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PHTY91-409: Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy


This subject will introduce the student to cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular physiotherapy which is a core area of physiotherapy practice. The first focus will be on developing excellence in the identification and accurate description of clinically related physiology and anatomy to the cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular systems. Secondly, the focus will move to application of this knowledge to develop an integrated understanding of cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular responses to disease and trauma. Thirdly, the students will be introduced to patient conditions that they will likely be exposed to within their cardiorespiratory clinical placements. These will include patients with common respiratory conditions, post-surgical interventions, critical illness, cardiac diagnoses, acute neurological conditions (CVA), dementia, amputations and respiratory and cardiac conditions in the paediatric population. This subject will provide the background medical and surgical knowledge for the physiotherapist to effectively manage the patient with common cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular disorders. Physiotherapy skills in examination, diagnosis, treatment, selection of appropriate outcome measures, assessment of progress, treatment progression and discharge planning will be acquired. Indications, contraindications, mechanisms of action and adverse effects of pharmacological agents used in cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular conditions will be discussed. Students will also discuss and identify the complex issues associated with the patient with combined cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular problems. An evidence-based approach will form the basis for this subject. Cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular conditions across the lifespan will be covered.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $10,920

Learning outcomes

1. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology of the cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular systems to differentiate between similarities and differences in patient presentation, healing and repair, and progression of cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular conditions to inform effective physiotherapy management across the life span.
2. Categorise pharmacological agents used in medical and surgical cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular disorders and analyse their indications, contraindications, mechanisms of action and adverse effects.
3. Demonstrate appropriate physiotherapy clinical skills of assessment, physical examination, diagnosis, goal setting, treatment, treatment progression and discharge planning for patients with cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular conditions within the acute setting through to the community and across the life span.
4. Select and justify appropriate intervention strategies considering the patient, evidence-based practice, indications and contraindications for core treatments, cost effectiveness and time management.
5. Develop and revise methods of recording examination findings and treatment interventions that are understandable by peers and meet legislative requirements for physiotherapy practice.
6. Identify and utilise all equipment encountered in various cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular settings and prescribe appropriate aids for commonly encountered medical and post-surgical conditions.
7. Demonstrate safe transfers and positioning of patients with acute care needs.
8. Apply concepts of health maintenance and promotion within the scope of the cardiorespiratory physiotherapist.
9. Analyse and appraise the role of the physiotherapist and relevant multidisciplinary team members in the management of patients with cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular disorders whilst utilising leadership and collaborative team building skills.
10. Demonstrate readiness to transition into the clinical setting through acquisition of competencies in performing a subjective and physical examination, clinical reasoning, selection /execution of cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular physiotherapy interventions and discharge planning.

Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/07/2019
Semester start09/09/2019
Subject start12/08/2019
Cancellation 1?19/08/2019
Cancellation 2?20/08/2019
Last enrolment17/08/2019
Withdraw – Financial?25/08/2019
Withdraw – Academic?01/09/2019
Teaching census?24/08/2019