Physiotherapy Practice 2

Subject 513-410 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours seminars and tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Students will need to allow time for self-directed learning. The following hours are given as minimum requirements: 1 hour pre/post reading for lectures, 2 hours per hour of tutorial sessions and 2 hours extra per week for practical classes. Fourth year students will need to spend approximately 2 hours per day in study and at least 2 extra hours per week practising clinical skills.
Prerequisites: This subject is not available as a single subject. Students must be currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to undertake this subject.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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Subject Overview:

This subject allows students to appreciate the diversity and depth of physiotherapy practice, policies and processes of the health care system, and to review and question physiotherapy clinical practice from multiple perspectives. These perspectives include evidence presented in the current literature, perspectives of key stakeholders including funding bodies, patients, practising physiotherapists and students themselves. Subject areas comprise women's health, law and ethics, health practice management and health promotion, communication skills in physiotherapy, public and government health policy and employment and careers in physiotherapy. Students will be given an opportunity to examine these issues in depth through the submission of an essay on ethics in clinical practice and by working collaboratively in small groups to develop research questions and design research projects relating to physiotherapy practice. Each groups research project will be presented in the form of a written ethics application and presented at a "research and practice" conference.

Assessment: Women's Health written essay of 1,500 words (20%), Group presentation and completed ethics application (35%); and a professional issues/ethics written assignment of 2,500 words (45%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

The aims of this subject are to:

  • Broaden students' knowledge of the practice of physiotherapy, and the current evidence associated with such practice.
  • Add to stduents' practical and theoretical knowledge of legal and ethical principles pertinent to physiotherapy practice.
  • Provide opportunities for students to seek and evaluate information from a variety of sources, including libraries, government agencies, colleagues, the media and patients.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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