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Occupational Therapy

Interested in Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists help people of all ages achieve their goals, optimise their lifestyles and actively participate in society irrespective of personal and environmental limitations. 

Our accredited occupational therapy qualifications are informed by industry and include clinical placements so you can gain direct hands-on experience while you study. You’ll learn in state-of-the-art simulation based training facilities and benefit from our strong industry links.

When you study occupational therapy with us you will learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics, practicing health professionals and researchers in the field. Our curriculum is based on our innovative, well above world-class research1, ensuring you graduate career-ready.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Key features

  • Benefit from over 40 years' experience in occupational therapy education. 
  • Experience first-hand what it’s like when you take part in real-world clinical placements as part of your study. 
  • UniSA undergraduate rehabilitation students have the highest satisfaction in the state1.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances. 
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics, practicing health professionals and researchers in the field.

1QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item

Why UniSA?

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In fact, in the 2015 nationwide Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. This is great news for students, and evidence of the fact that we are committed to extending your knowledge and building your career. 

As an Occupational Therapy student you’ll be taught by industry professionals. Our teachers have a very practical approach to learning, which means you’ll work on real-world projects and gain direct practical experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

UniSA is also Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international organisations to deliver impact and change.

12015 QS Stars Rankings 

UniSA offers 5 Occupational Therapy degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

A successful occupational therapist is practical, logical, attentive and observant. You will enjoy working with people and be mentally and physically capable – this field of work is immensely rewarding but can also offer challenges, which you need to be ready to manage. 

As an occupational therapist you can gain employment in a range of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • community mental health services
  • rehabilitation centres
  • aged care facilities
  • community services
  • home care programs
  • local council services
  • government departments
  • schools 
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Helping Hand Aged Care
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital 
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service
  • Disability SA
  • Department for Education and Child Development
  • Domiciliary Care
  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association SA
  • Repatriation General Hospital

Industry facts


Employment for occupational therapists in Australia is projected to increase by 4,000 (24 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students Rachel and Tyla share their experiences of their rural placement project in Clare Valley, supported by UniSA’s Department of Rural Health.

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What others are saying

Placements provided me with the opportunity to explore different occupational therapy fields such as paediatrics, mental health, and aged care. I also had the opportunity to work with a peer to manage a collaborative, community-oriented project in a local hospital stroke ward.

Lealei Tan

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Lealei Tan

Lealei Tan

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

As the first Aboriginal occupational therapist in South Australia I have a passion to lead and support other Indigenous allied health professionals to follow in my footsteps. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of closing the gap in Aboriginal health inequality but I’m committed to playing my part.

Trevor Ritchie

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Trevor Ritchie

Trevor Ritchie

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

I was interested in helping people maintain or regain their independence at an occupational level. I liked that I would have the ability to work with people at different developmental stages, whether it be children or the elderly community.

Brian Lai

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

Brian Lai

Brian Lai

Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

By assisting children to play, learn and become independent we are setting them on the path to adulthood. Creating a clinic shaped to the needs of our clients and their families has been an uplifting and exciting adventure. We speak of foundational building blocks in occupational therapy and studying with UniSA was the first building block for my career.

Rochelle Mutton

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Employment: Founder and Director, Motivate Kids

Rochelle Mutton, Founder and Director of Motivate Kids

Rochelle Mutton

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
<br />Employment: Founder and Director, Motivate Kids

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017