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An appreciation of the link between physical activity and health in the contemporary primary care setting that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration.
The second of the compulsory papers for the PGDipSEM brings together nearly 20 specialists
from across the medical spectrum, offering information on how exercise prescription
fits into almost all patients' health regimens and addresses their related medical
The key learning opportunity from this paper - besides the high level teaching material - is an assignment where patients with at least two cardiovascular risk factors are taken through an exercise prescription programme by the student for 12 weeks. The related teaching material and the actual assignment provide a learning opportunity for how such a programme should be conducted in collaboration with other members of the patients' medical team. The second assignment is for the student to put themselves through the same process.
The quality of the work generated by students in this paper has been outstanding historically, resulting in dramatic changes in the practices of most of those who complete the paper, and some have even had significant changes in their careers as a result.
|Paper title||Exercise Prescription|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (Distance learning)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,938.00|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- SPMX 711
- Limited to
- MHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, MPhty, PGDipHealSc
- Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma is by application (ie not open), and you must apply
online with supporting documentation through eVision.
- Applicant has a bachelor's degree - preferably in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy or Sciences
- Applicant is, or has been, working in a related field
- Applicant has the ability to study at postgraduate level
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- Teaching staff
Dr Hamish Osborne and guest lecturers
- Teaching Arrangements
Includes compulsory workshop in Dunedin prior to the semester start (dates to be confirmed by Dr Hamish Osborne)
- To be advised
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Ethics, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- This paper aims to teach the participants the practicals skills required to assess
and manage patients in terms of their exercise prescription while understanding the
research literature and providing the student with appropriate resources for future
needs. The learning outcomes are:
- To understand the health consequences of inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle
- To explore the science behind the link between physical activity and health
- To understand the different types and risks of physical activity
- To understand the principles of health and fitness testing
- To understand and be able to apply the principles of (clinical) exercise prescription
- To understand the concepts of health behaviour modification
- To understand the multidisciplinary nature of prescribing exercise for health