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Author: Dr. Nondwe Mlenzana

 The Department of Physiotherapy offers an internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate programme by a dedicated team of academics.

The Department of Physiotherapy offers an internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate programme by a dedicated team of academics. The curriculum offered in the department is aligned with the healthcare system and burden of disease of the country and is directed by global policies and statements.

Our students are trained to address the health needs of the population which include prevention, promotion, cure and rehabilitation of a wide range of conditions. The target groups of physiotherapy interventions include the full spectrum of people with movement dysfunction, from the very young to the very old. Graduates from this department are therefore fully equipped to work in the local and global setting.
The research focus areas in the department include disability and rehabilitation, chronic diseases of lifestyle, health risk behaviours and health professions education and sports injuries. Academics within the department have completed Masters and Doctoral studies in these areas and have also published a number of peer reviewed articles in both local and international journals. The department is collaborating with institutions both regionally and internationally.
The department has developed capacity in physiotherapists from a number of African countries for the last 10 years. We offer a programme where African physiotherapists can upgrade their Diplomas to Honours and a follow up Masters in Physiotherapy. A number of these physiotherapists have also gone further and have registered for their PhDs.  The department also trains and graduates Undergraduate students who are visually impaired. A total of 8 students who are visually impaired have graduated from this department.
The Physiotherapy Department at the University of the Western Cape welcomes all prospective undergraduate and post graduate students, including those with visual impairments.​​
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