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PHTY71-402: Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal 1


In this subject students will integrate and extend their knowledge of clinically related musculoskeletal anatomy and tissue response to disease and trauma. The physiotherapist’s role in enhancing normal tissue healing and repair will be introduced. The impact of different conditions (rheumatological, degenerative, acute and repetitive trauma) upon the upper and lower limb and vertebral column will be explored.  Students will develop their ability to assess clients encountered in the inpatient orthopaedic and outpatient settings. Using sound clinical reasoning and evidence based approaches students will construct, evaluate and modify treatment to meet short- and long-term client goals.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Allied Health
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $11,440
  • Commencing in 2023: $11,740

Learning outcomes

1. Explain the pathogenesis and common clinical signs and symptoms of upper and lower limb conditions across the life span (using knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and the mechanisms of healing and repair in different musculoskeletal tissues including muscle, tendon, cartilage, ligament, bone, and nerve), with consideration to the impact that biopsychosocial factors have on a patient's presentation. 2. Conduct a simulated patient / client interview, incorporating a structured clinical reasoning framework that includes informed consent, analyse findings and development of a provisional diagnosis for musculoskeletal conditions of the vertebral column, and peripheral systems. 3. Plan and perform an appropriate physical examination safely, based on the provisional diagnosis for patients / clients with vertebral, upper and lower limb musculoskeletal conditions (including fractures in the immobilisation or post immobilisation phase, spinal surgery, rheumatological, degenerative, overuse or traumatic conditions and pre and post joint replacement). 4. Interpret and prioritise assessment results to confirm the primary provisional diagnosis and design an appropriate treatment intervention using evidence based rationale to meet short- and long-term client goals. 5. Perform, analyse and modify treatment interventions safely, efficiently and effectively with informed consent. These interventions may include one or a combination of the following; manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrophysical modalities, prescription of mobility and assistive devices, health maintenance and promotion, and behavioural interventions to maximise treatment compliance. 6. Select appropriate outcome measures to evaluate treatment intervention effectiveness and where necessary modify the intervention using clinical reasoning and knowledge of the evidence for practice. 7. Accurately document physiotherapy assessment, treatment, patient goals, handover notes and discharge plans in the legal format required by relevant institutions (hospital inpatient and out patient, community and private practice settings). 8. Effectively communicate in a culturally appropriate manner with peers, educators and simulated clients. 9. Describe the mechanisms of action for pharmacological agents commonly used to treat musculoskeletal acute, subacute and persistent pain conditions for inpatient orthopaedic patient/clients. 10. Describe and contrast the indications and interpretation of current medical imaging techniques for different musculoskeletal pathologies. 11. Discuss and compare current musculoskeletal orthopaedic surgical procedures for the vertebral column, upper and lower limbs. 12. Demonstrate effective collaborative leadership and teaching skills with a commitment to learning and evidence based practice in the context of a healthcare team.

Enrolment requirements

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  • 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.

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  • PHTY91-408 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start27/06/2022
Cancellation 1?03/07/2022
Cancellation 2?04/07/2022
Last enrolment01/07/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/07/2022
Withdraw – Academic?14/07/2022
Teaching census?07/07/2022