Advanced Clinical Practice 2A

Subject PHTY90087 (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: 100 hours
Total Time Commitment: 136 hours

Any one of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2012
Not offered in 2012

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Recommended Background Knowledge: Undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy plus clinical experience in either musculoskeletal physiotherapy or sports 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
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Subject Overview: This subject is directed at post graduate students in the field of musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy. It allows the theoretical concepts and practical skills learned in 513-648 Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy A to be applied in the clinical or sports medicine settings. Furthermore it aims to create an opportunity for students to refine examination, differential diagnosis, patient/athlete education and management skills, including implementation of appropriate treatment regimes, exercise prescription and provision of patient/athlete education and advice as necessary.

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

  • A deeper understanding of the basic sciences and their integration with musculoskeletal and/or sports physiotherapy clinical practice
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge and understanding of conditions affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system
  • The ability to perform an appropriate subjective and physical examination with complex patients and develop suitable analytical skills to evaluate data obtained
  • The ability to select optimal treatment options based on the best evidence and available resources
  • 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
  • A knowledge of the role of other health care professionals involved in patient care
  • Advanced appreciation of the team approach to injury management,
  • An appreciation of the limitations of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy

Summative assessment - Two Clinical Examinations – Up to 3 hours total (75%).

  • Exam 1 – (in the last week of semester) - up to 1 hour with known patient (25%)
  • Exam 2 (in exam week) – up to 2 hours over 2 days with unknown patient (45%). Students must gain a pass in exam 2 in order to pass the subject.
  • Case presentation during 2nd clinic – 10-15 min (5%)

Formative assessment – Continuous supervisor clinical assessment based on performance criteria and case study presentation (25%).

  • At end of 1st clinic (mid semester): 10%
  • At end of 2nd clinic (end of semester): 15%
Prescribed Texts: None.
(Note: 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 the subject, students will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Ability to apply evidence-based knowledge and skills to patient management
  • Effective management of competing demands on time
  • Sensitivity and respect for the social and cultural diversity of individuals, organizations and the communities in which they work
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

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