Physiotherapy in Community Health

Course code PHTY4060Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

The role of the physiotherapist in health promotion and community-based practice in rural and urban settings.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of issues of community health and epidemiology, including burden of illness, causation and health promotion issues relating to physiotherapy;
2. Appropriately pose questions concerning health issues for a target population;
3. Describe relevant models of community-based practice and rehabilitation and methods of evaluation;
4. Understand the diverse roles of physiotherapists in the provision of health care in rural and urban communities;
5. Discuss the scope of physiotherapy in health promotion and education in community-based populations;
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the determinants of effective delivery of physiotherapy services in the community;
7. Describe a range of community health care resources available in NSW;
8. Select, adapt and apply assessment and management strategies appropriate for clients in selected community groups;
9. Demonstrate the ability to assess and adapt living and work environments to facilitate client independence;
10. Assess and monitor change in functional status, including recognising the influence of common medications;
11. Recognise ethical, legal, socioeconomic and cultural influences on community health, both national and international;
12. Develop a project to address an identified health issue relevant to physiotherapy and a targeted community group.
Content1. The Ottawa charter of international health promotion burden of illness
2. Strategies for physiotherapy community health promotion, including: accessing target groups facilitating behavioral change social marketing strategies, including the development of materials for various forms of media health promotion
3. Community health issues in physiotherapy practice:
- models of rehabilitation
- models of community-based practice
- role of physiotherapy in the community
- evaluation of community physiotherapy services
- development of health promotion materials relevant to physiotherapy
4. Community health care resources available in NSW
5. Ethical, legal, socioeconomic and cultural issues in community-based physiotherapy practice, particularly Indigenous
6. Selected complex cases and their management in the community
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHTY3020, PHTY3040, PHTY3070
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: OralOral Defense - This assessment must be passed in order to pass the overall course.
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Online Discussion
Contact HoursProblem Based Learning: for 20 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentB Physiotherapy
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHTY4060