The department was established within the Faculty of Health Sciences (now Faculty of Medicine nd Heath Sciences) in 2002 with a Diploma in Physiotherapy program. Initially the program was designed with bi-annual intake and focused especially on rural rehabilitation. The first cohort graduated in 2006, since then the department has established a national virtuous reputation for its quality and excellence through teaching, learning and research. Prior to the establishment of the program the nationals had to go overseas for their training and until 2006 there were only two national physiotherapist and volunteers were providing the service to meet the unmet needs in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The education program has upgraded to degree level in 2008 and now, nearly 150 physiotherapists were trained.
Promote Healthy Wellbeing in line with university Core Values through excellence in Teaching and Learning, Research and Community Engagement
To educate upcoming and graduated national physiotherapist with physiotherapy skills, advance techniques, leadership, research, contribute to the communities, exchange of knowledge and application to improve health, prevent disability and encourage movement.
The program aims to train national physiotherapist with a degree in physiotherapy. The structure of the program aimed to meet the national and international framework of physiotherapy. A physiotherapist should be an autonomous by profession, who has the theoretical and practical knowledge and the attitude to assess, treat and advise patients, without regard to their age, race, sex, and sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs. By doing so he/she supports people with disabilities to obtain equal rights and opportunities.
Divine Word University provides a religiously oriented and socially conscious environment. While becoming professionally competent, students are encouraged to examine the ethical aspects of their profession. Bachelor of Physiotherapy emphasizes continuous learning, creativity and skills necessary for problem solving in an environment with limited resources. The program encourages questioning and critical thinking, to enable students and graduates to constructively contribute to health care within multi-disciplinary teams in a socially responsible manner.