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|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,801.50|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$9,869.50|
- PHTX 539
- Limited to
- MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
- This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
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- Teaching staff
- Paper Co-ordinator: Karen Elliott
- Paper Structure
- Topics covered in this paper include:
- Worksite assessment
- Risk factors
- Injury prevention
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Management of persistent pain and disability
- 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 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.