Study with the Department of Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Prosthetics and Orthotics

The Department of Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Prosthetics and Orthotics is a leader in entry-to-practice courses, graduate research degrees and continuing professional development programs.

Our programs offer students the right mix of theory and practice.

Students receive formal academic training, along with sustained and supported work-based experiences in a range of clinical, community, industry and private practice settings.

The result: 89.9% of recent graduates from our undergraduate health services and support degrees found employment within four months of graduation.

Physiotherapy courses

Physiotherapy courses

Develop the practical skills to launch your career in this rewarding and dynamic field of health.

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Podiatry courses

Podiatry courses

Obtain the practical skills and knowledge to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and ankle.

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Prosthetics and Orthotics courses

Prosthetics and Orthotics courses

Study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, prosthetic and orthotic prescription, and design and fabrication.

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Short courses

Short courses

La Trobe's short courses help professionals to upskill, reskill and advance into leadership roles.

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Graduate research degrees

Graduate research degrees

Help transform the health sector and improve outcomes for individuals and communities.

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Student experience

We pride ourselves on producing highly skilled, flexible, career ready graduates – who care about transforming communities and improving practice.

Our students learn in a supportive environment where they can build their professional networks, question the status quo and develop new ways of critical thinking.

They are mentored by research leaders and clinical professionals who ensure that they have the academic training, skills and experience they need to thrive in their future workplace.

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At La Trobe University, we have a longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice; our students are amongst the most diverse of all Australian universities, and we are committed to providing a learning environment and workplace where all students and staff feel valued, respected and supported to achieve their full potential.

We care about building a connected community that actively champions diversity and inclusion to help people thrive. We achieve this by supporting our people, valuing diverse thinking as a key driver of innovation, and holding ourselves to account in delivering a culture where equity is a way of life.

La Trobe is committed to promoting equal opportunities and support for all students and staff, with a focus on six key pillars: cultural, disability, gender equality, Indigenous, LGBTIQA and life stages.

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We have a ‘relationship-rich’ approach to the student experience. Our students develop positive connections to their academic discipline, staff and peers – and build their confidence as learners.

Our students are supported by academic staff who are innovators in teaching, and closely aligned to industry and practice. With mentoring and workplace experience, many graduates return to us for further study and continuing professional development.

Our students can also engage with their peers through discipline student associations, where they can participate in seminars, networking and careers events.

We also believe that wellbeing is just as important as success. La Trobe offers extensive support services to optimise the student experience.

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Our courses are designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed in professional healthcare practice.

Students undertake clinical placements – in a range of clinical, community, industry and private practice settings – to ensure that they make a seamless transition from university to employment.

Our clinical partnerships include the Academic and Research Collaborative in Health, local schools and community organisations, The Australian Ballet and sports organisation partners.

Our teaching facilities and on-site clinics, including the La Trobe Podiatry Clinic, also provide students with hands-on experience that complements their theoretical training.

La Trobe partners with universities around the world, enabling students to add an international perspective to their studies.

Our academic staff bring their international experience in research and clinical practice to our curriculum, to offer students a global understanding of health and wellbeing.

Students can also undertake a range of learning experiences with our partners in Asia, Europe and North America to add to their learning and personal development. Podiatry students have an opportunity to undertake a semester exchange to the United Kingdom.

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We prepare graduates for contemporary professional practice through clinical placements with some of Victoria’s largest healthcare networks, and by partnering with industry to deliver important projects that transform the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Dr Matthew Oates
Department of Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Prosthetics and Orthotics

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Our students are career ready thanks to the right mix of theory and practice.

Meet our students

Meet our students

Our students are preparing to make a difference to health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

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Study Podiatry

Study Podiatry

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Inspirational teachers

Inspirational teachers

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