What will I learn?

This course extends the skills and knowledge of health and exercise professionals currently working with individuals with a range of neurological conditions.

Students will develop an understanding of how research findings and current guidelines, along with their client's values and preferences and their own clinical experience, can be incorporated into effective, evidence informed, management.

The program is open to a range of professionals including practising Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, and Registered Nurses wanting to expand their knowledge in the area of neurological rehabilitation.

Students will develop their ability to provide specialist care across a range of neurological conditions and settings, from acute to community-based services, and will enhance their confidence and engagement in the provision of best-practice care.

The course is available online, apart from a two-week intensive on-campus semester. Students will develop and undertake an implementation research project in an area relevant to their practice, based on the translation science foundations from earlier components of this program of study.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesize complex neurological concepts and theories in clinical rehabilitation situations.
  • Apply communication and collaboration skills to translate innovative practice in neurological rehabilitation.
  • Reflect critically on a complex body of neurological knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of neurological rehabilitation professional practice
  • Use high level self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute a substantial project in neurological rehabilitation.

Course structure

Students must complete 7 Core Units and 2 Elective Units.

Career opportunities

This program of study will support career progression for individuals within their clinical roles (for instance to more senior roles) and/or may encourage clinicians to move from clinical practice to research/education or academic positions. There is a great need, and a stated intention, for clinical researcher roles to be developed within many health services. Graduates of this program will be well equipped to undertake such roles.

Which department am I in?

School of Medical and Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,850.00 (18,33,694) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,850

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have the minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional (work) experience. English Language Requirements accepted: Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5, with no individual band less than 6.0; TOEFL: Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5 or better; TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17; PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses; University of Cambridge [Cambridge English: Advanced]: Pre-2015: A score between 58 - 66 with no less than 'Borderline' in any element of the test. Post-2015: An overall score of 176, with no individual band less than 169.

For international students

All applicants are required to be a registered health professional i.e. Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Nurse, Medical Practitioner or be graduates from a nationally-professionally accredited program (e.g. Speech Pathologist, Dietitian or Exercise Physiologist). All applicants must maintain this registration/professional accreditation for the duration of this course, and have a minimum of one year full time clinical experience in a relevant area of clinical practice and have worked with clients with neurological conditions undergoing rehabilitation.

Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree; or
  • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.

English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5, with no individual band less than 6.0;
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses.
  • TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5.0 or better.
  • TOEFL - Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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