Physiotherapy

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Career outcomes

Our physiotherapy graduates have pursued careers in:

  • hospitals (private and public)
  • private practice
  • community settings
  • workplace settings
  • injury prevention
  • research
  • sports, physical activity and exercise settings
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About physiotherapy

Empower people with the strength they need to move and function. As a physiotherapist, you’ll work with people who have problems with their cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal or neurological systems. By optimising movement and function, you’ll help people overcome movement disorders that were present at birth, accidental, or associated with ageing or life-changing events.

Jumpstart your career

Become employable before you graduate. Our Bachelor of Physiotherapy provides you with valuable clinical placement opportunities, supervised by a clinical facilitator. During your placement, you’ll develop and integrate knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Strength and honours

Have your academic excellence recognised. High-achieving Bachelor of Physiotherapy students can undertake honours in their third and fourth years – just make sure you meet the admission requirements.

Connect with communities

Make an impact while you study. As a physiotherapy student, community engagement will be embedded within your field experience, connecting you with community partners in a range of settings, including: urban, rural and remote areas. You’ll be encouraged to explore community needs, and to develop a professional practice that combines ethics, integrity and cultural sensitivity.

Decide to specialise

When you finish our undergraduate physiotherapy program, you’ll be a skilled physiotherapist able to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, community health centres, sports medicine clinics, rehabilitation centres, aged-care facilities, or in sectors such as education, government and research. Want to specialise further? Consider studying rehabilitation at postgraduate level.

Study rehabilitation

Meet our students and staff

Alumni profile Physiotherapy graduate Julia Eades

Julia Eades

Physiotherapy graduate

"I loved the focus on clinical placements during the degree. It allowed us to take our classroom learning to real patients and make a difference while still studying. 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."

Staff profile Professor Suzanne Kuys

Professor Suzanne Kuys

Head of School, School of Allied Health

Professor Suzanne Kuys is a professor at the School of Allied Health. She has considerable clinical, teaching and research experience with people following stroke and other neurological conditions and older adults, particularly people undergoing rehabilitation and transitioning from the hospital to home.

Professor Kuys has been a clinician for 25 years, with more than 15 years of experience in stroke rehabilitation, and has a strong interest in gait and balance retraining. She is interested in examining how health services can optimise health outcomes for patients.

Her research interests include hospital-based rehabilitation and care, stroke, balance and gait retraining, outcome measures and physical activity.

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