Physiotherapy services are provided to students with disabilities enrolled in state schools and state education programs and services. These services focus on the enhancement of education programs and outcomes for students with intellectual impairment, physical impairment, vision impairment, hearing impairment, speech-language impairment, autism spectrum disorder or multiple impairments.
Physiotherapy services are delivered as part of the education program and are directed towards education outcomes for students with disabilities who have difficulties with posture and movement or neuro-sensory motor development. The purpose of physiotherapy is to promote health and well-being, physical activity and development of motor function in order to facilitate students' access and participation in the educational process.
Other service providers, including other government departments, non-government agencies and private practitioners may be involved in the provision of physiotherapy services to students in Queensland state schools. Departmental physiotherapists are committed to working collaboratively with other service providers to ensure high quality service provision for students with disabilities.
The Role and Scope of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services in State schools 611k provides guidelines and direction for physiotherapy services in state schools.
Physiotherapists are generally based in schools and provide services to a number of schools within a region. Line managers for physiotherapists are determined by regional personnel in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
In most instances the line manager is the principal of the base school. The professional supervisors of physiotherapists based work collaboratively with line managers to ensure an effective management structure for quality physiotherapy services in state schools.
Further information about line management is available in Management and Supervision of School Based Itinerant Staff and the Role and Scope of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services in State Schools 611k.
The department is committed to developing organisational and individual performance through a range of professional development activities. Information for physiotherapists can be found at the Physiotherapy Professional Community and the Professional Development website.
Please contact your regional office for more information.
This page was last reviewed on 11 Mar 2013 at 12:28PM