The Doctor of Physiotherapy draws on the University of Melbourne's reputation for excellence in teaching and research to inspire and enable students to become outstanding physiotherapists ready to excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field. Desired graduate attributes have been carefully defined, developed and mapped to every component of the course. The 67 attributes, listed in the Course and Subject Handbook, have been collated into six domains:
4. Physiotherapy profession
5. Systems of health care
Building on prior learning at an undergraduate level, the Doctor of Physiotherapy provides students with a comprehensive, integrated course in the theory and practice of physiotherapy to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of human movement.
The new degree is focused on the future needs of the physiotherapy profession - both locally and internationally - and was developed through extensive consultations with physiotherapists, students and leaders in the public and private health and research sectors.
With highly credentialed and networked lecturers and mentors, as well as connections with leading hospitals, research institutes and the private sector, the Doctor of Physiotherapy is designed to meet the current and future needs of students, patients and the changing nature of the health workforce.
Key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, leadership and management, and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference. Students experience a dynamic and interactive learning environment, with opportunities to study under the guidance of internationally renowned staff.
The course prepares students for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as chronic disease management, health promotion and prevention, emergency medicine, acute care and private practice. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice.
Graduates will be work-ready and immediately employable following registration having gained diverse clinical experience in major hospitals and increased their focus on primary healthcare and community engagement.
Graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in a range of health settings including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organisations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities to study and work overseas.
Please see the Course and Subject Handbook for more information about the subjects.
How long is the course?
The Doctor of Physiotherapy is a three year full-time program.
What will I gain from the course?
The Doctor of Physiotherapy offers a focus on professional commitment, responsibility and clinical leadership through:
- clinical placements in the largest major metropolitan teaching hospitals, primary care, rural and international settings;
- innovative teaching methods and an extensive clinical program that offers advanced skills that will create work-ready and highly employable graduates;
- being part of one of the largest health sciences faculties in Australia;
- an international focus to develop skills and attitudes enabling practice in both national and international environments;
- being part of Australia's strongest research University;
- opportunities to explore advanced practice (e.g. emergency medicine, sports physiotherapy).
25th Anniversary of Physiotherapy Education at the University of Melbourne
This year the Department of Physiotherapy celebrates 25 years of excellence in physiotherapy education at the University of Melbourne.