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PHTY72-414: Maximising Human Potential and Performance


The theme of this subject is maximising human potential with an emphasis on the physiotherapy knowledge and skills required to holistically manage specific populations.  The subject will apply and extend prior learning, knowledge and skills focused on achieving optimal outcomes for clients in work, leisure and sporting activities. The focus will be on the physical and mental health issues that clients face across varying life stages, the impact of overuse injuries associated with sport at varying levels, special needs of the clients/patients when injured or impaired and maximising return to work/ modified work/ leisure and sport.

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: PHTY72-414
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,720.00
  • Commencing in 2024: $5,990.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $6,160.00
  • Commencing in 2024: $6,700.00

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify physical, mental and social factors that are barriers or facilitators to maximising function in humans, with emphasis on structural, physiological, psychological, cultural and social factors.
  2. Analyse the impact of injuries and varying sport/work tasks on the body through task analysis.
  3. Formulate a differential diagnosis related to work injuries and propose the impact of worksite / tasks on management of people as they return to work after an injury.
  4. Design a holistic management plan for a client injured in the workplace / sporting context and justify an active return to work / sport plan which progressively modifies work tasks / sport activities to safely and effectively return the client to their workplace / sport.
  5. Define mental health conditions that are conducive to evidence-based physiotherapy management and investigate their impact on return to work and sport.
  6. Select and demonstrate safe and effective treatment options, including prescription of exercise, for persons with an impairment, disability, chronic disease and/or male patients/clients diagnosed with cancer.

Enrolment requirements



There are no pre-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.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • 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.