Physiotherapy in the Community (8991.1)
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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 6460 Physiotherapy in the Community PG.
Learning outcomesCompletion of this unit will enable students to:
1. Assess and interpret assessment for a variety of individuals within the community;
2. Plan, and implement physiotherapy interventions;
3. Modify as appropriate within the available resources of a variety of different heath care settings;
4. The student will understand the issues relevant to provision of physiotherapy services in a range of different health care settings, and a variety of cultures; and
5. In clinical practice the student will be able to analyse resources and geographic issues pertinent to service delivery for the specific needs of the client or group.
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
Prerequisites8981 Musculoskeletal Interventions 3 AND
8979 Cardiothoracic Interventions 2 AND
8982 Neurological Interventions 2.
CorequisitesEnrolment in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy 202JA
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There is no "prescribed" text for this unit. The texts listed below are optional.
Rollnick, S., Miller, W. R., & Butler, C. (2008). Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior. Guilford Press.
Baum, F. 2008 The New Public Health. 3rd Ed. Oxford University Press, Melbourne. Available at RA553.B38 2008 in the UC library (7 day loan)
Egger, G, Spark, R, Donovan, R, 2005 Health Promotion: Strategies and Methods. 2nd edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney Available at RA 440.5.E44.2005 in the UC library (7 day loan).
Broome, R. 2010. Aboriginal Australians : a history since 1788 . 4th ed. Allen & Unwin Available at Co-op Bookshop and library short term loan GN666.B766 2010
Brukner, P, and Kahn, K. 2007.Clinical Sports Medicine 3rd Ed. McGraw-Hill. Available at Co-op Bookshop and library short term loan RC1210.B78 2006
Duffy, A, Deakin, V, Narkiewicz, E, and Wilson, K. 2007. Guide to Writing in Allied Health Courses. Writing Laboratory Reports, Essays and Seminar Reports, Preparing for Exams and Presenting Seminars, 2nd Edition, University of Canberra, Canberra. Available at PE1475.G84 2007 in the UC library (3 hour and 7 day loan) and the Co-op Bookshop, UC campus.
Useful Websites: -
UNSW indigenous health centre
Rural and remote health – free registration
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing
Black, Andrew, 2007. Evidence of effective interventions to improve the social and environmental factors impacting on health: informing the development of Indigenous Community Agreements.
[Canberra]: Dept. of Health and Ageing. Available at the library RA 553.B53 2007 or electronically at: -
Mental Health and musculoskeletal conditions
Recommended Supplementary References:
Please consult the Unit website (i.e. via Canvas) for a list of additional resources and readings.
Please also utilise the Physiotherapy Subject Guide from
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 tutorials, practicals, site visits and presentations. It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, by telephone or email. Absence from external site visit activities must also be reported to the activity supervisor and the Unit Convenor. 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
Students should be conversant with searching for and accessing information via electronic means; the use of Canvas; and word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves a work site visit and therefore, additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in this section. Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. Client/patient confidentiality must always be maintained, including for assessment items such as reports or essays. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% participation at all learning activities (lectures, practicals etc. if scheduled – see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c). If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g. timetable clash), it is recommended that you meet with your Course Convener to schedule this unit for a future semester.
Health Learning Resource Centre
The Health Learning Resource Centre is a facility designed to enhance the learning and university experience for health students with particular emphasis on students in their first year. A drop-in service of students helping students is also available. Visit the HLRC coordinator for more details.
As part of its partnership arrangements with Health Agencies, the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra is aware of the issue of confidentiality of information gained from authentic field experiences. Students are expected to analyse their experiences from the field as part of their academic study. In order to support learning while protecting confidentiality of information, the following guidelines have been developed (for the full document and more detailed information visit your moodle page and view the document called Faculty of Health: Procedures for Managing Confidentiality):
- Pseudonyms should be used for the names of patients and organisations in all academic work.
- Identifying information, including demographic information, should be modified in academic work, using terminology such as ‘similar to'.
- Students should mark all academic work with sensitive information as ‘in-confidence' in the footer.
- Students should develop ‘composite' patients/clients based upon their experiences with several patients or clients in one clinical placement experience if possible. Students should note that this is a ‘composite' and not intended to identify a single person.
- Students should use the password-protect function on their word programs to further guard sensitive information.
- Students should avoid naming other students in academic work, such as reflective pieces or portfolios.
For further information students may visit http://www.privacy.gov.au/act/#health
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 also be brought to the Head of Discipline.
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