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Orthopaedic Physiotherapy (11538.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Physiotherapy


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This unit develops the student's understanding of musculoskeletal injury, trauma, and degenerative and inflammatory disease with a focus on the prevention and evidence-based management of patients with such conditions.

This unit may be co-taught with the postgraduate version of the unit - 11505 Orthopaedic Physiotherapy PG.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of musculoskeletal trauma including fracture classification;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of chronic inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system;

3. Understand and identify patient problems and principles for physiotherapy management of orthopaedic patients, based on current evidence;

4. Develop communication skills for talking with, and writing to, professional and lay people;

5. Choose and apply appropriate basic physiotherapy management for routine orthopaedic problems;

6. Demonstrate safety in manual skills; and

7. Explain and evaluate the role of therapeutic ultrasound in patient management and demonstrate competency in its use.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Two hours of lectures and three hours of tutorials on campus per week.


11400 Professional Orientation (Health) AND
8279 Advanced Functional Anatomy AND
8391 Physiology of Exercise 1 AND
6834 Biomechanics 1 AND
6532 Human Physiology and the Lifecycle


Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy AND 8976 Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 AND 8977 Musculoskeletal Interventions 1 AND 11540 Essential Physiotherapy Skills

Assumed Knowledge

Anatomy, functional anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics as per the prerequisite units listed.

Incompatible Units

11505 Orthopaedic Physiotherapy PG

Equivalent Units

8975 Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

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