What is a Specialist Physiotherapist?

Helen Fleming treating a musculoskeletal injury

Specialisation is awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists, the pre-eminent professional body representing specialist physiotherapists in Australasia. It is given to those who have achieved the highest clinical qualifications in their particular field of physiotherapy. Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist frequently provide second opinions or specialist care for patients with more complex conditions.

Specialist physios undergo a rigorous advanced training and examination process, with only the most skilled clinicians being awarded the title of Specialist. To complete the program, physiotherapists need to have post-graduate qualifications, have worked clinically for a number of years and demonstrate that they have been involved in education and research.

We were among the first Specialist Physiotherapists in Australia, and are now examiners for the College of Physiotherapists, assessing other physiotherapists in the exam process.

Once you have been awarded specialisation, you are known as a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.