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

    This paper is eligible for a Workforce Development Scholarship for New Zealand registered physiotherapists working in Comprehensive Primary and Community Care Teams.

    About this funding:

    • This scholarship covers one 30-point course per student, for Semester Two, 2024 only and is intended to support physiotherapists primarily employed by Te Whatu Ora who work in Comprehensive Primary and Community Care Teams. This funding will cover up to 25 physiotherapists, therefore you should apply and secure your place promptly.
    • This funding does not cover travel, accommodation, textbooks, equipment, meals, or release time. Applicants can work with their employer to access workforce development enablement funding which has been provided at a regional level to support equity of access, for example travel for the paper’s compulsory residential block, and to enable the primary and community care workforce to take up these opportunities.
    • Applications close at 5pm on Friday 31st May 2024.

    To confirm eligibility for this funding or if you have any questions, please contact the Associate Dean Post-Graduate Studies at the School of Physiotherapy, Dr Meredith Perry or call on 0212795357

    Please complete this form which is intended to determine your eligibility for this scholarship

    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, integrated physiotherapy assessment and management for advanced clinical practice.
    • Models of health and disability physiotherapy practice, across the life span, for people and whānau supporting people with complex or long-term conditions.
    • Standardised measures for physiotherapy assessment and evaluation.
    • Pathophysiology and applied science.
    • Promoting health and wellness via physical activity.
    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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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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