You are viewing this page as a domestic student.
Change to International

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa.

You are an international student whether you are within or outside Australia and you do not meet the domestic student criteria.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice and support for the Bond community. Read more

PHTY92-420: Physiotherapy for Chronic Disease and Disability


The concepts of health and disease will be reviewed and definitions and issues related to chronic disease and disability discussed. Chronic conditions in the key areas of musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological conditions will be discussed across the lifespan, and appropriate practical skills acquired. Additionally, this subject will provide students with an opportunity to appreciate the complex multi-system nature of chronic disease and disability and behavioural and sociological sequelae in community environments. Methods to minimise disuse and promote health and self-efficacy will be presented. An evidence-based approach will form the basis of this subject. This subject will have a strong emphasis on integrating knowledge from students’ entry-level degrees with aspects of clinical physiotherapy.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $8,190
  • Commencing in 2021: $8,490

Learning outcomes

1. Discuss chronic disease processes and prevalence in society across the lifespan and explain the role of health promotion in the prevention of chronic disease.
2. Identify and distinguish between common clinical presentations for persons with chronic disease or disability across the lifespan and consider the significance of behaviour and cognition when developing successful rehabilitation strategies.
3. Identify appropriate assessment tools, perform an assessment and create a treatment plan for persons with chronic disease and disability across the lifespan using the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health Framework (ICF).
4. Explain the physiological principles and mechanisms underpinning a variety of rehabilitation strategies and generate and apply an evidence-based rationale regarding clinical decision making for persons with chronic disease and/or disability across the lifespan.
5. Apply and re-evaluate evidence based treatment modalities using appropriate outcome measures and goal setting when managing persons across the lifespan with a chronic disease and/or disability associated with musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions.
6. Analyse and critically evaluate current literature regarding rehabilitation strategies for persons with chronic disease or disability using effective problem solving and research strategies.
7. Explain the range of roles and scope for physiotherapists when managing clients of all ages with chronic disease or disability and in doing so, illustrate knowledge of ethical and legal issues when working with this population.
8. Apply the principles of client centred and family centred practice when working with persons with chronic disease and disability and understand the principles of self-management including the strategies and skills used to foster self-management.
9. Integrate foundation knowledge related to exercise prescription and conditioning from previous subjects in the Doctor of Physiotherapy Program and undergraduate degree to persons with a chronic disease or disability.
10. Demonstrate effective communication skills in both verbal and written forms and illustrate an ability to adjust communication style based on professional requirements and client needs.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • PHTY91-410 Principles of Physiotherapy
  • PHTY91-409 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • PHTY91-408 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I
  • PHTY92-416 Neurological Physiotherapy
  • PHTY92-415 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II

Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

Restrictions: ?
  • 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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Future offerings not yet planned.