Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy B

Subject PHTY90085 (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: 36 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

72 Hours


PHTY90084 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy together with clinical experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:



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 builds on the concepts presented in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A to further extend the students' knowledge and clinical expertise and thereby equip them with enhanced skills required to work clinically at an advanced level.

Learning Outcomes:

The subject objectives are to provide an opportunity for students to:

  • Build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A
  • Become better communicators and educators
  • Further develop clinical reasoning that integrate theoretical concepts with evidence based practice in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Reflect on the implications of dysfunction on the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the students' clinical decision making
  • Explore psychosocial affects and illness behaviours in chronic pain
  • Develop more sensitive and specific handling skills with regard to manual skills including soft tissue, mobilization and high velocity thrust techniques
  • Gain proficiency in implementing and critically evauluating musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical manangement plans from the acute phase through to full rehabilitation of the patient
  • Critically evaluate presentations from specialist physiotherapists and leaders in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills as therapists and educators
  • Understand the need for continued professional commitment to the development of musculoskeletal practice
  1. One written assignment - 2500 words (35%) due end of semester 2
  2. Class presentation - 15 mins total (40%) incorporating presentation (25%) annotated bibliography (10%) and peer review (5%) in the last 2 weeks of semester 2
  3. Practical skills evaluation throughout semester 2 (25%)
Prescribed Texts:


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:

  • Critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Ability to apply evidence-based knowledge and skills
  • Appreciation of the importance of the team approach to problem solving
  • Appreciation of global issues in professional physiotherapy practice
  • Ability to utilize new technologies
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy
Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

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