1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Physical Therapist

Assesses, treats and prevents disorders in human movement caused by injury or disease.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:
  • treats patients to reduce pain, improve circulation, strengthen muscles, improve cardio-thoracic, cardio-vascular and respiratory functions, restore joint mobility, improve balance and coordination
  • administers muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests to identify and assess physical problems of patients
  • uses the therapeutic properties of exercise, heat, cold, massage, manipulation, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, ultraviolet and infra-red light and ultrasound in the treatment of patients
  • instructs patients and their families in procedures to be continued at home
  • records treatments given and patients' responses and progress
  • may refer to or accept referrals from medical practitioners and other health care professionals
  • may specialise in sports-related injuries or treatments

Sports Physiotherapist

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