School of Physiotherapy, Fremantle Campus
Fully accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council, The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Physiotherapy provides a comprehensive program of specialised Physiotherapy programs. Students draw on and apply knowledge learned in foundational courses to learn more specific clinical skills of assessment, clinical reasoning and management. These skills are applied and consolidated on clinical placements.
Students qualifying with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy or Bachelor of Physiotherapy/Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science Graduates are eligible to register with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) allowing them to work throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Work Integrated Learning
Students undertake a variety of clinical placements in a range of host facilities across the four years of their Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree to meet the Australian Physiotherapy Council's requirements that “The quality and quantity of clinical education is sufficient to produce a graduate competent to practise across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings”.
Host facilities include, but are not limited to public and private hospitals, non-government and not-for-profit care providers, private practices and community health centres in both metropolitan and rural settings.
In first and second year, students complete 55 hours of self directed and self sourced Pre-Clinical Experience (PCE), which includes service learning opportunities, as well as hands-on therapeutic experience.
At the completion of second year, students will complete their first 5 week, full time Clinical Placement, which is coordinated, funded and managed by the School of Physiotherapy. Students will complete another 5 week, full time Clinical Placement in third year. In their final year, students consolidate their learning further with four 5 week, full time Clinical Placements.
This equates to around 1100 hours of workplace experience across the duration of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree.
The School of Physiotherapy is located on the Notre Dame campus in the heart of Fremantle.
The School's facilities include a state-of-the-art gymnasium. The bespoke 125-square-metre exercise teaching facility is designed to fully prepare students to meet the increasing focus on exercise for the prevention and treatment of many modern health issues.
Other campus facilities include lecture theatres, purpose-built laboratories and the Galvin Medical Library which holds print and digital resources, computer workstations, study rooms, and printing facilities.