Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A

Subject 513-676 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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

Lectures, practical sessions and tutorials

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions.
Total Time Commitment: Approximately 72 hours of self-directed learning are suggested for this subject.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 513-696 Sports Physiotherapy A
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 Guy Zito
Subject Overview:

This subject extends the student's clinical reasoning skills and manual skills in examination and physiotherapy management of common conditions affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. As part of this process students will explore selected mechanisms of injury and disease affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, the resulting pathokinematics, and the anatomical rationale for clinical tests used in differential diagnosis.


On completion of the subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the following specific skills:

  • A deeper understanding of the basic sciences and their integration with musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical practice
  • A sound theoretical knowledge and understanding of conditions affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system
  • The anatomical rationale for the clinical tests used in differential diagnosis
  • The ability to perform an appropriate subjective and physical examination, with development of suitable analytical skills to evaluate data obtained
  • The ability to develop and implement a clinical management plan based on the interpretation of assessment findings
  • The ability to monitor patient response to modify or progress treatment appropriately
  • An awareness of the paramount importance of patient safety at all times
  • Knowledge of the role of other health care professionals involved in patient care
Assessment: Two written assignments - 2,000 words each (40%), practical skills examination 20 mins (30%), student tutorial presentation 20 mins (30%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:
  • BOYLING JD & JULL GA (eds) (2004): Grieve's Modern Manual Therapy - The Vertebral Column 3rd edn. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
  • BUTLER DS (2000): The Sensitive Nervous System. Noigroup Publications. Adelaide
  • CLELAND J (2007): Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence Based Approach for Physical Therapists. Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia
  • HENGEVELD E & BANKS K (2005): Maitland's Peripheral Manipulation. 4th edn, Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann, Edinburgh
  • HIGGS J, JONES M, LOFTUS S & CHRISTENSEN N (eds) (2008): Clinical Reasoning In The Health Professions. 3rd edn, Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann, Amsterdam
  • MAITLAND GD, HENGEVELD E, BANKS K & ENGLISH K (2005): Maitland's Vertebral Manipulation. 7th edn, Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann, Edinburgh
  • MAGEE DJ (2008): Orthopaedic Physical Assessment - Enhanced Edition. 5th edn, Saunders Elsevier, St Louis
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • An ability to apply evidence based knowledge and skills
  • Appreciation of the importance of the team approach to problem solving
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