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Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice A - PHTY1023

This unit sets the context of physiotherapy professional practice through an introduction to the issues and practices in healthcare delivery affecting physiotherapists, including relevant professional, state and federal policies and laws related to professional conduct. The unit also examines the observation and measurement of normal movement using methods that are suitable for clinical application, including biomechanical analyses. The importance of measurement is emphasised and the validity and reliability of different procedures are studied. Students are taught and practice a number of basic therapeutic techniques, including general musculoskeletal screening, observation of normal movement, manual handling, soft tissue massage and the use of heating and cooling. The importance of communication, documentation and respect for cultural differences in professional practice is addressed. Students are introduced to the concepts and principles of evidence-based practice.

2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Academic Honesty (online assessment; 0%, barrier task), Accelerate Communication Excellence (ACE; online assessment, 0%, barrier task), 1000wd project report (30%) and practical skills assessment (20%), 1x2-hr written exam (50%)

Additional information
Students will complete an online academic integrity module, and the Accelerate Communication Excellence module as part of this unit of study.

Assumed knowledge
HSC Physics (or equivalent)




Faculty: Health Sciences

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Physiotherapy
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Fereshteh Pourkazemi
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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