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PHTY92-416: Neurological Physiotherapy


This subject will introduce the student to Neurological Physiotherapy which is a key area of physiotherapy practice. Students will review and build upon their anatomical and physiological knowledge relevant to the central and peripheral nervous system. Application of medical and surgical management procedures are investigated as a basis for the physiotherapy management of clients with acute and chronic neurological disorders, including relevant pharmacological and diagnostic imaging considerations. Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to the assessment and management of clients with neurological disorders, vestibular deficits and activity limitations related to ageing. In addition to this, students will acquire knowledge and skills related to the assessment and management of amputee and ortho-geriatric clients within a rehabilitation environment. 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. Demonstrate a working knowledge of neurological physiotherapy including the ability to describe neuro-anatomical features and relevant physiology/pathophysiology of the sensori-neuro-motor systems.
2. Summarize the changes that present in the sensori-motor systems with ageing and when neurological or vestibular disorders present.
3. Perform an assessment of a client with a neurological, vestibular and/or ageing problem safely, effectively and efficiently, demonstrating the ability to: a. Make use of observations and subjective examination to construct goals with the patient
b. analyse relevant motor tasks and associated physical examination to identify impairments contributing to activity limitation

4. Select and justify relevant outcome measures to benchmark recovery
5. Interpret and categorize assessment findings to formulate a reasonable neurological physiotherapy diagnosis, recognising the factors to consider when predicting recovery for people with neurological, vestibular and/or ageing disorders.
6. Select and justify appropriate intervention strategies considering the client, evidence-based practice, cost effectiveness and time management.
7. Perform basic interventions in a safe and effective manner and describe the physiological basis, indications and contraindications for core treatments.
8. Critique selected current neurological rehabilitation strategies using effective problem solving and research strategies.
9. Apply concepts of health maintenance, conditioning and promotion of health for people with a neurological, vestibular or ageing problem across the continuum of care
10. Explain the role of the physiotherapist and other health care providers involved in the patient centred and holistic management of an aged, neurological or vestibular client.
11. Prepare and provide documentation according to legal requirements and accepted procedures within neurological physiotherapy.

Enrolment requirements

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There are no co-requisites.

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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