Occupational therapy



Study occupational therapy and you’ll have a career with a direct impact on people wanting to lead healthy and meaningful lives. We’ll equip you with the specialised knowledge to improve your clients’ lives – at home and at work – and to promote good health and wellbeing in workplaces. Study at Deakin and you’ll get rewarding, real-world training starting in your first year.

The Occupational Wellness and Lifestyle program has been my favourite subject, it gave me the opportunity to practice and apply skills in the community.

Sophie Schultz

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

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You’ll have a number of occupational therapy work placements throughout your course, which start in your first year. Practice education (or fieldwork) gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners.

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Our researchers in occupational therapy have broad experience in topics such as design for inclusion, carer support, childhood intervention and development, speech therapy and self-determination.

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Recent Deakin research

Dr Genevieve Pepin is the course director and honours coordinator of Deakin’s occupational therapy course. Dr Pepin’s research is focused on mental health and, in particular, eating disorders. Dr Pepin has led a series of successful workshops to provide a forum and support to carers looking after someone suffering from an eating disorder, which was then trialled across Victoria with the Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria. ‘Caring for someone with an eating disorder can be difficult and is associated with significant strain, worry, stress and fatigue. Carers are an invaluable part of an eating-disorder sufferer’s recovery and treatment; it is therefore important that we provide support for the carers as well,’ Dr Pepin says.


You can travel around the world with your occupational therapy qualification from Deakin. Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, allowing graduates to practise professionally in Australia and overseas.

Career opportunities

As an occupational therapist, you’ll help people of all ages who have physical, mental health or social problems to adapt to any aspect of their life with more independence, confidence and control.

Roles exist in areas as diverse as acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals, schools, community health, mental health programs, workplace rehabilitation, government, private practice and also research.

Our graduates have found employment with the following organisations:

  • Alfred Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Bellarine Community Health
  • Department of Education
  • Karingal
  • private occupational therapy practice
  • special schools
  • Western District Health.

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Occupational therapy and social work at Deakin

A Deakin occupational therapy degree can take you places. Accredited by both Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Deakin's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy allows graduates to practice professionally in Australia and overseas.

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