Advanced clinical knowledge and skills are needed for physiotherapy evaluation and management of complex neurological disorders. The course includes advanced studies in symptomatology; assessment procedures to define impairments and limitations in activity and participation; relevant clinical reasoning processes; and management skills and techniques.
- Semester 1 - 2018
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Apply biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge to the physiotherapy evaluation and management of more complex neurological disorders;
2. Describe the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical presentation of selected common complex neurological disorders, with particular emphasis on degenerative and traumatic neurological conditions;
3. Conduct an appropriate advanced examination of the neurological system in adults, including history and physical examination;
4. Apply advanced clinical reasoning skills and an evidence-based approach to decision making in neurological physiotherapy practice;
5. Describe the medical and team management of selected common complex neurological disorders;
6. Appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate advanced physiotherapeutic treatment procedures commonly used in the management of neurological dysfunction;
7. Apply advanced treatment evaluation and intervention outcome processes appropriate for neurological physiotherapy practice;
8. Discuss relevant gender, cultural, legal and ethical considerations in managing patients with complex neurological disorders;
9. Appreciate the role of the client, carers and other health care professionals in a holistic management of neurological patients within various models of service delivery;
10. Deliver information to the patient and family in such a way that it is understandable, encourages discussion and promotes patient participation in decision-making;
11. Recognise the role of the physiotherapist in advocating for the neurological patient, promoting health and preventing secondary dysfunction/disability;
12. Recognise the importance of record keeping in patient management, communication and service delivery.
- Classification of neurological disorders across the lifespan and their pathogenesis, including case study examples
- Manifestations of peripheral nerve/lower motor neurone lesions
- Neuroanatomical localisation of cerebral, brainstem and peripheral lesions; symptomatology following brain and spinal cord damage resulting from traumatic and degenerative processes of the nervous system
- Advanced information gathering/history taking and physical examination procedures for patients presenting with complex neurological disorders
- Advanced clinical reasoning in neurological physiotherapy practice in relation to the total management of specific patient cases
- Further outcome measures for neurological disorders, including those used for evaluating impairment, functional limitation and quality of life
- Aetiology, pathology and symptomatology of selected neurological conditions; medical and surgical management, including radiological investigations
- Principles of neurological rehabilitation practice related to selected neurological conditions; biological basis and empirical evidence for physiotherapy interventions
- Advanced physiotherapeutic management of patients with selected neurological conditions, including motor, sensory, perceptual and behavioural/cognitive deficits
- Traumatic brain injury: assessment, acute management and rehabilitation
- Management of ataxia and in coordination
- Assessment and management of vestibular disorders
- Spinal cord injury: functional levels, acute management and rehabilitation
- The adjunct role of Pharmacology in the management of neurological conditions
- Parkinsonism and other basal ganglia disorders, including medical management
- Physiotherapy management of akinesia, bradykinesia and associated movement problems
- Pathophysiology and management of Multiple Sclerosis.
- Assessment and management of falls risk in the elderly
- Other degenerative neurological disorders, including muscular dystrophies, spinal atrophy and motor neurone disease
- Physiotherapy assessment and management of patients with dementia
- Roles of other health professionals in team management of complex neurological disorders, including team decision making and service delivery options
- Advocating for the neurological patient: promoting health and preventing secondary dysfunction/disability
- Ethical, lifespan, gender, culteral and legal issues relevant to the mangement of neurological disorders
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of PHTY2030.
Formal Examination: Formal Exam
In Term Test: Prac Viva examinations *
Online Learning Activity: Contribution to online discussions
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
5 of the 24 tutorials are online discussions