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|Full-time duration||Part-time duration||Core subjects||Elective Subjects||Next term starts||Applications close||Total course fee*|
|1 year||2 years||4||4||23 April 2018||2 April 2018||A$24,448|
*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.
The Rehabilitation Science suite of courses is for physiotherapists, exercise scientists, occupational therapists, nurses and other qualified allied health professionals, who want to become experts in rehabilitation and health promotion to help rehabilitate people recovering from injury and illness.
The course has been developed around three major themes: theory and practice; research and innovation; and rehabilitation in context. Within these themes, you can focus your studies on a variety of subjects including women’s health, paediatrics, neurology, acute care, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and emerging technology as they relate to your specific profession. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in leadership and health advocacy.
As a student of this course, you’ll deepen your skills and learn the principles of best practice rehabilitation, including how to help people regain lost skills, the physiology of fitness and conditioning, the pathophysiology of common conditions, and the specific needs of those affected by limited ability and function.
As part of the course, you will identify and analyse the determinants of health that influence wellbeing. You will learn to design, implement and evaluate rehabilitation strategies in a holistically way.
You will learn about the principles of rehabilitation, the physiology and, pathophysiology of common conditions and rehabilitation strategies for the effective and safe implementation of rehabilitation in a range of practice contexts. Specifically, you will learn techniques including exercise prescription, goal setting and health behaviour modification, measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours, fitness evaluation and a selection of appropriate outcome measurements and indicators. The course will emphasise contemporary best practice rehabilitation in multiple clinical and community contexts, nationally and globally.
Who the course is for
The unique course structure allows you to personalise your degree and design a program that best meets your practice needs and builds your professional profile and expertise. It is relevant to a range of qualified allied health professionals including, but not limited to:
- Occupational Therapists
- Exercise Scientists
A postgraduate qualification in Rehabilitation Science will build your professional profile and reputation which can open up new employment opportunities. Graduates of this program will gain leadership prospects within a range of health professions.
What you will learn
Rehabilitation theory and practice
Rehabilitation theory and practice
You will be able to fluently and accurately discuss and debate key theoretical concepts in contemporary rehabilitation practices using the language of rehabilitation science. You will be able to apply the knowledge of muscle and exercise physiology and pathophysiology of common conditions to the design, implementation and evaluation of rehabilitation programs. You’ll also be able to recognise the influence of the social and culture determinants of health and how these influence individual’s choices and health behaviours and act consistently to promote a shared decision making model of rehabilitation practice.
Evidence and innovation
Evidence and innovation
You will learn to analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate research and evidence relevant to rehabilitation practices. As well as, effectively measure both the health status of individuals and groups and monitor and measure the outcomes of rehabilitation strategies.
Clinical Practice in Context
Clinical Practice in Context
You will be able to safely and effectively apply evidence informed rehabilitation practices in selected practice contexts, responding to physical, social and cultural factors that influence the individual and likely outcomes. You will be able to justify clinical decision-making for a range of clinical cases in diverse rehabilitation contexts based on literature and practice priorities and apply all elements of best practice in rehabilitation, including respectful communication with clients and shared decision making to achieve therapeutic goals.
Who you will learn from
You will be taught by leading academics in their field via an engaging online learning experience, enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow students. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley, Deputy Head, Physiotherapy Department
Subject Development Coordinator, Foundations of Rehabilitation Science
- Associate Professor Louisa Remedios, Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Health Science
Course Coordinator, Master of Rehabilitation Science
Contact student support
You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:
- Entry requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Fees and payment options.
To gain a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Science you must complete 100 points comprising of:
- Four 12.5 point core subjects
- Four 12.5 point elective subjects.
|Foundations of Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & Term 4)||12.5|
Foundations of Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & Term 4)
This subject is a foundation subject to introduce you to selected core theory and frameworks that underpin the development and delivery of best practice, evidence informed rehabilitation services across a range of disciplines and clinical practice contexts over the lifespan.
Detailed Information REHB90001
|Rehabilitation, Activity and Exercise (Offered in Term 1 & Term 3)||12.5|
Rehabilitation, Activity and Exercise (Offered in Term 1 & Term 3)
Learn how to critically draw on research evidence to understand physical activity and exercise and to understand the health risks of sedentary behaviour. You’ll learn how to design and evaluate appropriate programs to manage these risks.
Detailed Information REHB90002
|Evaluation of Rehabilitation Practice (Offered in Term 4)||12.5|
Evaluation of Rehabilitation Practice (Offered in Term 4)
Develop skills in the areas of selection, application and interpretation of rehabilitation treatment and evaluation for individuals, groups and rehabilitation services.
Detailed Information REHB90003
|Health Behaviour Change (Offered in Term 1)||12.5|
Health Behaviour Change (Offered in Term 1)
Get an introduction to the key theories underlying contemporary approaches to health promotion and health behaviour change in individuals across the health-illness spectrum and at the population level.
Detailed Information HLTH90001
You can select from the following subjects or you can undertake another masters-level fully online subject as an elective, as agreed by the Course Coordinator.
|Rehabilitation in the Acute Setting (Offered in Term 2 & Term 4)||12.5|
Rehabilitation in the Acute Setting (Offered in Term 2 & Term 4)
This subject is focused primarily on the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals within the intensive care setting and consideration of community reintegration planning.
Detailed Information REHB90004
|Rehabilitation for Paediatrics (Offered in Term 1)||12.5|
Rehabilitation for Paediatrics (Offered in Term 1)
Gain an understanding of the safe and effective application of intervention and rehabilitation principles to meet the health needs of infants, children and adolescents and their families.
Detailed Information REHB90005
|Rehabilitation for Women’s Health (Offered in Term 2)||12.5|
Rehabilitation for Women’s Health (Offered in Term 2)
Build a deep understanding of the safe and effective application of rehabilitation principles to meet the health needs of women. Attention is focused primarily on musculoskeletal disorders with attention to conditions affecting women from young adulthood through to their reproductive and older years.
Detailed Information REHB90006
|Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & Term 4)||12.5|
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & Term 4)
This subject is designed to meet the practice needs of those who are working primarily in the area of musculoskeletal practice. Focus will be on habilitation and rehabilitation strategies for optimizing the musculoskeletal health of individuals.
|Rehabilitation in Neurology (Offered in Term 3)||12.5|
Rehabilitation in Neurology (Offered in Term 3)
This subject is designed to meet the practice needs of those who are working primarily in the area of neurological practice. Focus will be on habilitation and rehabilitation strategies for optimising the health experience of individuals with neurological conditions.
Detailed Information REHB90008
|Rehabilitation in Global Health (Offered in Term 2)||12.5|
Rehabilitation in Global Health (Offered in Term 2)
Explore the role of rehabilitation in emerging concepts of inclusive health and universal health, including limitations of current models and conceptualisation of rehabilitation. Further explore the need and unmet needs for rehabilitation.
|Ageing in Society (Offered in Term 1)||12.5|
Ageing in Society (Offered in Term 1)
Learn about ageing from a range of perspectives, including life course, bio-medical, gender, cross-cultural, consumer, historical and self-reflection. This subject will critically analyse all forms of ageism and how older people are portrayed in literature, media and government policy using case studies from Australia and other countries around the world.
Detailed Information POPH90256
|Body of Ageing (Offered in Term 3)||12.5|
Body of Ageing (Offered in Term 3)
Focus on how the body and its systems are affected by ageing and explore the differences between the natural ageing process and physical changes that develop as a result of illness with older persons. Understanding the common impairments and physiological changes behind them that occur as part of the ageing process provides students with a fundamental base to critically analyse and develop strategies for healthy ageing and disease prevention.
Detailed Information POPH90257
|Economics of Ageing (Offered in Term 4)||12.5|
Economics of Ageing (Offered in Term 4)
Examine the influence of private and public/government decision-making on the economic well-being of older people. Decisions include private decisions to prepare for old age and to live through old age by saving and managing assets. The subject also covers how an ageing population exerts upward pressure on taxation levels required to finance government activities and services for the aged.
Detailed Information POPH90258
|Ethics of Ageing (Offered in Term 2)||12.5|
Ethics of Ageing (Offered in Term 2)
Get an overview of some of the key ethical issues associated with ageing across the lifespan, with an emphasis on the societal dimensions and implications for policy and professional practice. Students will be introduced to bioethical theory and its application to frame the exploration of a number of key issues organized within thematic units of "justice", "autonomy" and "dignity". A final unit will explore ethical issues pertaining to the human quest for "immortality".
Detailed Information POPH90260
|End of Life Issues (Offered in Term 3)||12.5|
End of Life Issues (Offered in Term 3)
Examine end of life issues in a variety of contexts, such as in private homes, hospitals, hospices and residential care facilities, and consider their implications for individuals; families and friends; clinicians and health professionals; carers; and policy makers. Examples of policy, practice and legislation from a range of countries will be used to highlight common features and diverse approaches to end of life issues.
Detailed Information POPH90259
Apply advanced knowledge of anatomical structure and function to critically select and interpret radiological investigations. Scrutinise normal and pathological findings as displayed by a variety of imaging modalities including x-rays, CT scans, MRI and US imagining.
Detailed Information RADI90024
Please note: subjects will run subject to minimum student numbers.
The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
Discuss your subjects
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to find out more about:
- Content and learning outcomes
- Assessment requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Possible recognition of prior learning
- Exit pathways.
To apply for the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Science, applicants are required to have:
- An undergraduate degree in the discipline of Physiotherapy, Medicine, Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Nursing, or another relevant discipline; and
- At least two years of documented relevant professional work experience.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Professional work experience.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
Applicants are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.
Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.
Discuss your eligibility
Speak with a dedicated online student support consultant to clarify any questions about entry requirements, including prior academic performance and professional experience.
Fees and scholarships
Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Science
100 point program
Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Your course is equivalent in quality and accreditation to an on-campus qualification. Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.
The indicative course fee for the course is based on one year of full-time study. In cases of part-time study, the fee is based on the study load that the student is taking. Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term, and total course fees are not required to be paid up-front.
The fees listed are the indicative costs for 2018. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.
Learn more about tuition fees.
Financial assistance and scholarships
If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may choose to defer your tuition fees through FEE-HELP.
There are many bursaries and scholarships awarded by the University and specific faculties, based on a variety of criteria. Online students are encouraged to apply.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.
- Domestic scholarships
The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.
Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.
- International scholarships
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.
Discuss your payment options
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to assess the best way to fund your study.
Term Applications close Term dates Term 2, 2018 2 April 23 Apr - 24 Jun Term 3, 2018 2 July 16 Jul - 16 Sep Term 4, 2018 24 Sept 8 Oct - 9 Dec
Term Applications close Term dates Term 1, 2019 14 Jan 28 Jan - 31 Mar Term 2, 2019 8 Apr 22 Apr - 23 Jun Term 3, 2019 1 Jul 15 Jul - 15 Sep Term 4, 2019 23 Sep 7 Oct - 8 Dec
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It takes about 20 minutes to complete the form using the online application system.
You can save your work in progress and complete the application at a later date.
To complete your application you will require:
- Course code GD-REHABSC
- Evidence of meeting the English Language Requirements as determined by the University
- A detailed CV, including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed
- Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system. Transcripts for previous studies undertaken at the University of Melbourne are not required. An academic transcript is an official record of your studies that lists all subjects you have undertaken, and all of the results that you obtained.
- Digital files of these documents. Limit of 6MB per document. Supported file types: TXT, DOC, DOCX, PDF, JPG, JPEG, XLS, XLSX, TIFF).
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Contact one of our friendly consultants to talk through:
- The selection process
- Preparing your documentation
- Using the online application system.
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