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Here are some resources that can help you to understand the physiotherapy profession in Australia.

Key Australian physiotherapy organisations

The following organisations play a significant role in upholding the excellence of the profession.

The Council

The Australian Physiotherapy Council accredits entry-level physiotherapy education programs offered by higher education providers and assesses the qualifications and skills of overseas qualified physiotherapists for registration and migration purposes.

Ahpra and Physiotherapy Board of Australia

To work as a physiotherapist you need to apply for and be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, whose functions are supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), Ahpra is the national organisation responsible for implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) across Australia. To know more about physiotherapy regulators and stakeholders read here.

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients.

Council of Physiotherapy Deans Australia and New Zealand (CPDANZ)

The Council of Physiotherapy Deans Australia and New Zealand is made up of all the universities that offer an accredited physiotherapy program across Australia and New Zealand.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Physiopedia: The Council offers its overseas candidates access to over 100 accredited courses via Physiopedia. Learn more about Physiopedia.

Other accredited courses: The Council accredits a number of physiotherapy courses developed by external providers. If you would like to know more about these courses, click here.

Australian university programs

To search for an approved physiotherapy program in Australia, head to Ahpra’s list of approved programs here.

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