Introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Practice is the first in a series of subjects utilising a problem based learning pedagogy to develop students' knowledge of, and skills in, physiotherapy practice. Students will progressively integrate and apply acquired theory and practical concepts from foundational biomedical science, and health and rehabilitation subjects, into physiotherapy clinical scenarios.
Foundational physiotherapy concepts and skills, applicable across the breadth of practice settings, are emphasised throughout the subject including: person-focused care; interpersonal communication, legal and ethical principles, clinical reasoning, physical assessment, movement analysis and treatment planning, as it applies to specific clinical cases.
Students will be introduced to people with common pathologies relevant to physiotherapy and will consider the use and application of therapeutic modalities such as therapeutic heat and ice, soft tissue manipulation, exercise prescription, mobility aids, manual handling and education.
Specific learning objectives relating to professional values and cultural and ethical responsibilities will be addressed, including exploration of how privileges affect healthcare delivery and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This will include consideration of students' own cultural worldview and how this may impacts healthcare practice.
In this subject the application of physiotherapy skills will explored through a cultural lens.
Students will be introduced to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework, with a focus on a strengths based approach. This will underpin their approach to working with clients.
Health promotion and mental wellbeing within their own practice, will also be embedded in the subject. Students will be introduced to the concept of evidence based physiotherapy and will develop skills in measurement and evaluating outcomes, as well as locating, retrieving and assessing library resources.
School of Community Health
This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.