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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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It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

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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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Saturday 20 July — Sunday 21 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 23 July — Tuesday 23 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 5 August — Monday 5 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 11 August — Sunday 11 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 9 September — Tuesday 10 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 12 September — Thursday 12 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Monday 23 September — Friday 4 October

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Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Monday 21 October — Friday 25 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Tuesday 29 October — Thursday 31 October

Application Support Nights

Need help with your university application? Receive personalised advice and assistance from one of our expert study advisers to start and/or complete your university application.

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Monday 16 December — Thursday 19 December

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If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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