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About us

Welcome to the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science. Over the past 60 years, our school has established an international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our innovative research.


Professor Keith Hill, Head of School, with physiotherapists from Singapore.
Professor Keith Hill, Head of School, collaborating with physiotherapists from Singapore.

We have excellent facilities and dedicated academic and professional staff, and are privileged to welcome exceptional students from all over the world into our programs. Our graduates can be found working in rewarding careers as physiotherapists and exercise scientists within Australia and internationally.

We look forward to seeing you at the school.

Professor Keith Hill
Head of School


History

The School of Physiotherapy was established in 1953 at the Royal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital in Shenton Park. It amalgamated with the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) in 1967. In 1987, WAIT became Curtin University of Technology.

The school’s flagship course, physiotherapy, was offered as a four-year university degree and is now one of the largest physiotherapy courses in Australia. Our popular exercise science degree commenced in 2012, and was accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia in 2016.


Facilities and teaching

Our school has modern, purpose-built facilities and a well-deserved reputation for the quality of our teaching. We are a national leader in the area of simulated learning, providing you with hands-on professional learning experiences in patient care and clinical work.

Our school has purpose-built facilities.
Our school has purpose-built facilities.

Fieldwork

You will have access to a range of fieldwork and clinical placement opportunities throughout your course. Our clinics offer the latest evidence-based health treatments to the community. Our partnerships with the Fremantle Football Club, Hockey Australia, Challis Community Primary School, Juniper aged care facility and the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre provide you with valuable fieldwork and simulation experiences.

Physio student assisting Hockey Australia player
We partner with Hockey Australia.

Research

We have a global reputation for producing high-impact research in the areas of Sports and Human Performance, Physical Activity and Occupational Health, Disability and Rehabilitation and Lifespan Health, Disability and Wellbeing. We support talented students to take up research opportunities in honours, master and PhD degrees. The school has collaborations and partnerships with industry bodies, community organisations and elite sporting clubs, which offer research opportunities to high-achieving students.

Student helping client on exercise machine
We support talented students to take up research opportunities.