This unit of study is designed to prepare the student for practice in the area of paediatric physiotherapy. Emphasis is given to students developing anunderstanding of typical development and the potential influences upon a child's development. The student will develop understanding 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 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-CY (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Children) to promote health and well-being for children within a family-centred practice framework. Paediatric clinical scenarios are designed to promoteself-directed 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 and services to prepare students for the variety of health care settings andcontexts 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
Practical assessment (10%), written report (20%), 1x2-hr written exam (70%)
Palisano RJ, Orlin MN and Schreiber J (eds.) Physical Therapy for Children (5th ed.) Elsevier: St Louis MO
PHTY3081 and PHTY3082 and PHTY3087