Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

Post graduate education

Unlike undergraduate programmes, postgraduate study offers students more control over what they learn about. You may be able to focus on advanced paediatric therapy, mental health or occupational science, as well as papers that allow you to design your own learning programme.

There are a host of postgraduate opportunities for occupational therapists wishing to extend their knowledge and skills, including distance and on campus based opportunities.  The programmes offered by the schools of occupational therapy are specifically designed for occupational therapists

Many of the papers are distance-based using a range of learning methods including online resources and discussions; or may involve one or two week courses on campus.

Both Otago Polytechnic and AUT University accept therapists who hold a diploma or health department certificate in occupational therapy into their postgraduate programmes. Your ongoing study allows you to exit with the higher qualifications of a postgraduate certificate, diploma, masters or post-doctoral research. AUT University requires completion of a research bridging course to gain entry to some programmes, whereas Otago Polytechnic has no pre-requisite for entry.

Post Graduate Certificate in Health (Allied Mental Health)

The Post Graduate certificate in Health (Allied Mental Health) is designed for social workers and occupational therapists nationally, who have been employed in the specialty area of mental health for less than 2 years. The programme focuses on a recovery approach.

Qualification: Postgraduate Certificate in Health (PGCHLH). Major: Allied Mental Health (ALMH). Consisting of two courses at Master’s level: HEAL521 Allied Mental Health Practice and Heal512 Practicum.

The programme runs for 10 months, from February to November. The theoretical content is covered in two block courses. Contact is maintained through the use of the internet-based teaching platform Blackboard, and by visits to your work place. The programme is supported by senior occupational therapists and social workers in mental health. You will need to attend the first block course in Wellington, and the second in either Wellington or Auckland.  For further information please contact Chris Fox at [email protected]

More details about Victoria University programmes.