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Application and integration of the principles of biological, social and medical sciences and evidence-informed practice to the introductory skills of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy rehabilitation.
|Paper title||Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science 1|
|Teaching period||Full Year (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,766.78|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$16,221.44|
- Limited to
First semester: Dr Ramakrishnan Mani (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Second semester: Dr Cathy Chapple (email@example.com)
- More information link
- View more information on the School of Physiotherapy's website
- Teaching staff
Dr Ramakrishnan Mani (Paper Co-ordinator, first semester)
Dr Cathy Chapple (Paper Co-ordinator, second semester)
Dr Margot Skinner
Dr Prasath Jayakaran
Dr Daniela Aldabe
Dr Ewan Kennedy
Professor Leigh Hale
Professor David Baxter
Professor John Sullivan
Associate Professor Gisela Sole
Associate Professor Steve Tumilty
Associate Professor Lynley Anderson
- Paper Structure
- The paper is designed as a 48-point, full-year paper with both formal lectures and laboratory sessions supplemented by self-directed modules and learning tasks scheduled throughout the paper to ensure the acquisition of effective, appropriate and safe clinical skills.
- Teaching Arrangements
- All teaching is undertaken on campus.
- List available from the University Book Shop.
- 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
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Te Whare Tapa Whā model of healthcare and its application to physiotherapy rehabilitation and practice, centred on the holistic health and wellbeing of the client
- Demonstrate knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, other biomedical sciences relevant to human health and function, and psychosocial and other determinants of health within the context of physiotherapy and best available research evidence
- Demonstrate an understanding of clients, self, context and the wider community during the application of physiotherapy rehabilitation and practice, especially in consideration of ethnicity, culture, disability, gender, age and vulnerability
- Demonstrate good communication skills
- Demonstrate the skills required to be a reflective practitioner and self-directed learner
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of what a professional and ethical physiotherapy practitioner is.
- Demonstrate ability to use education and lead education of others
- Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and principles relevant to physiotherapy practice, including evidence-based practice
- Apply basic knowledge and understanding of core theoretical concepts and principles relevant to physiotherapy practice across the lifespan, from birth to end of life care
- Apply basic knowledge and understanding of core theoretical concepts and principles relevant to physiotherapy practice across acute, rehabilitation and community practice in a range of environments and settings
- Demonstrate an understanding of interprofessional and collaborative practice
- Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and principles relevant to physiotherapy practice in health promotion and facilitation of client self-management strategies to enhance their health and well-being
- Discuss methodological issues related to basic measurement and evaluation in physiotherapy
- Demonstrate, at a basic level, an efficient, effective, culturally responsive and client-centred physiotherapy assessment, including:
- Explain the purpose of physiotherapy assessment and any relevant risks and options
- Conduct an appropriate and relevant client interview, collecting information about the client's prior function, physical abilities and participation, and identify the client's expectations of physiotherapy
- Plan a physiotherapy assessment drawing on applied knowledge of pathology, anatomy, physiology, other core biomedical sciences relevant to human health and function and determinants of health relevant to the client's impairments, limitations and participation restrictions
- Analyse movement to differentiate between normal and abnormal function and apply this to the clinical reasoning process
- Select and demonstrate basic diagnostic tests, assessment tools and outcome measures of body structure and function, specifically, of joint range of motion, muscle performance, sensory status, soft tissue integrity, and cardio-respiratory function
- Select and demonstrate basic diagnostic tests, assessment tools and outcome measures of activity, specifically, posture and balance, gait and mobility, upper limb function, capacity for exercise and activities of daily living
- Recognise and evaluate the social, personal and environmental factors that may impact on a client's functioning, disability and health
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the clinical reasoning process used to integrate knowledge of a client's presenting problems with the information gathered during the physiotherapy assessment, to explain the diagnosis and/or causes of presenting problems
- Demonstrate the use of mobility adjuncts, safe patient handling and transfer skills
- Develop and safely and effectively apply basic evidenced-based physiotherapy treatment programmes, underpinned by sound clinical reasoning, to manage clients with simple health and movement dysfunction
- Demonstrate the ability to prescribe and modify treatment and exercise programmes according to the specific requirements of the client
- Use knowledge and understanding of core theoretical concepts and principles, relevant to physiotherapy practice in health promotion and facilitation of client self-management strategies, to enhance their health and well-being