This unit of study aims to prepare the student for practice in the area of paediatric physiotherapy. Emphasis is given to students developing a clear understanding of typical development and the potential influences upon a child's development. The student will become aware of the changes which occur from infancy to maturity in the neuro-motor, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary body systems, and the impact of congenital or acquired conditions, or lifestyle diseases causing dysfunction in one or more of these systems. The emphasis of the teaching approach will be on clinical and ethical reasoning within the WHO ICF (International Classification of Function) to promote health and well-being for children within a family-centred practice framework. Paediatric clinical scenarios are designed to help students self-direct their learning in order to problem-solve assessment and management strategies for children with dysfunction, and/or are at risk of poor health and well-being. The approach will also emphasise the role of physiotherapy within broader health care teams/services to prepare students for the variety of health care settings/contexts in which paediatric physiotherapists may work. The unit is designed to facilitate students to integrate prior learning from other units of study with the content of this unit.
1x2-hr lecture/week over 13 weeks, 1x2-hr tutorial or practical/week over 6 weeks
1x2-hr written exam (70%), written report (30%)
PHTY3081 and PHTY3082 and PHTY3087