Enhance your knowledge and skills in exercise rehabilitation by completing a Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation.


The Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation offers candidates the opportunity to gain a qualification in a specific area of professional training. Successful completion will satisfy the requirements necessary for specialist Exercise Physiologist accreditation by Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Following completion of undergraduate studies in Sport Science, Exercise and Health, the Graduate Diploma provides the knowledge and expertise to specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

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Course description, features and facilities

The course is designed to provide a holistic understanding of the use of exercise in the treatment of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disability. Students are provided with a background in pathology and the contra-indications which apply in exercise therapy during the chronic stage of rehabilitation.

The Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation is an ESSA-accredited course. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for admission to this course and demonstrate they meet ESSA’s “Exercise Science” criteria by means of:

(a) a completed degree that is an ESSA-accredited “Exercise Science” course, or

(b) successful completion of the ESSA’s “Graduate Entry Assessment” process by the commencement of Semester 1.

Applicants who do not meet the ESSA’s “Exercise Science” criteria may consider applying for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course.

Hyperlink ESSA’s “Graduate Entry Assessment” process to


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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

S2SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
S1SSEH5643Cardiac Rehabilitation
S2SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
S1SSEH5646Exercise Rehabilitation for Chronic and Complex Conditions
S1SSEH5651Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
S2SSEH5667Paediatric Exercise Rehabilitation
S1SSEH5691Industry Practicum I
S1, S2SSEH5692Industry Practicum II

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Professional recognition

Successful completion will satisfy the requirements necessary for specialist Exercise Physiologist accreditation by Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) provide support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease and more.


AEPs are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers.


More information can be found on the ESSA website.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at UWA have developed careers in many areas of employment. Accredited Exercise Physiologists work in:

  • private clinics
  • hospitals
  • occupational rehabilitation companies
  • employment agencies
  • gymnasiums
  • GP super clinics
  • research institutes


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Further study opportunities

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, students are eligible to apply for a Master's by coursework or research.

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These pages are under review and are being updated.

Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree with a major in Human Movement, Sport Science, or Exercise and Health, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;


(c) either:

(i) Sport Scientist accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA);


(ii) a completed Graduate Entry Assessment with ESSA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

Additional information

If your bachelor's degree is not accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), you will be required to complete the ESSA graduate entry assessment. Please contact tim.ackland@uwa.edu.au for further information.

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):


Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

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Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.   
Standard full-time completion
1 year
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Senior Administrative Officer
School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health
6488 2360
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