Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy/Master of High Performance Sport

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Attendance, Multi-mode
Duration
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$23032 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

Physiotherapists already enjoy the professional challenge and personal satisfaction of working in the sports and exercise environment. The benefits of sports and exercise are widely known with people of all ages and abilities being encouraged by governments and health professionals worldwide to increase their participation and become more physically active. Athlete wellbeing and performance is an integral part of sports participation at the community, elite and professional levels. Being able to optimise their wellbeing and performance and prevent or manage injuries will give athletes that competitive edge that leads to success, particularly at the high performance sports and performing arts level. Sports and Exercise Physiotherapists are well placed to provide advice, education, guidance and intervention for prevention, assessment and optimal management of sports injuries and other health conditions, to maintain or improve athlete wellbeing and performance. Sports and Exercise Physiotherapists are also well placed to provide leadership and advocacy to meet individual needs of the multidisciplinary team, the community and for athletes and people of all ages and abilities, and cultural contexts. With increasing demand for healthy active lifestyles, the demand for Physiotherapists with specialised knowledge and skills in Sports and Exercise will also increase.

The Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy/Master of High Performance Sport double degree aims to provide Physiotherapists with knowledge and skills to work with athletes and people of all ages, abilities and cultural contexts, in community, elite or high performance sport and exercise settings, in the private and public sectors.

The course will provide physiotherapists with the opportunity to acquire advanced theoretical, scientific and clinical knowledge of normal and pathological human movement as it relates to sports, exercise, performance, injuries, pathology and disease. Graduates will develop an understanding of how wellbeing relates to performance and be able to critically analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge, using an evidence-informed person-centred approach, for the physiotherapy management of sports injuries or other health conditions and to enhance sports or exercise performance and wellbeing in athletes and people of all ages, abilities and cultural contexts within the relevant ethical and legal frameworks.

Students will learn to integrate specialised technical skills with advanced principles and strategies of strength and conditioning, fatigue management and recovery to design, deliver and evaluate meaningful interventions to enhance athlete and team performance and reduce the likelihood (and/or duration) of injury and illness. The course emphasises the application of these knowledge and skills in an ethical manner that promotes the dignity of the individual, athlete or performer.

The Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy/Master of High Performance Sport double degree can be completed in 2 years (full-time), or part-time equivalent. It is delivered predominantly online with short, intensive on-campus block/s. The course is suitable for graduate physiotherapists eligible for registration in their own country, with a minimum two years’ experience post-graduation.

The need for specialization within physiotherapy has been acknowledged with the formation of the career pathway which consists of Titled membership at a Master AQF 9 Level by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). This course will provide the foundation for specialty recognition for physiotherapists to apply for APA Titled Membership in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy and become members of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Qualifications such as the proposed Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy could lead directly to Titled Membership by the APA. Graduates of a Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy should meet the Highly Developed competencies of the Competence Framework of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) (https://australian.physio/pd/career-pathway) and be eligible to apply for the Title of the APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist. Further, graduates should demonstrate the competencies of an International Registered Sports Physical Therapist recognised and awarded by the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT) for those who are titled APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapists (www.ifspt.org).

Professional experience

The Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy/Master of High Performance Sport is designed as a program of relevant professional practice-related learning that includes a minimum 190 hours of clinical practice, including supervised practice, mentoring, case reflections, and self-directed field-of-play and side-line practice. The course also includes a program of independent research, as well as the opportunity for an industry-based internship in high performance sport.

Volunteer experience

Students are required to be working or be in a volunteer position in the sports environment for a minimum of 80 hours as part of a Semester 2 unit.

Professional recognition

Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy/Physiotherapy/Master of High Performance Sport Graduates who are Australian registered physiotherapists and members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association are eligible to apply for Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled membership in the relevant stream.

Supervision arrangements

Given students are registered physiotherapy practitioners, they can undertake clinical practice activities related to this coursework without direct supervision by a clinical educator. ACU will provide mentoring and peer support during these clinical practicums which will include mentoring or virtual supervision provided by ACU staff, and/or external mentors/supervisors assigned and supported by ACU staff. The School of Allied Health at ACU will provide an appropriate supervisor for each independent research project

Accreditation

Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy / Master of High Performance Sport Graduates who are Australian registered physiotherapists and members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association are eligible to apply for Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled membership in the relevant stream.

Careers

Graduates will be able to apply theory and practice learned in a range of health provider settings including but not limited to:

  • professional and semi-professional sporting organisations
  • community sport settings
  • national and state institutes of sport
  • academies of sport
  • government and non-government funded sporting programs (e.g. University, School or post-School sporting clubs)
  • Government prevention and management of chronic disease through exercise programs
  • international high performance sport organisations
  • sport, health and disease-based research

Examples of potential employment roles include:

  • Sports and exercise physiotherapist for a club, a team or a sports event at National or International levels for visiting or host nation programs
  • E.g. Australian Olympic Team, Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Australian University Games
  • Sports medicine manager for a team, an event
  • Venue medical manager for major Games
  • Performance analyst
  • High performance manager
  • Fitness coach
  • Government advisor on exercise
  • Sports science manager

Employment rates

Sports and Exercise Physiotherpist (Job Outlook) See Appendix 5

Course details

Course structure

To qualify for the Master of Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy / Master of High Performance Sport, a student must complete 160 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 60 cp from Specified Physiotherapy Units (Part A);
  2. 40 cp from Specified High Performance Sport Units (Part B);
  3. 20 cp from Elective High Performance Sport Units (Part C);
  4. 40 cp from Research Units (Part D)

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AQF framework

Double Masters - Masters/Masters - AQF Level 9

Additional course information

The Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy/Master of High Performance Sport double degree can be completed in 2 years (full-time), or part-time equivalent. It is delivered predominantly online with short, intensive on-campus block/s. The course is suitable for graduate physiotherapists eligible for registration in their own country, with a minimum two years’ experience post-graduation.

February intake will be offered. Units will be delivered in online mode for Semesters 1, 3 and 4 and mixed mode in Semester 2, incorporating online, intensive residential workshops, practicums and a research project. All residential workshops and assessments will be scheduled for 1-2 weeks in Semester 2.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites: 

a. Bachelor degree or higher in Physiotherapy and:

  1. hold current registration with the required Authority in Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice; and
  2. have a minimum of 2 years clinical experience as a physiotherapist post-graduation (including minimum 1 year in musculoskeletal or sports areas);

OR

b. ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy

NOTE: Applicants having completed ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of up to 40 credit points.

NOTE: Applicants having completed ACU’s Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of up to 80 credit points

Disclaimer : The Course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.

 

 

English language requirements

IELTS: Overall score: 7.0; Individual score of 6.5 in all tests[EF1] [MC2] 

PTE: 65 with a minimum of 58 in all four communicative skills

TOEFL: Internet based total of 94: minimum 24 writing, 20 speaking and listening and 19 in reading

ACU English Language Test: A (75-100%)

CAE: N/A

Or

Demonstrated current registration with an accredited body that has an English language requirement equivalent to, or higher than, the standards required by the University. Recognised registrations include:

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration other than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Practice registration;

Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) Teacher registration;

Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) Teacher registration; and

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Teacher registration.

Or

At least one full-time year of study of an Australian secondary or tertiary qualification at AQF Diploma level or higher, and completed no earlier than five years prior to the commencement of the course of study to which the student seeks admission;

Or

Demonstrated successful completion of at least one full-time year of study of an overseas qualification equivalent to an Australian secondary or tertiary qualification at AQF Diploma level or higher, where the medium of study was English, and completed no earlier than five years prior to the commencement of the course of study to which the student seeks admission. 

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

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Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

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Pathways

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

People who have completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy program at Australian Catholic University or a  Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy at an Australian university may be eligible to enter the Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy/Master of High Performance Sport program and be awarded up to 40 credit points in recognition of prior learning

Further study

Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy/Master of High Performance Sport is designed with research training as a pathway to higher degree research, for example, PhD and Masters by research.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$23032 Fee-paying

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

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Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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