Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy 1

Subject PHTY90082 (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:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

This subject will be delivered at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 78 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject.


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in GC-PAEDOP. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

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

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:


Dr Alicia Spittle


School of Melbourne Custom Programs
Program Coordinator - Kathy Griffiths

Phone - (03) 9810 3174

Email -

Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to advance the student’s knowledge and skill in the assessment and management of orthopaedic conditions commonly encountered in physiotherapist led orthopaedic outpatient clinics. Students will gain an understanding of the structure, normal function and pathologic dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system, and gain skills in performing a comprehensive musculoskeletal screening examination for children. The subject is intended to provide the student with the necessary understanding to formulate evaluative clinical decisions in the assessment and management of paediatric orthopaedic conditions. Students will have an opportunity to observe physiotherapist led outpatient clinics.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
• Describe the aetiology, pathology and management of common paediatric orthopaedic disorders
• Differentiate between normal and abnormal growth patterns including postural variants;
• Develop a systematic approach to interpreting a plain x-ray;
• Gain a basic understanding of interpretation of musculoskeletal ultrasound studies;
• Differentiate developmental anomalies, acquired conditions and normal variants on plain x-ray;
• Identify appropriate imaging studies and laboratory tests for children and adolescents with musculoskeletal conditions
• Identify a differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions in children and adolescents
• Describe common fracture injury patterns
• Describe methods to immobilise common fractures in children and adolescents


• 2 hour written examination (50%) due at end of semester
• 15 minute case presentation due at end of two week study block (20%)
• 2000 word assignment relating to case presentation (30%) due four weeks after delivery of subject

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Recommended Texts:


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 be expected to be able to demonstrate the following generic skills:

• A capacity for self-directed learning and the motivation for life-long independent learning
• An advanced level of oral and written communication
• An appreciation of the team approach to learning in complex areas
• Critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Specialist Certificate in Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

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