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Physiotherapy in Ageing PG (6459.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Physiotherapy


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  • Physio Non Standard Period 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (197114) - View
  • Physio Non Standard Period 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (191755) - View
  • UC Trimester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (180826) - View
  • Flexible and Self Paced Period 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164611) - View
  • Flexible and Self Paced Period 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (155920) - View

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This unit focuses on the physiological changes (musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and neurological) in the healthy older person, and how these interact with illness and treatment outcomes. In addition, specific exploration will be made of dementia, depression, osteoporosis, incontinence and vascular changes in the older person. Knowledge of preventive and health promotion programs will be developed such as falls prevention, and fitness groups.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the normal ageing processes on the cardiothoracic, neurological and musculoskeletal systems;

2. Understand secondary results of these changes and other illness, and the role in physiotherapy to minimize these; and

3. Assess the older person, plan and implement and use outcome measures appropriate for the older person with respect to: a. The individual or b. Group interventions. These will be demonstrated and integrated into clinical physiotherapy practice.

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Contact Hours

Up to three hours per week lecture/tutorial or equivalent.


Students must pass three out of four of the following units:
6453 Musculoskeletal Interventions 2 PG
6455 Cardiothoracic Interventions 2 PG
6456 Neurological Interventions 2 PG
6457 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 3 PG


Enrolment in the Master of Physiotherapy 768AA

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