Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
|Year and Campus:||2016 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Duration & Credit Points:||150 credit points taken over 18 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.|
Associate Professor Louisa Remedios
Associate Professor Jenny McGinley
Melbourne School of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy)
Currently Enrolled Students:
Future Student Enquiries:
The Master of Rehabilitation Science is a fully online postgraduate program that is designed to support students at different stages in their careers, including career starters and those with clinical experience seeking to improve their practice and gain further qualification. The online delivery model allows this course to be structured to suit student study preferences and individual needs. This Masters program supports independent and collaborative learning and offers a strong cohort experience with both asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences.
The emphasis in this course is on promoting contemporary best practice rehabilitation in multiple clinical and community contexts in both national and global settings. This course builds on students’ knowledge and skills to identify and analyse the multiple determinants of health that influence wellbeing, and to design and implement rehabilitation strategies in a holistic, person-centered manner at both an individual and group level.
Students will learn about the principles of rehabilitation and habilitation, the physiology of fitness and conditioning and the pathophysiology of selected conditions and specific needs in different chronic disease populations. The use of evidence informed clinical decision-making, emerging technologies and rehabilitation approaches, and strategies for the effective and safe implementation of rehabilitation in a range of practice contexts will be examined. Specifically, students will learn techniques including exercise prescription, goal setting and health behaviour modification, measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours, fitness evaluation and the selection of appropriate outcome measurements and indicators. At a group level, students will learn to complete a health needs analysis for rehabilitation programs, write grant applications for funding of rehabilitation programs and measure group outcomes.
Students have the option of enrolling in a Masters degree (150 points of study) or one of the nested awards; Specialist Certificate of Rehabilitation Science (25 points), Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Science (50 points), or the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Science (100 points).
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Rehabilitation theory and practice
Evidence and innovation
Clinical Practice in Context
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:|| |
Students are required to complete seven compulsory subjects and four elective subjects.
|Subject Options:|| |
Emerging Therapies & Technologies in Rehabilitation - to be introduced in 2017
Research & Evidence - to be introduced in 2017
Capstone: Research Practice or Professional Practice - to be introduced in 2017
Study Period Commencement:
Not offered in 2016
Rehabilitation in Neurology - to be introduced in 2017
Leadership and Health Advocacy - to be introduced in 2017
Study Period Commencement:
Not offered in 2016
Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
2. In ranking applicants, the Selection Committee will consider:
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7.0 is required.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
The Master of Rehabilitation Science can form a pathway to a research higher degree at the Doctoral level through 1) completion of the ‘Research and Evidence’ elective subject (12.5 credit points) or equivalent subject and 2) completion of the research option for their capstone project (25 credit points).
The Master of Rehabilitation Science will promote the further development of The University of Melbourne’s Graduate attributes.
Academic excellence across disciplines
The Melbourne educational experience will prepare graduates to be entrepreneurial and innovative thought-leaders. They will be encouraged to further develop and apply research and inquiry skills to challenges in rehabilitation settings. Attitudes and skills needed to be lifelong learners who generate bold and novel ideas by critically evaluating alternative possibilities and viewpoints will be scaffolded during the program.
The Melbourne experience will support a commitment to civic service in graduates' lives and careers, equipping them to be active, well-informed citizens who will make substantial contributions to society. Through local and international networks in this program, graduates will be encouraged to view themselves as leaders, change-agents and advocates in health promotion both within their professions and communities. Graduates will demonstrate the capacity to work effectively across disciplines and cultures. They will have the opportunity to design innovate rehabilitation programs that promote health for individuals and communities and therefore promote a sustainable future.
Integrity and self-awareness
The opportunities offered by the Melbourne experience will help prepare graduates who are enthusiastic, self-assured and confident of their knowledge of rehabilitation science, yet flexible, adaptable and aware of their limitations in practice.
At the completion of this course students will be able to:
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