Physiotherapy Evidence and Practice (PHTY2053)


This unit of study consists of two modules (Professional Practice and Evidence-Based Practice) which explore the art and science of physiotherapy practice. The professional practice module introduces the student to broad and specific issues and practices in healthcare delivery affecting physiotherapists. This includes the roles and responsibilities of physiotherapists and other health professionals in the context of the changing health care environment. Students examine policies related to professional conduct promoted by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (PBA) (and the pre-existing NSW Physiotherapy Registration Board) , and the Professional Codes of Conduct of the PBA and Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), and learn to apply these codes in ethical and clinical decision-making. The importance of communication, documentation and respect for cultural differences in professional practice will be addressed. The responsibility associated with being a member of a regulated profession, regulation of physiotherapy practice by the Health Practitioner National Regulation Law Act No 86 2009 and by other health acts and the meaning of professional misconduct and other associated behaviours are examined. The evidence-based practice module develops the skills required to practise evidence-based physiotherapy. The students learn how to ask suitable clinical questions about effects of therapy, patient prognosis or the utility of diagnostic instruments; and to locate and critically evaluate published evidence so as to make a sound clinical decision regarding the applicability of evidence to patients. In addition, students will be assigned to clinical units and will undertake structured learning tasks, which apply principles taught in this unit.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week


MCP workbook (module A: pp) (20%) (due week 10); clinical question report (module B: EBP) (20%) (due week 10); written examination (modules A and B) (60%) (week15/16)


Herbert R, Jamtvedt G, Hagen KB and Mead J /Practical evidenced-based physiotherapy/2nd/2011/

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


HSBH1003 and HSBH1007



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.