Physiotherapy Practice 1

Subject 513-304 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Year Long, - 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: 60 hours throughout third year
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. Third 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:


Dr Louisa Jane Remedios
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the roles and responsibilities of the physiotherapist as a health care provider and the practice of physiotherapy within the health care system. Professional Issues: includes management and presentation skills; Occupational Health and Ergonomics: addresses issues of risk identification and management in the workplace; and Principles of Health Promotion and Education: looks at the wider issues of health promotion in populations.


Students will build on any previous experience, research and knowledge as well as from information in the course and will be able to:

  • Demonstrate, in a written assignment, selection of appropriate community health promotion activites by understanding epidemiology, needs analysis, and evaluation.
  • Plan and implement, idependently and effectively, a risk analysis and management plan for a person in the workforce and submit a written assignment.
  • Research a given topic for presentation to fellow students at the student conference and present clearly in an interesting way that reflects cultural sensitivity, ethics and current information.
  • Written assignment 2,000 words, due April (30%)
  • Written assignment 1,000 words, due July (20%)
  • Annotated bibliography 600 words, due start of Theory Block 3 (10%)
  • Group abstract 300 words, due start of Theory Block 3 (10%)
  • Group podium / poster presentation at the end of Theory Block 3 (30%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

This subject encompasses particular generic skills objectives. On completion of the subject, students should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills of clinical physiotherapy practice integrated with new information about health promotion, community health, physiotherapy in the workplace to promote professional behaviour and practice
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills through written assignments and oral or poster presentation
  • Identify the roles of the physiotherapist as a professional in the community and of the interaction between improving health clinically and health promotion
  • Participate effectively as a team member towards the success of the physiotherapy student conference in understanding the purpose of a professional conference and the topic assigned

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