On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

Rehabilitation theory and practice

  • Fluently and accurately discuss and debate key theoretical concepts in contemporaryrehabilitation practices using the language of rehabilitation science
  • Incorporate knowledge of muscle and exercise physiology and pathophysiology of commonconditions in designing, implementing and evaluating effective rehabilitation programs
  • Recognise the influence of the social and culture determinants of health and how these influenceindividual’s choices and health behaviours and act consistently to promote a shared decision making model of rehabilitation practice.
  • Work in a culturally competent manner with students and educators from diverse linguistic andcultural backgrounds to build understanding of factors that influence rehabilitation practices in diverse contexts

Evidence and innovation

  • Analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate research and evidence relevant to rehabilitationpractices
  • Design evidence informed rehabilitation programs for complex clinical cases in local, national andglobal contexts
  • Effectively measure both the health status of individuals and groups as well as monitor andmeasure the outcomes of rehabilitation strategies.

Clinical Practice in Context

  • Safely and effectively apply evidence informed rehabilitation practices in selected practicecontexts, responding to physical, social and cultural factors that influence the individual and likelyoutcomes
  • Justify clinical decision making for a range of clinical cases in diverse rehabilitation contexts basedon literature and practice priorities
  • Implement all elements of best practice in rehabilitation, including respectful communication withclients and shared decision making to achieve therapeutic goals
  • Advocate for the health and wellbeing of all individuals, promoting equitable access torehabilitation services
  • Design and execute a substantial professional project or research-based project as part of acapstone experience
  • Australian students will further demonstrate a deep respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture andvalues and recognise the need to design rehabilitation to meet the needs of Indigenouscommunities in a culturally sensitive and safe manner.

Course Description

The Master of Rehabilitation Science is a fully online postgraduate program that is designed to support students at different stages in their careers, including career starters and those with clinical experience seeking to improve their practice and gain further qualification. The online delivery model allows this course to be structured to suit student study preferences and individual needs. This Masters program supports independent and collaborative learning and offers a strong cohort experience with both asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences.

The emphasis in this course is on promoting contemporary best practice rehabilitation in multiple clinical and community contexts in both national and global settings. This course builds on students’ knowledge and skills to identify and analyse the multiple determinants of health that influence wellbeing, and to design and implement rehabilitation strategies in a holistic, person-centered manner at both an individual and group level.

Students will learn about the principles of rehabilitation and habilitation, the physiology of fitness and conditioning and the pathophysiology of selected conditions and specific needs in different chronic disease populations. The use of evidence informed clinical decision-making, emerging technologies and rehabilitation approaches, and strategies for the effective and safe implementation of rehabilitation in a range of practice contexts will be examined. Specifically, students will learn techniques including exercise prescription, goal setting and health behaviour modification, measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours, fitness evaluation and the selection of appropriate outcome measurements and indicators. At a group level, students will learn to complete a health needs analysis for rehabilitation programs, write grant applications for funding of rehabilitation programs and measure group outcomes.

Students have the option of enrolling in a Masters degree (150 points of study) or one of the nested awards; Specialist Certificate of Rehabilitation Science (25 points), Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Science (50 points), or the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Science (100 points).

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