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PHTY93-423: Maximising Human Potential


The theme of this subject is maximising human potential with an emphasis on the physiotherapy knowledge and skills required to holistically manage specific groups of people and help them achieve optimal outcomes for work, leisure and sporting activities. The subject will apply and extend prior learning, knowledge and skills. The focus will be on the physical and mental health issues that men and women face across varying life stages, the impact of overuse injuries associated with sport at varying levels, special needs of the adolescent when injured and maximising return to work / modified work / leisure and sport with the needs of the able bodied and disabled athlete considered.

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. Determine physical, mental and social factors that are barriers / facilitators to the maximisation of function in humans, with particular emphasis on structural, physiological, psychological, cultural and social factors.
2. Specify the impact of injury on the adolescent and determine the role of physiotherapy in the management of their injury/s during this period.
3. Analyse the impact of injuries and varying sport / work tasks on the body through task analyses.
4. Differentially diagnose problems associated with work injuries and infer the impact of work-site / tasks on management of people as they return to work, appropriately adjusting / modifying work tasks as part of an active return to work plan.
5. Construct a holistic approach to client management of the injured worker / sports person and prescribe a return to sport / work program
6. Demonstrate an awareness of mental health issues / disorders and their impact on return to sport and work and determine how physiotherapy can positively affect outcomes through goal setting, exercise and other selected strategies to produce the best outcome for the client.
7. Assess conditions that specifically affect men and women and determine the role of physiotherapy in men’s and women’s health management across the lifespan.
8. Recommend injury management options for athletes, and appraise injury management options of athletes with a disability.
9. Describe the special role of classification of injuries in athletes with a disability.
10. Create a sports massage treatment plan.
11. Integrate specialist workshop skills (including dry needling, burn treatment, advanced hydrotherapy) into patient management planning.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • PHTY91-410 Principles of Physiotherapy
  • PHTY91-408 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I
  • PHTY92-416 Neurological Physiotherapy
  • PHTY93-415 Maximising Human Potential

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

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?23/01/2021
Cancellation 2?24/01/2021
Last enrolment22/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?29/01/2021
Withdraw – Academic?04/02/2021
Teaching census?28/01/2021