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PHTY4225: Advanced Professional Practice B

2024 unit information

This unit provides students with opportunities to explore complex clinical problems for which neurological, cardiopulmonary and/or musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is indicated. Content will cover at an advanced level issues such as selection of intervention, referral to other professionals and determination of short, medium, and long term management strategies. Using a case-based approach, students will study injuries and diseases of the wrist and hand, respiratory/ cardiac disorders, chronic traumatic brain injury, oncology and complex regional pain syndrome as well as issues related to men's and women's health. Management will address rehabilitation in community settings, and patients with multi-system disorders, while addressing psychosocial issues that can significantly affect management.

Unit details and rules

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Movement Sciences

Code PHTY4225
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. describe the aetiology of selected hand and wrist conditions
  • LO2. describe the clinical presentation for selected conditions that affect the hand and wrist
  • LO3. apply the principles of hand therapy in the assessment and management of selected conditions of the hand and wrist
  • LO4. conduct a physical examination on a person with a condition or injury that affects the hand or wrist, that includes: ‘special’ orthopaedic tests for specific hand conditions, goniometric measurements, and manual muscle testing
  • LO5. describe treatment approaches for selected conditions that affect the hand and wrist
  • LO6. discuss the principles of splinting for an injury or condition that affects the hand or wrist
  • LO7. analyse when a clinical condition is beyond your scope of practice and describe when referral to a hand therapist or hand surgeon is indicated
  • LO8. describe the surgical management for selected conditions of the hand and wrist
  • LO9. describe and practice the essential components of a history and physical examination, including special tests, for common hand conditions
  • LO10. determine appropriate treatment strategies for management of common hand conditions
  • LO11. fabricate simple finger based and thumb thermoplastic splints relevant to the conditions discussed during tutorials
  • LO12. describe the lifetime care and support scheme
  • LO13. define and describe effective collaborative health care according to the evidence
  • LO14. prescribe an exercise program appropriate for a person with complex neurological impairments
  • LO15. investigate and describe appropriate return-to-sport options for a person with complex neurological impairments
  • LO16. describe the inclusion spectrum for disability sports activities and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the distinct categories
  • LO17. plan and interpret an exercise test for a person with complex neurological impairments
  • LO18. describe the basic physiological processes underlying the development and spread of cancer
  • LO19. describe the physical side effects secondary to treatment for cancer
  • LO20. discuss the need to acknowledge the psychological effects of a diagnosis of cancer and subsequent treatment
  • LO21. apply clinical reasoning to navigate for the treatment of the physical side effects of breast cancer treatment
  • LO22. outline the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying, and the clinical features of complex regional pain (CRPS)
  • LO23. perform a clinical assessment to identify for the presence of CRPS
  • LO24. describe conventional and novel treatment approaches for CRPS
  • LO25. describe the presentation and management for selected chronic pain conditions, including for CRPS
  • LO26. discuss management pathways for patients with selected chronic pain conditions
  • LO27. discuss factors that influence patient and provider preferences for treatment for patients with chronic pain syndromes
  • LO28. discuss the role of other disciplines in the management of chronic pain syndromes
  • LO29. discuss and practice strategies to evaluate a provider’s own approach to the management of a patient with a chronic pain syndrome.
  • LO30. Explore the breadth of physiotherapy interventions for men's and women's health

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2a 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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