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PHTY92-415: Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II


This subject builds upon the knowledge and skills attained in PHTY91-408 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I. 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 health care team will be considered. An evidence-based approach will form the basis for this subject.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2021 [Non-Standard Offering - Group A]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,460
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,660

Learning outcomes

1. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychosocial factors to explain the pathogenesis and common signs and symptoms musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan.
2. Conduct a client interview, including informed consent, analyse findings and propose a provisional diagnosis for musculoskeletal conditions of the vertebral and peripheral system.
3. Plan and perform an appropriate physical examination safely, based on the provisional diagnosis for musculoskeletal conditions of the vertebral and peripheral systems.
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 institution (out-patient, community and private practice settings).
8. Explain the scope of practice of physiotherapy and interaction with members of the health care team in the management of musculoskeletal conditions in the outpatient and community clinical settings.
9. Demonstrate effective leadership skills, a commitment to learning and evidence based practice and the ability to work collaboratively in a team.

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start06/01/2020
Cancellation 1?15/01/2020
Cancellation 2?17/01/2020
Last enrolment13/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?23/01/2020
Withdraw – Academic?02/02/2020
Teaching census?22/01/2020