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Aquatic physiotherapy courses launched in Australia

My way of introduction I am the marketing manager at the Australian Physiotherapy Association. We are very keen to share knowledge with our international partner organisations, to collaborate and strengthen the future for physiotherapy across the globe. I would like to share recent developments in the aquatic physiotherapy space and extend an invitation to your members to our upcoming professional development opportunities.

In September this year, led by Maureen MacMahon, the Australian Physiotherapy Association published guidelines for aquatic physiotherapists working in and/or managing hydrotherapy pools.

This rigorous and extensive piece of work involved widespread consultation and a formal Delphi process. It is a contemporary extension of the 2002 version of the similarly titled document and will be a key resource for practicing Aquatic Physiotherapists and Hydrotherapy pool managers. We welcome your use of this valuable piece of work.

In 2016 we are thrilled to host the Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 2 and 3 courses in Australia, unparalleled in quality and rigour across the globe, with an open invitation to international colleagues. The courses are designed for physiotherapists who have management and clinical responsibilities in aquatic physiotherapy. The Level 2 courses represents a higher level of aquatic physiotherapy practice for those interested in extending their knowledge and skills, with each of the modules available to complete online. The Level 3 course represents the pinnacle of education and is an elite nine-day program, conducted at the state of the art Hydrotherapy Pool at Austin Health in Melbourne.

To find out more about the courses please visit the links below or refer to the information booklet.

LEVEL 2 COURSES

Unit A - Level 2 - Applied Physics April 18 – 29 (online)

Unit B - Level 2 - Applied Physiology May 9 – May 25 (online)

Unit C - Level 2 - Clinical Reasoning May 27 – June 7 (online)

LEVEL 3 COURSE:

Unit D - Evidence Based Practice & Research August 1 – 12 (online)

Unit E - Pool Management August 22 – Sept 2 (online)

In-House lectures and practical sessions October 7 – 16 (at Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia)

For international colleagues wishing to enrol in an APA course, as a minimum requirement we request that they:

1. Demonstrate membership of a WCPT member organisation, and

2. Demonstrate Professional Indemnity Insurance that covers them in their own country and in Australia.

I would love to discuss opportunities to share this invitation with your membership either via your newsletter or publication.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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