Applied Physiotherapy Skills (11541.1)
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|Discipline Of Physiotherapy||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit may be co-taught with the postgraduate version - 11553 Applied Physiotherapy Skills PG.
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Integrate a variety of clinical approaches (including both manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) to appropriately assess and manage patients across a spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions;
2. Articulate sensible clinical reasoning in relation to realistic and/or simulated case studies, including both assessment and treatment modifications for a given presentation;
3. Demonstrate insight and sensitivity regarding physiotherapy assessment and interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients;
4. Demonstrate more complex physiotherapy interventions that may be appropriate in patients with more complex musculoskeletal conditions (eg cancer, lymphoedema); and
5. Be ready to attempt clinical placements in 4th year, having developed an understanding of the importance of reflective practice, giving and receiving feedback, and professionalism in the clinical setting, and completing manual handling and First Aid training.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites8979 Cardiothoracic Interventions 2 AND
8982 Neurological Interventions 1 AND
8986 Musculoskeletal Interventions 2 AND
8987 Evidence Based Practice (Honours) OR 8988 Evidence Based Practice
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in 202JA Bachelor of Physiotherapy AND
8983 Neurological Interventions 2 AND
11539 Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan
Incompatible units11553 Applied Physiotherapy Skills PG
Equivalent units8981 Musculoskeletal Interventions 3
Assumed knowledgePhysiotherapy skills and knowledge as specified in prerequisite units.
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Readings as outlined on Canvas.
Brukner P, Kahn, K. Clinical Sports Medicine. 2nd ed. Sydney: McGraw-Hill; 2017. UC library call no. RC1210.B78 2006
Dutton, M. Orthopaedic examination, evaluation and intervention. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2011. UC library call no. RD734.D88 2008
Petty NJ, Ryder, D. Neuromusculoskeletal examination and assessment: A handbook for therapists. 5th ed. London: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2018. UC Library call no. RC925.7.P48 2018 and RC925.7.P48 2011 (4th Edition version) and RC925.5.P47 2012 (2nd Edition version)
Whitmore S, Gladney K, Driver A. The Lower Quadrant, A Workbook of Manual Therapy Techniques. Whitmore Physiotherapy Consulting Inc; 2004. UC library call no. RZ342.9.W44 2005
Whitmore S, Gladney K, Driver A. The Upper Quadrant, A Workbook of Manual Therapy Techniques. Whitmore Physiotherapy Consulting Inc; 2004. UC library call no. RZ342.9.W45 2006
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
To pass this unit students must:
- Successfully complete the Pre-placement requirements.
- Attempt the Indigenous Health Assignment.
- Attempt both Practical Viva Examinations
- Achieve an overall mark of 50% or above in the unit.
There are no supplementary assessments offered for this unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This Unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the Australian Physiotherapy Council professional learning outcomes. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances 100% participation is required in all practicals. It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, preferably by email.
Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in failure of the associated assessment piece. Consideration will be given for illness; however evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
Required IT skills
The use of Canvas, library searching skills, and word processing, and electronic presentation skills are necessary for this unit. If you are unfamiliar with these, please access help via the library services.
This unit involves online meetings in real time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
In-unit costs may include a physiotherapy clinical uniform, textbooks, goniometer, tendon reflex hammer, tape measure, and self-printing of the electronically provided material.
Work placement, internships or practicums
While there is no Clinical Placement attached to this unit, this unit content is assessable in all future Clinical Placements.
Mandatory notification and physiotherapy student registration
Mandatory Notifications to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia Pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, physiotherapy practitioners (registered physiotherapists) and education providers have an obligation to report ‘notifiable conduct', to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia in order to prevent the public being placed at risk of harm.
Education providers are also required, under s.143 of the National Law, to make mandatory notifications in relation to students, if the provider reasonably believes:
a) a student enrolled with the provider has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm; or
b) a student for whom the provider has arranged clinical training has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking the clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
Practitioners are required to make a mandatory notification in relation to a student if the practitioner reasonably believes that a student has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
All concerns raised within the Discipline of Physiotherapy or by clinical supervisors or preceptors will be reviewed by the Head of Discipline and the Course Convener before any reporting action is taken.
These professional obligations are taken seriously by staff and the University. Students should be aware of their obligations under student registration.
For further information, please refer to the following websites:
Occupational Health and Safety
The following applies to all tutorial classes and placements:
Students must be aware of and abide by the University of Canberra COVID-19 plan, specifically the plan related to the Faculty of Health that has been sent to students.
Students are advised that the same warnings given to patients apply to students undertaking this course e.g. where a pre-existing condition(s) may be affected by any activity in the unit, the student is responsible to advise the unit co-ordinator or relevant teaching staff.
Also, in the course of studying physiotherapy students may be exposed to clinical cases and situations that may be stressful. At UC a free Counselling Service is available for all students. All sessions are confidential. The UC Counselling Service is located in the UC Health and Counselling Centre on Level B in Building 1. For more information please go to http://www.canberra.edu.au/health-counselling
Physiotherapy work requires manual handling. You will be taught the correct way to perform manual handling and should use the principles at all times to prevent injury to yourself or your client. If you have any injury that may affect your capacity to perform manual handling skills you are required to notify the unit convener at the commencement of the semester. If you obtain a new injury during the course of the semester that may affect your capacity to perform manual handling skills you are required to notify the unit convener prior to the next practical class. In the event of an injury being sustained during the practice of skills in class, you are required to notify the unit convener within 24 hours of the event and complete a UC incident form.
Respect and consent
The student who is role-playing the patient should be given the full respect and courtesy that a patient would. This includes giving warnings, obtaining informed consent before a manual technique is performed, covering body areas that do not need to be exposed for the practice of the technique, and not making any inappropriate verbal comments.
As a ‘patient', you will be expected to partially disrobe to allow the ‘therapist' to see relevant body regions. Please ensure you are wearing appropriate underwear or bike shorts for practical classes. Appropriate clothing reinforces a professional environment that fosters mutual respect, confidence and learning.
As a therapist, your clothing should not prohibit your movements or present in any way as a safety hazard. Hair should be kept short or tied back off your face, and out of the patient's way. Fingernails should be trimmed so that the white of the nail cannot be seen when looking at the hand from the palm. No mobile phones are permitted during lectures, practical classes or tutorials. Phones should be switched OFF prior to the commencement of class.
Privacy and confidentiality
As part of its partnership arrangements with health agencies, the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra requires all staff and students to be aware of the requirements of patient privacy. This requires respect for privacy for patients during work-integrated learning (clinical) visits and when writing case studies, assignments, writing in clinical records or reflective journals.