Working with stroke survivors allows me to improve people’s function every day. I’m really passionate and proud to be able to make such a meaningful impact. I hope to be able to help people reach their goals and improve their quality of life for many years to come.”
As a physiotherapist, you will help people recover from a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. You’ll improve quality of life for children, teenagers and adults.
Why us? Because it’s about you
We’ve got strong links with healthcare partners around Australia, providing unique opportunities for clinical placements and future employment. You will learn in state-of-the-art facilities and our student-led clinics offer valuable real-life experience. You’ll feel ready from your very first day on the job.
A degree that belongs on your bucket list
Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. Our degrees provide opportunities to study overseas and participate in our local and international community engagement programs.
A range of opportunities
As a graduate, you can work in a variety of areas including rehabilitation, paediatrics, women’s health, sports physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, gerontology and ergonomics, hospitals and rehabilitation units, community health centres and private practice.
You can also work as a consultant in educational, government and industrial institutions, and conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession. Or you might aim to become a leader in the field of gerontological or neurological rehabilitation, through further study.
We’ve got your back
If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.
Physiotherapists prevent injury and disability in others as well as rehabilitate those already injured. Physiotherapists identify, assess and treat musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic and neurological conditions.
Possible career paths include:
- women’s health
- sports physiotherapy
- hospitals and rehabilitation units
- community health centres and/or private practice
Our School of Physiotherapy has been ranked 2nd by Uni Reviews, for the top universities offering physiotherapy in Australia for 2017. Rankings are generated using a formula taking into account: faculty size (student numbers); student and graduate satisfaction with courses (% satisfied); and indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).
ACU’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four-year entry-level qualification. Graduates will be skilled physiotherapists who can work with everyone from children to the elderly, as well as deal with gender-specific issues. Graduates can also work as consultants in educational, government and industrial institutions, and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession.
The course provides extensive opportunity for industry exposure and community engagement, with students commencing clinical placement in the first semester and being exposed to a wide variety of settings where physiotherapists provide clinical services.
High achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.
The Master of Rehabilitation, Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation and Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation are an inter-professional suite of programs aimed to provide evidence based advanced studies for practicing professionals for leadership roles in health related disciplines. In addition, for approved applicants, the programs offer specialist streams for registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists, who seek to extend knowledge and skills in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation for promotion and professional recognition, or return to the workforce.
The 120cp masters course is structured with a nested graduate certificate (40cp) and graduate diploma (80cp) for the disciplines of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. Additionally, a graduate certificate (40CP), graduate diploma (80CP) and masters (120CP) are available for other health disciplines wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in aged and neurological rehabilitation.
This suite of programs includes purposely designed coursework units with evidence-based content allowing for the development of advanced skills and critical appraisal of strategies and intervention as well as completion of advanced practice units and a clinical research project within their discipline and field.
The program is specifically designed for practicing clinicians and includes a number of teaching modes that enable study while working:
- Workshop intensives at the start of each semester
- Online learning activities across the semester
- Practicums within the current work setting
- Research projects designed for workplace improvement.
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