Medication courses for physiotherapists

As health professionals we dedicate ourselves to a career of life-long learning. Our role as physiotherapists has and will continue to evolve overtime. The overlap between professions can be confusing for clients and health professionals alike as we all have a unique but equally important role to play in our patient’s healthcare team. As Australia’s only dually registered Physiotherapist and Pharmacist, Alex understands the importance of the unique role each of us play in the multidisciplinary team and believes the more we know, the better we can all work together so as to ultimately achieve the best outcomes possible for our patients.

The following courses have been designed to teach you as a physiotherapist, more about the world of pharmaceuticals. While not strictly a prerequisite, we recommend you start with the Medication Basics: What Physiotherapists Need To Know course, as this will provide you with a broad introduction to medications as well as specific information about what questions to ask during your subjective examination and how to use this information. The second part of the course will then cover HOT TOPICS from a range of clinical areas that are covered in more depth in our specialised courses.


Medications Basics: What Physiotherapists Need To Know

This course provides an introduction to the world of pharmaceuticals as it applies to your practise as a physiotherapist. The focus of the course is too understand why it is important to know about the medications your patients are taking and how that can effect your treatment, management and patient outcomes.


Medications for the Women’s Health Physiotherapist

As a women’s health physiotherapist your patient’s needs are complex. Concerns related to women's health, pelvic pain and pregnancy are often treated by a team of experts and include hands-on therapy, exercise, education and sometimes medication. This course focuses on medications that are used to treat a variety of women’s health conditions including pelvic pain and post natal depression. We explain the considerations needed to be taken into account when prescribing medications for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Pain Medications: What Physiotherapists Need To Know

As musculoskeletal physiotherapists the number one reason our patients come to visit us is to help them manage their pain. Often our patients seek advice on both short and long term pain management solutions and this can include the use of medications. This course will provide you with information relating to medications commonly used to manage musculoskeletal pain and how that can effect your treatment, management and patient outcomes.


Interested to know more?

Our presenter Alexandra Forde, is the only dually registered physiotherapist and pharmacist in Australia. Alex works a physiotherapist and consultant pharmacist at FORDESPHYSIO and The Paddington Pain Clinic, as well as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Alex has worked extensively in clinical and educational roles particularly in chronic pain, pain management and working together in allied healthcare teams.

For more information on the courses available please contact Alex on 0411 690 484 or email

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