Throughout the course of a lifetime, our bodies undergo countless stresses and strains, sometimes resulting in pain, injury or disablement. It could be related to a workplace or sports injury, disease, or simply the natural course of development or growing older. It is during these times when a person might seek the assistance of a Physiotherapist.
Physiotherapy is the prevention, evaluation and treatment of physical injuries and disorders of movement. Physiotherapists interact with a wide variety of people throughout various settings and client groups, ranging from the newborn baby through to elite athletes and older adults.
Clinical problems encountered by a physiotherapist are wide-ranging and often challenging, adding to the variety of this field. However, some common problems you may come across include musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory disorders. Treatments include exercise, soft tissue massage, joint manipulation and electrophysical agents.
What will I study?
You will study:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Biomedical science
- Research methods
- Theory and practice of physiotherapy
Our courses are offered at the Callaghan campus and contribute to a degree program over four years (full-time).
Our classes take a case-based approach. We are known for our early clinical placements and small teaching groups, which enable us to give each student individualised attention when needed. This means our graduates have a well-developed sense of the knowledge and skills required in practice.
Our highly qualified staff, known for their active participation in research, as well as their extensive clinical backgrounds, will ensure that you will be equipped to integrate the theory of physiotherapy with the necessary practice skills.
Find out first hand what it is like to study physiotherapy:
A career in Physiotherapy is dynamic and rewarding. You may be employed in many practice areas including both public and private hospitals, schools and sporting bodies, industry and community health, as well as having the opportunity for self-employment.
There is a recognised shortage of Physiotherapists, so graduate career prospects are excellent. You may work in fields such as:
- Research and professional development
- Creating and establishing preventative health initiatives
- Community care projects.
You will be equipped to take your skills and knowledge abroad as Australian-trained Physiotherapists are highly regarded internationally.
Academic staff in Physiotherapy
To view more information about a staff member, including research interests, please select the "web" option to visit that staff member's profile.
|Chiarelli, Pauline||Profile||(02) 4921 6046|
|Johnston, Catherine||Profile||(02) 4921 7782|
|Mackney, Jenny||Profile||(02) 4921 7879|
|Marquez, Jodie||Profile||(02) 4921 2041|
|Osmotherly, Peter||Profile||(02) 4921 7718|
|Rivett, Darren||Profile||(02) 4921 7220|
Head of School
|Snodgrass, Suzanne||Profile||(02) 4921 2089|
|Thomas, Lucy||Profile||(02) 4921 8680|
|Van Vliet, Paulette||Profile||(02) 4921 7833|