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Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Get into a physiotherapy program straight from high school

Physiotherapy, or physical therapy as it is also known, is a profession concerned with the prevention, assessment and treatment of human movement disorders and the promotion of movement and health. Physiotherapists—also known as physical therapists—require an extensive understanding of physical, structural and physiological aspects of human form and movement, as well as factors relating to human functioning and the acquisition of skills.

There is a high demand for physiotherapists, both in Australia and in Canada.

Get into a physiotherapy program straight from high school

Study physiotherapy in Australia (Photo credit: Monash University)

In Australia, professional degrees are normally undertaken straight from high school at the undergraduate level. Bachelor of Physiotherapy degrees in Australia are four years in duration, and suitable to those students who wish to gain entry into a physiotherapy program directly from high school, or who have completed an undergraduate degree in an area other than science/health science area.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Programs at Australian Universities

James Cook University

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

Monash University

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Peninsula Campus, approx. 40 km south of Melbourne, Victoria
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Newcastle

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Queensland

Program: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next intake: February 2018
Duration: 4 years

University of Sydney

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Next intake: March 2018
Duration: 4 years

Returning to Canada to Practice

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.


Do you have questions about Bachelor of Physiotherapy programs in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

JCU physiotherapy professor explains how to get a good night’s sleep

A great night’s sleep is something most people cherish, but many of us aren’t getting our share, especially university students. Course workloads, part-time jobs, and exam stress all play a role in how the body is able to relax at night. Physiotherapists are continually researching and studying how people sleep, and they see all too often the effects of poor sleep posture.

Dr Steven Park, the author of Sleep, Interrupted, says poor sleeping posture can aggravate fatigue, sleep apnea, headaches, heartburn and back pain, among other things.

“The position you adopt can have an effect,” says an associate professor of physiotherapy at James Cook University, Sue Gordon.

Medical conditions, particularly respiratory illnesses, can restrict your choices, but the most important thing, the physiotherapy professor says, is fairly straightforward: Find a position that’s comfortable. What suits you, however, won’t suit everyone, and there is no ideal sleep position.

While some people change positions up to 45 times during the night, improving our primary position can affect the quality of our sleep as well as how we feel when we wake.


Sleeping on your back is good for the neck and keeps the spine in a relatively neutral position; however, it can aggravate respiratory disorders, reflux and sleep apnea, JCU Physiotherapy Professor Gordon says.


While stomach sleeping is the absolute worst position for the neck, some sleep experts say it lessens the chances of snoring.

Only about 5 percent of people, mostly women, sleep on their stomach. As people get older, they struggle to sleep on their stomach because the neck is in full flexion and the spine is less able to cope. To take the strain off the neck, it is suggested that you place a pillow lengthwise down your belly so you’re only about three-quarters rolled over.

JCU Physiotherapy Professor Gordon also adds that people who sleep on their stomachs are more likely to have repeated sleep disruptions.


Most people (about 72 percent) sleep on their sides. Some studies suggest that sleeping on your left side can reduce reflux. Additionally, Ms Gordon says, “there is some evidence that side-sleepers get a better night’s sleep.”

Comfortable pillows are important for side-sleepers.  Don’t use pillows that are too high or  too low as this leads to scrunching on one side of the neck and stretched nerves on the other. This can lead to dead or tingly arms upon waking and shoulder pain that can last throughout the day, or possible chronic pain.

Try using two pillows: a flatter one for the bottom, and then a softer one to fill in the gap between the flat pillow and your neck.

About Physiotherapy Schools in Australia

Another common name for physiotherapy is physical therapy. 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. At Australian universities, physiotherapy is a strong academic and clinical discipline, and Australian research in physiotherapy drives teaching and learning. This provides Australia’s physiotherapy students with opportunities to be educated in contemporary, evidence-based clinical practice.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy Programs

Four of OzTREKK‘s universities offer a four-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. For the Bachelor of Physiotherapy programs offered at Australian universities, credit for previous studies may be awarded for introductory science subjects, such as anatomy, physiology or biology. However, due to the structure of the physiotherapy programs and the fact that credit can be awarded for only a few year-one subjects, students with another bachelor’s degree normally do take four years to complete a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. The following Australian universities offer undergraduate physiotherapy programs:

Master of Physiotherapy or Doctor of Physiotherapy Programs

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. The following Australian universities offer graduate physiotherapy programs:


Want to learn more about studying at Physiotherapy Schools in Australia? Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about physiotherapy programs at Australian universities.

Email OzTREKK Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com, or call toll free 1 866-698-7355.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

University of Newcastle attracts high-calibre students

Study at the University of Newcastle

Study at the University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle released 8,096 Main Round Offers to prospective undergraduate students last week.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt said to date the University of Newcastle had made a total of 8,410 offers to students to commence studies next month, an increase of 65 in 2012.

“Importantly, 25 percent of our offers are to applicants with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, and the median ATAR of applicants receiving an offer is 83. This is testimony to the quality of students choosing to study at Newcastle.”

“There were more than 19,200 applications from students across Australia with at least one preference for an undergraduate degree at Newcastle, indicating a high degree of interest in our programs.

“Our first preferences are up by two percent on last year and 79 percent of the  university’s 2013 offers were to students from the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions.

Professor Parfitt said the calibre of the University of Newcastle’s science programs was also recognized with a strong increase in demand for entry into the Bachelor of Science at the Callaghan campus.

“First preferences for this program increased by 38 percent on 2012 figures,” he said. “In other areas we have also seen notable increases in demand, including growth of more than 20 percent in first preferences for our Bachelor of Social Work program. Newcastle’s Bachelor of Physiotherapy again experienced enormous demand, with the minimum ATAR of 96.05—the second highest for this degree in New South Wales.”

The top three degree programs at the University of Newcastle in terms of offers made:

Bachelor of Nursing (Callaghan)
Bachelor of Arts (Callaghan)
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts (Callaghan)

The top five degree programs by number of offers are in the areas of nursing, arts, teaching, business and science.

Offers across the University of Newcastle’s five faculties:

Business and Law: 873 offers
Education and Arts: 2,660 offers
Engineering and Built Environment: 1,085 offers
Health: 2,113 offers
Science and Information Technology: 1,675 offers


Are you interested in studying Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle? Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia!