This subject will provide the background medical and surgical knowledge for the physiotherapist to effectively manage the patient with common cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular disorders. Indications, mechanisms of action, delivery methods and adverse effects of pharmacological agents used in cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular conditions will be critically discussed. Students will analyse and appraise the role of the physiotherapist and relevant interprofessional team members in the management of patients with cardiorespiratory and/or cardiovascular disorders, whilst utilising leadership and collaborative team building skills. Students will apply their knowledge of anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology to demonstrate an understanding of patient presentation and progression of respiratory, cardiac, vascular, renal, endocrine, lymphatic and neurological conditions across the lifespan, including end of life and palliative care where appropriate.
An evidence based, problem-solving approach will form the basis for this subject. Resource sessions, problem-based learning, simulation and case-based scenarios will provide opportunities for the students to critically apply and synthesise knowledge in order to select, plan, explain, demonstrate and evaluate appropriate assessment and treatment techniques for uncomplicated and/or complex patient/client presentations across the lifespan. Students will develop and revise methods of record keeping and consider the psycho-socioeconomic and cultural needs when developing client-centred goals.
By the end of the subject, students will be able to transition into the clinical setting through acquisition of competencies in performing a subjective and physical examination, clinical reasoning, selection /execution of cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular physiotherapy interventions, exercise prescription, health promotion and maintenance, documentation and discharge planning.
|Faculty||Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine|
1. Demonstrate an understanding of patient presentation and progression of medical, surgical, cardiorespiratory, vascular and lymphatic conditions (using knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems) across the life span.
2. Critically discuss common pharmacological agents prescribed for patients/clients with a medical or surgical cardiorespiratory condition (including mechanism of action, delivery methods, indications for use and adverse effects).
3. Critically apply and synthesise knowledge in order to select, plan, explain, demonstrate and evaluate appropriate assessment techniques (including imaging) for uncomplicated and/or complex cardiorespiratory patient/client presentations across the lifespan.
4. Critically apply and synthesise knowledge in order to select, plan, explain, demonstrate and evaluate appropriate treatment techniques for uncomplicated and/or complex cardiorespiratory patient/client presentations across the lifespan.
5. Develop and revise methods of recording examination findings and treatment interventions that are understood by peers and meet legislative requirements for physiotherapy practice.
6. Select, prescribe and utilise appropriate equipment/walking aids to undertake safe and effective management of patients/clients with cardiorespiratory and/or cardiovascular conditions.
7. Create efficient, effective, client-centred goals using a collaborative approach with patients/clients who have cardiorespiratory and/or cardiovascular conditions, and take into account psycho-socioeconomic and cultural needs.
8. Apply concepts of health maintenance and promotion within the scope of the cardiorespiratory physiotherapist.
9. Analyse and appraise the role of the physiotherapist (including delegation) and interprofessional team members, in the safe, ethical and effective management (including exercise prescription and discharge planning) for uncomplicated and/or complex cardiorespiratory patient/client presentations across the lifespan.
There are no pre-requisites.
Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.
And/or equivalent prior versions of subjects being taught out.
This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.
Future offerings not yet planned.