Continence and Womens Health
- Continence and Womens Health Major (M ClinPhys)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Continence and women's health physiotherapists work as primary care clinicians in private practice or public hospitals, with men, women and children.
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If you’re a registered physiotherapist, this major provides an opportunity for you to become an expert clinician in women's, men’s and pelvic health physiotherapy and its related areas of practice.
The program is designed to develop and advance your clinical expertise through evidence based practice, clinical reasoning and sound diagnostic and therapeutic skills.
You will develop knowledge and skills in the management of male and female pelvic floor dysfunction, including urinary and bowel dysfunction, pelvic organ and pelvic girdle support, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain. In addition, you will learn how to manage specific women’s health conditions that are unique to women, more prevalent in women, have different risk factors in women and require different interventions in women.
In particular, the major will develop your clinical skills in assessing and managing continence and pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women and children. You will also become an expert evaluator and consumer of research, developing a high level of competence in conducting clinical research that will contribute to the body of knowledge in this emerging area of physiotherapy.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- These courses can help you integrate evidence-based practice with contemporary methods of clinical practice
- Ensure competency in assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction that is not addressed in entry-to-practice physiotherapy education
- Courses are taught by experts in the field using a variety of advanced teaching methods and assessments
- Courses provide flexibility in studying while managing work/life/family commitments, including studying online with some pre-set contact time throughout the year.
How this course will make you industry ready
- Over the past 60 years the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science has established an international reputation for the quality of its graduates and its research.
- It is the only masters course of its kind in Australia.
The Continence and Women’s Health Major:
- can help you integrate evidence-based practice with contemporary methods of clinical practice
- ensures advanced clinical practice in assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction
- is taught by experts in the field using a variety of advanced teaching methods and assessments
- provides flexibility in studying while managing work/life/family commitments, including studying online with some pre-set contact time throughout the year.
Upon completion of this course, students who are members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) can apply for the APA Titled Membership (APA Titled Member).
Continence and Women’s Health physiotherapists work as a primary care clinicians in private practice and/or public hospitals, with men, women and children. Career opportunities include working within multidisciplinary team in specialities such as urology, gynaecology, oncology, general surgery, sexual health, pain medicine and gerontology.
Health promotion, research opportunities, teaching and clinical tutoring jobs, flexible private practice, hospital or community-based jobs are some of the opportunities available following completion of this course.
What you'll learn
- demonstrate and use advanced knowledge and skills in women's health physiotherapy and in particular in the assessment and management of incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction
- demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of women's health, incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction; use an evidence based approach to evaluate assessment and management strategies for the health of women and the pelvic floor
- advance the body of knowledge and the scope and standard of continence and women's health physiotherapy practice
- demonstrate advanced written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills in the assessment and management of women's health, incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction
- apply therapeutic technologies in the assessment and management of women's health, incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction
- demonstrate effective strategies for reflective practice and lifelong learning
- apply international standards and practice in the assessment and management of women's health, incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction
- demonstrate respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity in promoting the health of women
- understand and demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour in women's health, continence and pelvic floor physiotherapy practice; demonstrate leadership in clinical practice, education and research in women's health, continence and pelvic floor physiotherapy; work independently and as a member of interdisciplinary teams to optimize women's health, continence and pelvic floor function
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Essential course prerequisites
A bachelor degree in physiotherapy or equivalent, plus at least two years of relevant clinical experience. Applicants must be either:
- a registered physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia OR
- eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training in Australia.
You will need to provide supplementary information with your application.
Other requirements and notes for this course
July intake is part-time only and will extend the course duration.
For clinical practice placements, students are required to purchase a student uniform top, name badge and obtain and provide compulsory safety check documentation (see Fieldwork requirements).
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
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You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
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Fees & charges
Please view the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRP-CNWHM
- Last updated on: October 28, 2019