Physiotherapy Healthcare and Society (PHTY5202)


This unit of study will include two modules: an advanced musculoskeletal module and an advanced clinical reasoning module addressing complex patient-centred healthcare in society. The musculoskeletal module will focus on the development of advanced manual therapy assessment, treatment and clinical reasoning skills. Skills taught will include high velocity manipulative techniques. The advanced clinical reasoning module will enable students to develop their skills in analysing and planning management of patients with multi-system and/or complex problems. Students are required to source and integrate material from core areas of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy as well as background sciences. Specific emphasis will be placed on fostering development of independent and eLearning skills as well as development of a deeper understanding of the role of lifelong learning in improving societal health. Students will be expected to evaluate the scientific basis and ethical, legal and practical implications of physiotherapy interventions within the context of interprofessional team care and global health priorities.

Further unit of study information


4-6-hr lecture/week, 2-3-hr tutorial/week


10 min practical exam (40%)- advanced musculoskeletal module and 10 min viva exam (60%) - advanced clinical reasoning module

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

PHTY5197 and PHTY5200

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.