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Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (PGDipRehab)



The Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (PGDipRehab) is designed to provide a variety of health and health-related professionals with clinically-based academic postgraduate training in rehabilitation medicine. The emphasis of the programme is upon the acquisition of clinical skills, practical knowledge and an academic approach in rehabilitation. This should allow participants to be more effective in dealing with rehabilitation problems in their clinical practice as well as widening their perspective about how rehabilitation principles apply in all fields of medicine.

The Diploma includes a focus on how a holistic approach can make a positive difference to patients even when their medical condition is apparently deteriorating or incurable. The programme will be taught using an adult learning perspective, building on the life and work experiences of the participants.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (PGDipRehab) is also available through Distance Learning.

Enrolments for study commencing in the first semester 2013 are now closed. We will start accepting applications for study commencing in the second semester 2013 on 28th of March.

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Contact Details

Trevor Williams
Postgraduate Liaison Officer
University of Otago, Wellington

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Subject Area

Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (PGDipRehab)

  • REHX 701  Rehabilitation Principles; and

  • either REHX 710  Clinical Rehabilitation, or REHX 712  Rethinking Rehabilitation; and

  • Two optional papers from
    REHX 703  Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation,
    REHX 704  Neurological Rehabilitation,
    REHX 706  Work Rehabilitation,
    REHX 707  Rehabilitation for the Older Adult,
    REHX 709  Family Systems and Rehabilitation,
    REHX 711  Special Topic,
    REHX 713  Goal Setting and the Therapeutic Relationship,
    REHX 714  Personal and Psychological Factors in Rehabilitation,
    REHX 715  Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation,
    REHX 716  Rehabilitation with Children.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (PGDipRehab)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:
      1. have been admitted to a degree or diploma of a university in New Zealand;
      2. hold an appropriate professional qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine;
      3. have been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the diploma.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme shall consist of four papers:
      1. two core papers: REHX 701, and either REHX 710 or REHX 712.
      2. two optional papers from: REHX 703, REHX 704, REHX 706, REHX 707, REHX 709, REHX 711, REHX 713, REHX 714, REHX 715, REHX 716.
    2. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a candidate may substitute, for up to two of the prescribed papers, appropriate papers at an equivalent level offered by a university or approved examining body.
    3. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation or the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences endorsed in Clinical Rehabilitation shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme shall be one academic year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
    2. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the diploma within four years of completing REHX 701.
    3. Every candidate must gain terms before being admitted to examinations.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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