Sydney (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Multi-mode (students are required to attend residential schools on the Brisbane campus)
* Available in Sydney and Melbourne Subject to student numbers and locaiton of staff with pertinent expertise

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Credit Points

40

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9743 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Have completed either:

    1. a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 3 year program in a Health Discipline or equivalent to enter the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation non-specialty pathway; OR
    2. a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4 year program in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology or equivalent to enter the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (Discipline) pathway, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0;
  1. Have a minimum of one year clinical experience in the appropriate discipline.
  2. Demonstrate suitability to undertake the course:
    1. 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;
    2. 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.

Applying for admission

Career paths

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 may include:

  • Clinician
  • Case worker
  • Researcher

Specialisations

With specialisations in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology

English language requirements

Academic IELTS 6.5, including individual scores of 6.0 for all tests.

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation.

Graduates who choose a specialisation may be eligible to undertake the Master of Rehabilitation (Field/Discipline) and continue their studies within that specialisation.

Graduates may also be eligible to undertake other postgraduate programs or a higher degree research within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

More course information

Students may qualify with a specialisation by undertaking 20 cp of specialisation units.

Students may alternatively undertake a non-specialty pathway by selecting 20 cp of health units in lieu of specialisation units.

The Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation articulates through the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (Discipline) to the Master of Rehabilitation (Field/Discipline/Non-specialty).

Contacts for future students

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