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Occupational therapists work collaboratively with people, assisting them to overcome barriers and limitations to become who they want to be. These barriers can be caused by injury or illness, psychological or emotional disabilities, delays in development, effects of ageing, or environmental or societal barriers. Occupational therapists play an important role in helping clients achieve their goals, allowing them to actively participate in society.

Over 40 years of experience in providing high quality occupational therapy education has allowed the University of South Australia to develop essential industry links and in-demand graduates.

You will have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attributes to become an evidence-based occupational therapy practitioner who can work across a diverse range of practice areas.

Occupational therapists often work closely with doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, social workers, psychologists, vocational counsellors and occupational health and safety officers. You may be employed in a variety of settings, with opportunities to work in hospitals, private practice, community mental health services, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, community services, home care programs, local council services, government departments and schools.


Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia), all students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following a student’s enrolment in the program. No fee applies for student registration.

Professional accreditation

This program is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd.

This program is approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia for the purpose of professional registration as an occupational therapist in Australia.

This program is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

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