The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

The course is offered in internal and external mode.

The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitation and Pathway 1 of the Master of Clinical Rehabilitation, with the sequentially developed topics allowing progression through the three awards.

Students who have completed the graduate certificate normally are awarded credit for 18 units of topics towards the graduate diploma.

Admission requirements

Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitation must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification and have not less than two years' postgraduate experience in a relevant clinical area.

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course aims to enable individuals from any health professional background to deepen their knowledge base and skills in a variety of areas of rehabilitation practice.

Specifically, the course aims to:

  • review the principles and practice of clinical rehabilitation and apply these to contemporary practice
  • model a team approach to problem solving, assessment and management within rehabilitation
  • enable practitioners to analyse and apply evidence-based practice in rehabilitation
  • enable students to study rehabilitation approaches and interventions across a number of practice areas.

Learning outcomes

Students can expect to graduate with the:

  • ability to describe and apply the principles, processes and practice of clinical rehabilitation
  • ability to describe and apply teamwork principles and concepts in clinical rehabilitation
  • skills to plan, implement and evaluate rehabilitation plans in a client-centred framework for people with a variety of conditions that present in the clinical rehabilitation setting
  • ability to appraise a rehabilitation program or service
  • ability to describe and distinguish the assessment and management of a variety of conditions that present in the clinical rehabilitation setting
  • ability to identify, critically analyse and apply evidence for rehabilitation approaches and techniques.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Except with permission of the Faculty Board no student may attempt a topic more than twice.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 12 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 topics

 REHB8019  The Study of Rehabilitation Practice  (4.5 units)
 REHB8020  Tools for Effective Rehabilitation Practice (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

plus 27 units of option topics from:

 REHB8014  Using Virtual Reality and Robotics in Neuro-rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 REHB8015  Applied Exercise Therapy in Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 REHB8023  Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 REHB8024  Counselling & Education in Clinical Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 REHB8025  Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury  (4.5 units)
 REHB8026  Early Rehabilitation Following Stroke  (4.5 units)
 REHB8027  Rehabilitation of Degenerative Neurological Disorders  (4.5 units)
 REHB8028A  Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders A  (4.5 units)
 REHB8028B  Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders B  (4.5 units)
 REHB8029  Pulmonary Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 REHB8030  Clinical Rehabilitation Practice  (9 units)
 REHB8031  Rehabilitation Following Spinal Cord Injury  (4.5 units)
 REHB8032  Rehabilitation Nursing  (4.5 units)
 REHB8033  Stroke Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)
 REHB9034  Rehabilitation Research Methods  (4.5 units)
 REHB8042   Neurological Gait and Balance Analysis and Wearable Sensor Technology in Rehabilitation  (4.5 units)