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Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Applications for the Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program are still open!


Thinking of applying to the Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program?

The Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program is the first in New South Wales. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills developed in more than 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice. And with business, management and leadership training, you’ll be ready launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist in a variety of settings.

Learning within state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities, Macquarie DPT students collaborate with leading researchers and respected clinicians in Macquarie University Hospital and the university’s other clinical partners to promote the health and well-being across the lifespan.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2017
Application deadline: February 23, 2017

Entry requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with about a 65% average or above. This is the minimum academic standing needed to apply and does not guarantee admission. The starting point to a competitive average would be at least a 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year’s applicants.

2. Prerequisite courses in the following areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology (Cell and Systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods

The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:

  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

Selection Process

Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:

  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest ranked candidates will be offered a place.

Apply to the Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program!

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Do you have any questions about the Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Applying to a rehabilitation sciences program? Application deadlines are approaching!

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 would like to apply to a rehabilitation sciences program at an Australian university, this is a reminder that the application deadlines are approaching for the following programs:

Applying to a rehabilitation sciences program? Application deadlines are approaching!

Happy UQ physio students enjoying OzTREKK Orientation

Macquarie University

University of Queensland

Monash University

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If you have any questions about studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, or audiology at an Australian university, contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

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!

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!

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Macquarie DPT application deadline Feb. 25

Applications for the July 2016 intake of the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy program are still open!

Please note applications will close Thursday, February 25, 2016.

Applicants are reminded to submit a list of completed prerequisite and desired units and their descriptors using the Doctor of Physiotherapy Supplementary Information Form.

About Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy Program

Macquarie University is home to the first Doctor of Physiotherapy program in New South Wales. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills developed in more than 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice. And with business, management and leadership training, you’ll be ready launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist in a variety of settings.

Learning within state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities, Macquarie DPT students collaborate with leading researchers and respected clinicians in Macquarie University Hospital and the university’s other clinical partners to promote the health and well-being across the lifespan.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2016
Application deadline: February 25, 2016

Entry requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with about a 65% average or above. This is the minimum academic standing needed to apply and does not guarantee admission. The starting point to a competitive average would be at least a 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year’s applicants.

2. Prerequisite courses in the following areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology (Cell and Systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods

The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:

  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

Selection Process

Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:

  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest ranked candidates will be offered a place.

Apply to the Macquarie University Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have any questions about the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Upcoming Macquarie physiotherapy webinar Feb. 21

Have you applied to Macquarie Physiotherapy School or thinking about applying? Join OzTREKK and Macquarie Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager Ms Angela Stark for an informative webinar on February 21, 2016. Learn more about the Macquarie DPT program, the physiotherapy facilities, placements, returning to Canada, and much more. This is a great chance for you to ask as many questions as you wish!

Macquarie Physiotherapy School

Study physiotherapy at Macquarie!

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy Webinar

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. (EST)
RSVP: For registration details, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie is the only three-year, professional-entry physiotherapy program offered in New South Wales. Students will learn the skills of the physiotherapist based on the best available evidence to effectively assess, diagnose, treat and educate people across all ages with disorders of movement resulting from a range of conditions. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills as well as business, management and leadership training and will be ready to launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist across a broad range of health-care settings.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2016
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better!

Entry requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with about a 65% average or above. This is the minimum academic standing needed to apply and does not guarantee admissions. The starting point to a competitive average would be at least a 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year’s applicants.

2. Prerequisite courses in the following areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology (Cell and Systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods

The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:

  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

Selection Process

Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:

  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest ranked candidates will be offered a place.

Apply to Macquarie University Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have any questions about the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie? 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.

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Macquarie physiotherapy graduate shares her Australian educational experience – Part 2

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, including former OzTREKK student Andrea Luk.

Andrea has recently completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University and has offered to pass on what she has learned and experience as a Canadian studying in Australia!

Read Part 1 of her story!

What were your likes and dislikes about the program and the university? Do you feel prepared?

I really enjoyed the smaller cohort size and close connections with the lecturers in the physiotherapy program as it made it very easy to really know one another and to make friends. And of course there were the other international students in the course whom I quickly had a common bond with.

At Macquarie, you really get the full experience from participating in various events from educational ones to stress-relieving ones. There were seminars and workshops set up by the physiotherapy department (e.g., Kinesiotaping workshops taught by guest lecturers), events run by our own Mcphys Society (e.g., BBQs, birthday drinks at Ubar, World Physiotherapy Day events), campus-wide events (e.g., Open Day, Conception Day), and participation in club sport teams. I was part of the McPhys touch football team (touch footy as they call it in Australia), which further allowed me to bond with my classmates while I learned a completely new sport! In addition, with our own McPhys Society Facebook group, it allowed the entire cohort to frequently communicate (or sometimes vent), socialize, give support, and to really unite together as a group.

Macquarie Physiotherapy School

Andrea and koala friend

I thought the classes were structured quite well. Every lecture was accompanied by a tutorial. Tutorials were very interactive and hands-on, which allowed for plenty of practice as well as one-on-one guidance from the tutors. The clinical placements were excellent and allowed me to gain exposure in various settings. I had placements in an acute hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, in primary care, in sports physiotherapy, and in occupational rehabilitation. I truly enjoyed the placements as I had plenty of hands-on practice and got to experience handling patient caseloads on my own. In addition, the clinical experiences really prepared me for being a practicing physiotherapist by allowing me to work in multidisciplinary teams and to participate in interprofessional collaboration for treatment of clients.

I liked the business and research components that were included in the program. From the business and management unit I learned to develop a business plan, which I thought was quite helpful as I intend to start my own physiotherapy practice in the future. It also gave me some insight into business law which would, again, come in handy for the future. During clinical placement, I was mindful of what I had learned in the business unit; however, the content was not utilized as much due to the set-up for clinical placements mainly allowed for development of physiotherapy skills and not so much business-related skills.

The research and thesis component in the program gave us a glimpse of what research was like; however, with only one term to complete it, many of us felt it was too short of a time to conduct an entire research and thesis writing. However, like a few other areas of the program, the coordinators have used our feedback as the first cohort, and have been very diligent in making improvements every step of the way.

What do students need to do in order to practice in Canada?

Before returning to Canada to work, you will need to apply for credentialing and licensing through the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. They require documentations from you and from the physiotherapy program at the university. Macquarie is not particularly familiar with this process, so it is up to you to follow the instructions on the Canadian Alliance website and to bring the forms to the physiotherapy program manager to complete.

The credentialing process takes about 6–18 months and includes written and practical exams. As part of the credentialing requirements, you will also have to complete a course that is dedicated for internationally educated physiotherapists to learn about physiotherapy in the Canadian healthcare system, which is offered by various Canadian universities either online or at the university. After that process is completed, you will have to register with the province you intend to work in through the individual colleges of physiotherapists in each province.

Any tips for future students?

Some tips for accommodation—I think it is a good idea to find a place where a few of you could split the rent of the apartment together, as housing is not cheap. One suggestion is to get in touch with OzTREKK and ask them for the list of other Canadian students who will also study at Macquarie. Then start looking for a place before you leave Canada. There are townhouses or apartments for groups that are nearby the campus. If you want to inspect the apartments first and need to stay somewhere temporarily, you may want to use the Airbnb website to look for temporary housing that is much cheaper than the hotels nearby. You may also receive information for accommodation on campus, such as the Macquarie University Village. From my experience the Village housing can get quite loud, and internet charges are not included in your rent, which was quite expensive as it was pay by usage. Since the Macquarie University train station is right by the campus, for those of you who do not mind travelling 10–15 minutes, there are other suburbs with great accommodation options that are along the train line, such as Chatswood, Artarmon, or St Leonards.

In regard to transportation, as I mentioned, it is quite convenient to travel to and from campus, especially with a train station on campus. There is also a bus loop; however, buses aren’t as reliable in Sydney as they often don’t arrive on time due to heavy traffic on all the roads practically all the time. If you are deciding to buy a car there, again be aware of the traffic. The public transit now utilizes Opal cards to tap on and off when travelling on trains, buses and ferries. For international students, we do not receive concession prices, but are required to buy the adult cards. There are perks with using the Opal cards, such as after travelling 8 trips in a week, all other trips are free for the rest of the week. There are also discounted rates during off-peak hours on a daily basis.

A big thank you to Andrea for answering our questions and being part of our OzTREKK blog!

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie is the only three-year, professional-entry physiotherapy program offered in New South Wales.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2016
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better!

Apply to the Macquarie University Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have any questions about the Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh for more information at 1-866-698-7355 or email krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Macquarie physiotherapy graduate shares her Australian educational experience – Part 1

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, including former OzTREKK student Andrea Luk.

Macquarie Physiotherapy School

Visiting the Twelve Apostles, Victoria

Andrea has recently completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University and has offered to pass on what she has learned and experience as a Canadian studying in Australia!

What was your educational background prior to enrolling in the Macquarie DPT?

I completed my undergraduate studies at UBC. After graduating from a four-year Bachelor of Science degree (cell biology and genetics major), I decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy. However, as the cell biology and genetics degree was more animal-based, I decided to complete a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree (formerly Bachelor of Human Kinetics) in order to fulfill the requirements for human physiology and anatomy. I completed the Kinesiology degree in two years as I was able to transfer some of the credits from my cell biology degree. Afterwards I enrolled in the Macquarie DPT after I graduated from Kinesiology.

What pulled you toward studying physiotherapy?

I chose physiotherapy as a career because firstly, my grandmother had Parkinson’s disease, and as she was receiving physiotherapy treatment I was there supporting her and I remembered feeling very inspired by the physiotherapists who were treating her. Secondly, while volunteering in rehabilitation departments in Canada, I experienced physiotherapists helping people regain mobility and function from devastating injuries or conditions, while noticing immense gratitude from clients even if improvements were minimal. This gave me a sense of the impact this profession can have on people and truly led me to believe in and be passionate about physiotherapy.

Why did you decide to study physiotherapy in Australia, and more specifically, Macquarie?

I decided to study the Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie because it struck me as a well-rounded program that included business and research components. In addition, I felt that a three-year degree would better prepare me as a health professional with more opportunities for clinical experience. In a three-year program, we were given more clinical hours than a typical two-year program.

During my years of volunteering in physiotherapy departments in various hospitals in Vancouver, I always came across physiotherapists who studied the profession in Australia, and they always raved about the excellent training they received. Studying in Australia will allow you to transfer back to Canada to work as a physiotherapist quite easily as the health systems are rather comparable. As well, physiotherapy programs in Canada only offered limited number of spots, around 50 at the time, and with over 250 applicants, it was definitely a very competitive process.

Macquarie Physiotherapy School

When in Australia, must visit the Opera House!

How would you describe the facilities?

The Macquarie Physiotherapy School teaching facilities were excellent. The department occupied the entire ground floor and was completely brand new, which we really got to enjoy as the inaugural physiotherapy cohort. There was ample room to practice hands-on skills with three rooms lined up with plinths and a small gym area as well as areas to participate in group studies and learning. With the opportunity to conduct research in this program, there was also an attached research lab with offices where our established professors and lecturers reside.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Andrea’s story!

About Macquarie’s DPT Program

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie is an extended master’s level, professional-entry degree and will produce physiotherapists with advanced clinical decision-making abilities to practice person-centred health care in contemporary health-care environments. Students will learn the skills of the physiotherapist based on the best available evidence to effectively assess, diagnose, treat and educate people across all ages with disorders of movement resulting from a range of conditions. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills as well as business, management and leadership training and will be ready to launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist across a broad range of health-care setting.

Macquarie has also recently increased the number of places for international students to 20!

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next semester intake: July 2016
Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better!

Apply to Macquarie Physiotherapy School!

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Learn more about the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman for more information at 1-866-698-7355 or email jaime@oztrekk.com.

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Macquarie physiotherapy webinar reminder

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy Webinar

Don’t forget: tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Macquarie Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager Ms Angel Stark will be hosting a Macquarie physiotherapy webinar for anyone interested in learning more about the physiotherapy program, the physio facilities and placements.

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School

Ms Angel Stark, Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST)
RSVP: For registration details, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at 1-866-698-7355 or email jaime@oztrekk.com.

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About Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager Angel Stark

  • Expertise in physiotherapy clinical education, teaching and learning and clinical work
  • Joined Macquarie University in May 2012
  • Previously employed at the University of Sydney as Lecturer in Physiotherapy (2001–2012)
  • 22 years of experience as a clinician working in Australia in public, private and community health settings, mostly in the management of neurological conditions
  • Her areas of sub-specialty are amputees, stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Passionate physiotherapy educator experienced in curriculum development of physiotherapy programs
  • Academic responsibility for teaching in undergraduate, postgraduate and international physiotherapy programs and has qualifications in higher education teaching
  • Areas of teaching expertise include neurological physiotherapy, orthopaedic physiotherapy (including amputees), clinical education and professional issues

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie is the only three-year, professional-entry physiotherapy program offered in New South Wales.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2016
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better!

Apply to the Macquarie University Physiotherapy School!

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Be sure to register for this upcoming Macquarie physiotherapy webinar! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at 1-866-698-7355 or email jaime@oztrekk.com for more information.

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Upcoming Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy webinar

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy?

Great news! In order to the make the Doctor of Physiotherapy program more accessible to Canadian students, Macquarie University has increased the number of international seats from 5 to 20 and now does rolling admissions (no official deadline: first come, first served)!

We are also pleased to announce that Macquarie Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager Ms Angel Stark will be hosting a webinar for anyone interested in learning more about the Macquarie DPT program, the physio facilities and placements. Find out what makes a “happy Ange!”

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy Webinar

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST)
RSVP: For registration details, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at 1-866-698-7355 or email jaime@oztrekk.com.

Need to check the time for your location? Check out Time Zone Converter.

About Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager Angel Stark

Macquarie University Physiotherapy School

Ms Angel Stark, Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager

  • Expertise in physiotherapy clinical education, teaching and learning and clinical work
  • Joined Macquarie University in May 2012
  • Previously employed at the University of Sydney as Lecturer in Physiotherapy (2001–2012)
  • 22 years of experience as a clinician working in Australia in public, private and community health settings, mostly in the management of neurological conditions
  • Her areas of sub-specialty are amputees, stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Passionate physiotherapy educator experienced in curriculum development of physiotherapy programs
  • Academic responsibility for teaching in undergraduate, postgraduate and international physiotherapy programs and has qualifications in higher education teaching
  • Areas of teaching expertise include neurological physiotherapy, orthopaedic physiotherapy (including amputees), clinical education and professional issues

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie is the only three-year, professional-entry physiotherapy program offered in New South Wales.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2016
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better!

Entry requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with about a 65% average or above. This is the minimum academic standing needed to apply and does not guarantee admissions. The starting point to a competitive average would be at least a 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year’s applicants.

2. Prerequisite courses in the following areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology (Cell and Systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods

The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:

  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

Selection Process

Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:

  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest ranked candidates will be offered a place.

Apply to the Macquarie University Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have any questions about this upcoming webinar or about the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman at 1-866-698-7355 or email jaime@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Inaugural Doctor of Physiotherapy students graduate from Macquarie

The first cohort of students have graduated from the inaugural Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the newly-established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.

Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy

Macquarie DPT graduates (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

The Macquarie DPT program is the only three-year masters-level physiotherapy degree in New South Wales, and was designed for students to develop advanced physiotherapy skills as well as business, management, leadership and advocacy skills.

Forty-six students have graduated from the program so far and are working in a variety of areas including sports, orthopaedics, brain injury and aged care in both private practices and hospitals.

“Future physiotherapists need more than physiotherapy-specific knowledge in order to gain and maintain employability, and our program offers the advanced skills needed to practice in an increasingly complex and challenging healthcare environment,” said Professor Catherine Dean, Director of the Doctor of Physiotherapy Program and Head of Department of Health Professions.

Graduate Sam Cantori said the program is unparalleled in comparison to other courses offered.

“The Doctor of Physiotherapy program has not only provided me with the most current physiotherapy skills, but also skills in areas such as research, business, law, advocacy and policy, and the future of extended scope physiotherapy as a profession. These skills have laid a brilliant foundation for me in the industry to be an autonomous and strong clinician,” said Mr Cantori.

Professor Patrick McNeil, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences said the first cohort of students graduating from the inaugural Doctor of Physiotherapy program is an important first step for the faculty.

“As we begin to launch our suite of pioneering degree programs and work towards our vision of hosting Australia’s first fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre under a university’s leadership, I see the Macquarie University health care enterprise as being the institution of choice for clinicians and researchers at the top of their fields,” said Professor McNeil.

The faculty will launch its first undergraduate program in 2016 through the Bachelor of Clinical Science. The degree will be an accelerated two-year program that will prepare graduates to pursue further studies for careers in medical and health professions, and will offer targeted preparation for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

Macquarie has also recently increased the number of places for international students to 20!

About the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2016
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better.

Entry requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with about a 65% average or above. This is the minimum academic standing needed to apply and does not guarantee admissions. The starting point to a competitive average would be at least a 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year’s applicants.

2. Prerequisite courses in the following areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology (Cell and Systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods

The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:

  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

Selection Process

Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:

  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest ranked candidates will be offered a place.

Apply to the Macquarie University Physiotherapy School!

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Do you have any questions about the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Jaime Notman for more information at 1-866-698-7355 or email jaime@oztrekk.com.