"The last two years have been the best years of my life...The relationships you form in the course last a lifetime and I can’t recommend the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne enough."
I joined the Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) program after completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at La Trobe University. I chose to study this program due to the array of diverse clinical placement options in hospital and community settings. Furthermore, when compared to similar courses at other institutions, the University of Melbourne program has more placement hours, along with the options to complete placements in research and teaching settings which drew me in.
This degree is unique in that it incorporates business and leadership subjects, leading to a more holistic understanding of the physiotherapy profession. Additionally, lectures from industry leaders throughout the degree provide opportunities for networking and mentorship. Whilst challenging, the high contact hours and demands of the DPT program has helped me to develop and continually refine my clinical skills.
Over the past couple of years, I have formed amazing friendships with my fellow students. Due to the high contact hours (particularly in first year), I spent majority of my time with my ‘DPT Family’ in and outside of classes, allowing me to form relationships easier. Furthermore, the Melbourne University Physiotherapy Students’ Society (MUPSS) has a large presence within the program, with multiple educational and social events throughout the year.
The program offers clinical placements though Melbourne’s major hospitals, as well in rural and regional healthcare settings. In addition to this, paediatric, geriatric and chronic health placements are built into the curriculum, along with additional elective placements in other healthcare/non-healthcare settings like education and research. These placements, along with practical classes have allowed me to work on both my clinical and interpersonal skills.
The Doctor of Physiotherapy has certainly piqued my interest in hospital physiotherapy, particularly in the field of oncology. During my second year, I undertook clinical placements in haematology and neuro-oncology wards where I applied the theory I learnt in first year, allowing me to increase my independence and confidence with this clinical population.
I find being around people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences inspiring. This degree has allowed me to meet, learn from and be inspired by passionate individuals from around the world. Working alongside clinicians devoted to making a meaningful impact on others’ lives on placements continue to inspire me in my everyday life.
The last two years have been the best years of my life. I have been challenged academically, with overwhelming support from staff as well as my peers. The relationships you form in the course last a lifetime and I can’t recommend the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne enough.