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Physiotherapists are health professionals whose primary focus is the restoration of function to improve quality of life. They assess and diagnose problems with human function and movement, then plan and administer treatment programs to restore function or minimise dysfunction due to illness, disease, ageing or injury.

They use a combination of manual therapy, movement training, exercise prescription, electrotherapy and education. For patients recovering from serious injury or disability, the physiotherapist is a vital health professional whose treatment can mean the difference between dependence and independence.

The JCU physiotherapy teaching philosophy is to provide students from a diverse range of backgrounds with a supportive, challenging and inspiring learning environment which enables them to grow as people and develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to work successfully as a physiotherapist on graduation. We have a strong focus on the development of skills and knowledge to enable graduates to understand the communities within our region to provide appropriate, sustainable and clinically relevant services to address the issues found in rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical communities.

Our role is to foster engagement and lifelong enquiry allowing our graduates to work as part of a team whilst accepting individual responsibility and recognition of their own and the professions limits. We seek to use scholarly activities and innovation in our teaching strategies to prepare our graduates for an ever changing health care environment where new technologies, treatments and areas of practice continue to emerge. These strategies include face to face and online learning, interprofessional education, case based scenarios, simulation, work integrated learning and critical reflective practice.

We value, respect and support our students and understand that learning from one another is a key aspect in the development of people and the physiotherapy profession. We seek to serve as role models as educators, clinicians, researchers and community members whilst recognising that each person is responsible for their own life.