Occupational Health Physiotherapist

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Physiotherapists working in Occupational Health will play a vital role in legislative processes and in treatment. They will have additional training in workplace safety legislation and risks that are present in the workplace. Graduates who move into this field may further specialise in a specific industry.


When working on occupational health physiotherapists may take on the role of educators as well as the more expected physiotherapy roles. Those who work in this area will be trained in prevention of workplace injury and illness, and in passing this knowledge on to the workers of an organisation. They may also have a role in the evaluation of workplace injuries as well as treatment and rehabilitation.


Gaining qualification and titling as a Specialist Physiotherapist requires advanced expertise and experience in the specialisation area. There are two pathways to becoming a specialist – experiential and academic – both of which require being a qualified physiotherapist and joining the relevant national group for the field of expertise. The experiential pathway then requires at least five years’ worth of practical experience, including three years in the relevant field of expertise, along with evidence of engagement in professional development during this time. The academic pathway requires the completion of an approved Master’s course as well as two years’ clinical experience with evidence of working the relevant field.