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PTY1022 - Physiotherapy 2

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Sophie Paynter


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


PTY1022 is an integrated unit based on the 5 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 relates primarily to healthcare service delivery in the rural sector and behaviour change. Theme 3 Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science 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 and evaluate research as a foundation for evidence based practice.


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

  1. apply legal and ethical concepts to healthcare practice, clinical research and personal experiences in teaching and learning activities in university and clinical settings;
  2. reflect on developing professional skills and strategies for improving effectiveness;
  3. demonstrate effective communication with clients and students from other health and social care disciplines;
  4. analyse the relationships and professional boundaries of all members of the health care team; Theme 2
  5. identify social, economic and environmental determinants that affect health;
  6. describe and discuss the health care services and facilities available;
  7. identify potential issues that relate to service delivery in the rural sector;
  8. explore health promotion strategies that address the National Health priority areas of musculoskeletal conditions;
  9. incorporate health promotion principles into the clinical reasoning process;
  10. analyse personal determinants of health and develop, implement and evaluate a self-management program; Theme 3
  11. describe the phases of the human lifespan;
  12. describe the development and structure of the spine and upper limb;
  13. describe the biomechanics and kinesiology of the spine and upper limb;
  14. describe the physiology of the peripheral nerves, effects of damage to these structures and mechanisms of repair;
  15. describe the phenomenon and mechanism of referred pain;
  16. describe the pathophysiology of inflammation;
  17. explain the theory of electrical stimulation, its therapeutic effects and safety considerations; Theme 4
  18. detail normal childhood development;
  19. apply the principles of biomechanics and kinesiology to the management of the cervical and lumbar spine and the upper limb;
  20. perform physical examination of the cervical spine and upper limb;
  21. perform physiotherapy management skills for the cervical and lumbar spine and upper limb;
  22. distinguish between local and referred pain;
  23. identify the signs and symptoms of joint disease and distinguish between infection and inflammation;
  24. interpret basic normal and pathological radiographs of the cervical spine and upper limb across the lifespan;
  25. apply the principles of splinting and cast making to construct an upper limb splint;
  26. simulate selected dysfunctions and disabilities to aid in the learning of empathy and the understanding of physical problems;
  27. demonstrate correct body positioning during manual handling in accordance with Workcover legislation;
  28. adhere to the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  29. assess the environment for any risks to personal and client safety;
  30. compare the roles of urban and rural practitioners;
  31. use electrophysical agents in a safe and effective manner; Theme 5
  32. explain the difference between empirical investigations into intervention effectiveness and summaries of studies of intervention effects;
  33. use systematic reviews in the Cochrane library

and other electronic databases; 34. select databases that are relevant to physiotherapy; 35. access relevant information utilizing search filters; 36. generate a research question and conduct a literature search for relevant systematic reviews; and Implement a simple procedure to evaluate the quality of a selected systematic review. Upon completion of the one week Rural Health Inter-professional Attachment students will be able to: - Recognise the importance of location to health and health service delivery; - Describe and discuss the health and community services and facilities available in a rural location; - Begin to recognise how rural health differs across gender, age, race and sexual orientation; and - Compare and contrast rural and metropolitan physiotherapy


Assessment in PTY1022 will be both formative and summative. Formative assessment tasks include on-line learning tasks. Hurdle requirements include attendance at 80% of tutorials and practical sessions
Attendance and participation in the Rural Health inter-professional attachment
Completion of Level 2 First Aid
Successful completion of both written and OSCE examinations. Students may be required to sit supplementary examinations in written or OSCE assessments if they do not achieve a pass grade in either. Summative assessments tasks: Written Assignment: 30%
Written examination:35%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): 25%+ CBL learning and performance 5% and Anatomy assessments 5%.


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy