Neurological and Cardiopulmonary Physio (PHTY5197)


This unit of study builds on and expands the knowledge, skills and attributes developed in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy and Neurological Physiotherapy. Three modules are included: cardiopulmonary physiotherapy in the acute care environment, physiotherapy for neurodegenerative conditions and acute neurological/neurosurgical care. The acute care module focuses on assessment and treatment of patients with acute pulmonary dysfunction. In addition students examine specific clinical and professional issues relating to the intensive care and acute care environment. The emphasis is on appropriate assessment, safe and effective management of intubated and non-intubated patients. The neurodegenerative conditions module examines the pathology, impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions arising from neurodegenerative conditions which require adaptation (such as Parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, and motor neuron disease). Students learn to assess and train or prescribe appropriate aids to enable activities such as rolling over, sitting, walking, transferring, wheelchair mobility and reaching and manipulating objects to be carried out. The acute neurological and cardiopulmonary care module focuses on physiotherapy management of acute neurological and neurosurgical conditions.

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Further unit of study information


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


mid-semester practical/viva assessment (20%), end of semester practical/viva assessment (20%), end of semester written exam (60%)


Carr JH, Shepherd RB/Neurological Rehabilitation - Optimizing motor performance/2nd/2010/978-0-7020-4051-1/ -- Pryor JA and Prasad SA /Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems /4th ed/2008/

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Unit of study rules


PHTY5192 and PHTY5195

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.