Physiotherapy Practice 2

Subject PHTY40007 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Year Long, Parkville - 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.
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:

Years 1, 2 and 3 of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Clare Delany


Dr Clare Delany

Subject Overview:

Physiotherapists 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 explores the ethical dimensions of clinical decision-making. The 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 in physiotherapy practice
  • have developed skills in recognising and writing about ethical issues in clinical practice
  • be able to discuss the practical constraints that impact on ideals of ethical practice
  • have knowledge of law in relation to physiotherapy clinical practice
  • examine 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 ethics case scenarios of 1,200 words, due mid-May (30%)

Narative ethics 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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