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    Advanced level of knowledge, competence and skill in treatment, rehabilitation, and management for practising physiotherapists.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Physiotherapy Management
    Subject Physiotherapy
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHTX 535
    Limited to
    MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty

    Paper and qualifications restricted to Physiotherapists.

    Paper runs subject to numbers.

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Dr. Ally Calder
    Teaching Staff: Professor Leigh Hale, Dr. Ally Calder

    Paper Structure

    This paper covers topics such as:

    • Evidence-based practice in neurorehabilitation
    • Philosophies of care for adults and/or children with long-term neurological conditions
    • Standardised measures for assessment and evaluation
    • Neuropathophysiology and applied science
    • Management interventions for body structure and function, activity and participation domains for individuals with neurological conditions
    • Promoting health and wellness via physical activity for adults and/or children with neurological conditions
    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

    On-campus and distance learning teaching includes:

    • A colloquium of location and duration will be held subject to arrangement
    • Audio conferences held in the evenings subject to arrangement (via Zoom)

    No compulsory textbooks required.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship.
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    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this paper, the student will:

    • Understand the impact of the social determinants of health in a New Zealand context for people requiring support for conditions (e.g. musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular/pulmonary etc.) seen in their area of physiotherapy clinical practice.
    • Take inter-professional responsibility for managing patients with conditions transitioning from acute care through to rehabilitation and management in primary care and/or the community.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the components of a therapeutic alliance in the context of relevant health beliefs and behaviours.
    • Assess, appraise, critically review, and assimilate relevant literature to inform best practice, specifically:
      • Current trends in physiotherapeutic management (assessment, treatment, and ethical principles) from a multisystem management context.
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiological and applied scientific basis of physiotherapeutic intervention in a multisystem context.
    • Understand the physiotherapist’s role, both as a team member and as a leader, in the promotion of health and wellness of people, families, and communities.


    Semester 2

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

    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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