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Occupational Therapy

Engage with the public and primary healthcare sector

Our graduates are prepared for a career in a variety of workplaces, including in acute care settings, homeless shelters, government departments and to work in a variety of settings including rural and remote practice. You will be able to work with individuals, groups and communities using occupation centred practice.

Occupational Therapy

Practice Education

Practice Education includes learning through simulation and placement opportunities. Practice education provides students with the opportunity to integrate occupational therapy knowledge and skills in a practice environment.

Occupational Therapy students are required as part of the external accreditation requirements to undertake 1000 hours of practice education across a breadth and depth of practice areas. Practice Education occurs across the program.

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In addition to the placement and work-integrated learning, there are intensives involved in many of the units. The program works to align these placements so that students undertaking a full-time study load and follow the recommended study plan will attend Darwin 4 times (for those studying the Dual Degree this is in the third and final years of study; for those studying the Masters Entry course this is in the first and second (ie final) year of study).

Intensives provide students with the opportunity to develop and refine their occupational therapy skills. Intensive units are a great way to meet fellow students and build your professional relationships and knowledge.

Career Pathways

You will be prepared for a rewarding career in a variety of workplaces, including in hospitals, private practice, aged care, homeless shelters, refugee detention centres, universities, and government departments. You will be able to work with individuals, groups and communities in social enterprises, charities, large companies, schools and prisons.

Prize giving

The College awards prizes to students studying Occupational Therapy. We look forward to celebrating with students at our annual prize giving ceremony.

Inherent Requirements 

The College of Health and Human Sciences strongly supports the right of all people to pursue a course in Occupational Therapy to achieve their potential and career objectives. The College is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, practice experiences and other activities to address the impact of students' disabilities so that they are able to participate in their course.

Read the Inherent Requirements for Occupational Therapy

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