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Physiotherapist

Work with patients to improve their mobility and quality of life.

What's it like to be a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are health professionals who assess and treat people with a range of physical problems that impact their movement and function.

Physiotherapist

Tasks and duties

  • Assessing and diagnosing a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders.
  • Working with clients and health professionals to design an appropriate program of prevention and treatment.
  • Prescribing exercises and physical aides to assist with mobility and movement.
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The role of a Physiotherapist is to reduce pain, increase movement and mobility, repair damage and improve clients’ quality of life.

Physiotherapists work in various settings, such as public and private hospitals, private practice, sports, community health, early intervention, paediatrics and residential aged care.

What can I earn as a Physiotherapist?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Physiotherapist is between $65k and $75k

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How to become a Physiotherapist


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To work as a Physiotherapist in Australia, you need to complete a tertiary qualification in physiotherapy such as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy or Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). These courses provide a blend of theory and practical physiotherapy experiences.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in physiotherapy. Alternatively, for students with previous (science-based) tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Physiotherapy program.
  2. Under Australian law, all physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia before they can practice. Six weeks before graduation, students can apply to register through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  3. All physiotherapists registered in Australia must complete 20 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) annually. CPD can include attending lectures or conferences, reviewing journals or presenting education sessions at work.

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Gain skills to assess, diagnose and treat problems with human movement in preparation for a career as a Physiotherapist with this degree.

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Master of Physiotherapy

This qualification provides a pathway into a role as a Physiotherapist if you already hold a Bachelor degree in a related area.

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Bachelor of Health Science

This degree prepares you for a career in the health industry. There may also be an option to specialise in an area of interest.
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How do Physiotherapists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 39 Physiotherapists surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
4.3
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.0

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Mar 2020
Being a Physio is challenging but worth it
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Musculoskeletal Private Practise
The good things
It is really rewarding to be a part of someone's recovery journey. Helping people return to normal activities in their lives (sometimes with modifications) feels good. Being a physio is challenging an...
The challenges
Sometimes working in private practice starts to feel like youre running a business and your patients become consumers - this can really be depressing cause most of us dont go into this profession for ...
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Apr 2020
Physio may not be the pretty picture in your head
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Physiotherapy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
private practice
The good things
Meet different people positively affect their lives
The challenges
a lot of work commitment to providing good service with an uncertainty of being financially rewarded as the commission is dependent on billings
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What are the job opportunities for Physiotherapists?

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