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Discipline of Occupational Therapy

Increasing people's participation and meaning in life
We're at the forefront of enhancing occupational therapy practice, policy and education in Australia by extending the knowledge base of the profession and educating leading practitioners.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that focuses on improving, maintaining, or restoring independence to people impacted by injury, illness, disability or psychological impairment.

Occupational therapists work with their clients to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life. This might involve teaching alternative techniques to achieve a given task, or facilitating the improvement of skills.

The Discipline of Occupational Therapy is committed to high quality research and education which will contribute to a greater understanding of human occupations, including their roles, performance and adaptation, in order to enhance the knowledge base of the profession.

Where can occupational therapy take you?

Our graduates go on to work as practitioners, researchers, policymakers, advocates and educators in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • private practices
  • homes
  • schools
  • universities
  • workplaces
  • other community settings.

Graduate Jacky Peile talks about studying the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Study options

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) will enable you to help people with disabilities, and those recovering from injury or with ongoing conditions to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life.

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and for membership with Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Honours is available in occupational therapy, integrated as a pathway through the final two years of the undergraduate degree. Students will receive an invitation to express their interest during the second semester of their second year.

For more information on our honours program, visit our honours page.

The Master of Occupational Therapy prepares graduates for clinical practice in the profession of occupational therapy. Through practical learning and extensive clinical placements, you will learn to work with clients to help them participate more fully in life by focusing on their strengths.

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and for membership with Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a range of research opportunities to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake:

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Health Sciences, visit research supervisor connect.

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