The Master of Physiotherapy (MPhty) course prepares graduates for professional practice as physiotherapists.
Physiotherapists use highly-developed clinical reasoning skills to assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle, nerve and metabolic disorders. They use a range of drug-free techniques to treat and prevent injuries, and assist their clients to maintain fit and healthy bodies. The focus of physiotherapy is upon patient-centred care.
The core areas of the MPhty course are introductory and advanced musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, applied to patients across the lifespan. Biomechanics, occupational health and community health are incorporated in various units of study; and evidence-based practice and professional practice are embedded throughout the curriculum. Students will also undertake university-organised clinical practice placements in the second year of the course. The skills required to practice advanced clinical reasoning are progressively developed during the course.
The course is a graduate-entry program, which means students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry. As the MPhty degree confers eligibility for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which is required to practice as a physiotherapist in Australia, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements.
Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. These placements further the opportunities to develop an understanding of the practice of physiotherapy, and its place in the contemporary health system.
As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the ‘FHS Abroad' program which involves academic study and a 4-6 week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide.
The pace of work in the MPhty is demanding and is commensurate with the expectations of postgraduate study; as is the level and complexity of the issues dealt with in the degree.
The Master of Physiotherapy course is taught by academics who are world-leaders in their fields and who bring their research into the classroom so that students are exposed to cutting-edge knowledge. In this manner, the University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy course is characterised by research-enriched teaching and learning and hence has a very strong evidence-base.