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Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice A - PHTY1023

Year - 2020

This unit sets the context of physiotherapy professional practice through an introduction to the issues and practices in healthcare delivery affecting physiotherapists, including relevant professional, state and federal policies and laws related to professional conduct. The unit also examines the observation and measurement of normal movement using methods that are suitable for clinical application, including biomechanical analyses. The importance of reliable assessment/measurement is emphasised, and the validity and reliability of different procedures are studied. Students are taught and practice several basic but significantly important assessment techniques, including history taking (focused on musculoskeletal patients), general musculoskeletal screening, observation of normal movement, joint range of motion assessment, muscle strength/weakness assessment, and the assessment of joint passive accessory movements. The importance of communication, documentation and respect for cultural differences in professional practice is addressed. Students are introduced to the concepts and principles of evidence-based practice.

2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Academic Honesty (online assessment; 0%, barrier task), Accelerate Communication Excellence (ACE; online assessment, 0%, barrier task), 1000wd project report (30%) and practical skills assessment (20%), 1x2-hr written exam (50%)

Recommended: Dutton M. Introduction to Physical Therapy and Patient Skills, 2014 Go to: Prentice W E, Quillen W S, Underwood F. Therapeutic Modalities in Rehabilitation. 4th ed, 2011 Go to: Carr J H, Shepherd R B. Stroke Rehabilitation: guidelines for exercise and training to optimize motor skill. 2003 A Physiotherapist's Guide to Clinical Measurement. St Louis: Churchill Livingstone. Fox and Day (2009) Go to:

Additional information
Students will complete an online academic integrity module, and the Accelerate Communication Excellence module as part of this unit of study.

Assumed knowledge
High School Physics (or equivalent)




Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Physiotherapy
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Fereshteh Pourkazemi
HECS Band: 2
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