Master of Clinical Physiotherapy

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  • Objectives
    In this course you will choose to major in either clinical physiotherapy or continence and women’s health. In the clinical physiotherapy major you will study the philosophy of evidence-based practice and develop practical skills in identifying, acquiring, evaluating and using evidence. You will further your clinical decision-making skills through the use of statistical analysis, including the examination of various forms of statistical testing. You will choose from a range of specialised higher-level units and be given the opportunity to study clinical management, examining the theories and techniques of physiotherapy practice. You will also study models of service delivery, current developments in physiotherapy care, promotion of health and prevention of disease and dysfunction in the client group. In the continence and women’s health major you will undertake a series of coursework units in this specialist area. You will study at least one unit in clinical management and can choose between further studies in management or evidence-based practice. Both majors include an individual research project in the final semester. You will prepare for this project by exploring research methods, learning to generate ideas for research projects and studying the research process. Your research project will conclude with the preparation of a journal paper, oral or poster presentation of your findings. Clinical practice is a significant component of both majors. During your placement you will detail a variety of case histories and evaluate each as a reflective practitioner. Please note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes which require appropriate disrobing when acting as clients in the peer group, and physically manipulating patients including lifting and supporting people with disabilities.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree in physiotherapy or equivalent, plus at least two years’ relevant clinical experience. Applicants must be registered physiotherapists in Western Australia. Additional requirements: Prior to graduation, you will need to provide evidence of your successful completion of an approved course in first aid (CPR). Notes: You must be registered with the Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia to undertake any unit involving clinical practice within Australia.
  • Academic title
    Master of Clinical Physiotherapy
  • Course description
    Master of Clinical Physiotherapy


    Course CRICOS Code: 049888F
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1.5 Years


    This course has been developed to provide graduates with the opportunity to continue their professional development as a lifelong learner. Students are provided with advanced theoretical knowledge, contemporary clinical practice and clinical research opportunities.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    An appropriate entry level qualification in physiotherapy. A bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in physiotherapy from a recognised tertiary institution including a minimum of two years of relevant clinical experience at a postgraduate level. These applicants must either be registered physiotherapists in Western Australia or be eligible for temporary registration from the Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia.

    Specific Requirements

    Students are required to be registered with the Physiotherapist Registration Board of Western Australia if they undertake a unit involving clinical practice within Australia. Evidence of successful completion of an approved course in (CPR) first aid is required before an award is granted. Prospective applicants are advised that the program requires full participation in laboratory classes where practical skills and topics are presented. Essential learning strategies demand that all students disrobe appropriately to act as subjects for their peer group.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Successful applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning of up to four full units based on 24 months of full-time relevant clinical experience. Documentation and evidence must be submitted detailing hours and caseload.

    Duration and Availability

    This fee-paying course is three semesters full-time or equivalent part-time study and is also offered externally.

    Intermediate Awards 1

    A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

    Intermediate Awards II

    Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Physiotherapy, Graduate Certificate Clinical Physiotherapy

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure     Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Majors, Streams or Other Core Components

    310723     v.1           Clinical Physiotherapy Major (Master)                          300.0
    310724     v.1           Continence and Women's Health Major (Master)         300.0

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