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Physiotherapist

Role and key duties

Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent disorders in human movement caused by injury and disease. Physiotherapists may specialise in specific areas such as musculoskeletal physiotherapy, women"s health, aged care, chest conditions, occupational health and safety, sports medicine, babies and young children,problems of the nervous system and spinal injuries, administration, education or research.

Duties may include: assessing the physical condition of patients to diagnose problems and plan appropriate treatment; using a range of techniques to strengthen and stretch muscles and joints to improve patient mobility (such as massage, hydrotherapy, breathing and relaxation techniques); performing spinal and peripheral joint mobilisation and manipulation; using equipment such as heat packs, exercise equipment, ice packs, ultrasound and electrotherapy to ease pain, reduce swelling and improve range of movement; and re-training patients to walk or to use devices such as walking frames, splints, crutches and wheelchairs.

Minimum qualification required

Completion of a Degree in Physiotherapy.

Recommended qualification

Degree in Physiotherapy



Job Family

Health and allied health
Allied health is about the prevention, treatment and management of illness and ensuring the wellbeing of Victorians, young and old. Allied health professionals can work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be hospital or community based.


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