Physiotherapists are experts in the structure of the human body, how it moves and how it functions. They work with people of all ages and primarily focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects these problems have on your health.
Physiotherapists work across a large and diverse range of healthcare settings including private practices, public and private hospitals, community health centres, residential aged care facilities and sporting facilities or organisations.
Physiotherapists are involved in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and neurological systems and the effects these problems have on your health.
Physiotherapists can help treat a range of health conditions, often as part of multidisciplinary teams. They can work closely with your doctor, chiropractor, occupational therapist and many more.
In Australia, Physiotherapists undergo 4+ years of university training and are nationally registered health professionals with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
To qualify as a physiotherapist, individuals must complete a bachelor, masters or professional doctorate program at university and are required to complete supervised practice in a clinical setting.
Physiotherapists must also complete continuing professional development to maintain their registration and capacity to practice.