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Develop your professional practice using the latest research-led knowledge.
- Applications close 20 August 2017
Your dedicated Student Support team is available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday AEDT to answer your enquiries, phone: +61 3 8344 0149.
|Full-time duration||Part-time duration||Core subjects||Elective Subjects||Capstone subject*||Next term starts||Total course fee|
|1.5 years||3 years||6||4||1||2 Oct, 2017 (Term 4)||A$35,673|
*Capstone subjects vary, and may involve work placements, project-based learning, a research project, or a coursework subject outlining business best practice. Please review the course page for more information on this component.
The Rehabilitation Science program 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 holistically.
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
- Learn the principals of best practice rehabilitation
Learn the principals of best practice rehabilitation
You will learn about the principles of rehabilitation and habilitation, including how to help people regain lost skills, the physiology of fitness and conditioning and the pathophysiology of selected conditions and specific needs in different chronic disease populations.
- Become an expert in health promotion
Become an expert in health promotion
This course will build on your knowledge and skills to identify and analyse the multiple determinants of health that influence wellbeing, and to design and implement rehabilitation strategies in a holistic, person-centred manner at both an individual and group level.
- Evidence informed clinical decision-making
Evidence informed clinical decision-making
You will learn about emerging technologies and rehabilitation approaches and develop strategies for the effective and safe implementation of rehabilitation in a range of practice contexts.
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 Louisa Remedios, Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Health Science
Course Coordinator, Master of Rehabilitation Science
- Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley, Deputy Head, Physiotherapy Department
Subject Development Coordinator, Foundations of Rehabilitation Science
- Dr Alicia Spittle, Physiotherapist and Subject Development Coordinator, Rehabilitation in Paediatrics
- Professor Linda Denehy, Head of the Department of Physiotherapy
- Sonya Moore, Subject Development Coordinator, Musculoskeletal Rehabiliation
- Gavin Williams, Associate Professor of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation
- Dr Margaret Sherburn, Subject Development Coordinator, Rehabilitation for Women’s Health
Contact student support
Talk with a dedicated online Student Support Consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page, via phone or by filling out the enquiry form to understand more about this program, including:
- Entry requirements
- Time commitment for subjects
- Fees and payment options.
Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149
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