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.
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.
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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How to become a Physiotherapist
- Complete a bachelor degree in physiotherapy. Alternatively, for students with previous (science-based) tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Physiotherapy program.
- 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).
- 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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