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University of Melbourne

  • 37% international / 63% domestic

Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy)

  • Graduate Certificate

The course covers diagnostic techniques involving prevention and intervention strategies including exercise, electrotherapy, biofeedback and continence devices. The course will require active participation by student in physical assessment and supervised clinical practice.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Duration
1 year part-time
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Jun

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy) at University of Melbourne aims to further enhance physiotherapists' knowledge of epidemiology, health issues related to incontinence, and the anatomy, applied anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant for the assessment and treatment of incontinence.

The course covers diagnostic techniques involving prevention and intervention strategies including exercise, electrotherapy, biofeedback and continence devices. Course content will include specific issues related to adult female and male continence, anorectal continence, incontinence in children and in the older population.

The course will require active participation by student in physical assessment and supervised clinical practice.

Participants will also develop skills in the use of outcomes measures, the design of single case design studies, and critical review of the literature pertaining to problems of continence.

On completion of this course, graduates will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology applied to pelvic floor physiotherapy
  • Advanced understanding of the recent knowledge base, skills and techniques applicable to pelvic floor physiotherapy
  • An ability to promote evidence-based practice in pelvic floor physiotherapy

More information available on the Department of Physiotherapy website.

Study locations

Parkville

What you will learn

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this course, graduates will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • An advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology applied to a specialist physiotherapy area
  • An advance understanding of the recent knowledge base in a specialist physiotherapy area
  • Advanced clinical skills and techniques applicable to a specialist physiotherapy area; and
  • An ability to promote evidence-based practice in a specialist physiotherapy area.

Career pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy) prepares graduates to perform intimate examinations, readying them for clinical practice in pelvic floor health.

Students of this course will gain a broad knowledge of pelvic floor dysfunction and expertise in treating it in all population groups. You will develop specialised skills - under the direction of expert teachers - pivotal to improving people's health outcomes and quality of life.

Opportunities

Graduates from this course will have opportunities to move to areas of practice that focus on pelvic health.

This specialised qualification will provide you with a broad knowledge of clinical dysfunction in this area. Through your enhanced clinical reasoning, your knowledge of pelvic dysfunction in women and men, and through the lifespan, you will be prepared to enter into the competitive arena of women's health practice.

If you choose to stay in general practice, this course can also provide you with the necessary training to upskill your current practice.

With a competitive waiting list of students and high graduate success rates, career prospects are high for those who chose to immerse themselves in this course.

A specialised, internationally recognised qualification

Due to its specialised nature, this course offers world-class practical training in a specific area of women's and men's pelvic health.

How to apply

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