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||Semester 2 (Distance learning)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,018.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- PHTX 539
- Limited to
- MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty
This paper is restricted to health professionals.
Qualifications are restricted to physiotherapists.
Paper runs subject to numbers.
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- Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Meredith Perry
Teaching staff: Staff and guest lecturers with content specific knowledge contribute to this paper.
- 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 Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.
This paper is taught in modules 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 ergonomics principles in a 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 discomfort, pain and injury (including biomechanical, psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors) and relate evidence on risk factors to occupational health 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 which are effective in the vocational rehabilitation of clients with persistent pain and disability.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the current legislative, cultural and ethical framework under which occupational health practice in New Zealand operates.