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Continence and Women's Health Major (M ClinPhys)

MClinPhys - MJRP-CNWHM Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus or mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February or July

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).

Duration 1 year full-time

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.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

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.

Please refer to the following statement before applying for this course

English language proficiency

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

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


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

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $28,400*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

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).

Career opportunities

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.

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.

More information about Continence and Women's Health