Healthcare & Medical

Physiotherapy Assistant

Physiotherapy assistants help qualified physiotherapists treat patients who are having problems with movement due to injury or illness.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does a Physiotherapy Assistant do?

Physiotherapy assistants help qualified physiotherapists treat patients who are having problems with movement due to injury or illness.

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Work activities

As a physiotherapy assistant, you would:

  • talk with patients and get them ready for therapy
  • demonstrate mobility aids
  • demonstrate therapy exercises to patients and helping them do the exercises correctly
  • set up, clear away and maintain equipment
  • keep accurate records of patients' treatment and progress
  • writing up reports for physiotherapists.
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Key skills and interests

To become a physiotherapy assistant, you would need:

  • an interest in science, especially anatomy
  • a genuine concern for the health and wellbeing of patients
  • excellent communication skills
  • good problem solving skills
  • good interpersonal skills
  • patience and persistence.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would work standard hours, which may include early mornings, evenings and weekends to suit patients. Part-time work is often available.

Conditions

You could work in a hospital, community health centre, medical clinic, sports clinic, or in private practice. The role may be physically demanding.

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How to become an Physiotherapy Assistant?

Entry Level Education

To become a physiotherapy assistant you usually have to complete a VET qualification in Allied Health Assistance, specialising in physiotherapy. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of physiotherapy assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

The high demand for physical therapy services is predicted to continue to increase due to the needs of an ageing population and growth of chronic conditions requiring physiotherapy intervention.

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