Major Group: 2 - Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 25 - Health Professionals | Minor Group: 252 - Health Therapy Professionals | Unit Group: 2525 - Physiotherapists
Description: Assesses, treats and prevents disorders in human movement caused by injury or disease. Registration or licensing is required.
Skill Level 1 : Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Alternative titles are any commonly used alternative title (or titles) for the occupation. These alternative titles have the same meaning as the principal title but may be less commonly used.
Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist
Maori Physiotherapist (NZ)
Occupational Health Physiotherapist
Specialisation titles are any commonly used titles which refer to a subset of jobs belonging to the occupation designated in the principal title. These jobs involve the performance of specialised tasks rather than the broader range of tasks usually performed in the occupation.
UNIT GROUP 2525: PHYSIOTHERAPISTS
Description: Assess, treat and prevent disorders in human movement caused by injury or disease.
Skill Level: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing is required.
administering muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests to identify and assess physical problems of patients
designing treatment programs to address patients' problems
treating patients to reduce pain, improve circulation, strengthen muscles, improve cardiothoracic, cardiovascular and respiratory functions, restore joint mobility, and improve balance and coordination
using the therapeutic properties of exercise, heat, cold, massage, manipulation, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, ultraviolet and infra-red light and ultrasound in the treatment of patients
reviewing, continually monitoring, assessing and evaluating programs and treatments
consulting with other Health Professionals as required about patients' problems, needs and progress
instructing patients and their families in procedures to be continued at home
recording treatments given and patients' responses and progress
developing and implementing screening and preventative health promotion programs