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PHTY539 Occupational Health Physiotherapy

This paper is intended to provide practising physiotherapists with specific knowledge and skills to apply in occupational health practice, and includes the assessment, management, prevention and treatment of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and the role of government regulatory bodies and statutory authorities in occupational health practice.

This paper meets the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) vocational rehabilitation competencies.

Paper title Occupational Health Physiotherapy
Paper code PHTY539
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Restriction
PHTX 539
Limited to
MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
Course outline
Eligibility
This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
Contact
physio.academic@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Karen Elliott
Paper Structure
Topics covered in this paper include:
  • Ergonomics
  • Worksite assessment
  • Risk factors
  • Injury prevention
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Management of persistent pain and disability
  • Legislation
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught in modules by distance learning with fortnightly audioconferences via Zoom.
Textbooks
No textbooks are required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
The objectives of this paper are to
  • Broaden the student's knowledge base relevant to the practise of occupational health physiotherapy
  • Develop the student's expertise and competency in assessment, evaluation and management of occupational health issues
  • Facilitate an evidence-based approach to occupational health practice by promoting critical analysis of current and relevant literature
  • Foster debate and discussion that will help to identify limitations of knowledge and identify strategic directions for research within this professional field
  • Further develop interpersonal and communication skills
  • Foster the student's awareness of legal and ethical issues as they relate to occupational health practice

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

This paper is intended to provide practising physiotherapists with specific knowledge and skills to apply in occupational health practice, and includes the assessment, management, prevention and treatment of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and the role of government regulatory bodies and statutory authorities in occupational health practice.

This paper meets the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) vocational rehabilitation competencies.

Paper title Occupational Health Physiotherapy
Paper code PHTY539
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PHTX 539
Limited to
MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
Eligibility
This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
Contact
physio.academic@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Karen Elliott
Paper Structure
Topics covered in this paper include:
  • Ergonomics
  • Worksite assessment
  • Risk factors
  • Injury prevention
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Management of persistent pain and disability
  • Legislation
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught in modules by distance learning with fortnightly audioconferences via Zoom.
Textbooks
No textbooks are required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this paper students will be able to:
  • Apply ergonomic principles in worksite assessment
  • Analyse a task and evaluate findings, choosing appropriate worksite assessment tools
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate information effectively
  • Identify and critique risk factors that make a worker susceptible to pain, injury and disability - (including biomechanical, psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors) and relate evidence on risk factors to physiotherapy practice
  • Synthesise current injury prevention literature and formulate an injury prevention plan for a selected industry
  • Analyse and synthesise current evidence on vocational rehabilitation and the role of occupational health team members
  • Demonstrate awareness of current evidence on assessment and management strategies that are effective in the vocational rehabilitation of clients with persistent pain and disability

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard