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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.

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?

The most common salary  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.

Explore physiotherapy qualifications

Find a tertiary qualification to prepare you to register and work as a Physiotherapist.

Duration 4 yrs - 8 yrs
12 institutions offering this qualification
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Innovation
  • Written skills
  • Working with children check

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Time management
  • Team work
  • Interpersonal skills
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How do Physiotherapists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 40 Physiotherapists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
It is very good proffession.
The challenges
To learn new things
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Rural generalist roles
The good things
I enjoy the variety of my role and the opportunity to travel with my qualification. I have worked with lots of lovely people and made some great friends through work. I enjoy working with new clients ...
The challenges
It can be challenging at times working in more isolated environments without much support.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
private practice
The good things
good things: clients illness improved and back to normal duties.
The challenges
some worker compensation cases are frustrating as clients have negative mentality and unrealistic expectation, lot of paper work involved
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of health sciences/ masters of physiotherapy practice (honours)
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
You can help a large variety of patient groups from children to elderly. You make a difference to how people move and feel. You advise people of other professionals that are needed in their care. E...
The challenges
Sometimes you feel that you are limited by what your patients are willing to do or invest in their own health. At times you may feel bored and wonder whether you want to do something else. The pay...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Qualification degree of Bachelor in Rehabilitation, qualification on physical therapist
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Muscular skeletal problems
The good things
Physiotherapy is a mastery of a healing with professional touch. It is a very gratifying experience to take someones pain away with your own hands and to direct your patient to achieve more awareness ...
The challenges
Personally, I am concerned about the big gap between the private and public sectors in rehabilitation. I believe that it's easier to grow professionally if you are in a private sector unless you are a...
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged care and sports injuries
The good things
Satisfaction, challenges
The challenges
Emotional challenges
2 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
There is diversity within the profession and it can be used overseas as well as at home in australia. The people you treat add to a positive experience. Immediate colleagues are always people you valu...
The challenges
Its a competitive environment. Within our profession you can generally go into private practice or work for the public sector. Private practitioners need to sell themselves and can often embellish the...
2 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of physiotherapy
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Rehabilitation hospital
The good things
Job security
The challenges
It hurts my thumb
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
Care is important
The challenges
No challenge
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
master of physiotherapy studies
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
muskuloskeletal
The good things
The ability to help change someones life for the better diversity of being a physiotherapist continued learning opportunities ability to work in many different sectors great to meet so many amazin...
The challenges
It feels like you need to really stay on top of a constantly changing and improving practice this can be challenging
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What are the job opportunities for Physiotherapists?

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Job opportunities

Physiotherapist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
24.9%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Physiotherapists
Latest Physiotherapist jobs on SEEK
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Wagga Wagga & Riverina
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time (January 2019 - December 2019) Position Classification: Physiotherapist Level 1Remuneration: $62,702.00 -...
Generation Physio & Allied Health
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Enjoy changing the lives of your patients? Treat your patients in their own homes as a Home Visit Physiotherapist
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Peninsula Health
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Are you a qualified Physiotherapist looking for a new career opportunity? Join us on a Permanent Full Time basis (Part Time will be considered)
Active Physio Health
Gladstone & Central QLD
Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to join an established practice as a Physiotherapist. Multiple Positions available!
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