Master of Physiotherapy

Master of Physiotherapy

Master of Physiotherapy

Credit points for award: 96
Full-time, 4 semesters

Year 1

Semester 1
PHTY5192 Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Tiffany Dwyer Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Assumed knowledge: Bachelor's Degree Level study in Human Anatomy; Human Physiology; Neuroscience; Psychology; and Exercise Physiology is essential. Assessment: On-line CXR quiz (5%), mid semester practical assessment (10%), end semester practical assessment (25%) and end semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
This unit will introduce students to the knowledge, skills and clinical decision making processes necessary for effective assessment and treatment of patients across the age spectrum with acute and chronic respiratory and cardiac dysfunction. In particular, students will evaluate pathophysiological and functional consequences of surgery (abdominal, thoracic and cardiac), infective, inflammatory, restrictive and obstructive pulmonary disorders and cardiac artery disease. Students will learn the practical skills and develop treatment strategies to effectively manage respiratory problems. Additionally this unit will develop the student's knowledge of exercise and aims to apply the principles of exercise testing, prescription and training to patients who have cardiac and pulmonary limitations and other co-morbidities to exercise. The unit will provide students with an opportunity to apply, integrate and extend knowledge at a postgraduate level based on their previous degree.
Textbooks
Main E and Denehy L (2016) Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy: Adults and paediatrics (5th ed). Edinburgh: Elsevier.
PHTY5136 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy IA

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jane Grayson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lec and 2x1hr tut/wk Corequisites: PHTY5137 Assumed knowledge: Bachelor's Degree Level study in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Exercise Physiology is essential. Knowledge of Motor Performance and Learning and Biomechanics is desirable but not essential. Assessment: mid-semester practical assessment (10%), end-semester practical assessment (20%), 1x2hr end-semester written exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
This unit introduces students to the sub-specialty stream of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. The unit examines observation and measurement of normal movement using methods that are suitable for clinical application, including biomechanical analyses. Students are taught and practice a number of introductory therapeutic techniques, including general and regional musculoskeletal screening, manual therapy, soft tissue massage and the use of electrophysical agents. The principles of therapeutic exercise for mobility, strength and coordination are explored and practiced. The unit also explores the physiology, psychology, measurement and management of musculoskeletal pain. Students are introduced to case-based clinical reasoning that includes planning a musculoskeletal physical examination and selecting appropriate treatment modalities with appropriate dosage. This unit lays the foundation for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II, III and IV.
PHTY5137 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy IB

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alison Harmer Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lec and 2x1hr tut/wk Corequisites: PHTY5136 Assumed knowledge: BachelorĂ‚Â¿s Degree Level study in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Exercise Physiology is essential. Knowledge of Motor Performance and Learning and Biomechanics is desirable but not essential. Assessment: practical skills assessment (20%), individual 1000wd written report (20%), 1x2hr end-semester written exam (60%) Practical field work: practical skills assessment (20%), group 1000wd written research report (20%), 1x2hr end-semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
This unit introduces students to the sub-specialty stream of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and to evidence-based practice and professional practice. In tutorials, musculoskeletal assessments (history-taking; muscle strength; joint range of motion; physiological and functional tests), evidence-based practice, and exercise prescription are practised and underpinning theories discussed. Lectures address these assessments, as well as evidence-based practice, muscle length, application and interpretation of reliability statistics pertinent to the research project,common conditions (osteoarthritis and the inflammatory arthritides) affecting the musculoskeletal system and a related case study, and professional practice . The evidence-based practice component introduces students to concepts, principles and some of the skills required to practice evidence-based physiotherapy in relation to effects of therapy. 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. (Remaining course content for evidence-based and professional practice is embedded in later UOS.) This unit is a companion of PHTY5136 MS1A, and it lays the foundation for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II, III and IV. Also included in this unit are compulsory Faculty modules on academic honesty and effective professional communication (accelerated communication excellence).
PHTY5195 Neurological Physiotherapy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Leanne Hassett Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Assumed knowledge: Bachelor's Degree Level study in Human Anatomy; Human Physiology; Neuroscience; Psychology; and Exercise Physiology is essential. Knowledge of Motor Performance and Learning and Biomechanics is desirable but not essential.. Assessment: Mid semester practical assessment (25%), end semester practical assessment (25%) and end semester written exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
Neurological physiotherapy aims to develop in students an ability to apply relevant theoretical and data-based scientific findings to clinical practice in the area of disease and trauma to the nervous system. This unit examines the pathology, impairments (weakness, loss of coordination, loss of sensation and spasticity as well as adaptations such as contracture), activity limitations (difficulty standing up, sitting and standing, walking, reaching and manipulating objects with the hand, rolling over and getting out of bed) and participation restrictions arising from conditions of acute onset (stroke, traumatic brain injury and Guillain-Barre Syndrome). Students will learn to assess, train and measure outcome of everyday activities integrated within the rehabilitation team.
Textbooks
Carr, J. and Shepherd, R. Neurological Rehabilitation - Optimizing motor performance, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh (2010)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
PHTY5197 Neurological and Cardiopulmonary Physio

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Maree Milros and Dr Serene Paul Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: PHTY5192 and PHTY5195 Assessment: mid-semester practical/viva assessment (20%), end of semester assignment (20%), end of semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required for tutorials
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 Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease). Students learn to assess, train and prescribe appropriate aids to enable activities (such as turning in bed, walking, transferring, wheelchair mobility and reaching and manipulating objects) to be carried out. The acute neurological/neurosurgical module focuses on physiotherapy management of acute neurological and neurosurgical conditions.
Textbooks
Main E and Denehy L. Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems. 5th ed, 2016
PHTY5203 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paula Beckenkamp Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture and 1x2hr tutorial per week for 13 weeks Prerequisites: PHTY5136 and PHTY5137 Corequisites: PHTY5204 Assessment: Mid-semester practical/viva (20%); end semester practical/viva exam (20%); end semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required for tutorials
This unit of study, along with its companion unit PHTY5204 builds on compentencies around professional identity, technical skills, communication and patient centred care that were aquired and demonstrated in the foundation musculoskeletal units. Students will develop competencies in clinical reasoning, problem-solving and critical thinking supported by the use of case studies that focus on assessment and management of commonly occurring musculoskeletal conditions of the of the lumbar spine and lower limbs in a primary care setting. Students will use a framework for management of musculoskeletal conditions that is consistent with widely endorsed clinical practice guidelines and uses a pragmatic evidence based approach to patient care. Focused learning modules in this unit include principles of epidemiology, diagnosis, reassurance and education as frontline interventions, and management of musculoskeletal injuries will be applied in the cases in this and the companion unit of study.
Textbooks
Brukner P and Khan K (2012): Clinical Sports Medicine (4th Ed). Sydney: McGraw-Hill.
PHTY5204 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy III

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Justin Sullivan Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures and 1x2hr tutorial/wk Prerequisites: PHTY5136 and PHTY5137 Corequisites: PHTY5203 Assessment: 1 x practical (20%) in Week 7, 1 x end-semester practical (20%), , and 1x2hr end-semester written exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
This unit of study, along with its companion unit PHTY2059 builds on competencies around professional identity, technical skills, communication and patient centered care that were acquired and demonstrated in the foundation musculoskeletal units. Students will develop competencies in clinical reasoning, problem-solving and critical thinking supported by the use of case studies that focus on assessment and management of commonly occurring musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical spine and upper limbs in a primary care setting. Students will use a framework for management of musculoskeletal conditions that is consistent with widely endorsed clinical practice guidelines and uses a pragmatic evidence-based approach to patient care. In-depth learning modules in this unit include principles of risk stratification, guideline-based management planning, and epidemiology
PHTY5201 Physiotherapy across the Lifespan

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Susan Coulson and Alison Chivers Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture and 1x2hr tutorial per week for 13 weeks Corequisites: PHTY5197 Assessment: 2 hr written exam (70%) and group written report (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required for tutorials
This unit of study comprises two modules consisting of the delivery of preventative and rehabilitative physiotherapy services across the lifespan in selected populations and settings. Specifically, the delivery of physiotherapy services will be addressed in: paediatrics and ageing and health. In the paediatrics module students will become aware of the changes which occur from infancy through to maturity in neuromotor, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary development and will address issues related to physiotherapy intervention in children with potential dysfunction in those systems. The emphasis of this module will be on problem solving relevant clinical scenarios via an approach of clinical reasoning. In considering the older population, students will explore strategies to maintain and improve the health of older people and to support them within their community if they do develop illness or disease. Specifically, they will look at topics such as falls screening and prevention and the coordination of health, social and other services to assist older people.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 2

Semester 1
PHTY5180 Physiotherapy Practicum 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Michelle Fairbrother Session: Intensive April,Intensive February,Intensive July,Intensive March,Intensive November Classes: 1-week full time attendance at simulation (37.5 hours) on campus at Cumberland Health plus 5-week full-time (40 hours/week) clinical placement at clinical facilities Prerequisites: PHTY5197 and PHTY5203 and PHTY5204 Assessment: Assessment based on (i) satisfactory performance and participation during Simulation; then (ii) clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
This unit of study involves clinical placement which will give students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate competency in the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals as well as the specific clinical skills across the core areas of physiotherapy in managing clients across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. In addition, students may be responsible for running individual or group classes to improve patient mobility, and conditioning. Physiotherapy Practicum 1 is a five-week placement which require full-time attendance (40 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, this placement may be in a rural or regional setting. This unit of study includes one week mandatory attendance at simulation. Satisfactory performance at simulation must be demonstrated prior to being allowed to progress to first placement.
PHTY5181 Physiotherapy Practicum 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Julia Blackford Session: Intensive April,Intensive July,Intensive June,Intensive March,Intensive May,Intensive November Classes: 5-week full-time (40 hours/week) clinical placement at clinical facilities Prerequisites: PHTY5197 and PHTY5203 and PHTY5204 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study involves clinical placement which will give students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate competency in the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals as well as the specific clinical skills across the core areas of physiotherapy in managing clients across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. In addition, students may be responsible for running individual or group classes to improve patient mobility, and conditioning. Physiotherapy Practicum 2 is a five-week placement which require full-time attendance (40 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, this placement may be in a rural or regional setting.
PHTY5206 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy IV

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Evangelos Pappas and Dr Milena Simic Session: Intensive February,Semester 1b Classes: 4x1-hr lectures and 2x2-hr tutorial /wk over 6 weeks, plus an online module Prerequisites: PHTY5203 and PHTY5204 Assessment: 1 x end-semester practical/viva exam (30%), and 1x2-hr end-semester written exam (70%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
This unit will integrate knowledge from earlier units of study and develop the skills required for the management of musculoskeletal conditions with a more complex presentation. Students learn to distinguish patients with non-specific pain from those suspected of having underlying disease/pathology. The unit covers the differential diagnosis, clinical course and prognostic factors of common musculoskeletal conditions. Students will develop the ability to select and implement interventions based on clinical reasoning, principles of evidence-based practice and safety. Emphasis will be placed on differential diagnosis, musculoskeletal surgical procedures and post-surgical protocols, and the biomechanics of joint load reduction.
PHTY5207 Physiotherapy Health Care and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mi-Joung Lee, Dr Jane Grayson Session: Intensive February,Semester 1b Classes: 4x1hr lectures and 1x2hr tutorial/wk over 6 weeks Prerequisites: PHTY5203 and PHTY5204 and PHTY5201 Assessment: group report (25%), and 1x2-hr end-semester written exam (75%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
This unit of study comprises four integrated modules consisting of the delivery of preventative and rehabilitative physiotherapy services in selected populations and complex patient-centred healthcare in society. Specifically, the delivery of physiotherapy services will be addressed in: sport and recreation; occupational health; and community health.. In physiotherapy in sport and recreation, students will assess sports-related injury and design programs to prevent and manage complex injuries sustained during sport and recreational activities. The occupational health module will apply a risk management approach to the role of physiotherapy in work injury prevention and occupational rehabilitation. The community health module will address the contribution of physiotherapy to the management of particular population groups who receive health care in community settings; e.g. indigenous populations and rural/remote populations. The fourth module will comprise hand therapy.
or students may enrol in HSBH5001 FHS Abroad, with permission from the Course Director
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
PHTY5182 Physiotherapy Practicum 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Gillian Nisbet Session: Intensive April,Intensive February,Intensive June,Intensive March,Intensive October Classes: 5-week full-time (40 hours/week) clinical placement at clinical facilities Prerequisites: PHTY5197 and PHTY5203 and PHTY5204 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
This unit of study involves clinical placement which will give students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate competency in the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals as well as the specific clinical skills across the core areas of physiotherapy in managing clients across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. In addition, students may be responsible for running individual or group classes to improve patient mobility, and conditioning. Physiotherapy Practicum 3 is a five-week placement which requires full-time attendance (40 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, this placement may be in a rural or regional setting.
PHTY5189 Physiotherapy Practicum 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Michelle Fairbrother Session: Intensive April,Intensive August,Intensive February,Intensive July,Intensive March,Intensive November,Intensive October,Intensive September Classes: 5-week full-time (40 hours/week) clinical placement at clinical facilities Prerequisites: PHTY5197 and PHTY5206 Assessment: Assessment based on clinical performance, written material, communication skills, organisational skills and professionalism (100%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
This unit of study involves clinical placement which will give students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate competency in the generic skills and attributes of physiotherapy professionals as well as the specific clinical skills across the core areas of physiotherapy in managing clients across the lifespan in a range of environments and settings. During practicum placements there will be opportunities for interprofessional learning. In addition, students may be responsible for running individual or group classes to improve patient mobility, and conditioning. Physiotherapy Practicum 1 is a five-week placement which require full-time attendance (40 hours per week) at clinical facilities. In addition, this placement may be in a rural or regional setting. This unit of study includes one week mandatory attendance at simulation. Satisfactory performance at simulation must be demonstrated prior to being allowed to progress to first placement.
PHTY5208 Advanced Physiotherapy Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Debra Shirley, A/Prof Zoe McKeough, Dr Serene Paul Session: Intensive October,Semester 2a Classes: 7 x1hr lectures and 3 x 2hr tutorials/wk over 3 weeks for the Neurological module; 8 x 1hr lectures and 2 x 2hr tutorials over 2 weeks for Cardiopulmonary module; and 10 x 1hr lectures and 6 x 2 hr tutorials over 4 weeks for the Musculoskeletal module. Prerequisites: PHTY5206 and PHTY5197 and PHTY5201 Assessment: 10 min practical exam (30%), written assignment (25%), 2hr end-semester written exam (45%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required for tutorials
This unit of study will include three modules: advanced musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary modules incorporating advanced clinical reasoning addressing complex patient-centred healthcare. The modules will enable students to develop their skills in analysing and planning management of patients with complex musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary problems. The musculoskeletal module will include advanced manual therapy assessment and treatment including high velocity manipulative techniques. The neurological module will focus on management of spinal cord injuries. 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 critical analysis skills to improve healthcare provision. 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.
PHTY5209 Advanced Clinical Reasoning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Milena Simic Session: Intensive October,Semester 2a Classes: (20x1-hr lec and 4x3-hr tut and 6x1-hr private study (preparation for assessments)) / 7 wk academic semester Prerequisites: PHTY5206 and PHTY5197 Corequisites: PHTY5208 Assessment: 1 x clinical reasoning seminar presentation, group of 3 (30%), 1x3500wd dissertation incorporting evidence-based practice, individual (70%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Note that 90% attendance is required for tutorials
This UOS is the capstone unit of the Graduate Entry Masters program in which students undertake a major individual piece of scholarly work (a structured dissertation) on a complex case of a common condition/disease; and present a group seminar on a rare condition.Skills (both written and oral) that underpin effective communication of advanced clinical reasoning will be practised in tutorials and will be drawn upon in the assessment tasks. Lectures will comprise evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, ethical practice, ethical dilemmas and cultural competency, and Master classes presenting complex cases. In tutorials, students will practice evidence-based physiotherapy skills and present their clinical reasoning (orally and written) . There will be also be opportunity during a tutorial for feedback on aspects of the dissertation.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Due to scheduling of NSW clinical placements, some students may be required to enrol in 30cp in Semester 1 and 18cp in Semester 2