This unit introduces students to the sub-specialty stream of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and to evidence-based practice and professional practice. The importance of measurement is emphasised and the validity and reliability of different procedures to evaluate joint range of motion and muscle weakness are studied and practiced. Common conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system are introduced. This unit lays the foundation for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II, III and IV. Evidence-based Practice introduces students to concepts, principles and some of the skills required to practice evidence-based physiotherapy. 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.)
2x1hr lec and 1x1hr tut/wk
practical skills assessment (20%), individual 1000wd written report (20%), 1x2hr end-semester written exam (60%)
Note that 90% attendance is required in tutorials
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.