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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Study physiotherapy in Australia, then practice in Canada

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy in Australia? May is National Physiotherapy Month and a great time to get started on learning how you can enter the physiotherapy profession!

Australian university graduate-entry physio degrees are highly sought after by Canadian university graduates with academic backgrounds in kinesiology, health sciences, and human kinetics. Since Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice, Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in the physiotherapy field.

Study physiotherapy in Australia, then practice in Canada

Find out how you can study physiotherapy in Australia (Photo: University of Melbourne)

Five of OzTREKK’s Australian universities offer a graduate-entry physiotherapy program. These degrees are labelled as Master of Physiotherapy Studies or Doctor of Physiotherapy degrees, but both are professional qualification programs. In order to help you make the best decision, here are just some of the most common questions (with answers!) we receive.

What is the difference between a Master of Physiotherapy and a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree?

Both the Master of Physiotherapy (MPT) and Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) programs are designed to provide the same professional qualifications, so graduates of each program will be returning to Canada and applying for the same type of certification.

The DPT programs are usually three years and provide students with more practicum and coursework components, which some students like. Additionally, by having this extra time, students are usually able to delve a bit deeper into the profession of physiotherapy and explore some topics the shorter programs may not, such as emergency medicine or sports physiotherapy.

When returning to Canada, which organizations are responsible for evaluating the degree?

Graduates who wish to become certified as a physiotherapist here in Canada will need to apply for certification through Canada’s provincial certification boards. In many cases these provincial certification boards will require applicants to also complete the certification process through Canada’s national physiotherapy regulatory board, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (Alliance).

As an international graduate, you would first have your Australian university qualifications assessed by the Alliance to ensure these meet their requirements. If they meet the requirements, you would then complete the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), just like any other applicant.

The Alliance and provincial certification boards only assess applicants on a case-by-case basis and do not pre-approve any international physiotherapy programs. Based on this assessment process and the fact that applicants have to pass the PCE, it is not guaranteed that all applicants will have a successful application; however, at OzTREKK, we keep track of how our Australian university programs compare to Canadian requirements, and do not promote physiotherapy degrees in Australia if we don’t feel they would work for our Canadian students.

What is the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE)?

The Physiotherapy Competency Examination tests whether qualified exam candidates have demonstrated a minimum standard of practice. The PCE ensures that members of the public will be safe when they interact with physiotherapists. It fairly and accurately evaluates the competencies you need to have to practice physiotherapy. Most physiotherapy regulators in Canada include passing the PCE as part of their entry-to-practice process.

What does the PCE involve?

There are two components to the examination—a written and a clinical component. The written component tests your ability to use and integrate clinical knowledge and to solve clinical problems using clinical scenarios. You must achieve a minimum overall score to pass the written component.

The clinical component tests safe, effective use of the principles and processes of physiotherapy practice. The knowledge, skills and abilities assessed by the Clinical Component include communication skills and professional behaviour.

Australian physiotherapy school application deadlines

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

Macquarie University
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2018
Application deadline: February 2018

University of Melbourne
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: February 2018
Application deadline: First round – June 1, 2017; second round – July 27, 2017

University of Queensland
Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: November 2017
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Sydney
Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: March 2018
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on as they are received. The sooner you apply the better.

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Would you like learn more about physiotherapy schools in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Griffith physiotherapy applications close in one month

Are you interested in applying to Griffith Physiotherapy School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is coming up! You are encouraged to submit your application documents by Tuesday, September 8 in order for your complete application to be submitted to the university on time.

Griffith University Physiotherapy School

Griffith Physiotherapy School

Study physiotherapy at Griffith University on the Gold Coast

Students choosing to study physiotherapy at Griffith Physiotherapy School can look forward to learning the latest treatments and tools from practicing physiotherapists. During the degree you will also have the chance to gain valuable experience working with physiotherapists in fields such as stroke rehabilitation or cardiovascular therapy. There is also the opportunity to undertake your clinical experience overseas.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 9, 2015 (Complete applications must be received by Sept. 8.)

 Apply to Griffith University Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying physiotherapy at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Griffith physiotherapy students providing healthcare in Malawi

Malawi was the recent destination for a group of Griffith physiotherapy and health sciences students who found that they could learn more from the disadvantaged local people than they had ever imagined.

The group of three Master of Physiotherapy and three Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science students, plus two lecturers, travelled to the south-east African country as part of an aid mission to provide physio and exercise treatment to clients in local villages.

Cody Waldon from Elanora on the Gold Coast—now a graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science program—went on the five-week trip which included setting up outreach clinics to provide disability assessments.

The first stop was two weeks in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital.

“Here, many of the locals came to see us at the clinic with a whole host of movement disorders, many of which are related to cerebal palsy,” says Cody. “But we also saw people with epilepsy and stroke and also a lot of young children with club foot.

“This is something that some children are born with; fortunately, in most developed countries this can be treated from birth, but this doesn’t happen in places like Malawi and we saw a lot of children and some adults pretty much walking around on their ankles.

“We also saw numbers of undiagnosed issues amongst people. A lot of people presented with ailments such as arthritis and joint pains caused by malnutrition and poor bone health.

“When someone is in a certain amount of pain in a particular area of the body they often modify their movement to alleviate that, but unfortunately this can create other movement issues.”

Working alongside two already established organisations in these areas, 500 miles and The Landrani Trust (African Vision Malawi), the group prescribed  home-based exercises and fitted orthoses and prostheses (assistive devices) to the grateful patients.

“It was amazing to see how happy these people were—both patients and the local physios—when they were getting by using the most meagre materials available,” says Cody.

“For example, we saw the hospital physios just using some old tin cans and balls to perform mobility exercises with young children. Although they did see our presence as a great opportunity to learn from us, we also realised we were learning a great deal from them, not least the ability to get some great results from using the most simple tools. It really made us think outside the box, especially when we got back to Australia and found all the amazing equipment here to be quite overwhelming.”

Providing education

The group’s job as visiting students was not just to provide disability assessments and organise exercise plans and devices, but to also provide education to patients or parents about their or their child’s particular issue or disability.

“Unfortunately, all health services are pretty thin on the ground in Malawi and providing information to people about their conditions is also a vitally important task.

“The five weeks we had in Malawi was certainly quite an eyeopener for us and also a very humbling experience, but I think it has really made a difference to the way I communicate with patients and my clinical thinking when providing exercises. It made me realise that sometimes the simple option is the best option.”

Cody is now working as an exercise physiologist at a practice in Tweed Heads.

“This amazing experience in Malawi, along with the support and education of my Griffith Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science, has given me confidence and a wealth of knowledge of conditions and appropriate prescription techniques to use in the practice.”

Griffith University Physiotherapy School

Students choosing to study physiotherapy at Griffith Physiotherapy School can look forward to learning the latest treatments and tools from practicing physiotherapists. During the degree you will also have the chance to gain valuable experience working with physiotherapists in fields such as stroke rehabilitation or cardiovascular therapy. There is also the opportunity to undertake your clinical experience overseas.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 9, 2015

 Apply to Griffith University Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying physiotherapy at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

For more information about studying health sciences at Griffith University, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Apply to the Master of Physiotherapy at Griffith University

Applications to Griffith Physiotherapy School are now open for the 2016 intake via OzTREKK!

The Master of Physiotherapy program is the only pathway at Griffith University to qualification as an entry-level Physiotherapist.

Griffith University Physiotherapy School

Apply to the Master of Physiotherapy at Griffith University

Students will graduate with solid knowledge in the science of exercise as well as the required attributes, skills and knowledge for practicing physiotherapy. In particular, graduates will have a comprehensive grounding in musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurorehabilitation, community-based physiotherapy and indigenous health, ideal for entry-level practice anywhere in the world.

Students will build on their existing knowledge of exercise science. Through coursework and clinical learning in the core areas of physiotherapy practice, students will develop the advanced clinical science and physiotherapy skills and knowledge needed for entry-level clinical physiotherapy practice. You will also develop an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to professional physiotherapy practice. You will learn how to use current research findings and your clinical reasoning and decision making skills to apply creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 9, 2015

 Apply to Griffith University Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about studying physiotherapy at Griffith? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

All about physiotherapy degrees in Australia

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy in Australia? Australian university graduate-entry physio degrees are highly sought after by Canadian university graduates with academic backgrounds in kinesiology, health sciences, and human kinetics. Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in the physiotherapy field.

Australian physiotherapy schools in Australia

Inside Bond University Physiotherapy School

Six of OzTREKK’s Australian universities offer a graduate-entry physiotherapy program. These degrees are labelled as Master of Physiotherapy Studies or Doctor of Physiotherapy degrees, but both are professional qualification programs. In order to help you make the best decision, here are just some of the most common questions (with answers!) we receive.

What is the difference between the Master of Physiotherapy and the Doctor of Physiotherapy?

Both the Master of Physiotherapy (MPT) and Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) programs are designed to provide the same professional qualifications, so graduates of each program will be returning to Canada and applying for the same type of certification.

The DPT programs, due to their longer length, provide students with more practicum and coursework components, which some students like. Additionally, by having this extra time, students are usually able to delve a bit deeper into the profession of physiotherapy and explore some topics the shorter programs may not, such as emergency medicine or sports physiotherapy.

When returning to Canada, which organizations are responsible for evaluating the degree?

Graduates who wish to become certified as a physiotherapist here in Canada will need to apply for certification through Canada’s provincial certification boards. In many cases these provincial certification boards will require applicants to also complete the certification process through Canada’s national physiotherapy regulatory board, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (Alliance).

As an international graduate, you would first have your Australian university qualifications assessed by the Alliance to ensure these meet their requirements. If they meet the requirements, you would then complete the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), just like any other applicant.

The Alliance and provincial certification boards only assess applicants on a case-by-case basis and do not pre-approve any international physiotherapy programs. Based on this assessment process and the fact that applicants have to pass the PCE, it is not guaranteed that all applicants will have a successful application; however, at OzTREKK, we keep track of how our Australian university programs compare to Canadian requirements, and do not promote physiotherapy degrees in Australia if we didn’t feel they would work for our Canadian students.

What is the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE)?

The Physiotherapy Competency Examination tests whether qualified exam candidates have demonstrated a minimum standard of practice. The PCE ensures that members of the public will be safe when they interact with physiotherapists. It fairly and accurately evaluates the competencies you need to have to practice physiotherapy. Most physiotherapy regulators in Canada include passing the PCE as part of their entry-to-practice process.

What does the PCE involve?

There are two components to the examination: a written component, and a clinical component. The written component tests your ability to use and integrate clinical knowledge and to solve clinical problems using clinical scenarios. You must achieve a minimum overall score to pass the Written Component.

The Clinical Component tests safe, effective use of the principles and processes of physiotherapy practice. The knowledge, skills and abilities assessed by the Clinical Component include communication skills and professional behaviour.

Australian Physiotherapy Schools

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Want to learn more about physiotherapy schools in Australia? Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about physiotherapy programs at Australian universities. Email OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at jaime@oztrekk.com, or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.