Neurological Physiotherapist

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Specialising in neurology will provide the education and training to allow graduates to work with persons suffering from neurological conditions. These conditions may be due to injuries, genetic factors, disease or illnesses and often result in the patients having issues with motor control and balance.

 

In this field physiotherapists will utilise a variety of approaches to help patients. This can be done as a rehabilitative treatment as part of recovery from illness or injury or as a preventative response to acute or degenerative conditions. Physiotherapists working in neurology will have both long term and medium term patients and may also have a role in the education of family members in ways to assist their patients.

 

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 Masters course as well as two years’ clinical experience with evidence of working the relevant field.