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Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan (11539.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced 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 focuses on developing physiotherapy skills in specific populations, including paediatrics and aged care.

This unit may be co-taught with the postgraduate version of the unit - 11551 Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan PG.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand the typical developmental changes (and variations) that occur from infancy, through to adulthood and older age, in the neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems;

2. Develop strategies to effectively assess children and adults with dysfunction of neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems;

3. Demonstrate an ability to use age-appropriate physiotherapy interventions specific to an individual's needs at all stages of life using appropriate outcome measures; and

4. Demonstrate understanding of the complexities of the causes of disability associated with ageing.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of lectures and three hours (2 x 1.5 hours) of tutorials on campus per week.


8976 Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 AND
8979 Cardiothoracic Interventions 2 AND
8982 Neurological Interventions 1 AND
8986 Musculoskeletal Interventions 2 AND
11540 Essential Physiotherapy Skills AND
11538 Orthopaedic Physiotherapy


Enrolment in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy AND 8983 Neurological Interventions 2

Assumed Knowledge

Prior knowledge of relevant musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy units as per the prerequisite units listed.

Incompatible Units

11551 Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan PG

Equivalent Units


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