Occupational Science and Therapy department

Part of health sciences at AUT, the Occupational Science and Therapy department aims to increase health professionals’ understanding of humans as occupational beings and the complexities and meanings of occupations.

Our teaching and research provides advanced occupational practice techniques and knowledge. We aim to further the skills of occupational therapists and play a critical role in inter-professional healthcare practice.

Research in health sciences

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across health sciences.

More about our research

Get hands-on experience in our health clinics

Students work with close supervision at our North Campus clinic, AUT Integrated Health. Open to the public, it offers health and rehab services, including occupational therapy.

AUT Integrated Health

Offer fieldwork experience to students: employer info

Fieldwork educators help to prepare our occupational therapy students for future practice. Find out more about offering fieldwork experience for students.

Info for employers

Key academic contact

Dr Heleen Reid
Head of Department
+64 9 921 9999 ext 7782


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