Physiotherapy in Childhood (PHTY4114)


This unit of study aims to prepare the student as a competent entry-level practitioner in paediatric physiotherapy. Emphasis is given to students developing a clear understanding of typical development and the potential influences upon a child's development. The student will become aware of the changes which occur from infancy to maturity in the neuromotor, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary body systems, and the impact of congenital or acquired conditions, or lifestyle diseases causing dysfunction in one or more of these systems. The emphasis of the teaching approach will be on clinical and ethical reasoning) to promote health and well-being for children within a family-centred practice framework. Paediatric clinical scenarios have been designed to help students in their learning to problem-solve assessment and management strategies for children with dysfunction, and/or are at risk of poor health and well-being. The approach will also emphasise the role of physiotherapy within broader health care teams/services so as to prepare students for the variety of health care settings/contexts in which paediatric physiotherapists may work. The unit is designed to facilitate students to integrate prior learning from other units of study with the content of this unit.

Further unit of study information


2-hr lecture/week, 6x2-hr tutorial/semester plus structured learning activities


Written report -Pre-school activity (30%) and written exam (70%)


Recommended textbook (not compulsory)
Campbell SK, Palisano RJ and Olin MN (Eds.) (2011) Physical Therapy for Children (4th edition) Elsevier: St Louis, Missouri

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

PHTY4110 and PHTY4111, PHTY4110 and PHTY4111, PHTY4110 and PHTY4111


PHTY4112 and PHTY4113, PHTY4112 and PHTY4113, PHTY4112 and PHTY4113

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.