Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is the practice of enabling people with low vision or blindness to know where they are, so they can get where they want to go safely.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Delivery Mode
Distance (online with some face-to-face)
Award
Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
1 year

Overview

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is the practice of enabling people with low vision or blindness to know where they are, so they can get where they want to go safely. Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialists work with people of all ages, tailoring interventions to suit the needs of the individual client, including people with additional complexities such as health conditions.

Students will be required to complete approximately 350 hours of work experience including placements in industry partners providing O & M services (not for profit and private practice). It also involves an introduction to the wider sector by allowing observation placements in health facilities, education settings and other relevant agencies. Upon graduation, you can apply for certification as an O&M specialist and work across a wide range of organisations that provide O&M services.

Why study at UNSW?

The Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility will provide graduates with specialised knowledge, critical and analytical skills to support life-long learning. It will give practical experience to enable graduates to apply for industry certification and work as an O&M specialist, either as a self-employed practitioner or at an organisation that provides orientation and mobility services to clients with low vision or blindness.

This degree is suitable for applicants from any background including those currently in the workforce or a recent graduate, looking to pursue a rewarding career in O&M services.

Program Code
5420
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
New Program

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this program is an AQF level 7 bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

In order to comply with organisational requirements students will need to have an NDIS Workers Screening Check, which in most states includes a Working With Children Check (WWCC), criminal history check and abide by the immunisation and safety protocols from the relevant health authorities for students in training. Requirements will be outlined specially to students when placements are secured for that student. The cost associated with this work experience will be met by the student.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

The minimum entry requirement for this program is an AQF level 7 bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

In order to comply with organisational requirements students will need to have an NDIS Workers Screening Check, which in most states includes a Working With Children Check (WWCC), criminal history check and abide by the immunisation and safety protocols from the relevant health authorities for students in training. Requirements will be outlined specially to students when placements are secured for that student. The cost associated with this work experience will be met by the student.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Full program structure

The Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility will equip you with:

1. Advanced disciplinary knowledge in orientation and mobility

Advanced disciplinary knowledge and be able to demonstrate application to practice in the field of orientation and mobility, displaying an awareness of national and international issues in disability, education and broader eye health care sector, and how these issues impact on delivering client services.

2. Demonstrated the required skills to practice as an O&M Specialist

An ability to apply knowledge and skills in orientation and mobility to work across organisations that provide low vision services or as an autonomous practitioner.

3. Demonstrated effective skills in communication and collaboration skills in a digital age

An ability to communicate with clarity, to facilitate understanding, actions and impact to all types of people. Including teamwork, building relationships across contexts, and using digital technology effectively to undertake and improve work outcomes for all.  

4. Critical and analytical thinking and application to orientation and mobility intervention

An ability to identify and define the problem, determine viable solutions and make recommendations that have been produced using a range of tools, methods to critically assess existing knowledge, assumptions and elements of the issue in well-reasoned, insightful manner.  

5. Creativity and innovation for an evolving industry

Demonstrated being able to connect new ideas, challenge current thinking and practices and create solutions to further evolve the profession. 

6. Client focus with an ethical and culturally aware lens and awareness of a wider personal ecosystem that impacts delivering services to clients

An ability to have a proactive client focus, mindful of the client experience, engaging with all stakeholders in an ethical and culturally sensitive way to uphold and monitor actions according to professional responsibilities and the wider world.  

7. Initiative, drive and commitment to life-long learning 

An ability to demonstrate initiative to further one's knowledge, skills by consistent commitment to self-reflection and monitoring one's practice against newly acquired knowledge. 

Future careers

The UNSW Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility is the only program of its kind in Australia. Currently there are a lack of O&M specialists in Australia, particularly in rural areas. There is the opportunity of working in non-for-profit rehabilitation organisations, the private sector, in research and overseas, i.e. Singapore, Africa and the Pacific Islands are in need of O&M specialists.

Accreditation

Following completion of the Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility, graduates wishing to achieve registration with ACVREP will need to pass a certification exam. This program has been developed to meet the content and WIL hours required for COMS certification. 

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$31,200
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$31,200

Note: Students will be required to complete 350 hours of work experience. The cost associated with this work experience might need to be met by the student, although many industry partners have offered this service in kind)

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$31,200
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$31,200

Note: Students will be required to complete 350 hours of work experience. The cost associated with this work experience might need to be met by the student, although many industry partners have offered this service in kind)

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Scholarships

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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