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PHTY72-412: Community Physiotherapy Across the Lifespan


The concepts of health and disease will be reviewed, and definitions and issues related to impairments, disability and chronic disease will be discussed using client and family-centred models of care. Chronic conditions involving the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological systems will be discussed across the lifespan, and appropriate practical skills acquired. Additionally, this subject will allow students to appreciate the complex multi-system nature of chronic disease and disability including, the behavioural and sociological sequelae for clients in community environments. Methods to minimise disuse and promote health, function and self-efficacy will be presented with an emphasis on infancy through to maturity. An evidence based, biopsychosocial approach will form the basis of this subject. This subject requires students to utilise knowledge from their undergraduate degree to clinical reason appropriate treatment plans related to physiotherapy clients across the lifespan.


Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $9,240
  • Commencing in 2023: $9,480

Learning outcomes

1. Discuss chronic disease processes and prevalence in society across the lifespan. 10. Communicate effectively across verbal and/or written modes, adjusting own communication style based on professional requirements and client needs. 2. Explain the role of health promotion in the prevention of chronic disease and secondary impairments in persons with a disability. 3. Identify appropriate assessment tools, perform an assessment and create a treatment plan for persons with impairments, disability and/or chronic disease across the lifespan using the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health Framework (ICF). 4. Explain the physiological principles and mechanisms underpinning a variety of rehabilitation strategies to generate and apply an evidence-based clinical decision for persons with impairments, disability and/or chronic disease across the lifespan (including infants, children, adolescents and young adults). 5. Apply and re-evaluate evidence based treatment modalities using appropriate outcome measures and goal setting when managing activity limitations of infants, children, adolescents and young adults with impairments, disability and/or chronic disease impacting the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and/or neurological systems. 6. Analyse and critically evaluate current literature regarding rehabilitation strategies for persons with impairments, disability and/or chronic disease using effective problem solving and research strategies. 7. Explain the roles and scope, including ethical and legal requirements for physiotherapists and the health care team when managing infants, children, adolescents and young adults with impairments, disability and/or chronic disease. 8. Apply the principles of client-centred and family-centred practice when working with persons with impairments, disability and/or chronic disease and utilise these principles in promotion of self-management. 9. Select and demonstrate safe and effective treatment options, including prescription of exercise, for persons across the lifespan with an impairment, disability, chronic disease and/or women in the pregnancy years.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

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.

Anti-requisites: ?

  • PHTY92-420 Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start20/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?28/09/2021
Last enrolment25/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?03/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?10/10/2021
Teaching census?02/10/2021
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start21/02/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022