Physiotherapy at JCU
The Discipline of Physiotherapy at JCU prepares high quality graduates for all areas of practice. Our particular focus is on rural and remote health.
What is Physiotherapy?
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.
Physiotherapists treat people of all ages: children with developmental delay, sportspeople returning to the game after an injury or surgery, and assisting people to walk after a stroke. They also play an important role in preventative health.
Physiotherapy is a growing profession and is in high demand, particularly in rural and remote areas and in Indigenous communities. Physiotherapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation units, community health centres, schools, research, organisational and occupational health units, aged care services, the defence force, private practice and sports medicine clinics.
Students in the Program will experience a range of exciting and challenging learning opportunities.
A high proportion of teaching will take place in small groups, including practical workshops and tutorial activities. Additionally, extensive clinical placements in a variety of settings will be completed, the majority in the third and fourth years of the program.
These placements, under the supervision of qualified Physiotherapists, will provide hands-on experience of working with individuals and groups in a variety of settings. This will involve travel to locations in North Queensland and beyond.
An in-course Honours program will be offered to those students who demonstrate high academic performance in the first and second years of the program. This program will commence in the third year of the undergraduate degree, allowing students to develop a research project during the third and fourth years. This culminates in a formal presentation of the research results and a thesis at the end of the fourth year.
JCU also offers a Graduate Honours program as a full-time or part-time course, to both internal and external students.