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Launch of ECU’s Master of Physiotherapy

Saturday, 26 June 2010


Edith Cowan University (ECU) is leading the way in addressing the health needs of Western Australians with the launch of its new Master of Physiotherapy program on Thursday, 24 June.

The Master of Physiotherapy program is a graduate-entry program with a strong focus on research and clinical practice. It also addresses mental health, cultural competence, the health needs of Indigenous Australians and the delivery of health services to remote and rural Australia.

Course Coordinator, Ms Jillian Thomson, says the program is innovative and contemporary and whilst meeting local needs, it also reflects the global health environment.

“We have created a program that provides a fresh, new approach to Physiotherapy.

“Students will be engaged in research and have access to state-of-the-art facilities including demonstration wards and simulation suites which will ensure our graduates are prepared for contemporary clinical practice,” said Ms Thomson.

“Students also have the added advantage of being able to complete the professional entry program in two calendar years.”

Master of Physiotherapy student, Brendan Aitkins, agrees with Ms Thomson, saying although the program has only been running for six months he has already learnt many applied physiotherapy skills from the units he has completed.

“We get the opportunity to engage with industry and learn professional issues through problem-based learning, as well as study cultural competencies and Indigenous health issues.

“The facilities are unbelievable, the lecturers are true mentors and the learning experience to date has been an amazing mix of strong theory-based teaching, and the hands-on approach that ECU is renowned for,” said Mr Aitkins.

ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox congratulated all who have been involved with putting the program together.

“The introduction of the Master of Physiotherapy has helped put ECU at the forefront of physiotherapy education in Australia,” he said.

“It complements our existing allied health programs and helps improve the lives of those in the communities we are established to serve.”

For more information on the Master of Physiotherapy, visit

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