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PTY2042 - Physiotherapy 4

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Prue Morgan


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


PTY2042 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 investigates the evolution of health promotion, its inherent values and assumptions. 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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Theme 1
1 review and reflect ongoing learning in the development of professional attitudes and skills;
2.recognise the need to modify clinical reasoning to account for personal and professional constraints;
3 recognise the life-time burden imposed on people with permanent disability;
4 demonstrate professional behaviour, respect and compassion when dealing with people with neurological conditions;
5 demonstrate knowledge, respect and support for the roles of other health care professionals involved in health and social care;
6 demonstrate effective communication with clients their care givers and others in the health and social care team;
7 recognise the boundaries of professional competence and refer or consult with other members of the health care team;
Theme 2
8 discuss and critically reflect on a range of health promotion theories of change;
9 define, compare and contrast medical, behavioural and socio-environmental approaches to health promotion;
10 explain the strengths and limitations of each approach and the strategies used within them;
11 propose strategies for integrating health promotion into physiotherapy practice;
12 identify the key developmental stages in a health promotion program;
13 apply a program planning model to a selected issues and document each stage of the plan;
14 locate key policies and sources of funding for health promotion;
15 identify the steps involved in writing a basic project proposal and funding application;
16 identify and utilise health services and other resources of benefit to people with neurological disorders;
17 promote lifestyle practices that minimise the risk of neurological conditions across the wider community;
Theme 3
18 describe the structure and function of the head, neck and spinal cord;
19 describe the physiological processes of the brain, cranial nerves and spinal cord;
20 describe the process of motor skill acquisition and be able to identify how it is affected in neurological conditions;
21 describe the structure and mechanism for sensory motor control;
22 describe the pathology of common neurological conditions and the impact on function;
23 describe how physical rehabilitation strategies enhance sensory-motor skill acquisition;
24 state the pharmacological management of common neurological conditions, the interaction between the effects of medication and the goals of physiotherapy;
25 select and locate equipment sources for independent and safe living;
26 describe the physiological hypotheses of chronic pain and the principles of management;
27 describe the use of electrophysical agents in the management of neuromuscular conditions;
28 prepare holistic multidisciplinary care plans for clients with neurological conditions;
Theme 4
29 perform assessment of neurological disorders;
30 apply safe manual handling skills to management of neurological conditions;
31 plan appropriate treatment
strategies for management of neurological conditions;
32 use information technology to access current information about best health care practices;
33 select and apply appropriate treatment strategies for management of neurological conditions with consideration of pharmacological management and clinical findings;
34 appropriately prescribe and instruct in the use of equipment for the disabled client;
35 appropriately document assessment, treatment and outcome measures in the management of neurological conditions;
36 effectively and safely use electrophysical agents for neurological conditions;
Theme 5
37 define probability, risk and odds;
38 explain odds ratios, risk reduction, absolute risk reduction, numbers needed to treat and numbers needed to harm; and
39 examine the role of outcomes measures in the assessment and monitoring of health status across the domains of function, physical impairment and pain, activity limitation and participation


Assessment in PTY2042 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 and submission of a Year 2 Portfolio. Summative: Research report: 5%
Group research project and written report: 10%
Written examination: 35%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 35%
Research assignment: 15%.


PTY1011 and PTY1022


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.