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.
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