Key features of the University of Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy

13 November 2015

Key features of the Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Doctor of Physiotherapy commenced in 2011 at the University of Melbourne and is the first three-year physiotherapy graduate entry master’s level program, providing a benchmark for physiotherapy education in Australia. In addition to core hands-on practical physiotherapy skills, key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, radiology, leadership and management, sports physiotherapy and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference.

University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School
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The curriculum is designed around three elements which provide both horizontal and vertical integration throughout the program:

  1. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
  2. Research and Evidence in Physiotherapy
  3. Healthcare in Context

These elements are covered explicitly in stand-alone subjects throughout the Doctor of Physiotherapy program. Further, each subject description provides learning outcomes under these three curriculum elements.
Students will be well prepared for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as acute care, chronic disease management, health promotion, emergency medicine, private practice and sports medicine. The course provides a vertically integrated community group health promotion project that culminates in a presentation and possible publication at the end of three years of study. The clinical program builds progressively to independent practice, with approximately 37 weeks of clinical practice. There is also the potential for an overseas clinical experience to add depth of understanding in global healthcare.
Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Next semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 3 years

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