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Orthopaedic Physiotherapy (8975.1)

Level: Undergraduate Second Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Physiotherapy


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (188388) - View
  • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (180173) - View
  • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164286) - View
  • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (151021) - View
  • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (139161) - View

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This unit advances the student's understanding of structural and functional musculoskeletal anatomy in the context of musculoskeletal trauma and disease. This unit introduces musculoskeletal and structural injury and trauma, and degenerative and inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases.
Physiotherapy, surgery, and therapeutic exercise are introduced and explored for these traumatic and degenerative conditions. There will be a special emphasis on the prevention, and management of physical problems secondary to these injuries and diseases. Further, the evidence for effective management of chronic musculoskeletal disease is introduced.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit student, will be able to:

1. demonstrate an understanding of musculoskeletal trauma including fracture classification;

2. demonstrate a basic understanding of chronic inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system;

3. understand and identify patient problems and principles for physiotherapy management based on current evidence;

4. develop communication skills for talking and writing to professional and lay people;

5. choose and apply appropriate simple physiotherapy management for a routine orthopaedic problem;

6. demonstrate safety in manual skills.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

5 hours


6534 Regional Anatomy and Physiology,
9304 Introduction to Physiotherapy,
8978 Neuromuscular Interventions And
8279 Advanced Functional Anatomy.


Enrolment in 202JA Bachelor of Physiotherapy And 8977 Musculoskeletal Interventions 1.

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