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Physiotherapists assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle and nerve disorders. They use a range of drug-free techniques to treat and prevent injuries, and assist their clients to maintain fit and healthy bodies.

The Discipline of Physiotherapy is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences. As one of the foundation schools at the College's inception in 1975, we have played an important role in the development of the Faculty and its academic programs.

Our physiotherapy courses are available at both bachelor and master's level. Step forward into your future physiotherapy career with us.

Career overview

Physiotherapy is a dynamic profession, and students have a vast array of career paths to consider upon graduation. In addition to the high-profile sports side of the occupation, physiotherapists also practise in roles that contribute significantly to the wider community. For instance, physiotherapy is applied in the management of a wide variety of conditions, including neurological illness such as stroke and Parkinson's disease, movement disorders in children, rehabilitation after major injury, and recovery following surgery. It also plays a central role in the management and prevention of chronic conditions such as asthma.

Our graduates work in a wide variety of areas such as health care organisations, community, sports and workplace settings, schools and private practices.

Graduates will be eligible for registration as physiotherapists with the NSW Physiotherapists Registration Board.

Featured research

Marilie Eliza Ruiz Aguila is a PhD student in the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group and is helping solve a global health concern - migraines and headaches.

physiotherapy research students

“I am learning new techniques and discovered exciting findings about brain chemicals and neck impairments in headaches. In the process, I had the valuable experience of interacting and learning from other people with varied expertise and background. The impact of these interactions will last beyond the completion of my degree.

“In terms of results of my research, one unexpected finding was our discovery that levels of the brain chemical, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), were higher in people with migraine compared to people without headaches. This was a breakthrough because GABA is typically associated with reduced activity of the brain. This finding was the first direct evidence for the potential role of GABA in migraine and possibly as a biomarker," says Maria.

Courses

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Graduate entry

Master of Physiotherapy