Physiotherapy Practice 2

Subject 513-410 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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:


Dr Clare Delany
Subject Overview:

Physitherapists and physiotherapy students are involved in clinical care and clinical decision-making which are not just influenced by evidence as to which treatment is best, but also by their own individual perspectives, patients' wishes, ethical principles, cultural values, law, funding, treatment and time constraints. This subject focuses on decision-making in clinical practice and in particular, decisions that have an ethical component. making clinical decisions in physiotherapy practice relies upon an understanding of a range of different perspectives and values. Clinical decisions are influenced by what is considered best for the patient from an evidence-based perspective; from the treating physiotherapists' perspective; according to petients' wishes, ethical principles, psychological principles, cultural values and financial constraints. This subject introduces students to the different perspectives and factors that influence their clinical decision-making. The subject focuses on women's health as an example of a clinical area of practice that relies on an understanding of evidence underpinning treatment and socio-cultural and value systems.


Specific Objectives

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand the meaning and application of ethical principles in clinical decision-making
  • develop skills in recognising ethical issues in clinical practice
  • be aware of the practical constraints that impact on ideal ethical practice
  • undertsand the influence of law in clinical practice
  • be aware of the influence of different perspectives, values and types of evidence that influence clinical decisions in physiotherapy practice
  • understand theories, practices and socio-cultural perspectives relevant to women's health

Women's Health written assignment of 1,500 words, due mid-September (35%)

Review and critique of research ethics application of 1,200 words, due mid-May (30%)

Ethics written essay of 1,000 words, due mid-June (35%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • critically use decision-making skills with an awareness of the factors that inform their decisions
  • be aware of how their clinical decisions affect themselves, their patients, their colleagues and society
  • recognise and value diversity in health belief, lifestyles, culture and values
  • identify ethical principles as they apply to the physiotherapy/patient interaction

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