What they do
Physiotherapists identify and treat disorders affecting movement in order to maximise a patient's mobility and physical independence. Physiotherapists may treat a wide range of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems. In addition to treating existing injuries or disorders, physiotherapists may also educate clients on the best way to carry out physical activities in order to minimise the chances of causing injury.
Specialisations include: Aquatic Physiotherapist, Cardiothoracic Physiotherapist, Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist, Gerentological Physiotherapist, Maori Physiotherapist (NZ), Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Neurological Physiotherapist, Occupational Health Physiotherapist, Paediatric Physiotherapist, Sports Physiotherapist
Many physiotherapists work in hospitals or physiotherapy clinics, though some may visit clients at their homes or workplace. Professional sporting teams also employ physiotherapists, though entry to these positions is highly competitive.
Most physiotherapists work regular hours during the week. Those working with sporting teams will have to work during the team's training sessions and games, which usually means working evenings and weekends.
Tools and technologies
Physiotherapists use a wide range of equipment when treating patients, including strapping tape, heat packs, gym equipment and mobility aids. Some treatments also require more specialised tools, such as hydrotherapy pools, ultrasound and electrotherapeutic equipment.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become physiotherapist, you usually need to study a degree in physiotherapy.
Curtin University and the University of Notre Dame both offer a four-year Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy). These are the only universities offering degrees in physiotherapy in Western Australia.
Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Required registration and licensing
To work as a physiotherapist in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. You will also have to obtain a National Police Certificate.