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PTY1011 - Physiotherapy 1

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Liz Molloy


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


PTY1011 is an integrated unit based on the five themes of the physiotherapy curriculum. Theme 1 Personal and professional development focuses on development of personal and professional attributes which assist transition from student to physiotherapist. Theme 2 Population, Society and Health addresses broader society and population health issues. Theme 3 Fundamental Knowledge of Health Sciences provides the knowledge which underpins physiotherapy practice. Theme 4 Applied practice develops clinical competencies integral to physiotherapy practice. Theme 5 Research focuses on the ability to locate, interpret and evaluate research as a foundation for evidence based practice.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Theme 1

  1. identify issues that affect transition from school to university and develop strategies for maintaining mental and physical health;
  2. demonstrate a range of effective tertiary level study skills (eg effective use of library and information technology and use of writing style guide);
  3. list the attributes that define a profession and societies expectations of a professional;
  4. identify the professionals who make up the health care team and describe their roles and responsibilities;
  5. work collaboratively in interdisciplinary learning groups and recognise the factors which determine effective teamwork;
  6. identify the key ethical and legal principles and theories that underpin health care policy and practice;
  7. demonstrate recommended work practices with respect to manual handling and standard precautions;
  8. develop basic skills professional communication including report and record writing;
Theme 2
  1. reflect on own values and assumptions regarding health and wellbeing;
  2. discuss health, wellbeing and disability in terms of the diversity of definitions and concepts;
  3. define, compare and contrast biological and ecological models of health;
  4. explain the World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework and its applications to health and social care practice;
  5. identify the socio-cultural, economic and physical determinants of health;
  6. identify inequalities in health and utilisation of service and the underlying reasons;
  7. critically reflect on contemporary debates regarding responsibility for health and the role for governments and private enterprise;
  8. reflect on the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of various perspectives on health and examine their implications for health and social care practice;
  9. describe the current legislative environmental and implications for Occupational Health and Safety in the clinical environment;
Theme 3
  1. describe the development and structure of the pelvis and lower limb;
  2. describe the biomechanics and kinesiology of the pelvis and lower limb;
  3. describe the physiology of the musculoskeletal system, the effects of damage to structures and mechanisms of repair;
  4. describe the principles of pharmacological management of pain and inflammation;
  5. detail the theory supporting the use of electrophysical agent for conditions of the lower limb;
Theme 4
  1. use the principles of record keeping to record the outcome of the patient history;
  2. take a patient history and perform physical examination of the pelvis and lower limb;
  3. apply physiotherapy techniques to the pelvis and the lower limb in sage an effective manner;
  4. assess the effectiveness of a physiotherapy technique and modify progress according to re-assessment findings;
  5. apply the principles of manual handling and risk minimisation to oneself and to the simulated
  1. apply the principles of biomechanics to the management of lower limb;
  2. demonstrate ethical principles, respect and understanding of patient needs in communication with patients, care givers and the multidisciplinary team appropriate to a simulated situation;
Theme 5
  1. distinguish between beliefs about effective health care and evidence of intervention effectiveness;
  2. recognise uncertainty in health care and the role of research in resolving uncertainty and evaluating health care practices;
  3. frame answerable clinical questions;
  4. recognise sources of bias that confound interpretation of study outcomes;
  5. state the strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological study designs;
  6. appreciate the role of outcomes measures in the assessment and monitoring of health status; and
  7. describe fundamental principles of measurement interpretation including reliability, validity and ability to detect important


Assessment in PTY1011 will be both formative and summative. Formative assessment tasks include an OSCE and on-line learning tasks. Hurdle requirements include attendance at 80% of tutorials and practical sessions and submission of a reflective portfolio. Summative assessment tasks: Written Assignments: 40%
End of semester examination: 60%.


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy