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    Clinical practice structured to extend the physiotherapist’s theoretical knowledge and reasoning skills and to develop an advanced level of competence and critical evaluation in their specialised fields of practice.

    The purpose of this paper is to enable the physiotherapist currently working in a dedicated area of clinical practice to develop critical thinking skills applicable to professional practice in the area to an advanced level of knowledge and competence.

    About this paper

    Paper title Theoretical Constructs in Clinical Practice
    Subject Physiotherapy
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHTY 561, PHTX 530 and PHTX 561
    Limited to
    MPhty, PGDipPhty

    Paper and qualifications restricted to Physiotherapists.

    Paper runs subject to numbers.

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Leigh Hale

    Paper Structure
    This paper is based around four key pieces of internal assessment:
    • An annotated bibliography
    • An oral presentation of a case report (via video link)
    • The written case report
    • Completion of a logbook in two components
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    Students must be practising physiotherapy with access to a clinical caseload whilst undertaking this paper as logbooks are completed as part of the assessment.

    There are no textbook requirements for this paper. You will be guided to relevant reference material throughout the 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 aims of this paper are to further develop the student's ability to critically review and evaluate current physiotherapy clinical practice trends, to apply this information in the evaluation and management of patients, and to contribute to the development of effective and efficacious physiotherapy management.

    On successful completion of this paper the student will be able to:

    • Be well versed in the evidence base that supports the management approach/es in their specific area/s of professional physiotherapy practice
    • Critically review and reflect on the management approach/es applied and demonstrate adaptation as appropriate
    • Integrate the ICF* model of health and disability in assessment and management in their specific area/s of professional physiotherapy practice
    • Apply new learning approaches to inform changes in clinical practice
    • Consider physiotherapy clinical practice obligations under Te Tiriti 
    • Consider physiotherapy’s role in addressing current health inequities in Aotearoa New Zealand


    Semester 2

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