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    Advanced study of clinical theory and practice in all elements of orthopaedic manipulative therapy.

    About this paper

    Paper title Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy
    Subject Physiotherapy
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHTY 541, PHTX 541, PHTX 543
    Limited to
    MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
    This paper is restricted to health professionals.
    Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Cathy Chapple

    Teaching staff: Dr Ewan Kennedy
    Gerard Farrell
    Matthew Dick

    Paper Structure

    Weekly topics covering:

    • Spinal manipulation, effectiveness, efficacy and safety
    • Pain management
    • Clinical Reasoning
    • Exercise prescription
    • Differential diagnosis
    Teaching Arrangements

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

    Regular on-line discussions using Zoom meetings and wiki discussion board, plus 3 residential blocks of in-person teaching held in Dunedin. 


    Recommended textbooks:

    • Monaghan M (2001) Spinal Manipulation: A Manual for Physiotherapists. The Copy Press Ltd.
    • Hing W, Hall T, Mulligan B (2020) The Mulligan concept of manual therapy: textbook of techniques. ClinicalKey. Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier
    • Goodman & Snyder (2007). Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists: Screening for Referral. Saunders Elsevier.
    • Cook C. (2012). Orthopaedic Manual Therapy: An Evidence Based Approach 2nd Edition.
    • Jones MA, Rivett DA (2019) Clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal practice. 2nd edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier 
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be highly competent in:

    • Relating known patho-anatomical, neurophysiological and biomechanical bases to the management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders
    • Performing a skilled, appropriate and effective assessment of a patient with a neuromusculoskeletal disorder
    • Using effective clinical analysis and interpretation of findings in selecting treatment options and making clinical decisions about patient management
    • Application of orthopaedic manipulative therapy techniques to neuromusculoskeletal disorders


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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