What does a physiotherapist do?
- Administer ability tests to identify physical problems in patients
- Design treatment programs for patients
- Treat patients to reduce pain, improve circulation and strengthen muscles
- Review, monitor, assess and evaluate programs and treatments
- Consult with other health professionals about patient needs
What skills do I need to be a physiotherapist?
- High level of physical fitness
- Interest in anatomy, physiology and health science
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Genuine concern for health and wellbeing of patients
- Initiative and problem solving skills
Physiotherapists generally begin their careers working in private practices or on specialist allied health teams in hospitals and other health facilities. Later in their careers they may choose to specialise in a specific area.