Deakin to offer Occupational Therapy at Warrnambool from 2024

Media release

17 March 2023

Students looking to become qualified occupational therapists will soon be able to study for their degree at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus.

The University' Academic Board recently approved changes that will see the occupational therapy course delivered at Warrnambool from next year.

Professor Jennifer Watts, Head of the School of Health and Social Development (HSD) said Deakin was excited that local students would have the opportunity to study the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in Warrnambool.

"Alongside our other health and social science courses, this new initiative from 2024 will contribute further to the education and growth of the southwest region's health workforce," Professor Watts said.

Warrnambool campus director, Alistair Mccosh said the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course added to the growing suite of health offerings from the Warrnambool campus, following the recent announcement that first year medical students will be able to study in Warrnambool from next year.

"This announcement is another step in addressing our health workforce needs whilst also providing opportunities for mature aged students seeking to return to study as well as year 12 students completing VCE, with more opportunity to remain in our region and secure a world class health degree," Mr Mccosh said.

Associate Professor Kirk Reed, academic lead for occupational therapy in HSD, said there was a high demand for occupational therapists in a range of sectors from aged care, mental health, working with children and rehabilitation.

"The Deakin occupational therapy course is well established and accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists," Associate Professor Reed said.

"Having the course in Warrnambool means we can serve the local community and provide occupational therapy education close to home."

Occupational therapy is a client-centred profession that aims to help people continue to participate in the everyday activities they find meaningful, such as taking care of themselves (and others), working, volunteering and participating in hobbies, interests, and social events.

For more information about  occupational therapy see Occupational Therapy Australia

Learn more about studying occupational therapy at Deakin.

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