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University of Western Australia

Centre for Musculoskeletal Studies
The University of Western Australia

Member of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia

Professor Kevin P. Singer, PT, PhD
+6 18 9224 0200

Based within the Medical Faculty, the Centre for Musculoskeletal Studies at The University of Western Australia in Perth, offers a fully accredited post graduate Master of Manual Therapy degree. This highly popular and successful program, which has run for over 10 years, offers a uniquely flexible learning model incorporating a mix of distance learning modules followed by a single semester on campus of intensive [9-5 every day] clinical reasoning and manual skills focussed study. The distance study packages are completed while working fulltime and the clinical residency semester selected that best fits with practice commitments.
The three month long residential semester on campus is conducted twice yearly providing a choice of either February or August intakes. The residency incorporates supervised MSK placements in dedicated clinics and skills instruction with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and evidence based practice through the continuum of management from acute through sub acute, chronic and rehabilitation phases. Access to wet lab anatomy facilities with opportunities for dissection maximises the weekly review of clinical anatomy while on campus. Research into clinically meaningful topics is accomplished through a practice audit, fully developed clinical case studies, and a conference presentation. Research is integrated from fundamental principles in all distance learning modules and supported by comprehensive access to online clinical journals.
The external distance study units provide the theoretical background necessary to complement the practicum, covering: soft tissue and joint physiology, injury mechanics, in addition to pathoanatomy, pain, imaging and biomechanics of the spine and pelvis. Each unit has a clinical reasoning emphasis which draws upon clinical experience with integration to the contemporary practice literature.
Clinical instruction comes from a group of dedicated educators all with post graduate clinical qualifications – many of whom hold the title Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Fellowship of the prestigious Australian College of Physiotherapists. Other prominent clinicians and medical / surgical consultants, across a wide range of clinical practice settings, provide specialist lectures on specific areas of musculoskeletal and pain-related management. The Centre for Musculoskeletal Studies is located within the UWA Medical Faculty’s School of Surgery, therefore has excellent collaboration with colleagues in all areas of medicine and surgery.
The Master of Manual Therapy course does not bias towards a particular clinical manual therapy training philosophy rather it seeks to expose participants to an integrated approach and develops a clinical reasoning framework that assists in optimal clinical decision making on an individual case basis. The course does provide exposure to many management perspectives through visiting accredited manual therapy teachers.
This program will appeal to physiotherapists working in the musculoskeletal field who wish to develop advanced skills in the management of musculoskeletal disorders in a flexible training environment which has been designed specifically to minimise cost and time away from practice.  The UWA Master of Manual Therapy offers a contemporary model of postgraduate study which leads to Level 2 titled membership of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, which is a foundation member of IFOMPT. Each class group is limited to 16; usually with a mix of local and international students; the latter coming primarily from the UK, Ireland, many parts of Europe, from Canada, USA and south-east Asia.
Eligibility is based upon a minimum of two years of clinical experience since graduation, demonstrated participation in professional continuing education in the MSK field, and a clear commitment to developing manual therapy physiotherapy competence. Non-english speaking applicants need to provide an IELTS English proficiency examination of 7 in all bands of this test. Entry is competitive.
Perth city provides a Mediterranean climate, hosts the most beautiful campus in the country with excellent training facilities, libraries, wonderful beaches and parks, and many world famous tourist destinations close by. So why not combine your postgraduate study of manual therapy with opportunities to experience adventure and travel when you visit Western Australia.
For further course descriptions, frequently asked questions, course reviews, and application forms, please visit the website: www.cms.uwa.edu.au
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