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Want to learn key skills so you can thrive in your Physio career?
The Proactive Physio Internship Program
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60% of Graduate Physios start their work life in private practice, but only 8% gain experience working in private practice whilst they are studying!  This fact, combined with Covid causing chaos to student placements makes it understandable why many students are lacking confidence or having reservations about working in private practice.


To address this we are running a short course internship program to provide high value, in-depth learning to help 3 lucky students fast track their career success.


The Proactive Physio 2021 Internship Program is for 4th year Physio students who:

  • Are keen to build a successful career in private practice

  • Feel they would like to work in private practice but are uncertain if they have the required skills or are unsure if it will be for them


Key Features of the Internship:

  • 2 half day observation sessions in the clinic with Senior MSK Physiotherapist

  • 3 tutes focusing on key personal and professional skill sets required to thrive in private practice 

  • 1 workshop where you develop a personalised action plan to set you up for success

  • Interview at the end of the program to help prepare you for career opportunities


The Opportunity:

  • We will cover key skillsets required to thrive in a modern private practice: 

    • How to build strong relationships with your clients so they stay loyal to your agreed plan of care and get results

    • Learn how to implement a patient centred, evidence based, biopsychosocial model of care and be a successful private practice Physio

    • Learn foundational assessment and treatment techniques so you can assess and treat all presentations confidently

    • Key clinical reasoning tips to ensure you get the right diagnoses and don’t miss anything you shouldn’t

    • The 4 critical therapy skills you haven't thought about (and very likely been told at uni) to ensure your transition to the workforce is a success

  • We will help you make the best decision for your career path by openly discussing different career path options in both private and hospital practice and answering any questions you may have using our experience of working in a diverse range of settings from major trauma centres and ICU wards, rehab centres as well as years of experience working in community and private practices


The Outcomes:

  • Learn the key personal and physio specific skills required to have a successful career in private practice

  • Get real world experience of how a successful, evidence based private practice operates

  • Get constructive feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement from a private practice business owner and Physio with 13+ years experience

  • Have a clear action plan on actions you can take to set yourself up for career success

  • Ongoing support and resources as you commence your career

  • Priority application to the 2022 Grad to Great Accelerated Development Program


To be the right fit you for the program you need to be:

  1. A friendly, easy going and team oriented person with excellent people skills

  2. Passionate about health and Physio and willing to invest time and energy into developing yourself personally and professionally

  3. Open minded, curious and keen to explore ideas ‘outside the box’ to solve perceived ‘common’ problems

  4. Happy to both give and receive constructive feedback


The Costs and Commitment:

  • A $100 deposit is required to commence the Internship

    • The deposit will be fully refunded to you upon completion of the Internship

  • You are expected to attend all sessions and be an active participant who gives as well as receives


The Steps to Success:

  1. Email with the heading 'Proactive Physio Student Internship' to register your interest

  2. We will then be in contact with you to confirm your interest and collect some details

  3. Successful students will be contacted and the Proactive Physio 2021 internship program will begin


In case you don’t know….A little bit about us:

  • Proactive Physiotherapy is a multidisciplinary team of Physiotherapists and Osteopaths

  • Our core purpose is to strengthen our community through excellence in MSK and lifestyle based care

  • We are experts in pain, movement, rehabilitation and performance

  • We are movement optimists who understand the science, use a positive narrative to help engender belief and hope and then guide people through the required skills to help them live their very best life

  • We use a biopsychosocial approach to care combining exercise, movement, education, manual therapy and play

  • We use our values to guide our care and interactions with our values being:

    • Be world class

    • Genuine kindness and care

    • Team first

    • Enjoy life

  • We invest in our team as practitioners, people and leaders in the community

  • We take what we do seriously, but not ourselves too seriously!


The Internship Program observation dates will be finalised in collaboration with the successful applicants. 


To ensure the highest level of value and personalisation we are only taking 3 fourth year students through the program.


This is an incredible opportunity to work 1:1 with a Senior MSK Physiotherapist and gain real world experience in a successful and dynamic private practice and develop your skill set to ensure you thrive as you commence your career. 


The successful interns will get priority application to our new graduate Grad to Great Accelerated Development Program and subsequent career opportunities in our growing clinic.


To apply email with the heading 'Proactive Physio Student Internship'.

Applications for the internship program will close at 5pm on Friday the 1st of October 2021



It's first in, best dressed, so don't delay if you are interested in this fantastic opportunity.

If you have any further questions about the Proactive Physio 2021 Internship Program please feel free to contact Ben on (03) 5872 2221 or email

Look forward to hearing from you and helping you have a rewarding and successful career! 😃

If you'd like to find out more information on the what the Grad to Great Accelerated Development Program is about click on the button below

To hear more about what our team thinks about working with us check out what Athol has to say in the video

Check out our blog on the Top 10 tips on how to maximise your growth, enjoyment and success as a graduate physio 

If you want to compare how Proactive Physio operates compared to other private practice clinics click on the link below

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