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PHTY93-421: Evidence Based Practice Research (Part A)


In this practical research subject and its companion subject, Evidence Based Practice Research (Part B), 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. Overall coordination of the subjects, projects, students and supervisors will be provided by the Subject Convenor, who will also facilitate active learning during numerous face-to-face workshops. 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

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

Learning outcomes

1. Develop research questions of relevance to physiotherapists and plan research to address these questions.
2. Systematically search and critically review research literature and identify gaps in the evidence base.
3. Engage appropriately in discussions with research and clinical supervisors, and other key sources to gain information and advice to guide research planning.
4. Evaluate existing evidence to support a rationale for the proposed research project in a specific area of physiotherapy practice.
5. Develop an ethics proposal for the research project using knowledge of research approaches, methods, statistics and research ethics.
6. Plan the rationale and methodology of a research project and demonstrate readiness to commence the collaborative project
7. Conduct the recruitment of participants and collect data and/or extract and collate data from one or more databases in collaboration with the research/clinical staff involved in the research project, 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
11. 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

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  • 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.

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