Cardiorespiratory Rehabilitation

Subject 513-682 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - 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: 20 hours of lectures and seminars, 40 hours of clinical workshops.
Total Time Commitment: Students are expected to undertake a number of hours of self directed learning in this subject. Approximately 50 hours of self directed learning is suggested.
Prerequisites: For Masters by Coursework: 513-662 Cardiorespiratory Science For Postgraduate Certificate: 513-699 Physiotherapy Professional Portfolio and 513-662 Cardiorespiratory Science
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:


Dr Linda Denehy
Subject Overview:

This subject builds on the knowledge and skills gained in 513-662 Cardiorespiratory Science. This subject will enable students to build on their undergraduate knowledge and clinical experience in the areas of evidence based practice, program evaluation, cardiorespiratory outcome measures, exercise in cardiorespiratory dysfunction, efficacy of components of rehabilitation, medical management of related diseases including pharmacological management and oxygen therapy, nutrition, ageing, osteoporosis, marketing and setting up new rehabilitation programs and running a safe and effective exercise class. It is designed to allow students to refine clinical reasoning and manual skills in the clinical setting, including patient assessment and treatment, and education of caregivers and other health professionals. Students will be expected to gain experience under supervision in the management of both medical and surgical patients.

Assessment: Written assignment of 2,000 words (25%), oral presentations totaling 25%, practical assessment including skills examination totaling 15%, exercise class practical examination 15% and clinical assessment 20%. Students must gain a pass in both the practical and theoretical components in order to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate the following generic skills:

  • An understanding of professional responsibility and ethical principles in relation to individuals and community, both locally and internationally
  • The ability to evaluate and synthesise research and professional literature and apply this information
  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations at an appropriate level
  • Well-developed problem-solving abilities in both the clinical and the theoretical aspects of cardiothoracic physiotherapy
  • A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work
  • Critical evaluation of assessment and treatment approaches
  • Education of patients, caregivers and health professionals;
  • Consultancy and advocacy;
  • Goal setting, self-evaluation and reflective practice

On completion of the subject, students will will be expected to be able to demonstrate the following specific skills:

  • Patient assessment and treatment planning including integration and interpretation of patient problems and effective goal setting
  • Physiotherapeutic intervention that is based on sound base of evidence and sensitive to service delivery models and the culture of both the patient and the organization
  • A capacity to be an effective member of a team-based approach to patient care and to take a leadership role in the team as appropriate
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy (Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy)
Master of Physiotherapy (General) CW
Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Cardiorespiratory Exercise)

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