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PHTY72-415: Evidence Based Practice Research 1


In this practical research subject and its companion subject, students will learn how to undertake research to inform evidence-based physiotherapy practice. They will learn by engaging in the planning, conduct and reporting of a collaborative program of research relevant to physiotherapy practice. This collaborative program of research will encompass a comprehensive and rigorous review of relevant literature and an applied research project. The outputs from these research activities will reflect the range of research outputs commonly required of practitioner-researchers and evidence-based practitioners. Project concepts and ongoing support and guidance will be provided by supervisors with combined expertise and experience in research and in the respective area of physiotherapy practice. Emphasis will be on identification and critical synthesis of available evidence, ethical conduct of rigorous research, professional teamwork and collaboration, and high-quality reporting and dissemination of research findings, to inform physiotherapy practice. Students will have opportunities to co-author research papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals and to prepare research presentations and abstracts for submission to a professional conference.

Subject details

Code: PHTY72-415
Study areas:
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences

Learning outcomes

  1. Develop research questions of relevance to physiotherapists and plan research to address these questions.
  2. Demonstrate effective, professional and ethical leadership, management, communication and research skills, a commitment to learning and evidence based practice, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team.
  3. Systematically search and critically review literature in order to identify gaps in the evidence base.
  4. Engage appropriately in discussions with research and clinical supervisors, and other key sources to gain information and advice to guide research planning.
  5. Evaluate existing evidence to support a rationale for the proposed research project, relevant to physiotherapy education and/or practice.
  6. Develop an ethics proposal for the research project using knowledge of research approaches, methods, statistics and research ethics.
  7. Plan the rationale and methodology of a research project and demonstrate readiness to commence the collaborative project.
  8. Recruit participants, collect data and/or extract and collate data from one or more databases in collaboration with supervisors and other researchers, in an ethical and professional manner.
  9. Enter, check, prepare and analyse research data, using appropriate software and relevant statistical and/or qualitative analysis techniques.
  10. Prepare a research manuscript, with content submitted in the approved chosen journal style and using the specified instructions for authors, and with the intent to disseminate the research findings by publication.

Enrolment requirements




There are no co-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.