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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sport industry workforce.
If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person interested in studying a health or sport course, please contact Rachel Harrigan or phone 6201 2608.

Occupational Therapy Australia, ACT Divisional Council Award

Awarded to the master of occupational therapy graduate with the best academic performance.

Past Winners
2016: Tulene McCabe
2015: Amy Coleman
2014: Tamara Keogh

Are you interested in helping people achieve the most out of life? Our four year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy could be for you. This program has been designed to meet the competency standards for new graduate occupational therapists in Australia – the Australian Competency Standards for Occupational Therapists 2010.

The course integrates university based units with 1000 hours of practice education.  You will learn how to work with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they need to, want to do or are expected to do.  You will learn about modifying the occupation or environment to better support people’s occupational engagement. You will work with all people including those who have an impairment of body structure and function owing to a health condition or who are restricted in their participation or who are socially excluded owing to their membership of social or cultural minority groups.

Upon completion of the course you will have the attitudes, skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with people, individually or in groups or communities.

Employment opportunities include a variety of public, private and voluntary settings such as homes, schools, workplaces, health centres, supported accommodation, rehabilitation centres and hospitals.

Master of Occupational Therapy

The Master of Occupational Therapy is a graduate entry course that is designed for students who are committed to improving the lives of people by enabling participation in everyday life. The program is designed to meet the competency standards for new graduate occupational therapists (ACSOT 2010).

The course runs for five semesters incorporating university based units as well as 1000 hours of practice education. In the course, students learn how to work with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they need to, want to or are expected to do. Students also learn about modifying the occupation or the environment to better support people's occupational engagement.

Students will work with all people, including those who have an impairment of body structures or function owing to a health condition or who are restricted in their participation or who are socially excluded owing to their membership of social or cultural minority groups.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will have the attitudes, skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with people, individually or in groups or communities.

Graduates will work in a wide variety of public, private and voluntary sector settings, such as the person's home environment, schools, workplaces, health centres, supported accommodation, housing for seniors, rehabilitation centres, hospitals and forensic centres.

The Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra fulfills the requirements for entry level education of occupational therapists and has been awarded the status of a professionally accredited occupational therapy course by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

For information on requirements relating to registration of health professionals in Australia or recognition of prior qualification from an overseas institution please use the following link: www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au

Occupational Therapy research is focused on what people need to do, want to do or are expected to do. This broad focus lends itself to some exciting and varied research opportunities with individuals, groups and communities.

The Discipline of Occupational Therapy at the University of Canberra aims to contribute to Best Practice in Occupational Therapy through the combined research efforts of their academic staff.

The current research projects range from:

  • Physical disability and rehabilitation
  • A programmatic approach to practice education in occupational therapy
  • Culture in occupational therapy practice
  • Dementia and occupational therapy

We welcome graduates of Occupational Therapy degrees at UC, or elsewhere, to apply to undertake higher degrees by research.

Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.

Academic Staff

Clinical Educators

  • Jacqui Etherington
  • Wendy Alford
  • Heidi Hanes