Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy 1

Subject PHTY90091 (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:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 06-Jul-2015 to 30-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Jul-2015
Census Date 07-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Oct-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 90 hours lectures, tutorials, practical classes and clinics across a 17 week semester including 2 weeks of clinics.
Total Time Commitment:

180 hours.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:



Dr Selina Parry


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 apply a problem based approach to describe the physiotherapy management of individuals with acute and chronic cardiorespiratory conditions. Students will integrate prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology with theoretical and evidence based knowledge to generate an effective and comprehensive physiotherapy management plan. A variety of teaching methods will be employed to develop students’ skills in the assessment and diagnosis of cardiorespiratory problems. A range of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy interventions will be introduced and students will be trained in the appropriate execution of these techniques and relevant outcome measures to evaluate their efficacy. Consideration will also be given to the rights of individuals and the impact of team management processes in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Element 1: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice

  • Apply knowledge of pathophysiology and anatomy to justify the choice of assessment techniques and generate an appropriate physiotherapy management plan for patients with cardiorespiratory problems.
  • Propose, justify and demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapy interventions to manage individuals with cardiorespiratory problems.
  • Evaluate and analyse current research knowledge in the selection and justification of assessment techniques, clinical reasoning and management of patients with cardiorespiratory problems.
  • Demonstrate professional attributes including good communication, active engagement through questioning and seeking information.

Element 2: Evidence in Physiotherapy

  • Integrate physiotherapy assessment findings to estimate risk of pulmonary complications following major surgery.
  • Differentiate between incidence and prevalence of common acute and chronic cardiorespiratory conditions.

Element 3: Health in Context

  • Identify the factors that may impact on an individual’s perception of participation restriction, activity limitations and impairment in the area of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice.
  • Discuss the role of the physiotherapist and other multidisciplinary team members in working with individuals with cardiorespiratory conditions.

  • Individual assignment : review of two clincial cases with summary of clinical reasoning, treatment options and application of evidence (1000 words) - due mid-semester (15%).
  • 2-hour written examination: Exam week at the end of semester (50%).
  • OSCE: Practical skills examination: at end of semester (35%).
  • Satisfactory completion of mastery of clinical competency.

Attendance at practical classes is mandatory and attendance at 95% of classes is a hurdle requirement for passing this subject

Prescribed Texts:

Pryor JA and Prasad SA (2008): Physiotherapy for respiratory and Cardiac Problems. 4 th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

By the completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • The application of new research data to problem-solve in clinical cases;
  • Clinical reasoning and decision making as applied to practice;
  • Communication skills with an awareness of how these may affect their interactions.
Related Course(s): Doctor of Physiotherapy

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