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Postgraduate

Continence and Women's Health Stream (GCert ClinPhys)

GradCertClinPhysio(Curtin) - STRP-CNWHG Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-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 (please see Fieldwork requirements).

Duration 6 months' full-time

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.

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.

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.

Notes

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

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. $14,200*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 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.

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.

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.

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. 

More information about Continence and Women's Health