Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Physiotherapy


Dr Rebecca Lane



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development

  1. Acquire and utilise a range of strategies that enable effective communication with clients with cardiorespiratory illness;
  2. Identify the roles and responsibilities of the physiotherapist and other members of the health care team in the management of the client with acute and chronic cardiorespiratory illness;
  3. Recognise issues surrounding care and develop ethical and professional practice skills with respect to individual with cardiorespiratory illness.

Theme 2: Population, Society and Health

  1. Identify the structures, systems and institutions of the Australian health policy environment, and discuss the role of evidence-based practice in setting policy agendas;
  2. Analyse a range of public policy issues so as to understand government process and political lobbying by organizations, individuals and communities;
  3. Explain local, federal and international health policy issues, including the role of agencies (government and non-government) on the development and implementation of health policy;
  4. Explore the policy cycle in the context of a National Health Priority Area; and develop physiotherapy specific interventions that address these priority areas.

Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science

  1. Explain the anatomical structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system;
  2. Describe the pathology of cardiorespiratory related diseases;
  3. Explain the physiology of the cardiorespiratory system and physiological adaptations to exercise and pathology;
  4. Explain the principles of pharmacological management of cardiorespiratory disorders;
  5. Investigate and explain evidence based physiotherapy intervention relevant to the management of the cardiorespiratory client.

Theme 4: Applied Practice

  1. Conduct a targeted physiotherapy assessment of the cardiorespiratory system;
  2. Demonstrate evidence based clinical reasoning, and develop a client-centered, prioritised problem list;
  3. Interpret clinical problem lists, and develop and prescribe appropriate management techniques for the cardiorespiratory client across the lifespan;
  4. Evaluate and reflect on treatment outcomes, and devise a plan for ongoing management (including goal setting and discharge planning);
  5. Maintain a safe and effective workplace, and minimise risk to both therapist and client.

Theme 5: Research

  1. Develop a systematic review protocol following Cochrane guidelines and formulate a focussed question integrating knowledge from previous studies ;
  2. Demonstrate advanced skills in using Word and EndNote software in document construction, table formation and reference management;
  3. Calculate and interpret the following statistical concepts: 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 and performance (5%)

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.

Workload requirements

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.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in course M3003.

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