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Physiotherapist

Description

Alternative Title:

  • Physical Therapist

Assesses, treats and prevents disorders in human movement caused by injury or disease. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

Specialisations:

  • Aquatic Physiotherapist
  • Cardiothoracic Physiotherapist
  • Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist
  • Gerontological Physiotherapist
  • M?ori Physiotherapist (NZ)
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
  • Neurological Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Health Physiotherapist
  • Paediatric Physiotherapist
  • Sports Physiotherapist

ANZSCO CODE - 252511

Major Group 2 - Professionals
Sub-Major Group 25 - Health Professionals
Minor Group 252 - Health Therapy Professionals
Unit Group 2525 - Physiotherapists

Unit Group 2525: Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists assess, treat and prevent disorders in human movement caused by injury or disease.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • administering muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests to identify and assess physical problems of patients
  • designing treatment programs to address patients’ problems
  • treating patients to reduce pain, improve circulation, strengthen muscles, improve cardiothoracic, cardiovascular and respiratory functions, restore joint mobility, and improve balance and coordination
  • using the therapeutic properties of exercise, heat, cold, massage, manipulation, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, ultraviolet and infra-red light and ultrasound in the treatment of patients
  • reviewing, continually monitoring, assessing and evaluating programs and treatments
  • consulting with other Health Professionals as required about patients’ problems, needs and progress
  • instructing patients and their families in procedures to be continued at home
  • recording treatments given and patients’ responses and progress
  • developing and implementing screening and preventative health promotion programs

Occupations in this unit group

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