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Break through to your career in Physiotherapy. As a physiotherapist you will be an autonomous, first-contact practitioner and valued member of wider health teams. Read more

Break through to your career in Physiotherapy

As a physiotherapist you will be an autonomous, first-contact practitioner and valued member of wider health teams. Our Master of Physiotherapy provides you with the specialised knowledge for a successful career in a range of different areas. Whether you decide to work in the public hospital setting or private practice, you will be armed with the skills to meet the unique needs of clients and enhance the health and welfare of the wider community.

Study a Master of Physiotherapy at UC and you will:

  • become a skilled practitioner capable of working in a variety of settings
  • receive an integrated learning mix from lecture, laboratory and tutorial sessions with a strong professional practice component
  • gain the necessary knowledge, exposure, ethical training and clinical decision making skills required to practice as a physiotherapist
  • gain professional experience in public hospitals and private practices in the ACT, regional NSW or across Australia
  • undertake a series of problem based clinical studies to further develop your skills and adaptability
  • acquire expertise and skills in research to test established theories against a body of knowledge in the areas of growth and development, movement dysfunction, pathology or degeneration. 

Work-integrated learning

Throughout your Master's degree you will complete clinical practice experience that will give you the opportunity to integrate the theoretical and practical components of your course into genuine work environments.

Professional Accreditation

The course has been accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy are eligible for registration as a Physiotherapist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 

For professional Physiotherapy registration with APHRA, IELTS is required for anyone who did not complete high school in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, Canada or South Africa, as opposed to the University requirements where IELTS is only required for those who have not studied in an English speaking country.

Typical study pattern

Year 1

Semester 2

Year 2

Flexible Period 2

Flexible Period 6

Semester 2

Year 3

Flexible Period 2

Career opportunities

A Master of Physiotherapy at UC is fully accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates are eligible for registration as a Physiotherapist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

A range of careers are available for Master of Physiotherapy students including:

  • sports
  • musculoskeletal
  • neurological
  • cardiothoracic
  • women’s health
  • paediatrics
  • oncology
  • emergency
  • aged care 
  • burns units and more
  • private industry and the government sector.


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In this course you'll major in continence and women's health, manipulative therapy or sports physiotherapy. All majors study the philosophy of evidence-based practice and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. Read more
In this course you'll major in continence and women's health, manipulative therapy or sports physiotherapy. All majors study the philosophy of evidence-based practice and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. You will further your clinical decision-making skills through the use of statistical analysis, including the examination of various forms of statistical testing.

You will choose from a range of specialised higher-level units and be given the opportunity to study clinical management, examining the theories and techniques of physiotherapy practice. You will also study models of service delivery, current developments in physiotherapy care, promotion of health and prevention of disease and dysfunction in the client group.

Clinical practice is a significant component of this course. During your placement you will detail a variety of case histories and evaluate each as a reflective practitioner.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis. Supporting documentation should accompany all applications for recognition of prior learning.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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In this course you will choose to major in continence and women’s health or manipulative therapy. In both majors you will study the philosophy of evidence-based practice and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. Read more
In this course you will choose to major in continence and women’s health or manipulative therapy. In both majors you will study the philosophy of evidence-based practice and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. You will further your clinical decision-making skills through the use of statistical analysis, including the examination of various forms of statistical testing.

The rest of your studies will comprise specialised coursework units and clinical practice. During your clinical practice you will detail a variety of case histories and evaluate each as a reflective practitioner.

Continence and Women's Health

This major will provide you with the opportunity to become an expert clinician in women's health physiotherapy and its related areas of practice. In this major you will develop clinical skills in the assessment and management of conditions which are unique, common or serious to women, or require special interventions in women.

You will develop particular expertise in the management of pelvic floor dysfunction and its presentations, including bladder and bowel dysfunction, disorders of the pelvic organ and pelvic girdle support, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain.

For unit information about this major, please view the Handbook.

Manipulative Therapy

The Manipulative Therapy major is designed to enhance knowledge, skill and clinical competencies in muscoloskeletal physiotherapy practice.

In this major you can learn: advanced examination and treatment, advanced patient management and clinical communication skills through evidence-based practice and contemporary clinical practice methods.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

The continence and women's health major includes practice of internal examination.

For unit information about this major, please view the Handbook here.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. Supporting documentation should accompany all applications for recognition of prior learning.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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In this graduate entry master course a series of coursework units will provide you with foundation knowledge in a range of specialist and practical areas. Read more
In this graduate entry master course a series of coursework units will provide you with foundation knowledge in a range of specialist and practical areas. You will complete case studies and clinical practice which will help you integrate your knowledge into well-informed clinical decision making. Your studies will emphasise evidence based practice and encourage you to think critically when making decisions.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

Professional recognition

The Physiotherapists Act 2005 requires that all practising physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapist Registration Board of Western Australia.

This course is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. Graduates are eligible for registration in any state or territory of Australia. Registration in New Zealand is available under the terms of the Trans-Tasman agreement. Graduates applying for licensure in the United States of America, United Kingdom or Canada will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a coursework Master of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) as a distance education program with multiple exit points. Read more
The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a coursework Master of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) as a distance education program with multiple exit points.

Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) is a coursework program which qualifies students to apply specialised knowledge and skills in rehabilitation in Occupational Health settings.
On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) graduates will be able to:
*Apply and adapt specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a physiotherapist
*Design assessment, management and evaluation plans across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to physiotherapy practice to develop solutions for complex problems
*Communicate theoretical knowledge, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions using high-level oral and written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of audiences
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION (PHYSIO) GCertRehab(Physio)

Course articulation

Students admitted to a Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation may after completion of that award, gain advanced standing for those studies towards a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) or a Master of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy).

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a coursework Master of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) as a distance education program with multiple exit points. Read more
The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a coursework Master of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) as a distance education program with multiple exit points.

Course learning outcomes

The Masters of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) is a coursework program which qualifies students to
apply an advanced body of knowledge in rehabilitation treatment settings.
On successful completion of the Masters of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) coursework degree
graduates will be able to:
*Apply and adapt an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a physiotherapist
*Design assessment, management and evaluation plans across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to physiotherapy practice to develop solutions for complex problems
*Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions to specialist and non‐specialist audiences using advanced oral and written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills
*Demonstrate high-level responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes
*Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to design, analyse and ethically implement research and critically reflect on implications of findings for physiotherapy practice.

Course Structure (Coursework or Coursework/Research)

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research. Students enrolled in the coursework masters program may choose the research core subjects as elective subjects and students enrolled in a coursework/research masters program may choose the coursework core subjects as elective subjects. If this course is to be used as a pathway to enrolment in a PhD, students will need to complete the coursework/research stream.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

Master of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) MRehab(Physio)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Rehabilitation physiotherapy focuses on restoring function and movement after sickness or injury. Physiotherapists use manual therapy, movement training and education to help patients to recover. Read more

What is rehabilitation physiotherapy?

Rehabilitation physiotherapy focuses on restoring function and movement after sickness or injury. Physiotherapists use manual therapy, movement training and education to help patients to recover.

Who is this course for?

This course is for physiotherapists with suitable registration or qualifications, who want to specialise in rehabilitation.

Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) is a coursework program which qualifies students to apply advanced knowledge and skills in rehabilitation treatment settings.
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) graduates will be able to:
*Apply and adapt advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a physiotherapist
*Design assessment, management and evaluation plans across the lifespan, for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities
*Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to physiotherapy practice to develop solutions for complex problems
*Communicate theoretical knowledge, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions using high-level oral and written English language and where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of audiences
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes.

Course Structure

Students can choose from 2 streams: (1) coursework or (2) coursework and research. Students enrolled in the coursework graduate diploma program may choose the research core subjects as elective subjects and students enrolled in a coursework/research graduate diploma program may choose the coursework core subjects as elective subjects. If this course is to be used as a pathway to enrolment in a PhD, students will need to complete the coursework/research stream.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF REHABILITATION (PHYSIO) GDipRehab(Physio)

Course articulation

Students admitted to a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation may after completion of that award, gain advanced standing for those studies towards a Master of Rehabilitation

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences teaches this course. The School provides several programs unique to Australia. We have:
*Rehabilitation Sciences have current accreditation with their professional bodies
*teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
*cutting-edge facilities including a movement analysis laboratory, and an exercise testing and rehabilitation clinic.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Soft tissue injury is becoming a specialised field within occupational therapy, and the demand for clinicians to up-skill is increasing. Read more

What is soft tissue injury?

Soft tissue injury is becoming a specialised field within occupational therapy, and the demand for clinicians to up-skill is increasing. This is the only course of this type in Australia.
The course aims to provide a detailed understanding of the impact upon human performance of changes in structures of muscle, tendons, and ligaments following changes in pathology. Graduates will be able to apply therapeutic intervention processes to individuals and workplace environments to enhance performance and productivity.

Who is this course for?

This is the only course of its type in Australia and is designed for health professionals with suitable professional registration.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate of Soft Tissue Injury Management will be able to:
*Apply and adapt specialised knowledge, within a systematic and coherent body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies, in soft tissue injury management, across diverse contexts
*Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, data and evidence to provide solutions to complex soft tissue injuries
*Exercise high-level and independent judgement in the design and implementation of assessment, management and evaluation plans for culturally and demographically diverse peoples
*Deliver and facilitate safe and effective collaborative patient‐centred health outcomes within a clearly defined and accepted scope of practice
*Communicate theoretical knowledge, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions using high-level oral and written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of audiences
*Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF SOFT TISSUE INJURY (GCertSoftTissInj)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University provides several programs unique to Australia. We have:
*Rehabilitation Sciences which have current accreditation with their professional bodies
*teaching staff awarded the Australian Learning Teaching Councils’ National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
*cutting-edge facilities including a movement analysis laboratory, and an exercise testing and rehabilitation clinic.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

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Occupational therapists work closely with people of all ages to achieve a high quality of life, irrespective of age, disability or illness. Read more
Occupational therapists work closely with people of all ages to achieve a high quality of life, irrespective of age, disability or illness. Helping people to function in daily living activities and promoting well-being at home, in school, at work, and in leisure are of prime concern to the occupational therapist. Occupational therapists take a holistic approach and are involved in client evaluation and intervention as part of a health care team. They also play a role in wider health issues such as community development, health promotion and policy making.

This graduate entry master course offers you a fast-track option to becoming an occupational therapist. You will develop knowledge of four broad areas:

-Medical, psychiatric, orthopaedic and neurological conditions which affect the health and well-being of individuals.
-The theory and practice of occupational therapy including the study of occupation and analysis of the physical, psychological and social requirements of a variety of skills and activities.
-Human development covering normal growth and development within the life cycle along with problems which occur such as learning disabilities and the effects of ageing.
-Occupational health and management, including prevention, education and rehabilitation programs for a variety of workplaces.
-Your studies will be complemented with extensive clinical fieldwork practice. You will also have the unique opportunity to take part in the Occupational Therapy Abroad program, participating in a fieldwork placement in China, India, South Africa or Ukraine for four weeks.

Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which may require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

Professional recognition

Graduates using the title of registered health practitioner or the title of occupational therapist must be registered with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the National Board). Registration for practice enables graduates, once registered, to practise occupational therapy in all Australian states and territories. Graduates can also choose to be a member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or Occupational Therapy Australia (WA). The course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may also apply for registration in most countries although some countries may require sitting a licensing examination.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. You may apply for recognition of prior learning on the basis of extensive work experience, clinical specialisation or significant publication and research experience.

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