This program will equip you with the theoretical knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for careers in physiotherapy. Physiotherapists treat the reactions and responses of the body to injury, disease or abnormalities in development. They are key health professionals in the prevention of injury.
Physiotherapy often involves:
– assisting in the physical management of the cardio-respiratory system
– improving balance and motor control for better performance and function
– physical methods to control pain
– promotion of motor development and coordination
– therapeutic exercise for impaired muscle systems.
Choose the Master of Physiotherapy Studies and you will graduate with an integrated body of knowledge and the clinical abilities, problem-solving skills and professional attributes to provide competent physiotherapy service in a wide range of contexts. You will also commit to self-learning and professional growth, and be able to adapt to change and respond to challenge. You will gain extensive practical experience in hospitals and clinics, both off and on campus.
You will commence in this program with an introduction to the fundamental knowledge relating to professional issues, communication, physiotherapy examination and treatment techniques.
In the subsequent semesters, you will be exposed to the theoretical, practical and research aspects of musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and neurological physiotherapy across the lifespan before undertaking supervised practice to develop their core competencies and ethical and professional behaviours necessary to function as a physiotherapist.
You will undertake supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organisations, private practices and UQ’s internal clinics. During placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life settings.
Throughout the program, you will engage in clinical experiences and commence full time clinical placements in the second year of the program.
Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.
All students learn to be consumers, collaborators and generators of physiotherapy-related research, completing courses covering health sciences research and a research project. Students integrate this into an evidence-based practice approach to clinical practice spanning from information literacy to knowledge translation.
Graduates will have the opportunity to progress to the following programs:
– Master of Physiotherapy
– Master of Philosophy
– Doctor of Philosophy