Career

Gerontological Physiotherapist

Those specialising in this area will work closely with elderly people in addressing concerns relevant to this group. Physiotherapy in this area will have an additional element of maintaining fitness and mobility as well as rehabilitation following injuries or preventative treatments. When working in this field, physiotherapists will be aware of the impacts of aging on physical health, issues resulting from aging and disabilities, activity limitations, the promotion of appropriate exercise and treatment of ongoing conditions.

 

Gaining qualification and titling as a Specialist Physiotherapist requires advanced expertise and experience in the specialisation area. There are two pathways to becoming a specialist – experiential and academic – both of which require being a qualified physiotherapist and joining the relevant national group for the field of expertise. The experiential pathway then requires at least five years’ worth of practical experience, including three years in the relevant field of expertise, along with evidence of engagement in professional development during this time. The academic pathway requires the completion of an approved Masters course as well as two years’ clinical experience with evidence of working the relevant field.