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Top Physiotherapy Postgraduate Courses in Australia


In my opinion, one of the best countries to study especially at the university level is Australia. Doing your Masters or postgraduate program in an Australian university may be a bit pricey but is extremely favourable for mature students who have a family. You get to take your family along on a student visa!!! If you have a family and are interested in pursuing an undergraduate or postgraduate program you should consider Australia.

The Australian government issues a Higher Education Sector Visa (subclass 573) that permits you to study a full time higher education course in Australia. You can also qualify for streamlined visa processing if the university you apply to is a participating education provider.

I will be sharing in subsequent posts physiotherapy postgraduate courses in Australian universities that are classified as participating education providers.


Here are some features of this visa:


You might be able to get this visa if you are enrolled as a student in a registered course for the award of:
a bachelor or associate degree
a graduate certificate or graduate diploma
a masters degree by coursework
a higher education diploma or advanced diploma.
Streamlined visa processing for this visa is designed for international students applying to study in Australia at a participating university or non-university higher education provider. You may be eligible for streamlined visa processing if your main course of study is an Advanced Diploma (Higher Education), Bachelor degree or a Masters by coursework.
Before you apply for this visa, you must have applied for and been accepted to study full-time at an educational institution in Austra​​lia. You must provide evidence of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at the time that you lodge your application. 

With this visa:
  • you can study in Australia
  • eligible dependant family members can accompany you to Australia
  • you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.
  • your family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight provided you have commenced your course of study in Australia. If you are doing a postgraduate course, such as a Masters degree, your family members can work unlimited hours once you commence this course.
  • your partner can study in Australia for up to three months.
  • Note: If your partner wants to study for more than three months they must apply for their own student visa. The application can be made in Australia.
  • Learn more about this visa 
UPDATE: You can no longer apply for the Higher Education Sector visa (subclass 573). It has been closed for new applications since 1 July 2016.

Physiotherapy Postgraduate Courses in Australia Catholic University (ACU)

Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation
The non-specialised Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation provides evidence based studies for health professionals including registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, nurses and other allied health professionals who seek to extend knowledge and skills in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation for promotion and professional recognition, or return to the workforce. This program enables articulation to the Master of Rehabilitation (Discipline)

Course duration 1year
Course fees $17,350 (AUD)

Course Requirements
1. Hold the following qualifications with a minimum grade point average (GPA of 4.0)
a. For Physiotherapy disciplines, applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year program in Physiotherapy, Graduate Entry Master of Physiotherapy, Doctor of Physiotherapy, or approved equivalent
b. For the Occupational Therapy discipline, applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year program in Occupational Therapy, Graduate Entry Master of Occupational Therapy, or approved equivalent
c. For the Speech Pathology discipline, applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year program in Speech Pathology, Graduate Entry Master of Speech Pathology, or approved equivalent
d. For the non-specialty pathway, applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from and accredited 3-year program, Graduate Entry Masters or Doctor (Extended Masters) in an approved discipline, or approved equivalent

2. Have a minimum of two years clinical experience in the appropriate discipline.

3. Demonstrate suitability to undertake the course:
a. For the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy disciplines, applicants must hold current registration with the discipline specific National Allied Health Registration Board or required Authority in Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice,
b. For the Speech Pathology discipline, applicants must have Qualified as a Speech Pathologist from a Speech Pathology Australia accredited programme or obtained and maintain
eligibility to practice and membership with a Registration Authority in country of current practice,
c. For the Rehabilitation non-specialty pathway , applicants must either
i. Hold current registration with the discipline specific National Allied Health Registration Board or required Authority in Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice. OR
ii. Have obtained and maintain
eligibility to practice and membership with Australian Registration Authority, or Registration Authority in country of current practice,

International applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of 7.0 or higher, with no band score lower than 6.5

Interested in this course?


Master of Rehabilitation
Course duration 1.5years
Course fee approx $31,500

Requirements
1. Hold the following qualifications with a minimum grade point average (GPA of 4.0)
a. For Physiotherapy disciplines, applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year program in Physiotherapy, Graduate Entry Master of Physiotherapy, Doctor of Physiotherapy, or approved equivalent
b. For the Occupational Therapy discipline, applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year program in Occupational Therapy, Graduate Entry Master of Occupational Therapy, or approved equivalent
c. For the Speech Pathology discipline, applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year program in Speech Pathology, Graduate Entry Master of Speech Pathology, or approved equivalent
d. For the non-specialty pathway, applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from and accredited 3-year program, Graduate Entry Masters or Doctor (Extended Masters) in an approved discipline, or approved equivalent

2. Have a minimum of two years clinical experience in the appropriate discipline.

3. Demonstrate suitability to undertake the course:
a. For the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy disciplines, applicants must hold current registration with the discipline specific National Allied Health Registration Board or required Authority in Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice,
b. For the Speech Pathology discipline, applicants must have Qualified as a Speech Pathologist from a Speech Pathology Australia accredited programme or have obtained and maintain eligibility to practice and membership with a Registration Authority in country of current practice,
c. For the Rehabilitation non-specialty pathway , applicants must either
i. Hold current registration with the discipline specific National Allied Health Registration Board or required Authority in Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice. OR
ii. Have obtained and maintain eligibility to practice and membership with Australian Registration Authority, or Registration Authority in country of current practice.
Applicants must comply with the Admission Rules.

International applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of 7.0 or higher, with no band score lower than 6.5

Available specialisations are:


Neurological Physiotherapy
Gerontological Physiotherapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Pathology

Interested in this course?

Doctor of Physiotherapy in Australia




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