How to develop the next generation of Australian rural and remote physiotherapists

Kerstin McPherson

Charles Sturt University, Leeds Parade , Orange NSW 2800

There is a growing number of graduates from Australian universities in Physiotherapy. With fewer opportunities in metropolitan areas, graduates will seek work in sole rural and remote positions.  Throughout their training, how do we to ensure that all graduates are ready for the unique demands for rural and remote practice in Australia?

This presentation will describe an “embedded approach” to rural and remote Physiotherapy education. Where challenges and opportunities are explored through a transformative learning approach to teaching – where students are guided through clinical and professional practice but  also explore their own values and beliefs to be able to  develop partnerships required  to negotiate through  challenging and changing work location and practices upon graduation.


Kerstin is a Physiotherapist and has worked in rural and metropolitan locations in Australia and the UK. Since 2010, Kerstin has been teaching into the undergraduate Physiotherapy program at Charles Sturt University in Orange, NSW and is the current Discipline Lead of Physiotherapy. She is also a current Board member of SARRAH.

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