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Essential Physiotherapy Skills (11540.1)

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 focuses on developing essential practical skills required for the delivery of evidence-based physiotherapy.

This unit may be co-taught with the postgraduate version of the unit - 11552 Essential Physiotherapy Skills PG.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the physiological mechanisms behind impairments of weakness, sensory loss, and stiffness;

2. Demonstrate competency in the assessment of impairments of stiffness (joint and muscle), weakness (primary and secondary), and peripheral sensation (proprioceptive, somatosensory, temperature);

3. Examine and describe normal postural control and gait;

4. Begin to interpret movement dysfunction in relation to the underlying impairments;

5. Appraise the role of conductive therapy in patient management and demonstrate competency in its use;

6. Compare the important components of movement and function in the context of the ICF framework;

7. Critique assessments for determining proprioception; and

8. Evaluate neuroanatomy and neurophysiology in the context of common neurological disorders.

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


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy AND 8976 Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 AND 8977 Musculoskeletal Interventions 1 AND 11538 Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Assumed Knowledge

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

Incompatible Units

11552 Essential Physiotherapy Skills PG

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