Physiotherapy and Exercise Science facilities

Our modern laboratories and facilities will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of how the human body functions. These purpose-built spaces are used for teaching, research and evaluation, and consultation with workers, athletes and teams.

Modern facilities for teaching, research and evaluation are fitted throughout the school including a motion analysis laboratory, exercise physiology laboratory, strength and conditioning rehabilitation laboratory and an anatomy suite.

There is also a laboratory for kinesiology and biomechanics, mimicking the major hospitals and private practices in Western Australia.

Motion analysis laboratory

The motion analysis lab is designed for research into human movement activities.

It includes:

  • an 18-camera high-speed optical motion capture system
  • four force platforms
  • wireless electromyography to assess muscle activation and function during movement
  • a blue screen for chroma key
  • space for run-through motion analysis.

Exercise physiology laboratory

Our exercise physiology lab enables you to monitor the health and fitness levels of individuals.

It includes:

  • electronic treadmills
  • two 20-metre walking/running tracks
  • wireless timing facilities
  • ECG machines to record heart activity
  • an expired gas analysis system
  • bikes and rowing machines with ergometers.

Strength and conditioning rehabilitation laboratory

This complete suite of exercise equipment allows patients to undergo physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

It includes:

  • a Cybex functional training machine, the first of its kind in Western Australia
  • free-standing weights and weight machines.

Anatomy suite

As a health sciences student you’ll have access to preserved human and bone specimens, anatomical teaching models and resources.

Virtual anatomage table
Virtual anatomage table

The dissection labs are used for research, anatomical dissection and comparative anatomy studies. A central museum space displays preserved human dissections and pathological specimens. The suite’s six teaching labs can accommodate more than 200 students.


Simulation-based learning is employed to translate classroom teaching to realistic clinical settings. Simulated scenarios add experiential value in preparation for the real-time fieldwork placements you will undertake in your degree.

student working with a patient in the simulated environment
Our school is a national leader in physiotherapy simulation.

We are a nationally recognised leader in simulation in healthcare education, and use a range of computer-controlled manikins, hospital set-ups and backdrops in scenarios. We engage industry, use actors and community volunteers, and collaborate with schools in the faculty to deliver scenarios in a replica hospital ward, or replica clinic or hospital rooms. You’ll engage with simulated learning throughout your degree, and may undertake an 18-day simulated clinical placement during the penultimate year of your training.

Virtual Home Visit

Developed by Curtin researchers, Virtual Home Visit is a game-based learning experience that allows you to simulate a home visit for an older adult using virtual reality technology.