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Introduction to Physiotherapy (9304.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Physiotherapy


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    • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (189143) - View
    • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (179897) - View
    • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (163994) - View
    • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (154079) - View
    • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (146218) - View

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    This unit introduces the student to the theories, research and scope of practice of physiotherapy.
    This unit introduces the therapeutic relationship and the biopsychosocial models of injury.
    Simple assessment and therapies for injury and dysfunction are introduced. The unit emphasises the phases of injury, inflammation and tissue healing as a framework for choosing and applying therapies.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. explain injury and dysfunction in terms of problems and principles for management;

    2. demonstrate an understanding of musculoskeletal injury and the stages of healing and be able to explain these in scientific as well as lay terms;

    3. select and apply appropriate management for a simple acute injury, such as rest, ice, compression and elevation;

    4. select and apply simple and appropriate management for a chronic injury, such as massage and stretching;

    5. demonstrate manual skills necessary for simple injury management, such as manual handling, palpation skills and safety;

    6. explain and demonstrate respect for client care and dignity, cultural sensitivity, consent and communication skills.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    5 hours




    Enrolment in 202JA Bachelor of Physiotherapy And 6534 Regional Anatomy and Physiology.

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