Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation
Become a confident leader in neurological rehabilitation
Gain the expertise to provide specialist care across a range of neurological conditions – enhancing your confidence as a health practitioner in the process. Learn how research, client preferences and values can inform your management of care.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
Online and some attendance
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At the end of the program, students of the Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation can:
- apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex neurological concepts and theories in clinical rehabilitation situations
- apply communication and collaboration skills to translate innovative practice in neurological rehabilitation
- reflect critically on a complex body of neurological knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of neurological rehabilitation professional practice
- use high level self-management skills to initiate and plan a substantial project in neurological rehabilitation.
This program of study will support career progression for individuals within their clinical roles, or may encourage clinicians to move from clinical practice to research/education or academic positions. There is a great need for clinical researcher roles to be developed within many health services, and graduates of this program will be well-equipped to undertake such roles.
All applicants are required to be a registered health professional i.e. Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Nurse, Medical Practitioner or be graduates from a nationally and professionally accredited program (e.g. Speech Pathologist, Dietitian or Exercise Physiologist).
Work and Life
All applicants must maintain this registration/professional accreditation for the duration of this course, and have a minimum of one year full time (or equivalent) clinical experience in a relevant area of clinical practice and have worked with clients with neurological conditions undergoing rehabilitation.
English Proficiency Requirements
English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:
- IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
- Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
- Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
- Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
- Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.
On campus requirements
If students choose NRB6240 Applied Neurorehabilitation Practice unit as an elective, they will be required to attend a compulsory intensive workshop held at the Joondalup Campus. This intensive workshop will be held over a 2- week full-time period, Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.
If you're applying for a course and have previous study or professional experience, you may be eligible for what we call 'advanced standing'.
For more information and to apply please go to https://www.ecu.edu.au/future-students/course-entry/advanced-standing
This course extends the skills and knowledge of health and exercise professionals currently working with individuals with a range of neurological conditions.
Students will develop an understanding of how research findings and current guidelines, along with their client's values and preferences and their own clinical experience, can be incorporated into effective, evidence informed, management.
The program is open to a range of professionals including practising Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, and Registered Nurses wanting to expand their knowledge in the area of neurological rehabilitation.
Students will develop their ability to provide specialist care across a range of neurological conditions and settings, from acute to community-based services, and will enhance their confidence and engagement in the provision of best-practice care.
The course is available online, and students have the opportunity to progress their studies further and move into a Master of Neurological Rehabilitation, to undertake an implementation research project in an area relevant to their practice.
Students are required to complete four core units and 2 elective units.
- NRB6100 Understanding Neurological Rehabilitation
- NRB6105 Neural Plasticity and Rehabilitation
- NRB5112 Translational Science
- RES5115 Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches
Elective Units (Select two)
- HST6106 Health Science Research Project 1
- NRB6240 Applied Neurorehabilitation Practice
- Other elective unit