Advanced Professional Practice 1

Subject PHTY90087 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 100 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Any one of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy plus 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 capstone subject is directed at post graduate students as it brings together past and current knowledge and skills acquired in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. It allows the theoretical concepts and practical skills learned in PHTY90084 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A to be applied in the clinical settings. Furthermore it aims to create an opportunity for students to refine examination, differential diagnosis, patient education and management skills, including implementation of appropriate treatment regimes, exercise prescription and provision of patient education and advice as necessary

Learning Outcomes:

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 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
  • Advanced clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • The ability to select optimal treatment options based on the best evidence and availableresources
  • 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
  • Knowledge of the role of other health care professionals involved in patient care
  • Appreciation of the multidisciplinary team approach to injury management,
  • An understanding of preventative programs for musculoskeletal health across the lifespan
  • An appreciation of the limitations of musculoskeletal physiotherapy

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

  • Exam 1 – (mid semester) - up to 1 hour with known patient (25%)
  • Exam 2 (last week of semester) – 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 (mid semester) – 10-15 min (5%)

Formative assessment – 2 x Continuous supervisor clinical assessment based on performance criteria and 1 x case study presentation (25%).

  • At end of 1st clinic (mid semester): 10%
  • At end of 2nd clinic (end of semester): 15%
Prescribed Texts:

(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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