Occupational therapy assists people of all ages to participate in the everyday tasks and activities (occupations) that they need and want to do, whether at home, at work, at school or in the community. Occupational therapists transform and adapt environments, activities, equipment and enhance performance to support and promote meaningful engagement and participation. They may work with individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations, in private practice and communities.
Occupational therapists’ work is diverse. As a graduate of the occupational therapy degree you could assist a person recovering from a stroke to shower and dress independently; you could develop inclusive playground experiences and environments for children of all abilities; you could recommend workplace changes that would assist an injured worker to return to work; or you could design home modifications or public transport changes that would ensure access for a person using a power wheelchair.
Major areas of study:
In order to meet the Australian Competency Standards for Entry Level Occupational Therapists, this course is structured in accordance with professional body recommendations.
All students complete studies in the following areas:
Professional areas (therapy theory and practice)
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy includes an embedded allied health Honours program for eligible students, which can be studied concurrently during the Bachelor degree course.
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has full accreditation from Occupational Therapy Australia, the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand), and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates
of accredited occupational therapy programs are eligible for national registration. Graduates are also eligible for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.