Physiotherapy in Ageing (8990.1)
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|Discipline Of Physiotherapy||Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit is co-taught with unit 6459 Physiotherapy in Ageing PG.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Describe the normal ageing processes on the cardiothoracic, neurological and musculoskeletal systems;
2. Understand secondary results of these changes and other illness, and the role in physiotherapy to minimise these; and
3. 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
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 - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
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
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 - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesStudents 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.
CorequisitesEnrolment in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy 202JA
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McFarlane, Fiona. 2013 The Night Guest, ISBN 978-0-14-357133-9, Penguin Books
This is available from the UC library, ACT libraries, bookstores, previous year cohort
Also from Amazon, The World of Books, Book Hub, Uni Co-Op etc for around $20.
Highly recommended (These books are on short-term loan at the library).
Guccione, A.A. (2012). Geriatric Physical Therapy (3rd ed) St Louis. Mosby.
Morris, M., & Schoo, A., (2004). Optimizing Exercises and Physical Activity in the Older Person. Butterworth and Heinemann.
Gray L. (2001) Geriatric medicine a pocket book for doctors, nurses and other health professionals and students. (2nd ed) Ausmed Publications.
Ropper, A. & Burrell, B.D. (2014). Reaching down the rabbit hole. Extraordinary journeys into the human brain. Atlantic Books.
This Unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the Australian Physiotherapy Council professional learning outcomes for this Unit. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendance is expected at all lectures, and 100% participation is required in all clinical placements, externships, tutorials, practicals and presentations.
It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical by email.
Consideration will be given for illness, however evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
Required IT skills
The use of online learning, library searching skills and word processing skills are necessary for this unit. Students are expected to submit typed (printed) assignments including the use of a reference manager.
Students will need to make a simple video and upload it to Youtube or the like. They will then need to either submit a video file, or a URL link the Youtube (or equivalent) video.
Cost associated with the unit
- uniform related costs and uniform maintenance
- purchase of book
Work placement, internships or practicums
Mandatory notification and physiotherapy student registration
Under 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 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¿
- 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:
1. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority
2. Physiotherapy Board of Australia, Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Health and Safety
The following applies to all tutorial classes and practicums:
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 convenor or relevant teaching staff. Please also note the inherent requirements for physiotherapy
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 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
Students will be required to play the part of a patient and a therapist during practical classes. This may involve partially disrobing as appropriate. All professional courtesy and respect is to be provided. This includes consent, draping, and safety.
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 clothing for the level of dress required during practical classes. Appropriate clothing reinforces a professional environment that fosters mutual respect, confidence and learning.
Mobile phones must be switched to silent mode prior to the commencement of class. No cameras or videos are to be used in practical classes without the specific permission of other students and the unit convener. Any person taking a picture of another student without permission will be requested to leave the class and the images will be confiscated and deleted. They will then be asked to meet with the Head of Discipline.
Mobile phones must be switched to silent mode or left in lockers while on placement. No cameras or videos are to be used on wards. Any person taking a picture of another student, a patient, a staff member, a member of the public, patient notes or other patient related material without permission will be requested to leave the placement and the images will be confiscated and deleted. They will also be suspended from placement and asked to meet with the ADE.
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
- Physio Non Standard Period 1, 2020, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (197122)
- Physio Non Standard Period 1, 2019, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (191770)
- Trimester 1, 2018, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (180880)
- Flexible Period 2, 2017, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (164602)
- Flexible Period 2, 2016, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (155914)