Physiotherapist Assistant Salary (Australia)
A Physiotherapist Assistant earns an average wage of AU$21.70 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
|Hourly Rate||AU$19.34 - AU$25.90|
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|AU$40,370 - AU$54,528|
Job Description for Physiotherapist Assistant
A physiotherapist assistant helps the physiotherapist take care of patients who are injured, have certain diseases, and/or are older adults. The assistant helps administer physiotherapy programs for patients, including helping them carry out exercises included in their program. When the assistant sees issues with the program, they must make suggestions to the physiotherapist on potential modifications and help enact any changes. The ability to work on a team to help patients succeed is important for physiotherapist assistants, which includes the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of care professionals and patients.Read More...
The assistant often must assist the patient in moving from one area to another, which sometimes involves lifting. When doing exercises, the physiotherapist assistant might also have to lift or give support to the patient. The physiotherapist assistant may teach patients how to do exercises and must be able to motivate them to succeed. The physiotherapist assistant must also have good writing skills, as writing reports and notes for patients is necessary; some computer skills may also be needed to create reports.
An associate’s degree in physical therapy or a similar field is generally required for this position. Certification and licensing is also necessary for most jobs, along with experience in physical therapy. Generally, this job takes place indoors, though some exercises may be done outside; minimum physical requirements are necessary, as substantial standing and moving is typically needed in fulfilling day-to-day duties. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Physiotherapist Assistant Tasks
- Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
- Maintain medical equipment and devices.
- Monitor patient and report changes to physician.
- Assist in program planning and treatment goals.
- Assist in performing manual exercises and massage to increase patient strength or decrease or prevent deformity.
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