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PHTY1024: Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice B

The unit builds upon the material covered and the skills learned during PHTY1023. It continues the context of physiotherapy professional practice on issues and practices in healthcare delivery affecting physiotherapists. As pain and muscle weakness are among the main complaints of most people seeking physiotherapy management, understanding and providing interventions to address these symptoms will be a focus. These interventions include, but are not limited to, patient education and exercise prescription. Several patient case studies will be introduced, and tools enabling students to find and determine current evidence for potential therapeutic interventions specific for these case studies will be provided and practiced. At the end of the unit, the students will be expected to be able to devise appropriate treatment plans for these simple case studies. The importance of communication, documentation and respect for cultural differences in profession practice is continued throughout this unit.

Code PHTY1024
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
BIOS1168 and PHTY1023
BIOS1169 and (EXSS1029 or EXSS2030)
Assumed knowledge:
High School Physics

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the protective legislation, the need for informed consent, and professional boundaries that apply to physiotherapy practice
  • LO2. explain the pathology and clinical presentation of common conditions presenting to physiotherapists, such as chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory arthritis
  • LO3. prescribe (teach) exercises using the principles of exercise prescription
  • LO4. plan for, and safely treat a person with a musculoskeletal condition, using a selected range of therapeutic skills, including the use of electro-physical agents (EPA) and manual therapy (e.g., soft tissue massage and joint mobilisation)
  • LO5. explain types of pain and their management
  • LO6. define and apply evidence-based practice (EBP) to physiotherapy practice and patient-centred care
  • LO7. demonstrate critical reflection skills in physiotherapy contexts.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.