Clinical Paediatric Physiotherapy

Subject PHTY90030 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jul-2016 to 15-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 23-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Jul-2016
Census Date 29-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 16-Sep-2016

Tutorials on campus, Clinical Placements under supervision at the Royal Children's Hospital and associated clinics

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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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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:


Dr Alicia Spittle


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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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): Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Paediatrics)

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