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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge rehabilitation sciences research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in their fields.

If you’re curious about studying rehab sciences in Australia, don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to speak with Australian uni representatives and alumni to learn more about how you can study in Australia and practice in Canada!

OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Don't miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Join us! Don’t forget to RSVP

Simon Fraser University
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Blusson Hall, Room 9655

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, Room 210

Don’t forget to RSVP for the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions.

What about admissions?

This is where OzTREKK comes in. OzTREKK’s Australian Rehab Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh will outline each program and its prerequisites. Discover more about your program entry requirements, practicals, and about how you can take your degree home to practice in Canada. Krista can answer your questions!

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Are you curious about studying rehabilitation sciences in Australia? Not sure where to start? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Bond University students most satisfied in Australia, according to government survey

Bond University students are the most satisfied higher education students in Australia, according to the 2016 Student Experience Survey (SES) results recently released by the Australian Federal Government Department of Education and Training.

Students from Bond University rated their overall educational experience higher than students from any other higher education institution in the country.

Bond University students most satisfied in Australia

Bond University students are the most satisfied in Australia, according to Federal Government survey

Bond also received the highest ratings in Australia for teaching quality, learner engagement and learning resources, and the second highest for student support and skills development.

The Student Experience Survey (SES), which is the only comprehensive survey of current higher education students in Australia, also showed Bond to have the best career development and support services in the country.

Popular Bond University Programs for Canadian Students

Bond Law School Juris Doctor (JD)

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

Do you have questions about Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Bond Physiotherapy School Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)

The Doctor of Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: May
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2017 intake, applications closed Aug. 11, 2016.

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

Would you like more information about Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

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Discover more about studying at Bond University!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Former OzTREKK student practicing physiotherapy in Australia

Former OzTREKKer Kyle Mitchell’s pathway to physiotherapy started with a baseball scholarship to study at the New Mexico Military Institute in the US. He went on to study a Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia before relocating to Australia and enrolling in Bond’s Doctor of Physiotherapy.

Former OzTREKK student practicing physiotherapy in Australia

Bond DPT graduate (and former OzTREKKer!) Kyle Mitchell (Photo: Bond University)

While he originally planned to return home to practice in Canada, he’s created a new life for himself on the Gold Coast, working in private practice at Pindara Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine, and in the community as physiotherapist for Bond University’s AFL Club and the Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program. He has also travelled with the Australian National under 15 baseball team to the World Championships.

So what’s it like to study physio at Bond?

My favourite aspects of studying at Bond were the small classes, intensive learning and the large amount of practical clinical experience which made up more than 42 weeks of the course.

The faculty staff arranged a variety of placements so I was exposed to all areas of specialisation. This really broadened my perspective on the profession and I nearly switched my pathway from sports to paediatrics, which I would never have considered if it hadn’t been for a great placement that allowed me to see into that domain.

For me, the most satisfying part of being a physiotherapist is developing a plan and successfully implementing a program for patients who have struggled with an injury for an extended period. In some instances, you have quite literally changed the course of their life.

As a physiotherapist in a private practice, I see patients presenting with a wide variety of conditions, from post-operative orthopaedic issues through to vertigo, vestibular and musculoskeletal disorders. I also have a special interest in sports physiotherapy so I work with athletes and teams—mainly AFL and baseball.

On a typical day, I’ll see 10 to 15 patients. With new patients, I’ll do a clinical history and objective assessment so I can develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan. As treatment progresses, I monitor and support their progress while providing education about their condition.

A number of my patients come through the Department of Veteran Affairs and WorkCover. I’ve learned over time that my interactions have a significant impact on their progress so I spend a lot of time educating patients to help them understand their condition. What you say can be as important as the physical treatment.

I’ve also learned that having a business perspective is essential when you’re working in health. You need to understand the financial implications of your treatment, not only for yourself and the practice, but for patients whose financial situation may impact on their access to your service.

For me, the most satisfying part of being a physiotherapist is developing a plan and successfully implementing a program for patients who have struggled with an injury for an extended period. In some instances, you have quite literally changed the course of their life.

My final internship led to my current position working at Pindara Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine. The internship gave me the opportunity to develop a rapport with the team so that practical element of Bond’s physiotherapy program is invaluable in terms of finding employment. In fact, I have yet to meet a graduate who hasn’t been able to find a job in the field of their choice.

Want to get into Physiotherapy? My advice…

Find your passion and follow it. There are plenty of jobs available in private practice but you need to make sure that whatever you’re interested in will be encouraged or is already promoted at the clinic you choose. That way, you’ll always find the right job.

Also, know that people love to teach and educate others. Use that to become a better clinician by asking questions and seeking out further learning that will allow you to progress in your career!

About Bond Physiotherapy Work Experience and Internships

Bond physiotherapy students complete a clinical internship with an embedded research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce. The first 30 weeks of clinical experiences will be gained in both hospital and community settings and will include working in the clinical areas of

  • orthopaedics;
  • cardiorespiratory;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings);
  • neurological and orthogeriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings); and
  • an elective in paediatrics, women’s/men’s health or sports practice.

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Do you have questions about studying at Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, December 5th, 2016

A Bond University graduate’s passion for paediatric physiotherapy

Clare MacFarlane dreamed of working in sports physio when she enrolled in Bond University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program.

A Bond University graduate's passion for paediatric physiotherapy

Clare MacFarlane says Bond’s clinical placements helped her decide to pursue paediatric physiotherapy ( Photo: Bond University)

That was until she discovered a passion for paediatrics during the extensive clinical placements organised by the faculty throughout the program.

“This personalised approach continued right throughout the course. The faculty staff were amazing and took time to get to know all of us. I really admired the way they helped us discover our individual learning styles, which not only helped me as a student but is an approach I’ve embraced in my therapy practice.”

A few years after graduating, Clare secured a part-time role as a specialist paediatric physiotherapist in private practice and, at the same time, established her own mobile paediatric physiotherapy clinic on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

“It demands a lot of clinical experience, coupled with exposure to many types of disabilities and appropriate therapy management.”

In 2015, Clare was headhunted by the CEO of world-renowned US-based Neurological and Physical Abilitation Centre to serve as Director of Rehabilitation for NAPA Centre in Sydney.

“As Director, I am responsible for the overall management of the clinic. This includes supervising a range of other therapists—physios, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists—and devising therapy plans for our patients.”

Clare is also soon to complete her PhD at Bond University.

Wondering about Bond Physiotherapy School?

The Bond Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2017 intake, the application deadline was August 11, 2016.

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have questions about studying at Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, November 4th, 2016

What’s the value of a Bond University degree?

The Bond difference

As a not-for-profit organisation, 100% of your Bond University tuition fees are re-invested in creating an elite five-star educational experience.

This is why Bond is able to provide world-class facilities, state-of-the-art learning resources and, most important, smaller classes that give students one-on-one access to Australia’s leading academics and corporate achievers.

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s fast-tracked schedule means you’ll finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university. This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Get your degree sooner

Two of Bond’s most popular programs for Canadians are the Juris Doctor and the Doctor of Physiotherapy. Both are fast-tracked and are completed within two years!

What's the value of a Bond University degree?

Study at Bond University

The Bond physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Generally in August each year

The Bond Juris Doctor is a graduate-level, extensive skills program with small class sizes. The Bond JD was constructed to enable graduates to take leading positions in the public and private sectors. Students are encouraged to emphasize specific areas of study that they feel will best serve their proposed career paths.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

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Discover more about studying law or physiotherapy at Bond University on the Gold Coast! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com for more information.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

OzTREKK Bond physiotherapy students leading the way

Happy Tuesday! We are pleased to announce that five former OzTREKK students have received awards for academic achievement in the Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy program!

We love happy stories about our former students… and we love to share them with you!

Scott Willis Chan – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining a semester percentage of greater or equal to 85%) / *First in class

OzTREKK Bond physiotherapy students leading the way

Former OzTREKK student and current Bond DPT student Maichel Ghobrial enjoying his time in Australia!

Gabrielle Christine Van Der Woerd – Executive Dean’s List for Academic Excellence (semester percentage average between 82% and 84% inclusive)

Whitney Mills – Executive Dean’s List for Academic Excellence (semester percentage average between 82% and 84% inclusive)

Maichel Ghobrial – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining a semester percentage of greater or equal to 85%). Mike has done a student blog with OzTREKK! Check out his story: What’s it like to be a Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy student?

Darren Corea – Vice-Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence (attaining a semester percentage of greater or equal to 85%)

Congratulations to all of you! All of us at OzTREKK are very proud of your achievements!

Wondering about Bond Physiotherapy School?

The physiotherapy program at Bond Physiotherapy School embraces a holistic approach, with a strong emphasis on communication skills, ethics and preventative management. Extensive clinical training ensures graduates will be able to effectively relate to and treat physical therapy patients and clients on every level. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2017 intake, the application deadline was August 11, 2016.

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have questions about studying at Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Don’t miss the Bond physiotherapy application deadline!

If you’re interested in studying physio at an Australian university, we’d like to remind you that Bond Physiotherapy School’s application deadline is coming up soon—Thursday, August 11, 2016!

Bond University Physiotherapy School

Inside the Bond University Physiotherapy facilities

About Bond Physiotherapy School

Students undertake studies in Bond Physiotherapy School’s $20-million, state-of-the-art building. Features include clinical skills laboratories designed to simulate real medical environments, and modern teaching and research laboratories with the latest scientific equipment. The purpose-built tutorial rooms cater to small-group learning and lecture theatres are equipped with video streaming, wireless, and an audience-response system. The building also features a dedicated computer laboratory for students.

Work Experience and Internships

Bond physiotherapy students complete a clinical internship with an embedded research project in their final semester. This placement is designed to ensure graduates are ideally placed for entering the workforce. The first 30 weeks of clinical experiences will be gained in both hospital and community settings and will include working in the clinical areas of

  • orthopaedics;
  • cardiorespiratory;
  • out-patient musculoskeletal practice (hospital or private practice settings);
  • neurological and orthogeriatric rehabilitation (hospital and community settings); and
  • an elective in paediatrics, women’s/men’s health or sports practice.

Application Timeline

Applications close: August 11, 2016
Interviews held for short-listed candidates: September – October 2016
Applicants notified of application outcome: Friday, October 14, 2016
All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Orientation: May 2 – 6 2017
Classes commence: Monday, May 8, 2017

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

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Learn more about Bond Physiotherapy School. Call 1-866-698-7355 or email OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Bond physiotherapy applications update

Bond University has recently announced the DPT application schedule for the May 2017 intake!

Bond physiotherapy applications update

Study physiotherapy at Bond

Applications closed: August 11, 2016
Interviews held for short-listed candidates: September – October 2016
Applicants notified of application outcome: Friday, October 14, 2016
All enrolled students to attend Doctor of Physiotherapy Orientation: May 2 – 6 2017
Classes commence: Monday, May 8, 2017

Applications will be held until the application deadline has passed. The university will first assess all applicants’ prerequisite areas. Students who do not meet prerequisite areas will be notified that they are not successful. All applicants who meet the prerequisite areas will then be ranked according to academic standing and the top international applicants will be shortlisted for an interview. Based on academic standing and interview results, the top international applicants will be offered places in the program.

There are approximately 5 places for international students. For the 2016 intake, 8 international student offers were awarded to OzTREKK students!

About Bond Physiotherapy

The Bond physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: August 11, 2016

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have questions about studying at Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Bond launches first global study into stand-up paddleboard injuries

Bond University is partnering with international governing body Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA) to launch the first worldwide study into stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) practices and injuries.

Dr James Furness, Assistant Professor of Physiotherapy at Bond University, said he was keen to recruit as many stand-up paddlers as possible—of all ages and abilities—to participate in the groundbreaking research study, which can be completed online in just 5–10 minutes.

Bond Physiotherapy School

SUP researchers Wayne Hing, Ben Schram, and James Furness (Photo credit: Bond University)

“Less than 10 years ago, virtually no one had heard of stand-up paddleboarding, but the growth of SUP as a recreational activity and a sport worldwide—and particularly here in Australia—has been nothing short of phenomenal,” Assistant Professor Furness said.

“SUP is now widely described as the fastest growing aquatic sport in the world, but because it is still a relatively new sport, it is considerably under-researched.

“There is no published data specific to injuries associated with the sport, and most of what we do know is anecdotal.

“At this point in time, we’re not sure if there are any areas of the body that are more prone to injury through SUP, or even whether injuries are being incurred in or out of the water, for example when people are transporting their paddles from the car to the water.

“The aim of this research is not just to investigate the type, nature and location of SUP injuries, but also learn more about how people participate in the sport.

“For example where and when people paddle; whether they paddle solo, with a buddy or in groups; what type of board they use; and whether they receive any instruction on how to paddle first.

“Our ultimate aim for the research findings is to build a foundation for injury prevention strategies, which will benefit the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children worldwide who love and participate in SUP.

“To ensure we retain a true representation of the SUP population, we invite all stand-up paddle boarders, with or without a current or past injury from SUP, to participate in our study.”

The online study takes 5–10 minutes to complete and can be found here: https://bond.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0IKqTEGI9SW4Vz7

All information provided will remain anonymous.

This latest research from Bond University’s Water Based Research Unit, follows on from research undertaken by Assistant Professor Ben Schram in 2014 into the benefits of stand-up paddle boarding for fitness, core strength, balance and back pain.

Bond University Doctor of Physiotherapy Program

The Doctor of Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The physical therapy program at Bond embraces a holistic approach, with a strong emphasis on communication skills, ethics and preventative management. Extensive clinical training ensures graduates will be able to effectively relate to and treat patients and clients on every level.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. For the May 2016 intake, the application deadline was August 14, 2015.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have
– successfully completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science or Bachelor of Sport Science or equivalent from a recognized institution;
– have achieved a GPA of at least 5.00 on a 7-point scale in your university studies; and
– completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy minimum prerequisite subjects as follows:

  • Two semesters of Human Anatomy
  • Two semesters of Human Physiology
  • One semester of Research/Statistics
  • One semester of Physiology of Exercise
  • One semester of Biomechanics
  • One semester of Exercise Prescription
  • Successful performance at a selection interview

Apply now to Bond University Physiotherapy School

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Learn more about studying physiotherapy at Bond University. Email OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Bond Physiotherapy researchers seek heel pain sufferers for plantar fasciitis trial

A Bond Physiotherapy School research team is looking for Gold Coast locals suffering from heel pain to take part in an upcoming study into the effectiveness of strength training in treating plantar fasciitis.

Bond Physiotherapy School

Bond Physiotherapy researchers seek heel pain sufferers for plantar fasciitis trial (Photo via Bond University)

Plantar fasciitis is characterised by sharp heel pain that most intense first thing in the morning.

This study, led by Bond University’s Head of Physiotherapy, Dr Wayne Hing, and prominent Gold Coast sports physiotherapist Richard Newton, was prompted after a recent review (Latey et al, 2014*) indicated a significant association between foot muscle weakness and painful foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

The team is looking to recruit participants who are suffering from heel pain to examine their intrinsic foot muscle (toe flexor) strength, pre- and post-six-week toe walking / toe running program.

As part of the study, research participants will receive a 15-minute initial assessment including intrinsic foot muscle strength measures and a detailed toe walking / toe running demonstration before commencing the intervention.

They will then complete a six-week program beginning with one minute per day for week one, two minutes per day in week two, up to six minutes per day in week six.

At the completion of the program, the participants’ intrinsic foot muscle strength will be re-measured by the same method as the initial assessment.

According to Dr Hing, severe plantar fasciitis can be quiet debilitating.

“Plantar fasciitis is a musculoskeletal disorder that physiotherapists and doctors often see affecting athletes and the elderly,” he said.

“It is also relatively common in a broad cross-section of the community and can be painful enough to restrict sufferers’ activity, mobility and general well-being.

“Traditionally, treatment of this condition has focused on stretching, rather than strength training.

“It is hoped the results of these studies will inform the future treatment of this condition by health professionals and help alleviate the pain and improve the quality of life for sufferers.”

Eligibility criteria for the study:

  • Men and women aged between 18 and 60 years of age, suffering from heel pain which
    • radiates from the heel into the arch of foot;
    • is most intense with the first steps of the day or after rest or warming up with activity;
    • reduces the person’s ability to weight bear on the foot.
  • Not currently receiving treatment for a lower limb condition
  • Without a neurological condition that may affect lower limb muscle strength (e.g., stroke, motor vehicle accident or polio)
  • Not diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (e.g.,) multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Able to walk 10 metres without an assistive device
*Reference: Latey, P. J., Burns, J., Hiller, C., & Nightingale, E. J. (2014). Relationship between intrinsic foot muscle weakness and pain: A systematic review. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 7(1), A51.

Wondering about Bond Physiotherapy School?

The Bond Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2016 intake, the application deadline was August 14, 2015.

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have questions about studying at Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.