PTY3051 - Physiotherapy 5 - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Physiotherapy

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Liana Cope


Mr Stephen Maloney

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


PTY2031Not offered in 2019, PTY2042.


Must be enrolled in course 3868, 3891, M3002, M3003.


Students must submit valid preclinical documentation, as listed in the course handbook, to Administration staff by the deadline specified and communicated to students. Failure to submit these mandatory documents may result in students being unable to complete the course.


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.


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

THEME 1: Personal and Professional Development:

  1. Summarise the aims of palliative care and factors that impact on end of life issues;
  2. Explain how a physiotherapist can effectively contribute to health care teams working in the areas of palliative care, mental health, oncology, continence, women's health and amputee management;
  3. Modify communication in response to individuals, clients and families;

    THEME 2: Population, Society and Health:

  4. Identify how ethnicity and culture influence health, healthcare and illness;
  5. Identify how the key elements of the Australian health care system, including treatment frameworks by third party insurers, impact on physiotherapy practice;

    THEME 3: Fundamental Knowledge in Health Science:

  6. Apply knowledge of the endocrine, renal and reproductive systems and their common pathologies to physiotherapy management and patient care;
  7. Compare the belief structures behind mainstream and complementary therapies, and their efficacy in therapy;
  8. Explain the adaptation of human anatomy, posture and movement to workplace, leisure and aquatic environments, and apply these adaptations to patient conditions and patient care;
  9. Describe common mental health conditions and their impact upon patient management;
  10. Summarise the overarching principles of management for cancer, including therapeutic, surgical treatment options and physiotherapy management;
  11. Justify adaptations in musculoskeletal care across emergency, acute, and subacute environments;
  12. Categorise causes and presentation of intellectual impairment according to major groups and match these to appropriate assessment tools and health services and programs;

    THEME 4: Applied Practice:

  13. Apply physiotherapy management in specialised areas of practice, including patients presenting with complaints relating to oncology, women's health, amputees, chronic pain, and vestibular conditions;
  14. Verbalise sound clinical reasoning to justify modification of assessment and management skills reflecting patient-centred approaches;

    THEME 5: Research:

  15. Prepare a sound research project proposal and describe circumstances when ethics approval would be required; describe necessary the steps in securing ethics approval for research:
  16. Describe different approaches to qualitative research analysis; perform appropriate analysis of in depth interviews:
  17. Define and describe the steps required for an audit; describe the role of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards:
  18. Explain the utility of clinical practice guidelines and describe the AGREE II approach to the evaluation of clinical practice guidelines


All PTY3051 assessments (all are hurdle requirements):

  • 80% Attendance in case based learning (CBL) and practical classes
  • Written examination (30%) (3 hours)
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (35%)
  • Clinical Scenario Assignment (2,500 words including video creation of simulated patient interactions) (20%)
  • Anatomy image exam (30 minutes) (10%)
  • Research Folio (5%)

Workload requirements

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.

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