What is a Physiotherapist? Movement specialist who provides treatment for people withphysical problems caused by injury, illness, diseases andageing University trained Health Scientist
What is a Physiotherapist? Work within a scientific, evidence based paradigm (usuallywithin medical model) Use a variety of non-invasive treatment modalities including Manual therapy, mobilisation of joint and soft tissue Exercise Education Electrophysical agents
How do I become a Physio? University 12 University programs in Australia Not offered remotely High practical component Undergraduate degree: Bachelor Physiotherapy Bachelor Applied Science (Physio) 4 years full time
Institution Course AssumedknowledgeACU NorthSydneyB Physio Pre req: EnglishOne of Biology,chemistry orPhysicsUniversity ofSydneyB App Sc (Physio) Assumed: HSCchemistry andphysics.Recommended:mathsUniversity ofNewcastleB Physio Advanced EnglishChemistry + eitherbiology or physicsATAR96.598.3596.05
Post-graduate courses Graduate entry program Step One: complete Undergraduate course from anAustralian institution Minimum academic standard: GPA 4.5 or greater (Credit +) Preferred Degrees: Science, Applied Science, HealthScience, Exercise Science Step 2: 2 year full time Masters degree in Physiotherapy Demanding 2 years with heavy clinical component Total: 5 year full time study
Postgraduate Courses Pre-existing knowledge Anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics Psychology, motor performance and learning Research design and statistics Measurement of human performance Exercise physiology
University Study HSC Chemistry covered in first semester. Important forPhysiology HSC Biology for Physiology, anatomy HSC Physics: for biomechanics Sociology, Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics Bridging courses available over summer before entry Do the subjects to get a mark that will get you in.
Physio registration board Recognised Physiotherapy degree Criminal history check English language Continuing professional development (20 hours p.a.) Professional indemnity insurance Registration is now national: can work anywhere in Australia. www.physiotherapyboard.gov.au
Personal qualities? Caring, people person Excellent communication skills Logical, strong problem solving skills Ability to inspire confidence and motivate people Motivation to continually learn and update
What do Physiotherapists Do? Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Orthopaedics Gerontology Sports Paediatrics Cardiopulmonary OccupationalHealth/ergonomics Women’s health Neurology
Pay $55K up to $130K for the most senior management positionsin NSW Health. Private practice Location Fees charged Number of patients seen per hour. Years of clinical experience, postgraduate qualifications
Workforce statisticsWork statusFull Time 63%Part time/temporarycontract/casual16%Self Employed 18%
Good points Portable: can travel overseas, interstate Current shortage, ageing population good for job prospects Variety of workplace settings and areas of work Satisfying, challenging work Flexible work arrangements to fit family commitments Stepping stone to non-clinical positions (management, healthpromotion, sales reps, claims managers, rehab consultantsfor insurance companies)
Public sector Hospital inpatient Hospital outpatient, day rehab units Community physiotherapists Health department in executive roles
In Summary Challenging course to get into and complete Need to be a people person There are better $$$ in other professions Can be physically and mentally demanding Can be very rewarding, interesting work with a vast variety ofsettings and clients
More Info? www.parksidesportsphysio.com.au www.slideshare.net/ParksideSportsPhysio www.Facebook.com/ParksideSportsPhysio @parksidephysio
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