This course will give you a professional qualification in physiotherapy. Physiotherapists assess and treat patients with temporary or long-term physical injuries, movement disorders or disabilities, aiming to achieve the highest possible degree of recovery, activity, participation and quality of life. Physiotherapists may work independently or as members of healthcare teams. They are active in the prevention of illness and injury and in the promotion of health. They are also involved in clinical research, movement rehabilitation, ergonomics and the management of healthcare organisations.
Following a preparatory subject in the summer semester (Jan-Feb), in the first semester you will develop clinical reasoning, assessment and treatment skills in the core areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy across a lifespan. This is followed by 18 months of integrated theory and clinical practice subjects, when you will be primarily located in the clinical environment.
The clinical practice and theory subjects extend outside official University semester dates. The course fosters small-group learning to master the practical aspects of physiotherapy practice. You will be given the opportunity to assess and treat patients in hospitals and other clinical settings under the supervision of a qualified clinician.
After completion of the course, you will be eligible for registration in Australia with the Physiotherapy Registration Board of Australia. Registration is an essential prerequisite for practise as a physiotherapist in Australia.
You must have a relevant Bachelors degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelors degree, completed in the past five years(or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant studies include essential prerequisite subjects in regional musculoskeletal anatomy (upper and lower limb, pelvis, spine and thorax, head and neck), neuro-anatomy, physiology (including exercise physiology) and biomechanics. Desirable prerequisite subjects include pathophysiology, psychology, pharmacology, evidence-based practice, research methods or statistics, determinants of health, human movement, communication or education.
Recipient: La Trobe University
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