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Study Rehabilitation at Otago

Learn new ways of thinking from our interprofessional team of rehabilitation experts and support your patients to get back to full participation in their lives.

Our postgraduate programmes are delivered online so you can study from wherever and whenever it suits you.

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Rehabilitation at Otago

Tailor your study to an area of interest

Our flexible programme allows you to tailor your study to the area of most relevance to you. Choose from our key rehabilitation specialties:

  • Rehabilitation with children
  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Best practice in work rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation for the older adult
  • Personal and psychological factors in rehabilitation
  • Neurological rehabilitation

Learn from leaders and innovators in rehabilitation research and clinical practice

Our postgraduate programmes are taught by the outstanding Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit (RTRU).

This interprofessional team draws on the knowledge and experience of experts in medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and clinical psychology.

More about the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit

Who are our programmes for?

Our qualifications will benefit those involved with improving rehabilitation outcomes across a wide range of disciplines.

These include:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Vocational advisers
  • Health service managers
  • Policy advisers
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Personal trainers

Enrolments are also welcome from those with lived experience of rehabilitation who are interested in a career in the field.

What our students say

“I recently changed jobs to work with ACC contracts such as Vocational Rehabilitation. I felt I'd best meet the needs of a new patient population by furthering my education in rehabilitation. Otago offered relevant papers through distance learning.

“I'm enjoying contemplating my role as a health professional from a deeper perspective and interacting with fellow students following different career paths. This helps me consider different points of view and expand my learning.”

– Hamish Gunson (Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation)

“As a health professional, I felt it was important to have supervisors who could identify with my clinical experience and support me in merging clinical and research roles.

“I received the high-quality education I expected from Otago, with a great balance of support, direction and autonomy.

“If studying by distance makes it more accessible or feasible for you to continue your education, then do it. You won't regret it!”

– Catherine Vingerhoets (PhD student, Rehabilitation)


REHB papers

Paper Code Year Title Points Teaching period
REHB701 2024 Rehabilitation Principles 30 Semester 1
REHB703 2024 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 30 Not offered in 2024
REHB704 2024 Neurological Rehabilitation 30 Semester 1
REHB706 2024 Work Rehabilitation 30 Semester 2
REHB707 2024 Rehabilitation for the Older Adult 30 Not offered in 2024
REHB710 2024 Rehabilitation Service Innovation and Evaluation 30 Semester 2
REHB711 2024 Special Topic 30 Not offered in 2024
REHB714 2024 Personal and Psychological Factors in Rehabilitation 30 Not offered in 2024
REHB716 2024 Rehabilitation with Children 30 Not offered in 2024
REHB780 2024 Research Project 30 Full Year
REHB790 2024 Dissertation 60 Full Year
REHB791 2024 Dissertation 60 Semester 1, Semester 2

More information

Contact us

Postgraduate Co-ordinator
Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit
University of Otago, Wellington
Tel +64 4 385 5591

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