Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Physiotherapy


Associate Professor Prue Morgan




This final unit of the paediatric physiotherapy suite of units will allow consolidation of advanced clinical practice. Skills in critical decision-making and clinical reasoning ability for the management of paediatric conditions will be emphasised. Problem solving and advanced clinical skills within the context of family-centred practice will be explored. Learning will be experienced in the online classroom environment with individually tailored clinical experiences.


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

  1. Identify key performance characteristics of an advanced paediatric physiotherapist
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of theory supporting the physiotherapy management of paediatric conditions
  3. Critically evaluate the evidence underpinning paediatric physiotherapy practice, including identification of levels of evidence, systematic and narrative reviews
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of multidisciplinary management in the context of family-centred practice
  5. Formulate and answer a clinical question exploring an issue in paediatric physiotherapy
  6. Develop and evaluate an intervention to address an issue in paediatric physiotherapy
  7. Demonstrate through oral and written discussion of individualised patient issues, an advanced level of clinical reasoning
  8. Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills with the multidisciplinary team, patient and family.


Professional portfolio (1,000 words) (10%)
Clinical practice journal (2,000 words) (25%)
Clinical evidence review activity (2,000 words) (25%)
Clinical paediatric project report (2,000 words) plus poster (800 - 1,000 words) (40%)
Contribution to 4 x discussion boards (Hurdle)
Attendance requirement (individualised clinical experience; >80%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

Approximately 12 hours per week of interaction with online lectures and course material, completion of assessment tasks and participation in online communications with other students and tutor, plus an equal amount of self-directed study time. An additional up to 5 days of individualised clinical experience will be scheduled.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


MAP5003, PTY5100, and any two of PTY5101, PTY5102, PTY5104.