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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Associate Professor Louise Farnworth

Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit:

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT

Full-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

On-campus (Peninsula)


Master of Occupational Therapy Practice


This accelerated course enables students with a first degree other than occupational therapy, but in a related field to obtain a professional, entry level qualification at a postgraduate level of study, to practice as an occupational therapist. The course includes 1000 hours of fieldwork education commensurate with World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (2002), and provides an integrated curriculum centred on scenario-based learning.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Graduates of occupational therapy will be able to:

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate for a competent entry level practitioner
  • develop strategies to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in everyday occupations that they want and need to do
  • appraise barriers to people's daily life participation and devise strategies to overcome these
  • articulate the unique professional contribution of occupational therapy
  • be client-centred in their approach
  • critically appraise the nature and meaning of occupation, the occupational nature of human beings and the theories and basic principles related to enabling occupation and occupational performance
  • explain biomedical and social sciences concepts underpinning occupational therapy practice
  • be proactive in prevention-oriented and health promotion practice, demonstrating commitment to the health of populations as well as individuals
  • describe different research approaches and be skilled at applying the best available evidence to everyday practice
  • practice ethically, respectfully and collaboratively, and assume leadership, supervisory and management roles as appropriate
  • create personal strategies to maintain high standards in their professional life, contribute to their professional community and engage in lifelong learning
  • recognise the intrinsic value of people irrespective of culture, values, beliefs and socio-economic status.


This course consists of eight compulsory units.


First year

  • OCC4010 Foundations of occupational therapy
  • OCC4020 Humans as occupational beings
  • OCC4030 Occupational performance
  • OCC4040 Enabling change in human occupation 1

Second year

  • OCC5050 Enabling change in human occupation 2
  • OCC5060 Enabling change in human occupation 3
  • OCC5070 Transition to practice
  • OCC5080 Advanced professional practice