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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

University of Sydney rehab sciences seminar tonight at University of Toronto

University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions

University of Sydney rehab sciences seminar tonight at University of Toronto

Attend a Sydney Health Sciences Seminar

Would you like to further your studies in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or another health science field?

Attend an upcoming University of Sydney Health Sciences information session between March 28 and 30 and get your questions answered!

Venue: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Room 2175
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Simon Fraser University, Halpern Centre, Room 114
Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: University of British Columbia, Woodward Building, Room 3
Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 5 p.m.

Be sure to RSVP for a Sydney Health Sciences Information Session!

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Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Interested in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology? The University of Sydney would like to meet you!

Are you interested in a career in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or another health science field?

University of Sydney Health Sciences Seminars

Don’t forget to RSVP for the University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions!

Then you are invited to discover why the University of Sydney is a world leader in health sciences education and research!

Attend an upcoming University of Sydney Health Sciences information session between March 28 and 30 to find out what world-renowned health sciences teaching looks like!

Please RSVP here to save your spot!

University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions

Venue: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Room 2175
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Simon Fraser University, Halpern Centre, Room 114
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: University of British Columbia, Woodward Building, Room 3
Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 5 p.m.

Study Health Sciences at the University of Sydney

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, the application deadline was September 30, 2016.

Apply to Sydney Occupational Therapy School!

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University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

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

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

Be sure to RSVP for a Sydney Health Sciences Information Session!

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Would you like more information about the upcoming Sydney Health Sciences seminars? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Sydney Health Sciences asks, which sport and fitness course is right for you?

Are you interested in health sciences? You’ve got a wonderful selection of study areas to choose from: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology…. But have you considered exercise and sports science?

Sydney Health Sciences is known for world-leading health sciences education and research. The discipline of exercise and sport science focuses on the integration of exercise and physical activity into health care, sports performance, disease prevention and rehabilitation.

Graduates have the opportunity to utilise principles such as biomechanics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and gait analysis to evaluate and improve the performance of a diverse range of athletes.

The career paths followed by graduates are many and varied and depend mostly on the specific interests and aspirations of the individual. Broadly defined, the areas of employment entered by recent graduates include the sport industry, fitness industry, health industry, occupational health and safety, public health, rehabilitation, research and technology, education and medical insurance.

University of Sydney Master of Exercise Physiology

Sydney Health Sciences asks, which sport and fitness course is right for you?

Dr Ollie Jay is the Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and a Senior Lecturer in Thermoregulatory Physiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences. (Photo: University of Sydney)

The Master of Exercise Physiology is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice.

Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.

Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.

Program: Master of Exercise Physiology
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA

Apply to the University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences!

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Find out more about studying the Master of Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

What are University of Sydney physiotherapy placements like?

University of Sydney Physiotherapy Placements

The physiotherapy placement program allows Sydney physiotherapy students the opportunity to apply and develop their skills with “real life” clients. The placements can be undertaken in a hospital, private or community setting in Sydney or regional/rural NSW.

Placements are in a variety of areas. Some of these areas may include rehabilitation, acute care, ambulatory/outpatients, aged care, community health, paediatrics, orthopaedics and hand therapy. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the specific clinical skills for each area as well as the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals. These skills are assessed using the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) form. During placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. All students are required to undertake at least one placement outside of Sydney or in a rural location.

What are University of Sydney physiotherapy placements like?

Learn more about the Sydney physiotherapy program (Image: University of Sydney)

How are placements arranged?

Placements are arranged by negotiation between staff of the respective academic unit, acting as Clinical Educator Coordinators, and the staff of the individual placement setting. The academic unit negotiates the standard, type of experience, and number of student places to be offered. In most cases, formal agreements are signed between the university  and the placement facility.

What are the conditions of placements?

There are a number of rules and conditions applying to students regarding the amount of workplace based education, its timing, the selection of sites, and types of experiences required. These rules have implications for progression in the course and acceptance into the relevant profession after graduation.

How are students assessed?

Sydney physiotherapy are expected to take an active responsibility for their own education by identifying their own learning needs, assisting the placement supervisor in planning and implementing the learning experiences, being familiar with and adhering to procedures and rules laid down by the university and the affiliating centre, and in evaluating their own performance.

The placement supervisor performs the role of teacher, facilitator, coordinator and professional role model. Supervision may be conducted by staff of the respective academic unit for the on campus clinics, or by external practitioners at external sites, who are expert in their professional area.

The nature of the assessment varies across academic units but generally includes a student evaluation by both the supervisor and the student, the satisfactory completion of the learning objectives, as well as a variety of assignments that may include case studies, essays, verbal presentations and practical examinations. The clinical education unit may be assessed on a graded scale or on a pass/fail basis.

University of Sydney’s Master of Physiotherapy

The University of Sydney offers a two year, graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist. Coursework throughout this program builds on the major areas of the profession, such as musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy, as well as looking at the profession in its societal context.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March each year
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65–74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

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

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, August 3rd, 2016

Sydney physiotherapy student talks about her path to success

Windsor, Ontario native Alexis Curtis is well on her way to achieving her dreams of becoming a physiotherapist. With a degree in Human Kinetics (Honours Kinesiology) Movement Science and a desire to help others, Alexis decided the standard Canadian path wasn’t for her. Instead, with her eye on the prestigious University of Sydney and their exceptional physiotherapy program, she was determined that her path should be shaded by palm trees and aglow with golden beaches!

When we asked Alexis why she chose to study physiotherapy, she is quick to respond: “I have a passion for wanting to help others and I have always wanted to be a physiotherapist. I want to work with patients, helping them get back to work, sport and/or perform day-to-day activities pain free.”

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Alexis at the main Sydney Uni campus

Some may say travelling around the globe for education is a little too far. Taking the road less travelled can be daunting to some, but Alexis forged ahead with exuberance.

“I chose the University of Sydney because of their amazing program. They are so world renowned and have an amazing group of professors who want you to succeed!” she says.

Students undertaking the Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney have the opportunity to study within one of the largest health science faculties in Australia. The pioneering work conducted by the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences research teams has an enormous impact on the health and quality of life of the community, and its Master of Physiotherapy program rigorously tests and enhances students’ abilities.

“The program does a great job of teaching you all the fields within physiotherapy.”

Alexis agrees. “I am loving the program! Although it’s a two-year program, it is going by so fast! I knew that it would require a lot of hard work and dedication, but it is such a rewarding feeling being part of an amazing faculty. The professors are awesome and offer lots of help.”

Sydney’s clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors, and they further the opportunities to develop an understanding of the practice of physiotherapy and its place in the contemporary health system. After all, the world of physiotherapy is so much more than just rehabilitating sports injuries.

“The program does a great job of really opening the idea of different pathways in the area of physiotherapy,” Alexa adds. “I was always so driven to work in the musculoskeletal area of physiotherapy, and although I still am, the area of cardiopulmonary has also crossed my mind. The program does a great job of teaching you all the fields within physiotherapy. I am just so excited to start placement in my second year, to really get hands-on experience in different areas of physiotherapy!”

Students gain practical hours during their placements. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators requires physiotherapy graduates to have a minimum of 1025 supervised clinical practice hours. The Sydney Master of Physiotherapy currently offers 850 clinical hours, with options to obtain more practical experience. OzTREKK students are encouraged to maintain contact with the Alliance throughout their time in Australia to ensure they stay up to date with the requirements.

“One thing you should know is that in order to write the examinations to practice in Canada, you must have a certain number of practical hours,” Alexis explains. “The university usually has students complete four five-week placement blocks in their second year, but this doesn’t provide Canadians enough hours.”

But even with the challenge of gaining practical hours, Alexis was not put off.

“You have two options: You can either take a fifth placement block during your second year (meaning you won’t have a break during that year), or you can obtain a physiotherapist job following completion of your degree and work as a physiotherapist to obtain the remainder hours. Many students this year decided to stay a bit longer after graduation to work to earn some money instead of paying money for the additional placement block!”

Stay in Australia and earn money? Sounds like a win-win!

“I am in Australia—what’s not to love? It is an amazing country and there is always so much to do! Sometimes it doesn’t feel real that I am in such an amazing place in the world. The weather is great, the people are awesome, and Sydney is amazing—you will fall in love with this place!”

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Visiting the roos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane

All of us at OzTREKK agree: the beautiful city of Sydney is one of the highlights of our trips to Australia. Who wouldn’t want to see the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and its countless beaches? Sydney is a tourist’s haven. But where is the best place to live if you’re a student?

“Just be sure to make a bucket list for your time here in Australia because it goes by fast and there is so much to see!”

Of course, Sydney is one of the major cities in Australia, comparable to Toronto and Vancouver, and rent can vary depending on the location. Alexis warns that it can be difficult to find accommodation that isn’t overly pricey.

“As of now (until February 2018) the Health Sciences campus is in Lidcombe,” Alexis explains. “After this, the campus will relocate to main campus (Camperdown) in the city. Lidcombe is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, so if you plan to set up accommodation while in Canada I recommend you look for somewhere between Lidcombe and CBD. This way you are still able to easily commute to the city.”

So where should new students look for accommodation? Sydney is huge and has dozens of suburbs, so choices are endless!

Mystudentvillages is a great student accommodation organization that has multiple locations available for students, and you are able to set up your accommodations before coming out here,” she says.

“Prices depend on your preference of location and room type. If you would rather stay more central, closer to the city, the University of Sydney location is great.”

If you’re an adventurer, you can look for accommodation after you arrive in Australia.

“Other students from Canada decided to wait until they got to Australia and looked for places to rent with fellow students,” Alexis says. “All of them found locations, and it wasn’t too difficult at all. Just know that most places for rent (outside of student accommodation services) don’t come with furniture—this includes a fridge, bed, etc. So keep in mind that you will have to be on the hunt for those things.”

If you’ve chosen to study in Australia, then you’re already wandering off the beaten path, and Alexis encourages further adventure!

“You are here for school, but make sure you set aside some time and utilize your breaks to travel. Tigerair and Jetstar are two cheaper airlines that offer amazing deals. For Tigerair, Tuesdays is when they post big deals. When you see a good deal, book it because the prices can go up fast. Don’t be afraid to call and price match; they sometimes beat the other airline’s price! One tip with flights though: they get you on baggage, so pack lightly. You are usually allowed seven kilograms of carry-on luggage. Just be sure to make a bucket list for your time here in Australia because it goes by fast and there is so much to see!”

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Kangaroos have been Alexis’ favourite animal since she was little!

Any other tips for OzTREKK students?

“Australia is an amazing country and the University of Sydney has an amazing Master of Physiotherapy program. Exam time is very stressful, but don’t worry—you’ll get through it! It is expensive, so if you can, apply for scholarships and bursaries while in Canada. Also, OzTREKK is amazing! They really help with the entire process. Ask them every question you may have—they are such great help!”

So, if you’re considering studying in the Land Down Under, and you’ve got your eye on warm weather and a laid-back lifestyle, you’re already one step ahead on that path.

“Living in a country half way across the world can be hard at times but it is such an amazing, life-changing experience. I love the University of Sydney, and am so happy with my decision to come here!”

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

Offered by the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences, the two-year graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: September 30, 2016

Apply to the University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

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

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Clinical education in the Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

The Sydney Master of Physiotherapy is a two-year, graduate-entry program, intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

Clinical education in the Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

Study physiotherapy at the University of Sydney

The clinical education/work integrated learning experiences are generally highly regarded by students within the program. Provision of appropriate placements for students within the Faculty of Health Sciences is a significant aspect and is coordinated by the Work Integrated Learning unit within the faculty. All placements are provided to students with the view to meet the program objectives, unit of study objectives, Australian professional accreditation requirements and (where appropriate) Australian professional registration requirements.

Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. These placements further the opportunities to develop an understanding of the practice of physiotherapy, and its place in the contemporary health system.

As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the FHS Abroad program, which involves academic study and a 4- to 6-week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and Southeast Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide. All students should expect to complete at least one placement outside of Sydney during the course of their program.

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

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

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65-74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

It is recommended that you apply for the Master of Physiotherapy program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply. Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Sydney MPT program.

Apply to the University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy Program!

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Would you like more information about Sydney 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.

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Leading pioneer in physiotherapy awarded Honorary Doctorate

The University of Sydney awarded an honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences to Professor Roberta Shepherd, described as a pioneer in the field of physiotherapy.

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Associate Professor Tony Masters, Emeritus Professor Roberta Shepherd, Professor Tom Calma AO and Professor Kathy Refshauge (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

“This honour recognises Roberta’s many significant contributions to the University, to the physiotherapy profession and the impact of her work on the health of the wider community,” said Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Kathy Refshauge.

Professor Roberta Shepherd transformed physiotherapy into a modern evidence-based profession contributing to improved health outcomes for patients.

Both individually and with her long-time collaborator, Associate Professor Janet Carr, Roberta led the scholarly development of the profession, particularly in paediatric and neurological physiotherapy for more than 50 years.

Professor Shepherd graduated with a Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1956 having completed studies in anatomy, physiology, histology and physics at the University of Sydney. Following seven years of clinical practice both in Australia and internationally, Roberta took up a teaching position at the Sydney School of Physiotherapy.

In 1977, Roberta was one of the first physiotherapists to become a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, and took a leading role in the academy for many years.

Being a pioneer in her field, Roberta was constantly confronted by being the first to undertake challenging projects. She was the sole author of the first, and ground-breaking, paediatrics textbook for physiotherapists in 1974 (revised 1980, 1995).

She recognised that leading change in teaching, research and rehabilitation required taking on the challenge of extending her academic qualifications. In 1986 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and chose to study with renowned movement scientist, Professor Ann Gentile at Columbia University in New York. She was awarded three degrees (Master of Arts in 1986; Master of Education in 1988; and Doctor of Education in 1991).

Roberta converted a challenge into an opportunity, and collaborated with Professors Janet Carr and Ann Gentile to produce the landmark text Movement Science – Foundations for Physical Therapy in Rehabilitation published in 1987 (revised in 2000).

Between 1974 and 2014, Roberta and Janet published a total of eight world leading textbooks. These books have had an impact not only on the physiotherapy profession, but more broadly in health. In addition, Roberta has published over 60 articles in journals of many different disciplines as well as numerous book chapters. Roberta and Janet’s work is frequently cited in journals and textbooks as the ‘gold standard’ in rehabilitation.

In October 1991, when the Cumberland College of Health Sciences was established as the Faculty of Health Sciences as part of the University of Sydney, Roberta was appointed as the faculty’s first Professor and Foundation Chair of Physiotherapy.

Roberta has educated generations of students and clinicians world-wide and has been an inspirational role model for students and physiotherapists in both clinical practice and in academia.

Today, Roberta continues to mentor research students and early career researchers. She continues to publish, speak at conferences, run workshops and develop new research collaborations.

Roberta’s leadership and tireless contributions have been recognised by the physiotherapy profession. In 2014 she and Janet were named as Honoured Members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association for their lifetime’s work, the highest honour within the profession.

Roberta was honoured by the Faculty in 2014, with an Alumni Award, and this year, will be presented with the university’s Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.

University of Sydney’s Master of Physiotherapy

The University of Sydney offers a two year, graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program, which is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist. Coursework throughout this program builds on the major areas of the profession, such as musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy, as well as looking at the profession in its societal context.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March each year
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65-74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

It is recommended that you apply for the Master of Physiotherapy program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply. Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Sydney MPT program.

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

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Would you like more information about Sydney 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 15th, 2016

Sydney Dean of Health Sciences recognised in Australia Day Honours

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Professor Kathryn Refshauge has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to physiotherapy and to medical education in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.

The award recognises more than 20 years of contributions to allied health mentorship, higher education reform, and health and medical research.

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Professor Kathryn Refshauge (Photo: University of Sydney)

In addition to her role as Dean, Professor Refshauge is a prolific researcher and leads the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group at the University of Sydney.

This cross-disciplinary group has benefited from her leadership, dedication and willingness to support and advocate for junior and senior allied health clinicians and researchers. She has directly supervised more than 50 PhD and master’s students and mentored hundreds more.

The University of Sydney professor is well known for her ability to inspire students and young academics to achieve more than they ever thought possible—a trait recognised with numerous awards including the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Supervision award and similar honours from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Professor Refshauge’s own contributions to health and medical research are enormous. She is regarded as an international leader in her field, particularly in sports injuries, back pain and nerve and muscle diseases. Her work has been recognised with awards from the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease association. In 2015, Professor Refshauge was elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

More recently, her research focuses on improving quality of life for women following breast cancer treatment. She is also a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders.

The faculty congratulates Professor Refshauge on this well-deserved achievement.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health research, sciences and education. We achieve this through encouraging international collaboration across all our research endeavours, and through strategic partnerships that are global in their reach.

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences

The university’s Faculty of Health Sciences strives constantly for excellence in intellectual enquiry, academic freedom and integrity. To support these goals, the faculty provides an engaging and stimulating student-centred learning and teaching environment, attracting some of the best students and researchers in Australia.

Offered by the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences, the two-year graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 1, 2015.

Apply to the University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

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

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Sydney physio study suggests link between depression and back pain

A new University of Sydney study reveals people with depression are 60 per cent more likely to develop low back pain in their lifetime.

While patients often suffer the two conditions, this is the first study to review all relevant research in the field and show that depression may actually trigger back pain.

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School

Study at the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences

The new study, published in Arthritis Care and Research, analysed data from 11 international studies including a total of 23,109 participants who were not currently experiencing back pain. It found people with symptoms of depression had a much higher risk of developing low back pain in the future compared with those showing no symptoms of depression.

The risk of low back pain also increased in patients with more severe levels of depression, and was not impacted by whether depression was self-reported or clinically diagnosed.

Dr Paulo Ferreira from the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences said the research suggests that up to 61,200 cases of low back pain in Australia are partially attributed to depression.

“Low back pain is a debilitating condition, particularly when coupled with other health conditions, so I hope this discovery will lead to better treatment in the future,” said Dr Ferreira.

“When patients come to us with both back pain and depression their cases are much more complex. They don’t respond to treatment in the same way as patients who only experience back pain—they take much longer to recover and treatment can be expensive.

“Our study suggests we would have much better outcomes if we treated depression and back pain simultaneously, but this would require health professionals from different fields to work together more closely.”

Other studies estimate that up to 48 per cent of people with back pain experience symptoms of depression; however, to date, scientists cannot agree on the cause.

The researchers acknowledge the current study could not account for potential influences such as genetics and shared environmental factors.

Lead author physiotherapist Marina Pinheiro said further research needed to explore the causal relationship between the two conditions.

“While this study tells us there is definitely a link between depression and back pain, it doesn’t tell us why,” said Ms Pinheiro, PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“It could be because people with depression often have lower levels of physical activity and poor sleep, or due to issues with neurotransmitters which impact both mood and pain thresholds.”

The research team are carrying out further studies into the impact of genetics, with their research on twins suggesting some people may be genetically predisposed to both conditions.

University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

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

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

1. Completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

2. Have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5, which the University of Sydney states is approximately equivalent to a credit average or better. A credit average at the University of Sydney is between a 65-74%. Your grades assessed for admission are based on your highest-ranked university degree.

3. Have completed undergraduate studies in the following prerequisite areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

It is recommended that you apply for the Master of Physiotherapy program if you have achieved a minimum 65% cumulative average in your university studies. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply. Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Sydney MPT program.

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