University of South Australia

Physiotherapy

Interested in Physiotherapy?

Start your unstoppable career helping people to reach their bodies’ full potential as a registered physiotherapist. 

Physiotherapists assess, treat, manage and prevent human movement disorders across the lifespan, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy and functional lives. Physiotherapists can work across an enormous variety of healthcare settings across the globe, both as a first contact professional and as an integral member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

UniSA's Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) was South Australia’s first fully accredited undergraduate four-year physiotherapy honours degree, and is one of the state’s longest-standing and esteemed path into professional practice in South Australia. Build your industry networks while you study and graduate confident to step into your career with 45 weeks of practical experience in metropolitan, rural and regional health settings.

Our Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is also available at our Whyalla campus, allowing you to study the same accredited qualification locally and meet the growing demand for healthcare in regional and remote settings across Australia.

Postgraduate Study

Graduates of any health-related bachelor's degree 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.

If you're a practising physiotherapist looking to gain advanced knowledge and clinical skills, take your unstoppable career further with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy or a Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy. You'll complete supervised placements with personal mentoring from advanced clinicians in your area of practice.

Key features

  • Become an expert in the structure and function of the human body, and learn how to maximise its performance and treat chronic conditions and acute injuries.

  • Join the in-demand physiotherapy profession with South Australia’s first fully accredited degree from a university with more than 50 years of experience in allied health education.

  • Gain hands-on experience in UniSA's student-led physiotherapy clinics, and through clinical placements in industries including acute care, rehabilitation, paediatrics, aged care and disability, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy.

  • Benefit from our strong industry partnerships and alliances.

  • Graduate competent and confident to work across all areas of physiotherapy's scope with a respected honours degree, with opportunity to specialise in research or professional practice.

  • Learn from internationally-renowned teachers and clinicians who are experts in their field.

  • Study a contemporary and culturally diverse curriculum informed by above world-class research in physiotherapy.1

  • Join a Top 10 university in Australia for graduate careers in physiotherapy.2

1Results in Clinical Sciences – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2Ranked #10, ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Rehabilitation – Overall Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). Public universities.

Learn more about physiotherapy at UniSA

Learn more about South Australia’s longest running qualification in physiotherapy. Supported by expert physios and clinicians, this degree offers extensive knowledge and clinical placement opportunities where you’ll develop the ability to assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders and injuries.

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Why UniSA?

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,1 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

Benefit from a university with more than 50 years of experience in physiotherapy teaching and research. At UniSA, you're encouraged to build industry relationships from day one of your degree. You’ll advance your knowledge and skills through supervised clinical placements across metropolitan, rural and regional health settings.

UniSA is Australia’s youngest university with a five-star rating for excellence,2 and this excellence shines through our teaching. You’ll be taught by registered practicing physiotherapists and award winning academics at the top of their fields, and have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice in UniSA's student-led physiotherapy clinics under their guidance.

1Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings. 22023 QS Stars Ratings.

UniSA offers the following 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 experts in biopsychosocial practice, physiotherapists can work across management, administration, education, research, policy development, advisory and regulatory roles in:

  • private practice
  • clinics
  • sport and exercise services 
  • rehabilitation centres
  • hospitals
  • home and community services 
  • disability services
  • aged care facilities 
  • women's health and paediatric services 
  • occupational and health promotion units
  • research
Your Career

Global networks

As 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 completed 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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Employment for physiotherapists in Australia is projected to increase by 28.7% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

 

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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.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation*
*2022 QS Stars Ratings