This unit comprises three modules. The neurodegenerative module examines the pathology, impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions arising from neurodegenerative conditions which require adaptation (such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease). The spinal cord injury module of this unit focuses on the physiotherapy management of spinal cord lesions. The self-management module focuses on increasing physical activity in neurological populations and use of technology in rehabilitation. All modules incorporate evidence-based practice and integrated patient-centred healthcare. Students learn to promote, assess and train or prescribe appropriate aids to enable activity performance, such as rolling over, sitting, walking, transferring, wheelchair mobility and reaching and manipulating objects.
1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial or practical/week
Mid-semester assignment (20%), end of semester practical/viva assessment (20%), end of semester written exam (60%)
Carr JH, Shepherd RB/Neurological Rehabilitation - Optimizing motor performance 2nd ed. 2010, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Biomechanics of normal movement, neuroanatomy.