Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Chris Smith


PTY2031 develops the 5 themes on which the 4 year curriculum is based.
Theme 1 Personal & Professional Development: explores effective communication with clients with cardiorespiratory conditions.

Theme 2 Population, Society & Health: explores issues relating to healthcare policy development and delivery.

Theme 3 Fundamental Knowledge of Health Science: provides the biomedical and physiotherapy knowledge that underpins physiotherapy clinical practice.

Theme 4 Applied Practice: develops clinical skills integral to physiotherapy practice in the management of cardiorespiratory clients.

Theme 5 Research: explores knowledge and skills that relate to the ability to critically evaluate research.


Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development

  • Identify the issues surrounding care and treatment of the patient with chronic illness;
  • Develop a range of strategies that enable effective communication with clients with chronic illness;
  • Recognise the life-time burden imposed on people with chronic disability;
  • Discuss the conflict between autonomy and paternalism in the care and treatment of older people;
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the physiotherapist and other members of the health care team in the management of the patient with chronic illness.
  • Clarify the role of the physiotherapist in Accident & Emergency Care and High Dependency and Intensive care;

Theme 2: Population, Society and Health
  • Discuss health policy as an historically dynamic process which fundamentally impacts on individuals in their daily activities;
  • Identify the structures, systems and institutions of the Australian health policy environment;
  • Analyse a range of public policy issues so as to understand government process and political lobbying by organizations, individuals and communities;
  • Discuss health policy issues on several fronts, including within the local, federal and international contexts;
  • Explain the role of governments and their agencies, non-government organisations and the community in the development and implementation of health policy;
  • Distinguish between power, authority and influence in the development of health policy;
  • Discuss the role of evidence-based practice in setting policy agendas;
  • Explore the policy cycle in the context of a National Health Priority Area;
  • Design a targeted exercise program based on a National Health priority area.

Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science
  • Explain structure and function of the cardiac, respiratory and circulatory systems;
  • Describe the normal physiological processes of the cardiac, respiratory and circulatory systems;
  • Describe pathology of arterial and lung disease and their impact on cardiac, respiratory and circulatory functions;
  • Explain normal adaptations of the cardiorespiratory system to exercise in the presence of cardiorespiratory pathology;
  • Explain principles of pharmacological management of cardiorespiratory disorders;
  • Describe the physiology of exercise;
  • Describe the use of relevant electrophysical agents in the management of cardiac and respiratory conditions;
  • Adapt physiotherapy skills to acute care management in the emergency department and intensive care.

Theme 4: Applied Practice
  • Take a patient history and perform a physical examination of the cardiorespiratory system;
  • Demonstrate respiratory and cardiac management techniques relevant to the cardiorespiratory patient across the lifespan;
  • Prescribe appropriate exercises and exercise progression for the acute and chronic cardiorespiratory patient;
  • Demonstrate appropriate manual handling and positioning of self in performing tests and treatment techniques mindful of risk minimisation;
  • Analyse normal posture and factors contributing to abnormal posture;
  • Demonstrate satisfactory manual handling technique when working with clients with disorders of the thorax;
  • Interpret basic radiographs of the chest and vertebral column;
  • Apply the principles of exercise physiology to the health and well being of simulated clients;
  • Use selected electrophysical agents in safe and effective manner for disorders of the thorax;
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills in the management of people with complex acute conditions;
  • Apply first aid techniques at a Level 2 standard.

Theme 5: Research
  • Develop a focussed question, aims, inclusion and exclusion criteria and search strategies
  • Extend EndNote skills
  • Write a protocol for a systematic review following Cochrane guidelines
  • Gain advanced skills in Word
  • Develop skills in quality assessment of trials of interventions and systematic reviews
  • Identify and extract data relevant to the review question
  • Use tables effectively to display data
  • Calculate and interpret proportions, rates, risk, probabilities, incidence, prevalence, odds
  • Calculate and interpret absolute and relative risk reduction, odds ratios and risk ratios


Written assignment: 15%
Written examination: 30%
OSCE: 25%
Research Activities folder: 15%
Anatomy assessment: 5%
Physiology assessment: 5%
CBL learning & performance: 5%.
Hurdle requirement - professional conduct: Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Chris Smith

Contact hours

10 hours of lectures, 3 hours of tutorials and 3 hours of client centred learning (small group teaching), and 4 hours of physiotherapy practical sessions per week. Students will also be expected to undertake private study and preparation in addition to assigned self-directed study related to the material in the unit manual and further required reading.


PTY1011 and PTY1022


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

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