Develop the knowledge and skills required to become a registered occupational therapist. The degree has a strong focus on preparing you for interprofessional practice, enabling you to become a contemporary health professional who can work across various settings with a wide range of clients.
Engagement and participation in meaningful 'occupations' are one of the fundamental indicators for overall health and wellbeing. Many people face difficulties that create barrier to doing things they need and want to do in their everyday lives. This may be due to injury, childhood developmental delay, disability, chronic medical conditions, and/or emotional and mental difficulties.
Occupational Therapists evaluate and identify barriers to people participating in the activities that matter to them. They then work with people to improve their skills and abilities, change the way they do an activity, or modify their environment, to help them live their best lives. This helps contribute to their overall psychological and physical wellbeing.
Employment Growth, Occupational Therapists.
(National Skills Commission, 2021 Employment projections for the five years to 2026).
No.1 in SA
in Health Services & Support for full-time employment and median salary.
(The Good Universities Guide 2022 (undergraduate), public SA-founded universities only.)
No.1 in SA
for skills development in health services & support.
(The Good Universities Guide 2021 (postgraduate), public SA-founded universities only).
No.1 in Australia
For postgraduate employment.
(QILT 2021 Graduate Outcomes Survey — longitudinal).
Both the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy programs are accredited with approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapy. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist in Australia.
I love studying OT at Flinders. The teaching staff are super supportive and by studying alongside other disciplines, you learn how your role fits into an interdisciplinary team to achieve strong client outcomes.
Studying OT at Flinders is not just about learning the content for your future career, but is an incredible journey of self-growth that gives you the tools required to challenge your perception of yourself, others, and the world around you. I am grateful for not only the knowledge I am leaving with, but the new outlook I have on my own life.
Graduate Jack Poole talks about his career in Occupational Therapy.
Learn about Occupational Therapy at Flinders with Associate Professor Stacey George.
Flinders graduate Genna Geddes talks about her experience studying Occupational Therapy at Flinders.
Flinders graduate Meg Clothier has taken the core values and principles installed throughout her Occupational Therapy degree to drought-stricken lands across the country to give farmers a well-deserved break.
Our incredible teaching and research staff are experts in their professions and well-connected to industry.
Academic Lead: Professor Stacey George
Stacey has had a long clinical and research career. She is currently a Conjoint Clinical academic with Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. Stacey is an active researcher with the Flinders Caring Futures Institute with expertise in the evaluation of interprofessional rehabilitation practice and interventions to improve participation in real world settings
Undergraduate Course Coordinator: Ellice Willcourt
Ellice graduated in 2003 from a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in North Queensland. Ellice has spent most of her clinical career working in adult mental health services across crisis, community, inpatient, and community residential settings within Southern Adelaide and Central Queensland. Ellice is passionate about sharing her knowledge with students relating to working within the field of mental health and in turn creating a passion for this area of practice in Flinders University Occupational Therapy graduates.
Placement Education Coordinator/Lecturer: Ali Dymmott
Ali has worked clinically in a range of areas across rural and metropolitan South Australia and has focused on paediatrics, rehabilitation, acute care and community health. She also worked extensively in project management for SA Health. Ali is an active researcher in the Flinders Caring Futures Institute and is currently undertaking a PhD.
Student Experience Coordinator/senior lecturer: Sandra Mortimer
Sandra has extensive experience as an occupational therapist predominantly working with young children and families in community settings in both metropolitan and rural areas. Sandra enjoys bringing teaching alive by matching clinical experiences to student learning needs to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences. She is passionate about supporting Occupational Therapy graduates to be innovative, reflective, client-centred and culturally responsive in their practice.
Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 Biology or equivalent is assumed.
Both the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy programs are accredited with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapy. Graduates are eligible for registration as an occupational therapist in Australia.
Occupational therapy is a growing field, particularly in the areas of children and families, disability and aged care. According to the National Skills Commission (2021 employment projections for the five years to 2026), employment growth for occupational therapists is 7.4%.
Our graduates are employed locally, interstate and internationally in a range of settings including public and private sectors.
Yes, students are required to complete clinical placements in the Masters of Occupational Therapy. You will complete a total of over 1000 hours of clinical placement in a wide variety of areas.
Both the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy and the Master of Occupational Therapy require two years of full-time study and are not offered externally or on a part-time basis.
You can undertake either a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies). Once you have successfully completed a minimum of 18.0 units of study and have generated a Grade Point Average (GPA) based on those 18.0 units, you will be eligible to apply for the double degree via SATAC. You can apply for entry at the end of each year until you have completed 72.0 units of study in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies) program.
Please note, this does not guarantee entry into the double degree or Master of Occupational Therapy program and entry is competitive base on GPA.
The current pandemic situation (COVID-19) will affect many aspects of your study, from topic availability on campus to how your classes are delivered. For detailed information about the impact of COVID-19 on your study please refer to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page.
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