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This program is for students of the University of South Australia studying in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with a competitive GPA.

Occupational therapists assist people in managing physical constraints caused by injury or illness, as well as emotional, developmental, environmental, societal, age-related and psychological limitations, such as autism and dementia. They help people of all ages achieve their goals, optimise their lifestyles and actively participate in society irrespective of personal and environmental limitations.

This program will prepare you for a career across the diverse areas of practice, developing your skills in mental health, acute care, physical rehabilitation, community health, work rehabilitation, aged care and paediatrics. With a focus on patient outcomes, you will understand the science as well as the communication and relationship skills essential for patient care.

This program will also prepare you for a career in research. You will learn how to plan and complete a research project for publication in a professional journal.  Honours is required if you wish to continue study and complete a PhD in the future. Your career prospects may also be enhanced as Honours degrees are often looked upon favourably by prospective employers.

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.

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