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)Stephen Maloney


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===

  • modify communication in response to individual people, clients and families;
  • integrate counselling to achieve person centred physiotherapy practice;
  • identify personal biases that impact on care delivery, develop strategies for ethical practice;
  • explain aims of palliative care;
  • detail the role of the physiotherapist in women's health; ergonomics, aquatic physiotherapy, and cancer management, continence management and sports physiotherapy; + identify factors that impact on end of life issues;
  • recognise the role of other members of the health care team working in palliative care, mental health, oncology, continence and amputee management;
  • explain the importance of good written and verbal communication in achieving continuity of care.
  • list organizational factors that impact on clinical practice

===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; + apply ergonomic principles to prevent injury and maintain health;
  • review key components of the Australian health care system;
  • describe frameworks of treatment developed by third party insurers;
  • describe processes for payment and entitlements for people injured in a car or work accident.
  • describe the impact of health care economics on health care delivery

===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;
  • review psychological frameworks of cognitive, personality and emotional disturbances, suicide and depression;
  • explain ergonomics and aquatic physiotherapy and develop skills in these areas;
  • discuss the management of bladder and bowel health difficulties for people across the life span;
  • describe mental health conditions and their impact upon patient management;
  • explore the management of cancer for people of all ages and relevant therapeutic, surgical treatment options and physiotherapy management;
  • analyse relevant management of people following upper and lower limb amputation, the biomechanics of gait and selection and use of prostheses;
  • outline issues related to progressive illness and relevant management;
  • review pain related to childbirth, amputation and chronic pain;
  • describe risk minimization and its influence on physiotherapy practice
  • adapt physiotherapy skills to acute care management in the emergency department;
  • review the use of immobilisation in injury healing;
  • extend skills in the assessment and management of vertebral conditions;
  • describe causes and presentation of Intellectual impairment and relevant assessment tools, services and programs for people with an intellectual impairment.

===THEME 4: Applied Practice===
  • modify clinical reasoning to account for personal bias, research findings, cultural, cognitive and emotional factors, ethical principles and available workplace resources;
  • apply physiotherapy management in specialized areas of practice;
  • extend skills in assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions including sports injuries, pelvic ring dysfunction, spinal and headache;
  • devise teaching plans for individual and group education;
  • demonstrate clinical reasoning skills in the management of people with complex acute conditions;
  • deliver exercise prescription and education, including functional progression of exercises based on knowledge of pathophysiology and clinical assessment findings;
  • conduct appropriate patient interviews including the use of augmentative communication and AUSLAN;
  • select appropriate methods for measurement of relevant health indicators;

===THEME 5: Design and describe a systematic review protocol===
  • prepare a sound project proposal;
  • describe circumstances when ethics approval for a project would be required and the steps in gaining ethics approval;
  • describe quality in-depth interviews: applications and key features;
  • describe a framework for designing and conducting qualitative research;
  • identify methods of data analysis in qualitative research;
  • define audit and differentiate audit from research;
  • identify steps in the audit process;
  • describe the role of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards;
  • apply key features of an effective power point presentation;
  • discuss attributes of good public speakers;
  • prepare for the clinical practice guideline (CPG) assignment to be completed in PTY3062;
  • use the AGREE instrument to analyse a CPG;
  • describe ways in which research skills can be utilised to enhance practice and the practice environment.


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

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%.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Stephen Maloney

Contact hours

Approximately 20 hours per week contact time for the twelve weeks of semester. 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


PTY2031, PTY2042


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

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