According to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. There are a number of specialties of physiotherapy including (but not limited to) musculoskeletal/orthopaedic, neurological, cardiorespiratory, paediatrics (working with children), geriatrics (working with older people), and women’s and men’s health.
Physiotherapists work in all sectors of healthcare, including public and private hospitals, private practices, rehabilitation centres, aged care homes, sporting clubs and community health centres. As first contact practitioners, you don’t need a doctor's referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.