Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
|Year and Campus:||2015 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Duration & Credit Points:||100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.|
Dr Guy Zito
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
This course is in teach-out mode and is not accepting new applications.
The Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) course at the University of Melbourne enables qualified and experienced clinicians to broaden and deepen their theoretical and clinical skill in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. The course recognises the need to adopt principles of adult learning and emphasises the importance of facilitating graduates to develop independent, self-directed and critical philosophies in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. To achieve these outcomes, teaching and learning focuses on problem-based learning with exchange of knowledge by its participants. The student's clinical expertise becomes the starting point from which clinical reasoning and manual skills are enhanced.
This course promotes the development of skills, knowledge and attributes of a reflective, evidence-based practitioner who might seek to specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
Eight subjects (100 points) comprising:
Subjects vary in their format - some involve regular weekly classes while others are taught in a block with assessment and assignments due throughout the semester. Some subjects include clinical practice ranging from observational clinics to supervised participatory clinical placements.
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The core subjects explore the physiological bases of physiotherapy practice, provide a framework for the evaluation of evidence for physiotherapy and develop advanced communication skills and awareness of professional and ethical issues in physiotherapy and the broader healthcare community.
Study Period Commencement:
Musculoskeletal Stream Subjects
The stream subjects of the program are taught by senior academic staff with advanced knowledge in their respective fields and the excellent collaboration amongst the teaching staff ensures the presentation of a cohesive and well-integrated program. Clinical education is a major strength of the program and is conducted at the clinical schools affiliated with the University. Students undertake their clinical education with a maximum 1:3 staff:student ratio with supervisors who have extensive experience in clinical education and recognise the importance of maintaining high clinical standards. The clinical anatomy subject is an advanced study of the structure and function of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system in the body in healthy subjects.
Study Period Commencement:
Applicants must be qualified to practise as physiotherapists and should normally have at least two years clinical experiences (including, for Specialist Streams, one year in the area of specialisation). Both academic achievement and clinical experience will be considered by the Selection Committee.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
On completion of this course, graduates will be expected to be able to demonstrate the following specific skills:
On completion of this course, graduates will be expected to be able to demonstrate the following generic skills:
|Links to further information:||http://www.physioth.unimelb.edu.au/programs/pgrad/index.html|
Subjects with practical components: All students are required to participate in practical experience. Participation will require students to remove appropriate clothing to permit inspection and exposure of the body part for treatment. This allows visual assessment, palpation of the part for diagnosis and accuracy of apparatus positioning. Practical classes provide the opportunity to experience the roles of therapist, patient and observer. In the patient role, students experience the sensations and effects of the various forms of assessment and treatment in preparation for the giving of explanations and advice to patients. In order that no student is disadvantaged, the only exceptions from participation are when a student has specific medical contraindications. It is expected that students behave in a professional manner at all times when working with fellow students.
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