PHS318 Fundamentals of Adult Neurological Physiotherapy (8)

This subject will build on a student's knowledge of normal movement, biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise physiology and the principles of motor control, in order to analyse neurological pathology in the adult population. Students will extend their practical skills in neurological and musculoskelatal assessment, relevant to clients with neurological disorders. This subject will provide students with the opportunity to apply their skills in problem solving to undertake holistic assessment of, and develop management plans for, adults with movement disorders that arise from changes in the neurological and related musculoskeletal systems. Students will be expected to demonstrate ethical decision making to inform safe, effective and evidence based physiotherapy practice. Through this subject, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skills in producing well-argued and carefully constructed accounts of complex thinking relevant to the evaluation of neurological physiotherapy scenarios.


Availability

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHS318. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Prerequisites

PHS250

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour appropriate to adult neurological physiotherapy practice;
  • be able to safely and effectively apply a range of physiotherapy assessment tests, tools, and evaluation or outcome measures, relevant to adult neurological physiotherapy practice;
  • be able to plan and deliver safe and effective evidence-based physiotherapy interventions relevant to adult neurological physiotherapy practice;
  • be able to communicate effectively with clients, peers and relevant others in the planning and implementation of adult neurological physiotherapy;
  • be able to reflect critically on their clinical reasoning and professional practice in order to propose actions for continuous improvement;
  • be able to demonstrate skills in producing well-argued and carefully constructed accounts of complex thinking relevant to the evaluation of neurological physiotherapy scenarios; and
  • be able to locate, evaluate and use evidence-based information to inform decision making and develop and guide their own knowledge, learning and practice.

Syllabus

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
  • 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
  • Communication strategies for use with adults with neurological 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

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: January 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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