This unit consists of two integrated modules which together develop advanced management of musculoskeletal disorders in various settings. Students will develop more advanced manual therapy, exercise prescription and clinical reasoning skills. They will explore complex clinical problems by applying evidence-based practice to prevention and management of soft issue injuries, in different settings including primary care, compulsory third party and the work environment. In the first module students will practice the application of advanced physiotherapy procedures, including manipulation, and mechanical diagnoses and treatment to selected regions and cases. In the second module, students will use case based learning and advanced clinical reasoning skills to explore complex musculoskeletal impairments and their management. Students will explore the evidence basis for the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders using ergonomic, exercise, screening and wellness approaches. Students will also apply an understanding of the WHS regulatory framework and evidenced-based guidelines underpinning the management of work-related soft tissue injuries, focusing on the low back, neck and upper limb regions.
3x1hr lec/wk for 8 wks, 1x2 hr tut-prac/wk for 6 wks
10 min practical exam (25%), 1x2hr written exam (75%)
PHTY3081 and PHTY3086Co-requisites