In this course, you'll learn how to prevent, treat and manage physical injuries and assist people of all ages with musculoskeletal conditions and chronic health conditions. You’ll graduate with an integrated honours-level qualification, ready to make a difference as a physiotherapist or to continue your studies as a researcher in a field of physiotherapy.
Your first year is interprofessional, giving you the skills you need to work as part of a dynamic healthcare team, while learning about the physical, structural and physiological aspects of human form and movement.
In the following years, you’ll study musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary cardiorespiratory and neurological sciences, as well as gerontology, paediatrics, gender health issues and pain management.
Throughout the course, you will learn how to select the best treatment option by analysing the available research evidence, the perspective of the person and the heath environment they are in.
You’ll become proficient in treating acute and chronic conditions and disabilities using hands-on treatment, prescriptive exercise and lifestyle advice. You’ll also build essential soft skills, such as empathic listening to help accurately diagnose an issue, problem-solving to address clinical obstacles, and reflective practice to critically analyse evidence, and monitor the success of your management strategies.
To put your skills into practice, you’ll develop your practical skills in laboratory classes and complete 1,100 hours in supervised placements in hospitals and community settings, including those in rural and remote locations.
You will also become part of a research group with your peers in your third and fourth years, and work to complete and potentially publish a small research study under staff supervision.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What jobs can the Physiotherapy (Honours) lead to?
- Physiotherapy researcher.
- Health management
- Local community practice
- Nursing homes
- Rehabilitation centres
- Sports organisations.
What you'll learn
- ethically use research-informed / evidence-based physiotherapeutic strategies for individuals and groups across the lifespan
- competently and confidently apply and lead physiotherapeutic practice in diverse and changing environments and across a range of practice areas for improved healthcare outcomes at individual and/or group level
- effectively communicate with individuals and groups with diverse cultural, linguistic, ability, or gender perspectives, providing education and advocacy
- competently and innovatively use digital technologies that enhance healthcare delivery
- be curious, creative and responsive to emerging evidence and practice change, and engage proactively in lifelong learning
- demonstrate awareness of and an ability to respond to the national and international healthcare environment and broader healthcare priorities
- demonstrate cultural capability to improve healthcare outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders in interprofessional teams to achieve optimal client/patient outcomes