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PTY3051 - Physiotherapy 5

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Prue Morgan


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


PTY3051 continues to develop students' knowledge and skills in the five theme areas upon which the four year curriculum is based. These are Theme 1 Personal and Professional Development; Theme 2 Population, Society and Health; Theme 3 Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science; Theme 4 Applied Practice; and Theme 5 Research. Case based learning remains the cornerstone for integration of the different themes within the course.


THEME 1: Personal and Professional Development -

  1. modify communication in response to individual people, clients and families; 2. integrate counselling to achieve person centred physiotherapy practice; 3. identify personal biases that impact on care delivery, develop strategies for ethical practice; 4.explain aims of palliative care; 5. detail the role of the physiotherapist in women's health; ergonomics, aquatic physiotherapy, and cancer management, continence management and sports physiotherapy; 6. identify factors that impact on end of life issues; 7. recognise the role of other members of the health care team working in palliative care, mental health, oncology, continence and amputee management; 8. explain the importance of good written and verbal communication in achieving continuity of care.
THEME 2: Population, Society and Health
  • identify how ethnicity and culture influence health, healthcare and illness;
  • recognise symptoms of torture and abuse in people from places of political unrest; 1
    1. apply ergonomic principles to prevent injury and maintain health;
    2. review key components of the Australian health care system;
    3. describe frameworks of treatment developed by third party insurers;
    4. describe processes for payment and entitlements for people injured in a car or work accident.

    THEME 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science
  • describe the structure and function of the pelvis and its contents;
  • discuss the kinesiology of the pelvic girdle;
  • describe the physiology of the endocrine, renal and reproductive systems;
  • describe the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, post partum and the menopause;
  • review the pharmacological management of pain, cancer, gastrointestinal, endocrine, renal and mental health conditions and the pharmacology of substance abuse and poisoning;
  • outline the use of complementary therapies and their research support; 2
    1. review psychological frameworks of cognitive, personality and emotional disturbances, suicide and depression;
    2. explain ergonomics and aquatic physiotherapy and develop skills in these areas;
    3. discuss the management of bladder and bowel health difficulties for people across the life span;
    4. describe mental health conditions and their impact upon patient management;
    5. explore the management of cancer for people of all ages and relevant therapeutic, surgical treatment options and physiotherapy management;
    6. analyse relevant management of people following upper and lower limb amputation, the biomechanics of gait and selection and use of prostheses;
    7. outline issues related to progressive illness and relevant management;
    8. review pain related to childbirth, amputation and chronic pain;
    9. describe risk minimization and its influence on physiotherapy practice

    THEME 4: Applied Practice
    30. modify clinical reasoning to account for personal bias, research findings, cultural, cognitive and emotional factors, ethical
    principles and
    available workplace resources; 3
    1. apply physiotherapy management in specialized areas of practice
    2. extend skills in assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions to sports injuries pelvic ring dysfunction and headache;
    3. devise teaching plans for individual and group education;

    THEME 5: Research
    34. explore research evidence of effectiveness of interventions; 35. locate and appraise qualitative, quantitative, diagnostic and prognostic studies relevant to practice; 36. assess validity of research studies using standardised procedures; 37. submit comprehensive and defensible appraisals and


    Hurdle requirements: Reflective Portfolio
    Attendance and participation in CBL, practical and tutorial sessions
    Skills mastery checklist

    Formative Assessments: On line quizzes
    Tutorial participation
    Reflective Portfolio

    Summative Assessments: Written Examination (hurdle): 25%
    OSCE (hurdle): 30%
    CBL Assignment: 20%
    Anatomy flag race: 5%
    Research folio: 5%
    Group exercise presentation: 5%
    Interview assignment: 10%.


    PTY2031, PTY2042


    Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.