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Essential Physiotherapy Skills PG (11552.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
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.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the physiological mechanisms behind impairments of weakness, sensory loss, and stiffness;

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

3. Be competent in the description of normal postural control and gait;

4. Understand how to interpret movement dysfunction in relation to the underlying impairments, and appreciate some subtle variations;

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

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

7. Describe and demonstrate assessment of proprioception;

8. Demonstrate an understanding of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology in the context of common neurological disorders and how this relates to impairments; and

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

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




6447 Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 PG AND 6449 Musculoskeletal Interventions 1 PG AND 11505 Orthopaedic Physiotherapy PG

Assumed Knowledge

Anatomy, functional anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics as per the prerequisites for entry into the Master of Physiotherapy course.

Incompatible Units

11540 Essential Physiotherapy Skills

Equivalent Units


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