The Department of Physiotherapy is committed to the sustainable socioeconomic development of the country achieving our goals through the provision of societal needs tailored education, conducting problem based research and delivering preventive, and rehabilitative services in the field of physiotherapy.
We aim to be the best Physiotherapy Department in terms of education, health care and research in East Africa by the year 2020.
Physiotherapy, often abbreviated as PT, is a health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention carried out by physiotherapists. Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
Physiotherapists (PTs) diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. PTs use an individual’s history and physical examination to arrive at a diagnosis and establish a management plan and, when necessary, incorporate the results of laboratory and imaging studies.
A wide range of conditions can be treated by physiotherapy these include neurological, neuro-musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory systems of the body. In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the profession include research, education, consultation, and administration.
Our Department runs both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of physiotherapy making us the only physiotherapy training center in Ethiopia. The 4 year undergraduate program – B.Sc. in Physiotherapy – begun in 2006 and has graduated 7 batches of physiotherapists. We also offer a 2 year M.Sc. in Physiotherapy and graduated our first batch of students in July 2012. We have produced a total number of 223 physiotherapists to date. We also have a further 80 students currently enrolled on our programs.
Our programs are offered by a combination of domestic and international staff. Our undergraduate programs benefit from the experience of Indian staff members whilst our postgraduate program is delivered by the international tutors who are recruited overseas from the University of South Australian and Netherlands.
The Department of Physiotherapy at University of Gondar was established in 2002 by volunteer physiotherapists from the Netherlands and a supporting team of Ethiopian physicians who believed that physiotherapy could improve the quality of life, making the University pioneer of physiotherapy in Ethiopia.
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