Clinical Paediatric Physiotherapy

Subject PHTY90030 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

February, 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

Tutorials at the School of Physiotherapy, Clinical Placements under supervision at the Royal Children's Hospital and associated clinics

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 21 hours of tutorials and 30 hours of clinical placement during the semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to undertake a number of hours of self directed learning in this subject. Approximately 50 hours of self directed learning is suggested.


For Masters by Coursework: PHTY90013 Paediatric Physiotherapy Theory (may be taken concurrently)For Postgraduate Certificate: PHTY90040 Physiotherapy Professional Portfolio



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Core Participation Requirements:



Mr Dincer Terzioglu


Dr Alicia Spittle

Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 9035 5390
F: +61 3 8344 4188

Subject Overview:

This subject will develop clinical skills in the management of paediatric conditions and focuses on overall patient management rather than 'hands-on' physiotherapy treatment. Students have two weeks clinical placement that includes two days attending clinics at the Royal Children's Hospital. Students prepare a case study for presentation at the end of the course.


Refer to Specific Skills as outlined in Generic Skills.


Written assignment 2,000 words due mid-semester (40%), case presentation due end of semester (20%), clinical practice journal due end of semester (20%), continuous clinical assessment (20%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Generic skills

On completion of the subject, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to clearly research, articulate and present a complex case study.
  • Effective and sensitive participation as part of a team that advocates for the wellbeing of the child and that appreciates the structure, culture and goals of the family.
  • An appreciation and capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed professional development

Specific Skills

On completion of the subject, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical decision-making and clinical reasoning skills for the management of paediatric conditions.
  • An understanding of patient management in the context of the childs developmental stage and the family.
  • The knowledge and ability to perform paediatric physiotherapy competencies standards at a high level accepted by the profession.
  • A well-developed problem solving ability in paediatric physiotherapy clinical practice, characterised by a flexible approach.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy (General) CW
Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy(Paediatrics)

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