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Applied Physiotherapy Skills PG (11553.1)

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 requires students to synthesise their knowledge and skills from the first year of the Physiotherapy degree, and apply them in the context of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise prescription, and preparation for clinical placement. This unit has a major practical component where students will refine their hands-on skills, and further challenge their ability to deliver patient-centred care through a more sophisticated lens, including a deeper understanding of indigenous healthcare, and exposure to more complex cases. A lecture series devoted to preparation and skills required for clinical placement will also complement the practical aspect of this unit, such that students completing this unit are well-prepared for practice in the real world.

This unit may be co-taught with the undergraduate unit 11541 Applied Physiotherapy Skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Integrate and evaluate a variety of clinical approaches (including both manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) to appropriately assess and manage patients across a spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions;

2. Articulate clinical reasoning in relation to realistic and/or simulated case studies, including both assessment and treatment modifications for a given presentation;

3. Demonstrate insight and sensitivity regarding physiotherapy assessment and interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients;

4. Demonstrate and evaluate more complex physiotherapy interventions that may be appropriate in patients with more complex musculoskeletal conditions and existing co-morbidities (e.g. cancer, lymphoedema); and

5. Be ready to attempt clinical placements in the final semester, having developed an understanding of the importance of reflective practice, giving and receiving feedback, and professionalism in the clinical setting, and completing manual handling and First Aid training.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

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


6453 Musculoskeletal Interventions 2 PG AND
6452 Neurological Interventions 1 PG AND
6455 Cardiothoracic Interventions 2 PG AND
9594 Epidemiology and Principles of Research


6456 Neurological Interventions 2 PG AND 11551 Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan PG AND 6486 Research Planning PG

Assumed Knowledge

Physiotherapy skills and knowledge as specified in prerequisite units.

Incompatible Units

11541 Applied Physiotherapy Skills

Equivalent Units

6457 Musculoskeletal Interventions 3 PG

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