Looking back at 100 years of physiotherapy education in Australia

It’s not whether we have learned from history—we have— but our awareness of what we have learned.
John Woods
Physiotherapy education in Australia has evolved, like the education of many other health care professions, from an
apprenticeship often involving hospital-based training to the current day where it is a well recognised, highdemand
degree program situated in the tertiary education sector (Higgs et al 1999). This remarkable transition has
occurred in just 100 years. During this time, professional educational programs, many of which are intimately linked
to the wider development of the profession, have undergone considerable development and growth. With a centenary of
professional growth to celebrate, the intent of this editorial is to provide a brief overview of the major landmarks in
physiotherapy education and to celebrate some of the visionary physiotherapy leaders who have made significant
contributions to physiotherapy education in this country.

 

Looking back at 100 years of physiotherapy education in Australia

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