Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation

What will I study?


What you will learn

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 Clinical Rehabilitation. 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

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

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.

Course structure

To gain a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation you must complete 100 points comprising of:

  • Four core subjects
  • Four elective subjects.


On average, it is estimated that students will be required to allocate 15-19 hours per week for study time for each subject. However, the time commitment required can vary for each student based on individual task management and planning skills, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

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Single subjects

You can also study single subjects to contribute to your professional development. For more information, please contact Student Support.

Please note: The elective subject, Rehabilitation in Global Health, will not be offered in 2021.


Edward Mohandoss

Edward Mohandoss is a Physiotherapist in a public hospital in Melbourne and is relishing online learning despite his early reservations. The 43-year-old who works in geriatric rehabilitation says, “I was a bit apprehensive about the online mode of study as I was not confident with IT skills.” He adds enthusiastically that he found he was “able to cope with online learning with appropriate support from staff and fellow students.”

Shaking off his initial fears about the online learning environment has meant that the busy working father of a young family can now fulfil one of his long-time goals – to complete a masters degree. He explains, “The online nature of the course offered me flexibility so that I can spend time with my young family and balance the stress of full-time work.”

Edward says he hopes “to gain knowledge on current trends in rehabilitation and basic concepts in research” and describes the online Master of Clinical Rehabilitation as a confidence booster.

"Some of the assessment tasks such as writing a research proposal and feasibility proposal have given me immense confidence in participating in clinical research and quality improvement projects."

The highlight of online study for Edward has been the relationships he’s established with his peers. He says, “My favourite part of studying this course is the interaction between fellow students in the discussion boards and webinar sessions. Even if you miss the webinar sessions there is an option of watching the recorded version which was very useful for someone like me with full-time work.”

Edward explains that online learning has enabled him to “become knowledgeable about healthcare systems across the world.” He adds, “Given our interaction with students from different countries, it was interesting to compare similarities and differences in health care systems and its impact on patient outcomes.”

The Future looks bright for Edward. Already, he’s reaping the rewards of his new-found skills and confidence. He says, “The knowledge I’ve gained so far has made me a better clinician and people respect me when I share this knowledge, especially in my work place.”

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