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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.

Double degrees

Studying a double degree is a great way to increase your career options

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.

Tessa Neethling

Griffith Occupational Therapy student

As part of the first intake of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students in 2014, Tessa Neethling already has aspirations for her future career. ‘I love studying this degree and have decided that I am pretty keen on a career in paediatric occupational therapy. Occupational therapy gives real meaning to people’s lives and being a very people-focused person, I feel that I have certainly chosen the right thing. It’s easy to see how all the theory and practical components fit together to secure a future job within the profession.’

Tessa Neethling

Study options

Degrees Campus OP rank
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Gold Coast 8
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours Gold Coast

Expand your qualifications and your career options with our range of double degrees. As a double degree graduate, you’ll have a special skill set that will help you stand out with future employers.

Double Degrees Campus OP rank
Bachelor of Psychological Science/Master of Rehabilitation Counselling Gold Coast

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

Scholarships

Over 400 Scholarships available

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 social enterprises, charities, large companies, schools and prisons. 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
  • Homeless shelters
  • Universities and government departments
  • Community services
  • Aged care facilities
  • Refugee detention centres

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

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Monday 26 September — Friday 30 September

Queensland conservatorium auditions

Queensland Conservatorium live auditions will be conducted the week beginning Monday 26 September. 

Friday 30 September — Sunday 25 September

QTAC and UAC on time applications close

To attend Griffith in 2017, apply for our degrees via QTAC or UAC by 30 September, 2016. You can apply after this date, but a late fee will apply.

Friday 30 September — Sunday 25 September

Queensland Conservatorium QTAC and UAC applications due

Apply by 30 September via QTAC or UAC for Queensland Conservatorium degrees.

Monday 27 February — Friday 26 May

Trimester 1

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester kicking off on Monday 27 February.