Specialist Certificate in Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Course GC-PAEDOP (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 25 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Dr. Alicia Spittle


School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Level 3, 442 Auburn Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone - 03 9810 3245
Email - postgrad@commercial.unimelb.edu.au

Course Overview:

The Specialist Certificate is designed for senior physiotherapists who specialise in paediatrics or musculoskeletal practice.

The Specialist Certificate provides preparation for the physiotherapist to function in an advanced clinical role in paediatric orthopaedics (with the support of a paediatric orthopaedic consultant as needed).

The intent is that the certificate will provide physiotherapists with an opportunity to develop competencies associated with advanced physiotherapy practice in the outpatient setting.


The course aims to enable participants to:
• acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary for the development of the advanced physiotherapist role in paediatric orthopaedics in the outpatient setting.
• understand and apply advanced clinical reasoning skills and an evidence-based approach to decision making
• develop a high level of oral and written communication skills
• gain an understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area
• facilitate the development, implementation and undertaking of new and innovative practices within legislative and professional boundaries
• recognise the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for effective team functioning
• develop the leadership, team work relevant to advanced practitioners

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

To satisfy the requirements of the Specialist Certificate in Paediatric Orthopaedics Physiotherapy, students must successfully complete both subjects, a total of 25 points

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Entry Requirements:

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria –
• A Bachelor of Physiotherapy or equivalent;
• Registered with the Physiotherapists Registration Board in a state or territory of Australia; and
• At least 4 years of documented postgraduate experience in a paediatric or musculoskeletal setting.
Note: Prospective students are advised that they will be required to obtain, and pay for, working with children and police checks prior to commencing the course.
2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Further Study:


Graduate Attributes:

The Specialist Certificate provides students with an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in their specialist discipline. The course will prepare them to act as an autonomous professional and to display leadership in paediatric orthopaedics through the mentoring provided by the clinical supervisors.

Professional Accreditation:


Generic Skills:


Links to further information: http://www.mccp.unimelb.edu.au/courses/award-courses/specialist-certificate/paediatric_orthopaedic_physiotherapy

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