What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is an allied health profession. Each allied health professional brings specialist knowledge and skills that are unique to their role. Although they often work alongside doctors and nurses, allied health professionals make independent assessments and decisions about treatment.
Physiotherapists provide high quality health care to patients and clients in a wide range of care situations such as hospitals, the community, people’s homes and schools. Some physiotherapists choose to specialise in a particular area following graduation, such as sports physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory or paediatrics. All the allied health professions involve working directly with patients, usually one-to-one but sometimes with groups of people who have similar health problems.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is an innovative four year undergraduate degree. The curriculum is fully integrated, so that learning is consistently placed within the context of conditions for which people typically seek physiotherapy care. The first two and half years are primarily conducted at the University. Students spend most of their time on the picturesque Peninsula Campus of Monash University and a day a week at the Clayton campus. The last year and a half are primarily in clinical education, which is taken at sites managed by clinical partners.
Each year more than 120 new students enter the first year of the program, and around 25% of these students do not come directly from school. Students work primarily in small groups throughout the course. The core areas of education, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, are designed and taught by experienced and highly skilled physiotherapists and supported by innovative education in anatomy and biomedical sciences. Students also spend time in each semester collaborating with students of other health care professions.
Student feedback on the course has been very positive. We are committed to listening and responding to the needs of our students and clinical physiotherapists. Our mission is to develop an exemplary course that engages students and provides skills in lifelong learning and a commitment to ethical and high quality practice