Skip to main content
Unit of study_

PHTY3086: Physiotherapy in Multisystem Problems

In this unit, students will explore common clinical conditions in which the primary problem is complicated by the co-existence of other pathologies, involvement of other physiological systems or where environmental, psychological or socio-economic factors are of primary significance. Students will examine management and interventions for conditions such as whiplash, amputation, diabetes, facial nerve disorders, burns, preganancy and post birth and a range of multisystem problems. Students will also consider the impact of mental health problems on patient responses and will investigate other complex clinical cases involving health, psycho-social and socio-economic factors, particularly in older people. The unit will provide the student with an understanding of the roles of other health workers in the multidiscilpinary management of patients and of the legislation and social services relevant to the care of people within the community and in rural and remote areas.

Code PHTY3086
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
PHTY2060 and PHTY3081

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

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the various professionals, including physiotherapists, who work in the area of aged care and have a working knowledge of relevant legislation pertaining to management of older people with health needs
  • LO2. explain how elderly people are managed in a variety of residential and hospital settings and the services that are available for elderly people
  • LO3. examine the effects of cognitive decline in some older people
  • LO4. understand the key issues around areas such as elder abuse and palliative care in the ageing population
  • LO5. solve relevant clinical problems accessing appropriate resources and using a process of clinical reasoning
  • LO6. identify the potential psychosocial impact of illness, disease and/or disability
  • LO7. select physiotherapy interventions based on the best evidence available and identify how the intervention would be managed and evaluated
  • LO8. describe a plan of management which recognises the potential role of a number of different health practitioners.

Unit outlines

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