New School of Physiotherapy for Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 5-8-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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The standing and reputation of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Physiotherapy program has provided the impetus for the University to open a new School of Physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy has been offered at Notre Dame since 2003. The success of the popular program was acknowledged earlier this year when it achieved the highest ranking from its graduates across all Physiotherapy programs in Australia in areas representing quality of teaching, the education process and overall satisfaction. (Graduate Careers Australia Survey Results, 2009)

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, announced the formation of the new School and the appointment of Professor Peter Hamer as Dean.

“Professor Hamer has been leading our physiotherapy program superbly for the last five and a half years at Notre Dame,” said Vice Chancellor, Professor Hammond.

Professor Hamer is delighted to be appointed Dean of the new School and explains why Notre Dame’s Physiotherapy programs are so highly sought after:
"For every student there are at least three to four times that many who apply to undertake the program. Physiotherapy is one of those health professions that has wide appeal and application across the community from attending to injuries in the elite sportsperson to helping people restore function after work-related injuries, trauma, surgery, stroke and cardiovascular disease to name just a few areas.

“The formation of our physiotherapy program into the new School of Physiotherapy recognises the strengths of our staff in providing a high-level of education and training, and the commitment of our students and graduates in providing exemplary service and care to the community,” says Professor Hamer.

The opening of the School of Physiotherapy will be celebrated at the Physiotherapy Special Alumni Function on 27 August. Past graduates will network with the current fourth year students as they are about to complete their studies and transition to the workforce.

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