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Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent human movement disorders across various areas of practise including sports, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and neurological conditions, in people of all ages.

The program allows those with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a health-related area to undertake a two-year intensive master degree to qualify as a physiotherapist in Australia.

At the University of South Australia, we are strongly committed to practice-based learning. Our clinical facilities allow you to collaborate with the wider public, gain extended professional support and strengthen your theoretical and practical skills. Your study will focus on clinical reasoning, physiotherapy skills, evidence-based practice, ethical practice, and health promotion. You will gain professional practical experience through clinical placements at our on-campus Physiotherapy Clinics and within a variety of metropolitan, rural and regional health settings. You will likely spend at least one of your placements outside Adelaide in a country or interstate location and will also be required to undertake placements outside of teaching weeks.

As a graduate, you may initially gain employment in a hospital to broaden your skills and experience. You may also choose to work in an area of interest, such as private practice, women’s health, physical disability, schools, aged care, in-home rehabilitation, sports centres and teams, mental health or research.


Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia), all students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following a student’s enrolment in the program. No fee applies for student registration.

Participation is obligatory in selected practical classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients with your peer group, and physically handling patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.

Professional accreditation

The program is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council and satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the program is accepted for membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

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