physiotherapy, occupational therapy

A Physio plays an important role in assisting a patient  in the management and recovery from sickness and injury. Exercise, movement analysis, manual therapy and specialist techniques are used to restore and enhance health.

Physiotherapy aka Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy courses at undergrad bachelor, postgraduate diploma master, PhD doctorate research degree levels at Australian universities are listed below.   

  • Besides ATAR,  what are the prerequisite subject at Year 12 HSC ?
  • What is the difference between Occupational Therapy  & Physio therapy ?
  • Where can I study to be a Physiotherapist or Physical Therapy PT ?
  • Which university offers the best degree, diploma or post grad course for Physiotherapy PT or Occupational Therapy OT
  • Physiotherapists provide assistance, training and therapy for people with limited movement due to injuries such as burns, loss of limb, strokes, paralysis or as a result of birth defects, in order to facilitate their ability to restore ease of movement as much as possible.
  • Occupational therapy is a healthcare area focused on helping people with disabilities, illness or injuries achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in their daily life and return to the workforce where possible
  • What do Physiotherapists  or Occupational Therapist do for jobs ?
  • A bachelor university degree in Physio offer career opportunities in health care and rehabilitation  field.
  • Pioneering work in Physical therapy aka physiotherapy, in Australia was achieved by Elizabeth Kenny despite  scepticism from the ruling authorities.
  • Physio was effective in rehabilitative programs for Polio survivors. Today Physiotherapy is still commonly applied, from accident recoveries, burns to stroke survivors.


New South Wales : NSW

Queensland QLD :

  • Physiotherapy degree at  JCU
  • School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Griffith University
  • Occupational Therapy courses at James Cook University : JCU
  • Physiotherapy – School of Health Rehabilitation Sciences – University of Queensland, UQ

Western Australia: WA

Victoria : VIC

Australian Capital  Territory : ACT

Typical job activities:

  • design treatment programs to address  problems
  • treat patients to reduce pain, improve circulation, strengthen muscles, improve cardiothoracic, cardiovascular and respiratory functions, restore joint mobility, and improve balance and coordination
  • administer  muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests to identify and assess physical problems of patients
  • apply therapeutic properties of exercise, heat, cold, massage, manipulation, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, ultraviolet and infra-red light and ultrasound in the treatment of patients
  • discuss with other Health Professionals as required about patients’ problems, needs and progress
  • teach patients and their families in home procedures
  • record treatments given and patients’ responses and progress
  • develop and implementing screening and preventative health promotion programs