University of South Australia

Occupational Therapy

Interested in Occupational Therapy?

Benefit from more than 50 years’ experience in occupational therapy education, strong industry partnerships and a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Occupational Therapy.

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Occupational Therapy2 and launch or advance your occupational therapy career with UniSA’s undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. You’ll become equipped to help people of all ages achieve their goals, optimise their lifestyles and actively participate in society regardless of limitations.

Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is the only accredited undergraduate four-year occupational therapy degree in South Australia. This degree will allow you to build strong industry connections through our partnerships and alliances. You’ll also gain extensive hands-on experience in a range of real-word settings, and graduate with honours, setting you apart from the crowd. 

Graduates of a bachelor degree in a health-related area may be eligible for the Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry), a two-year program designed to meet the registration requirements to practice as an occupational therapist. You’ll learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics, practicing health professionals and researchers in the field, accompanied by extensive field placements.

1Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
2ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19, Rehabilitation Services — Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Occupational Therapy.1
  • Experience first-hand what it’s like when you take part in real-world placements as part of your study.
  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our above world-class research in Occupational Therapy.2
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics, practicing health professionals and researchers in the field.
  • Develop your ability to independently undertake research.
  • Learn in our dedicated occupational therapy teaching rooms, as well as anatomy and physiology laboratories. 

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19, Rehabilitation Services — Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
2Results in Clinical Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

We have over 50 years’ experience teaching in this field, and you’ll learn from industry professionals and experienced clinicians, giving you cutting-edge knowledge in occupational therapy.

As future health professionals, we ensure that you’ll develop practical skills through hands-on experience so you graduate career-ready. You’ll embark on field placements in real-world settings across metropolitan, rural or regional settings.

In addition, industry knowledge is embedded into our occupational therapy qualifications. You may hear from industry guest speakers, attend field trips or work on industry projects. Graduates are ready to work in diverse, interdisciplinary teams as a health professional.

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 Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research,1 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.

12019 QS Stars Rankings

UniSA offers the following 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

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Employment for occupational therapists in Australia is projected to increase by 22.4 per cent by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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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:

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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.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

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