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PHTY539 Occupational Health Physiotherapy

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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 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,938.00
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PHTX 539
Limited to
MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinators: Philippa Grimes and Dr Meredith Perry.

Teaching staff: Philippa Grimes

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.
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

On completion of this paper students will be able to:

  • Apply ergonomics 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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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system