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 studies, behavioural and health sciences. Students draw on and apply knowledge learned in foundational courses to learn more specific clinical skills of assessment, clinical reasoning and treatment. 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.
In addition to the undergraduate physiotherapy programs the school offers a unique suite of post-graduate courses in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation, with the choice of gaining a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters qualification.
Work Integrated Learning
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy programs are highly practical with 1,200 hours of workplace clinical practice integrated into the degree, culminating in intensive clinical practice during the final year. Students are introduced to clinical practice and contact with patients in the Year One, Pre-Clinical Experience where they begin to apply communication and other skills learned in the formal teaching environment. Clinical Practice Placements in physiotherapy practices, hospital and community health settings in both urban and rural settings commence in Year Two with a five-week full time placement. In Year Three student complete another five-week placement and in their final year students undertake almost full-time clinical practice.
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 training facility is designed to fully prepare students to meet the increasing focus on exercise for the prevention and treatment of many modern health issues. The gym’s training equipment, including aerobic exercise machines and weight lifting equipment, has been carefully selected to maximise options for exercises and activities within the space and to provide the flexibility to alter configurations and layouts to suit specific teaching needs.
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.