The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with skills required for a comprehensive systematic review of the literature as well as exploring advanced concepts in physiotherapy professional practice, health communication and specialised areas of physiotherapy management.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply an evidence based approach to a variety of areas of advanced physiotherapy practice.

2. Search, analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant scientific literature to underpin a systematic review in a chosen topic area and develop a systematic review document demonstrating advanced writing skills and an appreciation of the implications of their work for physiotherapeutic practice.

3. Demonstrate and discuss the application of advanced skills in health communication and reflect on the adaption and integration of these skills to assist problem solving in the clinical situation.

4. Recognise the relevance of professional and ethical issues and evaluate their impact on the practice of physiotherapy in both public and private healthcare settings.


  1. Effective and safe application of basic skills and knowledge related to physiotherapy clinical practice in specialised areas of practice inlcuding burns management, hand therapy, persistent pain, and oncology.
  2. Issues, policies and procedures relevant to physiotherapy practice management in both the private and public sectors, including accreditation of services.
  3. Advanced professional issues, including government legislation and professional code of conduct.
  4. Advanced concepts in clinical communication including conflict resolution skills and motivational interviewing.
  5. Skills related to undertaking a systematic review of literature relevant to a chosen topic and write up of outcomes of the review.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Groupwork Systematic Review

Written Assignment: Clinical Journal/Portfolio

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Please note: Classes may need to vary depending on public holidays.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Please note: Classes may need to vary depending on public holidays.