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Rehabilitation Counsellor

Rehabilitation Counsellor

Support people through counselling and case management to reach their rehabilitation goals.

What's it like to be a Rehabilitation Counsellor?

A Rehabilitation Counsellor is an allied health professional who supports people with disabilities, medical or health conditions or who are socially disadvantaged to reach their individual goals (e.g. returning to paid employment, living independently or attending an educational program).

Tasks and duties

  • Provide counselling and case management to help disadvantaged people reach their individual rehabilitation goals.
  • Assess and work with clients in relation to their career, study or employment options by providing information and resources in these areas.
  • Assist the client, their family members and any professionals involved with the client with developing rehabilitation plans.
It is common for Rehabilitation Counsellors to work with either state or federally funded vocational rehabilitation providers, however some Rehabilitation Counsellors also work with private workplace rehabilitation providers.
Some Rehabilitation Counsellors specialise in working with individuals who have particular conditions or disabilities, such as those with complex drug and alcohol abuse histories, refugees or people with mental health conditions.

What can I earn as a Rehabilitation Counsellor?

The most common salary  for a Rehabilitation Counsellor is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Rehabilitation Counsellor

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Rehabilitation Counsellors usually have bachelor’s degree-level qualifications in allied health or health science, and many have a postgraduate qualification in rehabilitation counselling.
  1. Complete an undergraduate degree in the field. This may be a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (Rehabilitation Counselling), or a degree in social work, health science or allied health.
  2. Then undertake a postgraduate qualification specialising in rehabilitation studies, such as a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Studies or a Master of Health Sciences (Rehabilitation Counselling). Clinical placements are often undertaken in workers compensation and rehabilitation settings.
  3. To specialise or further your studies, complete a postgraduate degree such as a Graduate Diploma or Masters. These degrees will set you up with the required knowledge to help a wide variety of clients.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Commercial acumen
  • Communication skills
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Problem solving
  • Results orientation

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Time management
  • Relationship management
  • Customer centricity
  • Team work
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How do Rehabilitation Counsellors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 2 Rehabilitation Counsellors surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

3 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Post Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Counselling
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Rehabilitation Counsellor
The good things
Can be rewarding working with motivated individuals to achieve a positive outcome. Can often be interesting clients with interesting stories.
The challenges
It’s often a requirement to manage difficult people and situations. Sometimes KPI’s and pressure to achieve an outcome are unrealistic. Cold calling for labour market research is a requirement of the ...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Rehabilitation Counselling
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Vocational rehabilitation
The good things
There's a lot of variety, and flexibility if you can meet your daily billable hours.
The challenges
Meeting your billible hours can be a challenge if you don't have good time management skills.
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What are the job opportunities for Rehabilitation Counsellors?

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Job opportunities

Rehabilitation Counsellor jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
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Latest Rehabilitation Counsellor jobs on SEEK
Great opportunity for a Psychologist/ Rehab Counsellor in Perth to provide tailored care to our customers, hit targets and be rewarded for success
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Star HR
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Exciting work from home role available- Great employer, flexible hours, good pay, interesting cases with great management & support!!
Medijobs Australia
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Transition into Occupational Rehab and manage a portfolio of return to work cases in Melbourne and help people return to the workforce
Kennedy Reid
Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter
As Rehabilitation Counsellor or Psychologist working in Maitland you will manage a caseload of injured workers and enjoy the flexible work conditions
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