Occupational therapy


Pursue a career that will have direct impact on people’s lives. Study occupational therapy and equip yourself with the specialised knowledge to promote good health and wellbeing both at home and in the workplace.

Gain international perspective: undertake a placement in India or Denmark
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy: travel the world with this globally accredited degree

Career opportunities

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.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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

Get unparalleled experience

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.

Occupational therapy simulations for learning

With Deakin's award-winning simulated learning resource, develop a wide array of discipline specific skills with over 30 authentic and carefully designed work-integrated learning challenges.

Research with us

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.

Learn more about researching with us

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 the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand Ltd) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, allowing graduates to practice professionally in Australia and overseas.

Overseas Placement Opportunities

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to apply and undertake a placement overseas. Selected students can gain international experience in either India or Denmark.

Occupational Therapy at Deakin - Tim's Story

Get an insight into studying occupational therapy at Deakin and some of the career pathways available. Learn about Tim's journey to becoming an occupational therapist in a hospital setting, and how Deakin helped to prepare him for his work and research.

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