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Physiotherapy

Interested in Physiotherapy?

Benefit from over 40 years’ experience in physiotherapy education, strong industry partnerships and curriculum informed by well above world-class research in Clinical Sciences¹.

Commence or advance your career in physiotherapy with UniSA’s undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. You’ll learn from registered physiotherapists and clinicians, and develop valuable clinical expertise in our contemporary on-campus Physiotherapy Clinic.

As a UniSA Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) student, you’ll be studying at the No.1 university in SA for graduate careers in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy². You will have the opportunity to build industry networks through extensive clinical placement opportunities in metropolitan, rural and regional health settings and graduate with honours, setting you apart from the crowd.

Graduates of a bachelor degree in a health-related area may be eligible for the Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry), a two year program designed to meet the registration requirements to practice as a physiotherapist. You will learn from registered physiotherapists and internationally-renowned teachers and clinicians, and experience first-hand what it’s like to work in clinical practice.

We also offer a Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy for qualified physiotherapists seeking to gain advanced knowledge and clinical skills in a range of areas, including musculoskeletal, sports, occupational health and safety, cardiorespiratory, clinical neuroscience, and paediatric physiotherapy. You will complete supervised placements with personal mentoring from advanced clinicians in your area of practice.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 - Rehabilitation Overall Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

Key features

  • Benefit from over 40 years’ experience in physiotherapy education.

  • No.1 in SA for graduate careers in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy1.
  • Learn from internationally-renowned teachers and clinicians.

  • Gain practical experience through extensive clinical placement opportunities.

  • Study a degree that is information by our well above world-class research in Clinical Sciences2.

  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.

  • Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including our Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Rehabilitation Overall Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.
22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

UniSA is South Australia’s No. 1 university for graduate careers1.

We have over 40 years’ experience in physiotherapy education, where you’ll benefit from strong industry links and partnerships, access to purpose-built facilities designed to enhance your practical skills, and input from internationally renowned teachers and clinicians. We’re also Australia’s youngest university to receive five stars in research2 and this excellence shines through our teaching.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.
2QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Rehabilitation Overall Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

UniSA offers 8 Physiotherapy degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

As a physiotherapist you will assess and treat patients with injury or disease, devise and implement rehabilitative plans, and provide ongoing care and assessment. 

As an accredited physiotherapist you may gain employment in a range of settings, including: 

  • hospitals
  • private practice 
  • women’s health services 
  • disability services 
  • aged care centres 
  • home care
  • sports centres and sporting teams 
  • mental health services 
  • occupational health units
  • research 
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Aged Care and Housing Group (ACH)
  • Antipodeans Abroad
  • Back in Motion Health Group
  • Department for Education and Child Development
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Helping Hand Aged Care
  • Novita Children’s Services
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital

Industry facts

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Healthcare and social assistance in Australia is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth (increasing by 250,200) nationwide1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Employment for physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 16.7 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

 

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Danielle shares her experience of her rural placement at Sports Physiotherapy in Port Lincoln, supported by UniSA’s Department of Rural Health.

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What others are saying

UniSA provides students with the opportunity to work onsite in the real world, through practical placements. This was the highlight of my degree, particularly working with Port Adelaide Football Club where I got to analyse injury data and assess the relationship with injuries.

Leigh Schneebichler

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Leigh Schneebichler

Leigh Schneebichler

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

I always knew I wanted to be on my toes and work outside an office, which is why physiotherapy was a good fit for me. I also like the idea of working in the health industry and helping other people. Physiotherapy is a broad profession, with many different areas like sport injuries, rehabilitation, acute care and paediatrics.

Liam McAuliffe

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Liam McAuliffe

Liam McAuliffe

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017