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Study Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

Curtin University


The School of Occupational Therapy was established in 1961. Foreseeing the demand for specialist professional services in both clinical practice and research, it has been offering postgraduate programs since 1976.  The School’s reputation for excellence is recognised throughout Australia and in many other countries by the ready employment of graduates, links with industry and clinical practice, and the increasing enrolment of overseas tudents in graduate research programs. Key within the School’s educational approach is student responsibility for learning as the foundation for the lifelong learning and problem solving necessary for a practising professional. Staff with doctoral qualifications are available for graduate supervision in a range of areas. These programs are supported by key research groups in the areas of industry, occupational science and occupational adjustment; aged care; fatigue management; international disability education; families, children and quality of life; and ergonomics, biomechanics and ICT.


The School offers innovative postgraduate programs for practicing occupational therapists who want to upgrade their skills and for graduates of other health disciplines wishing to prepare for occupational therapy practice. These include the professional Master of Clinical Science, providing multidisciplinary clinical practice in one of five specialist streams. The theory and advanced practice skills training are supported by evaluation, research and clinical reasoning study that is common to all streams. The graduate entry Masters program was developed in response to professional and community need and provides another avenue to satisfy the demand for local and international occupational therapy services.


Graduate Programs


Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate entry)


Professional Masters


  • Master of Clinical Science

    - Disability

    - Gerontology

    - Hand and Upper Limb

  • Rehabilitation

    - Mental Health

    - Occupational Therapy

  • Master of Science (Occupational Therapy)

  • Doctor of Philosophy


The School of Physiotherapy is one of the oldest learning centres in the Division of Health Sciences. In 2002, after 30 years in the grounds of Royal Perth (Rehabilitation) Hospital in Shenton Park, the School and the Department of Podiatry moved to a new purpose-designed building on Curtin’s Bentley campus. It continues to one of only seven schools in Australia accredited by the Australian Council of Physiotherapy Regulating Authorities (ACOPRA). The School offers a range of postgraduate programs through innovative course delivery to meet the range of student demand for both general and specialist practice. One such program is the Master of Physiotherapy, which offers an entry point to the physiotherapy profession for those with an undergraduate degree in health sciences. Another is the professional Masters portfolio from which practicing physiotherapists and podiatrists may select from four interest areas for advanced skills training.


The Master of Forensic Sexology was offered for the first time in 2003, providing a specialist program in legal issues and sexuality and in the prevention and treatment of anti-social and criminal sexual behaviour. This unique course offers an emphasis on ethical practice and on providing practical assistance to perpetrators, victims, survivors and society. The research emphasis is on discovering causes and seeking preventative strategies. A Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Sexology is also available and there is the possibility of undertaking research degrees in the field of sexology and forensic sexology.

The Department of Podiatry offers postgraduate programs, that broaden the scope of podiatric practice to a level where podiatrists can move into areas of specialisation. A strong research culture supports the growing need for evidence-based practice and scholarly endeavour in both physiotherapy and podiatry.


The School has available Macintosh and IBM compatible computing facilities with specialised software in such areas as human factors. It also has a Kin-Com dynamometer, human movement analysis and exercise performance systems, electromyography units, telemetric electrocardiograph units, a treadmill, a gas analysis system, an anatomy

laboratory, access to an environmental chamber and excellent technical assistance. The Department of Podiatry operates its own clinic on the Bentley campus, which is open to the public. 


Graduate Programs

  • Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy

  • Graduate Certificate in Podiatry

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Physiotherapy

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Sexology

  • Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate entry)


Professional Masters

  • Master of Clinical Physiotherapy

  • Master of Forensic Sexology

  • Master of Manipulative Therapy

  • Master of Podiatry

  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy

  • Master of Science (Physiotherapy)

  • Master of Science (Podiatry)

  • Doctor of Philosophy



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Jo Crothers

Division of Health Sciences

Curtin University

GPO Box U1987

Perth WA  6845


Phone : 61 8 9266 3970

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