Associate Professor Jenny Mcginley

Jenny Mcginley

About the Department

Established in 1991, The Department of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne makes distinctive contributions to the physiotherapy profession and society through learning & teaching, research and engagement. The Department of Physiotherapy thrives on a community environment with extensive collaborations with stakeholder partners within the acute, private and primary care sectors. We are a Department within the School of Health Sciences that is friendly and welcoming. Outstanding academics lead innovative entry to practice and post graduate programs. Our research is world ranked and we have been highly successful is obtaining competitive grants and publishing our research findings. The outstanding teaching and research nexus this provides means our graduates receive 'cutting edge' evidence and knowledge upon which to base their future practice. Our students have access to excellent teaching and learning spaces including a new lecture theatre and tutorial rooms, large practical rooms, a state of the art simulation laboratory and large gait laboratory. Staff have recently moved to new offices in the Alan Gilbert building but teaching and learning and research remain in Berkeley Street.

Teaching and Learning

Our vision in teaching and learning is to create a new generation of physiotherapist through a focus on excellence, professional commitment, research and leadership.

Our department has extensive experience with graduating excellent work ready graduates over the past 21 years through our Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. In 2011 we transitioned to our new three year, graduate entry masters level Doctor of Physiotherapy degree, the first of its kind in Australia. Building on prior learning at an undergraduate level, the Doctor of Physiotherapy provides students with a comprehensive, integrated course in the theory and practice of physiotherapy. Students are well prepared for the changing roles of the physiotherapist in areas such as chronic disease management, health promotion and prevention, emergency medicine, acute care and private practice. Our graduates are trained to be workforce ready and many return to enroll in our PhD, MPhil and masters by coursework programs.

Students in Physiotherapy can expect dynamic and interactive learning through the structure of our academic programs, outstanding clinical placements and innovation in use of e- learning: all being informed by current evidence and best practice. We provide a friendly and supportive learning environment, exposure to outstanding educators and clinicians from first year, a strong cohort experience, learning programs underpinned by strong scientific research, and mentoring from dedicated academics with enthusiasm for student learning. Co- and extra-curricular experiences (including our strong clinical education program) are designed to enhance learning, individual development and preparation for a career in healthcare. Our professional team ensures student centered services that are efficient, effective and delivered in a professional and friendly manner.


Our vision for research is to produce high quality world class research with community impact.

We have a large cohort of research higher degree students and we strive to create a climate of research excellence and leadership within the profession through fostering student publication and scholarly presentations. Our research higher degree students are well supported with quality supervision and resources and we have excellent student completion rates. The department has several internationally renowned researchers in the fields of musculoskeletal (Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports medicine : CHESM), paediatrics, women's health, education, ethics and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. Academics who undertake research also teach so that our teaching – research nexus is very strong and student information is relevant and evidence based. Our researchers work both on campus in a large gait laboratory and in clinical settings. We have an outstanding record of success in obtaining highly competitive national research grants, publish widely and receive invitations to present at national and international conferences.


The Department's vision for engagement is to work with partners to further key priorities in physiotherapy knowledge. Its research is embedded in clinical contexts, undertaken in the community and public hospitals and is designed to address clinical research questions, making translation to patient populations more seamless.

Associate Professor Jenny Mcginley
Melbourne School of Health Sciences