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PHTY73-419: Evidence Based Practice Research 2


In this practical research subject and its preceding 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

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: PHTY73-419
EFTSL: 0.250
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Credit: 20
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2022: $11,440.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $11,740.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $12,320.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $12,640.00

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. Develop and evaluate a strategic plan.
  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, relevant to physiotherapy education and/or practice.
  6. Plan the rationale and methodology of a research project and demonstrate readiness to commence the collaborative project.
  7. 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.
  8. Enter, check, prepare and analyse research data, using appropriate software and relevant statistical and/or qualitative analysis techniques.
  9. 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.
  10. Disseminate research findings in an oral seminar/podium or conference poster format to address gaps in knowledge and inform development of physiotherapy or health-related practice.

Enrolment requirements



There are no pre-requisites


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.