Physiotherapy is a comprehensive approach to the prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic management of pain and disorders of human movement to enhance the health and welfare of the community. The practice of physiotherapy encompasses a diversity of clinical specialities to meet the unique needs of different client groups. These include musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, and across the ages from the very young to the very old.
Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, first contact practitioners and members of health teams.
A physiotherapy career is physically and emotionally demanding, but it can be extremely varied. It can lead to work in hospitals, community health and private practices, across Australia. Physiotherapy allows a diverse range of clinical practice, including paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation and sports.
The discipline of physiotherapy offers two pathways for students to enter the profession of physiotherapy. The career entry pathways are the Bachelor of Physiotherapy and the Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry Masters).
Further enrichment for postgraduate professional career could include extended scope of practice physiotherapy skills, or development of research.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
This is a four year degree suitable for students wishing to enter the physiotherapy profession. It incorporates lectures, practical and tutorial sessions, and a physiotherapy-specific work experience component, known as work integrated learning. Classes include the foundational knowledge and skills in anatomy, human physiology and psychology, and progress to apply this to the understanding, clinical reasoning, treatment and evaluation skills that a physiotherapist requires.
This course was developed in consultation with the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Pending accreditation of the program, graduates will be eligible for registration as a physiotherapist.
Professional experience will be gained in public hospitals, community centres and private practices in the ACT, its surrounding region and throughout Australia. Clinical experience is developed in the core areas of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. Placements may also be taken in our own Faculty of Health student led clinics.
The curriculum is evidence based and research led. The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is available with an integrated honours program, which provides research opportunities for those wishing to develop their research and enquiry skills.Apply now
Master of Physiotherapy
The Master of Physiotherapy degree prepares graduates for a career in Physiotherapy. It caters for applicants with undergraduate degrees in the health sciences or human biology including exercise physiology graduates. It is suitable for people changing careers across the health and sports science fields into physiotherapy. This degree is an intense two-year graduate entry course. It is only available full time, and it includes 5x 5 week full-time work integrated learning blocks. These blocks may be on clinical sites in the ACT, regional NSW or across Australia. They will include acute care, rehabilitation and community settings in the core physiotherapy areas. On successful completion, the Master of Physiotherapy can also act as a stepping stone to a higher degree by research, or a career in teaching, private industry, or the government sector.
Master of Physiotherapy (Research)
This course meets the needs of graduates from physiotherapy or other approved areas of health science who wish to further develop their expertise in physiotherapy by research. It is an opportunity for students with relevant research skills and experience to undertake independent research in an area of interest that contributes to the physiotherapy evidence and knowledge base and published literature.
Extended Scope Physiotherapy
For physiotherapists contemplating developing an extended scope of practice the University of Canberra, Faculty of Health offers a comprehensive education pathway via two postgraduate degrees.
Graduate Certificate in Extended Scope Physiotherapy and the Postgraduate Diploma in Extended Scope Physiotherapy
The objective of the Extended Scope Physiotherapy degrees is to offer physiotherapists with entry level physiotherapy degrees and several years of clinical experience the advanced knowledge, advanced skills, research literacy and knowledge translation skills that extend the scope of their practice in their professional discipline area. The Extended Scope Physiotherapy programs will provide students with a physiotherapy degree, a single postgraduate program with focused training in extended scope of practice in their professional practice area.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Physiotherapy
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Physiotherapy offers practicing physiotherapists with a coursework Masters degree an opportunity to study advanced subjects in their discipline areas and to undertake research in a specialist area of health sciences related to physiotherapy practice. The main objective of this course is the extension of knowledge, expertise and skills towards the improvement of professional practice. It provides advanced study and reflection on practice in the physiotherapy practice by both drawing on student's professional experience and expertise, and extending it.
Doctor of Philosophy in Health
This program provides an opportunity for high calibre students to undertake extensive independent research in a specialised field of study. This pathway opens up careers in teaching, academic careers, research careers, and is also a highly desirable qualification in any workplace.Apply now
Master of Physiotherapy (Research)
This course meets the needs of graduates from physiotherapy or other approved areas of health science who wish to further develop their expertise in physiotherapy by research. It is an opportunity for students with relevant research skills and experience to undertake independant research in an area of interest that contributes to the physiotherapy evidence and knowledge base and published literature.
Doctor of Philosophy in Health
This program provides an opportunity for high calibre students to undertake entensive independant research in a specialised field or study. This pathway opens up careers in teaching, academic careers, research careers, and is also a highly desirable qualification in any workplace.Apply now
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