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Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physio)

Course Description

What is rehabilitation physiotherapy?

Rehabilitation physiotherapy focuses on restoring function and movement after sickness or injury. Physiotherapists use manual therapy, movement training and education to help patients to recover.

Who is this course for?

This course is for physiotherapists with suitable registration or qualifications, who want to specialise in rehabilitation.

Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) is a coursework program which qualifies students to apply advanced knowledge and skills in rehabilitation treatment settings.
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) graduates will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a physiotherapist
*Design assessment, management and evaluation plans across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to physiotherapy practice to develop solutions for complex problems
*Communicate theoretical knowledge, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions using high-level oral and written English language and where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of audiences
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes.

Course Structure

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research. Students enrolled in the coursework graduate diploma program may choose the research core subjects as elective subjects and students enrolled in a coursework/research graduate diploma program may choose the coursework core subjects as elective subjects. If this course is to be used as a pathway to enrolment in a PhD, students will need to complete the coursework/research stream.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title


Course articulation

Students admitted to a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation may after completion of that award, gain advanced standing for those studies towards a Master of Rehabilitation

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences teaches this course. The School provides several programs unique to Australia. We have:
*Rehabilitation Sciences have current accreditation with their professional bodies
*teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
*cutting-edge facilities including a movement analysis laboratory, and an exercise testing and rehabilitation clinic.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physio) page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered Australian Physiotherapists or have completed an overseas recognised physiotherapy qualification. Note: Completion of this program will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified physiotherapists.

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