Clinical Paediatric Physiotherapy

Subject PHTY90030 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

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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Dr Alicia Spittle

Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Alan Gilbert Building, Level 7, 161 Barry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 4171
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.

Learning Outcomes:

Refer to Specific Skills as outlined in Generic Skills.

  1. Written assignment 2,000 words (due mid-semester) (40%)
  2. Case presentation (due end of semester) (20%)
  3. Clinical practice journal (due end of semester) (20%)
  4. Continuous clinical assessment (20%).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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): Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy(Paediatrics)

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