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PHTY71-404: Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal 2


This subject builds upon the knowledge and skills attained in Physiotherapy: Musculoskeletal 1. Students will gain proficiency in the assessment, differential diagnosis and management of clients with an emphasis on musculoskeletal conditions of the vertebral and peripheral systems. The impact of different conditions across the lifespan will be considered wherever appropriate. Students will continue to develop their client interview, physical examination and differential diagnostic skills to enable accurate and efficient assessment and treatment in an outpatient setting. The appropriate involvement of the healthcare team will be considered. An evidence based approach will form the basis for this subject.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,720
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,870

Learning outcomes

1. Explain the pathogenesis and common signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan, using knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychosocial factors. 2. Conduct a client interview, including informed consent, analysis of findings and proposal 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 vertebral, upper and low 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 will include manual therapy, exercise therapy, health maintenance and promotion, and behavioural interventions to maximise treatment compliance. 6. Select appropriate outcome measures to evaluate treatment intervention effectiveness and if necessary, modify the intervention using clinical reasoning and knowledge of the evidence for practice. 7. Accurately document physiotherapy assessment, treatment, goals, handover notes and discharge plans in the legal format required by relevant institutions (out-patient, community and private practice settings). 8. Explain the scope of practice of physiotherapy and interaction with members of the healthcare team in the management of persons with musculoskeletal conditions in the outpatient and community clinical settings. 9. Demonstrate effective collaborative leadership and teaching skills, with a commitment to learning and evidence based practice within a healthcare team.

Enrolment requirements

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Pre-requisites: ?

There are no pre-requisites.

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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.

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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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?22/05/2022
Cancellation 2?23/05/2022
Last enrolment20/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?27/05/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/06/2022
Teaching census?26/05/2022