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Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 (8976.1)

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


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This unit aims to develop the clinical decision making processes, knowledge and skills necessary for effective assessment and treatment of patients with disorders of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Students will evaluate the pathophysiology and functional consequences of respiratory disorders (such as airflow limitation; inflammatory and infective conditions) on pulmonary function. Students will become familiar with the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and ischaemic heart disease. They will examine management strategies for the patient following cardiothoracic surgery; abdominal and vascular surgery. The role of exercise and rehabilitation in the management of these conditions will also be examined.

This unit is co-taught with unit 6447 Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 PG.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be:

1. Competent in assessment and interpretation, planning, implementation and evaluation of intervention skills required for the practice of physiotherapy in disorders of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems;

2. Able to integrate these competencies into clinical physiotherapy practice; and

3. Able to demonstrate a sound knowledge in primary and secondary prevention strategies for patients with disorders of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

An average of two hours per week lecture or equivalent; up to five hours per week practical/tutorial work.


9304 Introduction to Physiotherapy,
8978 Neuromuscular Interventions,
6534 Regional Anatomy and Physiology,
6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology And
8279 Advanced Functional Anatomy.


Enrolment in 202JA Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

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