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STREAM

Continence and Womens Health Stream (GCert ClinPhys)

STRP-CNWHG

TAUGHT BY: School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

100

About offering

The Continence and Women's Health Stream is designed to develop your clinical expertise through evidence based practice, clinical reasoning and sound diagnostic and therapeutic skills. It provides an opportunity to learn and advance knowledge and skills in assessment, diagnostics and treatment in women's, men's and pelvic health physiotherapy and its related areas of practice.

You will develop knowledge and skills in the management of conditions that are unique to women, more prevalent in women, more serious in women, have different risk factors in women and require different interventions in women.

In particular, the stream will develop your clinical skills in assessing and managing pelvic floor dysfunction, including disorders of bladder and bowel functions, pelvic organ and pelvic girdle support, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic pain.

You will also become an expert evaluator and consumer of research.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in women's health physiotherapy and in particular in the assessment and management of pelvic floor dysfunction
  • identify and develop appropriate interventions for the management of women's health issues and pelvic floor dysfunction using advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • critically appraise the literature. use an evidence based approach to evaluate assessment and management strategies for women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • demonstrate advanced written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills in the assessment and management of women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • apply therapeutic technologies in the assessment and management of women's health 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 and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • demonstrate an understanding of the influence of culture on the assessment and management of women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • understand and demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour in the assessment and management of women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction

Why study Continence and Womens Health Stream (GCert ClinPhys)

  • 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

The Continence and Women’s Health Stream:

  • can help you integrate evidence-based practice with contemporary methods of clinical practice
  • ensures competency in assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction that is not addressed in entry-to-practice physiotherapy education 
  • 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. 

Career information

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.

This course can help you to become a:

  • Clinician in outpatient and inpatient hospital setting in public and private practice 
  • Physiotherapist with knowledge in ante and postnatal care
  • Private practice physiotherapist with additional skills in the area of women’s men’s and pelvic health
  • Community-based adult continence physiotherapist
  • Health promoter in continence and pelvic health.

Admission criteria

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.

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.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

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.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Other requirements for this course

July intake is part-time only and will extend the course duration.

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.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please visit the course for more information and how to apply.

Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

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  • Curtin course code: STRP-CNWHG
  • This offering was last updated on: July 25, 2018