Physiotherapists assist and treat patients who are encountering physical difficulties resulting from ageing, disability, illness, or injury. This includes people of all ages, from children to the elderly and a range extending from stroke patients to those with short-term injuries resulting from sports. Physiotherapists help patients to identify and improve their function and movement and promote wellbeing, health, and a sable rehabilitation process focusing on the cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal systems.

Duties and tasks

  • A degree in physiotherapy is required, as is licensing (often including an exam) masters and doctoral programs are available in the field of rehabilitation science
  • A genuine interest in aiding others
  • Analytical and problem solving skills and excellent communication skills
  • Create and review treatment programmes comprised of movement, manual therapy, exercise, and the utilisation of technological equipment such as an ultrasound machine
  • Document patient reports and case notes
  • Good manual dexterity and coordination
  • Patient, empathetic, positive outlook on life, nurturing, ability to motivate and encourage
  • Provide advice to people about how to avoid injuries before they happen

Skill Requirements

  • Sports Scientist
  • The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
  • Treat a wide variety of conditions, from obstetrics and gynecology to terminal illness and neurological conditions
  • Work with other healthcare professional to learn about patients backgrounds and discuss progress, refer patients who require specialised medical attention in other areas

Working conditions

Physiotherapists work in a variety of places, including private practices, health centers, hospitals, and sports clubs. They typically work standard work hours, though evening and weekend work is required in many settings. Physiotherapists may be required to transfer and lift patients who have limited mobility. They do a lot of stretching, reaching, standing, and bending.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Physiotherapy Council 

Physiotherapy Board of Australia 

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) 

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