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PHTY543 Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy

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

Paper title Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy
Paper code PHTY543
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,938.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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: Associate Professor Steve Tumilty

Teaching staff: Dr Daniel Ribeiro,
Dr Ram Mani
Dr Cathy Chapple
Matthew Dick

Paper Structure
Weekly topics covering:
  • Spinal manipulation, effectiveness, efficacy and safety
  • Pain management
  • Neurodynamics
  • Exercise prescription
  • Differential diagnosis
Teaching Arrangements
The distance version includes three 3-day residential blocks held in Dunedin and audioconferences held via Zoom.

The on-campus version is taught in labs with audioconferences that students can either attend in person or via Zoom.

Recommended textbooks:

  • Monaghan M (2001) Spinal Manipulation: A Manual for Physiotherapists. The Copy Press Ltd.
  • Myers T (2010) Anatomy Trains 2nd Edition. Churchill Livingstone 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.
  • Pearson NJ, Vincenzino B, Hing W, Rivett D, Hall T (2011) Mobilisation With Movement: The Art and the Science. 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

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Semester 1

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

Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system