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 Equivalence by the Australian Physiotherapy Council

·         A Final Certificate issued by the Australian Physiotherapy Council

·         Current General Registration without conditions issued by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia

·         Current and unconditional Annual Practising Certificate issued by the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand

Remember if you don't have your skills assessed you can't submit your application for a skilled migration visa.

Let's look at the first option:

Your qualification should be in their approved programs list.

If you have a B.Sc physiotherapy from any of these Universities then you qualify:

Australian Catholic University
Central Queensland University
Charles Sturt University
Curtin university
James Cook University
La Trobe University
Monash university
University of Canberra
University of Newcastle
University of Notre Dame
University of Queensland
University of South Australia
University of Sydney

A Masters in Physiotherapy degree from
Bond University
Curtin University
Flinders University
Griffith University
La Trobe University
University of Canberra
University of Queensland
University of South Australia
University of Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
Western Sydney University

A Doctor of Physiotherapy from
Macquarie University
University of Melbourne

In other words, if you have a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree from these Australian universities then you can qualify for a skills assessment for immigration.

The second option:

You should have a certificate of substantial equivalence
still issued by the Australian physiotherapy council. This assessment costs AUD 2,200.

If you think your university’s program is equivalent to an Australian accredited program then you can go for this option.

It is important to note that this is an extremely detailed and thorough assessment.
The minimum requirements are that the qualification completed must be a

•             Bachelor program four years in length, or

•             Master program two years in length, or

•             Doctoral program three years in length.

 If you do not consider that your qualification meets the requirements above, or if you cannot obtain documents required to meet the assessment criteria, you are encourage to apply undertake an assessment through the Standard pathway.

Some programs from schools in the United States, United kingdom, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Scotland, Portugal, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Canada and Brazil, have been found to be equivalent.

Here's  a screenshot of some of the programs:

The third option:

A final Certificate issued by the Australia Physiotherapy Council (APC).

This Final certificate is issued after you have completed the three phases of the general assessment for foreign trained physiotherapists.

Here's a summary of the process:

1. The Eligibility Assessment
This is the first stage which you can complete while you are outside Australia. The main aim of this assessment is to determine if you are qualified to continue to the next two stages. Your transcript is one of the documents that would be required. When you scale through you will be given an Interim Certificate. This stage costs AUD 1100.

2. The Written Assessment
This is basically a written exam you take. There are also exam centres outside Australia. These exams are held four times a year.
Exams in overseas venues are held September and March.
Exams in Australia venues are held June and December
This exam costs AUD 1900

3. The Clinical Assessment
These as clinical exams that can only be taken in Australia.
This assessment consists of 3 practical tests – musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurology.
Once successfully passing this stage you will issued with a final certificate which then allows you to apply for full general registration with AHPRA.
This assessment costs AUD 4125

The final certificate is what you need to apply for a skills assessment.

The fourth option:

Current registration with Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

One of the requirements for registration with the board is to have a Final Certificate issued by the APC.

The fifth option:

Current practicing certificate from Physiotherapy board of New Zealand

Please read and go through the requirements, it is a lengthy process and costs NZD 1532.

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You need to meet one of these requirements to be able to apply for a skills assessment for skilled migration.

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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy

Here is a brief summary of the Graduate Certificate course in Clinical Physiotherapy, Curtin University in Australia. This should be great for foreign trained physiotherapists who want to either major in Women's health or Musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

I also think this should give you a comprehensive orientation of how the Australian health care system works and how to work as a physiotherapist in Australia.

This is a 6Month full time course (Part time also available) where you can choose to either major in "Continence and Women’s health" or Musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Continence and Women's Health
This major will provide you with the opportunity to become an expert clinician in women's health physiotherapy and its related areas of practice. In this major you will develop clinical skills in the assessment and management of conditions which are unique, common or serious to women, or require special interventions in women.
You will develop particular expertise in the management of pelvic floor dysfunction and its presentations, including bladder and bowel dysfunction, disorders of the pelvic organ and pelvic girdle support, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy major is designed to enhance knowledge, skill and clinical competencies in muscoloskeletal physiotherapy practice.
In this major you can learn: advanced examination and treatment, advanced patient management and clinical communication skills through evidence-based practice and contemporary clinical practice methods. 

You require :

A bachelor degree in physiotherapy or equivalent

At least 12 months' relevant clinical experience.

Must be registered physiotherapists with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia or be eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.

It's essential that all students that partake in a professional program are registered with the Physiotherapists Registration Board of Western Australia.

Application for temporary registration is made in person by providing the Physiotherapists Registration Board of WA with certified copies of physiotherapy qualifications, as well as an original “Letter of Good Standing” (or a Statutory Declaration), dated within six months of the date of making application for temporary registration.

Application for temporary registration should be completed prior to your arrival in Perth for the start of the course. Temporary registration and participation in this professional program will not be possible without proof of (temporary) registration.

Documents to submit with your application

Academic transcript
Award certificate
Academic/Professional Referees
Professional registration license

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Where to Prepare for the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam

If you are interested in practicing physiotherapy in Canada, then I'm glad to tell you Canada needs you. However, before you can work as a physiotherapist in Canada you need to go through a licensing process that involves credentialing and taking written and practical exams.

I have written a previous post on how to prepare for the PCE here. This post gives you information on where you can get hands on guidance and preparation for the exams.

PCE Exam Prep Alberta  have designed a Practical exam course which prepares foreign trained physios for the clinical component of the Canadian licensing exam

The Practical exam course is divided into 4 different modules:





​Each module is covered in 2-3 classes based on the students needs. 
Every week students are given topics to read and the exam instructors go through an initial classroom session and hands on practical session. Participants are taught the various assesment strategies used in Canadian physiotherapy schools. 

​Each pce practical exam course includes two mock exams within 16 stations.

Preparation for the Written Exam

The theory exam course consists of one to one classes at their teaching location and is also streamed live online. 

They have also developed a 500 page supplementary written material which includes each and every topic covered in the written exam. 

This guide is the most extensive study guide available in Canada which is designed according to Canadian university teaching system.  

This guide includes details and every topics like Ethics, Musculoskeletal, Neuro, Cardio, Paediatrics etc.

For more information you can email pceexamalbertagmail.com or visit their website

Ensure you are fully convinced and satisfied with what they are offering before you make any payments.

Wishing you all the best.


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How to Use Foam Rollers Effectively and Safely

If you are looking to using foam rollers to relieve neck pain, there are some precautions to observe in order to do it effectively and in a safe way. Outlined below are some of the most helpful tips that you should bear in mind before giving foam rolling a try:

1. Use Foam Rollers on Muscles Alone
The first important aspect to keep in mind is that foam rollers are only used on muscles. It is not advisable to use them on body joints or bones. More so, you should avoid using them horizontally on your neck or directly over the spine. This is because you are likely going to cause more complications to your neck or spine if they are utilized inappropriately. Instead, you should use foam rollers vertically on your neck. Again, they should be rolling out from either side of the spine.

2. How to Roll a Foam Roller
It is highly recommended that you roll it slowly until you locate a tender spot joint. Once you find it, you should then apply pressure gently to the spot until the pain eases completely. Make sure you do not do this for more than 1 minute to avoid causing further complications to your body muscles. If you attend a gym and you need help on how to do this, you should seek help from the gym attendant.

3. Discomfort When Using Foam Rollers
Even the normal massage is not that comfortable. This means that whoever is being massaged has to experience some pain. When it comes to foam rollers, you have to encounter slight pain and uneasiness. This is usually when the rollers are releasing muscle knots. Note that the pain should not be that severe. In case you feel stabbing or sharp pain while rolling the foam rollers on your body, you should stop right away. Always seek professional help before using these rollers to ease your neck pain.

4. Where Not to Use Foam Rollers
You should not apply foam rolling on every part of your body. For example, you should avoid using them on your lower back. This is because low back pain is rarely caused by the back muscles. Foam rollers can make other low back conditions even worse, so never apply them on your lower back.

5. Where Foam Rollers are Ineffective
Although foam rolling is a highly recommended method of easing neck pain, sometimes it may be ineffective, especially on the muscle knots in your shoulders and neck. This is because reaching such muscles is not easy at all. In such a situation, one is advised to go for trigger point massage. This is a bit more effective than foam rollers.  

Foam rolling can be effective if combined with physical therapy, stretching exercises and medication. You should learn how to stretch your neck muscles to help relieve pain. Also, the usual massage can help in curbing the pain on your neck.

If the problem persists, consider seeking immediate medical advice. In case you have other health complications, consider seeing a doctor before trying foam rolling.


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Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home

"Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home" software is based on the book "Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home" by Nancie Finnie.

 This software is for therapists, teachers, doctors and nurses to provide handouts with practical suggestions for parents and carers regarding the handling of their child during routine activities.

It includes advice about activities, lifting, handling, aids to mobility, equipment, feeding, fine motor skills, dressing, sleeping and communication plus educational information.

Fundamental to the successful treatment of children with cerebral palsy is the cooperation of the parents in home handling. The age group covered is from infancy up to 5 years – a time when a child is handled and taught mainly by the parents.

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