Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A

Subject PHTY90084 (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:

Semester 1, 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: 36 Hours
Total Time Commitment: 72 Hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy together with clinical experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Guy Zito


Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 6434
F: +61 3 8344 4188
W: Guy Zito
Subject Overview:

This subject builds on the postgraduate students' existing clinical reasoning skills and manual skills in examination and physiotherapy management of common conditions affecting the neuro- musculoskeletal system. Students will explore selected mechanisms of injury and disease affecting the neuro-musculoskeletal system, the resulting pathokinematics, and the anatomical rationale for clinical tests used in differential diagnosis.


On completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop:

  • Enhanced verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge and understanding of conditions affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system
  • A deeper understanding of the basic sciences and their integration with musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice
  • A systematic and integrated approach to assessment of musculoskeletal physiotherapy at an advanced level
  • Advanced skills to perform an appropriate subjective and physical examination, with development of suitable analytical skills to evaluate data obtained
  • Advanced knowledge of the anatomical rationale for the clinical tests used in differential diagnosis
  • The ability to select optimal treatment options based on the best evidence and available resources
  • Proficiency in implementing and critically evaluating musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical management plans from the acute phase through to full rehabilitation of the patient
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise in the application of therapeutic skills in the prevention, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Practice that is based on risk management strategies acknowledging the importance of safety at all times
  • An appreciation of the limitations of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Knowledge of the role of other health care professionals involved in patient care
  • One written assignment - 2000 words (30%) at end of semester 1
  • Student tutorial presentation 20 mins (40%) (35% + 5% from peer review) in the last weeks of semester 1
  • Written examination of 2 hours (20%) at the end of semester 1
  • Independent learning questions throughout semester (10%)
  • Practical skills evaluation trhoughout semester 1 (pass/fail) [Hurdle requirement]
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

A list of recommended texts will be discussed at the commencement of the semester.

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 will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Advanced skills to enable effective and appropriate communication
  • The ability to source, evaluate and synthesize the latest research and evidence
  • Proficiency in record keeping skills
  • The capacity to lead small teams and work collaboratively
  • The ability to utilize new technologies and to present their work effectively
  • Effective management of competing demands on time
  • Sensitivity and respect for the social and cultural diversity of individuals, organisations and the communities in which they work
  • The ability to work independently as a practiitioner and also as a member of the health team
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy (General) CW
Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

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