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Physiotherapy in Ageing (8990.1)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Physiotherapy


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  • Physio Non Standard Period 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (191770) - View
  • UC Trimester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (180880) - View
  • Flexible and Self Paced Period 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164602) - View
  • Flexible and Self Paced Period 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (155914) - 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.

This unit is co-taught with unit 6459 Physiotherapy in Ageing PG.

Learning Outcomes

  1. At the completion of this unit the student will be able to describe the normal ageing processes on the cardiothoracic, neurological and musculoskeletal systems. The student will understand secondary results of these changes and other illness, and the role in physiotherapy to minimise these. The student will be able to assess the older person, plan and implement individual or group interventions, and use outcome measures appropriate for the older person. These will be demonstrated and integrated into clinical physiotherapy practice.

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Contact Hours

Up to four hours per week lecture/tutorial or equivalent, and four hours project work.


Students must pass three out of four of the following units:
8983 Neurological Interventions 2
8979 Cardiothoracic Interventions 2
8981 Musculoskeletal interventions 3
8985 Clinical Physiotherapy*.

* In relation to 8985 Clinical Physiotherapy, students must have completed the clinical placement, Across the Life Span.


Enrolment in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy 202JA

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