Physiotherapy Through Life Stages

Course code PHTY3080Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course provides the physiotherapy clinical skills and knowledge needed for the evaluation and management of issues specific to particular life stages, for example, childhood, adolescence, the childbearing years and older age. The course involves advanced studies in physiotherapy practice related to specific life stages.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course the student will be able to:

1. Apply biomedical, epidemiological and behavioural scientific knowledge to the physiotherapy evaluation and management of people across the stages of life such as childhood, adolescence, childbearing and older ages.
2. Understand and consider relevant financial, cultural, legal and ethical considerations in managing patients across the life stages.
3. Perform comprehensive and appropriate patient/group/population assessment across various life stages.
4. Apply advanced clinical reasoning skills and a sophisticated evidence based approach to decision making in physiotherapy practice for people across the life stages.
5. Select and apply appropriate and relevant physiotherapy management strategies for people across the life stages.
6. Develop their skills in applying advanced management evaluation and outcome processes appropriate for physiotherapy practice.
7. Demonstrate an awareness of community resources available for people with specific health needs across the lifespan
8. Understand the functions of multidisciplinary teams and carers in the management of people across the life stages
9. Understand the physiotherapist's role in the multidisciplinary team.
Content1. Aetiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical aspects of health issues relating to life stages (such as childhood, peripartum, ageing, and the effects on systems including respiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal.
2. Comprehensive physiotherapeutic evaluation of individuals/groups/populations across the life stages.
3. Clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and implementing physiotherapy management relevant to specific life stages.
4. Techniques, indications, contraindications, complications, progression, biological basis of, and empirical evidence for, physiotherapeutic management of individuals and populations across the life stages.
5. Non-physiotherapeutic management (conservative, surgical and pharmacological) of health issues across the life stages.
6. Patient education and health promotion strategies relevant to specific life stages.
7. Psychosocial considerations relevant to managing patients across the life stages.
8. Ethical, lifespan, gender, cultural and legal issues relevant to the management of specific life stages
9. Multidisciplinary team management of health issues across the life stages, including team decision making and service delivery options.
Replacing Course(s)PHTY3010 Neurological Physiotherapy II, 20 units
(Note this is part of an integrated set of changes to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Program)
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHTY1040, PHTY1020, PHTY 2010, PHTY2020, PHTY2030, PHTY2040
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: On-lineOne 2 Hour MCQ and short answer examination
Essays / Written AssignmentsProduce a DVD demonstrating group processes
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment
Online DiscussionStudents required to contribute to online discussions
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 26 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 31 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program
Compulsory Program ComponentSuccessful completion of PHTY3070 and PHTY3020.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHTY3080