Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation

Course overview

  • 1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Term 1 Intake - January and Term 3 Intake - July


The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation is a course designed for physiotherapists, exercise scientists, occupational therapists, nurses and other qualified allied health professionals who want to become experts in rehabilitation and health promotion for people recovering from injury and illness.

This 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 relating to your specific profession, including women’s health, paediatrics, neurology, acute care, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and emerging technology. 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.

Who the course is for

This course has been created for qualified health professionals who are seeking to improve their practice and develop internationally transferable skills in rehabilitation and health promotion. 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, such as:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Exercise Scientists
  • Nurses
  • Medical Doctors

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

This comprehensive program prepares graduates to effectively plan and review rehabilitation strategies to suit a range of scenarios, ranging from acute critical illness, community rehabilitation and lifespan care.

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.


The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation is part of a nested suite of courses, designed for versatility. You may also be interested in the following related courses: