Sydney Master of Physiotherapy Clinical Education

6 May 2014

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.

University of Sydney Physiotherapy School
Study at the University of Sydney, New South Wales

A number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities are scheduled as part of the course. Fieldwork provides hands-on experience with real clients in a supervised environment allowing students to combine academic study with the practical abilities required of the physical therapy profession.
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 South East 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.

Clinical and Work Placements for the Master of Physiotherapy

Work Integrated Learning (WIL), also known as Clinical and Work Placements, is an integral part of the overall learning experience for students in most of the professional entry-level undergraduate and graduate programs offered in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The purpose of these placements is to provide students with opportunities to integrate knowledge and skills at progressively higher levels of performance and responsibility during the program.
Under the supervision of qualified practitioners and suitably experienced supervisors, physiotherapy students seek to apply theoretical and evidence based knowledge, skills and attributes developed in academic study, and build on these through interaction with clients and professional practitioners. Workplace based education also provides students with situations in which to practice interpersonal skills and develop characteristics essential to productive working relationships. It provides an opportunity for students to develop professional reasoning skills and management skills, as well as to master techniques that develop competence at the level of a beginning physiotherapy practitioner. Opportunities for interprofessional learning are often available during placements.
Workplace-based education is provided in a variety of settings reflecting the current trends for the profession concerned. Depending on the specific professional discipline, placements may be undertaken in facilities such as hospitals, schools, community health centres, private health organisations and practices, government and non government agencies and on-campus clinics. The settings may be located in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas and occasionally interstate.
The timing and structure of placements will vary according to preferences of each academic unit. Patterns may include day-release programs during the semester, clinical simulation in the classroom, and periodic block placements, which may take place within or outside of semester. Physiotherapy students should be aware of the patterns of workplace based education for their course as the timing and structure of placements can affect the exact length of courses and vacation time.
Program: Master of Physiotherapy (MPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: February 2015
Application deadline: October 1, 2014

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