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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.

Head of Discipline of Physiotherapy

Professor Colleen canning

Professor Colleen Canning believes students need to be inspired to question, innovate and lead in order to improve healthcare globally.

"Physiotherapy like all healthcare is based on science as it emerges so students are supported and guided to become lifelong learners," says Professor Canning.

"While it is important to have strong knowledge in key foundation sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology, it is critical to be able to apply this knowledge, question the status quo, and come up with healthcare innovations which improve outcomes, are cost-effective and sustainable.

"As a passionate netball player, my interest began, as it does for so many prospective students, when I sustained an ankle injury playing netball. So my physiotherapy journey began, but quickly shifted to an even more passionate interest in rehabilitation for people with acute and degenerative neurological conditions.

"These conditions can have devastating consequences and the role of physiotherapy and other allied healthcare professionals is paramount in optimizing mobility and quality of life for these individuals. The joy of teaching a person following a stroke to walk again and sharing their success is hard to beat!"



Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Graduate entry

Master of Physiotherapy