The Council’s Simulation Series

The Council assesses the qualifications, skills and key competencies of overseas qualified physiotherapists for registration and migration purposes.

In July 2017, the Council partnered with Western Sydney University to embark on a world-leading, research trial to determine whether Simulation is as reliable as our final, single-event comprehensive practical assessments currently conducted with patients in hospitals and clinics around Australia.



  1. The growth in demand of physiotherapists in Australia;
  2. The demand for timely assessments was ever-growing and becoming more challenging to create supply to meet demand each passing month; and
  3. The limitations of using real patients to reliably and fairly measure the breadth of physiotherapy practice and competency of candidates.


Our commitment was to….


  • Compromise nothing as far as assessment of clinical skill is concerned;
  • Offer highly-trained Simulated Patients (i.e. actors) with rich case histories that straddle multifarious health considerations (which is often hard to source with real life patients);
  • Provide an assessment environment that is clinically authentic by realistically replicating a patient encounter in multi-environments (including hospital, private practice and rehabilitation settings) that cover the breadth of practice;
  • Improve standardisation;
  • Allow candidates to showcase the full gamut of clinical skills including physical examination, communication and rapport building, as well as history taking;
  • Preserve the excellent standard of patient care in Australia; and
  • Entrench Australia’s position as a thought leader in the international health assessment space.
  • Create a timelier assessment process;




We are now delighted to share the experiences of those who have been at the coalface of this trial.

welcome to the Council’s Simulation Series…


You’ve probably heard of, or seen, a new type of video that offers viewers the opportunity to explore a video in 360-degrees with their mouse or mobile device. This medium is called spherical video and one popular category is “360-degree video”(360) which allows viewers to interact with, and experience, the content, instead of just sitting back passively to watch.

And then we started thinking….Hmmm…

What if we created a 360 video to get you acquainted with our state-of-the-art Simulation Lab before you ever come in to undertake your Clinical Assessments?

Good Idea?

We hoped you’d think so…

We wanted to provide you with an insight into the Simulation Lab and demystify assessments conducted in a simulated environment.

Our 360 pre-orientation video offers an immersive experience that allows you to choose where to look and what to focus on.

To watch our 360 video on YouTube, all you need is a mobile device or desktop. You can explore the video in all directions with a few simple gestures. On your desktop, you can click and drag with a mouse or click the arrows in the upper left corner of the screen.  On a mobile device, you can drag your finger across the screen or move it around in different directions.

Happy 360-ing!!!


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