Your Health Matters – What qualifications do you need to become a Physiotherapist?

What qualifications do you need to become a Physiotherapist

11th
Apr

Your Health Matters – What qualifications do you need to become a Physiotherapist?

Bill: Well, aside from a pulse, what do you need to be a physio, Steve?

Steve: In Australia, you can have a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. There’s post-grad qualification. Some universities have a Bachelor of Science and a Major in Physiotherapy.

Bill: So you mean, that’s an undergraduate qualification.

Steve: Undergraduate. Sorry. Post-graduate or tertiary.

Bill: So it’s a tertiary degree. He gets a little confused does Steve.

Steve: Postgraduate qualification if you’ve done a course. Just a general science course. You could do a postgraduate qualification as a master of physiotherapy. But I think most importantly, no matter what qualification people have actually qualified in, you need to be registered. In Australia.

Bill: With the National Board which is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Steve: That’s right.

Bill: Otherwise,  known as AHPRA. It’s a mouthful.

Steve: That’s right.

Bill: So you can actually Google a practitioner and see whether they are registered. So, that’s your general qualification.  Then this physios — I know myself, I’ve got a postgraduate masters, so I’ve got a masters after I’ve completed my undergraduate degree. But then there’s also PhD physios who become academics.

Steve: A Doctrine

Bill: Or can still be practicing

Steve: Well, specialist physiotherapists as well.

Bill: So, there’s quite a lot of ways to become a physiotherapist.  

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