Physiotherapists are trained to see patients presenting within the following categories/conditions:
Orthopaedic: Acute and chronic condition management – fractures;
rheumatologic conditions; amputees; pre and post orthopaedic surgery.
Including splinting and casting in some areas.
Musculoskeletal: Prevent, assess, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal
conditions – sprains, strains, and musculo-tendinous injuries. Acute
management to resolution and exercise prescription.
Neurology: acute and chronic conditions: acquired brain injury; stroke; spinal cord damage; Parkinson’s disease; Dementia; Multiple Sclerosis.
Cardiorespiratory: prevention and rehabilitation of heart and lung
conditions; COPD; Asthma; Heart Disease; Post heart and lung surgery
Continence and Women’s Health: pregnancy, birth, pre and post
partum care; breastfeeding; incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women and children; post gynecological and prostate surgery
Gerontology: care and promote healthy/active ageing. Manage/prevent
effects of ageing: osteoporosis; falls. Work in home, community and aged
Paediatric: early intervention: plagiocephally; developmental milestones – gross and fine motor; genetic and metabolic conditions; Cystic Fibrosis; paediatric trauma and neurology; cerebral palsy.
Sports: prevent, diagnose, and treat sporting injuries for all people, all
ages from amateur to professional. Screening acute management and
Cancer, Palliative care, Lymphoedema: specific lymph treatment –
massage and compression therapy. Manage fatigue, pain, deconditioning.
Pain: manage/prevent pain and impact on function – psychologically
informed approach. Acute management, identification of psychosocial risk factors; chronic pain management – interdisciplinary.
Aquatic: hydrotherapy – postoperative; orthopaedic; spinal; neurological; sports rehabilitation.
Rural and Remote: health promotion; inpatient and outpatient clinics;
diabetes education; splinting/casting.
Burns, Hands and Plastic Surgery: treat and manage specific hand
conditions, splinting; post surgical; burns rehabilitation.
Occupational Health and Ergonomics: support health of workers,
reduce safety risks, prevent/manage injuries and return to work;
Ergonomic assessment and equipment provision; specialist seating clinics.