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Doctor of Physiotherapy

    • CRICOS Code: 071302J

    The experience

    Overview

    As a Doctor of Physiotherapy student, you will be a part of an active and energetic cohort of peers. Your interest in the body and its abilities will be shared and supported by a diverse group of fellow students with a wide range of backgrounds, education and experiences.

    As a student, you will experience the inner workings of the best clinical schools and world-renowned facilities of the Melbourne medical precinct. Throughout your training, you will have access to unrivalled opportunities in private, cardio respiratory and paediatric practice.

    While a Doctor of Physiotherapy student, you will learn contemporary practices from world-class staff and researchers, and harness the University’s innovative teaching styles. As a graduate, you will be well equipped with a degree that places you in the top echelon of physiotherapists in Australia.

    The day-to-day experience

    Throughout your three years of study, you will spend time both on and off campus (completing clinical rotations with our partners, learning directly from experienced practitioners and leading researchers in your field. This course is about health care in context; something you and your peers will enjoy each day while in the program.

    As you move between campus life to clinical rotations, you will regularly be exposed to a range of diverse practice areas. This will allow you to expand your knowledge of the skills required to excel in the field, both from an academic and industry standpoint.

    Learning mode

    Research and evidence-based learning will direct you throughout the program. With a mix of individual and group assessments, written and oral presentations, and skills-based assessments, your learning will focus on developing both the breadth and depth of your knowledge in this field of study.

    In your third year, you can construct your own learning based on developments that are at the cutting edge of the field, and work alongside your teachers on innovative research areas. Potential topics may include the early detection of cerebral palsy in pre-term children, through to lung cancer research, and muscular skeletal disorders.

    Opportunities

    Throughout the program, you can partake in clinical and research opportunities that will enhance your overall learning experience and increase your professional skills.

    If you have hospital work in mind, cardio-respiratory components and other dedicated areas in physiotherapy are offered throughout clinical practice rotations. This assists graduates to enter the industry who are well equipped to handle the rigours that medical professionals face.

    This degree is focused on providing you with as much private practice experience as possible. With this significant exposure, you will have the opportunity to develop a better understanding of what future path may best suit you.

    With developments in indigenous, mental and remedial health, the University of Melbourne is proactively devising more ways to get its medical and health students in front of increasingly complex patients. Students who take advantage of these opportunities are more prepared to deliver effective care in a smarter way.

    Student experience

    Conrad Crockett, Doctor of Physiotherapy (2017)

    "The Doctor of Physiotherapy program was the best fit for my learning style - evidence-based, clinical schools and addition of broader health promotion and management courses in the extended Masters degree. I’ve enjoyed learning how to apply current evidence and physiotherapy treatments to clinical practice under the guidance of some amazing supervisors! I’m looking forward to taking my new-found skills out into the world - particularly when I go on global placement overseas!"

    Christian Boivin, Doctor of Physiotherapy (2017)

    What skills has the Doctor of Physiotherapy helped you to develop?

    "The top level researchers and dedicated instructors bring the most relevant information within the context of years of clinical experience to deliver it to us through a fast-paced and hands on program. This course has helped me develop study and learning skills that undergraduate studies could never compare to. Between the sheer amount of information and the clinical skills that we are required to learn in a short amount of time it has caused me to develop a structured routine and excellent time management skills to stay on top of my game. "

    What have been the highlights of your time at the University of Melbourne?

    "I have moved across the world for school, but the support and caring nature of our professors, how well the group of international students come together to support each other stand out. You truly never are alone, especially when you first get here."