Physiotherapy vs Occupational Therapy


What’s the difference between a Physiotherapist and an Occupational Therapist?

According to the Difference Between* website, the main differences can be summarised below:

  • Physiotherapy deals with the muscles and limbs of a person. It helps in recovery and enables a person to move around. Occupational therapy deals with this and much more. It is all about a person making the best of his home as well as his occupation.
  • Physiotherapy does not involve anything about the mind. However, occupational therapy has a lot to do with the mental faculties of a person.
  • Occupational therapy helps a person in improving his functional abilities. Physical therapy focuses only on his physical abilities.
  • A physiotherapist may prescribe a few medicines. However, an occupational therapist generally doesn’t.

 

* OT vs. Physiotherapy
Another link to browse would be OT vs. Physiotherapy

A useful YouTube clip also addresses this question – YouTube – OT vs. Physio

Physiotherapy is currently offered at the following Victorian Universities –

UNIVERSITY VCE REQUIREMENTS ATAR 2016
Charles Sturt No VCE prerequisites but maths and science subjects an advantage Indicative 90
La Trobe Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. n/a
Monash Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 30 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS), Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Physics. n/a
     

Occupational Therapy is currently offered at the following Victorian Universities –

UNIVERSITY VCE REQUIREMENTS ATAR 2016
ACU Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Health And Human Development, Physical Education or Physics. 80.05
Charles Sturt No VCE prerequisites but a science subject (preferably biology) is an advantage 75.00
Deakin Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. 71.25
La Trobe Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. 75.30
Monash Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. 84.60
     

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