Physiotherapy 101


Welcome to Physio 101!

So, you’re interested in physio! Wondering where to start? What does physio in Australia look like? What are your options when you finish your degree?

Here, you’ll find information, tips, and physio students take over our OzTREKK Instagram account.

Physio Programs


We’re bone-afied experts

All of the graduate physio programs we work with will get you where you want to go on the path to becoming a physio, but do you know what makes them unique? Here we share some things you may not know yet about each program along with some super helpful student reviews and experiences.  

If you have any questions along the way, please email us at

Applications, Interviews
& Offers

It’s going tibia okay!

Now that you’re familiar with the graduate physio programs offered by our university partners, let’s get you another step closer to a career in physiotherapy! The application, interview, and offer processes can vary by university, so we have outlined all the things you need to know to make the process easy and breezy.

Our Physio Team has worked tirelessly in the last couple months to create a pre-assessment process that will help you find your best fit for eligibility.

Watch this video to see exactly how the process works, and then send your pre-assessment email along to us!


The Interview Process

Once you have applied, you may need to sit an interview! Two of our partners, Bond and Melbourne, require students to take part in an interview as part of the assessment process. This means that your interview performance will be reviewed alongside your grades and prerequisites. Both universities follow the MMI format for their interviews, which means several faculty members will be on hand to ask you questions (individually), and you’ll have a moment to think of your answer before moving on to the next interviewer’s question.

Watch this video to learn more about interviews and get some tips for success!


The Offer Process

Our fingers are crossed for you as you enter the next phase of the application process: offers! When offers arrive, we have the distinct pleasure of contacting students and making their dreams come true.

Much like deadlines and interviews, each university has a different timeline for issuing their good news. Have a look  here to find out when you can expect your offer from your top choice!

General Offer Timeline

  • Bond – From October
  • Flinders – Rolling, beginning in April
  • Macquarie – Rolling, beginning in August
  • Melbourne – From mid-October
  • Monash – Rolling, beginning in August
  • UQ – Rolling, beginning in April
  • Sydney – Rolling, beginning in April

Should you receive an offer (or more than one), your admissions officer will also counsel you if you’re unsure which program is the right one for you. After all, there’s a lot to think about: university location, class sizes, practical experiences, campus life… plus a whole lot more!

We’re here to guide you through the entire acceptance and predeparture processes. Whenever you have questions or concerns, we are just an email or phone call away!

Studying & Placements


Australia’s better than the wrist! 

Want to learn more about the programs and how placements run? We’ve got the details for you! Select your preferred university below to learn more about what it’s like to study and how placements work.

Returning to Canada


Are you in-tendon to return to Canada?

What happens when you finish your physio studies and are ready to return home to Canada? We have that info for you and can help you understand the process. Join the webinar tonight too for more info from a graduate who has been through it all!

You’ve graduated! Congratulations! Now what?

First, complete a course called “The Context of Physiotherapy in Canada,” offered at the University of Toronto, which has an online course that you can complete before leaving Australia.

In order to practice physiotherapy in Canada, you must register with the physiotherapy regulatory body in the province you intend to practice. The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) recognizes degrees from Australian universities, as long as you meet the requirements including completion of a minimum number of clinical hours.

Once you complete the course, your next step is to apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR)  to have them assess your qualifications based on two criteria:

1. Education (degree at an accredited university)
2. Supervised clinical hours (minimum of 1,025)

Once the Alliance successfully assesses your credentials, you would need to complete the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) like any other physiotherapy graduate in Canada prior to provincial registration:

  • Have credentials assessed by the CAPR
  • Write the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE)
  • Register with the provincial regulatory body where you intend to practice

Webinar with Sydney MPT Graduate

University of Sydney MPT grad, Alexis, shares her experience with living and studying physiotherapy in Australia, and coming home to practice after she graduated.

Read Alexis’ story: Sydney physiotherapy student talks about her path to success

Get more details on our Practicing Physiotherapy in Canada page!

Staying in Australia


I’m patellin ya—it’s great!

So, you’ve graduated. You’ve landed a great job… and it’s in Australia. What now?

While most graduates plan to return home to Canada, many also fall in love with Australia and choose to stay either for a little or a lifetime! Here are the basics about staying in Australia to practice physiotherapy.

Australian-educated physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia before they can practice. You can apply for registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) about 4 to 6 weeks before graduation.

As of September 23, 2019, all of OzTREKK’s physiotherapy are recognized as accredited by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

To register to practice in Australia, you can register online.

Graduates must register within 12 months of graduation. When you renew each year after that, you’ll be asked about your recent practice. If you don’t meet the standard, you’ll need to provide more information.

1. In the online portal, create a profile and prove your identity.
2. When you register, you’ll be asked about criminal history, health impairments and English proficiency.
3. Agree to abide by the Code of Conduct which means that you will provide safe and ethical care to patients.
4. Complaints can be made against your conduct, performance or health.
5. Declare to let the board know if your criminal record changes and to keep track of your continuing professional development.
6. Pay the fee.

Get the full details about registering as a physiotherapist in Australia!