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PHTY71-405: Physiotherapy: Neurological and Rehabilitation


This subject will introduce the student to neurological physiotherapy. Students will review and build upon their anatomical and physiological knowledge relevant to the central and peripheral nervous system. Application of medical and surgical management procedures are investigated as a basis for the physiotherapy management of clients with acute and chronic neurological disorders, including relevant pharmacological and diagnostic imaging considerations. Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to the assessment and management of clients with neurological disorders, vestibular deficits and activity limitations related to ageing. In addition to this, students will acquire knowledge and skills related to the assessment and management of amputee and ortho-geriatric clients within a rehabilitation environment. An evidence based approach will form the basis for this subject.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $9,240
  • Commencing in 2022: $9,240

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the theoretical foundations of neurological and rehabilitative physiotherapy including neuro-anatomical features and functional organisation of the central nervous systems, principles of experience-dependent neuroplasticity, motor control and motor skill acquisition and physiology/pathophysiology of the sensori-neuro-motor systems.
2. Summarise the changes that present in the sensori-motor systems with ageing and when neurological or vestibular disorders present.
3. Perform an assessment of an individual with a neurological condition, a vestibular dysfunction or an amputation safely, effectively and efficiently; jointly construct appropriate goals with the patient; analyse relevant motor tasks and associated physical examination; identify impairments contributing to activity limitation; and select and justify relevant outcome measures to benchmark recovery.
4. Interpret and categorise assessment findings to formulate a reasonable neurological physiotherapy diagnosis, recognising the factors to consider when predicting recovery for people with neurological, vestibular and/or ageing disorders.
5. Select and justify appropriate intervention strategies considering the client, evidence-based practice, cost effectiveness, time management, indications and contraindications for core treatments and the underlying physiological basis.
6. Perform basic interventions in a safe and effective manner.
7. Critique selected current neurological rehabilitation strategies using effective problem solving and research strategies.
8. Apply concepts of health maintenance, conditioning and promotion of physical activity for adults (including older adults) with a neurological condition, vestibular dysfunction, or an amputation across the continuum of care in acute, rehabilitation and community environments.
9. Explain the role of the physiotherapist and other healthcare providers involved in the patient-centred and holistic management of neurological, vestibular or amputee clients in adult and aged populations.
10. Prepare and provide documentation according to legal requirements and accepted procedures within neurological and rehabilitative physiotherapy in acute and community settings.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

There are no pre-requisites.

Co-requisites: ?

Assumed knowledge:

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 to previous version subject PHTY91-410 Principles of Physiotherapy

Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start21/06/2021
Cancellation 1?28/06/2021
Cancellation 2?29/06/2021
Last enrolment26/06/2021
Withdraw – Financial?04/07/2021
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2021
Teaching census?03/07/2021