Physiotherapy in Preventative Healthcare (PHTY4115)


This unit of study provides a framework for exploring the role of physiotherapy in the prevention of chronic injury and disease. Preventative health issues specific to women, the elderly, workers and athletes will be addressed. Physiotherapy service delivery in a range of settings will be explored including the community, workplace, sporting arena and the clinic. Students will examine the social determinants of heath and disease and will apply health promotion models to facilitate health-enhancing behaviour change in a range of populations and settings. The evidence basis of physical activity and exercise for the prevention of chronic conditions and injuries will also be explored and evaluated.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x2-hr tutorial over 6 weeks


15 min group presentation (30%) and individual viva (oral) exam (70%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


PHTY3072 and PHTY3073 and PHTY3074 and PHTY3075

Assumed knowledge

Pre-clinical musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy curriculum


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.