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Create a positive impact on people's lives by enabling them to be more productive and self-sufficient

If you're drawn to a profession that can have a profound effect on people's lives, helping with the things they want and need to do in community and family life, work, school, sports and relaxation interests, an exciting career is ahead of you.

Occupational therapy focuses on enabling people to lead more productive, self-sufficient lives. By concentrating on their strengths rather than their restrictions or barriers, it helps them to achieve their goals. This degree will equip you with a range of therapeutic techniques to help people in your care to overcome the challenges they face due to injury, illness or environmental barriers.

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Study occupational therapy at Griffith

Prepare for an endlessly rewarding career

Occupational therapy is an exciting profession that opens up numerous opportunities for graduates. Many will work in health and social care settings but an increasing number will create new roles to address some of the major issues impacting on Australia and other parts of the world.

Studying at Griffith you'll develop the relevant, practical skills needed to deliver life-changing outcomes for clients. You'll learn how help people to increase independence and enhance development, to carry out the activities they struggle with due to illness, injury or other disadvantages.

Our program will prepare you for a career across the diverse areas of practice. It covers occupational therapy theory and practice, occupational science and other sciences such as psychology, sociology and anatomy, providing you with the tools and theoretical understanding to work as an occupational therapist in any setting.

You'll undertake a number of placements including an opportunity to make your mark in an important area.

A hallmark of this program is its truly contemporary view of occupational therapy, in keeping with current international trends.

Our world-class facilities and research provide an edge

The $150 million Griffith Health Centre on our Gold Coast campus operates over the road from the 750-bed Gold Coast University Hospital and a 250-bed private hospital. It's a unique environment in which to gain unrivalled clinical experiences. Our industry-leading research in many areas of medical science informs our degree content, helping to produce forward-thinking graduates ready to make their mark in a healthcare career.

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Career outcomes

Your passport to an in-demand career

Griffith graduates can travel the world with their occupational therapy qualifications

You’ll be able to work with individuals, groups and communities in hospitals and health services, social enterprises, charities, large companies and schools. In fact, you'll be equipped to create the career you want.

You will find employment opportunities in a variety of workplaces locally, nationally and overseas, including:

  • Hospitals and health services
  • Homeless shelters
  • Universities and government departments
  • Community services
  • Aged care facilities
  • Immigration detention centres

As an occupational therapist you may find yourself working closely with medical practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, social workers, psychologists, vocational counsellors and occupational health and safety officers.

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