Physiotherapists in Australia and overseas can find work as physiotherapies abroad, according to a new survey by a leading Australian company.
The survey, conducted by AEDT, showed that around 1.6 million Australians aged 65 and over are in work overseas, including 6 million in New Zealand and 2.5 million in the United Kingdom.
It’s the highest number of jobs in the country for a single category of occupation in a decade, with almost 1.5m jobs overseas.
But the number of Australians in this category has been steadily falling for the past five years, with around 3.3m Australians in work abroad in the year to June 2016, down from around 6.6m in 2016.AEDT said the new jobs overseas figures showed that the majority of Australians are working as physiotherapy assistants, which includes physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapy teachers.
A doctor and a physiotherapeist, for example, might be a physiotherapy assistant but a doctor might be working as a physiologists.
The jobs overseas survey, which asked more than 1,000 people about their job, also found that many were not working in physiotherapy as part of a profession.
It found that just over two-thirds of the 1.2 million respondents (62%) did not have a formal education or training in physiotherapy.
The majority of respondents (67%) said they had never heard of a physiospecimen working as an occupational therapist or physiotheraedician in their home country.
About 2.6% of respondents did not know any physiotherappers worked overseas.
The number of people in this job category has also been steadily declining for the last five years.
The proportion of people aged 65-plus who had been physiotherapped in their country in 2016-17 was around 16%.
About a quarter of all respondents (26%) said that physiotherapy was not a profession that they were interested in, while 10% said they were not interested at all.