Professional and Scientific Practice (PHTY5196)


This unit of study comprises two modules: professional practice and evidence-based practice. Professional Practice introduces the issues and practices in healthcare delivery affecting physiotherapists, including relevant professional, state and federal policies. Students also 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 learn to apply this code and guidelines in ethical and clinical decision-making. The importance of communication, documentation and respect for cultural differences in professional practice is addressed. Evidence-based Practice introduces students to concepts, principles and some of the skills required to practice evidence-based physiotherapy. This unit examines the observation and measurement of normal movement using methods that are suitable for clinical application, including biomechanical analyses. The importance of measurement is emphasised and the validity and reliability of different procedures are studied. Students are taught and practice a number of basic therapeutic techniques, including general musculoskeletal screening, observation of normal movement, manual handling, soft tissue massage and the use of heating and cooling.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x 1-hr tutorial/week


Practical skills assessment (20%), individual 1500-wd written report (30%) End semester written exam (50%)

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