Study Physiotherapy in Australia

What is physiotherapy?

In simplest term, physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to someone who is affected by injury, illness and disability. The study of physiotherapy includes a combination of theoretical, practical and clinical subjects which investigates the physical, structural and physiological aspects of the human form and movement. The knowledge gained from these studies are then used to treat conditions such as acute pain, soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage, and other physical impairments, just to name a few.
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What do physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists help people who are affected by injury or disability by helping them to relieve the pain, improve the muscle strengths, joint mobility and range, increase exercise tolerance, and improve respiratory function. This is done through a variety of techniques, such as:

  • Assessment of the needs of patients
  • Formulate a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for the patients
  • Implementation of physical therapy intervention
  • Evaluation of intervention outcomes through appropriate measures
  • Consultation with other health care professionals in devising a treatment plan if deemed necessary

Some of the techniques used in the intervention include treatments such as:

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Chest therapy
  • Thermotherapy
  • Ultrasonic therapy
  • Electrical stimulation

Physiotherapists will also work closely with other medical professionals to ensure the patient receives appropriate advice on home activity, return to sport and progression of treatment. This holistic approach helps patients to achieve maximum movement and independence, reducing the risk for further injuries and to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

In all, physiotherapists seek to improve the quality of lives of individuals through promotion, prevention and rehabilitation. This includes the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of their clients, their families, caregivers, as well as the communities and population at large.

What are the fields of practice for Physiotherapists?

There are also opportunities to work in areas such as (but not limiting to):

  • Burns and Plastics Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Child Developmental Assessment/Therapy
  • Gerontology
  • Care of the elderly
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Head injury, stroke and neurological diseases
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics, Child Developmental Assessment/Therapy
  • Sports Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist can work in a number of locations, such as hospitals, day care centres, private clinics, nursing homes, and sports clubs, just to name a few.

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Physiotherapy VS Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapist (OT) treats the whole person. Whether they’re recovering from injuries, or have developmental or cognitive disabilities affecting their motor skills, emotions or behaviour, OTs are helping people to get back and fully engaged in their daily life.

A physiotherapist treats the patient’s actual impairment from a biomechanical perspective (for example, recovery from a hamstring tear).
A physiotherapist tries to improve the impairment itself by lessening the pain, increasing mobility, or aligning body/muscle movements back to normal.

Both professions however, focus on preventing injuries and can help people avoid surgery or a long term-reliance on medications.

What educational qualifications do I need
to practice as a Physiotherapist in Singapore?

The Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) is a professional board under the Ministry of Health which governs and regulates the professional conduct and ethics of registered allied health professionals, in accordance to the Allied Health Professions (AHP) Act 2011.

Approved Australian physiotherapy degree by APHC

click on the links below to find out more about the institution

Undergraduate Entry

No Institutions Duration of Study
(Years)
Annual Tuition Fees 2020
(AUD)
Minimum Entry Requirements
Pre-requisite Subjects Remarks
        A-level ATAR IB    
1 CURTIN UNIVERSITY 4 37,200 12 90 33 One of: Biology /
Chemistry / Physics
Desirable: Mathematics
IELTS Overall Band 7.0 (No band less than 7.0)
Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
2 LA TROBE UNIVERSITY 4 48,000 11 95.45 33 English + two of Biology / Maths / Chemistry / Physics IELTS Overall Band 7.0
(No band less than 7.0)
Bachelor of Applied Science & Master of Physiotherapy Practice
3 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND 4 46,752 15
(3H2 + 1H1)
96.00 38 English + one of Biology / Chemistry / Physics IELTS Overall Band 7.0
(No band less than 7.0)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
4 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA 4 39,700 12 98.00 37 Recommended: Biology, Physics IELTS Overall Band 7.0
(No band less than 7.0)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)

Postgraduate Entry

No Institutions Duration of Study
(Years)
Annual Tuition Fees 2020
(AUD)
Minimum Entry Requirements
Pre-requisite Subjects Remarks
1 LA TROBE UNIVERSITY 4 37,200 Bachelor degree completed within the past five years with a minimum weighted average of 65%. Relevant work experience may be considered if degree is completed more than 5 years ago. 1) Regional musculoskeletal anatomy (upper and lower limb, pelvis, spine and thorax, head and neck)
2) Neuroanatomy
3) Physiology (including exercise physiology).
IELTS Overall Band 7.0 (No band less than 7.0)

Start date 20 January
Master of Physiotherapy Practice
3 UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND 2 58,920 Bachelor degree in fields such as allied health, human movement science, physical or biological sciences

Minimum GPA is 4.5 (out of 7.0), but in 2019 cut-off GPA was 5.72.
Must have studied:
Human Anatomy (Musculoskeletal and Systems Anatomy);
Human Physiology (Integrative Physiology and Systems Physiology);
Statistics;
and Introductory Psychology

30 November (Summer) commencement
(same year as deadline)
IELTS Overall Band 7.0 (No band less than 7.0)

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