PHS308 Physiotherapy in Adult Neurological Practice (12)

This subject will provide students with the knowledge, problem solving and practical skills to holistically assess, and develop management plans for, adults with movement disorders that arise from changes in the neurological and related musculoskeletal systems.
Students enrolling in this subject are expected to have a substantive level of background knowledge of biomechanics, normal movement, neuroscience and exercise physiology, and principles of motor control.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS308. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy and the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to plan and apply a range of physiotherapy assessment and evaluation techniques using tests, tools and outcome measures relevant to neurological physiotherapy practice
  • be able to demonstrate and articulate sound clinical reasoning processes which explore, explain and analyse assessment findings
  • be able to plan safe and effective physiotherapy intervention for neurological physiotherapy practice
  • be able to justify situations in which physiotherapy intervention is no longer required and if relevant, identify future management options
  • be able to demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour appropriate to neurological physiotherapy practice
  • be able to communicate effectively with clients and relevant others in the planning and implementation of neurological physiotherapy
  • be able to reflect on professional practice to determine the actions they need to undertake to continually improve; to recognise situations outside their competence; and to take timely and appropriate action
  • be able to locate, evaluate and use evidence-based information to inform decision making and develop and guide their own knowledge, learning and practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theoretical foundations of physiotherapy in neurological rehabilitation assessment and treatment in neural and non-neural components of movement disorders in adults
  • Theoretical foundations of physiotherapy in neurological rehabilitation practice in functional movement areas
  • Concepts of client centred practice
  • Functional and collaborative goal setting for adults within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework
  • Assessment tools for measurement of movement and function in adults with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders
  • Investigations and imaging related to neurological rehabilitation practice
  • Communication strategies for use with adults with communication impairments, their families and their carers
  • Motor learning and control
  • Assessment and treatment of movement impairments as a result of acute and chronic neurological conditions
  • Evidence-based practice in neurological physiotherapy


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.