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Top Distance Learning, Online Postgraduate Health Courses for Physios

If you have a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy and are puzzled about what direction to face in your career as a health professional, this post might be helpful to you.

I know physiotherapists that just went ahead to get another undergraduate degree in medicine and even pharmacy while some just went for an MBA...but what options do you really have with a career in physiotherapy? Well in this post I will be talking to physiotherapists that don't necessarily want a Masters in physiotherapy but want to continue as health professionals.

Physiotherapists are needed in the corporate world and not just hospitals or health centres, so if you find your interests leaning toward prevention of diseases or educating the populace then I have a collection of course suggestions for you. Some of these courses can even be done online...

Graduate Certificate in Health Science
Queensland University of Technology

Ideal for professionals looking to specialise in an area of health. We provide clinicians with the opportunity to undertake a specialisation to meet specific professional development needs. Choose from a wide range of options, including emergency disaster management, environmental health, and occupational health and safety.
Complete in 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time.
Flexible study options - on campus or externally, online learning, or block attendance.
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 6 months full-time
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Graduate Diploma in Health Management
Queensland University of Technology

Prepare for role as manager in chosen health field.
Graduate eligible for membership of the Australian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).
Complete in 2 semesters full-time or 4 semesters part-time.
Flexible study options - on campus or externally.
Course duration 1 year full-time
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Graduate Diploma in Public Health
Queensland University of Technology

Ideal for career change, professional advancement, and clinicians looking to expand their skills.
Graduate to a career in food safety, disease control, prevention programs, health promotion and environmental health.
Specialise in emergency and disaster management, health promotion, health services management, epidemiology and research methods, or health, safety and environment
Opportunity to progress to the Master of Public Health.
Flexible study options - on campus or externally.
1 year fulltime.
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Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
Queensland University of Technology

Gain expert knowledge in risk assessment, risk management, ergonomics, occupational health, law, and safety technology.
Complete in 2 semesters full-time, or 4 semesters part-time.
Flexible study options - on campus or externally.
1 year fulltime
Opportunity to progress to the new Master of Health, Safety and Environment
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Master of Health Management
Queensland University of Technology

Prepare to work as a manager across a number of health areas.
Study emergency and disaster management, quality and patient safety, risk management or a cross-specialisation. Note, the major is not part of the award title and does not appear on the graduation parchment.
Graduate eligible for membership of the Australian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).
Choose to combine your coursework with a project or dissertation.
Complete in 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. Applicants with a bachelor degree in a relevant area such as health, law or business may be eligible for 48 credit points of advanced standing on entry to the course. This will reduce the course duration to 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time.
Available online.
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Master of Healthcare Leadership
Southern Cross University

If you're working in a health science discipline, like nursing, allied health or mental health, our engaging, flexible and interactive online Master of Healthcare Leadership course will help you meet the challenges and grab the opportunities of leadership in multidisciplinary and complex healthcare delivery.
Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. It’s the country’s largest employer, and employment opportunities continue to evolve and grow. As a Master of Healthcare Leadership graduate, your new research, clinical and management skills will equip you for leadership roles within primary health care, community outreach organisations, area health services, professional associations, hospitals, private practice, and local, state and federal policy making agencies.
1.5years fulltime, 3 years part time
Available online
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Master of eHealthcare
University of Queensland

Information and communication technology (ICT) is increasingly being used in health care and an understanding of ICT and its applications is now essential for healthcare professionals. This program provides knowledge and hands-on skills in e-healthcare and is suitable for both health professionals wishing to enhance their understanding of and ability to work effectively with ICT, and for graduates wishing to pursue careers in healthcare. The program explores the influence (both advantages and potential challenges) of technology in:
clinical practice
healthcare delivery
Students will critically evaluate developments in e-healthcare, analyse their effectiveness, and consider possible future trends.
1.5 years fulltime
Web based delivery
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Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion
Deakin University

The Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion is incredibly useful for those looking to enter the health sector, as well as those already working in the sector who’d like to pursue management roles.
More and more workplaces are incorporating health promotion activities into their cultures. With our Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion, you will learn about current and emerging health issues in local and global contexts.
Students completing this course can also move into a higher award, such as the Graduate Diploma (H615) or Master of Health (H759).
1 year part time
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Which Countries Pay the Best Physiotherapy Salary?

We always hear about physiotherapy being a "hot" profession and that physiotherapists are saught after all over the world and that gives us the confidence to go for international jobs. Interestingly, though, I have noticed that physiotherapists move around alot, and we're about ro find out if it's for "greener pastures" , inner fulfillment or just sheer restlessness. I know of physiotherpists that move from Australia to Canada, and others from Canada to Australia...the other day a colleague of mine told me about a physiotherapist that had just devided to leave Australia for Singapore, while he stays put in South Africa.
Many physiotherapists want to know which countries pay the best salaries to help get some motivation to move or jump ship, so let's first try to analyse places that have the best paying physiotherapy jobs or simply put, the highest salaries.

A physiotherapist's salary in Ireland ranges from $27000 to $60000 a year andthis wil…

How to Get Licenced to Practice Physiotherapy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Here's a quick summary on how to get a physiotherapy practising licence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

A foreign trained physiotherapist should at least have a B.Sc in physiotherapy, with at least two years work experience.

The physiotherapist must be a graduate from a National and/ or International recognized college/University.

For graduates from the UAE universities, the program and university must be accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).

Higher diploma certificates from The Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE will be equivalent to Bachelor degree as per MOHESR standard

A Master degree or PhD (in the area of specialty) will reduce one (1) year from the required experience for licensing provided that the Master’s/ PhD degree is not mandatory to obtain the selected title.

Qualifications acquired through honorary nature, correspondence or distance learning are not counted towards the PQR requirements.

All non-UAE national graduate physiothe…

How to Get a Physiotherapy job in Singapore

Physiotherapy is on the skills shortage list in Singapore and is classified as an Allied Health Profession.

You as a physiotherapist should apply directly to the Ministry of Manpower  or the Human Resources department in the hospital of your choice.
Once your registration is approved you'll need a work permit and you need to have a job to get it. There are two types of work passes the EP and the S pass. You can get more information on the Ministry of Manpower website.

Part of the criteria for a foreign trained physiotherapist to to be able to practise in Singapore is to pass the MOH qualifying exam.

The qualifying exam (QE) is an assessment of the equivalence of the knowledge and skills of the foreign trained physiotherapist and the physiotherapy practise in Singapore.
The exams are conducted four times a year in January, April, July and October and you need to be in Singapore to take the exams. The results of this exam are usually released four weeks after the exam was taken.


Getting Study Materials for the DHA, HAAD Physiotherapist Exam

The licensing exam for practicing physiotherapy in Dubai or Abu Dhabi is computer based and multi choice (mcq).
Getting past questions for this DHA, HAAD exam has become a very expensive venture with many websites offering sample questions at a cost.

The Dubai Health Authority has however made it clear that it doesn't sell or make available such past questions and that any one who encounters such should report to them.
So I won't be putting up any names of websites who claim to sell sample questions or offer subscriptions to those who want to rehearse the exam online.

If you want to know how to prepare for these exams or have an idea of the syllabus then you can do one of these two options:
1. Get in contact with a medical recruiting agency with experience.
2. Use the recommended textbooks to prepare for the exam.

I really don't see why you can't go for option 2.
Give yourself a month to go through the textbooks to refresh your memory... It's an mcq exam and pass …

Want to Migrate to Australia as Physiotherapist? Read this first.

If you are a physiotherapist interested in migrating to Australia, reading this first will be highly beneficial to you.

Yes physiotherapy is on the Australia immigration skilled occupation list, but my observation is that there are still very few going through their skill select process.

The Australian skill select process (where Canada got the inspiration for Express entry) is supposed to be a stress free process. It's simply a DIY (do it yourself) kind of thing; fill in your information, upload your English scores and you skills assessment and submit your application for immigration.

Twice every month there are selection rounds and successful applicants are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa.

But this is not actually the case for physiotherapists because you need a skills assessment.

Here are the requirements for applying for a skills assessment:

·         A qualification that is included in theApproved Programs of Study list

·         A Certificate of Substantial Equ…

Areas of Specialization in Physiotherapy

When it comes to talking about specialty areas in physiotherapy or what physiotherapy areas you'll like to specialize it should be based purely on your strengths and interests.
Most physiotherapists specialize in musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy either for lack of better ideas or job prospects ( not that these are totally wrong reasons).
I think some things you should consider when deciding to specialize are -

What really are your interests? Would you rather work with the young or the elederly? I personally don't like seeing children in the hospital so paediatrics is definitely not my thing.What skills have you gathered over the years and which of your skills are you likely to harness? Have you seen yourself coming up with successful rehabilitation programs for patients that suffered from musculoskeletal injuries, for example, over and over again? Are there particular cases or conditions that your superiors or colleagues have associated you with because of your achievem…

Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in US

It's okay to look out for something different after being a physiotherapist in your present location for so long. Or maybe you are a fresh graduate seeking adventure and consciously plotting an international pathway for your career...Hmmm or maybe you graduated with a degree in physiotherapy and haven't really done much with it...The question remains the same....

How can I get an international job? Are there really jobs for physiotherapists abroad or is this career just overhyped?
Are you kidding me?
The key to plotting the right graph for your career is information, so I will do my best to point you in the right direction so you can achieve your dream of getting an international job.

Are there actually best countries for physiotherapy jobs?
Well there are quite a number of places abroad where physiotherapists are seriously sought after, but I would start with what I call the big five: United States, Canada, Australia, Dubai and Ireland... Then maybe Singapore and …