Professional and Scientific Practice (PHTY5196)


This unit of study comprises of two areas that relate to professional and scientific physiotherapy practice. Module A (Professional Practice) overviews the regulation of physiotherapy practice in health care delivery. This module addresses communication, consent and respect for cultural differences in professional practice. 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 learn to apply this code and guidelines in ethical and clinical decision-making. Module B (Evidence-based Practice) supports students to develop the skills required to practise evidence-based physiotherapy. The students learn how to ask clinical questions about effects of therapy, patient prognosis or the utility of diagnostic instruments. Students learn to locate and critically evaluate published evidence so as to make a sound clinical decision regarding the applicability of evidence to patients.

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


Module A - Professional Practice: group seminar (20%) Module B - Evidenced-Based Practice: individual written report (20%) End semester Written exam modules A & B (60%)


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

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