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PHTY93-427: Innovation and Global Practice in Physiotherapy


In this subject students will continue to expand their physiotherapy skills and learn to apply these in innovative ways to become ‘work-ready’ in their physiotherapy practice.  Students will be located on campus, undertaking an intensive course load of 5-days/week, over a 5-week period.  This will involve participation in workshops and resource sessions on a variety of topics, accompanied by team project work, which together will enable students to widen their skills and further excel in meeting global health needs.  A number of leading health and related professionals will assist students to enhance their knowledge and skills for working with athletes, or similar populations, and for success when working in challenging global environments.  Students will further enhance their competency as leaders within the profession and explore innovative ways to strengthen physiotherapy practice by exploiting technology.

Emphasis will be placed on communication, professional teamwork and innovation as students grow their portfolio whilst collaborating with their peers to develop useful physiotherapy resources and processes that can be used within practice contexts.

Students will be required to reflect and build upon a variety of skills and knowledge previously obtained throughout other subjects within the Doctor of Physiotherapy Program.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $11,720
  • Commencing in 2021: $12,320

Learning outcomes

1. Develop a strong understanding of the impact of acute injury for on-field athletes (or similar populations) and demonstrate skills required to assess and manage patients in these fast-paced environments.
2. Understand a range of different methodologies used in diagnostic imaging and be able to interpret images accurately for diagnostic purposes in physiotherapy contexts.
3. Demonstrate an expanded range of musculoskeletal physiotherapy techniques and be able to integrate these into management plans for clients/patients.
4. Identify key aspects of effective acute and chronic wound management and develop strategies to assess and treat these appropriately using evidence-based approaches.
5. Describe the role of the tactical physiotherapist and demonstrate awareness of the challenges and adversities faced by those working in tactical environments and with tactical populations.
6. Analyse the impacts of global health issues on the physiotherapy profession and develop knowledge and skills to accurately assess and treat clients/patients from challenging environments, in a manner sensitive to culture and their experiences.
7. Determine how innovation and technology applications are currently used within the physiotherapy setting to enhance client/patient outcomes.
8. Display effective leadership and enhanced communication skills and utilise these when engaging in inter-professional and collaborative practice opportunities.
9. Outline key learning and teaching theories and processes, and identify strategies that can be used to effectively manage students within clinical practice.
10. Plan and develop a physiotherapy resource that can be utilised within the clinical setting with a focus on health promotion, education, prevention or treatment.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • PHTY91-411 Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy I Clinical Practice

Co-requisites: ?

Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start15/03/2021
Cancellation 1?22/03/2021
Cancellation 2?23/03/2021
Last enrolment20/03/2021
Withdraw – Financial?28/03/2021
Withdraw – Academic?04/04/2021
Teaching census?27/03/2021