Occupation is the activities that people need to do, choose to do, and have to do to function as a human being. Through Bond’s Graduate Diploma in Occupation and Health you will develop a critical understanding of common health conditions and the impact of physical and mental disabilities, as well as devising tailored solutions in terms of risk prevention, injury management, rehabilitation, and ongoing care through the core curriculum. You will develop specialist knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to occupation and health.
If you are looking to enter a postgraduate medical program or planning to re-enter the workforce and require your qualifications to be updated, then this program is for you. Graduates may also choose to undertake the Master of Occupational Therapy receiving full credit for subjects studied in the Graduate Diploma of Occupation and Health.
- Purpose-built occupational therapy teaching environments, interdisciplinary alongside physiotherapy, nutrition and medicine.
- Gain full credit for subjects studied in this program to progress onto Bond’s Master of Occupational Therapy.
- Pathway to postgraduate medical programs.
- Your pathway to upskill and update your existing occupational therapy qualification where professional updates are required.
About the program
This diploma program is designed to build on undergraduate studies in health and related sciences to develop specialist knowledge, skills, and attitudes relating to occupation and health. For entry students, this program is useful for graduates with ambitions to enter post-graduate medical programs, or for those with existing occupational therapy qualifications requiring professional updates before applying for Australian qualification recognition or re-entering the workforce. Show more
This diploma program is designed to build on undergraduate studies in health and related sciences to develop specialist knowledge, skills, and attitudes relating to occupation and health. For entry students, this program is useful for graduates with ambitions to enter post-graduate medical programs, or for those with existing occupational therapy qualifications requiring professional updates before applying for Australian qualification recognition or re-entering the workforce. These studies also prepare graduates to work in rehabilitation, aged care, and disability services in roles such as allied health assistant, aged care assistant, or disability support worker. Show less
|Duration||2 semesters (8 months)|
|Program type||Postgraduate Diploma|
|Study area||Health Sciences, Medicine|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
Graduate Diploma in Occupation and Health (Entry and Exit Program)
Complete 8 subjects including the following 4 required subjects:
OCTY71-100 Foundations of Occupational Therapy
OCTY71-101 Health Conditions and Multidisciplinary Management
OCTY71-103 Enabling Environments: A Systems Approach
OCTY71-107 Evidence based Practice for Health Professionals
Plus complete any 4 of the following subjects:
OCTY71-102 Neuroscience for Health Professionals
OCTY71-104 Engage: in Occupation
OCTY71-105 Enable: Occupational Performance
OCTY71-106 Occupational Therapy Roles and Responsibility
OCTY71-108 Occupational Therapy: Work
OCTY71-109 Occupational Therapy: Learn, Play Connect
OCTY71-110 Occupational Therapy Independence and Participation
OCTY71-112 Promoting the Occupational Health and Well-being of Communities
The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
Semester program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2022: $21,240* per semester average
- Students commencing study in 2023: $21,800* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2022: $42,480
- Students commencing study in 2023: $43,600
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.
Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.
* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.
Entry Requirements (Academic)
Undergraduate degree in health science, education or social sciences or other related degree.
Entry Requirements (Scores)
GPA 1.0/4.0 (4.0/7.0).
Entry Requirements (TER)
Required IELTS Academic Scores
IELTS Academic 7.0 (No sub score less than 7.0)
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
Local and global demand for skills and knowledge in occupation and health:
The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, has increased the demand for trained personnel in recent years while globally, the focus on helping people to stay at home longer (‘ageing in place’) continues to drive demand for professionally qualified employees.
Where your graduate diploma can take you:
Graduates will be prepared to work across a wide range of areas including from health, rehabilitation and care to mental health, education and workplace health and safety.
Rehabilitation and care :
There are a range of roles in this area which could include working in public and private hospitals specialising in neo-natal care, children, post-operative, and rehabilitation. You may also be based in a rehabilitation facility, or within an organisation working with physically impaired clients or within the aged care sector in both community-based and aged care facilities.
You may choose to work within an organisation working with people recovering from a mental illness or across other mental health services across the private or public sector.
Health and education:
There are a range of opportunities to work within community health centres as well as within the education include within primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Workplace Health & Safety:
Working in the WHS space means your tasks could include injury prevention through education and training, rehabilitation, and return to work programs.
Graduates will be well-placed to progress to further studies via Bond’s Master of Occupational Therapy program, receiving full credit for subjects studied in the Graduate Diploma of Occupation and Health.
The Graduate Diploma in Occupation and Health offers a pathway to the full suite of postgraduate healthcare degrees, this includes the following Bond University programs:
Master of Healthcare Innovations
Master of Nutrition & Dietetic Practice
Master of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Medical Program (Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine)