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PHTY4221: Advanced Professional Practice A

This unit focuses on the development of skills related to the 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 musculoskeletal conditions/injuries in different settings including primary care, compulsory third party and the work environment. Students will practice the application of advanced physiotherapy procedures to diagnose and treat selected regions and cases. 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 evidence based guidelines underpinning the management of work-related soft tissue injuries, focusing on the low back, neck and upper limb regions.

Code PHTY4221
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
PHTY3081 and PHTY3086

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

  • LO1. Musculoskeletal Module: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal physiotherapy by a. Safely and competently performing advanced manual therapy techniques including selected high velocity manipulation procedure b. Demonstrating a working knowledge of the risks and benefits of spinal manipulative therapy c. Evaluating clinical presentations to consider the potential for manual therapy, (particularly manipulation) to result in an adverse incident and make recommendations regarding how to avoid such incidents d. Applying manipulative procedures as a progression from manual therapies in a safe and effective manner with appropriate evaluation of outcomes
  • LO2. Musculoskeletal Module: Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning for patients with complex musculoskeletal problems by being able to: a. Describe features of serious pathologies that mimic musculoskeletal conditions b. Differentiate the sources of symptoms for complex conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. c. Evaluate the information obtained from examination to develop advanced and evidence based intervention approaches. d. Critically appraise and synthesise research evidence for use in the context of a clinical scenario i.e. demonstrate application of evidence-based clinical practice. e. Integrate points a-d to develop and implement management strategies for patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions, demonstrating knowledge of an appropriate course of treatment (including duration of management, number of sessions, types of interventions). f. Evaluate alternate approaches to musculoskeletal management and discuss their evidence base
  • LO3. Occupational health module: Explain the causes, prevention and management of work-related injury and illness within the Australian context
  • LO4. Occupational health module: Apply key resources relevant to work injury prevention and management cases including industry standards, guidelines and codes of practice and guidelines
  • LO5. Occupational health module: Engage in scholarly inquiry about WHS risks relevant to physiotherapy intervention and reflect on how to optimize the implementation of change in the workplace
  • LO6. Occupational health module: Demonstrate your understanding of the risk management process, scientific literature and WHS regulatory framework to develop an evidenced-based program aimed at achieving: a) primary injury prevention e.g. through analysis of a worksite health promotion or wellness program; ergonomic change in the workplace, b) secondary prevention and early injury management e.g. through implementation of treatment of various musculoskeletal injuries or disease using an integrated active approach to work injury management